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About sfox4214

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    Chicago, Illinois

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  • Wedding Date
    May 28, 2013
  • Wedding Location
    Iberostar Rose Hall Suites - Jamaica
  1. I used Rashel for my wedding May 2013, and thought her work was awesome. I loved it because I didn't have to waste my time emailing looks back and forth to her - I changed my mind a million times during this process - stupid pinterest lol. I simply saved the looks I really liked on my phone, showed it to her the day of, and she went to work- and nailed the look !! With my the other ladies in my party she just knew what to do, and their makeup was flawless I would definitely recommend her !
  2. I was married at Iberostar Rose Hall Suites last May and it was AMAZING. The nice thing about the Iberostar property is that you have a resort for every price-point in your group as there are 3 different resorts (including an adults only), all of which I got to see and all of which are stunning. We stayed at the Suites and were able to utilize all of what the Suites had to offer as well as the Beach resort - so that means their restaurants, pools, beach, bars etc. If you stayed at the Grand you would have access to everything on the complex, but we had children in our group an felt the Suites was a happy medium. Every inch of that complex is manicured and gorgeous, and you see people working night and day to make it that way. The beach is private, and beautiful. We never had any issues getting a spot by the water regardless of what time it was. The staff is out every morning to push back the sand in the swimming area. The sea creatures tend to make their way up overnight, and the Iberostar does a good job keeping them away. The beach itself is very clean, no seaweed. The Star Friends are great, and they really do a good job getting you into the beach and pool fun ! The food was AWESOME. We got a chance to dine at both Beach and Suites restaurants and found the quality of food to be above average. The juice bar in the morning buffet was great, and I have a new found love of fresh melon juice. They also have a Jamaican BBQ twice a week with authentic Jamaican food on the beach with a steel pan band - this was our favorite dining experience (besides the wedding of course). Our wedding dinner was AMAZING, and to this day wish I could find Salmon that tasted like that .... sighhhh. Funny thing is, I don't even like Salmon ... it was that good ... lol. You can find something for everyone here though, even your friends/family that stayed at the club till 3am Iberostar just rolled out different packages, so I can't speak much to those. But I was very jealous of the new brides when they came out ! Even if you didn't like the packages, you could do the basic package and add on. Iberostar has many different options, and work with many different vendors to make your day extra special I would recommend this resort 1,000+ times, it was that amazing. My friends and family loved it so much my parents will be having their vow renewal next year at an Iberostar property in the Dominican. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me !!
  3. I emailed a picture of my credit card and license and no issues !! I would make sure you ask for a confirmation and receipt when they receive it. The only time I wired money to Jamaica was for my makeup artist and moneygram stopped my transfer and made me call them to confirm that I really wanted to send it to someone I did not know.
  4. I was married at Iberostar Rose Hall Suites 5/2013 and trust me, there is no comparison between the two. We took a bus from the airport to Iberostar when we arrived that stopped at the RIU and Hilton Rose Hall beforehand and we were so happy we chose Iberostar after seeing the other resorts. Have you considered the Iberostar Beach resort ? It's beautiful as well and has very reasonable prices !!
  5. I would HIGHLY recommend Misha Earle. We used her for our wedding and TTD shoot last May, and she was absolutely FABULOUS. Check her out !! www.mishaearlephotography.com
  6. I just did my dinner at aunt ruby's in May, I was told no on a U-shaped because of the random pillars that are laid out all over the restaurant. We ended up doing 2 long tables and a half moon sweetheart table. I don't know of anyone doing a u-shaped table at Aunt Ruby's, it's usually the same set up I had, or just long tables. You really don't have much room, we had 24 people total, and it fit, any more guests and I don't think It would fit without blocking people out with pillars.
  7. Heather pretty much nailed it ... if anything make sure you have your vendors on the same page !! You want to make sure your florist has your vision, I would not recommend Tai Flora either, they are TERRIBLE with communication. I would recommend Floral Fantasies though I would highly recommend DJ Kevan for your reception. He is fantastic and took charge of the whole reception ... while the WC's were no where to be found the whole night. He even helped us get our wish lanterns off when the time came !! I would go by the 2013 pricing for anything, and if you get 2012 it will be a nice surprise
  8. The wedding coordinators will not send you your final details until 2 months prior, and they will get you back your quote sometime before you leave. I got mine back a few weeks before we left, however I know some brides didn't get their quote back until 2 days before they left. I wouldn't go based on 2012 final details, it does not have the right info on it ... and it will only upset you when they charge you more for everything. It doesn't matter if you signed a contract in 2012 or not, they go based on their final details right now, and they pick and choose what they are going to charge you unfortunately. I received all 2012 prices, but another bride a few days after me was charged a 2012 bonfire price and a 2013 steel pan band price. I was charged 2012 DJ, but many brides around me were charged 2013 pricing. You could give them your "wedding vision" but they won't do much with it, they'll put it in a file until you have your meeting with them the day before the wedding and they'll go over what you can and cannot do. I would ask several questions about your "vision" to make sure you can do everything you want before you go ... that way there are no surprises.
  9. I found an answer from the FB page !!! Another bride said she had her dad who is a minister do her ceremony, but the Jamaican minister had to pronounce them and sign the marriage certificate.
  10. The blasphemy !!!!!! haha ... just PM me if you want to know the company ... I don't know why it keeps blocking it !!
  11. Wow ... it blocked out both !!!! hmmmm .... ******** is the missing word lol.
  12. Haha ! I just realized it blocked out who I ordered my real touch flowers through !! It was ************************** and if for some reason that gets blocked out again ... Sharon ******** Designs .com lol. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions
  13. Hi Meghan, So the resort does not have any color schemes, just the basics, if you want more and would prefer to use the resort vendor, they use a company called Tai Flora that you can get all your "Extras" from (extras being - chairs, chair sashes, chuppah flowers, chuppah fabric, centerpieces, candles, vases, table runners, extra flowers - bouts, bouquets, corsages, tents, linens, aisle décor ... etc.). Tai Flora provides the flowers included in your package and you're responsible for purchasing and/or renting the rest from outside sources. I would recommend if you want "Extras" to start working on them in the Fall, getting ahold of Tai Flora is like pulling teeth. I would have to wait months sometimes to get a response. The resort only has the white chair covers, if you want to rent the white garden chairs (folding) or the chiavari chairs (bamboo like ones) you can do that through Tai Flora. Folding chairs cost about $5-6 each and the chiavari chairs are around $8-9 each. All prices went up this year (including the resort) so that price may be off a little, but will at least give you a round about. With that said I will tell you what I did I purchased satin chair sashes and table runners at efavormart.com for around $1.35 each for chair sashes and $2.50 per table runner (Tai Flora charges something like $5 a chair sash and $8-9 per table runner). I also purchased my chuppah fabric online at amazon.com (we used (2) 10yd x 60" bolts) for $26 with tax and shipping - Tai Flora wanted to charge me $200 for this. Keep in mind the resort does include white chuppah fabric. I got a quote for a 5" square vase with white roses for a centerpiece at Tai Flora - they wanted to charge me $105 per centerpiece. So I made my own centerpiece that consisted of a bubble vase I bought at walmart for $2, filled it with sand from the beach, put a votive in the center, a star fish and some colored glass beads - it turned out very pretty I also brought my own votives, they cost me $6.50 at walmart for 12, Tai Flora was charging $5 PER votive. I bought real touch flowers online through **************************, they were absolutely GORGEOUS. For my bouquet, 2 bridesmaids bouqets, 4 bouts, and 2 corsages it cost me $340 with tax and shipping, Tai Flora would have cost me (for upgraded flowers in the bouquets - the ones included are pretty basic) $750 and you can't take them home. I did use the registry flowers and cake flowers that are included in the package, plus Tai Flora gave me a $48 credit since I was bringing fake flowers and wouldn't be using the included bouquet and bout. We used the credit to purchases a chuppah arrangement, glad we did, the flowers were beautiful and we used the arrangement on our head table after the ceremony Now everyone is different, and prefers different things so another option if you really want real flowers and what not ... Floral Fantasies. Chantal is AWESOME and her prices are almost 1/2 of what Tai Flora is. Chantal responds with 24hrs by email. We would have used her, but we decided to go with fake flowers, and when Tai Flora gave us the credit we just stuck with them. Anyways, there is vendor fee for any company that is not preferred by the resort (Tai Flora is the preferred vendor) however, if you have Floral Fantasies just drop off the flowers and the resort set them up, there is NO vendor fee (this was confirmed by Nicole (Wedding Coordinator) and Chantal from Floral Fantasies). Floral Fantasies also has a cheaper delivery fee as well. Floral Fantasies has a website and if you like a certain set up, ask Chantal how much and she'll quote it, and it will be set up exactly as shown. Floral Fantasies provides everything that Tai Flora does as far as extras. Also, if you use another vendor like Floral Fantasies, Tai Flora will still provide everything included in the wedding package, so keep that in mind.
  14. LanaNJohnson - I was married 5/29, we had a non-private dinner at Aunt Ruby's at 6:30. It wasn't bad at all, and the humidity that day was through the roof !! I was more uncomfortable at the ceremony then I was at dinner and dancing We had a private bonfire reception with open bar after dinner, used DJ Kevan and he was awesome The weather def. cools down at night, and we had a nice wind when the sun went down. Also, when I inquired about a reception at the Blue Moon Bar it did not include a DJ and there was no charge to rent the space, we would of had to pay for the DJ and open bar. The only thing that included 2 hours of DJ was the Mango Walk Disco which I would NOT RECOMMEND. It's very dark and in a basement ... not ideal to me for a reception. No vendor fee for DJ Kevan, he's their preferred vendor, and Jamaica Wedding DJ Services is Kevan's business and partners.
  15. I am with kfarkas26 !!! Misha Earle is AMAZING !!! She photographed our wedding and TTD session as well ... waiting anxiously for the pics !! We didn't buy a single picture from DigiPix, not only were they ridiculously expensive, but I took better pictures with my camera ! We had considered buying a group pic they took the night of the rehearsal dinner, but I wasn't willing to spend the $15 they wanted for one 5x7 picture ! I will say however ... we did use Digipix to do our video for the ceremony, and we really loved it. If you don't want to spend $1000 + (and that's the cheap end) on a photographer, you should consider the resort videographer
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