More pictures of our weeding plus the last part of my review!
We chose Portofino and luckily any guest had been there as part of the a la carte options yet, so it was a new experience for everybody. We didnâ€™t have a private reception because our group was small and we didnâ€™t want to spend more neither.
THE PORTOFINO HAS A REALLY NICE ATMOSPHERE,THE STARTER BAR ARE ONE THE BEST OF ALL THE A LA CARTE and our meal was fantastic. We had mushroom soup, either salmon or chicken for main and dessert wedding cake. We chose the cheesecake and it was delicious!
The restaurant donâ€™t take bookings until 6pm so your meal will be semiprivate. Some people did speeches as well there.
After that we went to the bar in the AKUMAL PREMIER LOBBY that has live music and outdoor seating area plus it was close to our rooms so I took a chance to change my shoes!!
We sat down for drinks and although we hadnâ€™t planned doing first dances and all that(we are not that type of couple)our guest chatted the singer and she called us inside to have a dance in front of tons of guests from the hotel! It was fun and they all gave us an applause at the end!.
We planned originally to go to the disco but since we started so early that day by 11pm most of the guest were ready to go home.
OUR OUTFITS,HAIR,MAKE UP ETC.
My husband suit is from Marks and Spencer and the shirt Hugo Boss.
In my case, I am former fashion designer and very crafty. The only thing about having a DW that didnâ€™t like was that you know you wonâ€™t be able to DIY any of the deco or carry with you much luggage. So I decided to bring the only piece of DIY I could: my dress.
I wanted something light, different, with a certain Latin touch to reflect my background and didnâ€™t want to take a second mortgage to afford it. Plus I wanted something that would blend with the hotel and the wedding feeling. Not right at the beach, barefoot but not like taken out of a Disney fairy tale.(Although I totally respect everybodyâ€™s choices in wedding dresses)
It was made of cotton batiste but with an inner corselette to give me shape and with lots of broderie and lace trim.It wasnâ€™t prefect perfectand I finished the night before leaving but I loved it and felt really comfy in it.
My shoes are from Coast, in England. And I loved them although they killed my feet the whole day.
I did my own hair, imperfectly but decently. The prices in the spa are silly.85ussd for wedding hair when you get colour and cut for that price over here .I washed it and put a mask for 3 hours the night before and blow-dried it. And the next morning put some hot rollers for a few hours. My advice to you: if one of your guest can do hair you are better off than with the spa, because you will try it several times and know what to expect. If you do it yourself, donâ€™t do like me that got new hot rollers and didnâ€™t try them before hand until that very morning!.
We booked both mums as a present so they had their hair done and to be honest it wasnâ€™t anything spectacular.
I did my make up as well. I wanted something really simple and natural. I put on a tinted moisturizer from Estee lauder that changes shade to match your own, great if you sunburn a lot. And I had some bronzer as blusher plus plenty of white eye shadow and some violet eyeliner, waterproof mascara and pink lipstick and lip gloss on top.
My advice to you regarding your bridal beauty(after all it is your day)
-Get some Bobbi brown blot papers(I think thatâ€™s the name)my sister gave me a few and they were great because they take the sweat out of you face but not the foundation.
-Take a comb or brush down the ceremony with all the beauty products one of your bridesmaid will carry for you. My hair got blown away in some many directions during the ceremony and photos. In fact I regret not having it up in a half ponytail. ITS VERY BREEZY DOWN THE GAZEBO AND THE BEACH
-If you marry down the beach, get somebody to carry a small bottle of water and a towel for you. I had to go and wash my feet inside the tequila restaurant because my shoes wouldnâ€™t fit back after being barefoot at the beach. And couldnâ€™t arrive at my drinks reception barefoot neither!
-Whatever foundation you use(you will have such a lovely golden tan that you wonâ€™t need much anyway)buy it with SPF. We got really sunburned that day. Specially standing for the Mayan blessing. I had spf moisturizer but my partner forgot to put some on his head and got a really bad sunburn.
-Take to your holiday the best suntan lotion you can afford and be careful with the sun(I felt 30 protection wasnâ€™t high enough). I barely exposed myself and yet I got really burned. Brides looking like prawns in the pictures are not very attractive, ja, ja.
-Take plenty of good hair masks, serums, etc. The sun, sea and pool can wreak havoc with your hair. I did a mask on mine every other night.
-If you choose to have a natural flower in your hair be advised it doesnâ€™t have any pin or clip and although I had a clip my flower blew away after the first ceremony. Thanks I had bought also a nice artificial pink one that I put for the dinner party. Fresh flowers will wilt so fast in that weather.
We had 10 free pics as part of our wedding pack. When we met with the WC the first day a lady from the ARRECIFE STUDIO joined later to talk about prices, etc. We had been sent the list by Maria in advance and had a budget for photos.
The lady was very pushy and not having another option for photos we agreed a certain pack with her (73 pics in total of both ceremonies plus after at the beach. I didnâ€™t want any pictures of me getting ready because as you can imagine I was very emotional and just wanted to have a moment with my family)We walked away rather worried. Thank God all that disappear when we saw the final product: Amazing!!!
We asked our guest not to take any photos during the ceremony(ies)since we hate seeing pictures of the bride arriving and everybody is taking pictures of her. We wanted them to enjoy what we planned for so long and to be there with us. Diego our photographer was so grateful for that since he could move around us clicking and clicking without interfering with the ceremony or being bother by amateur guests.
HE IS AN AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHER. He will tell how to pose and stand. Also we were worried the light will be to harsh at that time of the day but he took a flash to mellowed it bit.
We met him the day after and watch a presentation of 250 photos of which we ended up buying 115.It was so difficult to choose, they were all great, I promise.
My advice to you: budget for more pictures, you will want more than what you think. And donâ€™t worry, this guys are real professionals. Perhaps they are still missing the press other DW photographers have thatâ€™s why people are still not sure about them. They have a Facebook page for you to look at pictures although it hasnâ€™t been updated since October, shame.
One more piece of advice
I hope this was helpful and not too long. If you are still reading and the moderators of the forum havenâ€™t kicked me out for the length of this yet, please allow me a humble piece of advice:
DONâ€™T WORRY ABOUT DETAILS. They will be sorted for you.
And if you get marry at the gazebo(I suppose itâ€™s the same for the other location)just before you get to walk down the â€œaisleâ€ you will hide behind some plants. When you WC tells you to start walking, just take a second to take a deep breath and look at the beautiful blue sky and that gorgeous gazebo with all the people you love waiting for you. Trust me, that image will stay in your heart forever and it will make every effort of the planning process worthwhile.
Thanks for reading and once more thanks for all you advice.
Let me know if I can help at all.
Lots of hugs