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Pazoop's review of Dreams, Vista Grill and Las Caletas


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#1 Pazoop

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    Posted 29 January 2009 - 09:27 PM

    We had the best wedding we could have ever possibly hoped for or imagined...below are some reviews of what made that possible.

    Dreams Hotel

    We had a really wonderful experience overall staying at the Dreams PV. There were hiccups, but mostly minor in nature and they didn’t effect anyone’s trip. For example, lots of our guests got stuck in 1st floor rooms without views in the old tower…this was more unfortunate than anything but it was frustrating because we had 60 guests booked so many months ahead and they assigned such rotten rooms. I understand they don’t pre-assign but it was a bummer. Otherwise, the new tower rooms were amazing! We had a Jacuzzi suite on the 9th floor and loved it! We also found the food and service to be great (we kept lots of $1 with us for tipping which staff appreciated). Our favorite restaurant was Oceana. The staff does have rules about no tables more than 10 but we found them to be really accommodating to us, particularly in the late morning at the World Caf©, in trying to give us large tables close together so that a lot more than 10 people could at least eat close to one another

    We started off working with the old wedding coordinator Diana and got nowhere!!!! She never answered emails, we couldn’t get her on the phone, it was all impossible! Then Rebecca got hired and it all got so much easier. She was responsive and reachable. When we arrived at the Dreams I asked the front desk if I could meet her to reconfirm all the details of the party and she came out within a few minutes (partly because she didn’t have a wedding that day). The welcome party set up was really nice and the food was good (or so I heard…I was too busy walking around greeting everyone). Let me know if you have anymore questions about the Dreams and/or Rebecca and I’ll be happy to answer them!

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    Vista Grill

    The absolute perfect location for a rehearsal dinner! The view alone was worth the price of admission (which was not cheap – dinner was $45 per person including tip but without alcohol) but the food was also delicious. I found Lily Perez, their group’s coordinator, to be wonderful to work with via email. She responded really fast (usually within 8 hrs) to all my questions and followed through on every detail as promised. We had three tables on the upper balcony by the railing, impeccable service, and a really good view. As I said, it wound up being expensive once alcohol was added on…but if you have a smaller group or a bigger RD budget then it is worth it.

    Las Caletas

    Everything wonderful about Las Caletas has already been said in so many other posts and fabulous reviews so I won’t do a full one here. I will say that the evening was absolutely perfect – pure magic! And I owe that entirely to Kelley who somehow managed to bring every detail to life. She was wonderful throughout the entire process and the day of the wedding I just kept turning around and being more amazed by everything I saw and how beautiful it all was. I consider myself so lucky to have found my way to working with her and I thank BDW for that because that's how I learned about LC in the first place.

    So some details about the wedding -- we had the tropical trio for the cocktail hour and the DJ for the reception. My dad and sister had put together a slideshow of pics of me and my husband when we were children so we had a screen at the reception too. We also did a cupcake tower instead of cake (with one giant cupcake at the top), a tequila tasting table, smores, and these massive sparklers that everyone had so much fun with! We paid for an extra hour and it was the smartest move we made because even at 11:30 no one wanted to leave. We have gotten great feedback from everyone about the wedding saying it was just spectacular!

    The photos I have below don’t do it justice at all, but consider it a start…the photos Nathaniel Thompson took will be so much better and I’ll post when I get those too (I’ve posted my review of how amazing Nathaniel was in the vendor section). Again, let me know if you have questions…I’m happy to answer.

    Ceremony area

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    Aisle was lined with birds of paradise and heliconia

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    Kiss after ceremony

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    Las Caletas Wedding and TTD Slideshow
    Photos by the awesome Nathaniel Thompson

    #2 Pazoop

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      Posted 29 January 2009 - 09:27 PM

      We brought down the table clothes

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      Bridesmaid bouquets on the table

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      Cupcake tower under the chuppah at the reception

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      Tequila tasting table

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      Dancing with sparklers

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      Las Caletas Wedding and TTD Slideshow
      Photos by the awesome Nathaniel Thompson

      #3 nikkigard

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        Posted 29 January 2009 - 11:40 PM

        Beautiful wedding!!!

        #4 bca33

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          Posted 30 January 2009 - 12:59 AM

          I'm so happy your wedding turned out wonderful!!!!! I love the birds of paradise and heliconia-its beautiful. Is that something new they are doing or did you ask for that? Did Kelley provide all the stuff for the smores and the sparklers? I am definitely doing both of those! We have been going back and forth on if we should get the dj or just do the ipod ourselves- how did you like the dj? Sorry for all the questions!!!

          #5 bca33

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            Posted 30 January 2009 - 01:00 AM

            I'm so happy your wedding turned out wonderful!!!!! I love the birds of paradise and heliconia-its beautiful. Is that something new they are doing or did you ask for that? Did Kelley provide all the stuff for the smores and the sparklers? I am definitely doing both of those! We have been going back and forth on if we should get the dj or just do the ipod ourselves- how did you like the dj? Sorry for all the questions!!!

            #6 ~*Kathy*~

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              Posted 30 January 2009 - 02:35 AM

              Wow, everything looked so perfect! Congrats on your big day, Las Caletas is amazing!!

              #7 Susanandmo

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                Posted 30 January 2009 - 02:46 AM

                Thanks for the review. I'm also are considering the Vista Grill as a location for our dinner. We'll probably have 25 guest.
                I'm so glad that all was wonderful. Congrats!!!
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                #8 Susanandmo

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                  Posted 30 January 2009 - 02:46 AM

                  Thanks for the review. I'm also are considering the Vista Grill as a location for our dinner. We'll probably have 25 guest.
                  I'm so glad that all was wonderful. Congrats!!!
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                  #9 MarieSam

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                    Posted 30 January 2009 - 04:15 AM

                    Everything looks like perfection ~ can't wait to see the pro pics!! Your dress and veil are gorgeous, as I'm sure you were too! And your decor was impeccable ~ congrats

                    #10 babymagic40

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                      Posted 30 January 2009 - 04:49 AM

                      Looks fabulous. I am so looking forward to Las Caletas. Thanks for your reviews.




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