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#2601 Morgan685

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    Posted 26 June 2009 - 10:05 AM

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    Morgan, Thanks for the information! You have me very inspired. I will make sure I tell David, I had to ask over and over for him. We are having our friday night dinner at Arrifices on the terrace. I am very excited about that!

    What is the largest size you or your party have blown up from the jpegs? It sounds like they are more than sufficient to work with. If I could get the raw format, I was also going to do some creative things with them but I am sure I wouldn't do it to many. I think I probably should go for numbers so I make sure I get what I want.

    How did you let him know what kind of photos you wanted? I am putting a bunch of samples in a document and bring him a printed example (HA!, some of them are his! HAHAHA!!)

    Eureaka, I started asking for him several months ago. They told me back then they put in a request to the photography department. I didn't find out for sure that I had been assigned David till a couple weeks ago.

    Nina, I wasn't expecting it to be that miserable but I have heard from my boss that just went and several other people that have been there this time of year to move it inside. I think we will probably do that but I am not going to make the final decision until we are there. Tracy even stated that her cake started melting and her wedding was over a month ago. If we get inside and decide after the dancing begins it isn't very exciting, we may just take our ipod outside and find a spot by a pool to party down! HA!! We are taking our laptop and Bose Ipod docking station with us.

    Wow, the days are flying by now. I hope that once we get there, time slows down a little bit so we can really enjoy ourselves and feel like we had a little bit of a vacation.
    Tina,

    I made a list of pictures that I wanted and had a family member give it to him. The largest size we have blown something up is 8x10. From what I understand about jpeg. you can pretty much do anything to them.

    Photographers are artists...whether they speak English or not - so I let him do his thing after I got the shots I wanted...and they turned out great.

    Here is the link to my pictures - its on shutterfly....when you view them as a slide show they get a little blurry and distorted...so just to get some ideas I would click on the thumbnails. My favorites are of me standing on the wall looking at the ocean...and Noah standing below me. They are very artsy - but cool looking!! Make a note of that :) Everyone loves them!!!

    A few notes - ignore the cheezy ones of my husband up my dress with his hands and resting his face on my back....haha, he would be horrified if he knew I posted these. Those are the ones that are not really me...and I had to kind of cut him off - and tell him I don't really like ones like that and he went back to more classic ones. Most of all - just communicate with him and he will do what you want.
    I know I will probably get comments about my hair...I actually did not get it done in the salon..my sister is a hair dresser so I lucked out. I did my own make-up because I am super picky...I just went and bought new stuff at MAC and didn't use any of it until the day of the wedding.

    We had a very small wedding - just family....hope you enjoy!

    http://www.shutterfl....bbd47cbb382743

    If you have problems viewing...let me know - Ill send you another link.

    #2602 CindyMcGue

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      Posted 26 June 2009 - 10:06 AM

      Hello Moon Palace Brides!!!

      First of all I would just like for it to be noted that this website could use lots of improvements. This is such a cool idea for destination brides. I have wanted to post my review and other tidbits of information but have not been able to navagate this site very well! Others seems to have it done, but I just don't like it. Anyway here is my review!

      Our amazing wedding took place on May 23, 2009 @ 4 pm in the Bumagillias Gazebo.


      We arrived at Moon Palace May 18th - the Monday before. We met with Lily our wedding coordinator Tuesday morning at 10 am to give her our documents, to get our blood drawn and to go over the details of the wedding. Getting the blood taken was probably the weirdest thing that we had to do down there. The guy didn't wear gloves nor speak English so it freaked us out a little bit, but we got over it. Greg and I had been down there and met with Lily in Novemeber 08 so we already had a little idea of what to expect.

      Wedding Coordinator Lily did a wonderful job. She will do exactly what you want her to do. Just write down some things to ask her before you go so you won't forget to ask her. I was in the middle of our meeting and almost forgot the I wanted a calalilly bouquet! Also, when I arrived at the gazebo for the wedding she made had some words of encouragement and made me feel less nervous while walking down the isle.


      Welcome Bags We ended up having 38 guests at the Moon Palace for our wedding. So made our welcome bags and delivered them to guests as we would see them. We had; an itenerary for the weekend ( that we made on microsoft and printed for our own computer with 8 1/2 x 11 yellow cardstock like paper, then I put Mexican themed stickers on it) Golf balls (for the guys playing golf) that had our logo on them, Cups for the pools that had our logo on them, sunscreen and after sun gel and capstick with sunscreen(from the dollar tree), Pencils and pens with our logo on them, Masks ( as we were joking about the swine flu), Flip Flops for the girls (from Old Navy), and passport covers that my fiancee found online.

      Wedding Day I had brunch with the bridesmaid and our mothers. I had six bridesmaids so right after we had all eaten we had hair and nail appointments that started at 11:00. I really can't say enough about how well the lady did my hair. I was amazed. I just told her what I wanted and she did exactly that! We stayed on the Nizuc side so we went the the salon there. They were awesome! My MOH and I tried out the spa the day before and there's a huge difference in the service between U.S. and Mexico. They treat you very special and are great at all of the services. I got an exfoliation and 1 hour massage and facial. It was awesome! The same lady did all three services so I didn't have to switch rooms.

      My appointments were finished about 1:30. I was orginally concerned about getting my hair done so early, but this worked out well. I went back to my room and did my own make-up. Then the girls started arriving there around 2:00 and 2:30 to take pictures and finish getting ready.

      My Dad arrived at 3:20 and the WC's assistant was there at 3:40 to take us down to the horse and carriage. This part was magical and I would highly recommend it. They take you all around the Moon Palace grounds and you really have a long ride to soak it all in. Everyone, even my husband said this was there favorite part!

      We had a religous ceremony and the minister did a great job! The wind was blowing it felt great. The best part for me was looking into the crowd and being able to see our closest friends and family. I reconized every face - not something that happends at a church wedding back home. We did a toast at the end that was pretty cool and included! FYI: we purchased everything ala-carte.

      After the ceremony we took a group picture and family and wedding party pictures. Everyone else went to the cocktail hour. We got the VIP for our cocktail hour. This was some of the best food that I had had down there all week. It was great. A lot of people said our reception buffet was good, but I didn't eat from it because I just wanted to eat the chicken and steak from our cocktail hour.

      Our reception was beautiful! Our place settings we great. I went with the idea from the website. The starfish and bamboo runners. I didn't regret doing so. It was lovely! We rented some couches from deco cancun. This was nice. Our budget for this was $500 so we only had a few couches with toppers on them. They were so pretty.

      At the end of the reception about 15 of us jump in the pool in our clothes. It felt wonderful! Made for awesome pictures, too! Yes - I was in my wedding dress :)

      Music We made playlists and rented the equipment and still provided us with someone to work the equipment and a microphone. This saved us lots of money! During the ceremony Lily used the CD that I made - which worked our pretty well. I'm sure live music would have been prettier, but it kinda made its way out of our budget. * (The movie 50 first dates has wonderful island wedding music - I walked down the isle to Somewhere Over the Rainbow - from that movie)

      Photos MY FAVORITE PART!!!!

      As soon as we decided on a DW I told my fiancee that we had to have a budget for photos. So we did not go with the resort's photographer. From this website I found the most wonderful photographer in the world!!! Tammara from - Tammsphotos.com. Someone else had used her and I cried when I saw her slideshow so I knew then that this was the right person to call.

      Having Tammara there was like having another mother. She was so kind and helped me out on the day of the wedding. From getting me something to drink to helping my MOH and then actually she was the only one who know how to bustle my dress!

      Her prices are incredibly reasonable and the best part is you get ALL rights to the pictures. She took over 2000 pictures - WOW!!!!

      We also did a boudiour session the morning of the wedding. That was her idea, but I had never done anything like that and I am so happy that I did. It was a lot of fun! This was a surprise to my groom!

      Tammara was with me ALL day from 8:30 am till about 11 pm. Grant was with the guys taking pics before the wedding, too. This meant a lot because I didn't have to see Greg before the wedding and we didn't have to miss out on any shots!

      Tammara and her husband Grant have a place in Cancun so you don't have spend extra on their flights. We did pay for them to stay two nights at the MOON.

      Here is a link to our photos: we haven't received all of them here's just a few. Tammara was nice enough to send me some so I could have them printed off for our reception back home!

      http://http://www.ta....com/cindygreg/


      DVD
      We did purchase the DVD from the resort and it turned out gorgeous! I was sooooo happy with it! It's so worth it!



      Here's to you MP Brides! You're going to have a wonderful time! It was the best week of my LIFE!!!! Just relax!! You're in Mexico - what could be the worst thing to happen? Trust me it will be awesome.. Please just do me and the rest of your family and just enjoy yourself :) My Groom was in the pool bar at 5 oclock telling everyone (including me) that the rehearsal dinner starts at 6 and we all needed to get ready! We were all there on time and everything was perfect. Trust me it's going to be awesome!

      One more thing! PLEASE don't cancel your trip because of the Swine Flu!!!!

      #2603 Eureaka

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        Posted 26 June 2009 - 10:59 AM

        Quote:
        Originally Posted by Morgan685
        http://www.shutterfl....bbd47cbb382743

        If you have problems viewing...let me know - Ill send you another link.
        Morgan - I'm not able to link to your website. Any suggestions? I would really love to see your pictures!

        #2604 Eureaka

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          Posted 26 June 2009 - 11:10 AM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by CindyMcGue

          We arrived at Moon Palace May 18th - the Monday before. We met with Lily our wedding coordinator Tuesday morning at 10 am to give her our documents, to get our blood drawn and to go over the details of the wedding. Getting the blood taken was probably the weirdest thing that we had to do down there. The guy didn't wear gloves nor speak English so it freaked us out a little bit, but we got over it. Greg and I had been down there and met with Lily in Novemeber 08 so we already had a little idea of what to expect.


          We had a religous ceremony and the minister did a great job! The wind was blowing it felt great. The best part for me was looking into the crowd and being able to see our closest friends and family. I reconized every face - not something that happends at a church wedding back home. We did a toast at the end that was pretty cool and included! FYI: we purchased everything ala-carte.

          After the ceremony we took a group picture and family and wedding party pictures. Everyone else went to the cocktail hour. We got the VIP for our cocktail hour. This was some of the best food that I had had down there all week. It was great. A lot of people said our reception buffet was good, but I didn't eat from it because I just wanted to eat the chicken and steak from our cocktail hour.

          At the end of the reception about 15 of us jump in the pool in our clothes. It felt wonderful! Made for awesome pictures, too! Yes - I was in my wedding dress :)

          Music We made playlists and rented the equipment and still provided us with someone to work the equipment and a microphone. This saved us lots of money! During the ceremony Lily used the CD that I made - which worked our pretty well. I'm sure live music would have been prettier, but it kinda made its way out of our budget. * (The movie 50 first dates has wonderful island wedding music - I walked down the isle to Somewhere Over the Rainbow - from that movie)

          Here is a link to our photos: we haven't received all of them here's just a few. Tammara was nice enough to send me some so I could have them printed off for our reception back home!

          http://http://www.ta....com/cindygreg/


          DVD
          We did purchase the DVD from the resort and it turned out gorgeous! I was sooooo happy with it! It's so worth it!

          Here's to you MP Brides! You're going to have a wonderful time! It was the best week of my LIFE!!!! Just relax!! You're in Mexico - what could be the worst thing to happen? Trust me it will be awesome.. Please just do me and the rest of your family and just enjoy yourself :) My Groom was in the pool bar at 5 oclock telling everyone (including me) that the rehearsal dinner starts at 6 and we all needed to get ready! We were all there on time and everything was perfect. Trust me it's going to be awesome!

          One more thing! PLEASE don't cancel your trip because of the Swine Flu!!!!
          Cindy - Thank you so much for your wonderful review! I'm happy to hear that everything went well! I'm still a little nervous about the blood test (I mentioned this earlier). After hearing your review I think I might talk to my FI again.

          I'm currently scheduled for the same gazebo as you, and actually was hoping to have it switched. You have reassured that this gazebo will be fine as well. :) And the idea to look at the movie 50 First Dates for wedding music is genius! I love this movie and it gives me a great excuse to watch it again with my FI!

          You mentioned you selected the VIP for cocktail hour. What did this include? We are not having a private reception since we are having the AHR so I would like the cocktail hour to be stocked with yummy food!


          Your pictures are absolutely beautiful!!!!! You gave me some great ideas of different shots to get. The ones of you jumping into the pool are awesome! That would totally be something I would do if I didn't have to wear the dress back home for the AHR.

          Thanks again! :)

          Erika

          #2605 TinaM2b

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            Posted 26 June 2009 - 11:11 AM

            Morgan, Same here, the link goes to an empty folder.

            #2606 Eureaka

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              Posted 26 June 2009 - 11:16 AM

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              Eureaka, we are planning on going to Chichen Itza - it looks awesome! That will probably be the only tour we take, as it's a whole day long. I saw a question about tours being canceled...I had looked on this website a week or so ago and it had mentioned certain tours being canceled...

              Receive a Palace Passport valued at more than $500.00

              Now it doesn't say anything. I'm assuming they are being offered again?
              Nibsmom- Thanks for the input! I did a little investigating on the webpage and I think I found another link that gives some info. Try Palace Resorts - Tours and select the link for Cancun. It allows you to click on the links individually and shows which ones are still temporarily canceled.

              I have always wanted to swim with the dolphins, and although it's not 100% included, I might splurge and do it. I'm sure it's only like 15 minutes tops with them, but whenever we vacation I always consider it so the BOGO might be a good opportunity.

              #2607 nibsmom

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                Posted 26 June 2009 - 11:18 AM

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                Originally Posted by honey740
                Nibs- I can't sift through all of the posts lol, what are you putting in your bags?
                My OOT bags? Ohhhhh, I bought way too much stuff.

                I have personalized mugs, hangover kits, Spanish for Dummies books, tissues, sewing kits, sunscreen, coil bracelets to put keycards in, and a few other things I'm sure I'm forgetting. We are also doing separate bags for the little kids with toys and stuff in them.

                We are also giving out personalized sandalwood fans at the ceremony, and will have glow necklaces at the reception (since I wanted sparklers and probably won't be able to have them), and maracas for favors.

                Thanks for posting pictures gals!! I am so excited to look at them when I get back from working this afternoon!! WOOT! Tina, you're so close, I'm jumping with excitement for you!!

                #2608 Morgan685

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                  Posted 26 June 2009 - 11:23 AM

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                  Originally Posted by Eureaka
                  Morgan - I'm not able to link to your website. Any suggestions? I would really love to see your pictures!
                  OK - try this! I had to add a no password site..duh!


                  morganandnoahwedding.shutterfly.com

                  Sorry about that!

                  #2609 TinaM2b

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                    Posted 26 June 2009 - 11:25 AM

                    I love it when this thread is so HAPPY!!! Everytime I open it up, new stuff and people are there!!!

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by nibsmom
                    Now it doesn't say anything. I'm assuming they are being offered again?
                    Nina, it doesn't say anything on the main page but it does state that some are not being offered on the individual tour pages. Just a not to all, I printed them all out so I know the days and can sort of plan ahead. Some are only two days a week and one we wanted to do is Tuesday/Saturday and sorry, Saturday is out cause that is wedding day... My TA told our guests that are there for a short time to get their P Passports on arrival and make those reservations

                    Morgan, I guess I went a little overboard. I actually have been collecting shots of photos I like for months and put them in a word document and have it printed out. Wonder if David would be offended?!?!?!?!

                    Honey, we did not have to upgrade. They put my request in months ago and I have been hounding them for David. We were going to have to pay for the upgrade if he came back for 2 or 3 hours of the Wedding Reception / Party but we decided not to do this. Instead, I bought me a newer camera with lenses and my brother is going to use it...... and I got a new play toy for the rest of the trip. I have read reviews from other brides that didn't have David and they loved their photographer just as much. You may want to read back throgh the last several months of posts if you have the time.

                    #2610 Morgan685

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                      Posted 26 June 2009 - 11:41 AM

                      Tina - I had to unlock the website so people can view the photos.

                      here are my photos by David Pena

                      morganandnoahwedding.shutterfly.com




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