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#291 Nicole Perkins

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    Posted 08 September 2013 - 04:51 PM

    Hi everyone, I posted a review of Secrets here: http://www.bestdesti...mes-weddings/20    



    #292 RandL2015

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    Posted 08 September 2013 - 06:16 PM

    Great review!! Love the picture of you and your husband sitting in the "Mr. & Mrs." Chairs. Going to borrow that idea. :D

    #293 Mimi127

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      Posted 08 September 2013 - 06:48 PM

      I finally started my planning thread. Its not complete but I will add more over the next few days n http://www.bestdesti...planning-thread

      #294 LisaJoy

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      Posted 09 September 2013 - 07:46 AM

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      First I must say the resort is beautiful. You will not be disappointed. When we arrived we were upgraded to the Preferred Club which was a pleasant surprise and it gave us some privacy away from our guests. We had our wedding at the Seawind Beach Club which is next door to the spa. We had some bumps in the road prior to,our wedding but overall mostly everyone was helpful. There were communication issues between the resort and the club so if any of you ladies decide to get married at Seawind you have to stay on top of them as the beach club did not inform the resort that there would be a wedding and the resort gave my photographer a difficult time getting onto the property even though we were paying for a day pass. My MOH literally had to go to the lobby and speak to someone she and befriended to get Clayton in. The strange thing is they did not give my make-up artist Rashel any problems when she arrived they just called the Spa to let me know she was waiting for me. Sidebar: Rashel is so sweet and does a phenomenal job. She informed that Secrets does not like when outside vendors are used and Clayton also told me its one of the most difficult resorts for vendors to get into. As for the spa I went for a manicure, massage and to get my hair done (my stylist was supposed to travel with me and canceled at the last minute). For ladies with short hair cuts the stylist did a decent job but not what I am used to and that could be due to the fact that I am extremely picky when it comes to my hair. Well about an hour before the ceremony was to start there was a unexpected tropical storm. Thank God it didn't last very long but there was a little damage so they wedding started a little late because the club had to set everything back up. Now here is where things get a little tricky. My wedding planner had made arrangements for golf carts to pick up our guest a half hour before the wedding started however when my MOH called she was informed that the cart would only pick me up. What an inconvience and my husband and I both had our grandmothers there and after the storm it felt like the hottest day ever. Fortunately when the reception was over one of the staff was kind enough to drop our grandmothers back at the resort because wephen evening arrives there is no more golf cart service. When I arrived at the beach club I was pleased with how beautifully everything was decorated. Jan's flowers did a great job. Everything looked better than I expected. Her book does no justice for the work provided. My only issue was I did not want my ceremony on the beach and they were well aware of that but somehow that's where it was set up. Oh well it still turned out beautiful. For the cocktail hour we had the steel band. We took some group pictures so we were able to hear a few songs and they were awesome. We also,asked for a blue signature drink which they were able to provide and everyone said the appetizers were great. As for the dinner the food was delicious much better than the food served at the resort not to say the food isn't good there. I enjoyed the cake but my husband didn't. The cake was also provided by Jan's. I don't have any pictures yet only a few from our guest. Our photographer is going to be in NY in October and has promised to hand deliver them however I will post a few that I have. I'm also going to finally work on my planning thread. Better late than never.......


       

      I hope Clayton comes through for you in October with your photos. We married July 1st at Secrets using Rounald (WPA Jamaica.) Still have not been given the promised sneak peek and are going on our 11th week. >:? The agreement delivery time is 4-6 weeks. I'm so disappointed right now and have lost all excitement in even seeing our wedding pictures. And yes, I'm made my feelings know to Paula (SunGold) and to Rounald. Congratulations on your marriage!! May God Bless a new chapter/book of happiness, love and respect. :)

      #295 Mimi127

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        Posted 09 September 2013 - 08:55 AM

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        Originally Posted by LisaJoy 
         
        Quote:
        Originally Posted by Mimi127 

        First I must say the resort is beautiful. You will not be disappointed. When we arrived we were upgraded to the Preferred Club which was a pleasant surprise and it gave us some privacy away from our guests. We had our wedding at the Seawind Beach Club which is next door to the spa. We had some bumps in the road prior to,our wedding but overall mostly everyone was helpful. There were communication issues between the resort and the club so if any of you ladies decide to get married at Seawind you have to stay on top of them as the beach club did not inform the resort that there would be a wedding and the resort gave my photographer a difficult time getting onto the property even though we were paying for a day pass. My MOH literally had to go to the lobby and speak to someone she and befriended to get Clayton in. The strange thing is they did not give my make-up artist Rashel any problems when she arrived they just called the Spa to let me know she was waiting for me. Sidebar: Rashel is so sweet and does a phenomenal job. She informed that Secrets does not like when outside vendors are used and Clayton also told me its one of the most difficult resorts for vendors to get into. As for the spa I went for a manicure, massage and to get my hair done (my stylist was supposed to travel with me and canceled at the last minute). For ladies with short hair cuts the stylist did a decent job but not what I am used to and that could be due to the fact that I am extremely picky when it comes to my hair. Well about an hour before the ceremony was to start there was a unexpected tropical storm. Thank God it didn't last very long but there was a little damage so they wedding started a little late because the club had to set everything back up. Now here is where things get a little tricky. My wedding planner had made arrangements for golf carts to pick up our guest a half hour before the wedding started however when my MOH called she was informed that the cart would only pick me up. What an inconvience and my husband and I both had our grandmothers there and after the storm it felt like the hottest day ever. Fortunately when the reception was over one of the staff was kind enough to drop our grandmothers back at the resort because wephen evening arrives there is no more golf cart service. When I arrived at the beach club I was pleased with how beautifully everything was decorated. Jan's flowers did a great job. Everything looked better than I expected. Her book does no justice for the work provided. My only issue was I did not want my ceremony on the beach and they were well aware of that but somehow that's where it was set up. Oh well it still turned out beautiful. For the cocktail hour we had the steel band. We took some group pictures so we were able to hear a few songs and they were awesome. We also,asked for a blue signature drink which they were able to provide and everyone said the appetizers were great. As for the dinner the food was delicious much better than the food served at the resort not to say the food isn't good there. I enjoyed the cake but my husband didn't. The cake was also provided by Jan's. I don't have any pictures yet only a few from our guest. Our photographer is going to be in NY in October and has promised to hand deliver them however I will post a few that I have. I'm also going to finally work on my planning thread. Better late than never.......





         




        I hope Clayton comes through for you in October with your photos. We married July 1st at Secrets using Rounald (WPA Jamaica.) Still have not been given the promised sneak peek and are going on our 11th week. >:? The agreement delivery time is 4-6 weeks. I'm so disappointed right now and have lost all excitement in even seeing our wedding pictures. And yes, I'm made my feelings know to Paula (SunGold) and to Rounald. Congratulations on your marriage!! May God Bless a new chapter/book of happiness, love and respect. :)

        I am so sorry that you have not received your pictures as of yet.  What reason are they giving you for not sending out the pictures as of yet?  That is truly ridiculous.  I would be pissed.   Keep me posted and let me know how things go as I will let you know if Clayton comes through for me.



        #296 Mimi127

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          Posted 09 September 2013 - 08:56 AM

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          Originally Posted by RandL2015 

          Great review!! Love the picture of you and your husband sitting in the "Mr. & Mrs." Chairs. Going to borrow that idea.

           

          Thank you.  Everybody loved the chair signs.  They were a big hit!



          #297 LisaJoy

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          Posted 09 September 2013 - 09:31 AM

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          Originally Posted by Mimi127 

          I am so sorry that you have not received your pictures as of yet.  What reason are they giving you for not sending out the pictures as of yet?  That is truly ridiculous.  I would be pissed.   Keep me posted and let me know how things go as I will let you know if Clayton comes through for me.

           

          Rounald claims he has been really busy and said during our wedding to give him 8 weeks. He never said that to us. We'd remember. I have contacted Paula (SunGold Photography) several times, who has, in turn, scolded him for his lack of communication and customer service to us. Apparently, this is an ongoing issue. I was afraid to express my feelings since we do not have our photos in hand. But as each week passes, I get more and more angry. I had money on account with Paula to order a wedding album. I have since asked for that money back and received it. We loved Rounald's personality and know the photos (God willing) will be amazing...whenever we receive them. Rounald said he "needed another week," which was a week and a half ago, when I told him we had a family get together and intended to show the photos at this event. That family get together has come and gone. I emailed Paula yesterday morning and asked her to have Rounald send us our pictures, even if unedited. I'm now at the end of my rope. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!! SO FRUSTRATED!!

          #298 muneera0302

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            Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:26 PM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by LisaJoy 
             
            Quote:
            Originally Posted by Mimi127 
             

            I am so sorry that you have not received your pictures as of yet.  What reason are they giving you for not sending out the pictures as of yet?  That is truly ridiculous.  I would be pissed.   Keep me posted and let me know how things go as I will let you know if Clayton comes through for me.

             




            Rounald claims he has been really busy and said during our wedding to give him 8 weeks. He never said that to us. We'd remember. I have contacted Paula (SunGold Photography) several times, who has, in turn, scolded him for his lack of communication and customer service to us. Apparently, this is an ongoing issue. I was afraid to express my feelings since we do not have our photos in hand. But as each week passes, I get more and more angry. I had money on account with Paula to order a wedding album. I have since asked for that money back and received it. We loved Rounald's personality and know the photos (God willing) will be amazing...whenever we receive them. Rounald said he "needed another week," which was a week and a half ago, when I told him we had a family get together and intended to show the photos at this event. That family get together has come and gone. I emailed Paula yesterday morning and asked her to have Rounald send us our pictures, even if unedited. I'm now at the end of my rope. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!! SO FRUSTRATED!!

             

             

            dang that sucks. what the heck does one do in that situation! initially i'd be nervous to let them know i'm mad and they turn around and do a terrible job at the pics, but knowing me and my mouth i would have done the same thing, complained to someone! lol i hope you get them back soon. and from reading alot of reviews it seems like many photographers do take a while returning the pics.



            #299 LisaJoy

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            Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:33 PM

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            dang that sucks. what the heck does one do in that situation! initially i'd be nervous to let them know i'm mad and they turn around and do a terrible job at the pics, but knowing me and my mouth i would have done the same thing, complained to someone! lol i hope you get them back soon. and from reading alot of reviews it seems like many photographers do take a while returning the pics.

             

            I'm HUGE on do as you say. If the agreement said it would take a year, then I'd wait a year. Well, I would never book with them...but you know what I mean. :) I did my best to keep my thoughts to myself but could not it any longer. Trust me, my email to Paula was extremely kind and respectful. Lol I'm a business woman and I have great work integrity and take pride in that. I pray Rounald and Paula appreciate my honest feedback and strive to improve.

            #300 muneera0302

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              Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:44 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by LisaJoy 
               
              Quote:
              Originally Posted by muneera0302 
               

               

               

              dang that sucks. what the heck does one do in that situation! initially i'd be nervous to let them know i'm mad and they turn around and do a terrible job at the pics, but knowing me and my mouth i would have done the same thing, complained to someone! lol i hope you get them back soon. and from reading alot of reviews it seems like many photographers do take a while returning the pics.

               



              I'm HUGE on do as you say. If the agreement said it would take a year, then I'd wait a year. Well, I would never book with them...but you know what I mean. :) I did my best to keep my thoughts to myself but could not it any longer. Trust me, my email to Paula was extremely kind and respectful. Lol I'm a business woman and I have great work integrity and take pride in that. I pray Rounald and Paula appreciate my honest feedback and strive to improve.

               

              exactly! well hope you get it this week at least. did you do a review?






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