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#1 JessicaF413

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    Posted 29 October 2007 - 05:24 PM

    I know I have not been very active with this site, but I wanted to
    share because I have gotten so much information from everyone that
    was so helpful. I appreciate it! (and I posted this same message on yahoo's group too..)

    **Disclaimer: The reason I had this wedding in PV was because I did
    not want to deal with the stress and time of planning a big wedding
    back home, so I came into this with a very carefree attitude and that
    absolutely helped me stay calm!**

    We arrived in PV 9 hours late on 10/18. US Airways canceled our
    flight out of Des Moines because of the weather, even though 6 of our
    friends were on different flights going out the same time and they
    were fine, but they couldn't get us on any of those flights. So we
    got routed to St. Louis, then Dallas and spent 7 hours in the Dallas
    airport. We finally get to PV at 10:30 pm where all of our friends
    and family are already there waiting for us at Dreams.

    On to the reviews…..

    Wedding Coordinator:
    Eva and Michael from Vallarta Weddings vallartaweddings.com. They
    were absolutely wonderful. I just found them online and communicated
    via email. I sent them photos of what I wanted and everything was
    exactly perfect. Michael was the one that stayed with us from the
    church to the very end of the reception dinner. I don't think he
    stopped for more than 5 minutes because he was running around doing
    so much. All of our friends and family commented about how great he

    Our Lady of Guadalupe church- downtown PV. The church was absolutely
    beautiful. One comment, they are repainting all the trim around the
    entire church. We went there for a quick rehearsal and there was
    this enormous scaffolding in the back. They were able to move it to
    the side and honestly, the day of the wedding I didn't even pay
    attention or realize it was there. There is also plastic on the
    altar, but you can't even notice it any of the pictures. I did
    overhear them saying that this will be done by December. We had a
    lot of people coming in to watch and take pictures, but again, we
    didn't even know until the end when we turned around and saw all the
    people. We also did not get to meet the priest before the ceremony
    or know which one was performing it. Our coordinator told us there
    were 2, one speaks good English and the other one doesn't. And we
    got the one that no one understood…I am going to apologize because I
    don't even remember his name, but I asked my coordinator and
    hopefully I can let you know so you can try to request the other
    one! We were able to follow the mass because 90% of our guests were
    Catholic, but all you could do was laugh a little because the priest
    was about 100 years old.

    Reception Dinner:
    El Dorado Restaurant. We wanted to pick something that was on the
    beach and had an authentic feel, I mean we went to Mexico for a
    reason! So this was perfect. They had this little section for us
    and the trio we hired had their own little stage. There were only 30
    people total, so we had a small group and I wanted an intimate casual
    dinner. We are having a reception this weekend in Chicago, so we
    thought we would save all the 1st dances, etc for that. Totally not
    the case! As soon as we got there, all the servers never left our
    side. We didn't even have to order a drink because they were so
    attentive. We didn't even notice that the appetizers never came out
    right away! The food was excellent and everyone loved what they
    had. We hired the Trio Jaque Mate (our coordinator recommended them)
    and they were amazing! They weren't your typically Trio that play
    soft music, they were like a mini-Mariachi band! They even played
    some music in English! Everyone got up and danced and I really don't
    think they would have stopped if the food didn't show up. Even when
    they took a break, Michael (coordinator) went up right away and
    played music from his I-pod, I didn't even ask him to do that. He
    even did that when the Trio was over and we stayed for another 45
    minutes. We had so much fun and I can't imagine doing it any other

    When we were done with that, we went back to Dreams (all our guests
    stayed there too) and danced and drank there.

    Other services:
    Hair/make-up: Dreams spa- I don't remember who recommended Blanca,
    but she did my hair and make-up and I loved it and she was so nice.
    All of my bridesmaids and my mom got their hair/make-up done there
    Transportation: we got a charter bus to take everyone to the church
    and then to the restaurant. Me, my bridesmaid, and parents were
    supposed to get a suburban to pick us up, but we got a van.
    Hotel: Dreams- this place was wonderful. Great service, food,
    everything. All of our guests want to make a yearly trip down there
    from now on. Originally I wanted to have my reception there, but
    when I contacted the coordinator back in January she told me they
    only do one reception there a day. Totally not true, but I am not
    disappointed about it. I think it was nice leaving the resort for a
    little while.
    Photographer: Marisa Bridge- bridgecolor.com
    She was a funny lady. I got the package that included 2
    photographers and a videographer. She met me at the hotel and she
    came to my room and the other photographer went to Matt's room and
    the videographer went from room to room. She was all over the place
    during the ceremony and stayed for the entire reception. She mingled
    with all the guests and made everyone feel very comfortable. Matt
    and I met her in town to pick out our pictures that Tuesday and she
    met us at the airport before we left to give us everything but the
    video, which she will mail later. Not only did she print 200 photos,
    but I got to have the photos on a CD (all 1100 that she took).
    I put all my photos on Walgreens.com, if you would like to see them.
    Here is the link.
    Walgreens Photo Center: Error Page
    Let me know if the link doesn't work.

    Overall, we had a wonderful time and the little things that happened
    along the way were so insignificant that it is more funny to laugh
    about them now than be mad they happened.

    #2 amyh


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      Posted 29 October 2007 - 08:24 PM

      Jessica! Thank you so much for sharing!! i just finished viewing your pics! I love, love your bouquet! Do you know the name of your florist

      #3 1elephant

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        Posted 29 October 2007 - 09:11 PM

        i'm so glad everything went wonderfully!!!! congrats!!!

        i can't view your pics tho ...

        #4 JulieG

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          Posted 29 October 2007 - 10:33 PM

          I can't view your pics either and I would love to see them.

          #5 edna

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            Posted 29 October 2007 - 11:04 PM

            Thank you for the review, I couldnt see pics either but I am glad you had a great time!!!

            #6 amyh


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              Posted 29 October 2007 - 11:35 PM

              I couldn't see the pics either but was able to figure out the link

              Walgreens Photo Center: Sign Up

              #7 Leia78

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                Posted 30 October 2007 - 12:45 AM

                Great review! Thanks for sharing. Beautiful pics!

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                  Posted 30 October 2007 - 06:19 AM

                  Thanks for sharing your review. Glad it all went well :o)

                  #9 MsShelley


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                    Posted 30 October 2007 - 06:52 AM

                    great review, glad everything went great!

                    #10 twinkletoes

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                      Posted 30 October 2007 - 07:07 AM

                      Awesome review! Glad to hear you had a great time!
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