We only have our video on a DVD, sorry! As for my photog, her website is carolinedixey.com and she is from Chicago, like us.
We had no problem talking them into a different ceremony location than what they normally do. We brought it up to Marlene in our meeting after we had scouted out the area by ourselves when we got down to the resort. After the meeting we went out to show her what we were thinking and she was on board. They did more or less what we waned - the main nice thing was that our guests were in the shade. We wanted the ceremony to be at the base of this hill in the garden but they had set up the "altar" at the top of the hill - was a little awkward to walk up! Not a big deal though because everyone said the light on us at that time of day looked great. I would recommend the ceremony by this hill - you will see what I'm talking about when you get down there.
I honestly don't remember how big the space was in front of the gazebo, but when Jeff & I were playing around with the space inside the gazebo, we felt that it could adequately and comfortably fit 60 people in it. We had 72 so it would have worked but it would have been a tight squeeze. By the way, the gazebo does not have that god awful red roof anymore - they have painted it white - it looks MUCH better.
Also, just to clarify - there are two gazebos: one by the beach which is right in the middle of the resort and gets all the speedo and thong traffic, and one in the garden which is super private and away from the main part of the resort in the convention center. Regular guests would have no reason to go there unless they were really curious while walking the grounds. We did not see any other guests during the wedding.
I think you can rent out a restaurant but it's expensive. We had initially asked about a rehearsal dinner at one of them and they were $8000 to rent out ($10,000 for the French I think). Here was her email response to the rehearsal dinner question:
Now if you want to have one of the restaurants private for the rehearsal dinner is $8,000usd with food, waiters, drinks. French restaurant is $10,000usd. this will be 100% private for you and having the confirmation from you on this we will close/block the restaurant for that night only from you.
Jellyfish is super popular now and if you've been following the thread on this forum, I think they mentioned that Mayte (the wedding contact there) is doing something crazy like 20 weddings a month there. If you are considering them, I would contact her asap. We had our rehearsal dinner there and it was beautiful!
Taxes are included in the price (we did not have a separate line item for them on our invoice) but tips are not included and they don't add auto-grat onto the invoice so tips are at your discretion.
We did not pay extra for a dance floor. It was just an open area in Bar Higuey. Not sure how they do it for the ballrooms.
I'm not sure what you meant by your third question - if your wedding guests are staying at the Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort (so, either the Palace Deluxe or the adults-only Bavaro Beach) you do not have to pay for a day pass.