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Ok So here we go. I will say that our wedding was absolutely spectacular! It was exactly how I would've imagined. Very long detailed review ahead, and sorry in advance that I hop around in review.
To Start My 5 Bms and I left our hotel DreamsPV around 7:45am and made it to the maritime Terminal by 8:15am. It was very easy to locate Vallarta Adventures , here We met with WC Annie who was very pleasant from the bat.(She would be with me until Denise my actual WC would arrive around 2pm.) She informed us that we would be boarding at 9:00am . She placed us in the front of the line from other tourists waiting to board. (You get this privilege ) The catamaran was already semi-full with tourists whom they had picked up first @ Nuevo Vallarta. We had a choice of top or bottom of the 2-level boat. We chose the top which had a wonderful view on our way to Las Caletas. I will say for us it was very chilly , but the staff gave us special attention and gave us two thick quilts to wrap ourselves with. When we arrived to Las Caletas it was Beautiful , exactly how I expected it to look like from months of seeing other bride's photos.
(TIP: when you see the beach area where your ceremony will be held, you might panic a little like I initally did, because it is full of beach chairs, kayaks, snorkelling gear and tourist during the day! Annie had to reassure me that by 3pm this beach would be transformed and that ALL tourists will have left. She also reassured me Catamaran would be only for my guests and that when they arrive the whole ISALND will be to ourselves. (of course rythms of the night tour happens later in night but trust me U WILL NOT SEE or HEAR THEM))
We made our way up to the bridal casita which is definitely a long hike up . The steps are of beautiful large stones and you feel that you are literally in the jungle in a way with a beautiful beach below you. It's very unique and beautiful in that aspect. The Casita is very charming , inside the bed was quite big and very plush and comfy (and trust me, I can't just nap on any bed, so for me to say this -it was actually comfy). They also have a large sofa which pretty much seats probably about 6-8 ppl. The bathroom is a good size and rustic looking (in a good way) with 2 shower heads...however it has no curtains so if you feel comfy to shower with another person it works. I love my girls but each of us took separate showers for privacy. The water pressure is fine and the water is warm or cold , however you like it. There is also a small 3 wall-mirrored area to get ready in casita...honestly only 2 of us had the space to sit in this area while Joel did our Hair/makeup. A 3rd bridesmaids also used the mirror to do her make-up but while standing.
There is a door to the back of the bridal casita which leads to a closed off area just for you with a comfy hammock (large enough for 2 people) and a jacuzzi (Fit 3 of us and another BM just sat with only her feet dipped in -she didn't want to get wet anyways).
I am not sure on time but I assume it was around 10:15ish when were settled in. We were told by Annie basically we were free to do what we wanted, explore around Las Caletas with the other tourists around, swim, kayak, relax, drink @ bar , get massages (extra fee $50 dollars per hour)...or stay in our bridal casita haven where no one else was allowed in . Seeing SO MANY tourists around below us, we stayed in our casita haven. The Casita is quiet and we asked for a radio, Annie brought it right away. But it only plays CDs or Ipods, thank Goodness someone had an Ipod!
My mom was also with us , she went straight to sleep with one of the BMS on bed. Another BM slept on the couch . And myself with the remaining 3 BMS headed straight to the jacuzzi. We brought Ipod radio (didnt reach to jacuzzi, but sound did) , champagne & platter of fresh fruit jacuzzi side with us (ready for us when we arrived /part of your pacakage) and relaxed. We even asked for a second bottle of champagne , sincerely a great morning
Ok so far everything great but let me mention the morning hiccup. So When I inspected the bathroom there was one new bar of soap and NO SHAMPOOor Conditioner! I asked Annie for some and she said they don't provide it but would try to see if anyone had any. (Ok so I am 100% sure I was never informed to bring Shampoo or conditioner , because trust me I wouldve brought it no problem. ) So they did resolve the problem eventually around 1:30pm when I was about to take my shower, I don;t know what brand, or where exactly they got it from because it was in a water bottle -shampoo and conditioner mixed together. I decided not to let this upset me , at least they found something eventually (but my hair was stiff afterwards...and the contents was only enough for 3 BMS ...thank goodness everyone else already had washed their hair at the resort).
The morning was soo relaxing. Then it was time for lunch around 1PM, we opted to have food brought to us in the casita and it was the best choice, sincerely we didn't feel like walking all the way down to restaurant , plus Denise said it saved us time being in casita.
After lunch my mom started to get ready , I showered and the rest followed. I took a short nap for 15 mins around 1:45pm and at exactly 2:15pm, my photographer Michelle Turner , FI and one GMs arrived ! They were taken to another area, spa area to relax. They had arrived earlier than expected which was fine. They took the speedboat out of Boca De Tomalan and said ride was very quick. The boys told me they went down to beach area and relaxed on the beach chairs and even took a nap in them.
Now I just waited for Joel and his team to arrive, the arrived around 2:35pm. I was slightly anxious as I wanted to get ready to take photos with FI prior to ceremony. I was also told Joel hairstylist/make-up artist would be there by 2pm..so you could imagine why I was slightly worried on time.
Ok So I am a Clinque make-up user as I have sensitive skin and can have a clear face but am acne prone with other make-ups (sometimes get allergic reactions too with hives). So I brought my own make-up for them to put on me , however when I spoke to them they literlly said to me "ok no prob , you can use your own make-up but if you want to look like Miss Universe then you'll trust us with our makeup which is airbrush". They said it in good humor and were very nice guys... so I thought to myself ok what the heck. I told them I am not big on black eyeliner , don't like heavy eyelids. I like beige/pink shades on my eyelids and natural blush on my face. Joel listened to me and boy did he do an amazing, i have to repeat AMAZING job!!! I have never used airbrush makeup but boy once you try it you will hate regualr makeup!! I looked amazing, it is also extremely light on the face, and humidity/waterproof. It won't start to streak , it doesnt look heavy at all. He added fake lashes which I also never use but have wanted to and boy did they look natural and beautiful. The only thing I used of mine was a lipstick by clinque (pink-a-boo). (sidenote- I had no acne/allergic reactions the next day ) Ladies go for it! YOU WILL LOOK AMAZING!
Joel also did my hair. My inspiration pic was Kim Kardashian's hair during her wedding when she had it down over one shoulder. Joel replicated it exactly!! It was exactly the right loose curl i wanted and side sweep bang , over my left shoulder (my dress was a right shoulder one strap). OMG , my hair and makeup was more than and exactly how I dreamed of looking...perfect!
During my hair & Make-up Minister Chuy came up to meet me to ask me a question or two on ceremony we had worked on via emails. He was So nice and very professional. Sincerely you will love him doing your ceremony. I had spoken with him one week prior to going to PV via emails , where I told him I wanted a opening prayer, a special reading from a fam member, sand ceremony, our own vows, a second reading from a fam. member, hand ritual. He understood everything perfectly and even made it spirital (as I told him we are christians). Sincerely I was so happy with the ceremony he planned out for us (he sent me a copy of ceremony reading prior). During ceremony he spoke clearly and loud enough into microphone and everyone raved on how emotional and romantic our cermony was. I hear he replaced Brad the previous minister, but trust me he does an excellent job! You will love it and he tweaks ceremony to exactly how you want it.
OK so back to getting ready- I really liked That the casita is equipped with a steamer, got the wrinkles out of our dresses . I got into my dress and then the moment came for my FI and I to take pics around las caletas. My dress was a mermaid cut and I wore wedge strappy sandals. I had no problem going down the cobblestone steps in Las Caletas (But do walk down carefully) or walking around in the sand in wedges for pics. Going back up was more work (But this was because of the cut of my dress -mermaid) My Fi also kept his shoe-sandals on during photos. We both got sand on our toes but nothing that killed us.
(TIP#2 : I know many brides are against seeing their groom prior to ceremony but sincerely think about it. Once my ceremony was over there was literally about 5 more minutes of light!!!! Imagine we would not have gotten any pictures of me and hubby the way we did before the ceremony around las caletas . Even with my own bridal party and fam we took very few posed pics , bcause there is NO LIGHT as sun goes down quickly. )
While we were taking pics I saw the Two WCs annie and denise working hard setting up terrace with 4 tables with flower vases and at least 6 other workers (maybe more ) setting up chuppa and chairs, all decorations. It was looking amazing.
So what exactly did they set-up for me: I had alot of extra details added to my wedding. I'll start with ceremony area...
Chuppa I asked for a organza white tulle and a white petal shower curatin in the back and flowers adorning front of chuppa.
Down the aisle which is matted I asked for hot pink and orange rose petals. I also asked for 6 tall vases for down the aisle (3 vases on each side) with white calla lillies in them. I did not get white calla lillies but instead got very tall skinny vases with mixed hot pink and orange orchids submerged in water. This was MUCH better than my envisioned white calla lilies. I never asked why I didn;t get what I originally asked for but the end result was SOOOO much more lovely , beautiful, exotic, ...everything. So I imagine they just decided this would look better in the vases and it definitely did.
Our ceremony chairs had Hot pink organza bow ties and each seat had a set of maracas (ordered via Mishka designs who delivers them a day prior to your wedding to WC) . Our wedding programs were also on each chair . Sincerely When I walked down the steps and saw the ceremony area it was TRULY magical looking . There were also tea-lights everywhere set-up, although the sun was just beginning to set, most tealight were already lit up and it's this that sets up the romance of Las Caletas which everyone raves about.
The WCs also set-up a kind of welcome table for guests before entering ceremony area where they placed our signiture guest plate, a box of sand adorned with hot pink and orange petals containing our seating cards, and they had set-up a wicker basket for the 20 pashminas we provided for guests. Under the table was another wicker basket they setup with flip-flops we had brought from home guests. See I talk about this set-up table because it was all these things which I had no idea how WCs would set-up (You know when you are in the planning months and ponder where everything will go) and sincerely they did a great job with the presentation of it all.
Terrace/Dinner area: Once ceremony guest would be led to this area a few steps up from beach ceremony area and let me remind you the sun is already down at this point and the whole entire place is lit with tealight and candles. Ladies once again this is the AMAZING & ROMANTIC aspect of las Caletas. The amount of candles everywhere ...it has to be well over 100 to 200 candles...or at least it seems so. Ok so table decor. Again I wanted extra. Instead of one table centerpiece I asked for 3. Yes 3 vases...One Tall vase of flowers in the center and two still tall but shorter vases to the left and right of center vase. For center vase I asked for submerged flowers with a flower arrangement placed on top. For other two vases I asked for flowers with stalks in them. Color hot pink and orange of course , I wanted Callas lilies and orchids as my main flowers but also included an assortment of others. We opted for no table runner as we knew the flowers were enough color but did ask for more hot pink and orange petals to substitute as a runner. (So if you understood all these details u see how particular I was)
I will say I stated over and over again when Kelley was around That I am not fond of gerber daisies , she even made a note on my contract of this...and of course what was also included in arrangements.? Gerber daisies...many of them ...But ladies u see, they looked so great with everything else sincerely I can't complain on this.
The WCs also added a special touch to each place setting by adding more loose petals around the plates. On each place setting we also included a small fancy envelope with the words (Tears of joy, tears, of laughter, tears of happily ever after) which contained a tissue. These we brought from home and with all these details the tables looked amazing. EVERYONE said the details of the flowers arrangements and candles were amazing.
Food: Ladies I;m latina and my my hubby is african american/carribean ...We like our food well seasoned and to top if off I am a bit of a foodie person. The food at Las caletas was Amazing! I didn't ask how food would be made. But ladies I was sincerely very impressed. And the amount of food choices, WOW. Our guests were also very happy about this. Another detail everyone raved about.
Cake: Cake we asked for chocolate cake with raspberry filling... cake flavor was medicore. Presentation of it was Okay , It was also adorned with loose petals and our cake topper added alot to it.
We also had a sweets station (extra cost, but not by much) With 20 red velvet cupcakes and chocolate covered strawberries, they were tuxedo design and bride dress design. SO CUTE! Everyone raved on this one too.
MC- Our MC met my guests at our hotel earlier in day at 3:45pm when the private bus went to pick everyone up. He was great & enthuastic. He also rode boat ride with guests. Which by the way everyone said was a smooth ride. We had tons of dramamine for everyone and no one took any and no one got sick. He was very attentative to everyone and during dinner time he announced speech time. He was also our DJ and played excellent music. Once again we are a mixed crowd , we like a variety of today's popular dance music, r&B, salsa, merengue, old school R&B, hip-hop. and boy he did a great job. EVERYONE WAS DANCING THE WHOLE NIGHT!!! I had sent him a list of about 100 songs prior to wedding and he got everything right on the money.
One hiccup: he had the wrong father-daugther song for me and my dad but it was an honest mistake as there are two artists who sing the same song. He later corrected it by downloading the song and playing it as the last song of the night. My dad and I were still able to share our dance
On boat ride home he still kept the party bumping with great music.
(TIP#3: pay for the extra hour! Trust me the time goes fast, it is definelty worth it . We did the extra hour and still wished we had more time to keep dancing)
Fire-dancer: They Arrive later in night , maybe about 30 mins before everything is over. AMAZING! Your guests will have a great story to tell everyone back home and at this point will now say this is the best wedding they have ever been to. DO it!
Marachi: We had marachi play during guests arrival and during dinner, my family in particular was mesmerized by them and even had requests which they played beautifully. Also worth the money.
Dancefloor: During dinner which again is on the terrace the dancefloor is set-up down on the beach where ceremony was held. Flashing lights are set-up and you will NOT even notice that they are getting chairs and dancefloor into place. The dance floor in my option couldve been slightly bigger but it suited everyone just fine. Also it is wooden floorboards they put down on the sand and on one part was slightly i mean slightly uneven...not a big deal but you could feel the uneveness beneath you in that area.
Slideshow: We had a slideshow play right after cut the cake, and right before my hubby and I's first dance. It is a projecter. Extra cost...maybe couldve skipped this but glad I had it.
Alcohol: Not watered down! Which is how we like it! Everyone got the buzz they wanted . We had specialty drinks which were rum-punch, super yummy.
More extras: We had chicken skewers with peanut sauce and quesadillas for guests as extra for hor'devours (on top of the already included hor'devours).
Bus ride back: smooth , everyone was happy and pooped .
Final words about our wedding: Like I said all my months of planning and communicating via emails worked out beautifully. I saw everything I planned for months become a reality created by the WCs.
However I planned 90% of my wedding details with Kelley , up until November. When Denise took over, I was kind of stressed because she did not answer my emails in a timely manner. I was two weeks away from my wedding when I had to call her to finalize details. She did so in the end, but she is not Kelley who was known to work extensively with you the month before your wedding finalizing details.
I Had meet with Denisse two days prior to wedding as we opted not to go to las caletas and instead she came to us to our resort to explain how wedding day timeline would be , she also picked up our two heavy trash bags of wedding extras. The day I met her I felt calm again that wedding would go fine.
Denise was very professional and nice and I won;t lie they work hard during the night and quickly to make sure evrything is done throughout the night. But I felt like I had to ask her alot of questions to get answers...instead of her informing me of everything so I have no questions. Even on the wedding day I had to ask a few hours before actual ceremony where exactly I had to walk down to and practice on my own with my BMs. In my opinion as soon as you arrive to Las caletas they should offer to do a quick walkthrough with you and BMs to show you how the ceremony will go.
More tips: The bridal casita is locked up when you go down ceremony so my hubby and dad didn;t get to wear a second shirt they had planned to wear because it was locked up in casita. There is no eletricty to go back up so really pitch black, only a staff member would have to go back up to get it. My hubby & dad didnt want to bother so they didnt get to see it. So bring down any extras (makeup, purse etc ) with you , cause otherwise u wont see it till end of night.
Bridal casita also has a safe with code u can create and I liked that security.
I dont know WCs past experince with events but I think for being new they did a fairly great job,I'd give them a 4.7 out of 5.0 rating score.
BUT EMAILS, really I hear everyone complain about how they take a long time to get back to you and they do.
We also did NOT get to do bouqet toss, and well that's alright no biggie but where were the WCs to say "hey it's time to do this?"
Also during cake cutting, WC was no where in sight to tell me it was time to cut cake, my photographer was the one who gave me directions.
These little things were the things I wondered Where's Denise?
Anyhow all in all, I would repeat my wedding day a million times over. Ladies its amazing truly a fairytale wedding. And Sincerely family and friends are in awe!
Photos... I will post photos soon , and trust it will be alot .