Ok, so here goes:
I feel MUCH better after meeting with Ana today! Thank god!
She is definitely willing to work with me on certain things (this may be because I am expecting to have a larger wedding, ~ 75 people) but, nonetheless, she is pretty flexible.
We looked at my ceremony location (far end of the beach) and I'm sure it will be gorgeous. I am planning on renting the white chairs for $7 each, because I am not a fan of the chair covers (some people love them and some hate them), I am going to have a simple chuppah set up, with white fabric and no flowers, and I might bring some pink fabric with me to make it look like the orange picture on the website.
I'm not sure about cocktail hour yet...either Blue Bar or the pool deck, but both would be awesome. I am tentatively planning on Carribean trio for both ceremony and cocktail hour music.
For the reception, I'm going with Las Olas- its pretty much a cross between a covered patio and a real room. I think this is great for a big party. There is a bar there already, ceiling fans, and an ocean view! We are having a plated dinner and she is letting us have 2 choices, as long as we tell her how many of each up front. She is giving me the contact info for the DJ so I can check into what they will do as far as MCing. I brought pictures of the centerpieces that I want and she is going to let me know what the florist will charge to make them. Hopefully a reasonable amount, because she said I CANNOT use an outside florist. According to her, you were allowed to when the resort was still NH, but now it is not possible. We'll see what her quote is, because if it is crazy I might try to get around that!
PS we ate at Las Olas today- the ceviche was good and the squid rings (basically large pieces of calamari) were great! The breakfast buffet still wins as best meal by far though! I think we are going to try SPICE or Asia (I digress but this is kind of important especially is you are having your wedding soon- all of the restaurants still have 2 names, not sure for how long, its very confusing), tonight. I'll let you all know how it is.
It finally stopped raining so I'm going to sit outside and read my book a little bit before dinner (if you haven't read The Help you shoud, so far its really good!).
Let me know what questions you guys have! And don't worry, it's really beautiful down here!