okay - Just so you know how much I appreciate these vendors -- This is the 2nd time I am retyping this really long post, there was an error the first time! arghhh!!
I just got married in Cabo on 4/21/10 and wanted to share my experience with the brides on here - hopefully it will help and congrats to all and best of luck!
Wedding Planner, Mandy Clough - A+
She was great to work with even when I started contacting her 9 months out from our date. Mandy is so knowledgeable and efficient, we could have planned this wedding in less than 6 weeks! She's lived in Cabo for over 4 years and knows many of the vendors and works closely with them. She is accomodating and easy to work with. She always ran everything by me to ensure it was what I wanted. She has great suggestions and thinks of the little things that really make a difference that I hadnt thought of (this all by experience with many weddings) She did so much on my wedding day, my bridesmaids didnt even have to lift a finger!! In fact, I think we only spoke 3-4times the day of the wedding because she already had everything in place and knew exactly what I wanted so she handled everything so I could truly enjoy my day. I had guests that commented on what a great coordinator I had! Looking back, I debated on whether to get a WC as I really could book the vendors, etc all by myself...but knowing what I know now, Im SOOO GLAD we had Mandy!
Catering - CHEF RAFAEL LUQUIN - A+
You simply cannot go wrong with Rafael!! First of all - my husband's family is in the restaurant business and are big foodies as many of our guests! Rafael brought in his waiters, servers, kitchen help, bartenders, etc...and literally cooked for a party of 50 at our villa where the wedding was. He was toiling in the kitchen most of the night - the food came out hot, delicious and my guests felt so pampered! The food was amazing!! Esp the lobster tacos!
Rafael also did our welcome dinner at the villa. He was such a joy to work with. He customized a menu for us based on our preferences and provided everything we asked for. We were nervous at first because we couldnt do a tasting, so basically we had to completely trust Rafael and Mandy when they assured us we wouldnt be disappointed - And we were not!! Rafael even went as far as getting us an ingreidient we needed for our day to day cooking we coudlnt find. Something he did not have to do for us! Highly recommend if you need a private chef!
Florist - Rayen Florist, Claudia Mendez A+
She is one of the sweetest woman! She made me feel like all she wanted to do was make me happy and ensure that the last thing I had to worry about was the flowers - As some of you know flowers are ridiculously expensive in Mexico. Claudia not only worked with my budget, but had ideas to keep cost low while still giving me what I wanted. She created boquets just like from the images I sent her. I saved money by doing my own boutineers and Claudia gave me the special pins to use at no charge. She was so professional and accomodating and her flowers were so fresh! A must use vendor!
Photograher - Gilda Badillo - A+
I love this woman! She truly enjoys her craft and does her best to capture the images as you want. I told her exactly what I wanted and she delivered! I just saw some of the pics and my family and friends are blown away - Gilda was rolling in the sand, climbing on fences, whatever it took to get the right angle - We cant wait to get our package in the mail! My only regret is that we didnt do videography!
DJ - DJ Mijares - A+
Easy to work with - told him what to play, when to play, and he did just that. I selected 3 songs for the actual ceremony and he was right on time with each song. He did a good job of keeping the guests dancing with the mix of songs so that both young and not as young continued to have fun on the dance floor.
Venue - Blue Sea Development - A+++
WOW...is all I can say. We rented 3 villas that were interconnected thru the backyard. It was beachfront with beach access and terraces overlooking the sea of cortez...just breathtaking. Picture and words do not do it justice. The place was amazing!
My wedding was a dream come true. It was beautiful and everything went smoothly many thanks to Mandy. It may seem that I am not picky, but this is not true..like most brides I wanted close to perfection and I got it. These vendors are extremely professional and easy to work with. I highly recommend all of them for any of your needs. I wish future Cabo brides the best of luck and hope that you have an amazing day as I did...
Cabo Blue Sea Bride