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About HNeal

  • Birthday 10/17/1980

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    New York

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  • Wedding Date
    August 21, 2014
  • Wedding Location
    Excellence Riviera Cancun
  1. @@Tinti123 It can get pretty warm. I think that Las Olas is actually your best option for a small group. How many are in your group? We had 30 and had cocktails at Las Olas and the reception in the Lobster House (they only allow that on Fridays). Las Olas is so pretty b/c it's right on the beach and the breeze is beautiful! I would suggest bringing string lights for them to hang for you.
  2. @@victoriasalv I shared a link with you on Facebook. It's the album from my custom design on the Maracas Mexico Facebook page. You can see the designs up close there. I made my appointment with the spa through email. I did have a 5pm ceremony.
  3. @victorisalv That is such a cute idea with the key cards and I wished I had done it. Our group spent so much time at the pool it would have been nice to have something to put that kind of stuff in. As far as the papel picado...I did think it was worth it to get it customized! The resort gives you all of the decorations back to you so I was able to cut off a few of the flags that I plan to frame. They are just so pretty. I went with their recommendation and purchased 40 meters of the papel picado which was plenty paired with paper lanterns. My fiancé did utilize the Groom room. We
  4. @@kathryn78 I went to Maracas Mexico for my Maracas as well. They custom designed and hand painted them to match my stationary. They were gorgeous! The best thing is that they are a company in Mexico so they ship them directly to the resort and no need to deal with the stress of customs! They also created some beautiful papel picado for me. Maracas Mexico has a Facebook page and a website. They have detailed pics on their page. My maracas cost $7 each. That included them customizing the design. Here is a pic of the papel picado... Sorry...I just love showing off my
  5. @@kathryn78 I didn't like the centerpieces that were offered to me either. I had the Gold Package and had 2 large centerpieces included. I asked Jessica if I could have multiple small centerpieces instead of the two large ones and keep it the same price. I was not charged any additional fee for renting since I basically swapped. I requested iris flowers and she put them in mason jars which perfectly matched the look I was going for. Below is a pic of what they did. I was going for simple. I did bring my own table runner, candles, and lanterns. I didn't like the bouquet either. I
  6. I used the instrumental version of "To make you feel my love". I used instrumental versions of every song during the ceremony except for when we walked out after the ceremony. Which was to "Sweet Pea".
  7. I created a "ceremony playlist" on my iPhone. I had 15 mins worth of music for when guests gathered at the ceremony site, I had one song for me and the girls to walk down the aisle (cannon d in steel drums). It was perfect. I figured we would all walk to same song for a smoother feel. Jessica also had me choose a song for when we sign the documents (which takes more time than expected) and I had a final song for when we walked back up the aisle. Jessica came to my room before the ceremony And took my phone. I went over which song was for what and she handled it exactly as I wanted. I put my si
  8. @@hapykat The mosquito situation is strange. I think it depends on the time of year. We were there the end of August for a week. We had no issues at all for most of the week. Not one single mosquito. My reception was in the Lobster House and nothing. However the last night we were there we had dinner in the Lobster House and got attacked! Two of our guests stayed a few days after us and it seemed like from that night forward the mosquitoes were horrible. We went prepared for this though so as soon as I put on bug spray it was fine.
  9. @@upstatekj I actually was initially planning to do a photo booth and just did not get around to it. By the time it came down to putting that together I was so overwhelmed and had soooo many things I was already packing so I let the idea go. I would say there is plenty of room at the Lobster House to set up a table for a photo booth. I do not have any ideas for background though. I was planning to set it up as my guest sign in table and have different props and a polaroid camera. That way the guests could take fun and silly pics. I was going to have a pen and glue sticks with a book
  10. I loved the shot glasses and so did the guests! Here are a couple pics of them... I did provide Jessica with photos of what I liked but with the centerpieces it was difficult b/c I could not find a pic of exactly what I wanted. I did a lot of detailed explaining of what I wanted and Jessica made it happen. I provided the candles b/c I wanted a lot of them all over the table. The wind did not blow them out but the fan did. Not all of them just few. Jessica provided mason jars for the flowers and the shot glasses. In addition to the candles I brought a table runner and the na
  11. Vincent Guihard from Lucidum Photography was amazing!
  12. @@Sabes44 and @@hapykat I did have assigned seating for my long table. I was required to b/c I had two entree choices. My entrees were: #1 Grilled Pork Loin with fine herb encrusted sea bass with pasilla sauce, roasted garlic herb potatoes and fresh vegetables #2 Pecan crusted mahi mahi fillet combined with a spinach, mushroom, ricotta cheese and seafood stuffed chicken breast, served with a lobster sauce, grilled vegetables and roasted garlic mashed potatoes I made Jessica a seating chart that outlined who was sitting where and the meal they chose. As you can see from the choice
  13. I am writing this response to every one b/c I cannot remember who asked what. For those of you trying to decide about Las Olas don't even worry. Las Olas is absolutely beautiful, with a cool breeze, and great atmosphere. It is perfect for a group not big enough for the Lobster House. My wedding was on a Friday night and I still had to meet the requirement of 35 guests. They will not confirm your location until 2 months out. In the end when I was 2 months away Jessica confirmed the Lobster House and made an exception and allowed me to only have 28 guests. It was the perfect space. We ha
  14. @@JenniferH114 @@Sabes44 They did hang the decorations although it was a $60 charge.
  15. @@Crystal17 You will be so happy with Maracas Mexico!! I ordered 50 meters (approx 165 feet). To be honest I had no idea how much to order. When I was ordering they told me that is how much most brides order so I just went with that! It worked out. I did have pink (in three different shades) balls hanging. Those were from Micheals Craft Store. Martha Stewart brand. I bought two boxes and there were plenty to space out between the papel picado. I went back and forth between the pier and las Olas for cocktail hour as well. Really the thing that helped with our decision was the weather.
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