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#241 kcole123

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Posted 25 April 2015 - 07:34 PM

Hey @pddcmc I was wondering when we would hear from you. From what I can see in your new profile pic you look gorgeous and I can't wait to see more. Seen the photos on your facebook to and your hair and makeup looks really classy and elegant. Eeeeeek and congrats to you and your HUSBAND.

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#242 maybeoneday

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Posted 25 April 2015 - 09:46 PM

@pddcmc
You look beautiful and I love your pics! X I can't wait to see the rest of the photos! X

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#243 pddcmc

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 12:43 PM

@hellosassypants Oh that's so cool! Did you run into the other bride at the Cancun airport? Congrats to you guys!

 

@TinkerSofi Yes, it was a gorgeous place! I LOVED it! Do you know the name of the cenote?

 
@kcole123 You looked fantastically gorgeous. Congrats to you and your hubby!
 
@maybeoneday Thank you!

 

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OK, no judgement on the mess you can see in the photos... but...

 

The Packing:

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I placed a layer of bubble wrap, then placed the cups in their individual bubble wrap that they came shipped in, then I placed a layer of bubble warp over the top. We only had one broken cup, and I packed extras just in case. I call that success. 

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Edited by pddcmc, 26 April 2015 - 12:43 PM.

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#244 acw271011

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 02:16 PM

@pddcmc  It's good to see you back and congrats on being a Mrs!! You looked absolutely stunning and I LOVE you hair!! It turned out absolutely beautiful!! Who did you have do it for you? Looking forward to seeing more photos!! Your resort looks great too! Which cenote is it that you went to? We went to one the last time we were in Playa and loved it. That one looks gorgeous!


I said "yes" again to the love of my life at Grand Coral Beach Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico on our 4th anniversary - October 20, 2015

 

 

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#245 TinkerSofi

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 03:23 PM

@pddcmc it's called ik kil :)



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#246 pddcmc

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 04:16 PM

@pddcmc  It's good to see you back and congrats on being a Mrs!! You looked absolutely stunning and I LOVE you hair!! It turned out absolutely beautiful!! Who did you have do it for you? Looking forward to seeing more photos!! Your resort looks great too! Which cenote is it that you went to? We went to one the last time we were in Playa and loved it. That one looks gorgeous!

Thank you! I hired The Best Moments and the stylist was Natacha Bitsch (I think she owns Evo Evolution, or something like that?).

 

According to @TinkerSofi, the photos are from ik kil :)


Guess what? We packed THE NIGHT before we left... I went to sleep at 1:30 and woke up at 4:00 am  :blink:


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#247 pddcmc

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 08:34 AM

@TinkerSofi @acw271011 @maybeoneday @kcole123 @hellosassypants @FutureMrsGlover @Meandhim @calgarybride2015 and @everyone else :)

Here are the funny and the sweet memories from our wedding day that I want to share with you guys:

 

1. I forgot to look at myself fully made-up and dressed in the mirror.

 

2. I was so excited to see my husband that I said I don't care if my dress gets dirty, which it really, truly did by the looks of the gown in photos.

 

3. It took me forever to say the word "lawfully" in my vows because I was afraid I was going to say wafflely like that video I had posted a few weeks back.

 

4. Before the ceremony started, I asked the Best Man if he had the rings... well, I guess he didn't hear me.... and I assumed that meant that he had them...

 

5. Apparently, during the ceremony, my bestie realized that the rings were still in the clam ring pillow... so she jumped up and ran to get them (4 months pregnant) from the box that my MOH had put together (in it there was a copy of our vows, deodorant, mints, tide stick, my reception shoes, etc.. and apparently she and my MOH put the rings in there to take to the ceremony). She then passed them to the Best Man. I guess I was so focused on my husband and the ceremony, that I didn't see any f this!!! LOL

 

6. Husband dropped my ring and I bent down to pick it up! LOL I'm sure that looked ridiculous! ...I mean, look at how form fitting my dress was! I am lucky I didn't fall over!!! 

 

7. The minister changed our script a little...so when he said, "I now have the honor to introduce for the first time Mr. & Mrs. ____" and gave a long pause, we thought we were supposed to kiss... so we did... and the minister said something (I don't remember what it was, but everyone laughed). Well, he went on and finished announcing us and then told us to share our first kiss as husband and wife..so we did, again. haha

 

Everyone is right, I can't believe how quickly our day went. Minus a few mishaps with the wedding coordinator, it was wonderfully perfect with little quirks that made the day super special. 

 

I can't wait to share photos with you all! 

 

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The Best Moments: Hair and make-up artists

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*Just in case other brides run across my planning journal at a later time, I have posted full reviews on The Best Moments, Del Sol Photography, and Dreams Riviera Cancun under the appropriate review sections.*


Edited by pddcmc, 27 April 2015 - 08:35 AM.

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#248 FutureMrsGlover

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 08:40 AM

@pddcmc....you looked absolutely beautiful, I love your hair.   And I loved the pics....looked amazing and like you and the hubby had a great time.  I am so happy for you!!! 



#249 pddcmc

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 08:56 AM

We had the Dreams of Love Wedding package on April 17th with the ceremony at 5:30 pm on the North Beach, cocktail at the Jacuzzi, and reception at the deck.


Edited by pddcmc, 27 April 2015 - 09:08 AM.

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#250 pddcmc

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 08:56 AM

We had the Dreams of Love Wedding package on April 17th with the ceremony at 5:30 pm on the North Beach, cocktail at the Jacuzzi, and reception at the deck.

 

Travel: We flew with Apple vacations/Frontier Air. We had no problem taking our wedding outfits on the plane (the biggest pain was carrying it through the airport!) We got a private overhead compartment to lay our clothes down in. No problem with customs. We were over-weight with all three pieces of luggage, but when we checked our bags, the person at the counter let it “slide” because it was for our wedding (I think wearing a “Bride” shirt helped ;)).

 

Arrival: We arrived to DRC and we were greeted with cool towels that smelled amazing.  We were then taken to the preferred club to check-in and provided champagne. Our wedding coordinator met us there and walked us to the wedding office (more on that later). In the room we had a flower arrangement, champagne, and fruit, and a welcome letter waiting for us. We were in room 1551, which had an AMAZING view with the largest deck in the building.

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The view from our balcony

 

Pre-wedding meeting: Our meeting with Maira (wedding coordinator) occurred immediately after checking in. I will say this – I was extremely disappointed. Maira did not have the most current Wedding Planner form (I should have trusted my instincts and brought a print out, but in an email she told me she would take care of it), so that made things a little challenging. But, I remained calm and positive, until… we started discussing the events of the wedding day. She said, “You didn’t tell me you were having a first look.” *Um, what?!* We had corresponded several times about this. So, by then I started to panic a little because it became apparent that she was not with it. Also, in an email, she told me she would cancel the bridal appointment with the spa (I hired outside stylists), well she didn’t. So, in the meeting I had to remind her of this. She then wrote herself a note to cancel the appointment. Unfortunately, the day of the wedding, the spa called my room and said that I was 9 minutes late for my appointment! Luckily, my MOH had answered the phone and let them know that the coordinator was supposed to contact them the previous day.

During the pre-wedding meeting, my fiancé also noticed that the WC was not on the ball, which says a lot because he is a very calm, easy-going guy. What I am trying to say is this proves that I was not over-reacting. Basically, I had my MOH and girl friends take charge – the day went perfectly.

I honestly think that Maira was new, and her English is rather lacking. Luckily, my husband's first language is Spanish, so he did quite a bit of explaining and clarification. I will say that anyone who has Claudia is very lucky. She helped us with our pre-wedding appointment when Maira was having trouble.

 

Rehearsal: Rehearsal was at 5:30 pm the following day. This was fantastic because it was the same time as our actual ceremony. So, I was able to see what the sun and temperature would be like. Well, it was PERFECT. The sun was just behind a building, some there was some shade and a light breeze.

After the rehearsal, Maira informed us that she forgot to order frames for the table numbers. Although, in retrospect, this is a minor detail, it was still unsettling that there was another thing that she had dropped the ball on. Luckily, she got it taken care of.

 

Complimentary Room: Husband checked-in to his complimentary room @ 3pm on Thursday and was required to check-out on Friday @ 12pm. He got ready in a friend’s room. No problems here.

  

The Best Moments: I was VERY happy with my hair and make-up, as well as my MOH and mother’s looks. I do recommend them, but I will say that I had a few communication issues with Martina at the beginning, but everything worked out wonderfully. For a little more detail, see my review under the Vendor Reviews section.

  

WEDDING DAY – The Best Moments: Natacha (hair) and Caral (make-up) arrived 12:30. They were so sweet and fast! My mom, MOH, and I were finished by 3 pm, which was perfect. It gave us enough time to just relax and visit with each other.

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Del Sol Photography: Debora arrived to my room at 4 pm and her assistant (Jorge) went to my husband’s room for getting ready photos. Debora was FANTASTIC!!! I have yet to see photos, but she was so fun, outgoing, and full of life. In fact, even my guests commented on how great she was! For more info, see my review under Vendor Reviews.

 

Getting ready robe from etsy - it photographed very well and was very comfortable!

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Ceremony: We had a symbolic ceremony (legal wedding at home before). We had a man who was very nice, but did have a heavy Mexican accent that made it a little hard to follow what he was saying. On the plus side, we had a bilingual ceremony, so it worked out. However, I did feel like he didn’t read our preferred ceremony script before the actual ceremony. Oh well.
My husband’s cousin and uncle performed the processional. It was PHENOMENAL. They played “A Love Idea” by Mark Knopfler. Jose walked down the aisle playing this piece on his violin and Uncle Gus played the accompaniment on the electronic piano on the left side.

Our guests tossed mini beach balls as we walked down the aisle as husband and wife.

Décor: I brought fans, mini beach balls that were in two baskets, a chalk board, and starfish garland. The resort decorated the arch with white and coral.

Honestly, the fans were not needed. There was a nice breeze blowing and the ceremony time we had chosen was perfect – it was not hot at all and the sun was not in our eyes. But, it was a nice touch for color because we didn't have chair bows (I can't stand them).

The sound system we brought was PERFECT – everyone could hear without a problem (best $150 I have ever spent).

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I didn't upgrade my bouquet, but I thought it was beautiful. And, man, that sucker was heavy!!

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Yes, there was quite a bit of seaweed on the beach. But, the resort tries to keep it clean. The thing is, it's the season for the seaweed to get washed up...but it's the ocean, what do you expect? lol

 

Cocktail Hour: We didn’t get to enjoy too much of this, but of what food I had, it was delicious! My only complaint is that the cocktail was held at the South Jacuzzi... our ceremony was on the North Beach and the Reception was on the Deck, right next to the North Beach. Really, it's not a big deal..it was just a little confusing to everyone as to where to go.

 

Reception: We were on the deck and it was gorgeous. We had the Mexican Buffet and the food was amazing…The best food all week. There was food featured that wasn't available at any of the restaurants. We brought the cake topper and we had a marble cake. You can't take the cake home with you or back to your room because it's sitting out for so long.

Rather than pay for an extra hour of reception dancing, we went to the disco and danced. This was fun because I went in my dress and people were so nice and complimentary  B).

 

That's all I can think of for now. I will add more if it comes to me  ;)


Edited by pddcmc, 27 April 2015 - 09:00 AM.

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