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#7061 futuremrswarner

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    Posted 22 April 2013 - 06:49 PM

    You'll be great! Mothers know best.. and you're already one! :)

    All the BDW brides here know that you'll look AMAZING no matter what... no worries!



    #7062 TATrisha

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    Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:16 AM

    Katryne... that made me spit out my water.  You're awesome.  It'll go great!  I forget, do you know what you're having??

     

    Legal ceremony.  It's done in Spanish.  It will be translated into English.  You can add sand ceremony/personal vows/etc at the end.   It's very short.  I thought I had the script somewhere on my computer, but I can't find it.  It might be in the official thread.

     

    As for the symbolic ceremony... I suck.  Sorry!  I've heard it twice now, but both times I was too busy taking pictures to actually listen to what they said.  The pictures rock though, so there's that, right?!!?? :)


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    #7063 futuremrswarner

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      Posted 23 April 2013 - 12:18 PM

      Trisha, we know you always try your best to get us answers when you go photograph other brides' weddings, so we can't blame you. Your priority ARE the pictures, and if they rock, then we're all cool! :) Hopefully, another past bride can help.



      #7064 Katryne

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        Posted 23 April 2013 - 12:48 PM

        Originally Posted by Tlseege 

        Katryne... that made me spit out my water.  You're awesome.  It'll go great!  I forget, do you know what you're having??

         

        Legal ceremony.  It's done in Spanish.  It will be translated into English.  You can add sand ceremony/personal vows/etc at the end.   It's very short.  I thought I had the script somewhere on my computer, but I can't find it.  It might be in the official thread.

         

        As for the symbolic ceremony... I suck.  Sorry!  I've heard it twice now, but both times I was too busy taking pictures to actually listen to what they said.  The pictures rock though, so there's that, right?!!?? :)

        Thanks Trisha!  We're expecting "Monster".  haha.. we didn't ask what the sex was, we liked the surprise last time so going for that again.  We're actually pretty granola (I'm a midwife) and are having a homebirth.  I'll be sure to report what "Monster" is ;)

         

        So personal vows/sand ceremony and then signing I guess?



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          Posted 23 April 2013 - 06:33 PM

          Trisha...I know you are a very talented photographer from the resort tours you posted. Those pics are absolutely gorgeous. If we weren't flying in our friend who is a photographer, I'd be contacting you! That being said, do you have any suggestions of places within a half hour bus ride of the resorts where we could do "engagement" shots a few days before the wedding? We want to avoid a beach scene since the wedding pics will be that. Was hoping to have a Mexican feel in the pics...somewhere with little shops or a village-type atmosphere?

          #7066 sunnyee

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            Posted 24 April 2013 - 05:57 AM

            Symbolic Ceremony

             

            It's been 3 years but here's what I remember.

             

            The ceremony was performed in English. There was no rehearsal and I had no idea the order of the ceremony nor the wording beforehand. This didn't really concern me as I had been so reassured by all the brides on this forum that the WC's would take care of everything...and trust me they did!!

             

            I wanted a Sand Ceremony and I wanted it performed by a dear friend of mine so I simply told my WC and she made sure the officient knew about it. The ceremony itself was really nice. I don't remember everything that he said but I can tell you that there were what I would consider mild religious references -  symbolisms of two becoming one, the bond of marriage, the gift of love and that sort of thing. I remember afterward thinking that it was the perfect ceremony for us...simple, with just a touch of religion, to help pass the symbolic ceremony off as a legal one. (We married at City Hall when we returned to Canada)

             

            The Sand Ceremony was performed by our friend after the officient finished but before the signing of the certificate. Because we didn't know the order of the ceremony, we just followed the officient's lead and everything worked out beautifully.

             

            With regard to the wind at the Akumal Hammocks location...yes, it can be windy but you and your guests will be grateful for it on a HOT day! 

             

            Hope that helps!

            Sunnyee



            #7067 TATrisha

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            Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:59 AM

            Originally Posted by nic817 

            Trisha...I know you are a very talented photographer from the resort tours you posted. Those pics are absolutely gorgeous. If we weren't flying in our friend who is a photographer, I'd be contacting you! That being said, do you have any suggestions of places within a half hour bus ride of the resorts where we could do "engagement" shots a few days before the wedding? We want to avoid a beach scene since the wedding pics will be that. Was hoping to have a Mexican feel in the pics...somewhere with little shops or a village-type atmosphere?

            That's sweet of you to say!  Thanks! 

             

            I would do engagement pictures in Akumal.  Near the bay and the Turtle Bay Cafe.  It's not as touristy as the Playa area, but I think you'd be happy with it. 


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            #7068 nic817

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              Posted 24 April 2013 - 09:51 AM

              Thank you so much ladies for the info about the ceremony and the suggestions for "engagement pic" locations. This forum is truly amazing and so helpful.

              #7069 DinaQtobe

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              Posted 24 April 2013 - 12:46 PM

              Originally Posted by nic817 

              Thank you so much ladies for the info about the ceremony and the suggestions for "engagement pic" locations. This forum is truly amazing and so helpful.

               

              When I stayed at the Grand Bahia Principe in September, I took the collectivo from the resort to Akumal beach.  It took maybe 10-15 minutes and only cost about 5$ for two people.  The van drops you off on the side of the highway and it's a short (5 mins) walk to the little shops and beach area.  There is this really neat little area just behind the rock building that leads to the beach that has all of these little shops and restaurants.  It is completely encased in trees and vines and has a really cool atmosphere.  I think that might be where Trisha is talking about.

               

              There is great snorkeling off of the beach too!  I have been a few times and have always seen sea turtles. 

               

              On our return to GBP, we got a taxi back to the resort for maybe 15-20$ - we negotiated. 



              #7070 futuremrswarner

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                Posted 24 April 2013 - 03:16 PM

                Originally Posted by nic817 

                Trisha...I know you are a very talented photographer from the resort tours you posted. Those pics are absolutely gorgeous. If we weren't flying in our friend who is a photographer, I'd be contacting you! That being said, do you have any suggestions of places within a half hour bus ride of the resorts where we could do "engagement" shots a few days before the wedding? We want to avoid a beach scene since the wedding pics will be that. Was hoping to have a Mexican feel in the pics...somewhere with little shops or a village-type atmosphere?

                 

                I haven't been to the resort, but I've been looking at pictures of the resort on TripAdvisor for photos with the wedding party and the FI, and I absolutely LOVE the Hacienda. From photos, there's little shops there and the yellow building as a backdrop looks amazing too! Check it out. 

                 

                My friend who got married in Playa del Carmen also told me about 5th Avenue with little boardwalk shops kind of feel, which I thought would be nice too for what you're looking for. 






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