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    Barcelo Marina Palace

    I just wanted to add a few words as well. We were married at Barcelo Marina Palace on April 15 and had an amazing time. We were also upgraded to the "island" for most of our 2 week stay - i would recommend that to everyone The staff were great, but most of all, the wedding team were absolutely amazing...my day was perfect!! We had 40 guests, and about 2 or 3 had bad mosquito bites on their legs. After hanging around the lobby bar for 1 night we quickly learned our lesson and most of us were able to escape with a handful of bites each! The fact that the resort only books one wedding per day was a selling factor. Everyone in attendance had a wonderful time and agreed that it was amazing and went off without a hitch! We had a 2.5 yr old and an 11 mth old, with ages ranging from 20's, 30's 40's and 50's...everyone had a great time. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to pop me an email: jennywoodford@yahoo.com
  2. So now that my wedding planning is finished and I actually have time to type on the computer, I wanted to tell everyone about my awesome boudoir photo session. Anna from Cineart photography took the pics and she is absolutely amazing. My FI and I won engagement pics with her and I loved her so much I knew I wanted her to do my boudoir pics. She does a few marathon sessions a year where she rents a beautiful hotel room and does the shoot there. Anna made me feel so comfortable and I absolutely love the end result. I was so happy with them, I agreed to let her post them on her website. http://www.cineartphotography.com/?cat=164 If that link doesn't bring you directly to the pics, click blog, categories then fashion. I would recommend her to anyone...and her wedding pics are to die for as well
  3. Before eventually booking a wonderful photographer, I had a very bad experience with an Edmonton/Calgary based photographer - Vern Oscar. After meeting with him, it took nearly 4 months of emails and phone calls to get a copy of our "contract"....completely unacceptable. Although I asked for references, I never did receive anything of the sort. I gave up and canceled the deal when I realized that I didn't trust if he would even show up in Cuba or not!!! Very bad experience. Would never deal with him in any capacity ever again! Didn't realize how bad he was at business/interpersonal skills until I met my new photographer I would leave his website address, but at the time we parted ways, he still didn't have it up! Jenny
  4. Just wanted to let all the brides out there know that I just got married in Cuba and brought along Davide Greene (http://www.davidegreene.ca] with me. He's from Ontario, Canada, but travels all over the world shooting weddings. He was absolutely amazing. Not only do I love his photos, but he is the nicest guy and made us feel so at ease and comfortable around him. He took soooo many pics during the wedding, as well as a very fun TTD shoot a few days later. I received many wonderful comments the night of the wedding from my family and friends about how great they thought he was, as well as wonderful compliments on my pics! I'm not exactly sure how to post pics here, but if you're interested in him, I'll gladly email you a few Jenny
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    Tipping, Etiquette, and other info!

    All this info is very helpful...thanks everyone! Has anyone been married there who could suggest appropriate tips for the wedding coordinator, wait staff at the reception, etc? Thanks!!
  6. Has anyone in Alberta, Canada heard of Vern Oscar photography? Thanks!
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    Just can't decide.. suggestions?

    Hey jules, I'm actually getting married on April 15, 2010 at Barcelo Marina Palace. I loved their wedding package - the fact that they had live music and they will accommodate any # of wedding guests. Also, the wedding planner on the resort is fabulous....if you would like her email, please let me know. As well I was lucky enough to chat with Amy - Miss Amerilla - on the site here, who was married at BMP in January and she was a wealth of info...hope that helps!
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    Cuba Brides - When is your date!

    January 2009 Amarillis (Amy) - January 28, 2009 Barcelo Marina Palace April 2009 Fudgie - April 13, 2009 - Sol Palmeras, Varadero Sarafish (Sara and Jeff) - April 18, 2009, Playa Pesquero, Holguin Erin0409 (Erin & Stuart) - April 29, 2009 Superclub Breezes, Jibacoa Pardisia (Karen & Mark) - April 22, 2009 Occidental Grand Playa Turquesa, Holguin May 2009 jax_the_beach_bride- May 8, 2009- Blau Varadero, Varadero BlissfulMsMiranda - May 12, 2009 - Melia Cayo Guillermo DWbride09 - May 21, 2009 - Sirenis La Salina, Varadero June 2009 Amelia & David - June 18 2009 - Iberostar, Varadero Virg – June 30 2009 – Melia Las Dunas Ash -- June 30, 2009- Melia Las Dunas, Cayo Santa Maria (TWINS!) July 2009 sweetie_bri - July 8, 2009 (7-8-9), Playa Costa Verde, Holguin maryyy -- July 28, 2009 - Melia las Dunas Sept 2009 Shawna & Andre - September 29, 2009 - Melia Las Dunas Oct 2009 LIW - October 28, 2009 - Melia Las Dunas Nov 2009 itsfinallyhere - November 16th, 2009 - Sirenis La Salina, Varadero Blooroze (Beth) - November 25, 2009 - Iberostar Varadero Jan 2010 Melissa & Kent - January 5, 2010- Playa Pesquero Kat & Daryl - January 17, 2010 - Tryp Peninsula C & I - January 22, 2010 - Playa Pesquero Feb 2010 Mark and Lolita Feb 12 2010 Iberostar Laguna Azul, Varadero. Lori and Travis-February 14th, 2010-Barcelo Marina Palace March 2010 jackobelle - March 17th 2010 - Blau Varadero Michelle and Jason- March 17th- Location to be confirmed soon!! April 2010 Lana&Craig- April 28th, 2010- Iberostar Varadero Krista & David - April 2 - Melia Varadero Siobhan & Robin - April 27 - Iberostar Laguna Azul Jenny & Casey - April 15 - Barcelo Marina Palace May 2010 Krista & Josh (K'osh) - May 4, 2010 - Playa Pesquero Lisa & Paul - May 5, 2010 - Iberostar Laguna Azul Jill & Alex (JTAlberta) - May 19, 2010 - Playa Persquero June 2010 Stephanie&Luke - June 2, 2010 - Melia Las Dunas, Santa Clara Oct 2010 Crystalballl - October 20, 2010 - Playa Pesquero, Holguin
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    Who loves to Read???

    I loved the twilight series. Have also read something borrowed and something blue...they were terriffic. For something more serious...Still Alice was amazing. Also loved Eat, Love, Pray
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    Newbie heading to Cuba

    Hey Everyone, just got engaged a few weeks ago and trying to plan a wedding in Varadero, Cuba next November. Haven't 100% decided on a resort yet, so any suggestions are welcomed