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#71 inspiredfyre

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    Posted 10 July 2009 - 08:34 PM

    Awww, thank you Simistar!! Thank you so much for the advice!! :-) You're so helpful! The reason I even asked about the hair, was because you obviously got the short end of the stick in that dept, but I tend to see good reviews?! Although, you look great in your pics, so I suppose that's really all that matters!

    Thanks again, i'm definitely going to keep checking out people's photos to see how they came out!
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    #72 Kits55

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    Posted 13 July 2009 - 09:19 AM

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mlynnea
    I need some help from some brides that had sunset ceremony's. I want to have my ceremony at sunset, but still allow time for pictures before it gets too dark. Anyone have any advice on what time to start the ceremony? and how much time I should allot for pictures afterwards? Sunset for my date is supposedly at 5:51pm.
    I wanted to have a sunset ceremony but in the end we ended up having a 4:30ish ceremony (I was late!) and sunset was 7:10 pm the night we got married. Like everyone else says the sun does sink very quickly because of the location of the resort relative to the sun. We had a legal ceremony that lasted about 25 minutes I'd say, then the "receiving line" after we walked down the aisle. Then we did our first dance, father daughter, and mother son before two group dances on the beach. (there was no where to have a dance inside and it was too windy for a dinner on the beach). Then we were served drinks on the beach, did group pictures, had our cocktail hour, and then went into dinner right as it was getting pretty dark. We did waste a lot of time with group pictures because I was completely disorganized and we did not take any before the ceremony. I would say if you're not doing any pictures before the ceremony allow about 45 minutes for group pictures post ceremony (if it's well organized). Definitely begin a list now with pictures that are important to you and then you can break that down into how to organize the group shots.

    If you have anymore questions feel free to ask...I can't think straight right now but I hope I helped, at least a little! :)


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    Originally Posted by newyork6156
    Oh this is good to know about the videographer! Thanks Kits55.
    No problem :) It's easy for me to recommend him because I really love our video!

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by inspiredfyre
    Thanks kits55 for your information about the photographer at SMB! I just booked for Nov 10, and I was going to just use their photog! Seeing that I really HATE his work, I will happily get an outside photog. Do you know how much the resort charges for an outside photographer, and more importantly, who loved their photog, and has contact info!?!?! Has anyone used Del Sol at this resort? Lol, I love this forum, it's so helpful! I have no one but me and my FI going, and feel so helpless! I'm stressing out over nothing, but pictures are going to be insanely important to us, as this is all we'll have to show our families and friends!!

    Any advice from a previous SMB bride would be so helpful in this area. Bringing a phtgr from the states is not something I want to do, i'd rather use someone local if at all possible!

    ALSO, lol, if anyone can tell me if it's worth getting hair/makeup done at the resort, I'd greatly appreciate it!

    :) happy planning SMB brides!

    The resort charges $100 for any and all outside vendors (that includes flowers, cake, videographer, etc). I didn't have to pay that because instead we paid for their entire stay. lol BUT also didn't tell them that two of our guests were our photographers. I can't say whether I loved mine or not and that is irrelevant considering you're looking for a local. I think that the guy who did my video (Miguel Cantarelli) also has photographers that work him. He has some reviews on here already so you can get a good idea of what his work is like.

    I had Alicia do my hair and make-up for a trial (i used the hair and make-up that is included in the package). I rarely wear make-up on a daily basis so whenever I have make-up on I think I look lovely. :) haha At any rate there are a few things that I had to change for the day of our wedding. The first day she put powder and foundation? on my decollete and front of my shoulders as well as on my face. I hate that so I told her not to do that on our wedding day. For the trial she made my hair pouf really gigantic, almost beehive-ish I thought so I told her to make it skinnier and smaller for our wedding. Looking back now I wish I would have had an even smaller pouf but oh well. I was very specific on how I wanted my hair curled so I showed her how I wanted it done during the trial run. I would do like Simistar suggested and do learn how to do your own hair and make-up and know HOW you want it done then use the package hair and make-up for a trial. I would not trust their "creativity" to just go at on my wedding day. : )

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    this is the best example I have right now of my hair and make-up (excuse the squinting, it was really bright for a while! :)

    If I can help any more just let me know! Unfortunately the daily emails are not being sent to me anymore even though my subscription says daily. It will be faster if you PM me with any questions. :)


    #73 ebeth

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      Posted 14 July 2009 - 11:49 PM

      Hello Maroma Brides! I just got married on July 2 at SMB and was so happy with absolutely everything!

      Sunset Time
      The sunset occurred at 7:30pm on July 2. Our ceremony was scheduled for 6pm. I think we had just enough time for pictures after the ceremony. The judge and photographer were running a bit late due to road construction so I don't believe the ceremony started until 6:15 or so. Plan plenty of time for people to be late and to get your pictures done before the sun goes down!

      Hair
      I had my hair done in the salon and was very pleased! I did a run through in my hometown (having AHR) and took some pictures with me to SMB. I showed these to the hair person and she did it a bit different but right along the lines of what I was going for. She was more than willing to adjust it when she was done to get it really close to what I wanted!

      Makeup
      I wear makeup every day - not too much, just going for the natural look. Before I left for Mexico, I went to my makeup store, took all my makeup and talked through with them what to do on my wedding day. I bought some new products and used the tips on my day. The salon has a nice women's room which I used to do my makeup after getting my hair done.

      Photos
      I really wanted great photos of our wedding and I and so please with what we got! I used resort photographer principal and our photographer was Antionto. He directed us and we were just laughing and having a great time and he captured the moment I was hoping for! If you are interested in seeing my photos, please send me a PM. I'm happy to share!

      Video
      Since it was just my FI and me at the wedding, we got a video and I LOVE IT!!! Granted it isn't perfect b/c sometimes we were looking at the photographer and sometimes at the videographer but it is so wonderful to have something beautiful to show my family and friends!

      Preferred Club
      We LOVED having a preferred room with access to the preferred club! It was GREAT! There are three computers, bar, snacks all throughout the day, a TV and comfy places to sit. The club is between buildings 24 & 25 (If anything I might be off by one number) and with our room in 25 it was so close to bop in for a drink, snack or to hop on the computer! Totally worth it!

      #74 Kellykm7

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        Posted 16 July 2009 - 01:20 PM

        Seeing that I really HATE his work, I will happily get an outside photog. Do you know how much the resort charges for an outside photographer, and more importantly, who loved their photog, and has contact info!?!?! Has anyone used Del Sol at this resort?
        Any advice from a previous SMB bride would be so helpful in this area. Bringing a phtgr from the states is not something I want to do, i'd rather use someone local if at all possible!

        QUOTE]

        I am using the photos from the wedding package we bought for some group shots, but we also hired an outside photographer from Mexico. We also wanted to bring a guy from Dallas, but the costs were adding up. I found this one through a friend--her pics were awesome.

        Caribbean Blue Weddings
        Email Irene: info@caribbeanblueweddings.com

        Prices were reasonable (I thought) also:
        They don't do books. CD's only, which saves $$

        --One hour with 150 pictures high res in a CD $500
        --4 hours with 250 pictures high res. In a CD $750
        --6 hours with 350 pic. $900

        We chose the $900 package, b/c we figured for $150 we get 100 extra pics. That's not a bad deal.

        Kelly

        #75 beach2009

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          Posted 16 July 2009 - 04:07 PM

          Hi ebeth! Congrats and welcome back! It's great to hear that everything went well.

          FH and I are getting married at SMB next weekend :)

          #76 ebeth

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            Posted 16 July 2009 - 08:29 PM

            You are going to have such a great time beach2009!!!

            #77 mlynnea

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              Posted 17 July 2009 - 12:23 PM

              Simistar and Kits. Thanks so much for the info! I'm tentatively scheduled for a 4pm ceremony right now with sunset at 6pm, so I think that should be okay.

              #78 newyork6156

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                Posted 18 July 2009 - 03:51 PM

                HELLO!!!! I'm Back! Just got back last night.

                We had such a great time! I will be writing my review on Monday (most likely) when my husband goes back to work and I have the day to myself. I will be as detailed as possible.
                My Secrets Maroma Beach Wedding Review
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                #79 newyork6156

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                  Posted 18 July 2009 - 04:05 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by inspiredfyre
                  I just booked for Nov 10, and I was going to just use their photog! Seeing that I really HATE his work, I will happily get an outside photog. Do you know how much the resort charges for an outside photographer, and more importantly, who loved their photog, and has contact info!?!?! Has anyone used Del Sol at this resort? Lol, I love this forum, it's so helpful! I have no one but me and my FI going, and feel so helpless! I'm stressing out over nothing, but pictures are going to be insanely important to us, as this is all we'll have to show our families and friends!!

                  Any advice from a previous SMB bride would be so helpful in this area. Bringing a phtgr from the states is not something I want to do, i'd rather use someone local if at all possible!

                  ALSO, lol, if anyone can tell me if it's worth getting hair/makeup done at the resort, I'd greatly appreciate it!

                  :) happy planning SMB brides!
                  Hey!

                  photography - I actually used moments that matter photography and they were great! I did look into Del Sol but they were way too expensive for just a short period of time. Moments that Matter was much more affordable and we had them for the whole day! Now that my wedding is over...I can say I wouldn't change my photographer choice for the world. They were great! I would absolutely recommend using them, you will not be disappointed. I will post some pictures once I receive them.

                  I think the resort charges $80 per person for outside vendors. Cecilia ended up charging us $100 for both lincoln and lori which was nice.

                  videographer - He was great! He is the one that is used with the resort wedding package not an outside vendor. I would double check with cecilia to make sure he is the one used for your ceremony. His name is Miguel Angel Cantarell. He delivered our video to our room in about 2 days...it came out really nice.

                  Hair and makeup - I liked how mine came out. I just had my hair pulled back into somewhat of a bun (very simple). It was definitley slicked back but I guess it was kind of necessary so as not to have a million flyaways and my hair all over the place during the ceremony. I don't wear much make up at all so it was alot for me but it looked nice. My eyes were a bit heavy but I don't really wear eyeshadow so I guess you can see what you think from my pictures when I post them. I think the woman that did both my hair and makeup was Alicia. I know my sister did not like her make up but I'd have to ask her if she remembers the lady's name that did it.
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                  #80 FutureMrsPappas

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                    Posted 06 August 2009 - 10:43 PM

                    Hi Everyone,

                    I am getting married at SMB next month- Sept 7th. Just my FI and I- no guests.

                    I am in the process now on deciding between 2 photographers -Del Sol or Claudia Rodriquez. The pictures will be one of the most important parts of that day.

                    And I am also deciding on who will do my hair and makeup. I am choosing not to go with the Spa at the hotel to do my hair and makeup. I am bringing in an outside vendor.

                    I will let you know how the wedding goes.......




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