Tropical Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Beach Wedding

Heather and Brian wed in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in a festive tropical wedding ceremony with lots of fun and celebration (and even a little rain). This bride knew just what she wanted, as a wedding photographer, she’d seen a big day or two before! The couple shared with us how their beach wedding dreams came to be…

We love the ocean and love everything tropical. As a professional wedding photographer in New York, it was so important that our wedding be different than what we see every weekend.

 

I think that the entire day was personalized. We asked one of Brian’s childhood friends to officiate, and we wrote our own vows.

We had tropical featured drinks, bright tropical flowers, and an awesome crazy hour with dancers and a stilt walker! We focused a lot on making sure our day was unique and special!

   

We created our welcome bags for all of our guests, and my aunt made barefoot sandals for the bride and bridesmaids.

It started to rain during the reception, and instead of running for cover, we all continued to dance on the beach in the rain!

And the day after? A trash the dress session in the sea, complete with a bottle of bubbly!

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Katya Nova Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Venue, Décor + Wedding Planning: Huracán Café, Travel and Accommodations: Destination Weddings, Wedding/Reception Dress: Bridal Chateau, Wedding/Reception Shoes: DSW, Videography: Jules Maldo Cinema, Makeup: Magda Riccardi

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A Tropical Elopement at the Four Seasons Bora Bora

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said “I do” in an intimate elopement in picturesque Bora Bora. The couple found their location on Pinterest and shared with us a little about their experience tying the knot at the Four Seasons Bora Bora.

Most memorable moment during that day?

It was pouring during the time we were getting ready for the ceremony but the second Candice walked down the aisle the rain had stopped & we were left with a dramatic gray and blue sky, which was absolutely beautiful.

It was a dream destination for us & even more beautiful than we had imagined.

Our ceremony was everything we had hoped for.

   

Everyone we worked with made the process extremely easy and manageable. I worked with Samule, Virginie and Heimiti for close to a year and they were always there to answer any questions I had and provide amazing suggestions.

 

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Samuel and Virginie from SV Photograph

Wedding Vendors: Location, Officiant, Catering + Cake: The Four Seasons Bora Bora, Wedding Planner: Wedding Polynesia, Wedding Dress: Eddy K, Travel: Tahiti Travel Planners

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A Fashionable Paris Elopement

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Anja and Mike elopement in the city of love – Paris! This fashion-forward and fabulously intimate fete included just the two of them. We asked Anja to share a little bit about their intimate destination wedding experience.

It’s been my dream when the that time comes, I would like it to be in one of the most romantic places on this planet and no question that Paris fits the bill. Mind you how fortunate I am that my husband now agreed 100%. And, as we looked at some of the photos we both fell in love with the river Seine as the official place for our ceremony with Notre Dame as backdrop because it was solemn and magical at the same time.

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My dress was designed and created by my talented brother, Robert Dimacali. He and I collaborated on the final design after 5 other designs to choose from. After much thought, I would want the color of the dress to blend with my husbands tuxedo and knowing that winter in Paris will be a bit gloomy, satin grey fabric would be ideal accented by lace, rhinestones and red sequence. I did not want the color to be the main focal point, but to simply blend as a whole.

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Favorite moments for the couple?

When we exchanged vows, it was truly special.

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Our elopement/destination wedding was somehow incorporated into our pre-planned holiday vacation. We started communicating with Laura Montorio, our Officiant extraordinaire, 3 months prior to the established date and so I was a bit nervous how it will turnout as anyone would, since we planned it in a short period of time. I must say that after my initial contact with Laura I knew that things will go smoothly. She was patient, meticulous, engaging and thoughtful. She and her husband Pierre who was our photographer put us both at ease. Like they say, it’s either you have it or you don’t. They are meant to be in this business. Kudos to both of them! After everything, I believe we gained new friends.

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My advise to other destination wedding couples, have a few ideas in mind on how you would like the day should be but be open to suggestions. You will be surprised that collaborating with your coordinator/officiant will truly make it very special because there will parts of it is from your input and some parts that makes it extra special because it was suggested by your coordinator/officiant who got to know you even in a short period of time. After she is the subject matter expert :)

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Paris Photographer Pierre

Wedding Vendors: Floral Designer: Canelle Menthe, Wedding Dress: Robert DimacaliMakeup Artist: Remake Agency, Officiant: The Paris Officiant

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A Cute + Colorful Palm Springs Elopement

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Brendan and Bec came all the way from Sydney, Australia to Palm Springs, CA for their colorful destination elopement in the desert. The couple shared with us their favorite moments of the intimate big day and how it all came to be.

We decided to elope to celebrate our ten-year anniversary together. It was a private event and we wanted to combine the elopement with a road trip around California. We set out with the principle that we would plan our elopement as if it was the best date we could ever design. We wanted somewhere that was going to be fun and chic, in a beautiful location. Palm Springs ticked all the boxes. 

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There are no dress rehearsals in an overseas elopement. So you just need to go with the flow and set the right expectations. For us it was to have fun with each other.  My hair, make-up and bouquet were all just what happened on the day. In our opinion everything worked out perfectly, but that was because our main objective was to have fun, rather then meet some pre-designed expectation about what a perfect wedding looked like. 

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A favorite moment for the couple?

Watching the sunset against the mountains after the ceremony. It was beautiful, the company was perfect and the champagne was sweet. 

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Set realistic expectations about what you can achieve. There will be trade-offs with how you plan things, how you want things to look and feel and who can come.  At the end of the day you choose a destination wedding because you want an adventure and adventures are meant to be full of surprises and the unexpected. 

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Ryan Horban Photography

Wedding Vendors: Pre Ceremony Location: Ace Hotel and Swim Club, Event Planner: Palm Springs Wedding House, Event Venue: The Saguaro Palm Springs

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Wedding Website Discount Code: Appy Couple

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Today’s post for our newly engaged friends and travelers out there! If you’ve recently said “yes” or popped the question, then it’s time to create your wedding website! And we’ve got a promo code to make that even easier (and more affordable too). Our friends at Appy Couple design wedding websites with matching smartphone apps for couples to share wedding details, travel information, and even photos and fun stories with their wedding guests. With over 500+ designs and templates to choose from, we’re confident you’ll find one you love! And when you do, just use PROMO CODE: BB25 at checkout to save!

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The templates are very user friendly and easy to input your personal information into so your website looks as unique as your big day to come! No matter where you’re traveling to, it’s important to share all the specifics online and even better when guests have it on location on a smartphone app too! Just visit Appy Couple, pick your design, use discount code BB25 at checkout, save big, and get your wedding planning off to a smart start! It’s that easy and the sooner you do it, the fewer questions you’ll be fielding from friends and family asking for those destination wedding details – simply send them to your site!

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