Got back from our wedding week late Sunday night, the trip and the wedding were amazing!! First off we were upgraded to first class on our Calgary to Toronto flight! Best flight ever! We got free drinks, snacks, a three course meal and the seats are way comfier!! We arrived in Punta Cana and did not need to go through customs. Our group had a private bus for our transfer (they did want to take us to stop for a beer, but I just said no we really wanted to get to the resort. Pretty sure they just wanted to make some money off us!) We arrived at the resort and checked in at the Club Premium lounge. We were upgraded to the Master Suite Ocean Front room, which is amazing!! Our room was by the adults only pool with an amazing view of the ocean. The resort is very large but not hard to get around. We arrived on a Sunday. The Monday we hosted "welcome drinks" and gave out the double walled tumblers we had for everyone. We asked everyone to meet at the Roof Top Lounge at 5pm. There is a $500 charge to rent the roof top lounge, we did not do this and we ended up being the only people up there! Totally worth saving the $500!! If you are planning to use the roof top lounge do it before 8pm, usually it would rain after it would get dark for a few minutes and then everything would be wet. Tuesday the ladies went to the spa and everyone really liked what they had done. I had my nails and toes done plus they styled my hair. Wednesday was our wedding day. My maid of honour, my mom and I all went and had lunch then went to the spa to start getting ready. My hair turned out amazing!! I loved it! The girl did exactly what I wanted. Take a picture as they don't speak a lot of english. My makeup turned out awesome as well. My maid of honour wasn't super happy with her makeup, they started making it very dark with very thick eye liner (neither her nor I wear makeup on a regular basis so we asked for light, natural makeup). The lady doing my maid of honour's makeup did take some of it off but it still turned out a bit darker than she would have liked (it looked fine just not how she would have ever worn makeup). Milan from HDC photo showed up and took some pictures of the guys getting ready. Then he came to the spa to find the girls. Milan ran around taking pictures of all the "details" while we finished getting our hair and makeup done. He took some pictures of us getting ready and then headed to the ceremony site to take some pictures there. We paid the vendor fee to have HDC photo be our photographer and are soooo happy that we did. Milan LOVES what he does and it shows in the pictures that he took! I am so happy with all the pictures we received. We had rented the Presidential Suite for our reception site and the guys were able to check in around 2pm to the suite.
Aris, our amazing wedding coordinator, collected our guests from Bar Carey and took them to the ceremony site. Then she went to get the guys and took them there. My mother is quite high strung and was super concerned about being on time that we left the spa to head to the ceremony site. We were not sure if we were supposed to wait for Aris to come get us or not so we walked to the ceremony site. There was no way my mom was going to let the wedding start late!! We started the wedding without Aris, however the funniest part was seeing Aris running up to the site with the guitar trio running behind her.
The minister did an awesome job, our ceremony was very short and sweet. Which is good because it was very hot that day! Milan took a bunch of pictures after the ceremony and then our guests headed to Bar Carey with Aris. My new husband and I got more pictures taken of just the two of us and then met the rest of our group at Bar Carey. We had a drink with our guests at Bar Carey and then Aris told us the reception was ready. Aris took us to the Presidential Suite where we were welcomed with drinks that matched our wedding colours! They were super delicious! Our guest had a few minutes to walk around the balcony and get a drink. Our guests were then asked to find their seats at the tables on the balcony and we were introduced for our first dance. We had our first dance and then invited other couples to dance with us for one dance. Super was then served, we had the caesar salad, beef tenderloin and black forest cake. Some people said it was the best beef tenderloin they had ever had!! I agree the meal was amazing!! I heard they bring in a chef to make the meals for weddings. We cut the cake in between salad and the main course, then did our thank you speech after the main course. Aris had everything under control and kept everything running so smooth that I didn't need to worry about anything. Our group continued to party and have fun on the balcony. As the night continued we made our way to the disco and danced there for a while. Overall it was an awesome wedding!
The resort in general was amazing. Everything has been upgraded and well taken care of. The beach is amazing!!!! The water is calm and you can enjoy hanging out in the water. There are always beach chairs available. We spent most of our relaxing time at the adults pool (quieter than the regular pool) or the beach. My husband and I did find that there was not as much time to relax as we would have liked and to hang out with our friends and family as we were running around with wedding stuff.
A few of our guests did have some stomach problems but nothing major that wasn't resolved fairly easily. Make sure you take pepto and imodium with you!!
We did a private catamaran excursion with our entire group and it was sooo much fun! There is so much to do at the resort and it really is a beautiful setting. The weather was amazing the entire time we were there too. It called for rain most days but the most rain we got was around 7/8pm and for only about 15 mins.
Everything turns out so perfect that there really is nothing to worry about! If you have any questions just ask. I'll try to post some pictures soon.