our focus is to help you start your marriage off right with the perfect destination wedding.

Hello there, I’m Rachel!

I’m a destination wedding & group travel specialist, and I founded Central Missouri-based Hidden Gem Travel back in 2020. I’ve been in the business of helping people get hitched for 15 years, and have planned destination weddings under another agency since 2017.

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Hello there, I’m sabrina!

I’ve worked with Rachel in the past, and when the opportunity arose to join her team, it was a no-brainer!

Rachel has fully trained me on destination wedding and group travel management. I've been with the team since 2022, and I've already planned an elopement in Jamaica, a wedding in Cozumel and a wedding in Riviera Maya.

Hello there, I’m janet!

I completed Rachel's destination wedding training, though I LOVE to plan honeymoons. I own Bliss Trips, etc., and have partnered my agency with Hidden Gem Travel to provide a custom honeymoon experience.

If wandering through Italy or exploring any of the 7 regions of Iceland, even a one-of-a-kind cruise for your post-nuptial bliss sound like music to your ears, you can request to add me to your wedding planning team.

As a destination wedding specialists—or, more specifically, your destination wedding specialist—our top priorities are to:

Educate: Offer guidance and education about how different resorts or villas fit your wedding needs.

Formulate: Create a detailed, goal-oriented timeline —tailored to you—to help you tackle your wedding easily and stress-free.

Assist: Guide you & your guests along your journey to an unforgettable wedding weekend. Think of us as your destination wedding fairy godmothers.




A few more fun facts about rachel

  • I studied at Drury University and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Communication & Development. I considered becoming a Physical Therapist, until I was diagnosed with a collagen disorder.
  • My favorite place to visit (so far) is Riviera Maya, Mexico.
  • I’m an active member of numerous organizations and associations such as the Lake of the Ozarks Wedding Association and American Society of Travel Advisors.
  • When planning a wedding in Ireland, I found my family's castle in Donegal. There were two, but it's crazy this job allows me to know more about how my ancestors lived.
  • I was once a butler for a billionaire, and have also planned and coordinated events for world leaders and celebrities. I've met and served the last four U.S. Presidents (also, everyone famous is shorter than you think).
  • I love to play the piano. From concert-level pieces (that I feel like I'll never master!) to Lionel Richie and everything in between (Super Mario theme, anyone?)—I’m a total piano geek. It's why I can't dance (I love to dance, anyway!). Seriously though, I look like Elaine on the dancefloor.
  • For all of you hometown wedding-loving people in the world, I love all things wedding. Let's just let couples do things their way, whether it's in a backyard or across the ocean.

See how I can make your destination wedding easy and stress-free.

Discover the possibilities with Hidden Gem Travel.

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