I had heard a few things about Casa Valerie also but Valerie has been very kind to me, she let me redo the contract, rephrasing all of the things I did not like or understand, visit the house as many times as I wanted with all of the people who will help me for the wedding...
With my fiance we also liked Casa Azul Profundo, http://www.casaazulprofundo.com/ the owner was also very friendly and, even though the website is not very nice and the photos don't really do justice to the house, it is very charming and has a great view of Los Arcos. It has 11 rooms and the terace is big enough for more than 60 guests. It is also less expensive than 3000usd a night.
My familly and friends are French and they do not really like the big all inclusive hotels, they wanted to stay in small Mexican hotels downtown and go out to different restaurants everyday so that they would really enjoy and know Vallarta and the Mexican life. A lot of them will be staying at a very small hotel downtown called Los 4 Vientos. My friends coming from the USA will stay at the Garza Blanca (Beautiful hotel) and my Fiance's familly (she is Mexican) will stay at the Hotel Buenaventura, downtown (not the best hotel but very centrical and since she worked there they will give her prices). If your guests like All Inclusive but quite hotels, you can look at Villa Premier and Garza Blanca, if they like small traditional hotels you can also look at Casa Isabel and Hacienda San Angel. If they like big hotels with lots of things to do you can look at the Dreams Pueto Vallarta, they will give you grou deals.
Since I am French and my fiancee Mexican, the food will be a mix of both! My friends at La Cigale will do the apetizers for us. They are not specialized in weddings but the food is amazing and they have lots of ideas! My favorite Taco stand in Vallarta will do our main dish, shrimp tacos and quesadillas, fish tacos and quesadillas and octopus tacos as well as fish ceviche. And the desert will be done by my friend Eric from the Paris Cafe, it will be a french piece montee and lots of fruit tarts! I can't wait to eat all of those deserts! Eric is a very special guy but his deserts are the best!
Regarding the planing, i will plan everything myself with Eva, the photographer with whom I work, my fiancee, she is a wedding coordinator at the hotel Garza Blanca and our friend Herriberto from Details Vallarta, his company rents everything for weddings (and if he does not have it he will find it!). I know who will do what (flowers dj mariachis...) but have not gone deep into the planing yet. If you need any contact just let me know!