Eva and Michael â€“ Amazing Wedding Coordinators
Posted 16 January 2009 - 11:07 PM
Iâ€™ve been lurking here quite some time, but havenâ€™t posted until now. I had such an amazing wedding experience in PV, and I just wanted to send out a little love for my fantastic wedding coordinators - Eva and Michael from Vallarta Weddings (Vallarta weddings). I know how scary it can be trusting the fate of your wedding to strangers â€“so I figure sharing my experiences might help you make a decision on coordination.
I owe every bit of my wedding success to these two. For a few pictures from the wedding, check out my photographerâ€™s blog:
Apertura Photography Blog Jessica + Jerry: The Slideshow!
When I first started looking for coordinators in PV, I sent e-mails to all of the â€œbig shopsâ€ â€“ Dazzling Details, Eventful moments, etc. However, what impressed me about Eva and Michael initially was their response to my query. Every coordinator asks you to describe what you are envisioning for your wedding â€“ Eva and Michael took that description and responded with a ton of pictures asking me if this is what I was thinking of. And the pictures were spot on with my vision!
That sold me, and I booked with them right then. Their prices were FAR more reasonable then any of the other coordinators Iâ€™d considered which was a huge bonus as well.
Review of the Coordination Process
Since I couldnâ€™t make it down to PV to do a taste test, I asked them to recommend a caterer that could pull off a good surf and turf dinner, and a baker that could pull off a delicious cake. They suggested Andres Ramos for our Caterer, and Pasteleria Charme for our baker.
Throughout the coordination process, I sent Eva and Michael a ton of pictures trying to express how I â€œsawâ€ the decorations. I was very specific in how I wanted things (I even went so far as to diagram where I wanted things in the house and Photoshop a few pictures of the villa with my decoration ideas â€“ what can I say â€“ Iâ€™m a geek). Eva did her research and responded in detail with what she could pull off and couldnâ€™t. Of all the things Iâ€™d envisioned, she was able to find all but one of the elements I wanted.
She sent me price sheets for everything, and worked with me on spots I thought seemed too expensive. For example: The florist had quoted a high price for some of the fabrics Iâ€™d requested, so Eva went to the store, bought all the fabric, and had a local seamstress hem it.
Through the entire process, Eva and Michael were so supportive and kind. I always had the sense that they wanted my wedding to be just as perfect as I wanted it to be.
Now we all know it can be a little scary trusting people weâ€™ve never met in person with the coordination of one of the biggest events of our lives, and I wonâ€™t lie and say I didnâ€™t have my worried moments. I worried the food wouldnâ€™t be good, or the cake would have that annoying plastic tasting frosting, or the decorations wouldnâ€™t look like Iâ€™d envisioned. But, I have to say, Eva and Michael managed to not just meet but exceed my expectations in every single way.
Wedding Day Coordination: Eva and Michael arrived several hours before the wedding and coordinated the vendors so quietly and efficiently I hardly knew they were there. It was breath taking the way they transformed the villa. For those of you that have seen China Blanca â€“ itâ€™s beautiful to begin with, but Eva and Michael transformed it into something almost magical. They literally spent 12 hours working between the preparation, the wedding, and the take down, and they were consistently positive and delightful the whole time.
The Catering: Andres Ramosâ€™ Surf and Turf was to die for. The steak literally melted in the mouth â€“ the only place Iâ€™ve had steak that good was Ruth Kris. And the shrimp.. whow! Purerto Vallarta has delicious seafood in general, but those tasty giant garlic butter shrimp were just delicious.
The cake: Eva and Michael had recommended what they called a â€œcheesecakeâ€ from the bakery, and it was truthfully the most delicious wedding cake Iâ€™ve ever had. Picture a cheesecake, mixed with normal cake â€“ super moist and delicious. We had the Coffee-Kalua flavor on the bottom, and a cheesecake-raspberry on the top. Literally everyone raved about the cake.
DJing: Jerry and I hadnâ€™t hired a DJ â€“ we were planning on just plugging in an IPOD and going to town for our dancing. But as it turns out, Michael has an amazing DJ setup, and he managed our IPods all night, doing a fantastic job with our music.
The decorations: Truthfully if thereâ€™s one area you might expect disappointment, itâ€™s decorations. Even though, Iâ€™d sent Eva and Michael tons of pictures, I expected their artistic interpretation of my vision to be different. After all â€“ they arenâ€™t mind readers. Wellâ€¦ actuallyâ€¦ I think Eva and Michael are part mind reader, part magician. They literally took everything Iâ€™d envisioned, made it better, then made it a reality. It was pure magic how they transformed the villa. I literally felt like Iâ€™d walked into a dream, when I walked downstairs and saw all the work theyâ€™d done.
I canâ€™t say enough good things about Eva and Michael. They are friendly, professional, hard working, and humble. If any of you wonderful people are looking for a wedding coordinator in PV â€“ I highly recommend this couple. : )
Posted 18 January 2009 - 03:41 AM
Posted 20 January 2009 - 10:02 PM
After reading your review, I am booking Vallarta Weddings. I just emailed Eva and hope to meet her this weekend on my site visit.
Thanks for the info!
Posted 20 January 2009 - 11:48 PM
Posted 21 January 2009 - 04:24 AM
Thank you so much for the warm welcome, and all of your kind words!! : )
Tcuviki, I'm so happy you are giving Eva and Michael a try. Keep me posted, and best wishes on your upcoming wedding. I know you'll LOVE your wedding experience down in PV.
Posted 25 March 2009 - 07:22 PM
After searching about a million villas, I'm about to book Casa China Blanca for my wedding... I was wondering if you have any pictures that you could share with me? I would really appreciate it! Thanks!
Posted 27 March 2009 - 01:00 AM
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