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Adventure Weddings Las Caletas

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(Rated 4.9 stars with 114 reviews)
Rated #1 of 27 Coordinator Reviews on BDW
About:

Adventure Weddings is Mexico's leading destination wedding company. Our exclusive location of Las Caletas provides the perfect mix of ocean, mountain, beach and tropical jungle to create the ideal setting for your dream destination wedding.

Whether you want an intimate, quaint and casual ceremony or a sophisticated and elaborate event, we’ll design an unforgettable and personalized experience suited to your individual style and budget.

Our professional wedding and event coordinators will handle every detail of your special occasion with an all-inclusive package tailored to your wishes, so you can easily relax, knowing that all is taken care of. Since all of our facilities and excursions are owned and operated by us, we are able to coordinate and book all of the wedding events from romantic to thrilling and everything in-between.

Modern Bride magazine ranks Mexico as the fifth most popular destination for weddings in paradise, and once you experience Las Caletas, you’ll know why.

Member Reviews

Pros: Venue, Dennise (our wedding planner), Food, Music, Service, EVERYTHING
My mother is the Director of Catering at a hotel and on the side does Wedding Planning - she said this was the BEST wedding she has ever been involved in!! And she is not easy to please. :)    The venue sells itself - it is amazing!   Then the ease to plan with the help and excellent communication by the wedding planner, Dennise, makes the whole event much less stressful than any wedding I have seen my friends or family plan.    The food is fantastic for a buffet, and the service is fabulous!!   I would definitely get the full package wedding where you get to have the Casita and come early with the "Early Girls" - SOOOO worth it! This place is a gem and the value is insane. You get 10x what you pay for from start to finish to the follow up.    For those who are service oriented, this is the place to come! It is a very well run business that can focus on the details and get everything you could want because the big items are already running like a well oiled machine.   I cannot say enough how happy we were with everything. Thank you to Dennise, Vallarta Adventures, and everyone involved who made our wedding literally one of the greatest days of our lives!    
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KatieAdam

By KatieAdam, · 0 Comments

Pros: Everything
Cons: Not a fault of the team itself, but because you get married in the evening, the time you have for a party on the island is reduced. You can pay for extra hours but it is very expensive.
We were lucky enough to stumble across this beautiful location and at the same time, have the lovely Dennise as our wedding coordinator.   We booked our wedding about 14 months in advance and from that time until the wedding day itself Dennise was only too happy to answer our (many) questions.  Considering we live about 6,000 miles from Mexico, we were unable to come to Las Caletas to see for ourselves what the venue would look like but Dennise was always more than happy to send us pictures of the beach itself and some of the smaller touches, like table runners, colour schemes, etc.  This made it very easy for us to visualise what the wedding day would look like itself and also be confident that it would match up to our expectations.   Dennise was very efficient in coming back to us (generally within 48 hours but often much quicker) and this is important when trying to organise a wedding from so far away and was also more than happy to talk on the phone/skype if we wanted to (which we only needed to do once such was her efficiency).   As the wedding day came closer, we had lots of questions about the finer details of the wedding day itself and Dennise was always able to answer those questions with the clarity we needed.   As part of the package we chose, we were able to go to the island a couple of days before the wedding, and at the same time, meet Dennise and some of the other people who would be helping us on the wedding day.  This was great because it meant we could ask any final preparation questions we had whilst at the same time being able to visualise the wedding location and dropping off any items which we would need for the wedding.   Las Caletas itself is simply stunning and the pictures and videos you see do not actually do it justice as to just how amazing the place, people and atmosphere is.   On the wedding day itself, Dennise was always around if we had any questions, but at the same time, very subtle and stayed in the background to ensure the smooth running of the day was exactly like we had planned it.   The rest of the team supporting the day itself were absolutely wonderful, very friendly and could not do more to help.  The guests were very impressed with the service of the bar team who were always on hand with more drinks. Including looking after the bride and her party who were in the bridal suite all day.   The food was far better than we have anticipated (considering how basic Las Caletas is - which only adds to the charm).  We were lucky enough to meet the chef when we visited the island a couple of days before the wedding when we took a cooking class with him. When we explained it was our wedding he asked us if there were any special things he could do for us.  We asked him if he could cook what we had learnt in that cooking class and he did that which was a lovely touch.   If you are considering Las Caletas as your wedding destination, we do not have any higher praise of the location itself, the team and of course Dennise  :D  :D  :D   Thanks so much for an amazing day!
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eriddell

By eriddell, · 3 Comments

Pros: location, food, DJ,
Cons: Wedding planner, photographer, Price in USD
Our wedding day was an amazing day though there are some things I would change about it. It was amazing because of the location, atmosphere, and staff.    I will start with the positive. My favorite memories of that day include the morning with my bridesmaids, mother, and mother-in-law in the bridal suit and on the beach. We were treated like queen's and the lunch served was absolutely amazing. It was so much fun getting ready in the bridal suit and the girls doing our make-up and hair did a fantastic job... thought we all needed more hair spray so if you are getting married here.. don't forget it! The ceremony was better than I could have ever imagined. Javier did a fantastic job and everything was very well organized. The tide was a little high by the end of it so it was tricky to get any beach photos after which sucked, but we had them on the stairs instead and they still turned out beautiful. The food at supper was amazing and the atmosphere was just perfect. I wouldn't change anything about the reception or the boat ride back. We partied so hard on the ride back and the service on the boat was awesome.. as soon as you finished a drink there was another on in your hand. The sky lanterns were my favorite part of the entire evening... such a magical moment. We arrived back and it was super easy to get taxi's for 40 people at that time.. so if you have your resort close.. I would recommend using taxi's rather than there bus service and save some money.    The DJ (rafael) was so much fun and played the best music. I had given him a music list, but he just picked the ones he knew would please the crowd so that was great. Definitely recommend getting the DJ!   Two weeks before the wedding I was looking at the sunset time and saw that the sun was setting at 6:30pm the day of our wedding. The ceremony was to be at 6:15pm so I was freaking out because there was no time for pictures after. Something you think your wedding coordinator should inform you of. I contacted her and she recommended that we pay 180USD to get the boys out early and do photos before the wedding so I agreed to do so. Unfortunately she forgot to inform the hair stylist who thought I was to be ready for the ceremony at 6pm. I wasn't really paying attention to time because hey it's my wedding day I'm sure they have everything under control. I was wrong ...4:15 rolled around and my hair wasn't even started. We were planning on getting wedding party pictures, first look pictures, and couple pictures before the wedding... we barely fit in first look pictures... very disappointing considered we paid the extra money to get the boys to the beach early. We were also rushing getting my hair done and once it was the photographer wanted a picture on the hammock. I ended up falling out of the hammock because I was so rushed and the hair spray was still wet so sand was caked in my hair... horrible experience. I'm not blaming anyone, but if I wasn't feeling so rushed and stressed ... it could have been avoided.    The boys also told me they had no service in there suit ... no drinks.. no food and they were  rushing them to get ready when they didn't need to be as they didn't even get any wedding party photos before. Our wedding coordinator also forgot a few details i had mentioned to her 2 days before such as making sure the kids has ice tea in there tequilla shot glass.. luckily there parents smelled it before! I just felt like she was very distracted which made me nervous so the rest of the night I was really paying attention to the time to make sure we got everything in.   Overall it was a great day, just makes me sad as we have no wedding party photos and that it was that unorganized.    We brought an external photographer (Tom Moks) as I really liked his photography. His photo's are very beautiful, but he missed a lot of moments and I feel like he needed more direction than I gave him. He was also very difficult to get a hold of!! He gave me a date for our wedding photos to be ready... the day passed... and he didn't respond for 3 days because he said he was at another wedding. If you knew you were at another wedding you should inform your client that the photos wouldn't be ready that day!    Also, when booking through him he kept calling me by the wrong name and saying our wedding day was 2 days before it actually was. At one point he emailed to cancel, because he was booked for another wedding... but that wedding wasn't actually on the same day. This made me incredibly nervous. Very disorganized!   During our wedding he also stressed me out quite a bit because my hair wasn't ready on time so that wasn't fun. He also made a rude comment while I was putting on my dress that I may have ate too much pizza at Christmas time! His photo's are amazing, but not sure it was worth the stress of dealing with him through email and his rudeness during the wedding.            
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peachykeen159

By peachykeen159, · 0 Comments

Pros: Food, DJ, location, beach...basically everything
Cons: none
I was lucky enough to get married at Las Caletas November 23rd, 2015. I was so glad we did a destination wedding off the resort. The location was perfect with the private beach, amazing food and DJ who knew what he was doing. I still hear from guests about how much fun they had. My wedding coordinator Madelyn made me feel relaxed about everything from the beginning and was good at giving input if I was indecisive about what I should do. I was nervous about getting married somewhere I wouldn't get to see before the wedding day but  honestly it ended up being the best decision. I love that I got to experience everything for the first time with all the other guests so it was a treat for me too. If you're looking for something memorable, unique and private I highly recommend getting married here. 
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JackieMaloney

By JackieMaloney, · 0 Comments

Pros: Everything was absolutely perfect!
Cons: There isn't one bad thing about my experience!
This past Thursday I had my dreams come true! Like many girls we start to dream about our weddings as little girls. My wedding exceeded my dreams. It was truly a fairytale wedding! The staff at las caletas were out of this world. From the moment I got there until the we arrived back at the hotel the staff made everyone so comfortable. The day of the wedding 4 girls and myself went over early and all felt like queens. We had our own bridal sweet that was to die for! lunch on our own private patio and a bed, which we did use because who wants to sleep when there is just too much beauty around. David, one of the staff members, was literally waiting on us hand and foot. Always checking up on us and getting us anything we needed. The planning of this wedding was extremely stress free! Thanks to Blanca this wedding could not have happened without her! I was worried at first about communicating through email and having everything be the way it was but she is a saint. The decorations were absolutely perfect and the food was out of this world! Our dj, Rafael, what awesome. He kept the party going all the way until we got off the boat and back on to the bus. Our wedding went to smoothly and it was so pretty I am still smiling. I can't wait to see the pictures from the photographer Cristhell. She was so professional and had great ideas for poses. All of our guest had the time of their lives and said it was by far the best wedding they ever attended. Thank you so much adventure weddings of las caletas!! You all are so great and I will never forget that day!!
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DanaKulisek

By DanaKulisek, · 3 Comments

We just got married on October 10th at Las Caletas. Cristhell was our photographer. Yes it was hot and humid but there is nothing I would have changed about our wedding day. Cristhell has already sent us a few photos so that we can order our thank-you's and they are AMAZING! She had great ideas and was also open to doing stuff that we wanted to do. I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures and I HIGHLY recommend Adventure Weddings at Las Caletas for everyone!!! :D
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Pros: Can't find a more beautiful PRIVATE location. Giving your guests that 'excursion' experience of the boat ride was icing on the cake! Food exceeded expectations! DJ was great! I can't rave enough!
Cons: Hot! There is no AC anywhere on the island. Impossible to cool off. The bridal suite to get ready is close to unbearable. Windo units people!
Planning phase: if you have a relaxed attitude this will be an easy experience. Just trust that the place is beautiful and don't get caught in the weeds of specific details. They won't get into the planning until a couple months before and trust me, that's ok! I gave them ideas about bouquets I liked with shells in it and they did a great job. Give them some creative freedom...they are talented florists. Dennise does take some time to respond on emails but relax, she gets back in a few days and she does a great job. Her laid back nature was perfect for the 'low stress' wedding planning that I wanted.
The wedding day: early girls! Wow! Perfect day of your wedding with your special people. Take the day to soak in the beauty, relaxation and amazing food this place has to offer!
Getting ready in the bridal suite: yikes! Only bad part...no AC. It's a total sweat box. Sweating off my make up, hair curling...forget it. Rely on your natural beauty and natural hair (if it's straight or curly...don't try to change that) your wedding dress...try to keep as breezy as possible. It's literaly impossible to cool off. No air anywhere! ????
The boat ride: we had 87 people and besides the sea sick people it was awesome! We had an unusually turbulent ride out because of weather but in general cool experience.
The ceremony: breath taking set up...perfect! I was so worried about music and vows...Don't! They are professionals and it coasted through without a hitch. We had a friend marry us, no prob! Let them know they have a mic to hold, no ear piece or place to put their notes (hands full)
Pictures: I tried to stay with the minimum package to save money, but then you have to buy the pics for $350 after the fact if you want more than 40. so just know it's going to cost you ???? Id make a list of pictures you want and give it to the photographer (have one with you that day) it goes fast and you are rushing to get to the party. Believe it or not...we have no pics of the groom and his best man. You need a guideline reminder. Also, do what feels good and natural to you. She had us staring off into the distance for a lot, and while the setting is stunning...it feels silly to see us lookin off into nowhere. Therefore, a lot of beautiful ones are funny to us. Like we are trying to do 'blue steel' (zoo lander reference!)
Dinner: BEST.FOOD.EVER! For a group of crazy Cajuns to love the food...they nailed it. Drinks were flowing! They played every song we asked for! Speeches went off great! We trimmed time down from cocktail hour, dinner and cake stuff to be able to party more and it was great!
Dance party: it was the best booty shaking dance party ever! The DJ was great about playing every song we wanted. We gave him an extensive list and he delivered! Hot? Sure! Did we care? Nope. A little trip in the water and some ice down the wedding dress...good to go!
Lanturns: we did a special group of only people with bdays or anniversaries within the week we were there. It was a perfect touch, very sentimental ❤️
Boat ride back: epic! We wanted more time! Music, margaritas, the wind in your hair...nailed it!
All in all: all of our guests and my husband and I say 'BEST WEDDING EVER'. We laughed, we cried, we danced, we loved ❤️ Don't miss out!
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Pros: Amazing decor and wedding planning team!!
Cons: It can be hot depending on the time of year but just remember you are on a private island in Mexico and then you will forget about the heat!!!
I don’t even know where to begin and or how to find the words explain what our experience was like at Las Caletas!!! Our wedding day could not have been more *PERFECT!*  Our family and friends cannot stop talking about our wedding and that is was the “best wedding they have ever been to.”  I remember being so nervous about planning a destination wedding and never even seeing Las Caletas in person, just in pictures from all my research.  Pictures do not even do Las Caletas justice, it is absolutely breathtaking.  Adventure Weddings was an absolute pleasure to work with and my wedding planning Blanca was AMAZING!!! Anyone who is thinking of getting married here should definitely request her as  their wedding planner.  Blanca was always so responsive to all my emails and questions and trust me I had A LOT of them during the planning!!  I love to plan parties and love little details and I did bring a lot of things with me as far as décor but when I met with Blanca on my site visit to review everything she exceeded my expectations.  Every little detail we discussed and then some made our wedding a dream come true.    Our day started off with a fun catamaran ride over to Las Caletas!!  We were greeted with welcome tacos and drinks in the bridal suite with an attendant who was there with us all day!!  Then we all had incredible massages and just relaxed in the bridal suite until we had lunch before getting ready.  The hair and makeup team were AMAZING!!!  Having our makeup airbrushed so it didn’t smudge in the heat was great (Our wedding was June 6th and it was 95 degrees), our makeup still looked as good as it did when it was applied!!!  All my girls loved their hair and makeup and looked absolutely beautiful!!!  I definitely recommend using them as I actually debated on bringing my own hair and makeup team with me, I am so glad I trusted Blanca and the amazing artists!!!   ALL of the staff at Adventure Weddings was so helpful and made our day so special.  Cristhell was our photographer and was always such a pleasure to work with, we cannot wait to see all of our professional pictures!!  She was right in the middle of all the action and we never had to look for her to take a picture, she was already there!! We even did our “Trash the Dress” shoot with her the next day and had soo much fun with her!! The same goes for Freddie the videographer, he was great!!  Him and Cristell were even helping my 3 year old nephew looking for crabs on the beach which he absolutely LOVED and had so much fun!!  Rafael the DJ is the BEST!!!   He has the greatest personality and made me laugh from the first time we met with him at our site visit!!  He also met myself and bridesmaids the morning of the wedding and had all of us laughing!!  From carrying my wedding dress and bags, personal bodyguard for the day and being my “genie in the bottle without the bottle” he was awesome!!!  He played all the songs we requested and kept our guests dancing the night away!!  Even all of the waiters were incredible, always there with drinks and could not have been more helpful!!!   It really was the most amazing day of our lives and even more than we could have imagined.  The natural décor of the beautiful beach and water, mountains and landscape are beautiful.  At night time when they light all of the candles and tiki torches makes the island look so magical.  All of the flowers were gorgeous and colors were so vibrant and looked amazing in all of the pictures.    We really cannot thank Blanca and staff of Adventure Weddings for making our wedding day so memorable.  We are forever grateful to you ALL! <3 
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MikeandJules

By MikeandJules, · 0 Comments

Pros: Location, staff, price, one of a kind experience
Cons: It does get warm depending on the time of the year
When your guests tell you that this is the best wedding they've even attended, even their own, then you know you've done something right! :)  My husband, boyfriend at the time,  and I had attended a wedding at Las Caletas a year earlier. On the boat ride over we looked at each other with excitement. When we arrived we both knew that when it was time to get married we would do it at Las Caletas! 6 months later we were engaged and we immediately called to reserve a date. Dennise was our wedding coordinator. She's the manager and only takes a few weddings a month. I had requested someone who had been at Adventure Weddings for awhile since the wedding coordinator that my friend used had recently left.  Dennise. What more can I say. She was the best part of planning my wedding. She was always there for me- answered any question via phone or email and made this whole process so easy. I've been a bridesmaid 24 times, yes...it's true, and my friends always seemed to be  stressed out dealing with details. Not me. Dennise had everything under control and I never had to worry about anything. On my wedding day I barely even saw Dennise- she was there but she had everything under control that she didn't need to bother me with any questions and allowed me to enjoy my evening. That to me is a true professional. I told her the hardest part of having the wedding end was not talking to her every few days. :( My fiance and my parents set up a site survey 3 months before the wedding. We flew in on a Friday and left on a Sunday. When my parents saw Las Caletas for the first time they were blown away. We sat on site with Dennise and planned everything...from flowers, to cake, seating, etc....it was all done! Yes- we changed a few things leading up to the wedding but nothing major- all things that Dennise handled with ease.  When we showed up 2 days before our wedding Dennise met us at the hotel. As always she had a smile on her face and went through everything with us. We gave her our programs, seating cards, etc...and that was it. The morning of our wedding myself and my mom, sister and best friend took the early boat to the venue. The bridal suite was fantastic- they have a bed, shower, hammock, spa and a personal butler who brings you drinks and food all day. I scheduled massages for everyone and we just sat, ate and relaxed. No stress!! Our hair and make up team showed up around 1:30 pm- Dennise had booked them- and started to get us all ready. Everything was easy and on time.  The wedding was better than I even imagined. As I started to walk down the aisle I looked around to everything we had discussed that was now actually there- the rose petals on the aisle, the flowers, candles, tables, etc...everything was perfect. I'm a producer and very anal. I would have never let someone do something without me double checking it- but with Dennise I had no question that everything would be done perfect and it was- everything.  We used the Adventure Weddings photographer- Cristhell- who was fantastic. She took tons of candid shots which we wanted. Raphael was our DJ and he followed our song list and even added additional songs when we ran out. He knew exactly what our guests wanted to hear.  The staff was professional, attended to all of our guests and our needs and created the most magical evening. We had our guests release lanterns at the end of the evening which most said was a memorable moment.  I don't write reviews- I only read them- but I have had to let everyone know that this is the ONLY place to get married if you want a unique, special beach spot. Your guests will be blown away and you're not breaking the bank to make it happen. And if you can get Dennise you're one of the lucky ones. She's the best and knows how to take care of a bride and putting together a wedding. I keep thinking about that day and how there was NOTHING I would have changed. Thank you Dennise and your team for making our wedding a day we will remember forever. 
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MorganMeredith

By MorganMeredith, · 0 Comments

Pros: EVERYTHING!!!
Cons: It had to end :(
This was by far the best wedding I have ever been to as well as our guests- they are still talking about it!    Site Inspection:   You have to get up early-ish depending on where you are staying, but it is SO worth it! Blanca went over everything quickly and efficiently, and made me feel very comfortable leaving all the details in her hands. (She is amazing- very quick with her correspondence prior to meeting and made everything easy and stress-free.) We were able to spend the rest of the afternoon on the island with the rest of the group from the tour, drinking margaritas, eating tacos and lying on the beach.   Day of the wedding:   Early girls: We were met at the marina again (myself, my mom and my husbands mom and sister- as we chose to forgo the traditional bridal party) and we set off to Las Caletas to begin our day. Upon arrival we were taken up to the suite (all luggage and clothing were generously brought up by the staff- there are quite a few stairs) and greeted with coffee, champagne, orange juice and fresh food. We got settled in and took turns (in twos) getting our massages I had planned for us all. They were AMAZING! It literally took away all my nerves! We came back, had lunch, sat in the jacuzzi and went down to the beach until it was time to start getting ready.    Hair and Makeup: Joel Salon in Puerto Vallarta was the hair and makeup team provided, and they were incredible! I also think it was fate- my husbands name is Joel! They were very accommodating, nice, easy going and did a fantastic job! They made me feel very comfortable. They use airbrush make up which is perfect for the hot weather, as it is so light. They did makeup for myself, and the two moms- all were VERY happy with the outcome! :)   Transportation for the rest of the guests: We kept the location of our wedding a secret (which was relatively easy since we had no bridal party) up until the bus came to pick up my husband and the rest of the guests at our resort (we stayed at Secrets- UNREAL resort!!!) to take them to the marina. Unfortunately the only real snafu was that the boat was late leaving, waiting for a cruise ship, so I was little nervous when I was told the wedding was starting late. Stuff happens, and it was really no big deal.    Ceremony: Smooth, magical and without a hitch! Chuy (Jesus) was amazing and sweet and lovely!   Photography: Cristhell, the photographer, met with me one day at the resort and was so sweet and kind. She made us feel so at ease during the photo session and I couldn't be happier with the photos- we ended up buying them all, because I couldn't decide!   Dinner: We chose to request a traditional Mexican buffet as oppose to the set menu and all the guests were thrilled and couldn't get enough!    Cake: Delicious and beautiful!   DJ and Dancing: The music was spectacular and  it had everyone dancing on the dance floor, sand and in the ocean (it was hot!). Towards the end of the night they even brought out cold cloths for everyone to cool down. (Amazing idea!).    Extras: Maracas, couches by the dance floor, sky lanterns, extra hour (I cant think of all our add ons), all were worth the money! I almost wish we would've gotten another extra hour, it was that amazing and fun!   Blanca: I cannot say enough, request her! She was on top of everything, worrying about everything so we didn't have to! She also thinks of everything! Thank you Blanca!!!!   I am sure I am forgetting so much, it was all so great but it flew by so quickly that it's hard to keep track. :) This was the most magical day and I would recommend to anyone to get married here, it was worth every penny.          
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nattyh

By nattyh, · 0 Comments

Pros: Food, staff, early girls, fire dancers, unique experience
Cons: Hot
I titled this review "best wedding ever" because I was told by multiple guests that it was the best wedding that they had ever been to, which made me so happy :) Another one of my guests told me that she was expecting a cookie cutter beach wedding, but instead was surprised with a one-of-a-kind experience! Our wedding coordinators Blanca and Jessica were great. Jessica was very responsive and got back to me via email right away with any questions I had. Blanca was great the day of the wedding, even sprinting to go get my forgotten bouquet!   One of the best parts of the experience was the "early girls" experience. My bridesmaids and I were able to go to the wedding location early in the day and were given the royal treatment. We were greeted at the bridal suite with champagne and fresh fruit, our own private jacuzzi, and a private waiter to bring us drinks or food all day. We all got massages and were also able to participate in other activities like paddle boarding and kayaking. There were jellyfish in the water that day, so I did not feel comfortable swimming.   The wedding itself was close to perfection. The food was great, service impeccable. The DJ did an amazing job and the boat ride home truly was a continuation of the celebration. Thank you Vallarta Weddings! It was everything I had hoped for   The only negative was that it was very HOT. We were married the first week of June and we were sweating quite a bit, and not just from the nerves!
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WDrouin

By WDrouin, · 2 Comments

Where do i begin with this review... PERFECTION!!!!...... When we started looking for a destination wedding location we wanted something a little different than just getting married on a beach resort. When we seen Las Caletas we instantly knew this was the place we were going to get married. From the moment we started planning our wedding communication through email was perfect.   Blanca was our wedding coordinator and i am beyond thankful for her and the work she does. She was absolutely amazing!! I had so many questions and sent a lot of emails throughout the planning process. Blanca always responded quickly and was nothing but helpful and accommodating.    We had picked the premier package so when we arrived into Mexico we were able to go over and check out Las Caletas prior to our wedding day. I am so glad we were able to do this together. To see the location prior was an amazing experience to do together. Blanca gave us a wonderful tour of everything and we were able to go through all the plans for the big day. We were also able to touch base with our DJ that day as well, which was nice to be able to do.    The day of the wedding i headed over with my mother, sister and grandmother and our day was so wonderful. We had the suite all day and someone waiting on us with welcome tacos, drinks and lunch. I was not expecting this and it was very nice to feel so special.  We took advantage of the spa and just relaxed in the bridal suite before getting our hair and makeup done. I was hesitant in getting my hair and makeup done without a trial, so i booked a trial at the resort and i am glad i did. The two ladies that did our hair and makeup were amazing. They did a fabulous job and i am so happy that i decided to get everything done! i mean when will you get married again.....   Our photographer Cristeell was so lovely. We haven't gotten our photos back yet but i can't wait to see them! She even met us at our resort before the wedding day to run through how everything will go. She was very accommodating and also brought along a helper, which was fantastic to get that second shot. One thing i wanted was to get a group shot, which she did... i can't wait to see this one!   DJ just nailed it! Every song we wanted he got spot on and we were so happy with the music all night long.    The serving staff was unreal. it was five star service... serving our guests on the beach while they dance, bringing cold towels out because it was so hot, helping me with my plate because i was the Bride, serving out cake out to everyone... i couldn't believe it! It made the day even more special to have such amazing service and i know all our guests noticed this as well.   The setting was just amazing, incredible, perfect..... what other words can i use. As some of our guest said to us, it was like out of a movie.....it was a dream... "I don't think i will ever attend another wedding like that"   The food was amazing, so many choices.... something for everyone.   Another thing that was very nice was to have the MC. That way we didn't have to ask anyone to do it. And our MC was so great, did a fantastic job.   We chose to do the sky lanterns and i was so happy we did. It made me so happy to walk around and look at our guest faces and how happy and excited they were to do that. Some couples were hugging watching theres float away... it was a perfect end to a perfect day.    The ride back on the boat the party didn't stop... the staff were fabulous on the boat, serving guests drinks...so nice to have a private boat for all our guests.   For me i wanted a stress free wedding and that is exactly what it was. Blanca made this happen, it was perfect. Not a single thing went wrong. Everything i had envisioned was brought to life and i am so thankful for every single person at Las Caletas for all there hard work in making this day so special for us and our guests.   The only bad thing i can say is it went by WAY TO FAST!!! i want to do it all over again.   Looking back at pictures i just cry because our day was so amazing and so special.... It really is the most PERFECT place to get married and i feel so lucky to have been able to say "i do" at Las Chalets.   If you choose to get married here you will not be disappointed. And don't worry, everything will run smoothly!   THANK YOU BLANCA!!!!!    
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MarinaZ

By MarinaZ, · 0 Comments

Absolute perfection!  We had the most beautiful wedding in the world and everyone else says so too.  My guests have said that no one will be able to beat that and it couldn't have happened without Blanca, my wedding coordinator.  She took my vision and made it happen above and beyond my wildest dreams.  She was quick to respond to emails, offered advice when asked and accommodated all the times I changed my mind. She is a wedding genius! When I finally got to meet her, she basically had my entire wedding wish list memorized but went through every detail with me to make sure that it was exactly what I wanted.  I was so happy during our site inspection that I cried 3 times.     Some things that I must mention: 1) I got the parrot but didn't tell any of my guests except the bridal party and my parents.  Everyone was so surprised and amazed and even though it only lasts a few seconds, it was worth every penny.  People can not stop talking about how awesome it was 2) Dietary concerns were met fully - I had two gluten free bridesmaids, shellfish allergies and vegetarian guests but everyone was able to eat and were satisfied (the food was amazing).  They even brought in non-alcoholic beer for my father who is a recovered alcoholic and made a special plate of fish for my bridesmaid that is allergic to almost everything - beef, pork, chicken, tomato, gluten, corn, lettuce etc.  I am also not fond of cilantro and asked that it was excluded from the dishes and it was not put into anything 3) DJ is amazing! He played every single song that I requested ahead of time and his transitions were perfect which kept the dance floor jumping the whole time.  The only thing that you need to note is that once he starts, he no longer has wifi, so if you don`t ask for it in advance and he does not have it on his computer already, then he cannot play the song.  Keep this in mind when you are making your song list. 4) The serving staff must be telepathic.  If you even think about wanting a drink, they are there to bring you one.  They come to the dance floor ready to serve drinks and  part way through the night, I was really hot from dancing so much so I requested that they make the rounds with cold rags for the guests.  They did this twice and it was amazing.  When it gets dark, the entire island is lit up with candles which is absolutely beautiful but the ones around the dance floor seemed a bit hazardous for my dress.  When I mentioned this the staff immediately ran out and collected them for me. 5) Fire dancers were great - very impressive   My only regret is that my dress was a little difficult to manage on the boat ride home so I would suggest a change of clothes if your dress also restricts movement.        
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chrisandkate2015

By chrisandkate2015, · 0 Comments

Pros: staff, wedding coordinator, venue, location, food, music, decorations, organization, professionalism, transportation, bridal suite, groomsmen's terrace, site visit, communication, services, photographer, DJ, minister, ceremony, reception, s'mores,
My husband and I were married at Las Caletas this past April, 2015.     With family spread out across Canada, a destination wedding was the most attractive option for us.  We knew we didn't want a resort beach wedding, which meant we'd have to find another venue that would host a wedding ceremony and reception AND that we could plan from afar.    After perusing many destination wedding forums and review sites, we stumbled across Las Caletas.  The location looked absolutely beautiful.  The reviews were all raving - this review won't be any different!   In the year leading up to our wedding, we contacted Adventure Weddings and set a date.  Over the next year, we were in constant communication with our wedding coordinator, Jessica, to hash out different details for our big day and to ask endless questions.  Jessica was always prompt to reply, incredibly accommodating, and so personable.  We had full faith that we could arrive in Puerto Vallarta and all would work out!   We met Jessica for our site visit a few days prior to our wedding.  This was a great chance to see where we'd be getting married, sample the (incredible) food, meet the DJ, and review all the wedding day details with Jessica.  While there, we got to enjoy many of the activities offered at Las Caletas, too!   We left that site visit feeling confident that the wedding day was completely planned and ready to go!   On the day of the wedding, my bridesmaids, mother, and myself headed over to Las Caletas bright and early to enjoy the day before getting our hair & makeup done.  The morning absolutely FLEW by!  We had just enough time for massages, a dip in the ocean, an attempt at paddle boarding, and then some lunch.  Our hair and makeup artists were friendly and very skilled.  Everyone looked beautiful!  Not to mention, they worked some serious magic that enabled our make up to stay on our faces despite the heat!  The bridal suite was full of character and perfect for getting ready.  We were pampered with a personal server who made sure we had all the snacks, drinks, and anything else we needed.  Jessica arrived in the early afternoon to check in with us and keep us on schedule.     When the guests arrived, Jessica escorted the groomsmen, groom, and father of the bride to the groomsmen's terrace so boutonniere's could be put on and everyone could line up for the processional.  I was "hidden" out of sight while all that happened.  When it was time, Jessica came and got me and I met up with my dad who walked me down the aisle.     This was the first I saw the ceremony set-up.  It was exactly how I'd imagined it.  All of our closest family and friends were there, the decorations were perfect, and the music was exactly as we'd requested.  The ceremony went smoothly and (surprisingly) without any tears from myself or the groom!  The guests, however, got a bit teary-eyed!  The minister, Chuy, was super friendly and just the right guy to conduct our wedding ceremony!

Afterward, the photographer took a photo of the entire group (can't wait to see it!  The photos take about a month to receive, so any day now!).  Then, family photos and bridal party photos happened.  The photographer and her assistant were a joy to work with.  They obviously love their jobs.  Next, the guests headed up to the restaurant for hors d'oeuvres and cocktails while the groom and I got our photos done.   Jessica came to us when the photos were done and got us ready for the introduction of Mr. and Mrs.!  This kicked off the start of dinner.  During dinner, which was DELICIOUS, toasts and speeches were made.  The ambience and mood of the room was fantastic.  Rustic, yet elegant, warm, and full of love.  Guests were raving about the food.  The only problem was that there was SO much, it was impossible to try everything!  Jessica made sure that guests allergies were accommodated (no shellfish).   After dinner, we headed down to the beach for our first dances.  After the traditional first dance, mother-son, and father-daughter dances, the party got started!  We'd provided the DJ with a list of music, which he stuck to.  He threw in a couple of his own tunes and, man oh man, did he know what he was doing!  The crowd quite literally did NOT stop dancing!  We had guests from 25 to 80 years old and everyone had a blast!  It was sad when the announcement was made to move back to the catamaran for the return trip.

Jessica and her staff had moved all the bridal suite stuff (clothes and supplies we'd brought for earlier in the day).  A few guests helped carry it all to the boat and then the party continued!  We opted to do the bouquet toss and garter toss on the boat, which was a great decision.  It meant more dance time at Las Caletas, and was a pretty unique twist to an old tradition.  When the groomsmen were carrying on about how long it took my husband to remove the garter, he pointed out he had to do it on a moving boat!  

Once back at the marina, our shuttle was waiting to take us back to our resort.  Guests were singing and having a great time on the bus ride.  

Quite literally, from start to finish, our wedding day was absolutely perfect.  Since getting back to "real life", many people have asked us how the wedding was.  I have said to everyone that it could not have been better.  I mean that wholeheartedly.  Nothing about our wedding day could have been better nor would we have changed anything (unless it would be possible to have it never end!).  

Adventure Weddings at Las Caletas gets two thumbs up, 5 stars, 100%, an A+, every perfect rating there is.  The staff, the location, the decoration, the food, the music, the ambience... it was all perfect.  What an amazing experience.  We will remember it forever and, quite possibly, be returning to renew our vows 10 years from now (any excuse to go back!).
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JeddDavis

By JeddDavis, · 0 Comments

Pros: Beautiful beach setting, wonderful staff, delicious food, fire dancers, gay friendly
Cons: If I had to say a con it would be that there was no air conditioning in suite
We had our wedding at Las Caletas on Saturday, April 18th.  The experience was amazing and not sure there is a more beautiful place to get married.  Huge thank you to the entire staff at Vallarta Adventures Weddings.  Our coordinator was Jessica Barrios and she was such a pleasure to work with.  She always did her best to get back to us in a timely manner with all of her follow up emails.  Very detailed and organized and makes sure everything is just perfect!  Jesus "Chuy" was our minister and all the words he said for our ceremony were amazing and our guests kept saying how awesome and professional he was to minister our wedding.  Huge shout out to DJ Rafael.  He had the music turned up the whole night and the dancing could not have been more fun for all of our guests.  One of our favorite memories of the night were the fire dancers.  We definitely recommend adding them for entertainment.  Their performance is fun and jaw dropping.  A fun addition to make our night and added entertainment!  Videographer and Photographer were also all a pleasure to work with as well.  If you are thinking about having your wedding at one of the most magical places, look no further than Las Caletas!!! I could not think of a better place to spend your special day.  It is a day you will never forget and the staff makes it an amazing  experience from start to finish.  Also to mention we are a gay couple and everyone made us feel so comfortable.  All staff were very gay friendly! :)   A huge plus and much appreciated.  Thank you Vallarta Adventure Weddings - you made our special day nothing but PERFECTION!!    
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ChantaleSmith

By ChantaleSmith, · 0 Comments

Pros: Professional, accommodating, friendly staff, beautiful venue, great atmosphere, amazing food, everything ran very smoothly,
Cons: The only con is that we had to gather all of our stuff immediately after the wedding and bring it on the boat with us, all of our guests had to help lug all our stuff back to the resort. It was a bit chaotic.
My husband and I cannot say enough great things about Las Caletas and the staff who made our wedding day one we will never forget! They exceeded our expectations, did everything we asked and were nothing but professional. Our guests are still talking about how amazing the wedding was, from the amazing food and views to the slide show and lanterns on the beach, it was a night to remember! I have to mention the way me and bridesmaids were treated the morning of the wedding - we had an amazing villa just for us, our own server who waited on us hand and foot as well as given delicious food, we literally felt like queens! The hair and makeup artists were better than I could have ever imagined, they made us look amazing - I think that's what I was most nervous about because I didn't do a trial but I didn't even need one, I showed them what I wanted and that's what I got! Every penny I spent was worth it, my husband and I had nothing bad to say and we wish we could do it all over again. Thank you to Jessica and her team!!!

Sincerely,

Jamie and Chantale Smith (Brais)
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StephanieF2015

By StephanieF2015, · 0 Comments

Pros: Beautiful, easy, amazing
Cons: None
My husband and I had our wedding on Las Caletas in April 2015. Dennise was our wedding coordinator, and she was amazing from the start.    My husband and I wanted to have a destination wedding (we live in San Diego, CA) and were looking in Mexico at various resorts to have our wedding. Most of the resorts charged by the number of guests and all guests were required to stay at the resort. The pricing was not very clear and we were frustrated. We also wanted the picture-perfect wedding, but did not want to invest the time.   I came across Adventure Weddings and it looked too good to be true. There was a clear-cut dollar amount for the base price, and after we requested more information, we immediately could calculate what the cost would be. There were no hidden fees or surprises which was refreshing. The fact that the on-site coordinator would take care of everything is what sealed it for us.   Dennise would periodically send us information and she would always respond when I emailed her with the most random, detailed questions. She kept track of everything and made us feel important. We had the plans outlined and three months before the wedding, Dennise contacted us regularly with the more nitty-gritty details. Nothing was too small or silly and she made sure to have every detail covered. She was such a pleasure to work with and didn't judge our requests or try to sway us in any direction, she let us design the wedding we wanted, the way we wanted it. This again was so refreshing!   As the wedding got closer, Dennise was constantly in contact with us, making sure everything was covered. She gave us detailed instructions for getting to the island for the site inspection, which we really appreciated. She gave us hugs and as another reviewer said, she treated us like long lost friends. The boat ride over was a blast and the staff was excellent. The island was breathtaking - everything was perfectly in its place, the hammocks were gorgeous against the water, the food they provided was seriously delicious, and the drinks just kept coming. We sat with Dennise for about an hour going over timelines and asking last minute questions. She showed us where we were going to stand and how everything would operate. Since we were whisked away with Dennise, we missed the taco stand that everyone is directed too once they get onto the island. Dennise had the staff set us up with our own private taco stand, with fresh tortillas, and my husband was in heaven. There were also monkeys on the island and when we expressed interest in seeing and playing with the monkeys, Dennise arranged for us to go see the monkeys before the other guests, so that we could have our own private monkey viewing. We felt like royalty and had the best day on the island, enjoying the last few moments before all of our guests arrived in Mexico.   The day of the wedding, myself and my "early girls" were met by Blanca at the Maritime Terminal and were escorted through to the catamaran. We had to go through security with all of our stuff, so beware brides, they will literally go through everything you bring. We had another wonderful boat ride to the island and were escorted up to the bridal suite. The staff carried our luggage which was amazing. We had our own personal staff member to take care of us (Octovio!) who was always there to get us more champagne or whatever we needed. We had tacos and mimosas and sat in the Jacuzzi until it was time to shower. We took turns showering and lunch was brought to us, more delicious food! The make up and hair stylists arrived and we all took turns getting prepped. As the bride, I went last, which did give me some anxiety because the time was ticking away and I was getting nervous. The stylists didn't speak very much English, but luckily two of my girls were fairly fluent in Spanish. Dennise came by periodically and checked on us, and brought my bouquet - and at that moment I knew this would be the perfect wedding. She created the most perfect bouquet, based on a couple of Pinterest photos and my demand for tropical, colorful flowers. It was seriously perfect.   Our photographer, Cristheell, and videographer, Sandra, met us the day before the wedding at our resort (so easy, they came to us!) to discuss the photos and video. I was super nervous about the photography because that was the most important thing to me, it's what we will remember and show to everyone for the rest of our lives. Cristheell was very nice and gave us an overview of what would happen and what kind of photos she would be taking. Sandra ran through the same process for the video. The whole meeting was about half an hour, both ladies were very easy to talk to.   Cristheell came to the bridal suite and photographed us getting ready and took some nice photos of us just before the ceremony.   The ceremony was a blur - Chuy was our minister and he was super awesome to work with too. He had sent us the ceremony months before so that we could think about what we wanted to add or remove or make it personal. We liked it just the way he had it, and didn't change a thing. It was extremely hot even at 6 pm and my husband and I were sweating buckets. Chuy went quickly because he knew we were all suffering. I wore high heels and slipped through the straw mats a couple of times during the ceremony - I would suggest future brides wear a wider heel or a wedge.   Cristheell took a bunch of photos of us with the family, and just the two of us walking up and down the beach. We were quite cranky because it was so hot and my husband hates having his picture taken. She was very patient with us and waited while he mopped his head with a washcloth and would give us breaks.   The rest of the night flew by - we had dinner, toasts, cake, and dancing. Dennise handled all of the transitions and would tell me first that we were moving onto the next thing. I didn't have to worry about anything at all. My husband and I just went along with whatever she said and posed for the photos and let it all happen.   The DJ was perfect, he played all of our songs and made it an awesome dance party. The drinks kept flowing! The food was super delicious again, the cake was delicious, the cake was perfect looking and they arranged the cake toppers for us.   The boat ride back was more of the dance party and everyone was having a blast. All of our guests came up to us and said at some point that this was the best wedding they had ever been to. Woo hoo!!   All in all, this was the perfect wedding for us. We didn't have to deal with vendors, make big decisions like, open bar or band vs. DJ or what photographer to use. We appreciated the fact that we only had to say "yes" or "no" and it was completely taken care of for us.   If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing. Dennise, Blanca, Octovio, Cristheell, Sandra, Raphael the DJ and everyone else were so incredibly awesome, we cannot thank you enough.   Two weeks later, that night is all we can talk about, and cannot wait to return to PV to go back to Las Caletas, just to sit and relive that whole night.  
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cweir

By cweir, · 0 Comments

Pros: EVERYTHING!! SKY LANTERS ARE A MUST!
Cons: Saying goodbye to the staff at las Caletas
My husband and I had our wedding at Las Caletas on Feb 17 ,2015. Everything was so much more than I could have ever imagined. Jessica, our wedding coordinator was so helpful and sweet. I sent her countless of images, questions and ideas, she always returned my emails very promptly. She made me feel like I was the only bride. I can't imagine how many other brides she was helping as well as me! Jessica is amazing at what she does! Pretty well, anything I had in mind... The staff at Las Caletas made it happen  :)     The bridal suite was beautiful! The only downfall is that the day goes by so quickly, you think you have tons of time to lounge around on the beach and at the bridal  suite, but the next thing you know you are getting ready!    I had my hair and makeup done. The stylists  were so sweet  & friendly and are great at what they do! you feel like a celebrity ;) Only thing, I would have asked to use less hairspray although i know it is needed for the humidity!    Our videographer, Sandra ,was so professional and friendly.  We just received our highlight video, I am thrilled with how she put it all together, it was worth every penny. She even took the time to skype with us before arriving to Mexico to explain how everything would go on the wedding day, this was very helpful.    Cristheel, our photographer was also very professional and so so lovely. I wish we had upgraded our photo package! We went with a smaller one because we went with the largest video package, but I think having Cristheel while the girls were getting ready would have been amazing. I received the pictures from her very quickly, we are now just having a tough time choosing from them all  :) She is a wonderful photographer!   The DJ , Rafael, was awesome, I met with him the morning of the wedding and he even took the time to help me determine what part of the song I was wanting to walk down the aisle to would work well. He let Jessica know when I should start walking via their headsets! I think it is so awesome they all have headsets!  You feel like you are in "the wedding planner " and its your big day! Just simply AMAZING!   The flowers were exactly what i wanted and looked like the pictures I had sent via pinterest along with my floral crown! The cake was so much better than i had imagined and tasted amazing. The food , the drinks , the service was all SO SO INCREDIBLE!   The staff were all so friendly and helpful, they even carried my husband's aunt who had a wheelchair to and from the boat. Wheelchairs are not an issue, they make anything possible!    I honestly have nothing bad to say other than it goes by way to quickly! I was so sad to leave and no longer have emails back and forth with Jessica , Sandra & Christeel. Everyone there makes you feel so special. We thankfully added the extra hour whichi think is a MUST if you have a lot of speeches, the sky lanterns and SMORES were such amazing and memorable touches.    If you are wanting a beautiful private ceremony that is unique and not your "typical" beach wedding, then Las Caletas is for you!       
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Pros: Everything
Cons: Nothing
Simply put, everything about our experience with this company (a sub-division of Vallarta Adventures) was beyond wonderful. I have given them 5 stars but would happily have given them more if it was possible. An absolutely first-class company and experience they put together for us.   We contacted them 10 months before the wedding, and were a little nervous at first from our friends' experiences with other destination wedding companies (ie. hidden expenses, poor communication, late additions etc). It turned out we had nothing to worry about. Our wedding co-ordinator, Blanca, was very communicative and responsive to our questions and ideas throughout the process, so much so that we were asking ourselves when was something going to go wrong...but it never did. She was very up front about the pricing options for the wedding and when they needed a response by, giving us plenty of time to make our choices. They were also very flexible with our requests, so much so that we only had to send here a Pinterest board with color ideas for her to design the flower arrangements and centerpieces perfectly as my Wife wanted them.   When we arrived in PV a week before the wedding date, we were taken to the site for a quick walk through and meeting with the DJ, who we had emailed previously with our song list and electronic versions of these songs. We only asked them one time what songs we wanted played and when, and they nailed it on the big day with all of our requests. Similarly, we had a few special bottles of liquor we wanted to have available and Blanca drove to our hotel to pick them up, and again, we gave her very brief directions as to which bottle was needed for what part of the day, and everything was there when we arrived. No written instructions required at all. We also met with the photographer and she walked us through her ideas for the day and when she would be needing us. After the walk through, we spent the rest of the day relaxing at the Adults Only section of Las Caletas in hammocks at the water's edge with our own private bartender. Then lunch and the boat ride back to PV.   During the week prior to the wedding, Blanca kept in touch with us via email to let us know that everything was as we wanted it to be. We had one minor change which was an addition to the female wedding party and she organized and communicated this too us with no stress on our part. For the big day, the ladies spent the entire day at the site, laying in hammocks, drinking Mimosas and getting massages and were waited on hand and foot throughout. The hair stylists were great and everything was prepared and ready to go once I got to the island with the main wedding party. The photographers assistant was on the main wedding party's boat which wasn't included in our plan which was a nice surprise. We were met at the dock by waves from the Las Caletas staff, and escorted to my Groom's private cabin for photos and 15 minutes to make sure we were all ready to go. The co-ordination between Blanca and her co-worker (I forgot his name) and the DJ was spot-on and the ceremony went absolutely according to plan. We then spent about 45 minutes taking pictures, alone and with our wedding party and respective families as we had requested, and were then introduced to everyone at the dinner. The buffet was spectacular and enjoyed by everyone, with all dietary restrictions being catered for by the wide selection available. The speeches were MC'd exactly as we'd requested and then the cake cutting and reception where we had an absolute ball! The finale was the Sky Lanterns, which was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. I think there were some grown men shedding a tear at this point, the whole evening had been that amazing.   On the boat ride back to PV, we had a great dance party at the front of the boat. I don't know if the DJ was on the boat or not but as with the rest of the event, they played all the songs we had requested and we had grandmothers dancing with friends dancing with each others' families...it was so much fun.    All in all, I will absolutely recommend this company to anyone considering a destination wedding. We received comments from literally everyone who attended about how stunning the location was and the friendliness of the staff, and what an amazing day it was for all involved. If this is the #4 Destination Wedding venue in the world according to Trip Advisor, then I cannot imagine how ridiculously amazing the top 3 must be. When you consider the cost of our day, which was the Premier Package, then it was a terrific value as well, considering we would have had to pay about four times the amount to have thrown a wedding of comparable quality where we live back in the US. A first-rate company with first-rate staff who provided us with the memories which we will cherish forever. Thank you (again) to Blanca and everyone involved.    Scott & Micah
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ChelseaWorkun

By ChelseaWorkun, · 1 Comment

Pros: Location, staff, photographer, videographer, DJ-Everything was amazing!
Cons: planning from a distance-but if you're going to do it-do it here!
Every single one of my guests said that our wedding was the most romantic/beautiful/exotic wedding they had ever seen! We are from Alberta, Canada and were looking for something warm and low stress-our travel agent, Elicia Jump, suggested Adventure Weddings in Las Caletas and the rest is history!   I will try to hit all the main points that will help you in planning your wedding in Las Caletas, here goes:   I will admit that trying to plan something as important as your own wedding over email can and was a challenge at times especially with language being an issue at times. I can't tell you other brides to calm down, because if someone told me that at the time, I would have brushed them off just as you would me now! However, breath and keep on top of your emails!! Don't worry about being a bridzilla (be polite) but don't hesitate to re-email/re-phrase/and ask again and again for what you want! You can and will have it-The staff of Adventure Weddings are very accommodating and want to please you-but they (like everyone else in the world) are extremely busy planning more than just your wedding. Fernanda was my wedding coordinator-I thank her for putting all my dreams together into a beautiful day...and being patient with me! lol.    Stay on top of the math (price list) and numbers of items required. They don't like to work on a wedding more than 3 months in advance, but that doesn't mean you can't ask for a price list and budget for what you want earlier than 3 months: Some things I almost cut from the budget and am SO relieved I didn't because they were a HIT are the Sky Lanterns...absolutely amazing! I also wish I paid for the videographer to stay the whole night to get the party portion of the night-she did such an amazing job of the first half of the day that it's a pity I didn't cough up the extra cash to relive the whole night over and over. Some things I could have done with less of and wouldn't have noticed are: flower tiki torches, extra flowers-they supplied more than I was lead to believe and even the small centrepieces were pretty substantial-any bigger you wouldn't see across the table anyway, flowers for hair, etc. The location is so beautiful and lush that there is no need to guild the lily.    I was very happy with the photographer, Cristheell. She was very accommodating from the beginning-don't get me wrong, she's a busy lady, but she works hard to accommodate you and is very artistic and will make you look like a movie star! I would go as far as requesting your guests just leave their cameras at home (or keep to minimum) and just take in the day because a few great shots were ruined by people getting in the way of the professional photographer (and the family member's photo is never as good-how could it be, their equipment is inferior and their know-how isn't on a pro level) or having a camera in front of their face instead of just smiling for the paid photographer-oh well: live and learn. We also booked Critheell to meet us at our resort a few days after the wedding and had her take some family shots on the beach-They turned out wonderful-When do you ever have all your loved ones in one place with a back-drop like Mexico's beauty? Awesome-Lots of genuine smiles when there are waves giving you an unexpected splash-   Rafa, the DJ was awesome-He's a man who knows his job well-He's very organized, prompt with his emails and managed to save my slide show from disaster. I didn't have all my electronics with me and therefore was having difficulty transferring my vast amount of photographs in a format that was compatible with the equipment and was living out a nightmare when trying to add music to the slideshow with timing etc....Long story short-He saved it the night before and it was pure success! He also told me that he only takes orders from the Bride-which was perfect-he said I can transfer my power to guests/groom/mother whomever-but until I do, he runs everything past the bride-This man is so smart! haha. Music was exactly what I asked for-   The minister, Chuy, was excellent. He was prompt with his emails and organized. He sent me a generic version of the vows and asked that I add/delete/elaborate on my religious views so he could better accommodate my husband and I. He spoke clearly, pronounced our names correctly and was punctual. He brought a microphone which is important with waves crashing literally only a few feet away. Very nice man, he did a wonderful job.    The videographer was excellent-I loved the video! As I mentioned above-I recommend hiring her for the entire evening-My only regret is that I didn't.    My husband and I took dance lessons before the wedding-I enjoyed the lessons in themselves, but honestly, we're not dancers, so the sloped dance floor threw us right off our game. People, remember, you are on a beach...therefore the ground slopes toward the ocean...go easy on the high heels and expect to go barefoot before the night is over. Dancing in the surf was the best (and coolest) place to dance anyway-   The bridal suite is beautiful! There are fans to keep you coolish...but it's still Mexico!  Don't book too much of your time doing other things (massages, etc) because you will simply want to sit in the suite and its grounds enjoying it's jacuzzi, hammock, complimentary tacos, fruit and champaign.  Plus the beauty team will be there before you know it!  For the brides out there that are not on top of their Spanish-BRING PHOTOGRAPHS (no wifi) of the type of make-up and hair styles you want. Pictures say a thousand words! One of the three stylist spoke English well enough to make out some of what my bridesmaids wanted done with their hair and make-up. My home hairstylist suggested I bring a picture...and man am I glad I did! Too bad I didn't think to share the wealth of that knowledge with my bridesmaids.    Las Caletas is only lit by candlelight at night...(even bathrooms) It makes for a stunning atmosphere, and everybody looks good by candlelight, but be careful you don't catch on fire!    My grandma was the only senior adventurous enough to take the voyage to Mexico for our wedding-she's a tough gal, and with the help of a couple of our strapping young guests she made it up and down the uneven stairs-I wouldn't recommend people with more serious mobility issues take the hike-but nothing is impossible!    The food was fantastic, and there was lots of it-I had numerous guests say it was the best wedding food they had ever had. There are tonnes of extra desserts too-so don't worry about getting a big cake-We ordered a 3 tier white vanilla cake-It was moist, perfect (not too sweet but light) frosting-MMMM! Ask for it to go-You'll want a slice when you get back to your hotel!    My best advice: Pay for the max allotted time you can have there-It flys by SOOO fast and you won't want to leave when the boat arrives-   Congratulations-I hope you choose Las Caletas-It's a dream come true!   -Chelsea*                      
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Pros: Beautiful scenery, easy planning, delicious food/drink, fun party
Cons: Open flames, no railings on stairs
Judging by the other reviews I want to give Vallarta Adventure the same credit as many other brides and I also want to give future brides some very helpful advice. Yes, the wedding was absolutely perfect in almost every way. From my wonderful wedding coordinator, Fernanda, to the spunky videographer, Freddy, to all of the staff and everyone who helped to make our day the most incredible ever - THANK YOU! The day of the wedding was perfect, the bridal suite was relaxing and fun, the ceremony was beautiful, the food was delicious, the dancing was crazy, and the boat ride back was a fun end to the party. So I'll share some advice I have for anyone who has already booked their wedding or is thinking about going to Las Caletas for her big day.   If you haven't booked yet, just go ahead and do it. I promise you won't have a wedding anywhere else quite as special as at Las Caletas and your guests will walk away thinking it was the coolest and most unique wedding they've ever attended. Make sure to check the weather when you're planning your dress, the wedding party outfits, and attire for your guests. We had perfect weather (luckily) but I've heard some brides saying they were sweating the whole time. So you may want to have your guys wearing short-sleeved linen shirts rather than making them wear those suits with heavy jackets. Your call! Check the time for sunset and make any last-minute schedule changes if you need to!! I planned to do all of my pictures after the ceremony since I didn't want my husband to see my dress beforehand, but now I kind of wish we had done the pictures before. We even timed the sunset the night before the wedding and knew we would be cutting it close. The sun started setting right when the ceremony ended and we were scrambling with my photographer to get all of the pictures in. Our pictures are beautiful, but the ones with my entire wedding party are pitch black in the background.  My wedding dress did, indeed, catch on fire at the wedding. Note: No one was hurt but my dress has a fairly large burn mark in the back. There's no electric lighting on the beach during the reception so there are candles EVERYWHERE, including next to the dance floor. I would suggest talking to your wedding coordinator about this and making sure they don't put candles anywhere people could be walking. I was standing next to the dance floor and one of the candles ignited the back of my dress. Luckily this didn't happen to anyone else, but if you're wearing a long dress, be very very careful. Ask for the wedding planner spreadsheet once you book the date. I got this spreadsheet which includes prices of all of the extras as well as what's included in the overall fee of the wedding and it was really helpful for budgeting purposes even before we started nailing down the details closer to the wedding. This way you can see everything from how much a guitarist will cost to how much each bag of petals costs.  Use the DJ! If you have the money and you want live musicians then that's understandable, but for this wedding, the DJ is really incredible. He caters to the crowd and is really good at determining what people like and don't like. Plus you won't be spending an arm and a leg to use a mariachi band for an hour. We didn't book Vallarta Adventure transportation to/from the port. We got the guests together before the wedding and called taxis instead. The local taxis are super cheap and they're not hard to find for a group of people. Just talk to the hotel you're staying at and let them know how many you'll need and then plan ahead and the taxis can even make more than 1 trip. We had no problems with this and it saved us quite a bit. Stay on top of your coordinator. It is true that the coordinators really don't like planning things until 3 months before your wedding and this is because Las Caletas has a wedding almost every day. Those planners are busy! So be patient and realize that you may not get all of your answers right away. But stay on top of your coordinators and don't be afraid to send 2-3 emails if that's what it takes. Fernanda was really good about communicating with me but sometimes I would have to remind her of certain questions I asked that she never answered. You're not nagging them and they don't mind! They're there to help make your day as seamless as possible so use them for just that. Don't worry about anything. Those planners know what they're doing and they'll make your day perfect if you'll just let them. Don't be afraid to ask for help for whatever you need and don't try to do too much yourself. A destination wedding should be low stress and it doesn't have to be Pinterest perfect. So make some guest favors and a few decorations but then leave the rest up to Vallarta Adventures. It'll be the best wedding you've ever been to :)
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cherimorris

By cherimorris, · 3 Comments

Pros: Family & Friends made it!
Cons: Photography team
Hi Ladies! It has been a couple of months since my wedding at Las Caletas, and I felt compelled to let other brides know my experience.  It wasn't the greatest experience from the start, but the end result was all that mattered: We Were Married!  My coordinator, Dennise, was less than helpful.  At one point, I waited 2 MONTHS for her to return an email.  I was trying not to be the 'pushy American' or the 'crazy bride' so I did not contact her earlier than that.  She wanted to wait until 3 months before the wedding to plan anything....WHAT?!!!! That's to include pricing etc.  Who can budget for a wedding in 3 months?  She ended up not even being there to execute the day of the wedding because she was pregnant.  Obviously that was not a problem, but they should have transferred me to another planner in advance.  The girl who executed the day of the wedding was quite clueless as to what I had already had planned.  A number of things went wrong, my flowers being one of those things.  I caught the mistake with my bouquet, but obviously by the time I realized the table flowers were wrong, it was too late.  No one but me knew, but that's besides the point.  The MC was clueless and called my husband's father by his grandfather's name, couldn't remember who was supposed to get the mic for speeches etc, so we just took over with handing over the mic.  HERE'S THE KICKER.  None of that would have even been an issue and I likely would have given a pretty good review....until I found out that the photography team LOST some of our wedding pictures.  Yep, you read that right.  The first look with my father: gone.  Pictures with my bridesmaids under a gazebo: gone.  Pictures of me in this gorgeous chair before the ceremony: gone.  Now, I understand that mistakes happen, although on these kinds of occasions, this should not happen.  But I understand that they do.  It's how the company handles the mistake that is the sign of a good company to deal with.  It was I that brought to their attention that these photos were missing.  It was not until then that they told me they were gone.  I have requested our money be refunded, to which they have offered me....wait for it....15%.  Yes, 15%.  My memories are worth 15% of what I paid to them.  Ridiculous and insulting.  They are claiming that is because they gave us a number of pictures, so they won't refund the full amount.  If ANY of my wedding pictures are missing due to your mistake, it is your responsibility to make that right.  That is what they have refused to do.  And honestly, the pictures they did give us are not really all that great.  So to say that we are disappointed is an understatement.  DO YOURSELF A FAVOR: use a different photographer.  There are many many many photographers in Puerto Vallarta.  This is the most important day of your life, DO NOT trust that with Adventure Vallarta Weddings.  Because even if mistakes are made, they are not willing to make the situation right.  I wish you all the best, but maybe consider a different venue =(
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PTRowe

By PTRowe, · 1 Comment

Pros: All of it!
Cons: Mother Nature
My new beautiful wife and I were married on November 10, 2014 at Las Caletas! I could write forever about how great it was. Everything was amazing except the rain but in the end the staff at Las Caletas made it perfect. If you are ever worried about Mother Nature on your wedding day, not to worry Adventure Weddings has you covered. This was the second marriage for both of us, so we spent the day at Las Caletas with our 3 teenage children preparing for the wedding. The staff at Las Caletas were wonderful and treated us all so well. We had a great day as a family on the beach and up at the bridal suite. Our coordinator Jessica was simply amazing! With the rainy day it was, she was so reassuring that everything is going to be ok...and it was! Pablo and Fernanda treated our family and friends to an amazing boat ride out to Las Caletas. They had nothing but great things to say. We still hear our guests talk about the amazing feeling when they arrived and the walk to the ceremony, it was nothing they had ever experienced before in their lives.    The rain stopped just long enough for the ceremony, thanks in part to Rafael and the sacrifice we made to the Mezcal Gods! ;) ;)   It was everything we imagined it could be. Jessica...you are amazing and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.   The meal was absolutely stunning! Our family and friends were stuffed to the brim. The flowers were stunning and the decorations brought out such a beautiful setting for the day. The photographer Cris was great and did everything possible to catch the greatest photos of our day.   DJ Rafael...I can't say much other than PERFECT! We told him what kind of crowd we were going to have and that night, every one of our guests were on the beach dance floor, dancing in the rain, non-stop for the whole night. The bar staff were always on the move ensuring every guest had a full drink on the dance floor. I think they had just as much fun as us! DJ Rafael played tunes like he could see inside of the souls of each guest and played for each of them. Our final song, "Don't Stop Believin", your words to all the guests before the song played brought out a passion and love in them like no other moment in time.     Whether this is your first marriage, second or third...Las Caletas is a place of beauty and wonder that you will never forget. The staff at Adventure Weddings are Absolutely Amazing and treat you like a King and Queen. If you want an experience for you and your friends and family look no further than Adventure Weddings and Las Caletas...it was a dream come true! See you on November 10, 2039 for our 25th anniversary! Thank you Las Caletas! :)   Phil & Tina Rowe 
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Pros: Private gorgeous location,easy to plan, amazing wedding coordinators,beautiful flowers and settings-great food!
Cons: I wish the ceremony started earlier in the day so we would have had more sunlight for photos and more time to dance and enjoy the beach
My husband and I were married Nov.3rd in Puerto Vallarta at Las Caletas! I chose Adventure Weddings because I wanted a more private secluded wedding. After witnessing a few weddings at my resort I was happy I did so...people walking past drunk in swimming suits etc.   I have been planning my Las Caletas wedding for a year now. I have been speaking with Dennise back and forth and Jessica who later took over the planning since Dennise went on Mat leave. Jessica was wonderful! She was quite fast with responses on any questions I had. Any changes made she would automatically send me my updated contract to go over. I would send her detailed info on how I wanted things to look,colors,flowers etc. and everything turned out just as I imagined.   The day before we did the walk through...Las Caletas feels like your on a private tropical island and you are kind of! The bridal suite was a little bit of a trek up a few flights of cobble stone stairs. I made sure to tell my guests and wedding party to avoid heels and have comfortable sandals or shoes.   The morning of the wedding my girls and I headed to the bridal suite with another tour group that uses Las Caletas during the day. the other people have lunch and snorkel etc. We never really saw anyone since we were in our Bridal suite most of the day-(did go for a dip in the warm water) complete with a bed,shower,outside dining table,hammock,Jacuzzi tub surrounded by lush tropical plants. When we arrived they had champagne fruit and fresh tacos waiting for us. The waitor would hike up all those stairs various times during the day to deliver anything we wanted. We made sure to tip him well. I paid for my girls,mother and mother in law to have massages for a half hour which was located next to our private casa. The girls loved it as did I! Amazing treat for the day. I made sure I tipped the girls as well. I read a few other reviews on the massages and was told to inform the girls that you did not want oil in your hair line-they covered our hair with towels and all was well!    Humidity & Sunset One thing to really research when you get married in a destination is the humidity index...Our rain in P.V. stayed a little longer so on the wedding it was very humid (no rain though! woohoo). My hair fell directly after the ceremony it was wet from the moisture. Also... research what time sunset is. I wish our wedding would have started at 3pm instead of 6pm we only had about a half hour of daylight after our ceremony for photos...We ended up getting everyone dressed up at our resort a few days after and doing photos there. (Belcero beautiful resort not the best food)   The wedding night flew by so fast. Jessica was always on point following a set time line to ensure everything was on point. I do wish I would have paid the extra money to have an extra hour or two at las Caletas. I felt like I hardly had time to dance. But that is all weddings! your busy running around talking to people,cutting cake,first dance etc. Many of my guests said it felt like the perfect amount of time.    A few add ons that I really loved and my guests were beyond happy about!   Smores! I am from Alberta,Canada...so this was a huge hit on the beach!   The Fire Dancers! This was sooo worth the money...I think it was around 300$ without drums (which was fine, they bring their own music) Everyone was really excited about this and made for some really cool videos! They dance around you...I was scared my hair was going to catch on fire lol good thing it was so wet from the humidity!    Massages for the girls! I think I paid about 40$ per girl for a half hour massage and they loved it...as did I! They deserve it spending money to come down for my wedding...I wanted to really treat them and make their day special.   A few things I did to save myself money & add a special touch!   Also note:on the inspection day before the wedding that is when you will bring your favors or any extras such as guest book, I kept mine in a vacuum seal bag. On the day of the wedding Jessica asked me what to put on the chalk boards-how to set up the tables and favors and did everything for me so I did not have to worry on the day of.   Disposable Cameras!  I bought 5 and put them on different tables and told my guests to take photos through out the night. Something fun for us to develop later! I'm going to be using most of them for our Wedding Scrapbook.   Scrapbook Paper & chalk boards! I was trying to think of a way for my guests to write a little love note for us...that was easy to travel with and light. I only had 40 guests so I thought bringing an entire book to sign did not make sense...I saw post card ideas...but thought what am I going to do with 40 post cards? I decided I was going to make a wedding scrapbook instead of a photo album. I brought down a few sheets of nice paper and a couple pens! Easy peezy and still felt romantic. The chalk boards said "Share some Love! for our scrapbook!"   Wedding Favors aka the Hangover kits! My mother and sister in law are super creative and helped me make little burlap sac bags...the burlap bags at Michaels or other craft stores can go from 4-12$ a bag...In my hangover kits I included a beer koozie (ordered from etsy) that said "Steve & Chelsea Puerto Vallarta Nov. 3 2014" I stuffed them with dental floss,tylonal,chapstick,emergen-C drink powder, a condom and alka seltzer. Was a good laugh and most of my friends used them lol.   Makeup & Hair I'm a professional makeup artist as was my MOH, and one bridesmaid of mine is a professional hair stylist...We opted to do our own hair and makeup. Your in Mexico! Not like you need a ton anyways...fake lashes, setting spray and some bronzer. I think we saved about 5 or 600$ doing our own hair and makeup.   Photographer I am so blessed to have such a creative group of friends. One of Steve's groomsman is a professional photographer so he video taped and took photos as a gift to us that evening and the day after at the resort. I also asked guests to take videos and photos during the ceremony and night...So far everything looks amazing! We have tons of pics from different angles etc. it worked. And the resort photos are unreal! Belcero has so many gorgeous flowers all around the gardens are just stunning! If you have the money to dish out 2 grande on a photographer make sure you research and read tons of reviews but go for it! Than all your groomsman can relax and you don't need to worry about anything.   Music We opted to have our ipod. I set our playlists for everything-cocktail hour,dinner,first dance etc. worked great. They supply you with an MC for the evening to announce the dances,dinner and introductions as well as speeches. My cousin also brought his guitar and they set him up with a microphone so he could play guitar while we walked down the isle. Walked down to an acoustic cover of Led Zeppelin "Going to California."     The day of the wedding the boys and guests went to the maritime terminal in town and took a private boat to Las Caletas-they had an open bar, our ipod plugged in for music.They said it was amazing...apparently there were dolphins chasing the boat for quite a ways. Wish I would have seen that :(    Dinner was amazing! Everyone would not stop about the food! The staff was amazing as well! All in all it was a perfect day. I wish it would have lasted longer! I would highly reccomend Las Caletas to everyone!   After all my add ons like flowers,tiki torches etc my wedding was around 9 grande. If we would have stayed home to have our wedding we would have spent much more since we would have had around 200 guests. I would do it again!    If you have any questions about my wedding or the planning aspect- feel free to email me at chauncy_007@hotmail.com 
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smashley8045

By smashley8045, · 1 Comment

Pros: Beautiful setting, great food, amazing service!
So I have always dreamed of getting married on the beach and my husband wanted to get married in Mexico because that is where his parents were married.  When we first starting looking at different resorts in PV, I actually was sad about getting married in Mexico.  I didn't get the happiness feeling I wanted about planning my wedding and all the fun that goes into it.  We were looking for venues in December for a June wedding and during this time they had the worst rain storms ever for that time of year.  My soon to be sister-in law told me about adventure weddings so we gave them a call.  Blanca came all the way out to their house in the horrible rain storm just to meet with us and show us the slide show.  The pictures were so beautiful and her energy was what I was looking for.  She sold me right then on Adventure weddings.     The planning was fun and easy.  I would send her pictures of the bouquets I wanted, the colors I wanted etc.  The DJ they offered was great and sent us a VERY long list of songs to choose from for the whole day.  It was fun and actually felt like I was a part of it even though I wasn't actually there.  They included everything so it is very easy and stress free.  I brought little extras like ribbon to wrap on the candle votives, picture frames to set out by the cake table, etc.  On the day of they set out everything for me and I didn't have to worry about a thing.   A few days before our wedding we got to take a boat over to see the venue, the bridal suite and talk with the DJ.  Blanca also showed us the linens and discussed how the day would go.  Then we got to enjoy the day activities and relax.  We were so happy about everything.   On our wedding day we headed over about 8am.  We got to snorkel and SUP before heading up to the bridal suite to get ready. What bride gets to swim and snorkel on their wedding day??  I am a HUGE ocean lover so this was perfect for me!  It was relaxing and fun.  It was a fun time to spend with my mom and girls.  We headed up to the suite for lunch and showers and then the hair and make up people arrived.  They have some couches and a bed in the suite so you can relax, and take a quick nap if you want before getting ready.  We had the groom and groomsmen come over earlier than the guests so we could take pictures.  This worked out well because they arrived about 3pm and I was able to get first look pictures as well as pictures with my dad.   The only thing that stressed me out that day was the makeup person.  I am not sure he fully understood what I wanted and I wasn't 100% happy with how my makeup turned out.  I was told he was going to use airbrush makeup, which I was happy about since it is so humid in June, but in the end he never did and put what felt like concealer all over my face.  It was rub off my nose every time I would kiss my husband that day so I have a few pictures where my nose is red.    The wedding was perfect, almost like a scene in a movie.  We had the ceremony, dinner and then we started dancing. The food was amazing, I wish I had time to actually eat more but we were talking with all of our guests.  I heard from so many that there were so many choices and everything was so good. We wanted to do the sky lanterns as our send off before leaving the island but about 830pm we could tell it was going to rain so we decided to do them right then.  The staff had the lanterns ready for everyone right away.  About 30 minutes later, the rain came.  It was a down pour and everyone embraced the rain and we stayed dancing on the dance floor for about an hour.  It was so fun.  I still think about it and wish we could re-live it again.    I highly recommend Adventure Weddings and Blanca!!! 
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