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  1. The TTD photos were taken at Cenote Azul. Our photographer took care of any fee.
  2. Forum Praise Thank goodness my husband came across this forum! My husband discovered Malisa Evans of Destination Scout (hereby referred to as “Malisa†or “WCâ€) http://www.destinationscout.com/on this forum and also on Trip Advisor. She posted detailed accounts of her many scouting trips to Mexico and her Hotel Milamores Tulum wedding. We reached out to her after we returned from our own May 2009 Tulum scouting trip. She offered her WC services. We could not resist after reading her various reviews and seeing her fairytale wedding photos. See the pictures of her wedding here http://www.dreamtimeimages.com/blog/...lisa-and-todd/ and you’ll see what I mean. The Bride can be Indecisive Inherent in wedding planning is a need to continue to make decisions to keep the process moving forward. A word about me - I am indecisive by nature. I tend to agree and then change my mind. I do this often. Malisa handled my indecisiveness with patience and a good attitude. Why We Chose Malisa Before signing with Malisa, I should mention we had been in preliminary discussions with two other WCs – both serve Riviera Maya. We had even met one of them in person on our May 2009 Tulum scouting trip. Wedding coordination is a competitive business in Riviera Maya. We knew we needed someone who would listen and respect our ideas and not try to talk us into their PLAN. With Malisa, our dream was her dream. Wedding coordinators often have preferred vendors and are either not flexible or may not work well with non-preferred vendors. This was not the case with Malisa. By the time we executed a contract with her we had already agreed and signed with a DJ and a photographer. Malisa reviewed the executed vendor contracts and discussed them in detail with us. This illustrates her flexibility with vendors. We suggest brides and grooms-to be to HIRE THEIR WEDDING COORDINATOR PRIOR TO HIRING YOUR OTHER REQUIRED VENDORS. Wedding coordinators can match your expectations to a suitable vendor. For example, we really wished we had gone Malisa’s route and hired our photographer Wedding Photographer- Playa del Carmen & Riviera Maya - Pierre Visual Studio - Home - Wedding Photographer for the 5 days our 40+ family and friends stayed with us and also for the day of and TTD. Additionally, Malisa, being well-versed in photography, would have given us some insight into questions to ask your photographer – for example, which equipment achieves brilliant photo-journalist shots. The Wedding Planning Beginning in May 2009, the wedding planning went something like this. Weekly, we met on the phone to review each wedding detail. Malisa prepared a wedding budget (discussed below) and utilized a wedding powerpoint planning tool. The tool contained all vendor contracted terms and conditions (including prices and contact information), wedding inspiration photos (flower, lounge seating and lighting design, cake choices), detailed floor plans of Hotel Milamores, tasks completed and a “to do†list. My husband and I compiled our wedding inspiration library from ideas we found in Pacific Weddings Magazine Hawaii Wedding Planning | Maui Fiji Oahu Destination Weddings California, Martha Stewart’s Wedding website and several event designers including David Beahm David Beahm and Yvonne Design Yvonne Design | Wedding & Event Décor | Hawaii Floral Design . If you have heard of these designers, you will notice I have very extravagant taste. For example, I insisted on tall, cascading floral arrangements and up-lighting for the reception. One of the florists I interviewed but did not use advised me that tall arrangements would not stand up to Tulum’s wind. I heard the same from the wedding coordinator of one of the resorts I interviewed. As our reception was half indoors and half outdoors, and the wind was not substantial that day, the tall arrangements did not pose a problem. Each week we discussed each task in detail. All of our choices – floral design, lighting, hair and makeup, welcome dinner and wedding reception menu, caterers, Blue Tulum day passes for bridal party beauty day (day-of wedding), etc. were included in the planning tool. She also included an itinerary of the wedding week and timelines for the guest excursion, welcome dinner and wedding day. Having this tool allowed us to track our progress and identified the tasks in need of our attention. Having this information readily available allowed my husband and I to plan our finances and gave us piece of mind that no detail was left out. Malisa also sent our guests a survey to gauge their transportation needs and excursion interests. Negotiation and Decision Making We chose Hotel Milamores (“Milamoresâ€) in Tulum to hold our welcome dinner and wedding. Milamores hosted our 40+ guest list. We utilized Malisa to negotiate the room rates and meal prices. As Malisa has a good working relationship with Milamores’ management, we were pleased with the negotiated prices. In addition to negotiating with Milamores, Malisa contracted directly with a lounge furniture rental company, a hairstylist, our makeup artist and Blue Tulum (day-of beauty). She executed contracts and negotiated prices on our behalf. She also managed communications with our DJ for additional services, primarily the up-lighting for the walls and palm trees. The decision of where to hold the ceremony and reception was presented by Malisa as follows: She acquired detailed floor plans of both Hotel Milamores villas. She inserted the room names, numbers and descriptions. She then presented several options by inserting the events into the floor plans. I really wanted to incorporate the amazing shell room in the second villa. She made it happen and sat my husband and me under the glowing shell lamps for the reception dinner. Budget Skills With a background in Finance, Malisa applies a high level of detail over your budget. I have been an accountant for 12 years and even I was happy to have someone else keep track of our wedding costs. My husband and I planned to spend a substantial amount on our wedding. Our initial estimates were kept on a rolling budget spreadsheet. It become clear, 6 months into our planning, we had to reduce our spending. Malisa suggested cost reductions and helped ease our mind and budget. Our second estimate was also tracked on this spreadsheet along with amounts paid to date and amounts pending. Organized, Solution-Minded and 100% Effort Early into our planning, we were faced with the issue the Hotel does not have a credit card machine to process deposits for the wedding and for our guests’ accommodations. Malisa pointed out that by using Paypal we would incur transaction fees. The amount of transaction fees would be quite high as we paid a substantial deposit on Milamores 6 months in advance. Malisa offered a solution – she set up an account at a bank where she would generate invoices to us and our guests. We and our guests would pay the invoices via our bank accounts (similar to your bank’s “bill payâ€) and she would wire the money to Milamores and our other vendors. This method avoided any transaction fees and Milamores and other our vendors were paid on time. Additionally, my husband and I did not have to spend our pre-wedding days withdrawing large amounts at the Tulum ATM machines. Malisa handled all wedding deposits and final payments. It was our desire to learn Salsa for our wedding. Malisa arranged for us to have a lesson with Rommel. He was kind enough not to make fun of us so we invited him to put on a show for our guests the night of the welcome dinner. We were happy to have had the lesson. Malisa and her assistant arrived at Milamores the day before our guests arrived. I cannot express in words the excitement we felt when we met them in person. We had a few celebration cocktails and many smiles. We shared good conversation and a gourmet meal that evening at Hechizo. We had a lot of laughs that night. On the days that followed, Malisa and her assistant coordinated the wedding rehearsal with our shaman (Charlie & Maria) and went over the final menus for the welcome dinner and wedding dinner with our chef. The day before the wedding (Friday) we (Malisa, my husband and I) planned a guest excursion to the Coba ruins and one of the Coba cenotes. Malisa and her assistant gathered our guests (it is hard to pull people away from Milamores’ amazing beach) and greeted each guest at the Coba entrance with their entry ticket and tour guide. Additionally, she organized us into two groups – one group who wished to ride bicycles to the ruins and the other who preferred the Mayan limo alternative. Everyone had an equally good time cooling off at one of Coba’s cenotes. Malisa’s assistant brought his camera along to capture the moments leading up to the wedding day. Her assistant even escorted a small group of our guests to the Tulum ruins in assist them and photograph them. Our DJ Ivan Gomez of DJ Doremixx was scheduled to arrive at noon on the day of the wedding. I was a bit concerned in general about him as I was aware he did not respond to Malisa's or my husband's planning emails in a timely manner. For example, I wanted up lighting on one of the walls of the villa and also on the palm trees. In August 2009 they exchanged several emails and the DJ said he could provide the led lights. He did not give her a quote. Also, he could not meet me and my husband during our second scouting trip in November 2009 as understandably he had weddings scheduled. Malisa sent him a reminder email in January 2010. He responded with the pricing. My husband sent him an email asking him to provide the most efficient way to transfer to him our playlist. He never responded to my husband. Ivan did however reply to Malisa's email regarding some additional details for the led lights about 2 weeks before our wedding. On the day of wedding my husband was onsite to transfer the music to the DJ. I was offsite at Blue Tulum with my bridal party. Malisa checked us into Blue Tulum for our day of beauty and returned to Hotel Milamores to coordinate. I am happy our day of beauty ran over schedule as if we were on time, Ivan would have been setting up while our guests enjoyed the cocktail hour. Sloppy. Ivan set up his equipment but neglected to hide his wires. It took away from the clean atmosphere. Malisa asked her assistant to disguise the various wires so none of our guests would trip on them. It was a great idea as some of our guests decided to have a cartwheel competition during the reception. In my full review of Ivan I discussed how Ivan had to substitute his music for ours. My husband and Malisa met with Ivan when he arrived late to our reception. Malisa communicated the availability of the generator and her and my husband told Ivan our walk out song. Our playlist was on our ipod Ivan indicated the iPod was producing feedback so he could not use it. My husband then tried to give him access to our playlist but iTunes said the computer was authoelrized but it not play the music. Malisa suggested Ivan use our laptop. He did. Another solution provided by Malisa. Thanks! So much of the day of coordination happened behind the scenes. The only real issue was the DJ and thankfully I was not aware of it as Malisa and my husband dealt with it. I was offsite at Blue Tulum. Some of Malisa's notable day of contributions include: • Prepared wedding day timeline signage for our guests. The bridal party ran late but the guests were kept informed by Malisa and her assistant by simply updating the timeline. •Ensured all guests knew their role in the ceremony and engaged them to create a human bridge. •Engaged a guest to help my mother walk to the ceremony site. •Delivered refreshments to us during our photo shoot •Assembled a team to bustle my dress •Transported me and my maid of honor from Blue Tulum to Milamores •Carried my beauty essentials and shoes to the reception site •Added fresh flowers to our wedding cake •Transformed our wedding suite with glasses for a champagne toast, candles and fresh flowers from our reception Malisa is an extraordinary wedding coordinator. She is professional, organized and solution-oriented. Malisa is not going to talk you into HER plan. It is your wedding day and your dream is her dream. May you find your perfect WC for your perfect wedding. THANK YOU MALISA! Signed, The Happy Couple (The Washburns)
  3. Thank you! My WC hired a local woman named Lili for makeup services. Her email address is lilitap73@hotmail.com. She lives in Tulum. She also does facials (with fresh aloe), manicures and pedicures. I purchased MAC products and had a makeup trial with a MAC makeup artist in Boston. I showed Lili my makeup trial photos and she perfected my dream look. Marie
  4. My husband and I were married on May 8, 2010 at Hotel Milamores in Tulum, Q. Roo, Mexico. In May of 2009, we arrived in Tulum for our first scouting trip - seeking a wedding locale, photographer, etc. One look at Hotel Milamores was all it took - we were hooked. If you've been there, you know what I'm talking about. We trusted the hotel manager Pamela Gutierrez to hire a caterer. She chose Chef Paul Bentley. At the time, Paul was Executive Chef at Zamas. Currently he runs a catering company Avago Cater Inc. in Guadalajara. He continues to cater Hotel Milamores weddings. We met Paul at Zamas on our November 2009 scouting trip (there wasn't much to scout on this trip, just mostly an excuse for R'n'R). We sampled his Zamas menu and were impressed with his professionalism, customer service attitude and friendliness. Oh yea, we also loved his food. Over the months that followed, he prepared sample menus, discussed the ingredients, dietary concerns, etc. He planned our menu. We were part of Paul's welcome back to Tulum party and we celebrated that evening with good people (including the mgmt and staff of Hotel Milamores), fine food and liquor. The following day we met with Paul to review the welcome dinner menu and the wedding reception menu. He offered to serve our guests a light lunch to hold them over until our reception dinner started. Additionally, he asked us to sample a Yucatan dish, (Pollo) Escabeche, which was carefully prepared by the resident Milamores Chef Philipe. The chicken was seasoned perfectly and tender. Escabeche can be prepared with other meats, fish. We added it to our welcome dinner menu. Paul also introduced us to a wonderful cocktail made of grapefruit juice or Squirt, grapefruit and orange slices, and tequila poured into a Mexican-style casserole dish. Insert straws and you have a scorpion bowl to share with your friends. The staff made a dozen of these the night my guests arrived. I think they were amused by our barracho friends. The welcome dinner and reception meals were outstanding. On the wedding day Paul and his staff slow cooked a whole pig and served it topped with (pork frites). During the reception dinner I left my table and walked over to the kitchen to applaud Paul for the best pork I’ve had in my life. Our guests also dined on a beet salad, fish tacos and mole chicken wings. Paul makes a mean mole! Do check him out on his company's Facebook page AVAGO caterINC | Facebook Signed, The Washburns
  5. I cannot stop looking at our photos from our May 8, 2010 Hotel Milamores Tulum wedding and May 10, 2010 TTD at Cenote Azul with Pierre Violle Wedding Photographer- Playa del Carmen & Riviera Maya - Pierre Visual Studio - Home - Wedding Photographer. The photos are here Picasa Web Albums - Marie - Our Wedding Enjoy! The Washburns
  6. Forum Praise Thank goodness my husband came across this forum! My husband discovered Malisa Evans of Destination Scout (hereby referred to as “Malisa†or “WCâ€) http://www.destinationscout.com/on this forum and also on Trip Advisor. She posted detailed accounts of her many scouting trips to Mexico and her Hotel Milamores Tulum wedding. We reached out to her after we returned from our own May 2009 Tulum scouting trip. She offered her WC services. We could not resist after reading her various reviews and seeing her fairytale wedding photos. See the pictures of her wedding here http://www.dreamtimeimages.com/blog/...lisa-and-todd/ and you’ll see what I mean. The Bride can be Indecisive Inherent in wedding planning is a need to continue to make decisions to keep the process moving forward. A word about me - I am indecisive by nature. I tend to agree and then change my mind. I do this often. Malisa handled my indecisiveness with patience and a good attitude. Why We Chose Malisa Before signing with Malisa, I should mention we had been in preliminary discussions with two other WCs – both serve Riviera Maya. We had even met one of them in person on our May 2009 Tulum scouting trip. Wedding coordination is a competitive business in Riviera Maya. We knew we needed someone who would listen and respect our ideas and not try to talk us into their PLAN. With Malisa, our dream was her dream. Wedding coordinators often have preferred vendors and are either not flexible or may not work well with non-preferred vendors. This was not the case with Malisa. By the time we executed a contract with her we had already agreed and signed with a DJ and a photographer. Malisa reviewed the executed vendor contracts and discussed them in detail with us. This illustrates her flexibility with vendors. We suggest brides and grooms-to be to HIRE THEIR WEDDING COORDINATOR PRIOR TO HIRING YOUR OTHER REQUIRED VENDORS. Wedding coordinators can match your expectations to a suitable vendor. For example, we really wished we had gone Malisa’s route and hired our photographer Wedding Photographer- Playa del Carmen & Riviera Maya - Pierre Visual Studio - Home - Wedding Photographer for the 5 days our 40+ family and friends stayed with us and also for the day of and TTD. Additionally, Malisa, being well-versed in photography, would have given us some insight into questions to ask your photographer – for example, which equipment achieves brilliant photo-journalist shots. The Wedding Planning Beginning in May 2009, the wedding planning went something like this. Weekly, we met on the phone to review each wedding detail. Malisa prepared a wedding budget (discussed below) and utilized a wedding powerpoint planning tool. The tool contained all vendor contracted terms and conditions (including prices and contact information), wedding inspiration photos (flower, lounge seating and lighting design, cake choices), detailed floor plans of Hotel Milamores, tasks completed and a “to do†list. My husband and I compiled our wedding inspiration library from ideas we found in Pacific Weddings Magazine http://pacificweddings.com/, Martha Stewart’s Wedding website and several event designers including David Beahm http://davidbeahm.com/interceptor/ and Yvonne Design http://www.yvonnefloral.com/ . If you have heard of these designers, you will notice I have very extravagant taste. For example, I insisted on tall, cascading floral arrangements and up-lighting for the reception. One of the florists I interviewed but did not use advised me that tall arrangements would not stand up to Tulum’s wind. I heard the same from the wedding coordinator of one of the resorts I interviewed. As our reception was half indoors and half outdoors, and the wind was not substantial that day, the tall arrangements did not pose a problem. Each week we discussed each task in detail. All of our choices – floral design, lighting, hair and makeup, welcome dinner and wedding reception menu, caterers, Blue Tulum day passes for bridal party beauty day (day-of wedding), etc. were included in the planning tool. She also included an itinerary of the wedding week and timelines for the guest excursion, welcome dinner and wedding day. Having this tool allowed us to track our progress and identified the tasks in need of our attention. Having this information readily available allowed my husband and I to plan our finances and gave us piece of mind that no detail was left out. Malisa also sent our guests a survey to gauge their transportation needs and excursion interests. Negotiation and Decision Making We chose Hotel Milamores (“Milamoresâ€) in Tulum to hold our welcome dinner and wedding. Milamores hosted our 40+ guest list. We utilized Malisa to negotiate the room rates and meal prices. As Malisa has a good working relationship with Milamores’ management, we were pleased with the negotiated prices. In addition to negotiating with Milamores, Malisa contracted directly with a lounge furniture rental company, a hairstylist, our makeup artist and Blue Tulum (day-of beauty). She executed contracts and negotiated prices on our behalf. She also managed communications with our DJ for additional services, primarily the up-lighting for the walls and palm trees. The decision of where to hold the ceremony and reception was presented by Malisa as follows: She acquired detailed floor plans of both Hotel Milamores villas. She inserted the room names, numbers and descriptions. She then presented several options by inserting the events into the floor plans. I really wanted to incorporate the amazing shell room in the second villa. She made it happen and sat my husband and me under the glowing shell lamps for the reception dinner. Budget Skills With a background in Finance, Malisa applies a high level of detail over your budget. I have been an accountant for 12 years and even I was happy to have someone else keep track of our wedding costs. My husband and I planned to spend a substantial amount on our wedding. Our initial estimates were kept on a rolling budget spreadsheet. It become clear, 6 months into our planning, we had to reduce our spending. Malisa suggested cost reductions and helped ease our mind and budget. Our second estimate was also tracked on this spreadsheet along with amounts paid to date and amounts pending. Organized, Solution-Minded and 100% Effort Early into our planning, we were faced with the issue the Hotel does not have a credit card machine to process deposits for the wedding and for our guests’ accommodations. Malisa pointed out that by using Paypal we would incur transaction fees. The amount of transaction fees would be quite high as we paid a substantial deposit on Milamores 6 months in advance. Malisa offered a solution – she set up an account at a bank where she would generate invoices to us and our guests. We and our guests would pay the invoices via our bank accounts (similar to your bank’s “bill payâ€) and she would wire the money to Milamores and our other vendors. This method avoided any transaction fees and Milamores and other our vendors were paid on time. Additionally, my husband and I did not have to spend our pre-wedding days withdrawing large amounts at the Tulum ATM machines. Malisa handled all wedding deposits and final payments. It was our desire to learn Salsa for our wedding. Malisa arranged for us to have a lesson with Rommel. He was kind enough not to make fun of us so we invited him to put on a show for our guests the night of the welcome dinner. We were happy to have had the lesson. Malisa and her assistant arrived at Milamores the day before our guests arrived. I cannot express in words the excitement we felt when we met them in person. We had a few celebration cocktails and many smiles. We shared good conversation and a gourmet meal that evening at Hechizo. We had a lot of laughs that night. On the days that followed, Malisa and her assistant coordinated the wedding rehearsal with our shaman (Charlie & Maria) and went over the final menus for the welcome dinner and wedding dinner with our chef. The day before the wedding (Friday) we (Malisa, my husband and I) planned a guest excursion to the Coba ruins and one of the Coba cenotes. Malisa and her assistant gathered our guests (it is hard to pull people away from Milamores’ amazing beach) and greeted each guest at the Coba entrance with their entry ticket and tour guide. Additionally, she organized us into two groups – one group who wished to ride bicycles to the ruins and the other who preferred the Mayan limo alternative. Everyone had an equally good time cooling off at one of Coba’s cenotes. Malisa’s assistant brought his camera along to capture the moments leading up to the wedding day. Her assistant even escorted a small group of our guests to the Tulum ruins in assist them and photograph them. Our DJ Ivan Gomez of DJ Doremixx was scheduled to arrive at noon on the day of the wedding. I was a bit concerned in general about him as I was aware he did not respond to Malisa's or my husband's planning emails in a timely manner. For example, I wanted up lighting on one of the walls of the villa and also on the palm trees. In August 2009 they exchanged several emails and the DJ said he could provide the led lights. He did not give her a quote. Also, he could not meet me and my husband during our second scouting trip in November 2009 as understandably he had weddings scheduled. Malisa sent him a reminder email in January 2010. He responded with the pricing. My husband sent him an email asking him to provide the most efficient way to transfer to him our playlist. He never responded to my husband. Ivan did however reply to Malisa's email regarding some additional details for the led lights about 2 weeks before our wedding. On the day of wedding my husband was onsite to transfer the music to the DJ. I was offsite at Blue Tulum with my bridal party. Malisa checked us into Blue Tulum for our day of beauty and returned to Hotel Milamores to coordinate. I am happy our day of beauty ran over schedule as if we were on time, Ivan would have been setting up while our guests enjoyed the cocktail hour. Sloppy. Ivan set up his equipment but neglected to hide his wires. It took away from the clean atmosphere. Malisa asked her assistant to disguise the various wires so none of our guests would trip on them. It was a great idea as some of our guests decided to have a cartwheel competition during the reception. In my full review of Ivan I discussed how Ivan had to substitute his music for ours. My husband and Malisa met with Ivan when he arrived late to our reception. Malisa communicated the availability of the generator and her and my husband told Ivan our walk out song. Our playlist was on our ipod Ivan indicated the iPod was producing feedback so he could not use it. My husband then tried to give him access to our playlist but iTunes said the computer was authoelrized but it not play the music. Malisa suggested Ivan use our laptop. He did. Another solution provided by Malisa. Thanks! So much of the day of coordination happened behind the scenes. The only real issue was the DJ and thankfully I was not aware of it as Malisa and my husband dealt with it. I was offsite at Blue Tulum. Some of Malisa's notable day of contributions include: • Prepared wedding day timeline signage for our guests. The bridal party ran late but the guests were kept informed by Malisa and her assistant by simply updating the timeline. •Ensured all guests knew their role in the ceremony and engaged them to create a human bridge. •Engaged a guest to help my mother walk to the ceremony site. •Delivered refreshments to us during our photo shoot •Assembled a team to bustle my dress •Transported me and my maid of honor from Blue Tulum to Milamores •Carried my beauty essentials and shoes to the reception site •Added fresh flowers to our wedding cake •Transformed our wedding suite with glasses for a champagne toast, candles and fresh flowers from our reception Malisa is an extraordinary wedding coordinator. She is professional, organized and solution-oriented. Malisa is not going to talk you into HER plan. It is your wedding day and your dream is her dream. May you find your perfect WC for your perfect wedding. THANK YOU MALISA! Signed, The Happy Couple (The Washburns)
  7. Sycamore Tree

    Best Hairstylist - Doranna de Bortoli

    I paid $230 for hair. I had my makeup done by a woman located in Tulum. Her name is Lili.
  8. Doranna de Bortoli Freelance Italian Hair Stylist in Mexico - Doranna Hair Stylist - Playa del Carmen - Riviera Maya - Cancun - Tulumhas received many favorable reviews on this forum. She deserves every one of them. I am very picky when it comes to my hair. I honestly considered paying for my home-based hairstylist to fly down for the wedding. It was very important for me to feel comfortable about my wedding hairstyle so I wanted to meet her in person for a hair trial. I scheduled a trial w/her in May of 2009 (my first scouting visit). I parked at the wrong end of Playa del Carmen which made me late and she had another appt. that morning. I researched my hair inspiration, which happened to be from a spread in Pacific Weddings magazine Hawaii Wedding Planning | Maui Fiji Oahu Destination Weddings Californiaand I emailed them to her. The women in the photo shoot wore extensions. She commented that she thought the hairstyles were nice but that I would need extensions. I explained to her that I have long, thick hair so there would be no need. I arrived 7 days before my wedding and met her at her apt. in Playa del Carmen. She showed me her private portfolio and I, again, shared my hair inspiration photos. Doranna curled my hair and did 3 updos in less than one hour. On the day of the wedding I determined I did not want to wear my veil (the boutique included it in the price of my gown) as I decided it would only fly into my guests faces and distract them, and the hairstyle was more important anyway (I did not want my hairstyle choices to be limited by the veil). Doranna used Italian hair products (Chi) to protect and add shine to my hair and to hold my hairstyle. She used a curling iron and created bountiful curls which were pinned and allowed to set. I then had my makeup applied by Lili. Doranna then finished my hair by taking small sections of hair and masterfully twisting and turning each piece in the right place, creating texture and definition. Doranna is a genius. My finished style exceeded my expectations and imagination. Doranna's craft is focused, professional and FAST! Marie
  9. We selected our wedding cake design and our WC sent it to Julieta (another WC) out of Cancun. We met Julieta at the Hilton in Cancun in November 2009 and we sampled a white cake and a chocolate mousse cake. We thought both were very good. Julieta delivered our wedding cake which was made at Pasteleteria Creperia in Playa del Carmen (our wedding was at Hotel Milamores in Tulum). My WC added some fresh flowers to the multiple-layers of soft, white cake, fruit, icing and topped with FONDANT! The bakers added the sugar flowers of my choice - lady slipper orchids. The cake was stunning and delicious. Our guests raved. We drove by Pasteleteria Creperia on a trip to Playa del Carmen, post-wedding. It is located on Avenida Constituyentes. The phone number is (984) 803-5202. It has well placed signage and is hard to miss. We were very pleased we chose this baker. Turtle Bay Bakery said absolutely no fondant or sugar flowers. Boy were they wrong. Marie
  10. There should be no minimums.
  11. Ivan, I understand that bad reviews will hurt your business that is not our intent here; our intent is to inform other couples about our experience so they can be aware of the fact that maybe you’re not the best DJ for Tulum. You did not ruin our wedding everyone still had fun. You mixed your dance music well but you dropped the ball on almost every other front. You were not responsive to emails for months prior to the wedding; you showed up 5 hours later than you said you would (due to a flat tire that took hours to change apparently). You were well aware that we would be providing our own music through conversations/emails with me and our WC. When an issue with the playlist came up instead of informing someone about the issue (which by the way would have been easily solved had you showed up even 4 hours late) you went on playing music that made my ears hurt. And as for the timeline we (WC and I) discussed this with you when you showed up 30 minutes before the wedding… it was very simple everything was divided into playlists in iTunes. The order was not important except that we had an entry song which we (WC and I) showed to you and we even queued it up (as it was going to be the first song you played) and then we had a first dance. Mercifully you didn’t completely botch those two songs. Like I said in the end everyone had fun but not really thanks to you. So you got your first bad review you learn from it however, you took your unprofessionalism a step further when you attempted to place blame on our WC. She was extremely responsive with us and we spoke on an almost weekly basis. We were very aware of what was going on with you and your lack of communication and should not have been surprised at what happened. In our opinion the wedding was very well organized overall almost everything was perfect. This was her first wedding but the only thing that went wrong was you… so take some responsibility. The groom
  12. Thanks. I have reported the poser.
  13. How do we stop this? How can brides and grooms-to be trust the postings on this forum?
  14. I was married at Milamores too! You said in an earlier post you were married in April. Do you have photos you can share? I am waiting for Pierre Violle to send mine.
  15. This is EXACTLY why we chose a non-resort. My mother came with me to have massages the day of the wedding at Blue Tulum. She said the hotel we chose was more charming and beautiful.
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