By chrisandkate2015, · 935 Views · 0 Comments
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!).