The wedding rehearsal was on Friday at 5 PM. The rehearsal dinner was at "Terra" the steakhouse, because the reception dinner was the seafood buffet. We didn't get a separate section, but had 4 large round tables towards the back. The steaks were wonderful, and we got a giant platter of potatoes, corn and mixed vegetables for each table. This and Luna were the largest capacity, and could seat our 35-37 people without taking up the whole restaurant. We also ate at the Chinese restaurant Qi, when we had 14 people. This place had the largest servings ( good if you have big eaters). "Romantico" had the smallest portions and the slowest service. Interesting food, though. We never got to the Japanese Restaurant "Sakura" because it was too small and we had too many people. For breakfast, the buffet "Ciel" was excellent, and we usually did the lunch buffett at "Luna". It was really very good, especially for resort food. Since the resort was full that week, we sometimes had to wait on line for a meal, but not more than a few minutes.
The part of the trip that I was most worried about was the wedding itself. That part was perfect. Miguelina and Elizabeth set up everything exactly the way my daughter planned, down to the ribbon on the canopy and the petals in the aisle. The food was excellent ( get the shrimp and avocado hor d'oerves) the Oriental lanterns looked pretty and the Carribean Celebrations people set the reception tables perfectly.The ceremony was planned on the beach in front of the gazebo, and the wedding party walked up through the gazebo and down the beach to the canopy. The hor d'oerves tables were set up beside the gazebo, and the servers passed glasses of champagne. My daughter had a civil ceremony, but it ended up being such a hassle of paperwork that I would suggest doing it at home. The judge was going to come on Saturday morning for the legal paperwork and signatures, but didn't come until Monday morning. A family friend of the groom read the ceremony that the bride and groom put together. That was much more meaningful to us all. The reception was set up down the beach outside the Gabi Club bar, which was closed to all but the wedding party.
I am attaching a few photos that friends and family took, as we do not have any of the HDC photos yet.