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Hi Ladies,
We just came back today from Mexico and our wedding! I just wanted to do a quick post and will do a full review and add some pics later.
The resort is beautiful and it is definitely getting better. However, we did have some snafu's but nothing too terribly horrible. I will say that I don't know what the purpose of the Miami office is because there is no communication between the two, messages not getting relayed properly or timely or at all. Gilberto from Lomas on-site is wonderful and does work very hard. And Jorga the head waiter for the resort is fabulous as well! The important thing is our wedding was great and all of our guests had a blast (we had about 36 guests).
I was reserved and confirmed for the Plaza Deck and when I arrived it was under a construction overhaul. Needless to say, we did not have our reception there but at Zocolo terrace. And I don't know what the Miami coordinators were saying about you having to have a large party to have a private event there, because IMO if you had more than 50 guests it would be way too crowded.
And I've briefly looked over some posts' from recently and I'm way behind, so sorry. But there was, as of last week, absolutely no construction going on for a "new plaza deck area". And I was told nothing of the sort while there. They are still "finishing" the hotel, but only minor details that I saw. In fact, when we arrived, they were "re-doing" the Garden Gazebo grounds where we had our ceremony, but did half of it before our ceremony, and then finished the rest after. I don't think they wanted to give me a heart attack by not having either of our locations available!!
I will say that all of the food was great, the drinks strong, amazing pools, and the staff works so hard! The front desk and the management, I could do without and will probably be complaining about on my own. I think with any large event and so many guests, things are bound to happen. But you'all have nothing to worry about, everyone's day will be wonderful :)
And one other major thing I know some of you beach ceremony/reception brides are worried about is the wind. I honestly thought it was very very windy (and I'm from the windiest state). And I don't want to upset anyone, I just thought you would like to know. We had an event on the beach Friday night before the wedding (from 7-10 pm) and it was impossible to keep the tiki torches lit. We asked several workers throughout our stay about the wind, and they said it is windy all year long. We were there for 8 days, and there was one evening that was tolerable and luckily I saw three beach weddings that day, so I was happy for those brides.
I will try to post my full review hopefully by this weekend. I won't have our pro pics back for 4-6 weeks, but we had Erick from Claudia Photo and we loved him. He did some really cool things. Like I said before, you'all will be very happy with everything. I definitely learned from this experience that it's Mexico and you just have to be up for any surprises and roll with it and everything will work itself out.
Hey Erika,

Congrats - I'm so glad to hear things went well. We've talked with Claudia photo about getting Erick too, so anxious to see your photos and hear what he arranged for you guys!

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I have tried to get information on a photographer but Tiffany tells me that they will take care of it when we get closer to my date. I am getting married in July, should I be nervous? What is everyone else doing about their photos?

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Okay,

Here are some photos I just uploaded from one of my bridesmaids. There are lots of random ones from the Reception. But in the background you can see the tables and chairs they have for Zocolo (they are wicker and square shaped/the tables are square), it's the ones they use for in the restaurant. You can see that some people were actually seated in the booths and some are freestanding. Also, you can see the area for dancing. And there's a separate bar area, which is nice, but it's shared with other guests, not private. You can also see they have wind guards they pull down, but our tealights and candles did not stay lit whatsoever. When you walk into the terrace area from outside: to your right is the bar, and to the left is where they will set up/move tables and chairs. The ones not being used are kind of shoved to the side in the back area where you can have your dance area and Ipod/DJ. If people are at the bar area, you can't hear any announcements or music very well.

And in the photos from the ceremony, you can see on the side that the groom is standing the stone now extends out past the Gazebo covering. That is what they were working on before our wedding, then after, they were starting on the bridesmaid side (which I don't think you can see the difference in these photos). The only thing I can think of is this is maybe going to be the alternate location for receptions?? But it is definitely smaller than the original Plaza deck and I'm not sure if the Gazebo will stay there?? In the map that Tracy posted, they were not doing anything to the circled area when I was there last week.

In the pictures of us at the beginning, that is the Plaza deck, they added the wall, and those huge columns. After my wedding they started to add benches and a huge roof on the top. I have some other pics I have to find that I took before we left the Resort.

I also added some pics from the bonfire we had on Friday night, they did a really nice set up with chairs, bean bags, music, and a full bar. I have some more pictures to upload that I took of it as well. I also have pictures of how they set up the beach for the romantic private honeymoon dinner to upload from my camera. I've been having problems with my camera connection and our computer, it's a MacBook, and it's suddenly not compatible. censored.gif

 

And I'm not sure if brides from Azul Fives are still checking this board...but the last place we stayed on our honeymoon was right next to the Fives and it doesn't look promising. I spoke with some guests at the Sensatori that were moved from there and they said they heard that now it's not even openinghuh.gif They were given less than 6 weeks notice and they had a group of 50ish. I didn't see much construction going on when I was next to it. And the beach is miniscule, our hotel that is tiny had a larger beach.....

 

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i was told yesterday that my reception has been moved to the new plaza. attached is the picture that fabio sent me. i have 100 guests (14 tables and we need room for 100 people to dance). kinda freaking. erika - can you imagine a party of 100 in this area? i hope they move the gazebo. who changes a reception location with 3 weeks to go!?

 

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i was told yesterday that my reception has been moved to the new plaza. attached is the picture that fabio sent me. i have 100 guests (14 tables and we need room for 100 people to dance). kinda freaking. erika - can you imagine a party of 100 in this area? i hope they move the gazebo. who changes a reception location with 3 weeks to go!?

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Hey Jenni,

I would ask him to send pictures of the area as a whole, it's so hard to tell from this picture. I think you would be okay if the tables were all along the perimeter and the dance floor was in the center. Or maybe if you split it in half for tables and half for dance floor. Or after dinner moved some of the tables. I was told that the tables sat 8 guests per table for the free standing receptions. Make sure you do a seating chart before you get there, because our seating was a disaster.
I'm just guessing, but I bet they leave the Gazebo standing so this spot can double for ceremony and reception site...the only problem with this new location is it is literally right next to some of the hotel rooms. With the old location, it was right in the middle and there were pools close by, but not any rooms, and it was elevated. As you can see from some of my pictures, there were people camped outside their rooms watching for the ceremony. Which didn't bother me, I just hope they aren't in any professional pictures! Everyone cheered and was really nice afterwards.
During our ceremony there was a naked child pressing her privates against the glass of the room balcony through the whole thing. And all of our guests just laughed, we had no idea it was going on. blush2.gif Then later, I was walking back to our room quickly and she was dressed this time yelling down to me "HI Bride!".

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Hey Jenni,

I would ask him to send pictures of the area as a whole, it's so hard to tell from this picture. I think you would be okay if the tables were all along the perimeter and the dance floor was in the center. Or maybe if you split it in half for tables and half for dance floor. Or after dinner moved some of the tables. I was told that the tables sat 8 guests per table for the free standing receptions. Make sure you do a seating chart before you get there, because our seating was a disaster.
I'm just guessing, but I bet they leave the Gazebo standing so this spot can double for ceremony and reception site...the only problem with this new location is it is literally right next to some of the hotel rooms. With the old location, it was right in the middle and there were pools close by, but not any rooms, and it was elevated. As you can see from some of my pictures, there were people camped outside their rooms watching for the ceremony. Which didn't bother me, I just hope they aren't in any professional pictures! Everyone cheered and was really nice afterwards.
During our ceremony there was a naked child pressing her privates against the glass of the room balcony through the whole thing. And all of our guests just laughed, we had no idea it was going on. blush2.gif Then later, I was walking back to our room quickly and she was dressed this time yelling down to me "HI Bride!".
thanks erika,
i definitely gave them a very very detailed seating list with a visual. i have given them every little detail now let's just wait to see if it is executed correctly! oy! i don't feel very confident at the moment. who changes a brides reception location 3 weeks before a wedding? i mean really?

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