Hello, everyone! Like everyone has said before... it's finally my turn! This is super late and, to be honest, I didn't do a ton of planning. So, really this is probably best for a bride who is staying at Moon Palace, mostly concentrates on having fun and relaxing, doesn't care too much about the small details, but cares TONS about a few specific areas (photography, gifts for others...). We had no real agenda for the week and no itinerary other than the wedding -- You should know that before continuing to read this thread.... Oh also, almost nothing went according to plan, but we have hilarious and memorable stories because of it. However, if you're still reading... ENJOY! Hope you find something that helps!
Before I start getting to the details, a big thanks to the ladies on the forum for your thoughts, advice, and input. I've made some great connections and real friendships from this forum. However, biggest thanks for guidance and detailed reviews goes to PrettyPig.
How We Met: You can actually read a detailed version of our love story on the Photos In Cancun TTD Love Story Giveaway! We were runners up and were given the amazing opportunity to do a TTD session with Lorena and Derek. Read our story here: Resort/Location: Moon Palace in Cancun, Mexico (but not on the hotel zone). We knew we wanted to be somewhere on the beach, wanted it to be fun, stress-free, and as budget friendly but still nice as possible. It's been a rough year for us and many of our best friends economically, so we wanted everyone to be able to have fun without always having their wallets on their minds. The conclusion - All Inclusive. Hawaii was pricey, as were the other areas considered... so Mexico it was! Moon Palace had a great complimentary deal, was close to the airport, but not in the zone, ... seemed perfect - and it was! Photography: Sascha Gluck (Wedding) & Photos In Cancun (TTD Contest) Sascha -- After location and resort, photography was the most important and next thing we booked. I sifted through reviews on the forum and then came across Sascha Gluck's work and website. I loved many of Sascha's photos and liked him as soon as he responded to my query. He worked with me on customizing a package and has been very good. I don't have all the pics yet, but a few are posted on his blog. What I have seen, I LOVE. He's great and so is his work. I will do a full review after getting photos. PIC -- amazing make up/hair/photography team! They are great. Some photos in this thread and UNEDITED. Imagine what they'd look like with hours of making us look good!!! hahaha Will do a full review once all photos can be posted. Be assured, you cannot go wrong with this team. They are genuine and down to earth, fun people with tons of talent. Rings:
Gifts Included.... (sorry forgot to take pics and hoping someone else got photos of the watches and goods)
Boys - three boys came. They each got a nice watch from us as their "Thank You" gift. In addition, the husband took them out on a fishing excursion. Pricey - but worth it. Oh, and they went the day of the wedding, during the storm, and sorta got hosed at the end by the boat's captain. So, be wary of those captains who insist the fishes caught "have parasites, bad fish, cheap fish, etc"
Girls -- in addition to the beach bags, they all got personalized mani kits and TART convertible dresses (MoH got a few different dresses and a starfish necklace from when I asked her to be my MoH).
Husband -- I planned super in advance for gifts. He got a boudoir photo gift box with photos printed on thick stock (kind of like thick stock or something). He also got a watch, which I gave him when the boys got their watches. And, last but not least, I got him tickets to Michael Jackson Cirque show. This is the bag the girls used. I got myself one, too hehe!
Hair and Make Up Inspiration:
Natural, neutral make up with tons of lashes. Btw ya'll... my lashes FELL OFF in the middle of the ceremony. There are some seriously jakked up photos of me and during the ceremony, while the officiant was speaking, husband and I had a conversation that consisted of: "Was that my eyelash???..." "Baby.. baby! You're gorgeous, I love you!" ".... was that my eyelash?!?!?" "Baby, you're still beautiful!" LOL All I could do was laugh, then rip off the other one as soon as the ceremony was over. I had them put on professionally, but I guess my waterworks were on full blast??? I use fake lashes all the time, all different types, and I've never had them fall off so quickly before.
With hair, I had planned on it all being down and in big curls. However, the weather wasn't gonna have any of that. So I ended up having it curled but all pinned back. It took 1:45 to curl my entire head!!!
I packed far too much clothes and not nearly enough bug repellent. Keep that in mind. Whatever people say about bugs is true - bring bug spray!!! Bring a variety of stuff, but comfortable stuff. Once you're there, the stress melts away. Don't worry. Following are photos of everything - HAVE FUN MARRYING YOUR LOVE! That's the most important thing to remember. **If you want pics of the bathing suits and outfits, let me know by PM