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    St. John's Spa recommendations???

    NurseMorgan- We stayed at Caneel Bay...it was amazing!!! It is rustic, there are mosquitoes so bring lots of spray. There are no TVs in the room, and the bar closes early...however those were the only 'negatives'. We LOVED Caneel Bay!!! It was Caneel Bay that set the stage for what my husband and I have been doing the last 4 years...traveling!!! Caneel gave us that 'travelers bug' that people talk about b/c the service there was so amazing and over the top..we had never been treated so well. I absolutely loved the fact we were right on the beach...fell asleep to the waves and walked right out to our own beach and it felt like we were the only ones there, just steps away from the little cottage!! The water is warm and clear and you can snorkel right there!! We saw a few turtles just off of the beach..it was amazing!!! At the end of our trip we went over to the Westin, what a dissapointment, we wanted to turn right around and go back to Caneel...the intimacy and service at Caneel was just outstanding and private and romantic. The beach was amazing and pure. I highly recommend it!!!
  2. Hey all, First Congrats to all of you and have FUN planning your destination wedding….we made it fun and it was a BLAST! Our wedding was May 9, 2009 in St. Thomas. It took me so long to write a review b/c we are about to do a 2nd honeymoon in Italy in 5 days, AND just bought a house…we have been so busy, and I wanted to make sure when I write this review that Jean-Marcus (JM) gets all the credit he deserves….b/c HE ROCKED! Just talking to JM here on the forums and with planning things out, I felt like I knew him forever, he is very outgoing, friendly and has a great humor. I had a wedding planner in St. Thomas, and she was awesome, but I wanted a photographer who had a little more artistic, photojournalistic and unique style than what came in the package. At first, I was really hesitant to have a photographer come from across the country (Seattle to Caribbean) and thought it was really unrealistic. I struggled with it for weeks! I was looking around and I just kept going back to JM’s photos, I was just so impressed. At first, I said “no we can’t do that, it would be crazyâ€â€¦.but then after 2 weeks of seriously thinking about wanting JM as our photographer and how much I loved his work, I couldn’t sleep one night, I woke my FI up (who I had been constantly telling about JM for weeks)….I said “I just have to have JM as our photographerâ€â€¦Ron said OK immediately…prob b/c I kept talking about how much I loved JM’s work and seriously Ron loved his work too! Pre Wedding: JM is so fun to work with, very laid back. And he always responds to emails very quickly…I never had to wait days to have him answer questions. Even a few months b/f the wedding, when I was freaking out, he always responded right away…I swear he carries his computer on him all the time! He totally put my mind to ease. When you book JM he comes for as many days as you want, and photographs as much/little as you want. It is basically unlimited photos. Day 1: We didn’t have any plans but dinner, JM came out, met the family and really just got to know everyone. He is so outgoing that everyone just took to him and love him right away. At first my family was like “your photographer is from where? And why?†That lasted until they met him…they LOVED him… Day2: Pre wedding welcome lunch at the hotel and dinner on a boat. It was awesome…again, we wanted really laid back, and wanted everyone to have fun and they did…JM was like a part of the family…he just fit right in and got along with everyone. Day 3: Wedding Day- JM met me early for me to get hair/makeup, had awesome ideas for a ‘first look’ with my FI so we could do pre wedding pics at the Ritz. As Im getting ready, he was SO much of a help… Im not kidding you…he helped out so much..my wedding was super small and last minute things that needed to be done, he was such a great help and eager to do so We did pre wedding pics, then drove to the ceremony at the beach. It rained but JM took all the chances he could get to get great pics when the sun peaked through At the same time, he was always helping out, either with me or the guests….totally awesome…I seriously don’t know what I would have done without him there. Keep in mind, as outgoing as he is, he was totally professional the entire time. Day 4: TTD Well, we didn’t plan to do a TDD, but the day b/f the wedding decided to buy a ‘used’ dress from the Wedding Coordinator. SO glad we did….OMG it was amazing. First I must say JM insisted he be there for him to help me pick out the best dress for the TDD shoot…..he didn’t have to do this, but he did. He met us at the hotel room, I tried on dresses, he examined them, gave his opinion, and it was so cool he took the time to do that….he wanted me to have the best dress for the shoot….shows how much he really cares about his work! We had the TDD on St. John, Trunk Bay…which was a special place to JM anyway b/c his father had visited there many years before and had such great things to say about the beach. The TDD was awesome…I was WAY more relaxed and they are such AWESOME Pics…the sun was out, and he is so artistic, he had so many ideas….aside from the Posed shots that most photographers do…, just so unique and artistic! JM came up with an idea, he wanted to do a pic with umbrellas, and we searched long and hard for some white ones, but only found blue….the blue of our wedding…so we used them. EVERYONE, I mean EVERYONE LOVES the umbrella pics…I have had people ask if they could have them to just put up in their house b/c it is so amazing….Im not kidding!....but I won’t tell you the secret of how he got this awesome shot JM was amazing, he was like a photographer, wedding coordinator, supporter, friend throughout the entire time, while still professional. He was kinda the life of the party at times, so engaging to all of our guests…when we didn’t know what to do at times b/c of the craziness, he was there to direct us during the wedding…he has had so much experience that he just KNEW what to do and when to do it! At the end of the wedding Everyone said “JM was great†they just loved him and wanted his contact info right away! They at first questioned why I would send a photog across the country to do the pics before the wedding, then they said “we know exactly why you picked himâ€! Our pics are awesome….so awesome I don’t know how Im going to choose a photo book…Im still trying to pick out thank you cards….I am in awe of the pics…it is going to take me some time. One last note…since JM lives in Seattle and we live in CA…we are actually thinking about having him come and photograph our first childs Bday…no plans for preg yet but I feel like he is “MY†photographer for any event we do in the future. I also know I gained a friend during this… But for those of you who just want ‘a photographer’ and no personal relationship, JM is up to that too…he Is so versatile and very professional…but a Hell of a lot of fun to be with! Im too tired to post pics…I hope JM can respond and post pics… Night shifts are tough so I really want you to see some pics and see how awesome he is….but Ive been up over 24 hours and need to sleep. JM…we love ya! Manda and Ron
  3. I posted this at another spot but I wanted to give you guys the info too!! Hey all, First Congrats to all of you and have FUN planning your destination wedding….we made it fun and it was a BLAST! Our wedding was May 9, 2009 in St. Thomas. It took me so long to write a review b/c we are about to do a 2nd honeymoon in Italy in 5 days, AND just bought a house…we have been so busy, and I wanted to make sure when I write this review that Jean-Marcus (JM) gets all the credit he deserves….b/c HE ROCKED! Just talking to JM here on the forums and with planning things out, I felt like I knew him forever, he is very outgoing, friendly and has a great humor. I had a wedding planner in St. Thomas, and she was awesome, but I wanted a photographer who had a little more artistic, photojournalistic and unique style than what came in the package. At first, I was really hesitant to have a photographer come from across the country (Seattle to Caribbean) and thought it was really unrealistic. I struggled with it for weeks! I was looking around and I just kept going back to JM’s photos, I was just so impressed. At first, I said “no we can’t do that, it would be crazyâ€â€¦.but then after 2 weeks of seriously thinking about wanting JM as our photographer and how much I loved his work, I couldn’t sleep one night, I woke my FI up (who I had been constantly telling about JM for weeks)….I said “I just have to have JM as our photographerâ€â€¦Ron said OK immediately…prob b/c I kept talking about how much I loved JM’s work and seriously Ron loved his work too! Pre Wedding: JM is so fun to work with, very laid back. And he always responds to emails very quickly…I never had to wait days to have him answer questions. Even a few months b/f the wedding, when I was freaking out, he always responded right away…I swear he carries his computer on him all the time! He totally put my mind to ease. When you book JM he comes for as many days as you want, and photographs as much/little as you want. It is basically unlimited photos. Day 1: We didn’t have any plans but dinner, JM came out, met the family and really just got to know everyone. He is so outgoing that everyone just took to him and love him right away. At first my family was like “your photographer is from where? And why?†That lasted until they met him…they LOVED him… Day2: Pre wedding welcome lunch at the hotel and dinner on a boat. It was awesome…again, we wanted really laid back, and wanted everyone to have fun and they did…JM was like a part of the family…he just fit right in and got along with everyone. Day 3: Wedding Day- JM met me early for me to get hair/makeup, had awesome ideas for a ‘first look’ with my FI so we could do pre wedding pics at the Ritz. As Im getting ready, he was SO much of a help… Im not kidding you…he helped out so much..my wedding was super small and last minute things that needed to be done, he was such a great help and eager to do so We did pre wedding pics, then drove to the ceremony at the beach. It rained but JM took all the chances he could get to get great pics when the sun peaked through At the same time, he was always helping out, either with me or the guests….totally awesome…I seriously don’t know what I would have done without him there. Keep in mind, as outgoing as he is, he was totally professional the entire time. Day 4: TTD Well, we didn’t plan to do a TDD, but the day b/f the wedding decided to buy a ‘used’ dress from the Wedding Coordinator. SO glad we did….OMG it was amazing. First I must say JM insisted he be there for him to help me pick out the best dress for the TDD shoot…..he didn’t have to do this, but he did. He met us at the hotel room, I tried on dresses, he examined them, gave his opinion, and it was so cool he took the time to do that….he wanted me to have the best dress for the shoot….shows how much he really cares about his work! We had the TDD on St. John, Trunk Bay…which was a special place to JM anyway b/c his father had visited there many years before and had such great things to say about the beach. The TDD was awesome…I was WAY more relaxed and they are such AWESOME Pics…the sun was out, and he is so artistic, he had so many ideas….aside from the Posed shots that most photographers do…, just so unique and artistic! JM came up with an idea, he wanted to do a pic with umbrellas, and we searched long and hard for some white ones, but only found blue….the blue of our wedding…so we used them. EVERYONE, I mean EVERYONE LOVES the umbrella pics…I have had people ask if they could have them to just put up in their house b/c it is so amazing….Im not kidding!....but I won’t tell you the secret of how he got this awesome shot JM was amazing, he was like a photographer, wedding coordinator, supporter, friend throughout the entire time, while still professional. He was kinda the life of the party at times, so engaging to all of our guests…when we didn’t know what to do at times b/c of the craziness, he was there to direct us during the wedding…he has had so much experience that he just KNEW what to do and when to do it! At the end of the wedding Everyone said “JM was great†they just loved him and wanted his contact info right away! They at first questioned why I would send a photog across the country to do the pics before the wedding, then they said “we know exactly why you picked himâ€! Our pics are awesome….so awesome I don’t know how Im going to choose a photo book…Im still trying to pick out thank you cards….I am in awe of the pics…it is going to take me some time. One last note…since JM lives in Seattle and we live in CA…we are actually thinking about having him come and photograph our first childs Bday…no plans for preg yet but I feel like he is “MY†photographer for any event we do in the future. I also know I gained a friend during this… But for those of you who just want ‘a photographer’ and no personal relationship, JM is up to that too…he Is so versatile and very professional…but a Hell of a lot of fun to be with! Im too tired to post pics…I hope JM can respond and post pics… Night shifts are tough so I really want you to see some pics and see how awesome he is….but Ive been up over 24 hours and need to sleep. JM…we love ya! Manda and Ron
  4. IslandLover

    Photog Review- Jean-Marcus Strole

    OMG JEAN-MARCUS....am I crazy or what? Good lord, that is what an overnight shift does to you after 24 hours awake! Im So Sorry...and you have such a cool name, how could I F that up? If anyone on here knows how I can edit my post, let me know...if not, I will re-post again...with the CORRECT name :0
  5. Hey all, First Congrats to all of you and have FUN planning your destination wedding….we made it fun and it was a BLAST! Our wedding was May 9, 2009 in St. Thomas. It took me so long to write a review b/c we are about to do a 2nd honeymoon in Italy in 5 days, AND just bought a house…we have been so busy, and I wanted to make sure when I write this review that John Marcus (JM) gets all the credit he deserves….b/c HE ROCKED! Just talking to JM here on the forums and with planning things out, I felt like I knew him forever, he is very outgoing, friendly and has a great humor. I had a wedding planner in St. Thomas, and she was awesome, but I wanted a photographer who had a little more artistic, photojournalistic and unique style than what came in the package. At first, I was really hesitant to have a photographer come from across the country (Seattle to Caribbean) and thought it was really unrealistic. I struggled with it for weeks! I was looking around and I just kept going back to JM’s photos, I was just so impressed. At first, I said “no we can’t do that, it would be crazyâ€â€¦.but then after 2 weeks of seriously thinking about wanting JM as our photographer and how much I loved his work, I couldn’t sleep one night, I woke my FI up (who I had been constantly telling about JM for weeks)….I said “I just have to have JM as our photographerâ€â€¦Ron said OK immediately…prob b/c I kept talking about how much I loved JM’s work and seriously Ron loved his work too! Pre Wedding: JM is so fun to work with, very laid back. And he always responds to emails very quickly…I never had to wait days to have him answer questions. Even a few months b/f the wedding, when I was freaking out, he always responded right away…I swear he carries his computer on him all the time! He totally put my mind to ease. When you book JM he comes for as many days as you want, and photographs as much/little as you want. It is basically unlimited photos. Day 1: We didn’t have any plans but dinner, JM came out, met the family and really just got to know everyone. He is so outgoing that everyone just took to him and love him right away. At first my family was like “your photographer is from where? And why?†That lasted until they met him…they LOVED him… Day2: Pre wedding welcome lunch at the hotel and dinner on a boat. It was awesome…again, we wanted really laid back, and wanted everyone to have fun and they did…JM was like a part of the family…he just fit right in and got along with everyone. Day 3: Wedding Day- JM met me early for me to get hair/makeup, had awesome ideas for a ‘first look’ with my FI so we could do pre wedding pics at the Ritz. As Im getting ready, he was SO much of a help… Im not kidding you…he helped out so much..my wedding was super small and last minute things that needed to be done, he was such a great help and eager to do so We did pre wedding pics, then drove to the ceremony at the beach. It rained but JM took all the chances he could get to get great pics when the sun peaked through At the same time, he was always helping out, either with me or the guests….totally awesome…I seriously don’t know what I would have done without him there. Keep in mind, as outgoing as he is, he was totally professional the entire time. Day 4: TTD Well, we didn’t plan to do a TDD, but the day b/f the wedding decided to buy a ‘used’ dress from the Wedding Coordinator. SO glad we did….OMG it was amazing. First I must say JM insisted he be there for him to help me pick out the best dress for the TDD shoot…..he didn’t have to do this, but he did. He met us at the hotel room, I tried on dresses, he examined them, gave his opinion, and it was so cool he took the time to do that….he wanted me to have the best dress for the shoot….shows how much he really cares about his work! We had the TDD on St. John, Trunk Bay…which was a special place to JM anyway b/c his father had visited there many years before and had such great things to say about the beach. The TDD was awesome…I was WAY more relaxed and they are such AWESOME Pics…the sun was out, and he is so artistic, he had so many ideas….aside from the Posed shots that most photographers do…, just so unique and artistic! JM came up with an idea, he wanted to do a pic with umbrellas, and we searched long and hard for some white ones, but only found blue….the blue of our wedding…so we used them. EVERYONE, I mean EVERYONE LOVES the umbrella pics…I have had people ask if they could have them to just put up in their house b/c it is so amazing….Im not kidding!....but I won’t tell you the secret of how he got this awesome shot JM was amazing, he was like a photographer, wedding coordinator, supporter, friend throughout the entire time, while still professional. He was kinda the life of the party at times, so engaging to all of our guests…when we didn’t know what to do at times b/c of the craziness, he was there to direct us during the wedding…he has had so much experience that he just KNEW what to do and when to do it! At the end of the wedding Everyone said “JM was great†they just loved him and wanted his contact info right away! They at first questioned why I would send a photog across the country to do the pics before the wedding, then they said “we know exactly why you picked himâ€! Our pics are awesome….so awesome I don’t know how Im going to choose a photo book…Im still trying to pick out thank you cards….I am in awe of the pics…it is going to take me some time. One last note…since JM lives in Seattle and we live in CA…we are actually thinking about having him come and photograph our first childs Bday…no plans for preg yet but I feel like he is “MY†photographer for any event we do in the future. I also know I gained a friend during this… But for those of you who just want ‘a photographer’ and no personal relationship, JM is up to that too…he Is so versatile and very professional…but a Hell of a lot of fun to be with! Im too tired to post pics…I hope JM can respond and post pics… Night shifts are tough so I really want you to see some pics and see how awesome he is….but Ive been up over 24 hours and need to sleep. JM…we love ya! Manda and Ron
  6. IslandLover

    St Thomas bride update....ROLL CALL

    Hey guys, Im back from our wedding an honeymoon in St. Thomas and St. John!!!! Freakin' awesome!!! Had a WONDERFUL WC....Angela, and our photog Was THE BEST....Jean Marcus!!!! He kept us all sane Anyway, Im trying to get pics together to show you guys Lots of info to share!!! Full details coming soon!! amanda
  7. IslandLover

    IslandLover's Wedding Pics (St. Thomas & St. John)

    That picture FREAKIN rocks!!!!.. Im so glad we found the umbrellas. I think the blue was so cool and worked out well. I want to tell everyone on here how AWESOME you were and we had a BLAST with you..!!! Thanks for posting the pic for everyone to see.... Ill write more soon, b/c everyone deserves to know how much fun we had with you and how much our guests loved you!!!!....we cannot stop bragging about you to everyone we meet here.....!!! THANKS!! Amanda and Ron
  8. Hey guys Is anyone printing up a wedding day timline to put in the OOT bags? I was wondering if someone could show me what they did or give me some creative ideas? thanks
  9. IslandLover

    Wyndham Sugar Bay Q's

    I posted a review on this a while back when we went to St. Thomas. It is a nice place, defiantely great if you want AI.... Bads were that you have to either walk a long hill/steps to get to the beach or take a shuttle bus, which is really hard to get in an out of, but still it comes often...takes you to the pool and beach area. The beach is very rocky, you will need watershoes until you get out past the rocks... My guests are staying at Frenchmans, and also has shuttle busses to the beach, the beach at Whyndamm is very small and rocky but they do have activiites. and the pool is great. good luck
  10. OHHHH...i think i finally figured it out...uploaded it to visa with 'excellent' resolution....i should have them printed in a few days....THANKS MORGAN!!!
  11. IslandLover

    Jean-Marcus Strole Photography Review

    OH loved this review...you guys figured out what I knew from the begining..he is awesome!! I actually had another photographer booked with my WC...but seriously couldnt sleep b/c I just LOVED JM!!!...I was very hesitant at first to fly someone down, someone I didnt know, havent met....but seriously, I had to have HIM as my photographer.... So...canceled my other Photog, and talked to JM....NOW he is coming to my wedding in May in St. Thomas. I felt really bad for the other Photog for like....a second....then realized that Photog is the most important part for us...and Im SO excited now..and I know he is perfect for us...I cannot WAIT!!! *HUGS* JM! I owe you a *HUG*....you really helped me see that it isnt the number of people there but who really wants to be there matters!! Thanks
  12. In Vista Print, how do you know what your resolution is? Ive been working on this for like 6 hours strait and finally have it uploaded to VIsta, still says resolution is too low...how do I know what it is exactly? thanks
  13. Hey guys, need some advice....LOVE this post, and have the background saved at PPT, but how do I add text to it...and then do I just print it to Vista print? Anyone who can give me advice, I need it FAST...wedding is in MAY!!!
  14. I havent been here in FOREVER...so just wondering how I can post pics of my STD's...I have some awesome pics to post and would love to share them, but I cant remember how to post. Thanks
  15. IslandLover

    TA for St. Thomas

    Hey! Ive been MIA for a while, my Boards were a few days ago so I had to put them over wedding planning. Now, I have 6 months till St. Thomas wedding and remember hearing about getting TAs here. Not sure if I need one, but I know there is one for the Caribbean, but dont remember who it is!!! Does anyone know? The economy is so bad that it looks like a lot of people are backing out coming but just in case I would like a TA. Thanks all.
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