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#1 liznsergio

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    Posted 17 June 2009 - 05:23 PM

    So we finally did our site visits!!!! We were in Cabo for 7 days and came back on Saturday (6/7/09 - 6/13/09)…wish we could have stayed longer! The weather was a little hot…everyone kept saying this June was warmer than usual. Don’t get me wrong, the weather was still very enjoyable!!!!

    We stayed at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach. We usually stay here or at the PB Pacifica. We absolutely love this resort, it’s so amazing.

    This is actually one of the sites we were considering for our wedding…it was a very hard decision, but we are very happy with our choice!!

    We got there on Sunday and got to relax for the rest of the day…but Monday came and it was ALL work from that point on!!!!! And this is were my site visit review begins….

    Karla Casillas- Wedding Director
    We decided to hire an outside wedding coordinator, and it was the BEST decision!!!! I can’t begin to describe how amazing Karla is!!!!! Both my FI and I hit it off with her from the minute we met her on Monday. She is so easy to work with and truly has your best interest in mind. Besides her knowing the ins and outs of Cabo, she has thought of absolutely everything thus far. A huge plus is that she is bilingual and speaks perfect English. Communicating with her has NOT been a problem….even before we met, she was very prompt at returning my calls and responding to emails. Since we have met, she has kept the consistency of service, she is very good at answering all questions, making suggestions, and responding to emails. She suggested several vendors to us and was not at all pushy if we wanted to see different vendors than those she had suggested! Thus far, she is amazing to work with and I love that she is so on top of every detail!

    Sheraton Hacienda del Mar- Ceremony and After Reception Midnight Buffet
    So we had about six sites we wanted to look at for our wedding. By the end of the first day, we had already made our decision and didn’t want to look any further.
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    #2 liznsergio

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      Posted 17 June 2009 - 05:27 PM

      Continued--
      Chapel- We selected the Chapel at the Sheraton for our ceremony, this chapel is so lovely. I wanted a “traditional” type ceremony so it was important for us to find a resort that had it’s own chapel.

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      Salon de Arco (After Party)- Music in Cabo must cease by 11pm in any outdoor venue, and we knew for a fact that our guests would want to celebrate way past 11pm. So Karla had the great idea to have an after party at one of the Sheratons indoor salons where we could have music way past midnight if we want to. As of right now, we reserved the salon from 11pm-3am, and will also have a “midnight buffet” for the after party, which will consist of a variety of tacos (shrimp, chicken, steak, pork) and Mexican sweet bread and hot chocolate. Just a little midnight snack :o)


      Cabo del Sol (Reception and Dinner)
      After the ceremony at the Sheraton Chapel, our guests will be shuttled in golf carts to Cabo del Sol (only about a two minute golf cart ride).
      Cabo del Sol is a golf course with a private indoor/outdoor club house which is were our reception will be held. Cabo del Sol is the name for the small gated community and it is also where the Sheraton is located. We fell in love with the clubhouse because of the Mexican hacienda-style and d©cor. The pictures here do not do it any justice. We walked in and the views were breathtaking. Another thing we loved about this location is that the day of the wedding we will have the entire club house to ourselves and the only people there will be exclusively us and our guests.



      Entrance to the Club House…..

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      #3 liznsergio

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        Posted 17 June 2009 - 05:31 PM

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        This is were we will have our cocktail hour after the ceremony….
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        This is part of the terrace that wraps around the dinner area…..
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        Dinner and dancing areas…..
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        Cabo del Sol has a Ladies and Gentlemen’s lounge for both bridal parties to get ready the day of the wedding. I thought this was such a special touch. The day of the wedding the bridal party will receive champagne and strawberries while they are getting ready, while the gentlemen will receive a bucket of beers, chips and guacamole! Both lounges have a terrace, lockers, showers, and restrooms.

        Ladies Lounge..
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        Gentlemen’s Lounge…
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        #4 liznsergio

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          Posted 17 June 2009 - 05:35 PM

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          Food Tasting- The food was just simply delicious!!!! We will be having a 5-course dinner which includes the following….

          First Course- South of the Border Caesar Salad in a Parmesan Basket
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          2nd Course- Cream of Asparagus with Blue Cheese Crumbles
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          3rd Course- Orange Sorbet (served on ice with a bugambilia flower)
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          4th Course- Option 1: Macademia Crusted Seabass with Grilled Vegetables and Vanilla Sauce
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          Option 2: Beef Medallion and Lemon Grass Chicken Skewer, Basil Mashed Potato and Rosemary Juice
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          5th Course- Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Mango Coulis and Almond Tuile

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          Ana Guajardo- Cabo del Sol Sales & Events Manager
          OMG, Ana was such a pleasant person to work with during our site visit. She was not pushy at all because the property sales it self…it really does! I look forward to working with Ana for the wedding. She is incredibly knowledgeable and so professional. We loved her!!!!!!

          Mi Casa Restaurant- Welcome Dinner
          Mi Casa is located in the downtown are of Cabo San Lucas. It is about a 10 minute drive from Sheraton & Cabo del Sol. The food here is AMZING!!!!! Both, my FI parents’ and mine are Mexican, so I can spot AUTHENTIC Mexican food from a mile away..LOL. It DOES NOT get more authentic than Mi Casa!!!!!! Not to mention the d©cor and ambiance in this place….it is so lovely!!!!! Sorry, I was too busy enjoying the food, I forgot to take pictures…
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          Other Vendors We Have Booked for Our Wedding
          Rev. Marco Arechiga- If I had a penny for every bride on this forum who has been happy with Marco’s work!!!!!!!!!!!!! We did not have a chance to meet with him, but can’t wait to personally meet him during our final site visit in November!!!! He has already contacted me with so many questions and is putting together a ceremony that best fits our requests. Communication with him has also been great and responds to emails quick and is very thorough!

          Angel Zapien (Video)- Angel met us at Cabo del Sol during our food tasting. The first sample wedding video he showed us and I was in complete tears!!!!!!!!!! His work is amazing and the quality does not compare!!!!!! We are paying $1200 for the first two hours and $500 each additional hour.

          DeJaVu (Band)- We also met with Joaquin from DeJaVu. This is a four-man band, plus drummer, bass, etc. We listedned to his demo music on his website and they are phenomenal! He was extremely accommodating, he said if there were songs we wanted them to play and they didn’t know it, that they would learn it so that they could play it the day of the wedding! We are having them play from 7:30pm-10:30pm at the reception. His price was $700/hr.

          Trio Los Mosquitos- Also met them at Cabo del Sol and they played a variety of songs for us during our food tasting. We are hiring them for the ceremony hour and the cocktail hour. They are incredibly versatile! They played their version of Canon in D (I will be walking down the aisle to this tune)….it left me completely speechless! Of course during the cocktail hour they will play more lively music :o) They are $350/hr.
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          Mariachi- We were not able to listen to them, but my WC coordinator highly recommended them…don’t have the name or info for them yet. All I know is that they are 9 musicians. They will play during the dinner hour. I believe their fee is $750/hr.

          DJ Mijares- Did not meet with him either, but also highly recommended by WC and I’ve seen pretty good reviews for him on this forum :o) He will be playing at the after party.

          Ok, well I think that’s it! I finally feel like we got the ball rolling….Ohhhhhhh yeah, and our wedding date is JUNE 12, 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          Hope this helps, and if you have any questions please let me know :o)

          #5 Sita&Nate

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            Posted 17 June 2009 - 05:42 PM

            Wow Cabo del Sol looks spectacular. I have no doubt you will have an incredible wedding event! How many guests are you anticipating? Do you have wedding colors/flowers figured out yet?

            #6 liznsergio

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              Posted 17 June 2009 - 05:45 PM

              Thank You :o)
              We are expecting anywhere between 40-60 guests. We have our colors picked out (tiff. blue & ivory), but did not really have time to look at flowers and decorations while we were in cabo. Will definitely have some research to do between now and our next site vist :o)

              #7 liznsergio

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                Posted 17 June 2009 - 05:48 PM

                Continued--
                Chapel- We selected the Chapel at the Sheraton for our ceremony, this chapel is so lovely. I wanted a “traditional” type ceremony so it was important for us to find a resort that had it’s own chapel.










                Salon de Arco (After Party)- Music in Cabo must cease by 11pm in any outdoor venue, and we knew for a fact that our guests would want to celebrate way past 11pm. So Karla had the great idea to have an after party at one of the Sheratons indoor salons where we could have music way past midnight if we want to. As of right now, we reserved the salon from 11pm-3am, and will also have a “midnight buffet” for the after party, which will consist of a variety of tacos (shrimp, chicken, steak, pork) and Mexican sweet bread and hot chocolate. Just a little midnight snack :o)


                Cabo del Sol (Reception and Dinner)
                After the ceremony at the Sheraton Chapel, our guests will be shuttled in golf carts to Cabo del Sol (only about a two minute golf cart ride).
                Cabo del Sol is a golf course with a private indoor/outdoor club house which is were our reception will be held. Cabo del Sol is the name for the small gated community and it is also where the Sheraton is located. We fell in love with the clubhouse because of the Mexican hacienda-style and d©cor. The pictures here do not do it any justice. We walked in and the views were breathtaking. Another thing we loved about this location is that the day of the wedding we will have the entire club house to ourselves and the only people there will be exclusively us and our guests.



                Entrance to the Club House…..













                More to come....
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                Thanks,
                Liz

                #8 TammyB

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                  Posted 17 June 2009 - 05:51 PM

                  OK I just got done viewing all you threads on your site visit. OMG I'm I missing cabo... I was married there just over 2 years ago. I loved the Sheraton resort and the food was amazing.. Great choices and congrats on your upcoming wedding.

                  #9 liznsergio

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                    Posted 17 June 2009 - 05:55 PM

                    Thanks Tammy! I'm such a loser...I didn't realize I was posting all new threads, so now the info is in 4 separate threads :o( I'm trying to figure out how to get it all on one!

                    Anyhow...I TOTALLY miss cabo myself!!!!!! Seriously can not wait to go back!!!!

                    #10 dinogomez.com

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                      Posted 17 June 2009 - 06:54 PM

                      Congrats and thank you for sharing!!




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