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#5091 Matt Adcock

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    Posted 29 November 2012 - 12:39 PM

    Hi Dreams Tulum Ladies.


    I hope your plans are taking shape and you are enjoying all the preparations for your big day!!!


    We recently finished a gorgeous Wedding Story at this location and wanted to share you with a few images:












    Ceremony: Chapel

    Reception: Dolphin Pool

    Flowers & Cake: Dreams Tulum

    Wedding Coordinator: Natalia del Olmo

    Hair & Makeup: Dreams Tulum Spa

    Guest Count: 30

    Photos: Juan Jose, del Sol Photography

    Full Event: http://delsolphotogr...leries/?gal=832


    Hope you enjoy these!!!


    Best wishes.

    #5092 sarah121512

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      Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:58 PM

      Thanks for including your tips BeaBride - I've just changed my Spa booking for next week!

      #5093 BeaBride

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      Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:20 AM

      Glad to help!  If anyone has any questions, I'd be happy to answer them as best as I can.

      #5094 Tulumbride2013

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        Posted 01 December 2012 - 04:54 AM

        Thanks bea bride! These are great tips. I can't wait to read your review. I'll def be making my spa appointment for early in the day. Can I ask, how many ladies did you have with you getting hair and makeup done?

        #5095 SweetFire

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          Posted 01 December 2012 - 04:00 PM

          Hello Dreams Tulum ladies! Since Lori has shot quite a few amazing weddings at the Dreams Tulum and it is one of her favorite resorts to shoot at, I thought I would post a few pictures for you to preview. I'm also adding a few from the Dreams Tulum Spa for those of you with hair styling questions! Here are full shoots from the most recent weddings: Dreams Tulum - Beth Ann & Earl Dreams Tulum - Christina & Chad Dreams Tulum - Brittney & Carter [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/173892/width/500/height/1000[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/173893/width/350/height/700[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/173894/width/350/height/700[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/173895/width/500/height/1000[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/173900/width/500/height/1000[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/173896/width/500/height/1000[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/173897/width/350/height/700[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/173898/width/350/height/700[/IMG] [IMG ALT=""]http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/content/type/61/id/173899/width/500/height/1000[/IMG] Happy Planning! Sofia Lori's Office Assistant

          #5096 BeaBride

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          Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:22 AM

          Originally Posted by Tulumbride2013 

          Thanks bea bride!
          These are great tips. I can't wait to read your review. I'll def be making my spa appointment for early in the day. Can I ask, how many ladies did you have with you getting hair and makeup done?

          I had two bridesmaids and myself booked for hair at 12:00 and my brother's girlfriend had her hair booking at 1:00.  Myself and my 2 bridesmaids then had our makeup bookings at 1:00 for two of us and 1:30 for one person.


          I had 4 nail appointments all for the same time.  My sister-in-law completely forgot to do her nails at home so I booked her mani/pedi appointment the day before at the resort and was lucky enough that the spa could accommodate. I pre-booked my 3 other nail appointments by email from Canada and made all the appointments for the evening before my wedding at 5:30pm.  I'm so glad I did because it was one less thing to worry about on the day of the wedding. My sister-in-law had a French manicure and pedicure, I had a French manicure, and my mom & family friend both had a basic manicure.  The nails turned out really nice and no one had any complaints.  They are really sweet and good at what they do AND they took a reasonable amount of time to do it.  


          FYI: My MOH decided to have acrylics done because she chews her nails so she did them before heading to Mexico since they don't do them at the resort.  My bridesmaid decided to have both her manicure and pedicure done at home to simplify things for her.  Myself, my MOH, my mom, a family friend, and my brother's girlfriend all decided to do our pedicures before leaving Canada since they last long enough to still be nice for the wedding.  Myself and my MOH did gel pedicures at home while the rest just had regular polish.  

          I really wanted a gel pedicure and they don't do them at the resort.  I did a gel French manicure test run at home to see if the polish would last long enough (4-5 days) to be nice for the wedding and they probably would have been fine if I we weren't doing hand/ring shots, but I didn't want to take the chance since the French tips weren't as nice a few days later.  That's why I decided to do our manicures at the resort.  


          I did not want acrylics, but if you want to do all your nails at home and don't mind acrylics, that is the way to go for a lasting manicure. As for pedicures, it seems that no matter what kind of pedicure you get (basic polish, gel, acrylic), it will still look beautiful 4-5 days later.  We all had our pedicures done on Saturday in Canada, left on Sunday, and the wedding was on Wednesday.

          #5097 Tulumbride2013

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            Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:45 AM

            Bea bride, I'm loving all of this info! I'm crazy type A drive people nuts I'm so organized! But I want everything to run smoothly the whole time.mill probably be getting acrylics as well as I chew my nails myself. Did your mke up nd hair hold up really well throughout the reception? My ceremony isn't until 5 so I'm going back and forth on what time to make my appt for... Congrats in your wedding! I can't wait to see some pics! There arnt a lot of Dreams Tulum brides here so I'm always dying to hear from the brides who got married here:)

            #5098 BeaBride

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            Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:19 AM


            My hair and makeup held up really well.  Post sleeping (albeit only about 3 hours) and some wedding night hanky panky, I got up touched up the makeup a little and added a couple of bobby pins before doing our TTD shots at 5:45AM the next morning.  I  washed my face off after breakfast but didn't wash out my hair until 9:00PM the day after the wedding and the "do" was still in pretty good shape.  My hair was mostly up with a bit down and curly to the side.  I think if you have a down-do or a partial up/down do, you need to be a bit more concerned about whether it will last, especially if it's curled because of the humidity and dancing. If I wasn't so darn tired and hung over, I would have done my makeup a bit better (foundation, blush, and lips)


            I don't have many good hair shots or any close-ups but I'm posting some resort photog pics of me so you have an idea of what the hair looked like on the wedding day.

            Pre-ceremony "Let's get this show on the road!":



            Dad giving me away:




            Here's a few sneak peak photos that my photographer sent me of the TTD the morning after the wedding (see hair!):








            (Resort Photog) Chapel Ceremony:






            Resort Photog: First Kiss!




            I'm happy to give you any other info you might need.  For our symbolic ceremony, the wedding coordinator forwarded the ceremony script they usually use.  You can go with that or create your own.  We used the bones of the usual one and added/changed some stuff on it, then emailed the pastor our script.  The ceremony was about 20 minutes and Pastor Kiko was the minister.  He did a good job but because English isn't his first language, his breaks in the vows when he told us to repeat after him were at odd spots at times.  Also, despite having the microphone it was sometimes hard to hear him at the back (not his fault) because it was not loud enough and the mic sometimes cut out.  You definitely need a mic though regardless of where the ceremony is and when you say your vows, say them loudly and clearly if you remember in all your nervousness.


            I'm a bit type A myself so I know what you're feeling.  Either way, everything will be great.  You can do as much pre-planning as you want, some things are just out of you're control and you're wedding will never be 100% perfect...but almost!  Since your ceremony is at 5pm, it'll be really close to sun-down so you definitely will need time before for pictures.You should be safe if you book your hair and makeup for 11am so even if it takes 3 hours, you still have 3 hours before the ceremony....unless of course you don't want that much time before.  It also depends on whether you're seeing your groom before or not.  I didn't so all our "together" shots are during and after the ceremony.

            #5099 Tulumbride2013

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              Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:39 AM

              Ahhh! Your awesome. You look great first of all. Dress hair veil..everything! And I LOVE the idea of having my hair hold up until after my TTD shoot. Were hopefully doing the cenote the day after. I don't want him to see me before the ceremony, so we may be a bit rushed for pictures but I'm hoping it will workout ok. So glad I booked a professional photographer. The picture differences in your photos are like night and day different in terms of quality. Love them! You guys are such a cute couple. Looks like you had a great time. Did you do a package with a reception and did you bring a lot of stuff down with you?

              #5100 BeaBride

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              Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:09 AM

              Hey TulumBride2013:


              Thanks so much!  I just pasted one of my previous posts to answer your question (in case you didn't see it).

              I brought:

              -battery operated votives with mercury glass votive holders for the reception tables (5 per table).I had 6 guest tables, 1 head table, and a welcome/gift table.  The DJ also had a table and set up his own lights around it

              -lantern centrepieces with a battery operated pillar candles inside (lantern is made of black metal and plastic windows instead of glass).  We tied ribbon around them and they looked great.

              -fake flower petals in ivory and dark pink for the reception tables

              -table number holders with table number cards

              -menus for each plate

              -wedding favours which were airplane shaped luggage tags in a box wrapped with ribbon. Each had a guest's name on it as their place holder

              - card box (looked like a mailbox), decorated

              - self-standing seating charts for guests to know what table to sit at 

              - star decoration, spray painted paper lanterns, and tissue paper pomanders for the ceiling at the Seaside Grill

              - "Just Married" banner for the reception

              - ribbon for the chapel pews and reserved signs for the front pews in the chapel

              - fake flower petals in pink and ivory for the aisle in the chapel

              - programs for guests at the chapel


              I paid to have the wedding staff set everything up.   I didn't have time to set anything up, and I didn't want to add stress to anyone in the wedding to run around and set stuff up because the window of opportunity to do so was pretty tight.   Plus I wanted people to be around for pictures after the ceremony.  I gave Natalia printed instructions on how to set up the chapel and the reception area with a picture of how I wanted the reception tables to look. My sister-in-law to be and friend made sure that the chapel and reception areas were set up properly once the wedding staff did it.  Unfortunately, as you probably saw in the pictures, the ribbon for the chapel pews weren't as nicely placed as they were meant to be.  They had wire in them and were a bit "krinkly" looking because I had to bring them in a suitcase.  It might seem like a small detail but it annoys me every time I see the chapel pictures because I know how pretty they could look.

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