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  1. Quote: Originally Posted by bryteyedbride Hello my bridal twin! Your pics are stunning, just like you were on 05/28! Also, check your personal email...I sent you some pics! Hello my Love!!!! I soooo owe you an email! I left for travel status early this morning so I was trying to spend time with the family before I left, but I promise to email you back tomorrow for sure. I LOVE the pictures that you sent of us! Thank you for sharing them......They are classic good times!!! My husband loved them and showed them to our neighbors who just married last year. He bragged to the husband, "I betcha didn't have two brides at your reception." LOL! I hope you and your husband are well! xoxo Hi Karla! Welcome back and Congrats! Glad to hear that everything went well! I love your sand ceremony and the fact that the two of you incorporated your children into it. :-) I apologize for the delay with the parcel and I sent you an email at your personal email addy. After you get settled, please send me and email and we will chat. I apologize again for the inconvenience. Congrats again!
  2. Quote: Originally Posted by MishMash Your pictures look great!!! Your hair and makeup came out awesome!!! Thanks for the input!! Also, good to hear they dont overbook the salon, because having a few moments alone would be nice before everything starts What photographers did you go with?? Thanks MishMash! It was really nice to have some quiet time alone in the salon to collect my thoughts and finish my cards to my Mom and Dad. Our photgrapher was Elizabeth Medina. She is listed on this site as a vendor and she is one of the kindest souls EVER! My husband just wrapped it in a beach towel and kept the remote in the little baggie it came with while traveling to and from. While on the beach, we had it on a little wood stub next to the cabana beds that acted as a coffee table and we had no issues with the sand. It's a great purchase that you will use for years to come as long as you have Ipods. We did a welcome kit and it had a welcome postcard in it that we both signed, a list of our activities and times, first aid kid, varous medications (tylenol, bendryl, pepto bismol, etc), chips, cookies, lanyard and keyholder, and ear plugs. We gave them out personally to each of our guests either as they arrived or when they came to our Welcome Cocktail Party, which was on Thursday, the day most of our guests arrived. Our guests LOVED them and raved about them. Everyone mentioned how useful the snacks were when they were done swimming and needed something to hold them over until they dressed for the restaurants. We took down our engraved flutes and cake serving set. They look great in our pro photos, but frankly it is one of those details that I could have done with or without. We transported both sets in their original packaging which was seated in styrofoam. The day after our wedding, maintenance at AS broke one of our flutes. They apologized and reimbursed us and it was no biggie, it just made me a tad sad. We reorded the exact same ones from the same company as soon as we returned. Anyway, in just... neither set made a huge impact on our day. Thank you, kindly! :-) Sure........Don't worry, Edgar will take really good care of you if you can book him. My Mom thinks he did such a great job that she says I should send him a card with a photo of he and I together. :-)
  3. UPDATE: 1) The flower girl basket has been sold. 2) The gazebo sheers need to be sold together. Thanks!
  4. Quote: Originally Posted by Mwise17 When you said 80's I pictured Madonna in True Blue video...lol....no way, you looked fab, with the hair up or down! Gorgeous pics...you can feel the love!!!!! Thanks Mwise!!! It honestly wasn't too far off. LOL :-) Elizabeth Medina is phenomenal and the credit must go to her! She did a wonderful job of capturing the emotions of candid moments. Thanks so much, Jessie! Same sentiments as Murmel here, Hubs was in charge of this purchase but I just checked our box and he purchased the exact Bose system you listed above. I do know that he purchased it from Amazon.com because it was cheaper than other places he'd priced and they offered free overnight shipping with his purchase. We used it in our room, for our Cocktail party, and while lounging on the beach during our Honeymoon and it has outstanding sound. The remote fits in your pocket too because we recently used it for our 4th of July Block Party and were able to change songs and volume from quite a distance. Thanks Murmel!!!
  5. Thanks! MishMash and Ally.... a few more things I forgot to tell you. It took Edgar about 3 hours to complete both my hair and make up and I did feel rushed when I returned to my room to dress for our ceremony. So please keep this in mind for timing purposes. Because I was too lazy, hot, and excited to flat iron my hair, I had "BIG" hair the next morning for our TTD. Lastly, although our wedding weekend was considered "booked" and one of the busiest of the year, there was not a soul in the salon except I, with the exception of gal that came in for a pedicure when I was almost finished. It was awesome to have the space alone to complete my cards and process my thoughts. I appreciated the fact that they didn't "over book" or fill the place with clients. BIG hair morning below (I felt like I was in the '80's with that hair during our TTD). :-) Finally threw it back into a bun because it was ANNOYING me! :-)
  6. Quote: Originally Posted by MishMash Did anyone use the AZ makeup and hairstylists provided with the packages??? If so, Reviews please!!! We are getting married July 14, 2012, and received all of our stuff from the WC. Its finally sinking in now, I'm getting married!! This is so exciting but a bit scary too! It seems they are pushing the vendors they want you to chose otherwise there is an $800 outside vendor fee. Any tips from AS brides would be appreciated!!!! <3 Michele Hi MishMash! I used the salon at AS and was styled by Edgar. He did a WONDERFUL job and I didn't have a trial. We met the moment of my appointment on my wedding day and he was exceptional! Hi Ally! One here! :-) As you'll read above, I used AS's salon for hair and make-up and was BEYOND PLEASED! I really kind of let the hair and make up thing fall under faith after figuring out that none of our guests could help me. Another bride PM'ed me about sharing a hair / make up stylist, but she never wrote me back, so I just booked an appointment in the AS salon and I am thankful I went that route. I packed all of my MAC make up, flat iron, and curling irons in the event that I hated the results of the salon and needed to make my own "repairs" or "touch ups". I didn't feel like doing a trial because it was more important to me to be with our guests the day before (and we also had our Welcome Cocktail Party the day before our wedding.) I booked my appointment through the WC's and had no clue who I was going to be assigned to. When I arrived at 1pm, I was introduced to Edgar. I showed him two pictures of how I wanted my hair (a low messy chignon / bun) and he did a BEAUTIFUL job. I also brought all of my MAC make -up, but he had his own and I believe he actually had better colors than I had in my own personal stash. :-) All I said to him was, "I'd really like natural looking make up," and he nodded and went to work! :-) All I had to do was wash and blow dry my hair the morning of our wedding, arrive at the salon with a clean face, and Edgar took care of the rest. We just recieved our wedding slideshow this past Friday and our photog blogged us. I will post more pictures when we receive our CD. I have posted some photos of my hair below so that you can see Edgar's work. I cannot tell you how many compliments I received regarding Edgar's work on my wedding hair and make - up. Everyone who has seen our slideshow always asks who did it and is impressed. Ask for him and please tell him I sent you! He is a Sweetie Pie!!!! If I can make a suggestion for those concerned about fussy kids??? Just order them chicken fingers and fries through your WC. They will add it to your detail sheet and you don't have to pay for it during your private reception. We had 3 children at our wedding, order them chicken fingers and fries, and that was $70 plus dollars we saved on adult priced plates. We didn't know this until we asked because we knew although they were 12, 10, etc.... they were not eating stuffed this or drizzled in sauce that. Just my two cents.... Quote: Originally Posted by Mwise17 Another one.....for those that had the DJ....did you also have someone as your MC? I know the DJ said they will announce for you (first dance etc.)....so do you really need an MC??? We didn't have an MC and I don't think one is needed. Our DJ announced us, our dance, our father daughter dance, speehes, cake cut, garter / bouquet toss, cigar roller table, etc......
  7. I've tried about 30 times to edit this listing but it will not allow me too. :-( Basically, I've reduced my Real Touch Bouquet to $100 in hopes of it finding a good and useful home. :-) Also, as for the rest of the stuff.... we are ready to move on and move this stuff out of our front room sooooo make an offer on any of it and if it's reasonable, it's yours! PM please, as I don't access this site from or during work hours!
  8. So we brought back all of our wedding stuff, which has been sitting in our travel trunk since our return and we have no use for it. We have decided to sell our remaining items, because everything is in great condition and some things weren’t even used. Our main color was burnt orange and we used monochrome shades of orange as our accent colors. Our theme consisted of burnt orange accented by monochrome shades of orange, sugar starfish, and raffia. If you are interested in purchasing any items, please send me a PM with your zip code so that I can provide an estimate of USPS shipping cost. We can accept payment via money order or PayPal. Buyer is responsible for shipping fees as well as any PayPal fees. Please feel free to PM me with any questions. Happy wedding planning and shopping! Here is a list of what we have remaining: Lanterns: Burnt Orange 20 inch [7 total available] $2 / each Burnt Orange 12 inch [4 total available] $1 / each Orange 16 inch [4 total available] $1.50 / each Orange 12 inch [4 total available] $1 / each Unused and still in original packaging: Burnt Orange 12 inch [3 total available] $2 / each Yellow 12 inch [4 total available] $2 / each ***I’d prefer to sell at least or 50 more lights and bulbs per purchase so that we aren’t making numerous trips to the Post Office. J Batteries (for LED throwies to illuminate lanterns): 3 volt lithium batteries [93 total available] $0.27 each or $25 for all Lights (for LED throwies to illuminate lanterns): 10 mm white diffused LED light bulbs: [93 total available] $0.30 each or $27 for all Sand: 1 pound bag of unopened “Natural†colored sand for Sand Ceremony. $4 Real Touch Flowers: Burnt Orange Calla Lily Corsages [2 available] Unused $10/each Burnt Orange Calla Lily Boutonniere [1 available] Unused $ 8 Burnt Orange Calla Lily Groom’s Boutonniere (small starfish attached) $10 Burnt Orange Calla Lily Bridal Bouquet $115.00 ***Below are pictures of our actual flowers. The groom’s boutonniere is exactly the same as the one pictured below however it does not have the green floral accents attached.) Organza Sheers: Burnt Orange Organza Gazebo Sheer $25 Orange Organza Gazebo Sheer $25 Burnt Orange Organza Chair Sash [35] $0.75 / each or $25 for all 35 Orange Organza Chair Sash [42] $0.75 / each or $30 for all 42 ***Below is a picture of our actual ceremony sheers: Flower Girl Basket: White wicker basket with raffia around it and one sugar starfish on the front $10 ***Below are pictures of our actual ceremony flower girl basket. Bubbles: Small orange plastic bottles. Unused and in original box [48 total] $4 for all Veil: Richard Designs ivory 65†single tier 72†wide fingertip veil. Unused, in original packaging, with tags still attached. I paid $199.00 w/out tax for this veil from a Bridal Boutique called In the Olde Manner. The day of our wedding, it was too windy to wear it, so I passed on the veil and just left it enclosed in its bag. I can sell this veil for $150. Landyards: 3 Lanyards w/ 3 Clear Badge Holders Free w/ any purchase over $15
  9. You are all very welcome, Ladies! As I stated several times, we had a WONDERFUL times and so did our guests..... I just felt an honest and candid review was more helpful than one that glowed yet withheld. My hope was that if any of the above experiences / issues I mentioned were of a particular "deal breaker" for a Bride to Be, she be well aware of actions or preventive measures she can or may chose to take to personalize her AS experience. At the end of the day, regardless of how honest my review was, our day was PHENOMENAL and it was about our union and not AS. If this review helps just one Bride to Be in the smallest of ways, it served it's purpose. :-) Best of luck to you all!!!
  10. Fishies swimming in the water in front of EDM while standing knee deep in the water. Beach water in front of the Marina Maroma. My Hubby snorkeling in front of EDM. Smaller pool with swim up bar.... Jungle areas on both sides of the resort..... Ask for the Coco Loco at the swim up bar... it was DELICIOUS!!!!
  11. Jessie, I know you asked me about EDM.... here are some photos from our Honeymoon there. We were there for 7 days and the beach there is 10x's better than AS. We had the Infiniti Pool Suite but keep in mind that they also have Swim Up Suites on their first floor if you so desire. The resort only has 72 rooms and it was HEAVEN. We initally had a hard time deciding between Secrets Maroma and EDM and once we walked down to Secrets, we knew we made the right choice. EDM is secluded, romantic, quiet, quaint, and sophisticated. Secrets Maroma was about a mile walk away (took us about 30 - 45 mins to walk there via the beach on a leisurely stroll) and it was on a stretch of resorts that mirrored Cancun. Once we heard the Black Eyed Peas pumping at Secrets, we knew we made the right choice with EDM. Hope these photos help and please PM me if you have more questions. Anything you book in the Maroma or Tulum area is going to be BEAUTIFUL! Our room.... The living room area...... The view from our room.... that is the main resort pool below. We were on the 2nd floor. Our balcony with a beach bed and lounge chairs. A built in bar was behind us. The outdoor shower.... the regular indoor shower was directly to the left but my Hubby forgot to take a photo of it. :-) The main pool with a swim up bar. Both pools had swim up bars. Me walking into the water our first hour there.... notice how clear and shallow it is. Great snorkel water and schools of fish were swimming around knee deep! :-) View of the resort from the water while snorkeling. Notice the number of cabana beds available! View of Marina Maroma to the left of EDM. View of the resort in the evening while in the water swimming. View of the beach from breakfast.
  12. You may be able to work this out with them, it really wasn't a big deal for us because although I am "type A-ish" at times, I knew it would all work out. If you aren't able to schedule a rehearsal, just do an informal one with your wedding party when your ceremony location is vacant. I promise you, just as other past brides have, it will all work out just perfectly in the end regardless!!! Beautiful pics, Jaime!!!! Love your Hubby's tux!!!! Try not to stress, as I said above.... it will all work out perfectly!!!! They have two weddings per day at AS. If you have a location that you prefer, inform your Miami WC now and they can reserve it for you. Once they confirm your location, it will be inserted into your detail sheet and unless the weather is bad, your ceremony location will be guaranteed for your day. I also suggest that if you have a reception location, you reserve it now as well through your Miami WC. You can decide down there if you prefer, but if they have another event scheduled on your wedding day, you can only choose from the locations that remain. The options are not very far from one another and your guests will all be told to meet somewhere approximately 30 mins prior to your ceremony and the WC will take them all to your ceremonuy location. In the event that they are late, there are really only about four ceremony locations, all of which are fairly easy to locate and access.
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