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#1 Denise40

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    Posted 07 June 2008 - 09:26 PM

    Hi everyone! I am back as you know. Sorry I am late with posting my review. Just a thought I would share, since this is just a vow renewal ceremony, I don't have all the reviews that a regular bride would have, but if I am able to help 1 person or give someone some ideas that would make it all worth it. We are 2 "older" people and not in the best of shape, but we wanted to share our memories and views to all of you because I was able to get some much info from you all and wanted to give something back to you all.


    Funjet-C-I gave Funjet that rating because our flight was changed 3 times within 2 weeks. On the day that we left (5/31), we didn't leave until 2:45 CST and arrived in Cabo at 4:30. By the time we went through the first round of customs, we had to wait a good 30 minutes before they even though about unloading the luggage and they are not gentle. So pack breakables really well. After all of us got our luggage (6) we had to then put our luggage through the xray and then each family had to press the "button", well dh got the red light and they had to search the luggage he was pulling. After we made it through there we went through the doors and were instantly bombarded with time share people. Dumb me, we all went to where we thought we needed to go and they asked for proof of our transfers ect, well, don't STOP!! Just go out the doors to the left until you are outside.
    EPIC-AThey were great. They had the bus ready and our group was the first ones to get on. They had beer for sale if anyone wanted one. There were 6 in our group and we all went to one hotel the whole rest of the bus went to Riu Palace. The Epic tour guide gave a lot of info but mainly focused to the Riu Palace Group. On our return to the airport, Epic was 10 minutes early so that was good. They were at our hotel at 7am and we went to 3 other hotels before we were at the airport.
    Pueblo Bonito Rose Hotel-B+-They would have received an "A", but on the morning we left we turned in our keys and said that we had a balance of $3000 on our room and $3.40 on the guys room. We told them the guys room balance was paid the night before along with our incidentals from our fridge. He gets on the phone and starts talking in spanish and hangs up and says we still have the other bill. (Our hotel/airfare was paid before we even got to Cabo). When I looked at the bill more closely, he had the wrong room number and he laughs and says, oopps, sorry!! So look at your bill closely. The rooms were great, the views awesome. Here is a view from our room:
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    Nare Norstrum/Fellinis-A+-These 2 hotel restaurants were awesome. The service was great, the food great. The prices were typical of Cabo. On our last night we ate again at Nare Norstrum but we booked our waiter from the first night and had a dinner for 8 on the beach. They had the canopy with the fabric hanging on the pole and tiki torches. It was really a nice way to end our short vacation.

    VOW RENEWAL CEREMONY
    Pedregal Beach -A+-This beach was private and absolutely gorgeous. It is a private gated community. If any of you watch the newest Platinum Wedding that was held in Cabo last week, well we went by that villa that the wedding was held at. It is breathtaking. The rocks/waves were magical. You don't have any onlookers or gawkers. It was just our group, the WC, officiant, guitarist, photographer and videographer there. I used Leoan at Weddings in Paradise-A+-She went above and beyond for me. I worked with her for 7 months with planning and changed my mind I don't know how many times and she never complained. Our Bouquets came from The Flower Cart-A+-They were absolutely gorgeous. I had an all rose bouquet in coral/ivory/yellow and the girls bouquets were all coral roses/gerbers. I also had boutainears and flowers for the girls hairs. I really didn't want to leave my bouquet. The starfish looked wonderful in all of the bouquets. The officiant was Carlos Navas-A-He spoke good English. The only problem was that while dh was waiting for me, he said that he wanted to change up the order of things that I had wrote out, put the sand ceremony before the final blessing. It wasn't a problem, but my husband was worried that I might get upset. It all worked out great. My hair was done by Velinda-A-I didn't have a trial and when she showed up she commented on how short my hair was but how thick it was. I told her to do majic. She made it look like I had an updo, even though I didn't have long hair. Her makeup was good. I wanted my eyes to pop, and she made that happen. My dh loved everything about it. We were supposed to have Chaplin(acquistic quitarist) but he had an emergency so he was replaced with someone else. He did ok for last minute. My dress is a bridesmaid dress from Alfred Angelo and the girls dresses is the 7-in-one dress from VS in Teal.
    Photography:Manuel Burgoin-A+-He did an awesome job making everyone feel warm and comfortable. He worked with me on the hours. I havn't seen our pics yet but I know they are going to be awesome.
    Videographer:Tomas Barron-A+-Again, I havn't seen the video, but when we met that morning he made me feel so at ease. During the ceremony he was so calm and blended in.
    Reception:Sunset da Mona Lisa-C-Food/A-surroundings-We had more pictures taken here out on the terrace it was beautiful. The food is another story. No one enjoyed their meal at all. It took everyone about 20 minutes to figure out what they wanted. It was not worth the money. They also did my cake and even though it tasted good, it wasn't done the way I wanted. It was supposed to have been coral with teal chocolate shells on it and it ended up being white with red/blue sugar stars/shells. It tasted good, I just didn't like how it looked.
    I did a basket of useful goodies for the 4 rooms: It has tylenol, Imodium, sunscreen, bug spray, lotion, lip balm etc. Here is a pic:
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    More pics to follow

    #2 Denise40

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      Posted 07 June 2008 - 09:34 PM

      Here are some more pics from the ceremony/reception:

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      #3 Denise40

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        Posted 07 June 2008 - 09:38 PM

        And some more, hope I am not boring you all:

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        #4 Denise40

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          Posted 07 June 2008 - 09:40 PM

          These are the last ones. I hope I am able to help someone like you all helped me. When I get the professional photos/video I will post a link.

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          #5 Leslie-Xcaret09

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            Posted 07 June 2008 - 09:55 PM

            thanks for the review! The teal and coral looked great together. She did do a good job with your hair...definitely looked looked like an updo. You looked great...congrats!

            #6 alex

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              Posted 07 June 2008 - 10:34 PM

              Welcome back!! Great pics Denise!! So happy to hear that everything went so well for your special day! :)

              #7 Jenn3878

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                Posted 07 June 2008 - 11:21 PM

                Welcome back!! Great pics!! Congrats on the 25 years together!! :)

                #8 Kryztan

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                  Posted 07 June 2008 - 11:48 PM

                  Aww I love the colors and everything looks great:) very pretty

                  #9 Yari

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                    Posted 08 June 2008 - 12:48 AM

                    So cute! I love your pics, you look so pretty. I really like your cake.

                    #10 Jackie

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                      Posted 08 June 2008 - 08:29 AM

                      Denise I love the pics! Your fuschia dress with the greeny/bluey attire of everyone else was so vibrant and colerful! It sounds like you had a wonderful time and what a great way to kick of many more years of happiness. I hope I'm in your shoes a few years from now. Congratulations!
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