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#1 Jocy

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    Posted 26 March 2010 - 08:49 AM

    Our wedding was actually 2 months ago now, January 25 2010, and I’m only just getting round to writing this review of our photographer. But I know how helpful reviews are when you’re in the planning stages and I honestly can’t say enough good things about our wedding photos so a positive review is the least I can do!
    So our photographer was Francisco from Photosouvenir and our wedding was at Dreams Punta Cana. We got the gold package which was 4hrs, although he stayed an extra 30 mins for no extra charge. And then he came back the next day for an hour for the TTD session.

    Due to reading so many positive reviews about this company we reserved our wedding date a year in advance and received a contract to sign and send back. We paid a 10% deposit about one week before the wedding via PayPal and then we paid the remainder of the balance the day we left the resort in traveler’s checks (USD). All contact was done via e-mail and every e-mail was responded to within 24hrs answering any questions I had.
    A week before we left for the Dominican Republic they e-mailed us with the name of the photographer that would be at our wedding so that we could organize a day pass for the wedding day, and half day pass for the TTD shoot. When I arrived at the resort I called Fran (he had emailed me his cell #) and told him my room # and what time I wanted him to arrive on the wedding day.

    We had a 4pm ceremony and Fran arrived at 3pm in my room. I was ready apart from I hadn’t put my dress on yet. Fran was wonderful and we barely noticed he was there while he took gorgeous shots of the flowers, my dress, shoes, invitations, fans etc. (It’s a great idea to bring extra’s of those with you specifically for the photographer). He stepped out while I slipped on my dress, and he came back into get shots of my Mum doing up the dress, my Dad putting on my necklace (which was my Dad’s mother’s pearls and is my favorite photo of all times!) and some make up application ones etc. Then he took ones with me and my sisters (bridesmaids), and the family all toasting our champagne. He nipped across the hall to where the groom and the groomsmen were all getting ready and he got some great shots of them all dressed up on their balcony. Once they had been seen leaving for the beach he then took photos of me on our balcony by myself. Then of course the wedding ceremony and a few group shots of all our guests afterwards before he took just me and my hubby off for an hour photo session of just the two of us. We got most of our pictures taken on the beach (our preference) and then a few in the gardens on the way back to our cocktail hr. Our cocktail hr started at 5:30pm and Fran took pictures of guests etc, then he got the speeches, the dances and the cake cutting at the reception and before we knew it, it was 8:30pm and he had to leave.

    We got to pick what time our TTD session was the next day and we opted for 9am as Fran said this was optimum time for the positioning of the sun. It worked out great as we woke up to our complimentary breakfast brought to our balcony, I enjoyed some champagne while my make-up artist / friend redid my make-up and luckily my hair hadn’t shifted and inch. Voila…nothing more exciting than putting the dress back on!!

    Fran was so friendly and nice and not intrusive at all. He made us laugh the whole time and I didn’t once feel self conscious. To top it all of our wedding was on a Monday, TTD on the Tuesday and then we were leaving for our honeymoon on the Wednesday and Fran met us at noon in the lobby with our DVD of ALL of our photos!! We had over 600. It’s amazing to me that they give you the originals. The photo’s absolutely astounded both my husband and I. They were truly amazing. Very artistic, very beautiful and captured the essence of our wedding to a tea.

    When we got back from our honeymoon we picked our favorite 60 photos and Photosouvenir have made them into an album for us which we are expecting in the mail any day now. I can‘t wait!

    After your special day is over, the memories and the photo’s are the only things you have. And I would 100 times over choose Photosouvenir to capture every moment of our day again and again!

    Punta Cana Destination wedding photography

    #2 NyBeachBride

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      Posted 26 March 2010 - 09:54 AM

      great review!!! i booked them for my wedding in april in DR. do youhave any pics to share?

      #3 JENISE

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        Posted 26 March 2010 - 01:11 PM

        Jocy, you write the best reviews! lol

        I'm glad to hear everything exceeded your expectations.

        Congrats on being a Mrs. and let us know how your album turned out.

        #4 FreeRunner

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          Posted 26 March 2010 - 08:47 PM

          Congratulations Jocy. I can't wait to see some of your images. I've also booked them and I am always on the look out for their work. I'm very happy your experience was very positive.

          #5 Diva

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            Posted 26 March 2010 - 09:00 PM

            Thanks for the positive review. We are getting married at Excellence (their home base) but I am a little disappointed because I have emailed them twice and received no response! I tried once from the website directly, and again from an email given to me from a thread on here photosouvenirsa@hotmail.com Any insight?

            I will press on, because I really want them to do my photos and I want to lock in my date! Would you mind sharing how much your photo session costs for the gold package and TTD?


            #6 lovelytlc

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              Posted 29 March 2010 - 11:29 PM

              great review. can you post your pictures? i have also booked them for nov.

              #7 bobbysgirl

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                Posted 30 March 2010 - 01:10 AM

                Thank you so much for this review! I have them booked for my wedding in October! Can't wait to see some of your pics!!


                #8 Diva

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                  Posted 30 March 2010 - 08:59 AM

                  How long did it take for them to get back to you ladies? As I said before, I haven't heard back from them yet!!!!

                  #9 lrdavis23

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                    Posted 30 March 2010 - 04:45 PM

                    Great review Jocy, thanks for sharing
                    Married June 18, 2010 @ Dreams Punta Cana

                    #10 Mere

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                      Posted 30 March 2010 - 09:10 PM

                      Awesome review-can't wait to see your photos.

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