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  1. AmeliaBedelia

    Kool Beach Club

    I had my reception at Kool Beach Club and I can tell you that it was amazing. The place is gorgeous, the food is delicious, it felt completely private. Lori is right that during the day it's a very loud, busy, crazy bar, but if you hold an event there at night, the space is all yours. They provide security so that no one walks up from the beach to join the party, but it certainly wasn't any kind of issue for us. I don't remember hearing anything from Mamitas...it really felt very secluded. We had our wedding in March and there is not really a backup rain plan <---which could be an issue for you. We just crossed our fingers and our rain-plan was "well, we all get wet." I have spent a lot of time in Playa (my husband's family owns a place down there) and we took our time finding the right place. We were married in a villa and we walked through town to Kool. Obviously, I'm biased, but I thought that we couldn't have picked a better spot...all of our guests agreed. If you click to #216 of the slideshow below, you can see photos of Kool...it was beautiful!! Good luck and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! http://delsolphotography.com/blog/content/galleries/?gal=402
  2. hi guys! just to post a little more information to keep this thread alive, i wanted to share my experience at this hotel. we were not married here, but after our wedding in playa del carmen, my husband and i spent a few nights at mayakoba as a mini-honeymoon and it was AMAZING. we booked the room through jetsetter.com and got a great deal...an enormous pool villa, completely private, all to ourselves. everything about this place is gorgeous. looking back, if we had had a smaller group, this would have absolutely been the choice for our wedding. the staff, service and food were all excellent! even if you're not having your wedding here, it's a great place to consider for a few quiet days before the re-entry into real life!
  3. Love it J-Me! From one Texan to another, congratulations and happy planning! http://delsolphotography.com/blog/content/galleries/?gal=402
  4. You're going to love him!
  5. I just thought I'd throw this out there...has anyone been looking for travel deals on Jetsetter? If you haven't been to their website, you should check it out! http://www.jetsetter.com/sales If you're familiar with Gilt Groupe, this is their sister company that creates travel deals at some of the finest hotels throughout the world. My husband and I were married in Playa del Carmen in March and after the wedding, we were able to book two nights at a seriously discounted rate at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba! We used it as a mini-moon right after the wedding, but we booked our real honeymoon to Montreal through the site. It's amazing! We had an unbelievable experience at Mayakoba and I've been in touch with several brides through the forum who were looking other expensive hotels in the area that I've seen pop up on the site. The best opportunity to book is through a flash sale and it's worth it to keep an eye out. Even better, it's the perfect way to book a honeymoon. They make you "sign-up" for a free membership, but it just means that you provide your email address and create a free account. So easy... Just thought I'd share. Amelia http://delsolphotography.com/blog/content/galleries/?gal=402
  6. AmeliaBedelia

    Michelle May 2012 Location Unknown - suggestions?

    Hey Michelle! By this time you've probably already picked a place, but if not...have you looked into renting a villa? If you're having a smaller group, it can be so much more cost effective for everyone and it makes for a really special and personal weekend! We got married at a villa in Playa del Carmen back in March and it was a wonderful experience! Riviera Maya is the way to go! Congratulations and best of luck to you! http://delsolphotography.com/blog/content/galleries/?gal=402&
  7. BIG CONGRATS to DEL SOL!! If you're looking for a great new photographer, please check out their newest associate Juan Jose!! We worked with him back in March and his photos are AMAAAAZING!! http://delsolphotography.com/blog/content/galleries/?gal=402
  8. Such sweet comments all around, I'm overwhelmed! Thank you all so much! This is meant to celebrate Juan---I'm so glad to see his work receive such a positive response. Best of luck to all of you!
  9. I have to get this guy's name out---Juan from Del Sol is AMAZING!!!! He was so sweet, so professional, and so incredibly talented...we were thrilled with the outcome! If you're looking for a photographer, look no further! http://delsolphotography.com/blog/content/galleries/?gal=402
  10. AmeliaBedelia

    Del Sol Photography - Juan Jose ?

    Oh my gosh!!! I have to tell you, we just worked with Juan Jose and he's AMAZING!!!!!! He's so so sweet and so so talented. I mean it. We had seen such incredible reviews about Matt and Sol and there rest of the Del Sol team, so we were expecting great things from him but OH MY GOSH--we were amazed. On the day of the wedding, he showed up with this huge grin on his face, gave me a big hug, said how happy he was for the two of us, smiling, smiling, and then he got right to work! Listen, he was everywhere--I keep saying that I see these photos and I remember those moments but I had no idea he was capturing them. He is incredibly talented. Period. We had Jonathan and Melissa working with him and they were also amazing (and so fun!!)!!! All three worked together beautifully and Juan really made sure that all three were capturing everything. He's the real deal. I knew we would be in good hands with Del Sol regardless...but he's way better than I would have ever imagined. Please look at my slideshow below and check out his work! I hope you get the chance to work with him. Best of luck to you and congratulations on your 10 year anniversary (how wonderful)!! http://delsolphotography.com/blog/content/galleries/?gal=402
  11. AmeliaBedelia

    Hi Y'all! :)

    Hello Everyone! I'm so excited to be signed up and ready to get into this! I've read a few threads over the past few days and I'm so excited to learn all that I can. My fiance and I are getting married in Playa del Carmen in March 2011 and I need all the advice I can get! Thanks and see you out there! -Amelia
  12. AmeliaBedelia


    This is a review of:

    Kool Beach Club


    Pros: gorgeous, clean, well-situated, excellent and attentive staff, lovely ambiance, hard to beat
    Kool is really hard to beat.  We first came here for a quinceanera and fell in love with this place.  The sails, the palms, the pool, the beach breeze, the bars, the dancefloor.  It's all so lovely.    A few weeks ago we had our wedding here and to sum it up, as I walked over to the bar to get a drink, one of my guests stopped me with tears in his (yep--big burly guy) eyes and said "I can't believe I'm actually living this...this place is like a dream."  And it was.    Working with the staff is easy, they're excellent communicators and very, very accommodating.  Flor, their events manager, is amazing at what she does.  They made efforts far beyond what we expected and the place lit up like a gorgeous, dream nightclub at night.    The food is top of the line, the staff is attentive and on their game, the amenities (restrooms, furniture) are nice!  It's a perfect venue.  Your guests will never forget it!   Please take a moment to look through the photos (thank you to the awesome photographers at DEL SOL) below for more images of Kool.   http://delsolphotography.com/blog/content/galleries/?gal=402  
  13. This is a review of:

    Casa Caribe - Playacar

    Best Wedding Location in Playa del Carmen

    Pros: gorgeous, comfortable, beautifully appointed, perfect house for wedding party
    We recently stayed at Casa Caribe (and held our wedding ceremony in the yard) and had the time of our lives.  I have been coming to Playa for a few years with my now *husband* and we stay in Playcar, Phase One.  Every trip, we would see this house (because it's the first house on the beach) and comment on how amazing the place must be and how perfect it would be to have a wedding in its gorgeously groomed yard.  Sure enough, we didn't have to think too long when trying to figure out where to hold our wedding ceremony/sleep for the week/put up our friends and family...we chose Casa Caribe.    The yards are incredible but the house itself is spectacular.  It sleeps up to 10 people and is the perfect gathering spot for a weekend, villa wedding.  At this time, you can only book a stay at the property in order to use the location as a venue (which means that you can't book it for a certain number of hours), but if you're coming down for a destination wedding and you want to enjoy a villa/neighborhood, this is the best place you can find.    You can book it through playabeachproperties.com and although expensive, if you're using it as a wedding venue, you'll find that it's really worth it.     You can see it in our gallery below (thanks to the fabulous Del Sol for capturing the home's beauty).   http://delsolphotography.com/blog/content/galleries/?gal=402
  14. AmeliaBedelia

    Simply Amazing

    This is a review of:

    Del Sol Photography

    Simply Amazing

    Pros: professional, creative, incredibly talented, attention to detail, wonderfully pleasant to work with, booking/payment/planning process a breeze
    It's hard to put into words why working with Del Sol is so amazing.  My fiance and I (at the time) were debating on whether or not to have a big wedding in Texas or a small destination wedding in Playa del Carmen.  I started looking around trying to find the same caliber of vendors we would have wanted to use in the states.  I honestly didn't know what I would find.  I am perfectly truthful when I say that finding Del Sol was the final deciding factor to make the big leap and plan the Mexican Fiesta!  I took one look at their work, filled out the online inquiry, spoke to Matt within what seemed like a few hours and we were all set.    I was so pleased not only to find great photographers, but I found real, serious talent--some of the best photographs I had ever seen.  My fiance and I were both blown away and spent the next few months looking through their blog.  I couldn't wait to work with them.   The whole process was so smooth.  The payment and info gathering is so incredibly easy.  If you're looking for a group who can make your life easier (adding links to every email, almost all work is done online but it's still so personal) Del Sol is the way to go.  I didn't worry for a minute (and Melissa, their office manager is so helpful and accommodating--and sweet while answering every question or concern).    On our wedding day, we worked with one of their newest photographers Juan Jose, Jonathan and Melissa.  Instantly, we felt like we had all become friends!  They are serious about their work but smiled the entire day.  They all worked so hard to capture every detail, every smile, every wink--every sweet tear.  It was amazing.  I've looked through my photos and I keep seeing things that I remember happened, but had no idea Jose was around to capture it.  He was stealthily there at every turn--he was unobtrusive and yet talented enough to catch it all.  Jonathan and Melissa captured the guys in such a cute and funny way.  It's as if all three of these photographers could sense who we are and decidedly shot everything in a way that reflected every ounce of our personalities.    They worked so hard for so long and when we got the results, my *husband* and I cried through the entire slideshow.    You cannot possibly go wrong with Del Sol.  If you want a group that can capture every ounce and keep a smile while they're doing it--look no further.    This is the email I sent as a response to seeing our slideshow:   I'm speechless.

    I honestly don't know what to say.  They're amazing. 

    I mean, really.  You must get this after every wedding you shoot!  I am rarely speechless, but I really don't know what to say.  These are incredible.  We are so so so so happy.  We got home late last night and were dying to look at them...we looked through them once, really slowly.  Then we went back and looked at them again.  I've already gone through my 2nd round just this morning.  I can't stop looking at them!!  They captured us!!  I don't know how else to describe it---but these photos look and feel like us.  It's amazing.  I'm so happy.  I laugh and cry and laugh and laugh.  You'll never know how special these are.  There are so many emotions, so many unspoken feelings that were captured that we NEEDED to see.  The tenderness between my parents, the moments with my bridesmaids, the love that is obvious between my *husband* and myself...hahaha and that's only on my side.  Brooks had tears in his eyes through most of the slideshow.  We were obviously so happy that night and we're so happy now. 

    My cup runneth over.

    Absolutely amazing.    

    Juan, Jonathan and Melissa are unbelievable.  The editing team is incredible.

    I knew they would be perfect, I just didn't realize that they could be better than I imagined--and they absolutely are. 

    Best photographers ever.  All of you.  We feel so incredibly fortunate to have been able to work with y'all...and I mean that.

    I love y'all so much. 

    I won't ever be able to thank you enough.

    I can't wait to see all of you again.

    With love and many thanks--your friends,

    Amelia and Brooks   We can't give them enough praise.  You would really be doing yourself a favor by booking them.  You can rest easy and know that you're in good hands, no matter what.      Be sure to click below to see Juan's amazing work!!     http://delsolphotography.com/blog/content/galleries/?gal=402