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Barcelo Maya Colonial 07.16.09..LONG

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#1 sg1307

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    Posted 30 July 2009 - 12:28 AM

    Alright, so its been a couple of weeks since we got married, so I may have forgotten some things..bare with me!

    Air Transat: B
    They were nothing special - we've flown with them twice before and usually had really great service. This time, it was if the flight attendants couldn't be bothered. They were so unfriendly and seemed liked they hated life! Okay, so they weren't that terrible, but still, I like it when they make your flight somewhat enjoyable..They did store my dress up front though. We had called ahead to make sure they would be able to do so, but they said DRESS ONLY...but we snuck in two suits and two pairs of shoes in the garment bag..I don't think they noticed or really would have cared. We had a slight delay on our stopover in Edmonton - some person fell while loading the baggage! They had an ambulance come and everything..strange, but I hope the person is alright!

    Hotel Check-in: A-
    We were all welcomed with a glass of champagne and a cold, wet towel (which was grrreatly appreciated since it was SOOO humid). Check-in went fairly smoothly with the exception of DH's dad and his girlfriend getting 2 double beds instead of a king - they were able to change the next day, no biggie. Also, we had the Ocean Scents package which meant we were to get VIP wristbands - the girl had no clue what we were talking about, so we just waited until we saw our WC the next day..

    Wedding Coordinator - Xhail: A+
    Loved her. She was so fantastic and accommodating to us. We weren't very picky with anything, and I think she appreciated that. We met with her the next day (Monday) and picked out our flowers (ordered 1 extra bout., and 2 bridesmaid bouquets). They have a binder of pictures and I chose the style I wanted and customized it with the colours of our choice (pink and orange). We then went over the menu, paid for the JOP's transportation ($50), booked all our spa stuff (mani/pedi, massage, hair and makeup), booked our honeymoon breakfast time, went over the wedding day schedule, picked songs for the violinist to play..and did the paper work. It took about 40 mins or so. So easy. We did the blood test a couple of days after at the clinic - $180USD, really quick and painless!

    Hotel: A
    What a beaaauuutiful hotel. It's not a 5* or anything, but its still amazing. The food at the buffet was awesome (everyone raved about it) and the a la cartes were great (OMG go to the seafood restaurant and have their buns..they have cream cheese inside and are slightly warm..I think that was hands down the favourite of the week! lol). However, I don't like having a limit on a la cartes and having to make reservations..but whatever. Oh, and its hard to book a big party in the a la cartes. Even only 12 people was kind of difficult and we had to be put into 2 tables of 6..not a big deal, but it would have been nice to be all together..You would think everyone would want to have their own time and do their own thing, but EVERYnight, everyone would ask where we were having dinner, and we all spent the whole day together at the pool and beach...it was awesome!

    Wedding Day: A+ to the power of infinity
    I couldn't have asked for a better day. We had a rain at 3pm the day before (which was a relief from the heat), so we were kind of worried it would rain on our day...well, there wasn't a cloud in the sky!! Which was awesome, but would have been nice to have some to cool us down!
    I had my hair and makeup done and the spa at 12pm. Isabel did both for me (and my pedicure the day before too!). She was soo great. I showed her pictures of what I wanted and she was able to re-create the look - we just customized colour, etc. I would def. recommend her.
    After I was done, I went back to my room to finish getting ready, the photographers came and took some getting ready shots and we just waited in the room until Xhail came to get us. She drove us to our location in a golf cart, and then it was ready for the show!lol
    Oh, I had actually called Xhail that morning to ask her if it was AT ALL possible to get pink and/or orange ribbon for the chairs instead of the salmon colour I had originally settled for. I had resisted at first because they were $3/chair and I realllly couldn't have been bothered, but then I saw the salmon and thought it just wouldn't go..she said she didn't know if she could because they have to pre-order it..but when I got to the ceremony location, there were fuschia and orange chair ties!! I was so extremely happy because it looked soooo beautiful! This is why I adore her! And she didn't charge me! score 1 for Sophia...
    Anyway, the ceremony was a blur! I know the JOP was great and I didn't notice ANYONE while I was standing there..apparently they were all crying, but I couldn't not look at Marc the whole..he was so handsome :) I'm glad her chose to wear a suit last minute. He and my brother looked so good! haha we actually looked liked we go together..so fancy and all :P

    Dinner: A
    For dinner we had:
    Sea scallop salad with lime vinaigrette - beautiful presentation
    Cream of Asparagus soup - FANTASTIC!! everyone is still craving it!
    Beef tenderloin and shrimp - so good...but sooo much of it! (ps, the shrimp is in a ring and wrapped in bacon)
    Creme brulee - phenomenal, so creamy..but again it was huuuge!

    Alejandro was the head waiter and was super nice. The whole wait staff and bartender were great! Xhail comes and goes to ensure everything is going as planned..I kept hugging her and telling her how much I loved everything.

    Paying the extra $1000 (we had a small wedding of 16 people) for the Ocean Scents package was the best thing I could have done. I don't have a single regret. Having our reception on the beach has been my dream, and they went above and beyond it...perfection....

    Photographers - RF Productions: A++++++++++++
    My friend owns a production company here in Vancouver, we had ask him to do our wedding, but he was in Greece for his cousin's wedding. He suggested we use Paul and Vincent - all we had to do was fly them down and put them up in the hotel. We booked them from the 15-20. What can I say, they were absolutely phenomenal. SO nice and sooo fun but so professional! They took stunning pictures. They had ideas of what they wanted to do as well as asked us what we wanted done. We also did a TTD with them on Saturday morning. What I loved most was being able to pay for a vacation for them because they enjoyed it SOO much! But really, they did me a huuuge favour by coming...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    Okay, so much for me writing a quick and short review..I planned on writing maybe a paragraph or two. Oh well, I just want people to know what a great hotel this was! The WCs know what they're doing - don't freak and just trust them!! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

    Wedding day teasers:
    Sophia & Marc [Teaser] RF Productions

    TTD teasers:
    Sophia & Marc [TTD] RF Productions

    #2 Geralyn

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      Posted 30 July 2009 - 12:39 AM

      Congrats!! Great review and I love love love your pics!

      #3 *Nadine*

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        Posted 30 July 2009 - 10:06 AM

        Congratulations girl, I love your pics!!! Thanks so much for your review :)

        #4 Danielle77

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          Posted 30 July 2009 - 11:19 AM

          Great review. I'm glad you had great time. I am getting married there in January...I'm so excited to see good rviews :)

          #5 Ginalyn

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            Posted 30 July 2009 - 12:44 PM

            Great review! I am glad everything went well (to the power of infinity, LOL!). Love your pics...congrats!

            #6 H&F

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              Posted 30 July 2009 - 02:06 PM

              Beautiful pics! Congratulations!

              #7 CaraW

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                Posted 30 July 2009 - 02:20 PM

                WOW!!! It sounds like you had such an amazing wedding!! Congratulations!
                I love your pictures so much!


                #8 ahollo02

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                  Posted 31 July 2009 - 10:23 AM

                  Awesome pics! congrats!

                  #9 adelaide

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                    Posted 31 July 2009 - 01:47 PM

                    Amazing pictures! Everything was so beautiful :) Congrats!

                    #10 amynjoe

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                    • Wedding Location:Barcelo Maya Palace, Riviera Maya

                    Posted 21 August 2009 - 11:49 PM

                    great review and great photos!!! Congrats~

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