it took me long enough to come back to the site to write a quick review. Everything at our September 2, 2011 wedding went really really well--Sandra ended up being our coordinator, and the girl knows exactly what she is doing! The staff and the location were PERFECT for our group. All of our 50 guests kept asking whether we've been to the resort before because they couldn't believe that we picked it remotely just based on research and online reviews. I think everyone enjoyed themselves tremendously.
The night before the wedding we did a "welcome" dinner at the World Cafe--they just held one side of the restaurant for us so that we wouldn't have to pay extra and everyone could enjoy the buffet and drinks. It was great for us, and for our guests, so no regrets! After we were done with speaches and dinner, we all joined the beach karaoke and had a blast. It was a great night.
Wedding day it rained during the day and I have to say--I got a little nervous, but as is common for that area, the clouds cleared up and it turned out to be a perfect, cooler day (which was great because it was really hot all week). Our wedding was at 5pm, a perfect time for daylight, followed by sunset, and then darkness that led into dinner and dancing. Our ceremony was at the wedding gazebo, and although it was a bit hard to hear what the minister was saying, with the wind and the waves crashing, everyone said it was a fairy-like moment. All our guests were absolutely mesmerized by the surroundings and said it was a bit surreal. I was really happy that we decided to hire a saxophone player because it added a lot to the mood. We originally thought about violin, but so happy we changed our minds because I dont know if you could've enjoyed the sound of violin the same way (again, because of the noises in the natural surrounding).
After the ceremony, we took some pictures with the family, etc. (which you'll have to tell the photographers exactly what you want!) and then had a mini romantic photo session. We joined our guests at the Barracuda bar for the cocktail hour, with the Mexican Trio entertaining them--it was great.
Since we decided to do a dress change before we sat down for dinner, we left our guests a little bit early and went to change into my party dress. When we came back, Sandra had everyone seated at dinner tables (which were beautifully set on the sand right in front of the Natural Pool), and did a nice wedding couple introduction, which led right into our first dance. Dinner afterwards was perfect--perfectly timed, with our family and friends giving speaches, mother-father and son-mother dances, etc. At some point, I think even before the desert, we all just got up and went off to dance on the sand (Sandra ended up giving us a great deal on the DJ so we decided to go with it and it was an excellent choice). Literally, again--people were speachless. Dancing under the moon, with the stars, with sounds of a dark ocean--it was unbelievable! We finished off the party at the pool with champagne!!!
All in all--everything was amazing. One minor thing which our guests insist they didn't even notice was the table settings. They weren't set exactly as I wanted them to be, and I think at some point they miscounted the settings and ended up adding some tables at the last minute. What that did was the new tables didnt have the table runners which we brought with us! (we did two long tables of 25). So that kind of pissed me off, but since everything else was perfect--I decided not to care and enjoy the party. Apparently, our wedding was featured in a local Quintana Roo newspaper, which we couldn't get our hands on (although it would've been fun to do!)
Here are some pictures from our Trash the Dress session which we did a few days later in Playa Del Carmen. LOVED IT and are so happy with our decision to hire La Luna for that session (sister company of Del Sol):