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4 Days Til My Wedding!

Hello brides!!   I'm 4 days away for my BIG DAY !   I wanted to share my experience in this wild ride planning the perfect wedding! I am not that nervous I think, because I trusted very professional people for that special day.   My experience with the DJ has been really great! I picked Dj. Rickalvin:   And he has been great through all this process, he is very well organized and very flexible. He always answers my emails quickly and exactly with the solution or answer I need to any of my doubts or questions. We told him the music we liked and what we didn't like, so this way he knows a little bit more about us and what we expect for the wedding day! I found this Dj through a friend of mine that got married on Cancun last summer, and every single person told me they had lots of fun and everyone recommended the dj a lot.     Another vendor that has been in touch with all throughout this whole time are the photographers: www.shenkophoto.com As I told you before, this is a married couple that is dedicated only to taking pictures around the world. We've been communicating for more than 8 months now, and I think we now seem to now each other even if we haven't met in person. Last month we arranged a Skype session and that was the first time we saw each other, other than in photos. We talked a lot about the wedding day, the pictures we would like for that day and with who, etc. They also seem to be really interested in small details about that day, like for example flowers, centerpieces and other decoration details that we picked.   Also they are really organized, and helped us make an itinerary for family pictures so that we don't lose any time and we have all the people we want on the pictures. In 2 days we are meeting for a casual session so that we know each other in front of the camera and in that way, I think, it will be easier to communicate on the wedding day for the things we want, and can or can't do.   My fiancé always laughs at me because I am a very bubbly person and I don't have shame of anything, but when you put a camera in front of me, everything changes!!! I just don't know what to do it's such a dumb thing!   So wish me luck!!!   When I come back from my honeymoon I'll tell you more details about everything =)

andreaberretta

andreaberretta

 

My Visit To Azul Fives Hotel, Riviera Maya

Hello Brides! I had the opportunity to visit the Hotel before booking it, and I took pictures of almost everything, I'm in love with it, it is really pretty, clean and modern. I also got the opportunity to eat there and try some of the drinks and cocktails, the mojito with mango is the best !!! And the food is really really great, I highly recommend the menu I got or change it for salmon instead of meat: 1. Bisque de tomate, croton de queso de cabra al aceite de albhaca 2. Filete de res en mantequilla de vino tinto con risoto a las hierbas y zanahorias 3. Flan estilo México con caramelo y Mousse de Fresa   Hope you like it!

andreaberretta

andreaberretta

 

Our Honeymoon.*

Hello Brides, in this entry I'd like to share with you our plans for the honeymoon. We are taking a 3 week vacation, and since we've been together for almost 8 years now, we were thinking about places we've never been together before, something different and something we think we won't have the chance to repeat. So, we decided to go far far away, and we are going to New zealand, Australia and Bali. We both think this are incredible places and almost impossible to go on any other vacation.   My boyfriend loves outdoor activities, and I'm all about beach and animals and tours! So we found the perfect balance. Our first stop is Auckland New Zealand, were we'll take 2 different tours: Glowcaves tour & Hobbitown tour, they both take all day long but we really want to visit them. Then we are flying to Queenstown, were we will be going zip lining and in this thing called Shotover Jet that's like a really fast boat in the river and takes you between the high mountains and very beautiful landscapes! If anyone's traveling there, we recommend this webpage http://www.queenstownnz.co.nz/information/product/?product=ziptrekwith many fun activities.   The next stop is Sydney, were we plan to relax and enjoy the city and it's surroundings, then we'll go to Melbourne and visit the aquariums and animal zoo!   And the last stop is Bali, we'll stay at the beach for a couple of days and then in the jungle, it's another culture for sure and we want to get both experiences!   In the gallery album, I uploaded some pictures of the things to do in those cities, for anyone that's planning on going there also!

andreaberretta

andreaberretta

 

Out Of The Box

Hello brides! This entry is for all of you who want to get out of the ordinary and traditional wedding stuff, and dare to be different and unique!   I created a gallery album in which you can see some of the details and different kinds of things we plan for our wedding, and some examples of other brides who have done special things for the BIG day.   Starting with the wedding photos, we hired Shenko Photography www.shenkophoto.com for the wedding day and the trash the dress session. We loved every picture because it's not the typicall wedding photo with everybody hugging and standing straight, the background is always so pretty and so different from anything else. They also make underwater sessions which are really cool.   For the reception, we are giving out pineapple plastic cups for the guests, instead of the glass or any normal cup everyone gives out. There are also coconut cups which are really adorable for the party. Maybe it's not the most elegant but sure is the funniest. I bought them on amazon.com, but they are also at www.orientaltrading.com   Also, we are making a fun experience for the guestbook, they will take a polaroid picture, hang it in a rope and sign it!   Hope you like it!

andreaberretta

andreaberretta

 

Party Favors, Supplies And Fireworks!

Lately I´ve been trying to reduce the expense of my wedding and by chance I ran into a website that’s called The Knot. The website has a big variety of presents and all sorts of party props that can be customized with the wedding dates, names, etc. The prices are really good because they have lots of fifty and hundreds which makes it really comfortable to buy. With that being said, I was able to purchase all the things I wanted to use in the welcome kit that includes personalized matchboxes, koozies and coasters.   My fiancé also order some personalized gifts for his best men, he was able to find something good, that looks great and fits our budget. So go look around www.theknot.com and tell me what you think about it.       TheKnot www.theknot.com

andreaberretta

andreaberretta

 

Step By Step, Azul Fives Hotel 2015

Hello Brides! I created this blog so that I could share my love story with you, and also to help every single one of you that's getting married in the same hotel or at the beach or anything similar to mine.   I'll start introducing myself. My name is Andrea and I'm 25 years old, I'll be getting married on May 1st 2015 in the Riviera Maya at Azul Fives Hotel. My fiancé's name is Jerry, also 25 years old, and we've been together for 7 and a half years now. We are from Monterrey, Mexico.   We first met at a friend's party, he was a little bit wasted I'll admit, but anyways we spend all night talking and talking. The next time I saw him was at another friend's party where he asked me for my MSN messenger ID. Since then, we spend every single day talking and becoming really good friends. 9 months later I became his girlfriend. We are such best friends, we've always been 100% authentic, so we really love each other with every single flaw and every single virtue. We love spending time together and thank god, we love each other's friends also, so that makes everything easier. At the time I was finishing High School and he was starting College. We went to my prom together, I went to his , 3 years later I went to Madrid Spain for 6 months and he went and visited me for 2 weeks. Best trip ever. We celebrate each month since we've been together, every 11th day.   So, at our 7th anniversary, I couldn't finish his gift (a "100 happy days" book) so I told him I rather celebrate this anniversary one month later, so that I would have time to finish my present. And that was the deal. Anyways we went to dinner and for the first time, we talked about marriage. He told me he couldn't wait any longer, he was just so worried for the money we needed and we talked everything through. We didn't said a date or a year or anything like that, just that we were now prepared to take that next step.   One month later, when we were supposed to give out our presents, he took me to this restaurant in Parque Fundidora, we had dinner and when we were ready to go, he told me we should take some pictures in the gorgeous view we had up there. So we started our way to the balcony and I saw a table with 2 rose bouquets, and he told me "I think we're interrupting" so we had to make it quick. After like 3 seconds I told him "or is this for me?", he laughed and that was my "anniversary present". There was a projection in the wall and a video started, it was made by small videos of our friends congratulating us for the 7 years as a couple, and then a slideshow of pictures of him and I since we started our relationship. I'm such a cry baby that at that time, I realized I've been crying for the whole video. When the pictures ended, he appeared in the video talking to me, telling me he was so grateful for this years and for me being patient about getting married, etc. And then he started talking to me in person (by the time my mascara was so messed up by all the tears) I was sitting down and he was standing up, telling me that our time to be married was coming, and that we should be patient and wait for that moment, and then he said "or why wait any longer?" got on his knees and asked me to marry him!!!!! Of course, I bursted into tears and didn't even said yes! I was so overwhelmed and didn't expect it at all. We both are very crafty and always make detailed presents to each other, that I just never knew this was coming. THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE. We toasted with champagne and send a selfie to our family and friends to tell them the big news. March 11 2014.   The next day we went to dinner with both our families, and talked about where, when and how we were going to have the wedding. I've always wanted a beach wedding so the obvious option was Cancun, the prettiest beach. 2 months later we went on a trip to Cancun, one of my best friends got married and moved there, so everything was so much easier. It is a 2 hour trip, and we stayed there for 3 days. We decided on the date because we wanted a NO LABOR DAY and May 1st is Labor Day in Mexico. So it was perfect.   We were choosing between JW Marriot in Cancun or Azul Fives Hotel in the Riviera. But we decided on Azul Fives because it was All-Inclusive and that was a better place for our guests to stay.   First things first, I looked for the music, the photographer and the wedding planner. Everything was easier because for the music, a friend of mine got married in Cancun and recommended a Dj called Rickalvin, so I booked him first. I preferred a DJ because my fiancé loves hip hop and electronic music, and I am more into Pop - Top Hits, so we really wanted to hear the actual song than a group that maybe won't speak english that well. The wedding planner was also an easy choice because a friend of ours works as a planner in Playa del Carmen with a company called ANHEXO. They also rent furniture, decoration and sell flower arrangements. For the photographer, that was the tough part. I'm SO not a professional photographer, but I had a class or two and I really appreciate when things are focused, with the proper light, centered, and many other little details that not everyone cares about. But they are my wedding photos, the only memory I'll have of that day forever with me. So searching in the website www.bodas.com.mx I found several photographers but they were not my style. On that website I found a link to Fearless Photographers, were I found the ones I booked Shenko Photography. They matched all of our criteria and I well a little bit out of the budget, but finally what we wanted.   I'll be posting here everything I find about the suppliers, and details of the Hotel also; because I know many of you don't have the opportunity to visit Cancun before the wedding.   Hope it's helpful!

andreaberretta

andreaberretta

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