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  1. The outside vendor fee is: Pay the $300 to Kodak (they have a contract with Barcelo therefore they feel they are entitled to "lost work"?!) or have your photographer as a guest at the resort- which means they would be staying at least 2 nights at the hotel. No day pass required for either option! It worked out for us that the $300 was cheaper then the 2 nights stay so we did that...and held out to the last minute to pay them too! haha My photographer was easily able to access the resort the day before the wedding too- no day pass, no outside vendor fee had been paid yet etc...He came to meet us for an engagement shoot. They scare you into thinking that they will stop them at the gate but seemed pretty easy for my photographer and makeup/hair people...no problems!
  2. My Wedding Review: Wedding Day: Friday, February 25th, 2011 @ 3pm WC: Victoria Hair & Makeup: Adrian Guerra (Styling Trio Riviera Maya) Ceremony: Playa Azul Reception: Playa Azul Photographer: Ivan Luckie So here we are just one day back from our week in paradise. I went from a balmy 28 degrees and sunny to a frigid -15 and snowing! Oh how I wish I was back lounging by the pool.... Our week was in a nutshell AMAZING. I can not begin to tell you what an incredible resort Barcelo Maya is. We stayed at the Tropical section and it was perfectly situated for everything! Being my first time there I was so impressed by the grounds, they are pristinely manicured every day! And the pools go for days, just spectacular! Wedding Coordinator - Victoria Vasquez A+ --> On our first day we met with Victoria to go over all the details. I think she knew we were super relaxed as we walked in in to her office with our beach clothes and pina coladas in hand. I was instantly impressed with Victoria as she had our file all ready for review. Basically we just went over all the things in the spreadsheet and made any last minute changes etc. We went over spa appointments, when she would pick us up, etc etc..The thing that took us the longest to decide on was flowers. I knew I wanted purple and white orchids, some mini white calla lilies, and then then the rest Victoria made suggestions. In the office there just happen to be some centerpieces with various flowers so she was able to show me some other choices to add. We also chose the bridesmaid bouquets and mens boutonnières. I had also wanted the huppa, and had brought some capiz shells to hang from it and wanted it wrapped in white organza. She knew exactly how to do it! On her computer she has hundreds of photos of other ceremonies/flower/colors etc. The only other additional thing we added was the Mariachi band. Victoria tallied up the costs: $3385 (Strawberry Passion Package), Flowers $~200, Huppa $396. We didn't have any additional costs for extra guests (had 15 on the dot ) and we didn't buy any additional hours. The cost for the JOP ($300) and Mariachi band ($400) was to be paid in cash, and the rest was put on our credit card. It was funny because it came back in peso..$43,922!!!! hahaha. Once we paid at the front desk, they gave us our Premium wristbands. Victoria was absolutely amazing and was there for us every step of the wedding day! She is the BEST and she told me there were 25 weddings that week and that was a slow week! I don't know how they do this job, she was there for the whole day that day and I saw her the next night doing another wedding...it's amazing they get back to any emails at all. That's why I never complained about getting an instant reply from my WC...they are pure professionals at what they do!! So for all upcoming brides, seriously, don't sweat the details, as long as you have a date confirmed, you are in good hands. Unless you are going above and beyond the normal destination wedding, all the details can be ironed out in the month before your wedding, and even the during the resort meeting! Hair & Makeup-A+ Adrian and his team met up with me on the Tuesday before the wedding for a rehearsal hair and makeup trial. Best decision I ever made! We were able to experiment with different colors for my makeup. His assistant Jessica was awesome as she was able to make suggestions, while Adrian worked on me. Another member of his team did my hair (sorry can't remember her name). The airbrush makeup is incredible. It made my skin look so flawless, but at the same time it was like nothing was on! The day of the wedding they were there all day working on us, it was so nice to have everyone in my room getting ready together. Adrian and his team were super fun to be around, made you feel so comfortable and exactly what I needed on the big day. My hair and makeup was exactly what I wanted, so perefct (if I do say so myself hehe) They are experts in what they do and I was sooooooooo happy I hired them! I would recommend them to anyone doing a wedding in the Mayan!! Ceremony at Playa Azul A+ . Victoria came to pick us up at 2:50pm at my room and she had our flowers....um GORGEOUS!! Seriously they were spectacular! We rode the golf cart over to Playa Azul. My photographer Ivan and his wife we able to fit on as well, so they got some shots of us enroute. It was actually really fun riding over. When we got to the ceremony site, my jaw just dropped...It was the most beautiful thing I ever saw. Strangely enough, I hadn't even walked down to the site before the wedding so when I got here I was able to take in the sheer beauty of the scenery, the colors of the water, the beautiful palms, the glowing white sand...and about 100 meters away there stood the guys waiting at the beautifully decorated huppa. This area of the beach is really secluded there were hardly anyone around. It was perfect. As I wrote in another post though, not great for high heeled shoes...eeekk. I should have worn the platform wedges I brought, but I managed to do the best I could wading through the sand, holding up my dress and bouquet, while hooked to my Dad's arm! Picture that, all the while being cognizant of the fact that everyone will be taking photos!!! One little glitch I will mention was the sound system, I'm not sure if it was my iphone, but there was some interference. I had asked to play Sea of Love by Cat Powers for us to walk into. It was all over the road sound wise, so the guitar player just stepped in and started playing. It was no biggie, I was just focused on my man down the isle! The guitar player was amazing anyways, so I recommend that to anyone. The JOP was really nice, went through a lovely ceremony. He did put us on the spot and ask us to say a few words...lol...I don't remember what I said but we said afterwards that we were glad he did because it made it more personal (so be prepared!). After the said our "i do's" we walked out and was instantly greeted by a waiter with Champagne for everyone!! Reception at Playa Azul: A . They set up a beautiful large table for the 15 of us. The wedding table took the back 8 seats (facing the water) and we had our parents on the right side and others on the left. It was perfect because we could all talk and it was good for photos as the wedding party was all together. They decorated the table with the items I had brought down and it looked really nice! We chose sea scallops, lobster bisque, surf & turf, and white chocolate raspberry tiramisu, and coconut wedding cake. Everything was delicious, albeit a bit cold. I will admit it was pretty windy once the sun went down. It didn't blow sand at all, but you just felt a bit strained with the wind blowing the whole time. The service was perfect! Once we had our dessert served we had some speeches, and then the mariachi got the party started. They were hilarious and the best $400 I could have spent! Once they left we did our first dance, and then everyone danced the rest of the remaining hour barefoot an the sand. It was so much fun. The had all the poles lit up, plus some paper bag candles around the dance floor. It was exactly what I envisioned when we decided on a destination wedding! Ivan Luckie Photography- A++ If you are thinking of booking an outside photographer for your wedding you have to book Ivan! From the first email I sensed we had made the right decision. He is a true professional at what he does. We had booked Ivan for an engagement shoot and the full wedding day and it was the one of the 3 best decisions we made (Wedding at Barcelo, hiring Adrian for makeup and hair, and Ivan for photos). He met us in the lobby and took us to Playa del Carmen for the day! I would be in trouble if I said it was my favorite day...but it really was awesome! It was relaxing, exciting, romantic, and fun all wrapped up in one! Ivan and my hubby hit it off instantly. They both have great imaginations, and played off their strengths- Jeff gave it the fun element and Ivan the instinctual aspect. I can not wait to see the pictures we got that day!!!!!!! The day of the wedding Ivan came just as I was finishing my hair & makeup, he took pics of my dress, jewelry etc and of everyone getting ready. It was impressive how he just blended in and captured all of those candid photos (the one's that are always the best!). For the rest of the day he managed the group, took some "standard" shots and then we had some fun. After that we got some amazing pics of us while the sun went down. Ivan stayed to the bitter end and probably got some crazy shots of us on the dance floor! Again, best decision we made! Ivan you rock! Other things: We had our massage on the beach. It was awesome! It's up by the Palace. Since I was wasn't going to be using my hair and makeup that was included in my wedding package for my actual wedding day I had asked Victoria to make it for Thursday (the day we did our engagement photo shoot). The hair was very good, but wayyyyyy to much hair spray used. It was like starch! The makeup was rather pathetic hhaha. Hardly any foundation, a touch of eyeshadow, and tons of liner and mascara. I wiped it off as soon as I got back to the room. I obviously would have said something to them if it was my wedding day but being that I didn't really care I just said "great!". Another reason I was so glad I hired Adrian and his team! So take a look for yourself! Here is the link to my Moms photos from the day! Hope you enjoy and please do not hesitate to ask any questions. I'm already in serious wedding withdrawl! haha https://picasaweb.google.com/janice.barnaby092/2011_02_25?authkey=Gv1sRgCIvtx42o-IOJew It was not only the best day of my life, but the best week!! If I have any advice for future brides- rely on this board (and especially the unofficialbarcelomaya website wedding section) for any questions; you can really research it all there. Us former brides (wow, I'm a former bride already ) will be here for you, so don't worry when your WC doesn't get back to you right away, especially if you are more than 6 months out. I know it's difficult because you want it all to be planned out, but trust me when I say they are the ultimate professionals at what they do and I truly believe that if you have a positive attitude going in you will always get that in return. I always got a response from Victoria, and yes maybe it took her 2 weeks, but she replied. I kept my emails to the point and didn't bombard her with questions (I had already done my research here! LOLOL). ~Krista~
  3. YUMMY!!!!!!!! This sounds delicious! Have all the ingredients so going to try tomorrow morning.
  4. That's awesome skadow!!! Just curious as to your bouquet...sounds like we may have similar wedding colors. Do you have a pic of it? I need some inspiration!! Here's what I'm leaning towards:
  5. I agree! and just for the record...this is not a colon cleanse (like some products tout) or anything of the sorts, but merely a cleanse of all the sugar and processed foods we have all grown to love. Sugar causes problems on so many levels and processed foods are pretty much de-void of any nutritional benefit. I guess we call call it cleanse or diet, but it simply serves as a way to jump start your weight loss and get you walking down the path of clean eating.
  6. Hi Ladies! I agree with the other poster in that the extreme cleanses are not always the safest. I'm working with a trainer (4 x week strength training) and nutritionist who just gave me a 5 day jump start/cleanse diet. These are the elements of the cleanse: 5 Day Cleanse Elements Eliminate All White Sugar Eliminate All Grains Eliminate All Dairy Products Eliminate All Red Meat Take ‘Friendly Bacteria’ Daily Take One Tablespoon Of Ground Flaxseeds Daily Increase Consumption Of Phyto-nutrient Rich Foods Drink A Minimum Of 8 Glasses Of Purified Water Daily The meal plan looks something like this: Breakfast- 1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop protein powder, 1/2 cup berries (smoothie) or 1 cup egg whites -with spinach, mushroom, tomato or zucchini or- with 1/2 cup berries and 1/2 cup almond milk Mid morning Snack- Veggies with hummus or 1 small apple with natural peanut butter or 3/4 cup soy or 0% greek yogurt with 1/2 scoop protein powder (like vanilla...adds flavor!) or 1 cup mixed berries with almond milk or 1 scoop protein powder with 1 cup almond milk Lunch- Large salad with mixed greens/spinach and unlimited veggies. 1 tbsp flaxseed oil mixed with balsamic vinegar as dressing Mid afternoon Snack- same options as before Dinner- 1 small sweet potato, 1 cup veggies, 4 oz salmon or chicken Night snack- Same options as before As you can see this cleanse is not extreme but is the epitome of healthy clean eating! She said her clients will lose 3-8 pounds in these 5 days. After this she assess's how your body responds and tailors a program to meet your goals. Diet and exercise are really the no nonsense way to lose weight and keep it off. The Insanity workout is killer for cardio and weight training is adding on lean muscle mass and my body is burning more calories just at rest...awesome! I'm on Day 1 of the cleanse....so this is what prompted me to write! I'll update you with my progress. I lost 5 lbs by exercising alone but it took me 2 months...but with no dieting at all...not bad. I start today at 133lbs (5ft 6') and my goal is to be 120-125 by February. I hope that I decrease my body fat % and increase my lean muscle! All in all the scale # isn't as important as my body fat % decreasing as my lean muscle increases, but I'm just like everyone else I want to see that scale go DOWN! haha Hope this helps. Good luck!
  7. Sorry, meant to leave a description of my dress! It's a Lazaro dress and I got it in soft white for my beach ceremony in Mexico. The back it beautiful as it has flowing silk flowers cascading down...so romantic I'm having it a bit more tailored through the hips and the top is more sweethearted. I can't wait to wear it in February!
  8. I am in full body goosebumps looking at your photos!!!! Absolutely amazing. You and husband looked so incredible. The photographer captured so many memories of the day I feel like I was there. Thanks so much for sharing. This is by far the best review I've read. Thanks for all the details. As you mentioned the WC's are less that perfect with respect to getting you all the information you need, so this is just great! You should share this on the 'unofficial barcelo maya' wedding board as well (if you haven't already and/or if you are comfortable sharing on there). I know I look there all the time for others advice and photos! Did you have to buy day passes for your make up artists?? How much did that cost? Thanks again for sharing the details of your amazing day. I can only hope to have the same
  9. It's so funny...I painted my nails a few days ago- hot pink! And thought to myself, wedding day nails?? I quickly thought that I would regret the decision. There will potentially be a lot of pictures, close ups , of your hands etc...I think a classic french mani will stand the test of time. You just can't go wrong. I thought of adding a pop of color by wearing a vibrant flower in my hair instead of the traditional white. Hot pink nails may be in now, but when you look back ten years from now what will you think?? Just my thoughts
  10. My healthy breakfast ideas are: -- 5 Grain Oatmeal (Not the instant stuff- 1/4 cup dry, 1/3 cup water. Microwave for 3 mins). Add some frozen blueberries and raspberries at the 2:30min point. Volia! -- Eggs on toast. I poach an egg or two and have it on a piece of grain bread. Sometimes I'll add a slice of Monterey Jack Cheese with Jalapeno for a little low fat goodness. I use regular 12 grain bread or Ezekiel Bread (no flour, low GI bread) and lots of fresh ground pepper -- Greek yogurt mixed with 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein, granola with nuts and berries, and topped with a bit of fresh fruit. It's actually realllllllly good. Side note on Greek yogurt- There are 20 grams of protein, only 6 grams of carbs, 0.4 grams of fat in 3/4 cup!!!! had bought it for it's nutritional greatness but didn't really know what to do with it...I'll be honest...it tastes like cream cheese a bit, not awful but just very plain. If anyone else has any ideas for things to use it in please share!!! With all of my breakfast ideas I try to ensure I balance complex carbs and protein. This gives me the energy I need to get going, plus the fullness I need to get me through to lunch! I use to be a cereal with milk girl and was starving by 10am, and craved even more carbs. With more protein added to my diet (esp at breakfast), I feel better and have lost weight just by making some easy changes.
  11. Just wanted to post the Insanity Workout Schedule and Fit Test with diagrams with the different moves. It's a great pdf version to print out...feels good to put a big X when you complete a day!. I have "hand me down" DVD's so I didn't have this and thought I would share in case anyone else needed it! ~Krista InsanityCalendar_FitTest.pdf
  12. Just downloaded this from Itunes for $9.99! Going to do it 3/week along with weights 3/week. Let's do this!!!!!!!!
  13. Â That's awesome! I think Tosca just came out with a new book last week as a matter of fact...I'll have to go and check it out! Â I need more ideas than salad with chicken on it lol, and oatmeal for breakfast!
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