Welcome to Puerto Vallarta (Day 2 Recap)

Day 2 Recap

Our 2nd day in Puerto Vallarta (2 days before the wedding) included our first time visiting our wedding venue, meeting our wedding coordinator and the arrival of our guests in Puerto Vallarta

It started early in the morning. We had a 6:30am wake up call. I beat it.


We had a lot of things to do on our 2nd day and started with a hearty breakfast from room service. Chris and I shared fresh fruits, muffins, , whole wheat toast, ham and eggs.


After breakfast, we got a cab to take us to the marina around 8am. My wedding coordinator told me to meet her at the marina, in front of Walmart and Sam’s Club 🙂 After numerous emails with Kelley, I was so excited to finally meet her.


I kept forgetting that I had a “bride” hat on and was so surprised why everyone knew we were getting married.

We got there with plenty of time to put our sunscreen on and explore a bit. We also took our medicine for sea sickness just in case.


We are ready to go. We are sweaty from the humidity and sticky from the sunscreen. Welcome to Puerto Vallarta.

This is our first time we will be seeing the wedding venue and I have no doubt it will be beautiful, so a site visit was really not necessary. But it was included in our wedding package so we took advantage for the opportunity to relax at the beach, enjoying our time together, on the same spot where we will be getting married.


The catamaran arrived and we boarded. We found a spot on the top deck, so we can get fresh air and see everything.


I grabbed a pear from the breakfast offered on the boat.


The catamaran stayed close to shore and we enjoyed looking at all the beach front properties along Puerto Vallarta’s coast.  Kelley and I discussed wedding details during the boat ride but she had everything handled already, I had nothing to worry about.


We spotted our hotel, Dreams.


The catamaran slowed down as we approached Los Arcos.

IMG_7405  IMG_7408IMG_7410IMG_7407IMG_7412

Halfway thru our one hour ride, the staff put on a dancing show for us. They know have to have fun on the job.


As we approached Las Caletas, the staff welcomed us by standing on the beach waving at us. I got goosebumps, it was beautiful. How I felt at that moment, is exactly how I wanted our guests to feel when they first arrive on our wedding day.


We booked Las Caletas for our wedding 9 months prior and have seen so many pictures that I felt like I’ve been to the place.

It was even more beautiful up close. The blue and clear water, the ocean breeze and the peaceful feeling that comes over you when you first arrive.


Enjoying our time on the beach and lounging around before our wedding coordinator gives us a run down of the wedding day.

IMG_7441  IMG_7438 IMG_7440IMG_7436 IMG_7434a

After we met with Kelley, we headed back to our hotel at 1pm. The catamaran wasn’t scheduled to go back until 4pm, so with us leaving earlier, they put us on a water taxi.


The water taxi took us to the nearest marina, a fisherman’s marina called Boca De Tomatlan (not the same marina we departed from). From there, we took a taxi back to the hotel for lunch.

The water taxi ride was an adventure, it was fast and it reminded me of scenes from Baywatch 🙂 No pictures were taken during the ride because my hands were busy holding on to dear life. Chris owns a boat so he was used to that type of a choppy ride.

Shortly after arriving back at the hotel, we ate lunch and spent some time at the pool.

Fresh salsa was always available and I was always in the mood for it.


Also on my plate, sauteed vegetables and fish. The white fish was moist, flaky and tasty.


The fresh papayas were perfectly ripe and sweet. I liked putting granola and shredded coconut toppings.


Pina coladas to help cool us off from the heat. It was hot.


After lunch, we lounged around the pool with friends until it was time for the first of two flights to come in and our guests started to arrive.

PV - Lea Camera

We welcomed them with cool and refreshing drinks.


First ones to arrive were our friends Tom and Caroline. I jokingly said “Welcome Honeymooners” to them and apparently the staff heard and welcomed them with champagne.


Then our families came on the next shuttle.


Along with our friends.


The most excited of them all, my niece and our flower girl, Jazzy. It was her first ever plane ride.


With a huge group coming in at the same time, there was a little wait with the check-in process. Most of our guests were patient.


Some were not and demanded they go to the pool right away 🙂


The group check-in process went well and I was happy everyone made it to Puerto Vallarta safe and sound.

IMG_7496a IMG_7497a IMG_7498aIMG_7500IMG_7499a

Dinner time came around and our restaurant choice was the Mexican restaurant at the hotel called El Patio. Our guests rested after they arrived and enjoyed dinner at the various restaurants throughout the hotel.

Chris and I with our friends. So happy that they traveled with us to Mexico to celebrate our wedding. It really helped that our guests all arrived days before the wedding, it gave enough time for everyone to get to know each other and get comfortable at the wedding.


Thank you also to our friends who took a lot of pictures and shared them with us.


The highlight from our meal were the small tacos served to us as appetizers. They tasted great, similar to the tacos the guys raved about the night before from Fiesta Night.


After dinner, we  walked on the beach and relaxed by the bonfire. There was a live band playing that night singing 80’s cover songs. So fun!


I would never have thought I would be this relax a few days before my wedding. Not one bit of stress hit me. I was just enjoying our vacation and really trying to be present each moment and tried to show our appreciation to our friends and family. I kept saying thank you to everyone, but I didn’t feel I could say it enough.

IMG_7519a IMG_7528a

We were also surprised by a firework show. It was for a wedding happening nearby so we got a free show.


At this point, we were just in awe of everything. I really just wanted to take it all in.

Other fun activities that night were movies by the beach and finding small crabs at the beach.  There were plenty of activities offered by the hotel and because they have a private beach, we would run into our friends and family everywhere we go. It felt like our own playground.

IMG_7512 IMG_7510IMG_7515

The next day, day 3 in Puerto Vallarta (1 day before the wedding) was a day of relaxation. All we did was eat, swim, play, rest and repeat.


  1. SO fabulous! The Island is incredible!! And one of my favorite things about Mexico was all of the amazing food. Fresh tortilla chips, salsa & guac 24/7? Yes, please! Ah! So cool that you got married in such an amazing spot and that your friends and family got to witness it all

  2. Wow, it is really beautiful there. These photos are amazing, makes me feel like I am there. I wish I was. All the fresh fruit looks so good.

  3. Hehe, I love how you forgot you were wearing your bride cap! 🙂

    Gosh, Puerto Vallarta is GORGEOUS!!! YAY for pear lovers!

    Did you receive my email?

  4. I’m so jealous, everything looks amazing!!

  5. What an amazing 2nd day! That island is so beautiful! I cannot wait to see what it looked like on your wedding day! 🙂

  6. Annette (Defiant Vegan) says:

    That’s awesome! what a beautiful private island that is.

    Food and pictures look great! So Happy for you!

  7. Those pina coladas looking amazing! I’d like to have a destination wedding one day 🙂

  8. Aaaahhhh I want to go Mexico ASAP!

  9. Smore says:

    Your trip looks absolutely amazing! The food and weather look perfect!

  10. such a gorgeous venue. it must have been so fun to have your family and friends there to enjoy it with you. 🙂 love reading your recaps!

  11. Wow, everything looks so amazing!

  12. omg this looks amazing!!! I can’t choose one thing that looks better than the other!

  13. You couldn’t have chosen a better destination wedding location…I can’t wait to visit one of these days!


  1. […] this time last year, the husband and I, along with our family and friends,  all vacationed to Puerto Vallarta in celebration of our […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: