I can't believe I am back and a married woman!!! It all seems so long ago now.
IRHS was amazing - food, rooms, beach, atmosphere and our wedding was perfect
We had some initial trouble with lost paperwork (yes it does happen!), communication and the florist just before we left - it did all work out though.
One in-site I would share is that the coordinators are truly organized and do have all your emails in a special file (they read them even if they don't respond in a timely manner); they do seem understaffed and the communication is what seems to be the area that suffers and their priorities and future brides don't line up- on the flip side they are completely focused on you on your day. A really great example of this is our paperwork. It was delivered to the hotel next door according to Fed-Ex. We made several phone calls on the subject, to no avail. The day of our initial meeting my husband brought it to her attention again and by that afternoon our original "lost' paperwork was found. Frustrating but true. Our thought was since we didn't let it go and were right there she actually called over or walked over to the other hotel to check for it - It just wasn't a priority prior to then. Unfortunately there don't seem to be a system to evaluate the priority or urgency of a matter - everything is no problem and deal in the moment.
Our wedding day was amazing.............
Nicole our wedding coordinator was professional and available as needed.
Misha Earle was our photographer - AMAZING!! she gives her all to her brides, is so respectful of your budget and the time you have paid for adjusting to give you the best. Beyond that she is just a GREAT person. We had a ton of fun with her and she was amazingly sweet to our boys. My oldest was full of questions and became her little assistant on the TD shoot. At the end she slipped him $20 for his help!
Rashel Edwards -OMG ladies!! Drop everything and book her now! The airbrushed makeup is so the way to go. I have never looked so beautiful and it lasted all night (my eye make-up was still perfect the next morning! no word of a lie!) Rashel is not only talented but the sweetest person ever and very professional.
Godfrey Guy was our florist - THIS WAS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER. Sadly in my opinion he is a major chauvinist with no respect for women and a shyster who manipulates brides financially. I would not recommend any bride work with him. (I will post the details later) Thanks to my wedding party things worked out in the end,but not without a lot of stress on my wedding day.
Reggae Band - again AMAZING. This was a surprise from my husband and dancing in the sand at sunset after the wedding was surreal. The band was great and were arranged through Nicole.
Aunt Ruby's is where we had dinner. Food was good - however if I hadn't wanted the outdoor beach reception more than I cared about the food I would have chosen the calabash. AR is very country western in the menu and that wasn't the 'theme' I had in mind.
Our wish lanterns were a huge hit and we had no trouble doing them.
hope this little review helps