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#1 cruiseconfused

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    Posted 29 November 2008 - 12:06 AM

    I can't seem to find much info on wedding locations in Nassau. I've seen pics of Compass Point, and it looks nice, but I can't find much on much else.... Can anyone tell me any kind of price ranges on some of the locations, or share any pics of them? I would forever be grateful!

    #2 monkey

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      Posted 29 November 2008 - 07:04 PM

      RedDiamond had a bunch of pictures in her planing bio from when she did a location scout. I am having a really hard time finding a photographer who's work I like. I will pass on any info I come across. We are getting married Jan 17 in the greek church,, which is cute blue church with a courtyard so I imagine we will have quite a few taken there,

      #3 cruiseconfused

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        Posted 30 November 2008 - 04:51 PM

        ugh, no offense, but I can't stand the girl or her work! She was banned from the other site I'm on as well. I wasn't surprised to see her banned from here either. (we need a smiley with a red flag!!!)

        I'm probably going to use Leah Stafford photography. She's really talented, great to work with, and affordable Leah Stafford Photography Leah Stafford Photography Emily Jackson is really good too Emily Jackson Photography

        It's been really difficult finding on-island vendors with up-to-date websites and style.... I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a site with a pic of the bride and groom in the freakin clouds!

        #4 monkey

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          Posted 01 December 2008 - 12:51 PM

          I am not sure if Nassau is not a popular destination or attracts people who aren't addicted to the internet (as I am) because its really hard to find any information out there. They clearly have not caught onto the DW trend like Mexico and DR. You saw the cloud photo too! That pretty much sealed the deal for me to look for an outside vendor - and the kicker was that the amount my coordinator quoted me that photographer was $2500 for 1 hour and 75 pictures!

          We have decided to not do the cruise now and go down for the weekend instead. We will be married in January of 2009, so I may have more info for you after that. Right now I am finding everyithing really expensive - my very simple wedding bouquet (and I mean simple and small posey of roses) was quoted at $150 and $80 for my bridesmaid.

          #5 cruiseconfused

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            Posted 01 December 2008 - 04:30 PM

            Oh, the cloud was too much... lol. unreal. I WILL NOT be getting an island photographer either!!! I think I'm going to bring one on the ship with us and get pics of the whole trip, along with wedding, and TTD pics. I can't believe the island photographers are so expensive! Have you tried finding one that does free DWs in exchange for travel? Let me know if you need help finding one, I have a list of recommended photographers. None that would put your face in a cloud though, sorry to disappoint!

            Whoa, about the flowers.... Is that the least expensive you could find, or is that the most updated florist? Judging from some of the websites, I envision them sticking tons of baby's breath in them..... ugh. I don't think I could justify spending that much on bouquets, especially since you can't bring it back with you! That sucks!

            Do you have a venue picked out yet? I'm thinking I'm going to go with Compass Point... Well, Good luck with everything, girly. Definitely keep me updated!


            #6 monkey

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              Posted 01 December 2008 - 06:57 PM

              We have to get married in Greek Orthodox church (non negotiable form his side of the family) and then I have contacted one the restaurants we had dinner in (the Beach Club Cafe) to see if they would do our reception. I am hoping they will since it won't be a 'typical' wedding - no speeches, no dancing, etc.

              I would love if you had a list of photographers who would trade the photography for travel! I have contacted a few in Toronto since its relatively cheap to fly form there (I am Canadian so every time I pay in US funds it hurts just a little bit more).

              I bought some flowers yesterday at the local grocery store and played around with them to see how hard it would be to make my own bouquet - turns out its pretty easy (since I want something really basic). As much as I wanted to have a simple wedding where I just showed up and didn't have to do anything, I think I may take this one task into my own hands. I would rather spend the $150 on something for my guests.

              #7 cruiseconfused

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                Posted 01 December 2008 - 09:27 PM

                Doing your own flowers is a great idea, I may follow your example!!! Here is a post about a free DW photographer I just saw on The Knot... An oldie popping by - this is too good not to share! - The Knot Forums

                I haven't looked at all of them yet, but I've heard great things. If you're on The Knot (the Destination Wedding board)as well, let them know b/c they may give you a discount.

                Leah Stafford Photography Leah Stafford Photography - Welcome to Leah Stafford Photography
                Xpressions by Michelle XpressionsbyMichelle Actions
                Jen Williams Photography (based in Canada) Jen Williams Photography
                JoniLyn Photography Jonilyn Photography | Jonilyn Photography Blog

                I also found a list of great photographers here..... I've seen some really great names on it! Specifically, Del Sol. I'd give my left arm to have them!!!! I'm sure with their talent, skill and quality, they are probably out of my price range. I hope I'm wrong!

                Morgan Lynn Photography Morgan Lynn Photography
                Steve Stanton http://www.stevestan...hotography.com/
                Graddy Photography Graddy Photography
                Juan Carlos Tapia Juan Carlos Tapia Photography
                Cecilia Dumas Wedding photography | Cecilia Dumas, Cancun y Riviera Maya | Imagenes de Bodas
                del Sol Photography del Sol Photography
                Elizabeth Medina Elizabeth Medina Photography, Mexico Destination Wedding Photographer, Wedding Photojournalism throughout the Riviera Maya, Yucatan and Mexico
                Claudia Rodrigez Claudia Rodriguez, Photographer, Cancun & Riviera Maya
                Bobbi and Mike bobbi+mike
                Nathaniel Thompson Nathaniel Thompson Photography, Santa Barbara, Southern California, Destination Wedding Photographer
                Jean-Marcus Jean-Marcus Strole - Photography
                Anahi Navarro www.anahiweddings.com
                Nathaniel Thompson Nathaniel Thompson Photography, Santa Barbara, Southern California, Destination Wedding Photographer
                Monika Broz :: MONIKA BROZ::
                Rafa Ibenez RAFAEL IBA‘EZ
                Preston Palmer PRESTON PALMER | Minnesota Wedding Photography by Brovado Weddings
                JM photography www.jmphotomn.com
                Paloma images Paloma Images
                Amanda Meyer Photography - Amanda Meyer Louisiana Wedding Photographer ~ shooting what i love, loving what i shoot
                Julia Bailey - Julia Bailey Photography
                Mark Eric - Mark Eric Blog
                Marcy Bowman - Marcy Bowman Photography - Baton Rouge Photographer
                Savannah Charleston Tallahassee Valdosta<
                Lemon Lime Studios Lemon Lime Studios
                J.Monet studios http://www.jmonetstudiuos.com
                Bellaluce Foto Bella Luce Photography

                (sorry if not all of them have working links. I copy&pasted it...)

                And I know of a few people just starting out, that I'm sure would do the free deal.....

                Photos by Ashley Dayton Ohio Photographer - Engagement, Children, Newborn and Family Portraits - Journal
                My HOBBY Photo Blog
                Jaye Reilly Photography: Moment to Remember

                I think photography is my main concern about my wedding... can ya tell? lol

                #8 monkey

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                  Posted 02 December 2008 - 01:11 AM

                  OMG!!! You did a lot of research! I am going to be very busy - thank goodness they don't monitor internet usage at work!

                  I LOVE Del Sol's work. It was one of the reasons I wanted to have a wedding in the Mayan Riviera! There is no way I could ever afford to have them come to Nassau unfortunately.

                  You might be able to bring some nice fresh flowers on board and then cut the stems and make the bouquet there (or it may travel). I actually used just white carnations (which I normally hate but they were cheap to practise on) and loved how they made a nice uniform ball. I think if I get a nice crystal pick it could look pretty good.

                  Are you taking care of your own liscense arrangements? I was going to hire a coordinator, but she is asking for $1000 and really all she is helping with (at this point) is getting all the paperwork done - I am the one talking to hotels, the restaurant and probably booking the bus. I am starting to think I won't use her, but feel a little guilty since we have exchanged a few emails already.

                  It is so nice to have someone to talk to on this board!

                  #9 cruiseconfused

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                    Posted 02 December 2008 - 01:47 AM

                    I know, I thought I was alone! lol.

                    After seeing what the coordinators do I think I'll save the money and do it myself. I can't justify spending all that money and still have to do the planning for my wedding. I really wanted to hand it all over to someone, but it doesn't look like they do much, and at this point I wouldn't trust them! I don't think it'd be too hard. I'm really not picky or have a huge fantasy built up in my head. I think as long as there is good food, ambiance, music and fabulous photographer, I'll be happy.

                    I'm working on getting recommendations from the past Bahamas brides from TK. I'll let you know what I find out. One is one vacation, so it might be a while.

                    So, the license.... the ship gets in at 4, the town hall thing closes at 5. If I don't make it in time to establish residency, I won't be able to make it legal there. It doesn't leave any room for screw ups!

                    I wish we could bring fresh flowers, but customs... they wouldn't even allow them on the ship. I think I may just do the grocery store thing too. I really don't like fake flowers, and they are really expensive as well, so I don't want to go that route unless I have to.

                    Talk to you later!

                    #10 ErikDaGenErik

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                      Posted 02 December 2008 - 02:15 AM

                      check out that photography list! great job. i'm sure a lot of brides will be so thankful for that list! thanks for sharing =)

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