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Addison's Midsummer Night's Dream in Cabo Wedding Review!!!!

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#1 addisonreed1113

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    Posted 10 July 2008 - 01:18 PM

    Whew! We are back from our week in Cabo! What a whirlwind! We had an amazing time and beautiful wedding. It was perfect. I know clich©â€¦but it really was. We had 50 family and friends including 6 bridesmaids, 5 groomsmen, 2 ushers and one fairy princess flower girl. Here are some reviews and non-pro pics. (I have to warn you, all the reviews are good! Which is why I’m not rating anything, you would get nauseous at all my A+++++++)

    Transportation: Funjet and AeroMexico
    We left Wednesday morning July 2nd, way too early. I was super apprehensive and nervous about these two as I’ve read crappy reviews about them both on this forum and the internet. Well, our experience was great! It was 5 am at the DFW terminal and here I come barreling towards the check in with my huge-ass wedding dress garment bag. I smile at the lady and say “We’re Getting Married!!!!” yes I was exhausted and delirious from no sleep in 2 days from finishing crafts! Luckily, the woman checking us in was also in a mood not usually seen at the airport that early and immediately took care of us and bumped us to first class. Wahoo! Once we arrived at Cabo Airport it was smooth sailing. Even though we had way too many things coming in to cabo, luckily I had my receipts (thank you BDWF) and even though the guy laughed at my huge note (NOTHING OVER $300 written in huge Spanish block letters) he happily let us through.
    Cabo’s Clouds and Sprinkles of Rain on Our First Day (Wed. july 2nd)
    What? I couldn’t have read that right. Cabo NEVER rains especially not in July. That’s what I thought too. Trevor…why is it suddenly cloudy? Panic sets in. We immediately check the weather reports and to my terror I see clouds and thunderstorms for Wed, Thurs and Friday. WTF!!!!! Didn’t I spend the first four months of planning this stupid @#$%^ wedding trying to figure out which exotic locale did NOT rain on my parade. I spent the next few hours panicking. Luckily, amy my WC eased my fears and I tried to put it to the back of my mind. (Just FYI, the first day was the only that was cloudy and had mild sprinkling that night. It actually cooled off and was perfectly clear and hot for the rest of the trip even though every day weather.com said it was going to have scattered thunderstorms my weather god’s had better plans for me!!!!)

    I really think this resort is great. Is it perfect? No. Is it a posh super exclusive luxury retreat? No. But it’s beautiful, secluded and really reasonably priced for my guests with plenty of pools and 2-for-1 happy hours. I love the old world Spanish vibe the place has. There were a few bobbles. Some construction and water snafus for some of our guests but otherwise everyone enjoyed themselves.
    Pithayas: This restaurant however is super above and beyond wonderful (again with the use of “Super” I know it’s late and my brain hurts. It’s been a long week!) Trevor and I ate there for our last two nights and I got the same thing twice it was so good! Lobster risotto with shrimp. Delicious! DeCortez is also really good. The Sheraton food did not disappoint!

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    Private Villa in Del Cabo
    Honestly, this was the best decision we made for the whole wedding. It allowed us to have a destination wedding with the comforting feeling that the villa was our home and I was having the ceremony and reception in the backyard (granted it helps that the ceremony was on a beautiful beach down below and the reception backyard was a $5 million villa-but you get the picture). The views were so breathtaking and the house was comforting and magnificent at the same time. Uh! I miss it!

    Welcome Party
    Well, originally we were supposed to have a welcome dinner cruise, but Cabo’s crazy waves and swells called that off. So being the very cool customer she was, Amy effortlessly through together a welcome dinner and cocktail party at the villa (with 4 hours notice. Really? Yes, she kicks ass.) It was perfect and most of our guests admitted to me later they were so happy we didn’t go on a boat because they get seasick. The food was amazing and the service and bartenders were wonderful.

    Rehearsal Dinner
    This took place July 4th (our 6 year dating anniversary…yeah!) at Nikki Beach and The Passion Club at the ME Cabo. This is a sexy hotel. Very Miami style, beds on the beach cool vibe. I loved it! The food and drinks were great and afterward we had a surprise for our guests…an incredible performance from firedancers and these very talented drummers. It was quite a show!
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    Trevor and I wanted our beauty sleep and went back to the Villa by midnight. We had planned all along to sleep apart the night before but he loved staying at the villa and I really wanted him to stay there! I did sneak out early in the morning to go walk on the beach and his friends came and got him so technically the day of we did not see eachother!

    Ceremony Setup/Runway
    Clean, white, crisp just like I’d imagined. I was a little stressed springing the extra dough for the runway, but it was worth it!

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    Rabbi Ian Adler, Pacific Synagogue
    Words cannot describe this man! He was a godsend. We were so lucky to find him (again, thank you bdw) He made our whole ceremony. He was sentimental, witty, and extremely charismatic. He made it personal and both informal and formal. Wow. And if you are into that, he is a gorgeous 6’4” drink of water. What? I’m married not dead!
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    These were lovely. My bouquet was all white roses (both regular and English) and white cymbidium orchids. My girls ( I had 6) carried yellow roses and Trev had a white cymbidium orchid (he was the only guy with a suit jacket).
    Beautiful flowers were used in both the bowls for cocktail hour and the trees for reception and also as lily pads for the pool (plus mist/fog! how cool!)
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    Suzanne Morrel
    This woman rocks. She was super involved in my whole process including hair trial and day of. She even did my hair and the finishing touches on my makeup.I had a hair trial, 6 bridesmaids and 2 moms doing hair and makeup, chair massages and a few of us had mani-pedis. They were a great team even though I was up and down and running around all day like a maniac (in my defense I was the only one who knew were everything was)

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    Bradley Fraser Photographer
    Bradley is amazing. Cool and Calm and very artistic. I loved how he explained why he wanted certain shots and you could tell his process and how he saw each picture and light like a work of art. LOVE IT and LOVE HIM!!!! We also did a trash the dress session Monday morning which was so much fun! I can’t wait for his pics!

    Lazy Gourmet
    This is an incredible vendor who did our reception food, drink and rentals. They are totally professional top notch and made our reception.
    Linens, Chairs, Rentals
    The choices they helped me pick and their huge tree and votive centerpieces really played up my Midsummer Night’s Dream theme.

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    Drink and Food
    Incredible! Light, fresh and amazing creativity in each dish. We had a sit down dinner that included
    Ceviche served in a half coconut
    Crab and Avocado Salad
    Choice of Seabass or Filet Mignon
    Smores Bar (for Trevors grooms cake)
    Late Night Grilled Cheese and Strawberry Mini Shakes

    Our 2 signature Drinks were:
    “A Midsummer Night’s Drink” Ginger infused Vodka and Kaffir Limeade
    “A Midsummer Night’s Mojito” Frozen Raspberry Mojito

    Videographer Dino
    He was great! Dino and Bradley worked really well together!

    DJ Antares
    Very cool DJ. He played some great stuff and really kept the party flowing.
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    Cocktail Hour Guitar player
    This guy was great. He played really chill music and added a nice touch to our cocktail hour. I wish I remembered his name but I know he went to the Berkley school of music and is really talented.
    Classical Trio
    I could only here what I walked down the aisle to (Romeo and Juliet Love Theme) and the piece my dad wrote for our recessional but they were wonderful.

    Amy Abbott/FLC
    From the very beginning amy has been awesome. She really came through and made sure every thing went smoothly. Best of all, she hooked us up with really amazing vendors. In my mind I think we got above and beyond what I expected and especially what we could have done on our budget in Dallas. Fiestas Los Cabos and especially Amy are totally worth their fee. I know some wc are less expensive but for me having Amy totally saved the day especially with our little waves-too-big-no-sunset-cruise fiasco. And she never let us see her sweat. She was calm and proficient and very cool. Perfect for a relaxed destination wedding!

    I wish I could have eaten more! Luckily we got to take our top layer to the honeymoon suite and we ate nearly the whole thing! YUM! We had carrot cake and vanilla cream cheese frosting! The other two layers were lemon cake and coconut frosting and chocolate cake with nutella frosting. I made the d©cor for the cake at home to tie into my Midsummer Theme.
    Well that’s all for now. I’m going to bed!!!!
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    #2 Kryztan

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      Posted 10 July 2008 - 01:20 PM

      Great Review....and Love Your Pics, What A Nice Setup!

      #3 jajajaja

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        Posted 10 July 2008 - 01:25 PM

        Wow- it looks so beautiful! We def need more pics!

        Congrats- It sounded so elaborate and I loved how what we have seen so far. So pretty!
        Happily married since 2008

        #4 Maura


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        Posted 10 July 2008 - 01:25 PM

        great review addison, i cant wait to see your bradley pics!!!!!

        #5 Christi

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          Posted 10 July 2008 - 01:25 PM

          Great review and beautiful picts...

          #6 JennyK

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            Posted 10 July 2008 - 01:26 PM

            beautiful!! More pics! hehe

            #7 Jackie

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              Posted 10 July 2008 - 01:28 PM

              Great review and I love your pics. The white wedding really gave a very classy feel to everything. Congrats!
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              #8 roxy08

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                Posted 10 July 2008 - 01:36 PM

                What a wonderful theme!! Great review, sounds perfect

                #9 KLC77

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                  Posted 10 July 2008 - 01:41 PM

                  Great review. The pics so far are awesome. Can't wait for more...

                  Our Awesome Wedding Pics: http://www.delsolpho...ings/kelly&ron/

                  #10 DanielleNDerek

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                    Posted 10 July 2008 - 01:47 PM

                    Great review and pics. Your food sounded so yummy!
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