Now Jade, April 24, 2013
11am Fountain Ceremony
Dinner: 4 course @Castaways +cake!
So we had our wedding on April 24th and everything was amazing!!!! I went to Mexico not having a reception dinner booked in, but it all worked out. My wedding planner, who came with us, calmed my nerves and made sure the day went smoothly. Highly recommend him: www.weddingbutlers.com He has done many weddings at Now Jade so it was great that he knew Deisy and what we could push for and what we could get. Wedding Butlers also upgraded our room to the Preferred Club, so nice! There was a bottle of champagne waiting for us when we checked in.
We had an early start on the day of the wedding, our ceremony was at 11am. My hair appointment was at 7:30am, she did a wonderful job! I loved it. My 3 bridesmaids loved theirs as as well. We were served mimosas too! Then back to my room with all my girls plus a couple close friends to get ready. Derek went to his brothers room to get dressed. I had ordered grapefruit juice, orange juice, champagne, fruit, bagels, yogurt and cereal for everyone to snack on/drink. This was a great idea because people tend to forget to eat!
Derek and I wanted to do 'first look' photos, suggested by my AMAZING photographer! Such a good idea. So off I went to do that. I am soooo glad we chose to do this. Derek and I had such a special, private moment, caught on camera. I cry when I look at the photos! ha! If anyone is looking for a photographer, I can't say enough good things about Aaron Dieppa. He is based in California but goes all over for destination weddings. He was by far the BEST decision I made www.aarondieppa.com
Time to walk down the aisle! Sound system was great. We gave Deisy our ipod with the songs to be played in what order. The aisle was a little narrow but that's quite minor. My aunt used to be a minister so she preformed our symbolic ceremony. It was wonderful, very personal. After the ceremony we did have champagne served, don't know if that was worth the money. We could have just made the 10 extra steps and ordered it from the bar....for free...haha. Oh well.
Time for pictures, we did wedding party pictures, group shots and had a few of just us. Then we just told everyone to meet at the lobby bar at 7pm right before dinner, and then Deisy would escort us over. Most people got into their swimming suites and went to the pool, while Derek and I went for a nap! We needed it. After our little siesta, time for more pictures. LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!!! I love them all! I'm sure every bride is in love with their pictures. But I think I'm extra in love. Aaron captured really great moments of us just being us. And then time for dinner!
We were able to book in Castaways with a view of the ocean for our reception dinner. It was amazing, all of our guests loved the dinner. They were also flexible for a few fussy eaters. The servers were fantastic, no one ever was close to having an empty drink and Derek loved the tuna so much he asked for more and they brought some more out! haha Our wedding party had some speeches and toasts, we had some cake and headed to the Beach Bar to keep the party going!
Flowers!!!! How could I forget!? Probably because I didn't have to worry about them! My mom is a florist. She went to Mexico 1 week before we arrived to find flowers! (and to vacation) She went to Costco in Cancun and got most of them there!!! She also was able to order some through the hotel. Her room looked like a flower shop! She had the A/C on high to keep the flowers as fresh as possible. My dad was quite cold haha! I'm not the least bit surprise the flowers turned out so beautiful!
So much fun! So exhausted! So worth it! I am now married to the love of my life! After all, that is what it comes down to! My advice is to be as flexible as possible, there is a lot of stress and things to deal with in planning a wedding, I totally get it. But you're in Mexico! Enjoy it! It is going to be soooo wonderful!
Hair! Love it!
My wedding planner in the background Ryan herding us along! haha!
My wonderful mother bringing the flowers!!!
Some of my crafting! I love Pinterest. I made everything from ideas from there!
Dad stepping on my train....oops!
Serving up some cake!
Aaron Dieppa: www.aarondieppa.com
An idea I saw on pinterest! Aaron did very well with tasteful position of my arm!