Sunday, August 14, 2016

Puerto Vallarta's wedding planners will make your wedding Epic!


Ceremony on Grass. Mountain backdropA fun wedding is fine. But, all Brides and grooms want their wedding to be more than just fun, it should be epic! The best of all time! To do this, you will need to plan a wedding that excites all 5 senses. So, assuming you have already set the venue, the date you wanted and also a wonderful city or bay, such as Puerto Vallarta then, it is now time to begin the final phase. You must decide what theme and menu to offer, and how to decorate Bakeries Wedding Location-martocayour amazing fiesta so they your guests will remember this day forever!
A wedding ceremony and reception is comprised of three major opportunities to impress your guests: The sights and surroundings and the venue itself, the look and feel of the table settings and the decorations and overall theme, and that which is actually physically touched, smelled, heard and tasted by your guests; Such as food, music and drinks and any interactive entertainment you may have.
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So the more designs and ideas you create, the more you assure you will please every single one of your guests and yourselves. Sight is probably the most important sense one must account for in a wedding. Not only because it is the first sense your guests will use in your wedding, but because it is the only sense that can be captured in pictures. Think about it.
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So if you want wonderful pictures then you must find and amazing venue you can decorate or enjoy as is. Sight is the most important sense to impress because not only is it in pictures forever, but it is constantly present all night and it is enjoyed in all three major areas of the wedding. The view from the venue is super important. Is their a sunset? Many venues are not located where you can see the sunset. Specially in East coast venues. What time does it set and can you have it as a backdrop? Does the venue have access to the beach? Does it have huge trees you can use as props and shine spotlights with changing colors? These are all fun props for pictures. They make for excellent memories and pleasing to the eye settings are a huge benefit in wedding planning. In fact, a beautiful setting almost does the work for the one making the plans. Many couples find that if they have a small budget, a beautiful venue is the best money saver because they will not have to spend much in decorations. Just let nature speak for itself. The ceremony area, cocktail lounge area and your dinner tables must be 57pleasing to the COcktail Lounge Modern Beacheye as well. Make sure your theme is prevalent in all sections of the wedding. You do not want to have a “boho” theme in one area and then an elegant classic theme in another. So coordinating all sections is important. Decorate your tables according to your theme colors and make sure the table arrangement have some sort of purpose. As far as your menu, your catering and bar choices also should be a wonderful sight. You can have amazing dishes and presentations. Not necessarily expensive, but classy. A Margarita in a decorated glass with fresh fruit garnishes is just as tasteful as one without; The decorated one however, will be remembered forever in pictures and in your guests’ minds.
Dace floor over the pool.
156531_10150776610024082_2084764421_nOnce you decorate the venue (or not), you must now focus on the second and third areas where sight is also very importantYour guests will take pictures of all the sights while they enjoy listening to amazing music and entertainment. There are many ways to excite the sense of hearing, but music is the most obvious and important on your list. However, you also need to prepare for your ceremony vows by having a good sound system ready. Also, find live musicians if possible for your ceremony or after ceremony cocktail hour. Of course it depends on the budget. And some couples prefer a DJ evenwhen they have the money for the band. It is up to you. If you decide on a DJ we have found that the most successful parties are the ones where the DJ has a good sense of not playing the music so loud that your guests cannot speak to one another in their tables without shouting. It is not a club, it is a wedding. Pleasant to the hearing sense is music that you can enjoy in your table as well as on the dance floor. The DJ should point the speakers to the dance floor and have the right quality. Turning up the volume does not mean good music quality.
Martoca Bucerias Beach. Rent a horse for your beach wedding pictures
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Texture is probably the most overlooked sense one can plan for since it is the most difficult to excite. I mean it is hard to get your guests to be excited at the touch of a beer. Well, some guests maybe truly look forward to that feeling. Most of us forget to provide for the sense of touch. Some props are fun to touch and are a good option. You can have an animal for a prop for 573636396003601example a horse your guests can ride and you can also use it for your pictures after the ceremony. You can have handicrafts as souvenirs and table center pieces.
However, I think the food you serve and the way you serve is your also an opportunity to excite the sense of touch. An interactive food station is the best way to do it. A guacamole making station, a tortilla making station, a churro machine your guests can crank themselves, the way you serve your appetizers and the vessels you use can be huge factors in creating a buzz. For example, if you are going to serve coconut ice cream, then serve it in the coconut itself. Or if you are going to serve tacos have the taco stand at your wedding and let your guests actually cut the meat from the spit if they want to: Have fun with it and let them touch!
Tente with Chandeliers and plants
Amazing Tents available for your Puerto Vallarta wedding
Have you ever smelled a scent that reminds you instantly of a place from your childhood? It is a wonderful feeling. It could be something trivial like a smell of an old leather coach or a perfume that your grandma’ wore. It is the same for your wedding. The scents of your food or bar, candles and flowers all can contribute to your guests’ enjoyment long after the wedding is over. If you are using candles then try and use some fragrance candles perhaps. For tropical weddings you may use coconut scents or any fruit scent. Flowers of course have strong scents you can play with as well. There are plants in our venue for example that have a very strong scent when blooming.
When choosing your menu you can select dishes that have strong wonderful scents as they cook; For example cooking a wood 591844904182750fire grilled fish or beef, Paella, grilled taco or fajita stations are all very popular ideas. When selecting a
food menu try and choose dishes your catering team can cook on site. There is nothing
more exciting for a cook than the smell of his dish. By cooking on-site you can actually let your guests delight in the scent of the dish as it cooks. Also, a coffee station is fun as well and nothing smells better than coffee while brewing. Well, mybe popcorn does. There are many ideas for featuring your food in an interactive manner and thereby, allowing your guests to not only taste the food but smell the wonderful fresh local ingredients as they cook.

Shrimp on a stick! Delicious
Shrimp on a stick! Delicious

Tasting these amazing dishes will be so much more rewarding after smelling the spices and herbs while they were exquisitely cooked before your eyes. Sometimes guests do not even remember what they ate even a few hours after the wedding! This is because the bride or catering team did not consider the five senses. As discussed before, you not only have the tastebuds to impress. You must excite all senses. Your catering choices are a wonderful opportunity to do this. You can have a food station decorated and make it interactive so you can hear and touch and smell the local cuisine. By decorating the food station you can please the sense of sight and also texture, and if you select a fun local dish, I promise you that your guests will not forget this menu because it will be memorable by all senses.

Martoca Couple having fun Make it Epic!
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Since memories are triggered by the senses, your loved ones will pleasantly recall your wedding by sensing a familiar sight or texture, taste or smell or sounds that they experienced at your wedding.Perhaps an ocean view will remind your family of your wedding venue or the sound of Mariachi music will remind them of your wedding cocktail hour bar. Or, they will remember your wedding every time they taste some real Pastor tacos back home. A truly amazing wedding designer converts a once in a lifetime event, into an occasional recurring event in the memory of all the guests, by exciting all 5 senses during your dream wedding; So aim higher than just for fun; Turn your wedding into an epic wedding!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Puerto Vallarta's Best Wedding Venue. La Martoca: Where the Sea Touches

In the “Our Story” page on our web site, we describe how our family’s La Martoca Bungalows eventually became Martoca Beach Garden; I also promised to describe how we came up with the name Martoca for our slice of paradise. So without further delay let me tell you how we came up with the name. Well, I say we, but it was my mom that came up with the name. In our family it is well known that my mama is the creative and “artistic” guru and my dad is the analytical/doctor/logical type. Thankfully they blended their personalities smoothly enough to create a B&B, back in the 1970s, which later became the amazing wedding venue we share with you today here in Bucerias which is close to Puerto Vallarta and Sayulita area.

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La Martoca just being Martoca. Circa 2010

La Martoca:
/Lah marr-toe-kah/
Proper Name
Definition: A compounded name combining 3 Spanish words: “La” (Lah) meaning the, with “Mar” (Rhymes with car) and means sea, and “toca” (toe-kah), meaning to touch. La Martoca is pronounced “Lah-marr-toe-kah” and as you may have guessed means “The sea touches” literally. It is not one word though, it is a combination of real words in Spanish that my mother created. She loved the sound of it. So she went with it and here we are 39 or so years later.

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Mom and dad and my wife and my dear friend Kat and my brother on inauguration day of Martoca Beach Garden as a wedding venue. 2010. Bad pic, I know. Sorry. I am getting more.

Origin: Carol, my mom who at the time was about 35 year old, was sitting on one of the balconies of nameless fledgeling bungalows my parents were about to open to the public for the first time in ’79. She was contemplating their future. Their hearts, small kids and savings all hanged in the balance. She was scared and excited at the same time yet, confidently calm as well. She observed the blue ocean that was only a stone throw away. Then, it hit her; She realized just how close the sea was to the garden. The waves occasionally literally touched the beachfront garden when the ocean was “bravo” as we say in the coast. Bravo means angry or aggressive, so when the waves are high we say the ocean is “bravo”. In her own sweet yet excited way, while having sunset margaritas, she looked to my dad and whispered as if she had discovered the greatest secret in the world, in an “Aha!” moment she blurted out-“La Martoca!”. As she explained, even to dad, what La Martoca meant and why it was to be our name, my brother and I also slowly digested and practiced pronouncing and even doubting the strange new name. But mama Carol was right. This name would then go on to represent our family’s business for years to come. and become part of our life story. We would introduce our beachfront Bungalows and garden to all our new guests and friends from then on as La Martoca, where the sea touches.

Dad and I mom took pic June 14, 2017
My dad recently hanging out with me in our taco place. Love you dad

Funny story: When we were trying to recover as a family business from losing our beloved bungalows to the structural damage by the storm back in the 2000’s, we decided to create a wedding garden for those who wanted a wedding in Puerto Vallarta. Wait, that is not the funny part, the funny part is that when we came up with some alternate new names and I took them to my peers for feedback, they all said they loved the sound of Martoca and said we should keep it! We had tried more traditional names like “Hacienda la Iguana”, since we have so many iguanas; Or, “Beach garden Los mangos” since we have a couple of mango trees on the garden, and so on. But our friends, kept saying they liked La Martoca Beach Garden. The kicker is they did not even know what Martoca meant. Some even thought it was our last name!
So, as you can see, even Mexican natives speakers don’t know what it means. Unless we say in slowly and emphasize the space between the 3 separate words, “La”, “Mar” and “Toca” of course. Then they inevitably say- “Ah, si claro”- (Oh, yes of course). If you think about it, we are not the only ones with a funny name, how about Yahoo, or Yipit, or Apple computers; Can you imagine yourself naming your computer company after a fruit? Me neither. But it worked. Or, how could any one have guessed that Google’s name originally was going to be “Back Rub”?  Many stories of the naming of companies are very interesting and you can read about some in this link here if you like.

La Martoca near Puerto Vallarta
A picture I found from a photographer named Ivan Jimenez of Martoca Beach Garden’s pool. I love this pic.

But, I like our name’s story best of course; Born from my mom’s inspiration as she felt the vibe come from he ocean tide on that special day back in 1979. So after 35 plus years of serving many couples as a Bed and Breakfast, we decided to keep our original funny sounding name. I hope it is not too much trouble to pronounce. We figure we may upset some experts in advertising by keeping our hard to pronounce name but hey; We love it and we are proud of its origin.
In the end we believe, as a service oriented family business that has grown organically over the years, that if we provide love and passion and make people happy with our hard work, our guests will prove the advertising gurus wrong, and will forgive our name’s pronunciation challenges.  In fact, we hope you love it and will proudly embrace it as your own. Like when you proudly take your date to a hole in the wall Mexican restaurant that may be hard to find or has a funny name. Maybe it doesn’t even have a name. Yet, you feel so at home when eating there, that you need no menu and the owner is now a good friend. Maybe you even get the special family meal once in a while. That special recipe they cook only on a special occasion and they save for family after all the normal clients are gone. That is our goal as a family business and our promise to all our guests: Absolute trust and comfort during your wedding. We want you to feel like family that is simply gathering in our backyard in Mexico and hanging out with friends in a perfect setting.

My wife Vanessa and I in Mexican National team jerseys waiting for a game with my dear friend and our niece. Welcome to Mexico.

Perhaps, the name “La Martoca” or Martoca for short, may be forgotten or “butchered” by a few of your guests, but their memories of our garden on your wedding day will not be unclear at all. The intimate epic time they have with us will be fluently pronounced in their joyous memories. Clearly remembered. Repeated at the Christmas tables year after year; That is what we are all about in La Martoca amigos, we want to be part of your life story, and we would be honored to share ours with you. On behalf of our family: My mom Carol, my dad Javier, my brother Frankie and my nephew Eric as well as my wife Vanessa and I, we say: Bienvenidos to La Martoca Beach Garden.