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As usual -- I'm late writing this review... about 3 months late... but alas, here we go.
Words can not describe how absolutely perfect our wedding was. Everything from the communication with Dennise months before the wedding to the boat ride back from Las Caletas -- it was completely flawless. Also -- not that this matters in general but for any other same sex couples wondering if this place is gay friendly -- ABSOLUTELY! We are a same sex couple and not once did we feel different or like this was an "alternative" wedding.
I'll begin with our wedding coordinator. Dennise was wonderful to work with. She was incredibly accommodating and very helpful. She answered all of our questions in a very timely fashion and went above and beyond to make sure we had the wedding of our dreams. We had a few decor ideas (center pieces etc) that ended up falling through and Dennise not only found a solution, but legit, made it better than what we originally envisioned. She met with us a couple of days before the wedding at our resort and was so warm and friendly -- felt like I was just chatting with a friend. She brought us a list of things to bring as well as a very detailed timeline for the wedding day. We brought a bunch of stuff that needed to be set up like favors, picture frames, bird cages, polaroid camera station and guest book and Dennise took everything with her that same day which made the day of the wedding much easier for us, transportation wise.
The wedding day went so incredibly smoothly... My wife and I aren't very traditional so we wanted to get ready together. In total there were 5 of us that went to Las Caletas that morning. I was lucky enough to have a cousin who does hair and make-up so I can't speak to the services offered there. We took a cab to the marina and then a boat ride over to Las Caletas. For some reason, I always figured the boat ride would be just the wedding people and our coordinator but it was on a Vallarta Adventures boat/catamaran with other tourists. They had coffee, juice, fruit and pastries on the boat ride there as well as entertainment. It was a lot of fun and we got to see a few dolphins swimming alongside the boat!
The hike up to the bridal suite wasn't as bad as I had read but it is a bit of a hike. We were going to go back down to snorkel and swim a bit but we were greeted with a breakfast taco station and mimosas and one thing led to another and instead we ended up relaxing by the hot tub and having a few cocktails, don't judge us! :)Like I said before, my cousin did our hair and make-up so we put on some music, had some drinks and took all morning to calmly get ready. The staff was so incredibly nice and attentive. They kept checking in to make sure we were all good.
We had our own photographer, one of my cousins is a photography student and she wanted to photograph the wedding for us as her gift. We took a few pictures before the ceremony and were hoping to take more wedding party pictures during the cocktail hour. Unfortunately, since we had a fairly large wedding (80ish people), everyone wanted a picture with us during cocktail hour. I think that if we had gone with their photographer things may have been a bit more organized but it turned out fine... Since we did have our own photographer who traveled with us, we were able to do a trash the dress shoot at the beach the next day and took more bridal party pictures.
We had Chuy, the minister for Las Caletas do the ceremony. He was so wonderful and open to any suggestions. A cousin of mine who is a pastor wanted to do a reading and Chuy was so great about last minute changes to the ceremony. He came up and introduced himself while we were getting ready and he made us feel very comfortable.
When it was finally time for the ceremony we came down from the suite and Dennise had everyone lined up and ready to go... the rest of the night went by in a blur. It was so incredibly perfect. The decorations were more beautiful than we could have imagined. The food was UNBELIEVABLY good. Everyone raved about the food. The cake was delicious. We ended up using their DJ and he knew exactly what to play in order to get the dance floor packed. Honestly, words can't describe how perfect it all went. And just how beautiful everything was. The sunset, the candles, the ocean, friends and family. Cliche to say, I know, but legit -- most beautiful and perfect day of our lives.
We decided to do the lantern ceremony and it was wonderful. All of our guests were in awe and so excited to participate. We danced and drank and had the best time ever and right when we thought the party was ending - Boom! Open bar and DJ on the boat ride back. I won't lie, I was a bit tipsy and worried that we'd forget something but the staff and Dennise had everything packed and ready to go.
It's been a few months and still friends and family are raving about it. Honestly, I would recommend Las Caletas to anyone who's planning a destination wedding. Here are a few pictures -- and seriously, they don't do it justice.
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