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#861 Billandstina

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    Posted 29 April 2013 - 07:36 PM

    Hey ladies, I leave in 5 days!! So crazy! In regards to photography, when I did a site visit we were thinking about doing engagement pictures with Funever Photos (the resorts photographer), but when we got down there and saw their work we thought it would be a waste of money. We didn't ask to see their whole portfolio, but they had quite a few pictures displayed (wedding, casual, and engagements type photos) and we weren't impressed. I had already been considering getting an outside photographer but that made up my mind. The pictures looked like I could have taken them with my own camera. They didn't have that professional/retouched look to them. I wanted to make sure we loved our pictures so we went with Ivan Luckie, and he's been great to work with to this point.

    Holy cow! 5 days!! So exciting!! You mentioned Funever...I'm going blue in the face trying to get responses from the Wedding Coordinator and the company itself (pretty bad if you ask me...that they won't even email me back) to see if there are any examples of their videography besides their marketing video and I'm getting nowhere! So irritating! We're bringing our own photographers from the states but I'm afraid I'm going to regret not having a videographer so I was willing to consider paying the outrageous $500 bucks to have the ceremony filmed...you didn't happen to see any of their video work did you when you were there? I can't find any brides or anything on Google which worries me and makes me wonder why this chain works with them...

    #862 mariposa6102

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      Posted 30 April 2013 - 09:07 AM

      Originally Posted by Emily11386 

      Hey ladies,
      I leave in 5 days!! So crazy!
      In regards to photography, when I did a site visit we were thinking about doing engagement pictures with Funever Photos (the resorts photographer), but when we got down there and saw their work we thought it would be a waste of money. We didn't ask to see their whole portfolio, but they had quite a few pictures displayed (wedding, casual, and engagements type photos) and we weren't impressed. I had already been considering getting an outside photographer but that made up my mind. The pictures looked like I could have taken them with my own camera. They didn't have that professional/retouched look to them.
      I wanted to make sure we loved our pictures so we went with Ivan Luckie, and he's been great to work with to this point.

      Thank-u Emily11386 for your photography input.  I'm on a mission now, researching and contacting photographers for rates and package deals.  I did contact Ivan Luckie and those rates were pretty good!  Those rates plus the outside vendor fee comes out cheaper with certain packages.  And even if we choose one of the higher pacakages, it might be the same price or a bit more.  But if the work is better, than it will be worth it.  I too contact funever for more info and got zero response.  Where as Ivan L. got back to me the next day.  First impression is everything!

       

      GOOD LUCK!!!!!  I'm excited for you!  Hope you guys have an AMAZING wedding!  And hope you come back with some great reviews for us and great pix (want to see how Ivan L's work is )  And Congratulations!



      #863 NinaO

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        Posted 30 April 2013 - 09:44 AM

        I want to once again recommend Juan for photography. He is a friend of my FI family and we have been working with him for our wedding in July. He is so great, very professional. Has lots info, and contracts, uses PayPal and the pics are amazing!! I can't wait. His site is Juanphotos.com. I would definately check them out he has great ideas.

        #864 ncalvar

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          Posted 30 April 2013 - 10:13 AM

          Just got back home from our wedding a few days ago and everything was AMAZING!!!! I will try and post my review later today or tomorrow. Feel free to message me if you have any particular questions.  We stayed at the Royal but our ceremony was at the Chapel and our reception was at Villas Terrace.  Happing planning to everyone =)



          #865 txbrideinmexico

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            Posted 30 April 2013 - 12:53 PM

            Originally Posted by Billandstina 


            Holy cow! 5 days!! So exciting!! You mentioned Funever...I'm going blue in the face trying to get responses from the Wedding Coordinator and the company itself (pretty bad if you ask me...that they won't even email me back) to see if there are any examples of their videography besides their marketing video and I'm getting nowhere! So irritating! We're bringing our own photographers from the states but I'm afraid I'm going to regret not having a videographer so I was willing to consider paying the outrageous $500 bucks to have the ceremony filmed...you didn't happen to see any of their video work did you when you were there? I can't find any brides or anything on Google which worries me and makes me wonder why this chain works with them...

            I think one of the brides on here who just got married got a video... Joannaleigh did you mention that?

             

            I remember someone got the video. They weren't able to post it but said it was really good and worth it!

             

            I'm debating this one right now.... I am so torn on the $500 with no samples of work.



            #866 txbrideinmexico

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              Posted 30 April 2013 - 12:55 PM

              Originally Posted by ncalvar 

              Just got back home from our wedding a few days ago and everything was AMAZING!!!! I will try and post my review later today or tomorrow. Feel free to message me if you have any particular questions.  We stayed at the Royal but our ceremony was at the Chapel and our reception was at Villas Terrace.  Happing planning to everyone =)

              Congrats! Can't wait to see photos and reviews :)



              #867 Billandstina

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                Posted 30 April 2013 - 03:08 PM

                Ohhh

                I think one of the brides on here who just got married got a video... Joannaleigh did you mention that? I remember someone got the video. They weren't able to post it but said it was really good and worth it! I'm debating this one right now.... I am so torn on the $500 with no samples of work.

                Ohhhh we need to track her down! Lol! I'm a little worried though that they haven't answered me or Mariposa! Eeek!

                #868 BridetobeABCD

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                  Posted 30 April 2013 - 07:07 PM

                  Does anyone have pictures of the dinner menu options ? Really having a hard time trying to decide what to eat without seeig what it looks like ha. Please help !!!

                  #869 ncalvar

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                    Posted 01 May 2013 - 03:24 AM

                    I think one of the brides on here who just got married got a video... Joannaleigh did you mention that? I remember someone got the video. They weren't able to post it but said it was really good and worth it! I'm debating this one right now.... I am so torn on the $500 with no samples of work.

                    @txbrideinmexico........ The resorts photographer and videographer was at my ceremony even though I had my own photographers and videographers. They met up with us the day after the wedding and had us select 24 pics (it was included in our package) and showed us the video. I'll tell you this, I don't think the video was breath taking but they did a good job and even put music to it. They told us the video was $250 and I was able to talk him down to $150!!!! We still didn't buy it because we had already spent $1, 000 on our videographer and I could see my videoagraphers next to them in the video and it made me think they both had the same footage. Let me know if you have any questions.

                    #870 Billandstina

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                      Posted 01 May 2013 - 04:08 AM

                      @txbrideinmexico........ The resorts photographer and videographer was at my ceremony even though I had my own photographers and videographers. They met up with us the day after the wedding and had us select 24 pics (it was included in our package) and showed us the video. I'll tell you this, I don't think the video was breath taking but they did a good job and even put music to it. They told us the video was $250 and I was able to talk him down to $150!!!! We still didn't buy it because we had already spent $1, 000 on our videographer and I could see my videoagraphers next to them in the video and it made me think they both had the same footage. Let me know if you have any questions.

                      Well I think this just solidified that I won't be getting the smallest video package they offer at $500!!! Lol! It's not included in my package but I'm afraid I'll regret not having the full ceremony on video years from now and we're bringing our photographers down with us so I refuse to pay an outside vendor fee just for a videographer (who I'm sure would be more expensive!)...thank you for your help! I still haven't heard back from them anyways which I think is inexcusable when I've had other vendors answer me within the hour! Thank you so much! :)




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