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Your wedding is so beautiful!! I'm also holding my wedding at CC and Luca for the same amount of people. Could you tell me who you used as your photographer & cake? 

 

I'm also looking into the sky lanterns...where did you order them from? Who did you hire to cater the welcome dinner and brunch? 

 

Sorry for all the questions.  :)

 

Thank you!

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Originally Posted by Starfish0512 View Post

 

So it's been a bit over a month since my wedding on GCM, have been awaiting my pro pics but simply can't wait any longer for a quick review for those getting married later this year or next.  Despite our arrival 5 days early into the worst rain they have had ever, we made the best of our trip.  Our guests arrived Thursday, still raining and we didn't care.  Small wedding just 18 of us total, family only.  We stayed at Caribbean Club, held everything there on Saturday afternoon, dinner at Luca and words can not explain how perfect everything was!  I have high expectations and everything exceeded what I had hoped for!  Molly from Creativent is AMAZING! She is so detail oriented and organized, thought of everything I might have forgotten, like markers for my signing map and lighters for the chinese lanterns we lit off Sat night.  Beyond the little details, she is just a pleasure to work with.  Hannah at Focus Salon did my hair and my sister's hair.  It came out beautifully! Flower Dell took care of our florals and used Massive for rentals - again exceeding my expectations!  We had Kate Allenger play the violin for the ceremony and cocktail hour, Rebecca Davidson was our photographer and had Reverend Myers as our officiant.  We also did our Rehersal Dinner at Ortanique - supposed to be outside but it was still a little soggy so they were very accomodating to bring us inside.  I had said from the moment we arrived, that we were there on the island, together with family with the end result being us getting married.  I absolutely didnt care that it rained for thefirst 5 days because the mornign of the wedding it finally broke and the sun came out during our ceremony.  The following Sunday was GORGEOUS out! Truly a special time for all of us!!

 

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I really like your dress! It looks very beachy and light weight.. Where is it from?

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We used Picture This (Rebecca Davidson and her staff) for both photo and video and they were amazing!!! Just a note -- I had the wedding party in yellow and it did WONDERS for ths pics! Rebecca is really a genius!!!

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did any of the brides here use a limo service to get you to your ceremony location? If so, which one did you use?

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Originally Posted by agm04 View Post

 

Sorry for blowing this thread up with all my questions, but for those of you who are farther along in this process and/or have experience with Luca:  I contacted Caribbean Club and LUCA Friday (via email or their online form, can't remember which).  I called CC and spoke with Danielle on Saturday.  She was helpful and very nice and said someone would be in touch with me from Celebrations and Luca.

 

I ended up reaching out to both separately on Monday.  I know weekends are probably really busy, but I'm trying to nail down my date and venue, and I can't do that until I have pricing details.  Celebrations has been really proactive, but Luca not so much.  I called twice yesterday and was told I'd be contacted soon, then got an email at 8pm last night saying that Laura had been out of town for 2 days and would be in touch with me today (Tuesday).

 

It's 7:30 pm and still nothing!  So my question is, am I just being crazy and impatient?  Are they always slower to respond, or are my expectations way off in terms of response time with destination wedding planning?  If it's going to be like this the whole time, I'm not surethis type A can take it!

 

Anyone out there want to reassure me that they will be responsive overall, or go ahead and tell me that I'm being obnoxious?  Haha.

Laura at LUCA is fantastic, however, this is there "off season" even though they stay busy year round.  I'm slightly type A (if there is such a thing as being slightly) and I learned a great deal of patience while planning everything.  Also remember things run on caribbean time and they truly do hold your word, right of first refusal etc even wothout a deposit.  Just let me say my piece about Celebrations... they do fantastic work. That being said they also over charge an arm and a leg.  They quoted me $1500 over what I ended up paying by organizing most of my own vendors and having Molly from celebrations do a few.  They are one of the only coordinator services that have a retail shop so they have to upcharge to cover their rent there.  Also make sure you read the fine print, I just wanted a day of coordinator with a few extra services and for that they would only only communication for 2 weeks before the wedding.  crazy for a type A girl... I'm sure they do phenomenal for a hand off bride witha  huge party but for us they just wernt right and really expensive...

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Originally Posted by CariBride View Post

 

@Starfish0512 

Your wedding is so beautiful!! I'm also holding my wedding at CC and Luca for the same amount of people. Could you tell me who you used as your photographer & cake? 

 

I'm also looking into the sky lanterns...where did you order them from? Who did you hire to cater the welcome dinner and brunch? 

 

Sorry for all the questions.  :)

 

Thank you!

 

@CariBride Thank you!!! We used Rebecca Davidson for our photgrapher, she is simply amazing to work with.  She has an incredible eye and is great at being invisible!  So fun to work with, let her do what she wants and she'll get you great shots! I'm still waiting for the second half of my photos!!!

The cake was done by LUCA and was fantastic!  Gave Laura a picture, she gave me flavors and that was that.  We coordinated extra flowers from Flower Dell for the cake.  LUCA also catered the welcome party and brunch, we were extremely easy at that point so easy finger food menu and typical bruch menu. Both fantastic, easy and a little cost relief for your guests!!!

As for the sky lanterns, it was through the sky lantern

https://www.theskylantern.com/shop/index.php?osCsid=be36e03ee1f6bf2505edbb072ec0175d

 

No worries about the questions, My biggest source of info came from www.crystalblueweddings.com Danielle has such a plethora of info and ideas!!

 

 

Originally Posted by shannonmarie View Post

 

I really like your dress! It looks very beachy and light weight.. Where is it from?

 

@shannonmarie  I got my dress from Pronovias in NYC.  Amazingly light, comfortable and traveled really really well!!  $$ wasn't too bad either :)  Cleaned right up after the Trash the dress session!

 

 

Originally Posted by CariBride View Post

 

@Starfish0512

 

I'm holding around 18 guests for my wedding, too. Did you hire a videographer? If yes, who did you use? 

 

 

 

 

@caribride I didn't use a videographer but kind of wish I had.  Aaaron Reberchak (sp?) also of picture this does an amzing job, we just couldn't fit it in the budget! 18 people was PERFECT!!!! Would not have changed a thing :)

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@Starfish0512  I saw some of your wedding photos on Rebecca Davidson's website and they are absolutely gorgeous!  Also where did your husband get his suit?

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Originally Posted by Starfish0512 View Post

 

Laura at LUCA is fantastic, however, this is there "off season" even though they stay busy year round.  I'm slightly type A (if there is such a thing as being slightly) and I learned a great deal of patience while planning everything.  Also remember things run on caribbean time and they truly do hold your word, right of first refusal etc even wothout a deposit.  Just let me say my piece about Celebrations... they do fantastic work. That being said they also over charge an arm and a leg.  They quoted me $1500 over what I ended up paying by organizing most of my own vendors and having Molly from celebrations do a few.  They are one of the only coordinator services that have a retail shop so they have to upcharge to cover their rent there.  Also make sure you read the fine print, I just wanted a day of coordinator with a few extra services and for that they would only only communication for 2 weeks before the wedding.  crazy for a type A girl... I'm sure they do phenomenal for a hand off bride witha  huge party but for us they just wernt right and really expensive...

 

Thank you!  I've actually finally gotten things figured out and we have deposits down for June 22nd - yay!  I really appreciate your response.  Celebrations is just not in my budget - I think I'm going to go with Juliette from Save the Date, as we really clicked and she put me at ease.  I'm definitely not hands off, so I already feel like I'll be paying for more than I need, but I'd rather have the piece of mind.  Were you happy with Flower Dell?  They seem to have more reasonable prices than others.

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