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  1. Found the link for the necklace and earrings! Star Fish Necklace with Earring (Silver) - eBay (item 230315477036 end time Feb-18-09 20:58:12 PST)
  2. Found the link for the necklace and earrings! Star Fish Necklace with Earring (Silver) - eBay (item 230315477036 end time Feb-18-09 20:58:12 PST)
  3. We bought goodies for our bags from Chandlyn, they were the free gift we received for getting married there...little bottles of rum cream in a Dunn's River Falls mug, wrapped in yellow cellophane and tied with a ribbon. They looked pretty and were super easy, only $8 each.
  4. Quote: Originally Posted by tcram Your pictures are beautiful! I love our BM necklaces, where did you get those? Thanks so much! I got the necklace and earrings together on ebay, with shipping they were only $10 a set
  5. Gorgeous pics! Love the color of the bridesmaids dresses :=)
  6. Quote: Originally Posted by drbrainfreeze Thank you so so much for sharing. A lot of what you did, we are doing. I am also using Brian, and am thinking about using photoshop for video, but now I am not so sure... Michael obviously knows who Brian is at this point, so I wonder if he will get more ballsey? Did he pretty much stay out of Brian's way during the ceremony? Michael wasn't at the wedding, they use another company to shoot the video I guess, and the guy who filmed was really great. I would highly recommend the video, its a little cheesy, but well worth it! We did go talk to Chandlyn after the incident with Michael and she assured us he wouldn't cause any problems on the wedding day...so, maybe she asked him to back off intimidating Brian.
  7. We stayed in a Jr. suite and I think it was worth it for us because of its proximity to the ceremony site (near the beach gazebo), the spectacular view, and our ability to make reservations in all the restaurants. Just my two cents :-)
  8. Quote: Originally Posted by MWoodward I too am planning on using Brian Designs. For anyone that has used him at the ROR, what extra costs did you have to pay? I contacted Chandlyn and she told me $200. We used Brian Nejedly and the only extra cost we paid to the Riu was $80 for a day pass.
  9. Quote: Originally Posted by YoursTruly thanks for the review..do you have PICS? Yes! I posted the website and password a few weeks ago...I am not sure how to link to the post but here's a go: http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/t33946
  10. Wedding Ceremony: A++ Amazing! It was supposed to be at 2pm, but started at more like 2:30, lol, Nikky was very patient with us! They decorated the huppah beautifully with our hanging orchids, the minister was wonderful, and the steel drum band rocked! They played ‘you look wonderful tonight’ by Eric Clapton as I walked down the aisle, not what I had requested (Canon D) but no problem for me. We had cake, champagne, and rum punch on the beach after the ceremony and took tons of pics. So glad we got the video too because it was all such a blur! Reception Dinner at Mammee Bay: A It was really nice for our guests to have that couple of hours in between the wedding and reception, they got to relax and we got to stop by all their rooms and drink with each of them . Dinner at Mammee was great. The food was excellent, it felt private, and it was right by the beach party…which is where we went after eating to do our first dance. Unfortunately it started raining and they moved it inside. No problem, bridesmaids dragged us on stage where we danced our married butts off! Front Desk: F Bring lots of small bills for tipping! They can’t make any change at the cashier (go figure!) and we saw more than one person pretty mad about this during our stay. For our 10 nights in Jamaica we brought $100 in ones and we could have used a few more. The reason for the F is the messages we left that were never received ( a pretty big deal when u are expecting family to arrive and you have no idea their flight was canceled) Also, my bridesmaid left some of my brand new wedding makeup at the front desk to return to me and I never got it, pretty bummed about that. Food/Dining at Riu: B Breakfast at St Ann was really good, lots of variety and mostly tasty food. We only ate at St Ann’s once for dinner and were not impressed, maybe it was an off night but we didn’t want to take that chance again. We tipped our way into Tushima (Asian) 2 nights, for 15 of us one night, and made reservations for Sir Richards the other night. Food was very good at both places, even the picky eaters found stuff they enjoyed. Hope this helps! And please let me know if you have any questions
  11. We had the wedding of our dreams at the Riu Ocho Rios! Having a destination wedding was the best idea… we had so much fun with our family and friends, and a wonderful honeymoon at Couples San Souci. Here is our review broken into sections for easier reading: Montego Bay Airport: Getting through was pretty simple (note, don’t tear off the bottom part of your customs form like I did ... fill it all out!) and we really wish we had brought some pens, the airlines seem to have stopped handing them out and there were no pens in any of the rooms at ROR Jamaica Tours: B+ we headed over to counter after getting our bags, and they were very friendly. They took all our bags and loaded us into the big, comfy air conditioned bus. We tipped and then got settled in and waited for 10-15 minutes, so we grabbed beers at the Margaritaville counter, and finally headed out 20 minutes later after 2 more people got on. The driver was really nice , and pointed out several places of interest. We stopped almost halfway for drinks and rest stop. The rum punch was $7 (?!) so we stuck with Red Stripes for $4. We didn’t purchase anything else there and were glad later when we saw the same things being sold for cheaper other places. Sun had set on the ride to ROR and it started raining right before we got there Check-in Riu: A Overall, we were really pleased with the resort with a few small exceptions. When we arrived at the resort at 6:30, it was dark and rainy, but we didn’t let it get us down…the hotel is huge and beautiful and we couldn’t wait to start exploring. We were greeted with cold rum punch and a warm smile while waiting in line to check in. Check-in was pretty painless, we gave them our travel vouchers from the booklet and were given 2 key cards (which are given for the suite side) My FIL and his wife stayed on the regular, non-suite side and were given real keys with very bulky key chains attached. Rooms: A Our room, suite 1437 was perfect! It was on the 4th floor right in the middle of the building, which made for a fantastic pool and ocean view. The room itself is very modern, clean, and well appointed. All our guests, most were on the non-suite side, were also very happy with their rooms. For the money, I thought the suite was worth it for the extra space of the sitting area, the key cards vs. bulky keys, a separate dinner reservation desk, and proximity to the beach wedding site. ..we didn’t have to walk through the whole resort on the way to the ceremony. Chandlyn/Nikky: A We went to the front desk and had them call Nicky, we set up an appt with her at 10am. After breakfast we headed over there and met with Nikky. The meeting took around 45 minutes and it was pretty easy. We picked the huppah on the beach and she had our flower info Tai Flora emailed her. We also got the chair covers, steel drum band, an extra bottle of champagne, and the cake setup on the beach following the ceremony. Also, they did not have the exact color we wanted for the chair cover sashes, so Nikky said to stop by the next day and see some samples of colors we could use…thought that was very nice. We also gave her the hanging orchids we had brought to decorate the huppah. We did ask about breakfast in bed the morning after the wedding and she said, no problem! Coffee and a large assortment of food, including yummy omelets and pastries, were delivered to our room just like she promised. Also, at the meeting, we also received our welcome gift, which we liked so much we bought a bunch extra to put in our OOT bags…they were a big hit! We felt Nikky did an outstanding job and we stopped by the day after the wedding and tipped her generously. Photoshop: This was something I was kinda concerned about after reading about the problems some of the BDW brides had with Michael and outside photographers. After paying for the video services at the Photoshop, Michael knew who we were. So… later that day when our photographer, Brian Nejedly, stopped by the Riu to pick up some things from us, we saw Michael staring us down as we sat in the lobby with Brian. Not 5 minutes later, a security officer comes over and asks to speak with Brian. They both come back over, and the security officer asks us if the wedding coordinators are aware we are using an outside photographer. We assure him Chandlyn is well aware and we have already paid for a day pass for him the wedding day. all this time Michael is watching us. So, Brian leaves, and at this point I am so worried Michael is going to cause a scene on the wedding day or stop Brian from being let in the hotel on the wedding day. DH calms me down and I put it out of my mind. There was no more drama after that, whew… which was lucky for Michael, hehe, my hubby would have set him straight! Brian Nejedly: A Highly recommended! He was very professional, personable, prompt, and unobtrusive during the ceremony. We debated *a lot* about going with the resort photographer, but in the end it didn’t end up costing much more than the Photoshop and we have over 600 amazing pictures , including our TTD. Also, we got all our pics in high and low resolution on cd only 2 days after the wedding. TTD: We were supposed to do the TTD the day after the wedding, but it was kind of overcast so we rescheduled for the next day. So glad we did, I was exhausted that day and it was our guests last night. But, the next day we felt great and the TTD shoot was one of the highlights of the trip. Brian took us to a gorgeous local waterfall and then to a local beach for sunset pics. Renova Spa: A+ We only had appts for my and the bridesmaids hair-dos. The morning of the wedding we wanted to add my MIL for hair and my mom for her nails. At the Renova desk, they said they couldn’t fit us in so we left. But the hair girl (can’t remember her name) came running out after us and said if we could all come in now (10:30 am) she could take everyone. It was really fun being all there together and she did an incredible job. She put so many bobby pins in one of my bridesmaids updos, her head set off the metal detector at two airports on the way home!! Flowers from Tai Flora: A+ I picked out our bouquets from their catalogue only days before the wedding and they were fabulous. They showed up only 20 minutes before the ceremony was supposed to start but I was running late so, no problem. They were beautiful, smelled amazing, and the price was right
  12. I used Brian Nejedly for my wedding and TTD shoot in December and would highly recommend him. He was professional and affordable and we love, love, love the pics! Also, he delivered all the pictures to us on disc within 2 days of the wedding If you would like to take a look at our pics, you can find them on his website in the private gallery section, password is: riu2
  13. Quote: Originally Posted by panther Your photos are fabulous. Where did you get your flowers done, and what kinda are those purple ones. Thanks so much! Tai Flora did my flowers, I just picked them out of the catalogue (with a minor adjustment) and emailed them what I wanted like 5 days before the ceremony. They were bouquet #57 I think...white lilies, white roses, and purple orchids (bridesmaids also had blue tinted orchids) The total for 3 bouquets, 3 hair orchids, and 1 bouteneire was around $200. Thanks everyone else for you kind words! To answer yall's questions: My dress designer was Mori Lee The girls got their dresses from Nordstrom online (at under $30 each we couldn't resist!) Was finally able to start writing a review today, after a very hectic 3 weeks, hope to have it up soon :-)
  14. We are back too soon from our incredible wedding/honeymoon at the Riu Ocho Rios/Couples San Souci. I just wanted to share our pics and give back to the forum ~ all the info on here helped us soooo much (not that we planned all that much, haha, but we were very well informed!) Brian Design - Photography & Website Design by Brian Nejedly - Ocho Rios, Jamaica go to private galleries and the password is riu2 Enjoy
  15. Money talks at the Riu - the restaurants were barely even half full most nights we were there last week. A $20 got us a table for 15 in Tushima w/o reservations...
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