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Here is a recap and review of my wedding at Las Caletas which took place on May 8 - enjoy!
I had planned my wedding for a very long time (2 year engagement), so most of my planning had been done with the former coordinator, Kelley Kahrhoff. She was truly amazing - we formed an incredible bond/friendship over our year plus of communications, so I was truly devastated when she left. She is the kind of coordinator who really cares about YOUR day - not just the general weddings at Caletas and works to make everything special and unique. She has since gone off to start her own endeavour, check it out if you are looking for something that is more custom than typical resort stuff - http://youniquevallartaweddings.com/
Anyway, Dennise Betancourt was my coordinator and although we didn’t work together for long, she did a fantastic job and kept all of my details in order. I was very impressed because she basically took over my file just a few months before the day, so there was lots of things to keep track of and manage!
The day before the wedding we met to go over the flow of events and I gave Dennise a ton of stuff - guest book, starfish for our chairs and centerpieces, shells that I hand painted with our colours...and just told her to make them look nice. And they did an AMAZING job!
Day of the wedding, I went out with my bridesmaids early and had a lovely morning. We arrived to champagne and fruit and just spent the morning chilling in the casita - we tried out the tub and the hammock and I even had a little snooze in the bed. We had lunch brought up for us and ate and straight after that the hair and makeup fellow arrived. I think he was a bit later than he really should have been because we ended up running really tight for photos ahead of the ceremony, but it was all good. I was very calm and just letting the events flow.
The set up for the ceremony was amazing and completely perfect. Dennise did an amazing job with the colors (teal, champagne and white flowers) and it all looked stunning - simple elegance. The ceremony went really well, but the one “snag” for me was that I didn’t get my moment with my girls before the ceremony as I waited on top of the stairs to hide while they walked down and out. My dress was also snagged (I had beading and crystals) and without the pre-aisle check from the maids, it got missed, so it’s in all of my pictures...but nothing you can do about that one after the fact.
We got the parrot ring bearer, and that was a highlight for a lot of people - I totally recommend it!
The ceremony was quick, and Chuy did a great job. We then quickly tried to get photos on the beach, but the lighting provided some challenges for our photographer - the ceremony wasn’t really at sunset in May, so it was a bit glaring with lots of shadows, so we had to get a bit creative.
Dinner was amazing and the table set up was incredible. Props to Dennise and the team on that one - it was so fantastic. All of our events flowed really well - my MC said Dennise was totally on top of it all and would prompt her when it was time to announce the next thing. Dennise also took care of getting people up to the buffet in an orderly and quick fashion and there were even two buffets to make it go quickly!
We had one very special requirement in that we ordered a keyboard to be brought out to Caletas so we could play a duet with my husband on the piano and myself on saxophone. It turned out really well, but was very dark by that point so lighting was tough and we had no music stand...but my husband’s cousin sat with the music for us and Dennise shone a light on it and it was great problem solving! I’m still amazed they were able to get a keyboard out there, as I’m pretty sure I’m the only person who has ever requested something like this before. Excellent work guys!
It was quickly time for the cake which was really beautiful - all white with teal ribbon and tasted delicious and then our slideshow down on the beach. The slideshow was our second little snag for the evening - I had laboriously cut songs and inserted them into powerpoint for certain slides...and somehow that got lost in translation with Dennise and the DJ ended up just playing the first song all the way through and then half our slideshow had no music at all. This was probably the most sad thing for me...I had put so much work into it and every wedding I’ve gone to, I always really enjoy and remember the slideshow and the music makes so much of a difference! So, if you are doing the slideshow, make sure you cut the songs into one file and provide it to the DJ ahead of time. :)
After that was our dance and we had provided the DJ with our song - a shortened version of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” and it was perfect...it all went off without a hitch! We went right into the dance at that point and the DJ was bang-on with all my songs (all my songs for the ceremony, night, etc - so perfect - I was amazed they got every single one!!) - I only provided a few to give the “tone” of what I wanted and he was fantastic at filling it with great music. We had so many compliments on the music - job well done!
We did the fire dancers at around 10:30 - AMAZING. I almost didn’t do it, but decided to after reading all the reviews on here. So worth it...it was so entertaining. One of the servers (forget his name, but the main guy) came up to me before and took my drink order to make sure I had a drink in hand while they were doing their thing. It was so fantastic. Everyone was so entertained and thrilled!
We also did the s’more station - FANTASTIC. We got lots of compliments from people on this, and we had two little guys at our wedding who loved it. I highly recommend this as well - especially if you are having children around!
The end of the night came SUPER fast and it was time to get on the boat. I was the last one to leave Caletas and the staff was unreal - they had found a few pairs of sunglasses and my husband’s suit jacket that had been left behind. The boat ride back was amazing - again, they got all my songs spot-on and we had a blast. It was so sad to get off the boat...even though it was 12:30, literally no one was ready for the party to end! They did another sweep of the boat and found my mother-in-law’s seat cushion - these guys missed nothing!
The bus ride back was great and uneventful - we had two buses. They even stopped for us at a liquor store so we could continue the party once we got back to the resort. People were having such a good time, no one was ready for it to be over! We partied until four a.m. once we got back to the Dreams!!!
We had our own photographer (friend) so I can’t comment on that...but we did get the video, but I haven’t heard back from them on that yet. I sent an email and no response...and it’s been 3 weeks. So a bit tardy on that end. I am so anxious to see it and relive everything!!
All in all, the wedding at Caletas was UNREAL. Almost everyone said it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to. The location is just unbelievable and Dennise and her team made sure every detail was professional and perfect. Just two tiny little snags for us...and if those two things were the worst things that went wrong, I’d say we did pretty fantastic!!
A big thank you to everyone at Vallarta Adventures for making our special day spectacular and memorable. It went so fast, but I savoured every moment and detail. :)
Wedding Coordinator(s) (Nicole and Kelley) I had only worked with Nicole prior to the wedding day, and met Kelley the day of the wedding. Kelley is being trained by Nicole, so I worked with both ladies throughout the day. I don’t’ know if Nicole is leaving, or if they’re just getting too many weddings for Nicole to handle. My guess is the latter. Both Nicole and Kelley were amazing, they really know what they’re doing and are sooo sweet. I think I thanked them a million times, but it wasn’t enough. Not only did they make it seem effortless, but they always were making sure me, Paul, and all of my guests were having a great time and wanting for nothing. They were great to me all day when I wasn’t feeling well, and made me feel like I could ask for anything. I found out later that there was a snag with another group on the beach that was causing our schedule to be delayed a little, but I was oblivious as I sat up in my little bridal casita! That’s the sign of a great wedding coordinator – I had no idea there was an issue at all. My mom apparently was aware and probably harassing both Nicole and Kelley (Nicole or Kelley, if you read this, I apologize!), but it all was handled very well.
I had sent Nicole pictures for my bouquet, cake, centerpieces, and chuppa – and she made it all happen, and even better than I could have hoped for given the little that I gave her to work with. Other than bringing the aqua sea glass, she and Kelley did the rest, and it was all beautiful. They kept track of all of my stuff (purse, shoes, luggage, etc.) throughout the evening, and even brought it to and from the boat – I didn’t lift a finger.
The Day I left for Las Caletas with my mom, her partner Mary, my sister Amy, her partner Gerra, my friend Marti, and Leigh around 8:15am (to the Marina, the boat left around 9am). Nicole met us at the Marina, and whisked us on the boat and made sure we had anything we needed. She made sure we had first access to schedule what we wanted to do – massages, snorkeling, swimming with the sea lion, etc. Because I wasn’t feeling well, I opted out of everything but my sister and Gerra did the sea lion thing and snorkeling. When we arrived she brought us up to the bridal casita (soooo cute!) and gave us the run down. Marti, Leigh and I took a nap (I had 2 hours of sleep the night before!) while my mom, Mary, Amy, and Gerra explored and played. I do think my mom and Mary found some hammocks and took a nap. Leigh also did her thing and took some photos of the surroundings and details.
Around 1pm they were serving lunch and had set aside a table for out group. I have to be honest, I didn’t eat much all day – but everyone else said the food was great. I can vouch for the bread and rice – yummy. Again, Nicole, Kelley and the staff made sure we had anything we wanted – well, except for Marti’s order of a blended drink – no blenders! She settled for a Mai Tai and got over it pretty quickly. I asked Nicole if I could get some more bread up in the casita so I could continue to try to eat – so she had a whole plate of rolls sent up!
We all got showered and ready starting around 3pm – there is a double shower in the large bathroom in the bridal casita, and another in the spa next door. The person doing my hair showed up early, around 2:30pm, and I began my process of turning into an actual bride.
Eventually the boat showed up, around 6pm, and things started to happen fast. The flowergirls came up, their moms did their hair and cleaned them up, and Leigh took some pictures of me getting my dress on, and some bridal shots. Soon enough, Nicole was up there directing the whole show – and the ceremony started. Throughout the evening Nicole or Kelley would let us know what was next, if we were on schedule, and ask us if we were ready for what was next – she really took charge, but always let us know it was really up to us.
Both the boat ride to and from Las Caletas was fine – Paul’s mom did get sick on the way over, but she was the only one, and she didn’t take the Dramamine that we put in the OOT bags (oops!). She was fine after hitting land though. Even I, starting off a little under the weather, did fine – I was a little worried about this at first after some of the stories. There were some other tourists in the morning boat that got sick, but none in my group.
L'occoco (Hair/Makeup) I am fairly certain this is the name of the salon. I had arranged to get my hair done at Las Caletas, and for a trial run earlier in the week. The salon was called L’ococco, and it kills me that I can’t remember the stylist’s name – I want to say it was Anja or something (I will ask Nicole so I can give her proper credit). But she was great – she really went above and beyond. The trial went well – but the hair style did start falling out almost right away. I just told her to make it tighter on the wedding day, and it ended up staying in most of the night – and I was going for the loose up-do look anyway - it all worked! I loved how my hair turned out, she really listened to me and recreated the look I was going for.
Originally a friend of mine was going to do my makeup, but decided the day before not to go over early with me. We still thought she’d have plenty of time to do my makeup once the boat arrived with all of the guests, but learned that wasn’t the case once I got to Las Caletas. Between my friend Marti and Leigh, we figured we could make it work though, so I wasn’t worried. When the hair stylist heard us discussing the back up plan, she said she could help – she also does makeup. I was a tad worried at first, since I wear zero makeup - literally none, other than mascara maybe a few times a year- that a professional would make me look too made up, and not like myself. She ended up doing a great job with the help of Marti and Leigh, as well as my mom and sister. Poor woman had a team of women critiquing her work! She used Leigh and Marti’s makeup and everyone’s input. I had my makeup done outside (for the nice breeze!), so I had no mirrors. I told my gang that I was really relying on them to make sure it wasn’t too much for me – they did me proud!
Between stages of getting my hair done, I ran to the bathroom (still not feeling well!), and when I came back she was blow drying Marti’s hair (so sweet!). Then after she was done with me, she also did my mom’s hair since she was struggling due to the humidity. I still don’t think I tipped her enough.
Minister (Brad) I didn’t have any interaction with him prior to the wedding, other than him emailing me the ceremony the week before, and I just turned around and sent it to Paul for him to deal with – which he did. I met him once I walked up to the chuppa to stand next to Paul, and he had asked who was giving me away – and he even said “nice to meet you” – how cute! Paul had already met him when he got to the Marina before getting on the boat, and said Brad walked him through the ceremony and was great to work with. Brad was awesome– really made us feel at ease and had a great presence.
DJ (Johnny) I really had no interaction with him at all – he was on the boat with Paul and all of the guests, and then took over after the trio left. We had given him some CDs to play, and he played some from those and some of his own music. He did a great job of reading the crowd and played a great mix of music, both on the boat to/from Las Caletas, during the dinner, and at the reception.
Videographer Again, I didn’t speak to him at all but he got some of the important moments – he videotaped all night long. Paul is pretty sure he was on the boat on the way over, and I know he was taping late into the reception. I can’t wait to see the video! If anyone is interested, I will also try to get his name/company.
Trio We hired the trio for 2 hours (the minimum); they played as the guests arrived, during the ceremony, and then into cocktail hour. I can recall hearing the music before I started walking down the “aisle” from the bridal casita, but I really don’t remember hearing them much afterwards. Right after the ceremony we ran off to take some pictures, and I wasn’t able to hear them. I will have to ask some of the guests how they were.
Food Well, I can vouch for the bread/rolls only – and the water. I wasn’t feeling well at all, so I didn’t eat much at lunch at Las Caletas, or at the dinner. Everyone said it was great, and people went back to the buffet multiple times. There was such a variety of food that even our pickiest eaters seemed to be satisfied, as well as the vegetarians. There were 2 actual buffets set up for dinner, so there was really never a waiting line for food either.
Fire Dancers Let me tell you, these guys were a HUGE hit! They came at the very end of the ceremony and put on quite a show. They dance independently and then around you, and also together (there were 2 of them). People were already raving about how great this wedding was, and then this definitely sealed it for them … so many people were saying how we ruined them for any other wedding!
Staff Wow – I can’t say enough about how great everyone was. And I mean everyone – the boat crew, Nicole, Kelley, all of the wait staff, bartenders, etc. Every single person we came in contact with was amazing – they really know what they’re doing and they make sure you have a great time!