I think Destination weddings are the way to go and I tell all of my friends when they get engaged. This website is a huge help! As far as flowers go, I do agree that it is best to have photos of whatever you like. Their flowers are so fresh and gorgeous and all at a fraction of what you would pay in the U.S. Try not to stress too much over the planning. The email responses are sometimes not as fast as you would like, however once you get there everything should fall into place for your dream wedding!
I was actually married at another resort in the area, simply because we had children coming for the wedding. But I think you will be VERY pleased with El Dorado Royale! For the photographer, I also think it is best to select your exact photographer and get them booked quickly. I had Juan Navarro and there was some confusion. I reviewed his website, blog and was pleased with the style of his photos. So I just kind of went with it. Well his "assistant" or another photographer showed up to do our wedding photos. At that point there is nothing you can do. He was already at another wedding. I did not think the other photographer was as creative as Juan and I discussed it with him after our wedding. Apparently someone else had booked a more expensive package on the same day of my wedding so Juan went to do that one. I gave examples of why I liked his "style" better. He said if there were certain "poses" or styles I liked then I should have emailed him the photos before hand or brought samples with me. So I say just communicate with your photographer before the big day, this way you will get exactly what you want and it won't be hectic.