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I think it's way too expensive for what I want too...I'm only having 35 or less guests because we want to keep it really small, so we are just going to have our dinner in a restaurant...we will at least qualify for a private cocktail party. I'm having a reception when I come back home, so we can have it private then!!

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I would love to do an AHR, however, I live in Houston and ALL my family is in Jersey. Its too much for me to go back and forth to plan and organize. I invited about 162 ppl to my DW. Obviously, they all wont come, but I am expecting a large group. In order to really save money, I think the best way to go for a DW is to definitely have a small wedding.

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Hello Girls! We got back from our destination wedding last weekend and now I'm finally getting caught up on errands so I decided to update all of you on how everything went.

 

First of all if anyone has doubts about having a destination wedding you shouldn't! We had such an incredible time with all our guest and it was the most sentimental event of a lifetime!

 

The Aventura Spa resort and the staff really go out of their way to make you feel at home and very accommodating. I had Dulce as my wedding coordinator and she really went above and beyond for our special day! The only downside of our whole wedding event was tropical storm Alex came in and we had to get married inside verses outside in the gazebo which that is out of the resorts control. We got married in the convention center (in the foyer in the middle). The wedding decorations for the wedding ceremony were wonderful and made up for the fact we had to get married inside.

 

We did a cocktail hour and also a private reception in one of the event rooms near the Cove Terrace on the Cove side of the resort. The staff was VERY attentive and kept everything going smoothly throughout the night. After our wedding reception we all went over to the disco (we didnt stay long since I was already three sheets to the wind)!

 

Overall the whole experience was AMAZING and I would do it all over again! We might renew our vows on our 5 year or 10 year anniversay just so that we can actually get married outside :-)

 

I have set up a shutterfly account with all our pictures. I just used the resort photographer and they really did a great job! Also we got the DVD of the ceremony and it is SOOO worth the money to get!

 

Here is the link to our shutterfly account (to view pictures click on the pictures & video tab): http://cristiandjamieswedding.shutterfly.com/

 

Let me know if you have any questions and happy planning!

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Thought I would post my ASP Wedding Pic here too, along with my Del Sol review.

Here is the link to my wedding slideshow, enjoy!:
05.25.10 Jacquelyn + Mark | Wedding at Aventura Spa Palace | Photos by Matt Adcock

I have to say working with Del Sol Photography was a wonderful experience!!!
From the very start of the whole process Del Sol was a pleasure to work with. Melissa in the Del Sol office was fantastic she answered all of my questions to the tee and in a timely manner. And trust me I had maannnyyy questions!

I made sure to put Matt & Rodrigo from Del Sol on my guest list and I purchased day passes for them ahead of time to avoid any problems with them getting in. Everything went smoothly.

Matt & Rodrigo worked their butts off to get the best shots that day. They were like stealth ninjas, moving quickly to get the shots and half the time I didn't even notice them. My guests did comment on how amazing it was that they were willing to get down and dirty in the HOT heat to make sure they captured the moment. Matt & Rodrigo were awesome and made my husband and I feel really comfortable.

I received my wedding slideshow in less than a month of getting married. And I can't wait to see all the rest of my pictures when my DVD arrives.

I highly recommend Del Sol Photography they rocked my socks off!
I really LOVE your wedding pictures and they turned out great!

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Hello Girls! We got back from our destination wedding last weekend and now I'm finally getting caught up on errands so I decided to update all of you on how everything went.

First of all if anyone has doubts about having a destination wedding you shouldn't! We had such an incredible time with all our guest and it was the most sentimental event of a lifetime!

The Aventura Spa resort and the staff really go out of their way to make you feel at home and very accommodating. I had Dulce as my wedding coordinator and she really went above and beyond for our special day! The only downside of our whole wedding event was tropical storm Alex came in and we had to get married inside verses outside in the gazebo which that is out of the resorts control. We got married in the convention center (in the foyer in the middle). The wedding decorations for the wedding ceremony were wonderful and made up for the fact we had to get married inside.

We did a cocktail hour and also a private reception in one of the event rooms near the Cove Terrace on the Cove side of the resort. The staff was VERY attentive and kept everything going smoothly throughout the night. After our wedding reception we all went over to the disco (we didnt stay long since I was already three sheets to the wind)!

Overall the whole experience was AMAZING and I would do it all over again! We might renew our vows on our 5 year or 10 year anniversay just so that we can actually get married outside :-)

I have set up a shutterfly account with all our pictures. I just used the resort photographer and they really did a great job! Also we got the DVD of the ceremony and it is SOOO worth the money to get!

Here is the link to our shutterfly account (to view pictures click on the pictures & video tab): http://cristiandjamieswedding.shutterfly.com/

Let me know if you have any questions and happy planning!
You looked GORGEOUS! So glad that everything turned out well and you were happy despite the weather. Plan and plan as we may...that's the one thing that is out of anyones control. Everything was beautiful, CONGRATULATIONS!

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cristi your pics are awesome..ill be honest, i really loved the friends/family album ones, it truly looked like all your guests really enjoyed themselves and thats awesome :) of course i have some questions wink.gif that picture 14 in the friends/family album, is that the conceirge only section? also, same album..pic 18 is that area a place you can have a private function? it looks really nice...it looks like you went into town with your guests, is that playa del carmen and if so do you recommend any places to go? thanks so much and congratulations! you were a beautiful bride :)

nicole

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