I can't believe it has almost been a month since we returned from two weeks in Punta Cana, and a wedding that I can't stop thinking about! I'll try to make this review as complete as possible, I know that reading everyone's reviews really helped me have confidence in Mayte and how our wedding would turn out, and I could not be happier! We stayed at Majestic Elegance, which was about 1/2 hour drive to the Jellyfish. It was perfect for our 85 guests, and aside from a few small room issues, we didn't have a single complaint and not one guest went home unhappy! The restaurants accommodated us and our large groups, and we found some servers and waitstaff that helped make our vacation even more memorable. We worked with janet and had a cocktails and appetizer welcome reception at the Majestic two days before the wedding. We did our tasting two days before the wedding, and I'm so glad we did because I hardly ate the night of the wedding! (we went back a week later during our honeymoon to have lunch and catch up with Mayte, and the food was just as incredible as we remembered!) we chose the hot pockets, chicken kebobs and bacon wrapped shrimp for appetizers, and guests had a caprese salad and choice between filet and lobster for dinner. We had the Jellyfish chef pasta family style on all tables. We also had cupcakes and a small cake for cutting. The bridal party took two separate Jellyfish vans (one for the boys, one for the girls) to the Jellyfish at 3:00 to meet ***** Nova, our photographer, for our first look pictures and this worked out perfectly. The videographer, Carlos, from HDC, met us at 3:30 as well. I was hidden in Maytes office while they set up my groom, and the first look is my absolute hands down favorite memory of the day, the week, the entire past year even. I can't don't it proper justice by trying to verbalize how I felt at the moment, but I was so incredibly overwhelmed I even surprised myself. It didn't help that ***** came in and told me my groom was already emotional! Standing behind him during the first look, with her music playing!, is a moment I will never forget. I cannot recommend her enough. And if you are considering doing a First look, I highly recommend it as well. ***** and her assistant Mike were amazing and the few photos she shared with me throughout the day were beyond perfect, and my favorite investment for our wedding. I was so grateful to feel like I had a friend at my wedding as opposed to a vendor. She is so genuinely warm and loving. When it started to downpour, she was the only one who could keep me calm as she promised the rain would pass and that none of the outside decorations would be ruined/soaked. (it did pass, but since the skies had been bright and sunny the entire afternoon, I had to work to keep myself from being disappointed that it was slightly cloudy during the ceremony) I had given Mayte a labeled cd during our visit with my ceremony music, and the sound was perfect as my bridal party walked down the aisle. Its such a surreal feeling to hear that first beat of the music for your wedding! Both parents walked me down the aisle and it was plenty wide enough for us. I had Pastor York and of course he was as incredible as everyone says! I had asked him to add some things to the ceremony and he did a great job of incorporating my ideas to include all our guests in the ceremony. I brought my reader's readings printed on nice paper because I knew that it would be in the pictures and I'm crazy like that
My guests were picked up at the Majestic at 4:30. Just a warning, the bus and van that picked up my 85 guests were not really air conditioned, but by the time I saw the guests they were all over it
Mayte had all of our flowers at the Jellyfish, we did my bouquet, six bridesmaids, the boutonni¨re, six flowers for my bridesmaids hair, and the flower girl petals. I had sent one or two pictures and just trusted Mayte to do her job! Everything was beautiful, and she actually pinned the flowers in all of my girls hair. There were more people on the beach then I expected. I was actually pretty unaware of them during the ceremony but I was surprised to see so many people in the background of my pictures. I'm sure the professional pictures wont have that issue. We used HDC video, and Carlos, the videographer was very nice! It's actually so funny to see him and ***** up at the altar with us in the pictures, because again, I didn't even notice them that day! We finished the bridal party pictures before the ceremony, so after we only had to do family pictures, and a few more sunset pictures during cocktail hour. We had chosen two drinks for pre-ceremony and ran a tab if guests wanted anything else. (most did!) After the ceremony we had open bar. We used the Jellyfish DJ and the MC was great. He guided us through the introductions, speeches, first dances, etc. We chose to do the bridal party entrance dance in the restaurant, (a little tight, but still fun), have dinner, do our speeches, cut the cake, and THEN our first dances. This worked out perfectly because we chose the wooden dance floor on the beach and once we got all of our guests out on the beach for the first dances, the party never stopped until the buses picked us up at 1:00. Overall, it was more then I could have imagined and impossible to believe that it is over! I have a few pictures on the jellyfish brides fb page, and if you want to see anything specific, just let me know. I hope this was helpful! Enjoy every minute of your wedding, every single thing they tell you about it going by too fast is an absolute truth. We had the most amazing wedding, and I know all of you Jellyfish brides will as well!