I just arrived home. I do not have pictures yet... I hired Claudia Rodriguez Photography and will get a link maybe in about 2 weeks. I will see through pictures we took if there are any from welcome party or the dinner so that you can check out the spots I picked. ( although we took pictures of people not the place really...)
Here's the scoop...we had 30 people plus 2 photographers.
Welcome Coctail Party- location : Cove Terrace: was absolutely beautiful! She set up lights for us and a mixture of high and low tables,they also decorated the tables although we never asked for that... we chose the cold hors d'ouvres and they were delicious. We started at 5pm and finished at 615pm then proceeded to the dinner area which was set up outside in the Ventanas' restaurant. Manuel set up beautiful fresh flowers arrangments for us... just because...again we never asked for any special treatment... These people just do it out of kindness. The people who set up both the welcome party and the dinner on Friday were the same ones to do our Ceremony and Reception. So, please guys : tip them. They make $5 a day and appreciate every little bit. We tipped separately for Friday's functions and for Saturday"s functions.The ceremony was at 3pm at the Coba Gazebo- the carriage stops by the stairs so it's easy to fall especially if you are wearing 5+ inch heels- so be careful! As far as who goes in fron of whom and the whole order of the wedding- I didn't need to worry about anything- Cristina and Karimi- told me what to do and directed the whole wedding party through the whole ceremony and after. Honestly, it was really well put together. I had the sapphire collection, added a violinist and extra video to capture everything I wanted... Our friend is an opera singer so she sang Ave Marie while I was walking down the isle... which was kind of funny because I was really rushing and for the life of me did not want to slow down:)
Anyway... it was beautiful... People were crying.. the carriage was a great addition! I cried, too. After the ceremony, the wedding party and the 3 photographers went to take pictures... then hubby and I took pictures solo. Then I went to change to my short reception dress and salsa shoes so that I can dance... Reception was at the Spa Terrace and the ladies did again great jon of setting it up... Reception started at 5pm but I arrived at 530pm because of the pics and the dress changing... So we had our first dance and it was a hit!!! We cut the cake pretty early: again delicious- bottom layer: cheesecake, middle- carrot cake - the top- chocolate. After MOH and BM had their speaches toasts I started to dance... and I did not stop till 930pm... Did not even have the time to go to the bathroom because did not want to miss any single song! Also because of the dancing , I completely forgot to EAT! So I was starving after we were done and completely wet.. soaked! But I achieved my objective which was to have everybody dancing at all times... We chose the Italian buffet and I heard it was awesome! lol
I had DJ SAV that Aventura recommended for 4hr and he stayed later and never complained or pushed us. He was great! Bartenders were great... I made sure we tipped them equally so nobody would be forgotten. When we got to our room a hot bath in the jacuzzi was awaiting us along with the swan towels, champagne and cake- which I gobbled down in 1 minutes since I was starving by then... The bath felt so good and relaxing!!!
I have other comments about the resort but will write a different review for that... Whoever is getting married this weekend... just remember, they will be busier..because it's /11/11/11- for some rason everybody wants to be married on that date...lol Do not worry about anything... You are in good hands... Good Luck!!!
Oh, if you get a chance go on a tour with Captain Quickie... www.captainquickie.com lasted 10 hrs and was the best experience I have ever had.. also go to Cozumel and instead of going shopping ... have one of the dive shops take you to do a snorkeling or diving tour- we went diving for 3 hr and the reef was amazing, colorful and just breathtaking...
Happy Married Life to Everyone!!!