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Hi!! I am new to this forum and could use some help!

My name is Alissa and we are planning on getting married at Azul Sensatori on April 2, 2011 (tentatively). We are looking different options for photographers then the ones that are contracted through the resort, I know there is a additional fee to bring someone in. We live in Phoenix and I am not sure the best way to go about finding a photographer. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks Ladies

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Hi!! I am new to this forum but am pretty excited because it looks like you all have a ton of great information!!

We are getting married at Azul Sensatori, tentatively on April 2, 2011. I do have a couple of questions but my biggest one right now is the photographer, I would like to use someone other than the ones that are contracted through Karisma. Any suggestionshuh.gif I live in Phoenix and am not sure how to go about finding someone and so many of you have beautiful photos!!

 

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Thanks,

Alissa

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Welcome Alissa! I have just joined here myself and have been confirmed on 5/28/11 at the Sensatori. All I can tell you, and I'm pretty bitter about it myself right now, is that if you bring a photographer from home, you are required to pay a 3-night stay for them. If you pick a photographer outside of the approved vendor list that resides in Mexico, you must pay a $500 outside vendor fee. Sucks, I know. :-(

 

I hope this helps and I hope you find these boards useful. They have been a lifesaver for me and have fully sucked me in. :-)

 

Take Care!

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Hi!! I am new to this forum but am pretty excited because it looks like you all have a ton of great information!!
We are getting married at Azul Sensatori, tentatively on April 2, 2011. I do have a couple of questions but my biggest one right now is the photographer, I would like to use someone other than the ones that are contracted through Karisma. Any suggestionshuh.gif I live in Phoenix and am not sure how to go about finding someone and so many of you have beautiful photos!!

Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Thanks,
Alissa
Hi Alissa! welcome4.gif

The best advice is to go back and read through this thread. It's quite lengthy but there's great info!

Okay, best to clear up the photog issue from the start: You CANNOT use a Mexican photographer other than the ones contracted through the resort. If you don't like the ones they have, you must bring someone from outside Mexico. So, don't get your heart set on someone like Elizabeth Medina or Claudia Rodriguez b/c you can't use them sad.gif If you bring someone, they either have to stay at the resort for 3 nights OR they can stay somewhere else and you pay the $500 outside vendor fee.

Many of us have brought photographers with us and it's been the best decision we've made! You often get more bang for your buck when you bring someone. For me personally, I brought Andrew Jordan. He's based out of Cleveland. Since he has a house near the resort, he chose to stay there and I paid the outside vendor fee (cheaper than a 3 night stay). You can check him out under my siggy.

Amy (Kittenheart) brought Chris Schmitt with her from California and she got fabulous pictures as well! There's lots of great photogs out there you just have to pick one that suits your style and budget.

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Welcome Alissa! I have just joined here myself and have been confirmed on 5/28/11 at the Sensatori. All I can tell you, and I'm pretty bitter about it myself right now, is that if you bring a photographer from home, you are required to pay a 3-night stay for them. If you pick a photographer outside of the approved vendor list that resides in Mexico, you must pay a $500 outside vendor fee. Sucks, I know. :-(

I hope this helps and I hope you find these boards useful. They have been a lifesaver for me and have fully sucked me in. :-)

Take Care!
I hear you!! The whole thing did not make me happy either, so I agree with you. My TA has recommended a photographer in Riv Maya so we will see how things shake out. But I absolutely agree!!

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OMG, I leave in 12 hours!! Sorry I haven't been around a lot recently, and I hope everybody is doing awesome. I have spent the past few days running around like crazy trying to get everything finished! I hope everyone has a fabulous next few days, and next time I post, I will be a Mrs!!!!

 

There is no way I'll be getting any sleep tonight! :)

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OMG, I leave in 12 hours!! Sorry I haven't been around a lot recently, and I hope everybody is doing awesome. I have spent the past few days running around like crazy trying to get everything finished! I hope everyone has a fabulous next few days, and next time I post, I will be a Mrs!!!!

There is no way I'll be getting any sleep tonight! :)
I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!! Have a safe trip, good luck, everything will be wonderful and your day will be amazing, I have no doubt! pinkie.gif

Have an amazing time and cherish every moment on your wedding day :)

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OMG, I leave in 12 hours!! Sorry I haven't been around a lot recently, and I hope everybody is doing awesome. I have spent the past few days running around like crazy trying to get everything finished! I hope everyone has a fabulous next few days, and next time I post, I will be a Mrs!!!!

There is no way I'll be getting any sleep tonight! :)
HOOOOOOOOOORAAAAAAY Renee your time has come!!!!!! Oh I'm so happy and excited for you! You're going to have the most perfect wedding - enjoy every minute because it goes by in the blink of an eye!

I can't wait to hear all about it once you're a Mrs.!!!!

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I believe the pool deck is different from Plaza Zavaz because I'm having a cocktail reception at the pool deck and the reception at the Plaza Zavaz and no one has ever told me they're the same place. I think I have pictures of both locations. Send me your email address and I'll send you the pics I have.

I'm supposed to be attending a conference here in New Orleans but it seems as though I just came here to eat and drink! cheers.gif
Thanks for that...my WC always makes me feel like I'm making stuff up pokestick.gif Glad you're having fun here. Every once in awhile we should all skip work, eat, drink and be merry!!

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Meredith - Nice on the multiquoting!

For Lindz's e-pics, I was referring to her new siggy pic and her avatar that show up when she posts. I'm sure she has a lot more but I haven't seen them yet! So don't worry, you're not missing out wink.gif
Ok, I thought there was a link somewhere that I missed or something. Such a dork!

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Meredith - you did MQ! pinkie.gif
All thanks to you! Now if you can tell me how to put everyone's to-do's together I may try to start next week. That's if Lindz changes her mind. She told me she was leaving for a business trip this morning so she may be a little busy.

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I'm so behind on reading posts, but so sorry to hear about your friend. I know at any time this is an extremely hard thing to go through not to mention in the middle of wedding planning. My prayers are with you. Trust me you are not alone feeling at a standstill!!! Keep the faith! It will all work out in the end!shots.gif
Thanks! The funeral is Saturday, so that will be sad but we do plan to go out for drinks later. Hopefully that will lighten the mood although it kinda seems inappropriate I think we all need a little pick me up.

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hey girls, sorry I haven't been on here much - having been delayed getting home we had less time than we wanted to plan final details for our AHR that we had on Saturday, and since friday, I have had an ear infection and felt like total BLAH. Monday was my first day back at work and I lasted until 1pm when they sent me home....today I only lasted 10 minutes before they sent me home.

but anyway....sorry.

for those interested, here are some links to my brother's website. He worked alongside our hired professional photogs in Mexico, and worked alone with his wife for our AHR.

pics from my wedding - JD Photographs - Kate and Chris' Wedding

pics from my AHR - JD Photographs - Kate and Chris's Wedding - UK Reception

there's also pics on my facebook from the official photogs so add if you like wink.gif Katie Day.

much love girlies :) xx
I looked @ your pics on FB and you looked amazing!! bunny_4.gif Sorry you don't feel well but at least you didn't feel like that for your wedding (trying to look @ the bright side). Hope you feel better. hug2.gif

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Thanks! I just kept saying "I am not going to Mexico to get married in a ballroom". I found out after I made the decision to continue on the beach that the backup was actualy the open air area next to the Mojito lounge, not sure what it is called, so that isn't bad if anyone else happens to encounter rain on their wedding day. The saddest part is that we didn't have the opportunity to do any pictures together in my original wedding dress. I had acrylics placed in the solon and a pedicure the morning of the wedding. I would definitely advise to get this done at home first. I was just thinking the french tips on my toes and polish on my nails wouldn't hold up if I was end the pool several days before the wedding. The girls in the solon were very very nice, but very slow. My appts were for 8&9 and I didn't get out of the solon until 12. I still had to shower and get our music to the wedding coordinator and then arrange to do my own hair and makeup with the photographer to photograph. So that ran late, I was literally getting into my dress just minutes before we were suppose to meet at the ceremony site. So that is definitely the sadest part. We got some great morning after the wedding shots in my second dress, but I'm sad I didn't get more use out of my original dress. I am looking forward to wearing it in June at our AHR, but no fantastic photographer at that event sad.gif. Anyway, I will try to get on that planning thread. We actually found out yesterday that we are getting relocated. So I have a lot of new planning stress..here I thought I would have a little bit of a break after the wedding. We just relocated here (St. Louis) from Iowa last May, and just built a beautiful home and thought we would for sure be hear atleast 3-5 years. Well my hubby found out yesterday he is getting promoted (yay) but that means moving to Little Rock, AR. I have so many mixed feelings. I cannot believe we are moving again and so soon and so far from our families. We cannot tell anyone until next week, after it is announced with the company, but I am freaking out a little bit. It was totally stressful last year relocating and we have to do it all over again! House hunt and job hunt, the second time in a year! I still have unpacking to do, but ever since I found out about the relo I have done nothing but internet research. I went from wedding planning to planning another major move. Wish me luck girls, and in my down time- when I want to not think about the move anymore I will post some of my planning stuff.

Good luck to you and your hubby. I'm sure everything will work out. Going through trials like this will make your marriage stronger. I know it sucks, especially since you built a house and all. The positive in this is being able to meet new people and experience new things.

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