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#1321 lmacl079

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    Posted 13 August 2012 - 05:33 AM

    Originally Posted by AshTooner 

    Hi Ladies,

     

    Thanks so much for your reviews/feedback about Diego Cores. 

     

    Funny thing happened - the same day that I posted my question about Cores, I had a reply to an ad I had posted on a couple of wedding websites, asking if there are any cinematographers from the US or Canada who are looking to expand their resume to destination weddings and who could work within our budget.  The person who will be doing our cinematography is coming Pennsylvania and is charging much less than Cores Films.  I find her quality of work to be considerably better, so I'm extremely happy we booked her.


    Just wondering which websites you posted on to find your photographer? I was hoping to do the same thing but don't really know where to start?



    #1322 AshTooner

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      Posted 13 August 2012 - 08:23 AM

      I sent you a PM. :)
       



      #1323 vlendof

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        Posted 13 August 2012 - 10:10 AM

        Hey ladies!

         

        Past Brides (or current) - can any of you post your wedding day itinerary? Figuring out some details... and it would be helpful to see what you've done! 

         

        Thanks so much! Appreciate it! :)

         

        Vanessa



        #1324 DecBride

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          Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:37 PM

          Originally Posted by AshTooner 

          I sent you a PM. :)
           

           

          Hi AshTooner,

          Could you please send me the same info as well? Thanks!



          #1325 JennCarlson

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            Posted 13 August 2012 - 07:31 PM

            Well unfortunatley your response is disappointing... we've already booked our trip and we're going April 9-16th..... so much for the JellyFish then... I wish I knew about it before hand but C'est la vie. Thanks Ladies, J

            Jadee, I gave up my date of April 13, 2013 just 2 months ago...so I would definitely check! Good luck

            #1326 JennCarlson

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              Posted 13 August 2012 - 07:34 PM

              Oh never mind! I see you got a date. Awesome!

              #1327 venus909

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                Posted 14 August 2012 - 09:07 AM

                Originally Posted by Jadeevincent 

                Jenn,

                 

                Who did you keep in contact with at Melia to organize a welcome dinner and all your spa treatments?  I've been working with Ana but now that we're not having the wedding at Melia I wasn't sure if I could still use her as my contact.

                 

                Also - what were the fees to host the welcome dinner?

                 

                Thanks again for all your help,

                 

                Jade

                Even though I cancelled my wedding at Melia I continued to work with Esterlin our wedding coordinator.  She scheduled all the times for the spa treatments for me.  I had some issues with the welcome dinner... took a few tries to get it booked and I even contacted group events who directed me back to the wedding coordinator but evenutally I was able to get it organzied.  There was no fee for the welcome dinner as I had it in one of thier restaurants.  We had it at the Guarapo which is the Dominican Restaurant in a semi-private room.  It was actually really nice and my whole group loved the food and had a good time.  After the dinner we just went to one of the bars and hung out and danced.



                #1328 li282

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                  Posted 15 August 2012 - 12:54 PM

                  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!

                  #1329 mimiq

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                    Posted 15 August 2012 - 02:51 PM

                    Originally Posted by li282 

                    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!

                    Thanks so much for the great review!!  It's super helpful to me because we are also staying at the ME, have about 75 guests, are using Rick York and ***** Nova (K A T Y A - I don't know why this site stars out her name?!) is our photograher!  I have a few questions if that's okay!  I assume that you got all ready at the resort and then went over to the JF and had ***** meet you there?  Did you put your dress on and everything too?  Did you have ***** take any pics of the getting ready process?  We are still not settled yet on whether or not to do a first look... I am tempted though!  What made you so glad that you did one?

                     

                    With so many guests, were they able to pick everyone up at the same time or did they have to do 2 trips?  Also, how did you set it up for going back to the resort?  Did everyone stick around until 1:00?

                     

                    For the welcome appis and drink that you organized at the ME, did you do that through their wedding coordinator or the groups department?

                     

                    I looked for some picks on the facebook page, but couldn't tell which ones were yours - what were your colours?  I would love to see any that you're willing to post!  I'd love to see any pics of your flowers.

                     

                    thanks again and congratulations!!



                    #1330 vlendof

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                      Posted 15 August 2012 - 05:28 PM

                      @li282  - First and foremost.. CONGRATS on your recent nuptials! 

                       

                      I have a few questions, I was hoping you could help me with! :) 

                       

                      > I'm anticipating 75 guests or so...  did you reserve the entire restaurant or the bottom half? 

                      > What time did you have your ceremony? I'm thinking of timing ... and I def. want to make sure I get photo with regular sunlight and sunset. 

                       

                      Thanks so much! Congrats again! :)

                       

                      Vanessa






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