Originally Posted by Ziki
Hi ... I'm also getting married at PP in April. We're doing the welcome reception on the wedding terrace and on the day of the wedding we are getting married at the wedding terrace with a cocktail hour in the Cielo bar and then a private dinner in the North Solarium. We also switched from a 2011 package to the 2012 complimentary package.
I am using Luckie Photography for and Fernando Fuentes for hair and makeup (I just booked him today and am so excited). Del Sol had great photos but their peicing is outrageous. I am from NYC and a top notch photog there doesn't even cost that much so while I am sure their work is woth every penny I just couldn't justify the expense and by all accounts Ivan Luckie is amazing too.
You can absolutely have outside vendors for photos, hair and makeup ...it is a 93 usd day pass per person. Keep in mind though that day passes cannot exceed 20 percent of your total party ... i.e. if you have 20 in your party no more than 4 can have day passes ... but they often make exceptions for
vendors. I have juat made sure to get everything in writing prior to making my deposits. Hope this helps and congrats to another PP April bride
I think that I must disagree with you about NYC photographers. One comes to my mind, she photographed my sister's wedding (susanstriplingblog.com) and actually my proposal to Sol Tamargo... She is about 6k - 10k depending on travel fees and albums... she lives in NYC. I could actually start a list of togs there if you would like, but that isnt going to really matter much.
Fact is, we are booked, very booked and thus we must control the amount of shoots that we are doing in order to stay healthy and creative and fresh in our minds. How does the artist keep themselves from loosing their mind or taking on too many jobs????
With our business, we decided to hire specialists in each area to take on the work so that we could fine tune our products and elevate our customer service level and offer this amazing team of artists to our clients (vs hiring 1 tog). Most of the competition photographers are one person businesses, del Sol & La Luna has 5 full time employees that include a group of editors and a studio manager to answer your questions every day, usually within a 24 hr response time as well as a sales concierge to answer the phone side by side the studio manager.
Folks really just don't understand that the level of hands on (5 artists contribute to the final edit) by the time the photos are delivered, thats huge. It allows us to stay organized and exceed expectations. In addition our team has 6 AMAZING photogs who I have personally trained. They use our gear, they shoot under our instruction and are reviewed weekly by studio manager or studio owners (me or sol).
For other readers...a tip on hiring your photographer studio and using the BDWF resources:
I think its fair to ask that you also spend 10 minutes and read the LEVEL OF DETAIL of satisfaction in del Sol reviews by past brides writing on this BDWF. Then spend 10 minutes and read through the reviews of whoever else your are considering. Compare the feeling you get after reading del Sol reviews vs the others... I'm amazed at the level of personalization and detail our brides give in our reviews and I'm sure you will be too amazed! Then, ask yourselves if the photographers you are considering have ever won any international awards or have been recognized for their service and product excellence? After you weigh the benefits and have viewed at least 10 full wedding slideshows of your photographer, you are certainly armed for a choice... We certainly hope brides are doing this research.
We understand everybody has a budget to stick to, and that folks click one way vs another, but for those we do click with, its seriously a relationship ending with memories that will blow your mind...
good luck with Mr lucky! He is a nice guy!