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  1. Quote: Originally Posted by DreamsBride09 Hi everyone! Im getting married at Dreams PUJ 3 months from today. The time of my wedding on July 1st (CANADA DAY!!!) is at 2:00pm... Im wondering if this is going to be too early. I plan on having a private reception dinner at the Bordeaux Terrace but Im not sure when they start the dinners. Im assuming around 6pmish... any suggestions? Hi DreamsBride09, As a photographer, I always recommend to book the wedding ceremony at 3pm or 4pm. The best time for pictures is anytime after 3pm, I find 2pm is too early and the lighting is very harsh between 11am-3pm. Varia
  2. Hi there, The fire dancers were $600 for 7 minutes performance. In my opinion they are really worth the money. They were awesome and everyone loved them! Pictures are HERE.
  3. Hi Beanster and Parissa, I will be back from Grand Sunset Princess Resort on April 4th and I promise to post pictures as soon as possible. I will keep you posted.
  4. Quote: Originally Posted by Nova Scotia Bride Connie, We met with the photographer who is coming with us tonight, and he was asking about lighting during the reception/Beach BBQ. What types of lights do they have? He wanted to know if it's hard to see....or what they have there? I only noticed lights from strings around the tables. Did your photographer bring lights? Jodie Hi Jodie, As a photographer, I recommend that your photographer brings a second light to the beach reception. It is very dark, because the only lighting there is from the strings around the tables. When I shot a wedding there I had one flash on the camera and the second flash on the stand to light the background. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.
  5. I also shot trash the dress session on the other side of the Lover's Beach. We took a water taxi there at 3pm, and stayed till sunset. Usually they stop taking people at 4, but we tipped the water taxi driver to come back for us at 5pm.
  6. Hi Deanna, I would highly recommend Lover's Beach for trash the dress session. Here are the links to my previous posts: http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/t18909 http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/t13968 http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/t21376
  7. I have photographed 2 weddings at the Riu Palace and 3 trash the dress sessions in the area. I posted some pictures and review earlier, if you are interested here are the links: http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/t21376 http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/t18909 http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/t13968 http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/t13972 Let me know if you have any questions.
  8. Quote: Originally Posted by jackobelle I think Havana is about 2 hours from Varadero. Thank you!
  9. Congratulations Amy!!! I agree - Megan is the best!!! Most of my groups use her and they are very happy too )) I will be in Varadero the first week of May, photographing 2 weddings. Do you know how far is Havana from Varadero? I am thinking of going there with bride and groom. Thank you,
  10. Quote: Originally Posted by beanster Hello Everyone!!! I'm new to this site but it seems very informative so far!! I was wondering if a few of you could email pictures from your GSP wedding!! Me and my fiance are gettng married there August 2009!!! We're so excited but also curious just as to how everyon's photos turned out and the views etc. Thanks so much bettinadasko@hotmail.com :-) I am photographing a wedding there on April 2nd and I promise to post pictures, when I come back.
  11. Hi Carly, I have shot 2 weddings at the Riu Palace and 1 trash the dress session at the Riu Santa Fe. I am familiar with both resorts as well as Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. I am going there again in April to shoot another wedding. Let me know if you have any questions about the resort or the area. Here is the link to the Riu Santa Fe trash the dress session: http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/t18909
  12. Hi Ange, I flew to Los Cabos in Dec 2007, March 2008 and April 2008 from Toronto to photograph weddings and Saturday and Sunday departures were available. I just did a search online and it looks like this July there is only Monday departure. Some of my groups used Megan Crouse, she is a travel agent, who specializes in destination weddings. Megan is based in Toronto and she might help you too. Here is her email: megan@weddingsbyoceans.com Good luck!
  13. Paradisus Palma Real is an exuberant property. The grounds are gorgeous: beautiful architecture, tropical gardens, small lagoon with pink flamingos, and white sandy beach. The event was really exciting, and despite the large size of the group (95 guests), I was able to capture all the special moments. The wedding ceremony took place at the garden gazebo, which was surrounded by lush gardens and a small pond. I took some pictures of the bride and groom in the garden, by the lagoon, in the courtyard, in the pool gazebo and the beach and there were still plenty locations that were not used. Overall what stood out the most was a plethora of great spots for photography. In regards of the trash the dress session, I highly recommend The Altos de Chavón. It was built about 30 years ago to replicate a Mediterranean village of 16th century. This village is located on the mountain with the beautiful view of Chavón River. Here is my slideshow of the trash the dress session at The Altos de Chavón: Christa and Darryl I also found a great location off resort and it is located between Grand Bahia Principe and Majestic Elegance Resort - wild palm tree jungle. You can see the slideshow here: Niki & Todd Let me know if you have any other questions.
  14. I am going to Grand Sunset Princess Resort next month. I will be there from March 28th to April 4th, 2009 photographing a wedding on April 2nd. I promise to post pictures, when I get back. If anyone needs any info about the resort or specific picture, let me know.
  15. Hi Ange, I am also confirming that I had no issues photographing weddings at the Riu Palace. I shot weddings there in 2007 and 2008 and I am going there again this April.
  16. I photographed weddings at the Majestic Colonial, Paradisus Palma Real, Dreams and Riu Bachata. I find Majestic Colonial is the most popular resort. They do a great job organizing weddings. I can say a lot of nice things about this resort. I have spent 4 weeks there, photographing 8 weddings. Dreams Resort and Riu Bachata, where I also stayed, have a lot of great locations for photography. I also liked Paradisus Palma Real, it is a beautiful luxury resort. If anyone has any questions about there resorts, please do not hesitate to contact me.
  17. Great review and pictures! I am getting very excited - I will be there in May, photographing 2 weddings!!!
  18. Welcome to the forum!!!
  19. Hi there, I am also willing to help and answer any questions you might have about the resort and the area. I have stayed at the Playa Pesquero Resort and I shot a wedding there. Here is the slideshow of the wedding at Playa Pesquero Resort: Ashley and Nick
  20. Quote: Originally Posted by Christinamaria22 I am also looking into photographers.... I do not want to rely on the resort would you e-mail me your pricing... we are planning on may 30 09.... hopefully we make up our minds so we can actullay book a place that is available.... Hello again, Unfortunately, I am already booked from May 22 to May 29 for weddings in Cuba.
  21. Hi there, I shot a few weddings at the Majestic Colonial this year. Here are my slideshows: Caroline and Colin Stephanie & Terry Christa and Darryl
  22. Quote: Originally Posted by chika I believe Dreams can only have 2 weddings per day as a rule. I can't wait to get married there! It is only one week and one month away for me. I will definitely post pics when I get back. As well as a lengthy review. Hi Shelley, I am at the Dreams Resort right now. I shot a wedding here yesterday and resort had 2 other weddings happening at the same day. It is a beautiful resort and it has a lots of great spots for photography!
  23. Quote: Originally Posted by jaysgirl Does anyone know of a photographer that will be in Punta Cana between April 19-25, 2009? Hi Brittany, I am available to travel between April 19-25, 2009 to photograph your wedding in Punta Cana. Let me know if you are interested.
  24. Quote: Originally Posted by member08 Hey everyone! I'm trying to plan my small destination wedding to Punta Cana for December 2008. I'll be traveling there 11/29 - 12/6 and need a resort and a photographer. I'm stuck between the Paradisus Punta Cana, Melia Caribe, Bahia Ambar and the Majestic Colonial. All seem to have pros and cons and I just need a little assistance from you other picky brides! Have to be married on the beach (i mean isn't that the dream?) and we'll just be doing a symbolic ceremony. Looking for a photographer that might down there that week or might come down there that week for the wedding day and a trash the dress session. Any interest? Any thoughts or opinions?? Look forward to your help...as I obviously need to book a resort within the next 2 weeks. Thanks ya'll!! Hi there, I will be in Punta Cana the week of Nov 22-29. I am in the process of booking two weddings there, one on Nov 24th at the Majestic Colonial and one at the Paradisus on Nov 27th. I will be staying at the Majestic Colonial Resort. Both brides are splitting my travel costs. I am also available to stay in Punta Cana for two weeks and photograph your wedding during the week of Nov 29 to Dec 6. If you are interested in my services you could possibly share the cost of my travel for two weeks with two other brides and it might work out even better in terms of the cost. Here are slideshows from 3 weddings that I shot in Punta Cana in July: Caroline and Colin Stephanie & Terry Christa and Darryl Christa and Darryl I am also going there tomorrow to photograph one wedding at the Majestic Colonial Resort.
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