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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.

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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 floristhuh.gif

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