Karleen Rasmussen joins Return to Paradise Resort

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Planning weddings, Karleen is known as Samoa’s best-known wedding coordinator that has helped many brides on their wedding day by exceeding their expectations.

Planning weddings, Karleen is known as Samoa’s best-known wedding coordinator that has helped many brides on their wedding day by exceeding their expectations.

Samoa’s best-known wedding coordinator has joined Return to Paradise Resort as the Weddings and Events Manager.

Karleen Rasmussen has vast experience in wedding coordination, her passion for wedding planning beginning in New Zealand where she owned a boutique wedding coordination business. 

Looking for a change of pace, Karleen moved to Samoa with her husband Derek in 2000, and, in the past decade, has built a reputation as the go-to person to coordinate weddings in  Samoa. 

With decades of international experience, Karleen brings the best Samoa has to offer to meet the high and often demanding expectations of international brides.

Having spent years planning weddings throughout Samoa, Karleen came to realise that in order to meet and exceed the expectations of brides, she could only work with Resorts that had the flexibility and professionalism to meet those needs.

After years of working with all different venues around Samoa, and having been captivated by the natural beauty of this stunning property, Karleen decided she wanted to work exclusively for Return to Paradise Resort. 

Karleen works with couples to plan every intimate detail. 

There are so many venue options at Return to Paradise, from a stunning beachfront ceremony, to the formal elegance of the Gary Cooper Lounge. 

NEW WEDDINGS AND EVENTS MANAGER: Karleen Rasmussen.
NEW WEDDINGS AND EVENTS MANAGER: Karleen Rasmussen.

Receptions can be anything from a fun gourmet BBQ on the soft white sands, to a sumptuous buffet to a 10-course degustation dinner with matching wines in the award-winning Paradise Kitchen.

Karleen can organize weddings from 4 to 400 people as she dedicates herself to ensure the couple have a wedding (and holiday experience) they will always treasure.  

Karleen will also take on the role of managing all conferences and events for the Resort. Just 25 minutes from the airport on a sealed road and just 35 minutes to Apia, Return to Paradise is an ideal conference location.

 “I think it is fair to say that when Mother Nature was handing out her gifts when it came to Return to Paradise, she was overly generous;” says Karleen.

“Couples are promised wedding photos against spectacular backdrops. I am so proud to represent this property.” 

Karleen’s first wedding since taking on the role was a whole weekend of  wedding festivities for the daughter of the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, and many of their family and friends. 

Whether you need a destination wedding or a more traditional Samoan style wedding, you can have confidence that Karleen will create a very special occasion.  You can contact Karleen at weddings@returntoparadiseresort.com Ph +685 7675006 or 35055

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