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#41 Future Mrs. M

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    Posted 08 July 2010 - 12:16 AM

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    Originally Posted by EmenGeeRoxx
    Some pics of the chapel

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    Coral del Caribe

    My wife really wanted a mariachi band for our ceremony. I wasn't too crazy about the idea but I went along with it. Wow, I have to say that I am really happy we got these guys. They did a spectacular job from beginning to end. We had a 7 piece band and played every single song we requested. After the ceremony we all strolled down Benito Juarez to the water and they followed us and played. It was totally awesome. Highly recommended. A+

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    Doranna
    My wife's hair was done by Doranna de Bortoli. After reading the reviews and recommendations my wife was more comfortable using Doranna than the resident hairstylist at Xcaret. Doranna invited us to her house in Tohoku for the trial. My wife totally loved it but was worried the hair wouldn't stay on the day of the wedding because of the heat and we were also performing a high intensity routine that consisted of salsa, contemporary and tango. But Doranna was awesome and my wife's hair remained sturdy for the whole night. A+ easily for Doranna.

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    Citlalli Rico and Gerardo Rivera (Claudia Rodriguez Photography)
    Picking a photographer was probably the hardest thing. I initially wanted Elizabeth Medina. We are so much into color and we just love the way Elizabeth Medina makes everything pop. However we also wanted a videographer so we looked for a company that offered both services. After much research and reading and reviewing portfolios we went with Claudia Rodriguez's team. Citlalli, Tamara, Jerry and Jimmy were such an awesome group to work with. They were very attentive to our needs and our guests needs. Very patient, professional and charming. You can tell they love their work and work together as a team. We had them for 8 hours originally but extended them another 2. Great workers and great people. A+ all the way.

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    Ana Da Roux
    Must also thank Ana Da Roux for helping us with our passport invitations. A+ as well. Here is a link to my review.

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    ThreeGalasDesigns
    Our amazing Aisle Runner was done by Holly Carafa from ThreeGalasDesigns. Very easy to deal with and everything was done to spec. A+

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    Anyway that is it. This is all coming from a guy's perspective so if you have any specific questions that I may have missed let me know and I or my wife will do our best to answer.

    Lastly I must thank all of the people here who have posted and responded to my PMs. Every piece of info no matter how big or small was mostly from this site. It's amazing how great a resource this place is. You can find anything you need with that search button :) Thanks for posting all the pics, sharing your stories, your reviews, your tips and recommendations. It has all been so helpful. Our destination wedding was definitely the happiest time of our lives thus far. All our 80 guests had the best time as well and they even want to do a reunion a year from now. Thank you again to all past brides and grooms and my love and best wishes to all the brides and grooms to be :)

    Our beautiful guests. 5 people are MIA.
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    I keep coming back to your review because you have so much helfpul info on here! As I go through my list each month I find that you have more info that I may need:)

    Can you please tell me the prices you got from these:
    Passport Invites - they are amazing!
    Doranna - how much was it for your wife's hair/makeup/trial..also did you guys use her for bridesmaids other family members etc.?
    Sarao - how much was it for that frame w/drapes&setup? I love the drapes look and how it transforms a space into your own wedding unique feel. Do you have their contact info?

    THANK YOU THANK YOU!

    Wedding Date 11/12/2010- Riviera Maya - Hacienda Tres Rios


    #42 MrsJones2Be

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      Posted 08 July 2010 - 12:32 AM

      You look like you had an amazing day! Thanks for sharing!
      MRS JONES 2 BE!

      #43 jennster_04

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        Posted 08 July 2010 - 01:59 AM

        wow! oh my gosh haha ok well now this makes me want to put a little more effort into my wedding haha your wedding was so beautiful
        Married August 10, 2010 at Gran Bahia Principe Akumal!!!

        #44 EmenGeeRoxx

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        Posted 08 July 2010 - 01:16 PM

        Quote:
        Originally Posted by Future Mrs. M
        I keep coming back to your review because you have so much helfpul info on here! As I go through my list each month I find that you have more info that I may need:)

        Can you please tell me the prices you got from these:
        Passport Invites - they are amazing!
        Doranna - how much was it for your wife's hair/makeup/trial..also did you guys use her for bridesmaids other family members etc.?
        Sarao - how much was it for that frame w/drapes&setup? I love the drapes look and how it transforms a space into your own wedding unique feel. Do you have their contact info?

        THANK YOU THANK YOU!

        Memory is a bit fuzzy but looking back at our budget

        Passport Invites
        ~$5 per invite

        Doranna
        Trial - ~$100
        Wedding - ~$200
        Bridesmaids, moms = resort hairdresser - $75 per person

        Sarao
        Tarsicio Leyva <tleyva@sarao.com.mx>
        ~$2500

        #45 EmenGeeRoxx

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        Posted 08 July 2010 - 01:17 PM

        Quote:
        Originally Posted by jennster_04
        wow! oh my gosh haha ok well now this makes me want to put a little more effort into my wedding haha your wedding was so beautiful
        I was a groomzilla so you had 100% from 2 people for our wedding haha

        #46 NiagaraBridetobe

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          Posted 09 July 2010 - 05:14 PM

          Loved the review, this is great resort and beautiful wedding. My Fi is also a fan of this website and we are grateful for all the tips!

          #47 samnicolerangel

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            Posted 21 July 2010 - 07:35 PM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by EmenGeeRoxx
            I was a groomzilla so you had 100% from 2 people for our wedding haha
            I just sent a message because I wanted to see if you could be of any help! My fiance and I are getting married in Playa Del Carmen next year and I have fallen in love with the chapel/church you two were married in!

            Can you please forward any information you have to help me get in contact with the church. Thanks in advance!!!

            My personal e-mail address is samnicolerangel@gmail.com
            Future Mrs. Samantha Sebesta
            "SAM"

            #48 EmenGeeRoxx

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            Posted 21 July 2010 - 08:04 PM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by samnicolerangel
            I just sent a message because I wanted to see if you could be of any help! My fiance and I are getting married in Playa Del Carmen next year and I have fallen in love with the chapel/church you two were married in!

            Can you please forward any information you have to help me get in contact with the church. Thanks in advance!!!

            My personal e-mail address is samnicolerangel@gmail.com
            I just sent you an email back. I was quoted by Ajua for around $1500 US to do the legwork for me in setting up my Catholic wedding at this church.

            I thought that was way too steep/ridiculous for something that shouldn't cost more than $200 of my time. Anyway I did it myself and it was pretty easy.

            #49 Thomasjsgirl

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              Posted 21 July 2010 - 08:06 PM

              Congratulations! What a beautiful wedding (and bride!).
              Lucy & Tom - Married 24.11.08
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              #50 msjulie5475

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                Posted 21 July 2010 - 09:45 PM

                Congratulations on your beautiful wedding. May you have plenty of happiness and love in the future.




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