Hey ladies! We just made it home this weekend from the most amazing trip, once in a lifetime! Do not stress about NOW Larimar! Our wedding was absolutely stunning, and Mercy is an angel. We had the wedding beachside, it was a bit windy, but I just tucked my veil under my arm during the ceremony and it was perfect. All of our guests were thankful for the wind as it kept it cool. JB March, can't believe I never ran into you. The resort was a bit bigger than I expected. I kept an eye out though! Sfra, we got married the same day! I didn 't even see you guys, but I did see your reception. Our room overlooked it, it was beautiful.
Do not worry about the lack of communication ahead of time. Mercy and Christina can do this in their sleep, they have it down to a science. I met with Mercy on Sunday for our Tuesday wedding. The meeting took about 2 hours and I just reviewed everything we wanted with her. I gave her my decorations and she made some recommendations as well. She talked my hubby (can't believe he is my hubby) into the pomanders. It was our splurge for the week, but they turned out gorgeous. The only thing she didn't use that I had wanted was my rose petal walk way, way too windy out there for that. She used them at the reception. We had our reception and cocktail hour at the terrace overlooking the foutain. It was perfect. We only had 17 people so set up one large table for dinner. Mercy had all the decor moved from ceremony to reception and it looked great. Our guests LOVED the dinner. We did the Divine package and had filet and lobster. Yum. It is by far much better than the steak/lobster you will eat at the a la carte places on the resort. The best desert of the week was our cake! It was so delicious! We had vanilla with strawberry filling. I didn't get much of it that night, but they saved it for me and brought it back to our room. I ate so much of it I was sick throughout the week! I ended up doing my own hair and makeup, and I think it turned out pretty good! Pastor Rick York is great, so many of our guests commented on how wonderful his ceremony was. We used Photo Phil Steingard, his pics are great. We also got the 24 from the resort, they were ok. The videographer did an awesome job on the video! All I can say is don't stress. It turns out great. Our guests had a wonderful time and enjoyed the resort. There were a few mentions that the food wasn't the best they had at an all inclusive but the staff more than made up for that. They went out of their way to help with anything you needed. We stayed at Zoetry and Excellence on our honeymoon week and NOW was as good if not better than Zoetry in service. Excellence was just so so in service, although their food was better than NOW. Zoetry was 5 star in every way possible and we will go back again and again. The only problem we had at NOW was that when we arrived late on Saturday night, they had a room for all of our guests, but not a room for us! I couldn't believe it. They said they were overbooked and hoped to have a room by Tuesday(day of wedding). They wanted us to stay at Secrets, obviously not going to work since we had our entire family at NOW. They would not allow our guests on Secrets property(especially the kids) so my option would have been to lug all of my wedding day stuff the 10 minute walk to the NOW property and get ready in my sister's room. Thankfully Mercy came to my rescue the next day and found us a room with a great view. We did dinner/dancing the night before on LaBaracaza. I can't reccomend that enough. Our guests said over and over that it was the most fun night of their week.(We didn't do dancing night of wedding). Flory is a professional and all of the guys on the boat make it a blast. Don't forget to have a few shots of mamajuana while you are there!
Let me know if you have any questions. I am uploading my pics by Photo Phil to my mpix account, they should be there by tomorrow morning. Feel free to check them out(please excuse the one of my husband standing in the shower, I did boudoir photos and they were trying to give me a sexy shot, ha ha! www.mpix.com login email:firstname.lastname@example.org (that is a zero in front of the three) and password is Ben00355 (also zeros). He took about 2000 pics including TTD, but won't have most of them for several weeks. They will have more shots of the reception in them that I will try to remember to post!