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#281 claudette

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    Posted 28 April 2009 - 06:51 PM

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    Hey all! nobody's posted in a while...We've signed our contract and are putting the deposit down Monday! I'm so excited to finally have the place booked! We did decide on the AI option so if anyone has questions about specifics, PM me.
    Also, I bought my dress! Things are finally coming together.

    One quick question- we are trying to figure out our photographer and have spoken to Sungold and Saab so far. Any suggestions on how long to get the photographer for and if the "associate" photographers are any good? I looked at the websites but they only have a few pics by the associate photographers. It's certainly a lot cheaper to go that route though! We're thinking the 5 hour package...think that's enough time to get the wedding and some of the reception?
    Hello Neha (and everyone!)

    I've been MIA for awhile, but I'm getting married at the Cliffs in less than a month! Woohoo! :) Very excited! I just wanted to say that I went with a local photographer, Brian Nejedly, who I just have had a wonderful experience with so far and am very excited to use him! Wedding Photography by Brian Nejedly - Jamaica, Mexico, St. Lucia, Barbados, Caribbean

    His prices are reasonable, he responds very quickly to emails, and he's from my home town of Atlanta!

    Anyway, I just wanted to throw his name out there as a possible photographer! His site says Ocho Rios, but he is not charging me a travel fee for Negril.

    Best of luck planning! Everything will work out in the end! I don't know how much I'll be on in the next month, since I'm extremely busy at work and with wedding planning, but I will be sure to write a super-detailed review upon my return - with plenty of pictures! :)

    #282 claudette

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      Posted 28 April 2009 - 06:55 PM

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      I have received a few emails about Moon Dance Cliffs, as I shot there just last week. I have added a few photos to my blog and I will let the Groom who is on the boards post his reviews of the resort.

      As far as photography, light is key as the sun sets very quickly in Jamaica. It goes from harsh light all day to sunset very quick, so allow your photographer the time for formals. I shot a day after shoot for a few hours as we ran out of light after finishing group formals. If you are having an afternoon wedding, be aware the sun sets directly behind the gazebo which is covered in shade. The resort is not lush, as it is new, so open shade is very limited for formals. I always recommend having a day after shoot on all destination weddings at different locations. Also make sure your photographer if not local arrives at least a full day prior to the event. Our flights were delayed leaving and arriving so plan accordingly with your vendors.

      Overall a great trip, heading back to Negril in just a few weeks for another shoot.

      LOVED the pictures on your blog! The wedding looked beautiful! The fire dancers were such a nice touch! Great pics - loved the colors! Glad that you had safe travels to and from Jamaica!

      #283 lynnmb1021

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        Posted 28 April 2009 - 07:56 PM

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        Originally Posted by nylaphoto
        I have received a few emails about Moon Dance Cliffs, as I shot there just last week. I have added a few photos to my blog and I will let the Groom who is on the boards post his reviews of the resort.

        As far as photography, light is key as the sun sets very quickly in Jamaica. It goes from harsh light all day to sunset very quick, so allow your photographer the time for formals. I shot a day after shoot for a few hours as we ran out of light after finishing group formals. If you are having an afternoon wedding, be aware the sun sets directly behind the gazebo which is covered in shade. The resort is not lush, as it is new, so open shade is very limited for formals. I always recommend having a day after shoot on all destination weddings at different locations. Also make sure your photographer if not local arrives at least a full day prior to the event. Our flights were delayed leaving and arriving so plan accordingly with your vendors.

        Overall a great trip, heading back to Negril in just a few weeks for another shoot.
        The pictures are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

        Claudette- good luck with everything. Can't wait to hear about your wedding!!

        #284 Neha

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          Posted 02 May 2009 - 04:57 PM

          Thanks for all the info! Claudette- I am so excited for you!!! I will definitely check out Brian- can't wait to hear about your wedding.
          lynnmb1021- we spoke with Aaron and he seems really nice too.
          nylaphoto- also great info. I certainly wasn't thinking about lighting!
          We have some decisions to make! I was thinking around 3pm for the ceremony. Does that sound about right? Is everyone doing an afternoon ceremony?

          #285 Un-Bride

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            Posted 03 May 2009 - 05:59 PM

            Hi Everyone! I am new to this site and just wanted to introduce myself. My fiance and I will be eloping 12.03.09 at MDC and I cannot wait! We have booked Stacey Clarke as our photographer, but so far that is all we have accomplished. I look foward to getting to know all of you! Now, I need to back track and read all the posts ya'll have made :)
            Happy Planning!
            S

            #286 Mastistyle

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              Posted 04 May 2009 - 11:28 AM

              Un-bride-congrats!

              I have a question for any of you ladies using Sound Illusions (DJ). How much did they quote you per hour? They sent me something saying it was $220 an hour...but I thought I read somewhere it was lower...

              #287 lynnmb1021

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                Posted 05 May 2009 - 11:37 AM

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                Un-bride-congrats!

                I have a question for any of you ladies using Sound Illusions (DJ). How much did they quote you per hour? They sent me something saying it was $220 an hour...but I thought I read somewhere it was lower...
                I was quoted $200/hr by both Kerry and Paul from Sound Illusions. I haven't booked them yet.. hopefully the prices haven't gone up since last month!


                Un- Bride- welcome and congrats!

                #288 Neha

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                  Posted 05 May 2009 - 06:15 PM

                  Congrats un-bride! You're already farther ahead than I am!

                  Mastistyle: I literally got the price list today from Kerry, and it says $200 per hour, for a minimum of 4 hours. Yikes! I'm thinking Ipod.

                  #289 lynnmb1021

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                    Posted 06 May 2009 - 06:28 AM

                    I'm going back and forth between Ipod and DJ. I'm worried that just having and Ipod won't give enough of a party atmosphere.. i'm not sure if any of my guests will volunteer as MC. This is a tough decision! Neha and Mastistyle.. let me know what you end up deciding on :)

                    Neha.. regarding wedding time. After nylaphoto's comments about lighting, I'm thinking about pushing my ceremony time in May to 3:30 or 4 PM. I was originally thinking 4:30. You should find out what time the sun will be setting on the date of your wedding (I googled it).

                    #290 Mastistyle

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                      Posted 06 May 2009 - 08:43 PM

                      Lynnmb1031-I am in the same boat. When I first started planning, I said I was going to go the IPOD route to cut costs. ANd now I keep going back and forth btwn a DJ and the IPOD route. the IPOD is def cheaper, but then there is not any mixing, and I would assume the DJ will play songs by judging the atmoshpere.




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