Sweet Punta Cana Destination Wedding on the Beach

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Jessica and Barry tied the knot in a beautiful destination wedding in the Dominican Republic.  With friends and loved ones by their side, they said “I do” in an idyllic spot that was picture-perfect for them.  Blushing bride Jessica shared with us the story of their big day.

We chose Punta Cana because it is stunningly beautiful. The water is sparkling blue, the sand is pure white, and the sunsets are breathtaking.

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We were aiming for a relaxed bohemian vibe. The bridesmaids were mismatched because we wanted the styling to look organic but cohesive. We paired the turquoise blue with cream to tie the decor together in a natural way.

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Our favorite part of the day was dancing the night away with our friends and family. The bistro lights strung up over the beach made the perfect setting for an amazing dance party.

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Advice for other destination wedding couples? My best advice is to arrive at your destination a few days ahead of your guests. It allows you to attend all the meetings to finalize plans, visit the events locations, and chat with your wedding planner without missing any quality time with your loved ones.

Planning a destination wedding can be challenging because you make your decisions without ever actually seeing the location or decor. Trust your wedding planner. They know what’s needed to create an unforgettable experience.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Facibeni Fotografia

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: Now Larimar, Wedding Dress: BHLDN, Bridal Shoes: Michael Kors

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New Caribbean Destination Wedding Location: Kimpton Seafire

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We’ve got a bit of breaking news to share with you – about a stunning new Caribbean property that’s picture-perfect for a destination wedding, posh bachelorette weekend or romantic honeymoon too!  The new Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa recently opened on the famed Seven Mile Beach of Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands and we had the chance to see it just a few weeks after the doors opened.  The property boasts four restaurants, multiple wedding venues (large and small), a stunning spa, and plenty of activities to keep your guests enjoying every minute – from jet skiing right off the shore to sleeping under the Caribbean sun or sitting by a fire pit sharing stories at night.

But what about the actual wedding itself?  If you’re looking for a jaw-dropping ceremony site with a tropical setting, I think we may have found just what you’re looking for!

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The highlight of the property for me is not only its gorgeous wedding ceremony site, but its aisle too!  That’s right, the grand entrance for brides and grooms is just that grand!  Picture walking down a curved stone path in the sun and entering the sand under a modern archway to greet your guests sitting on the beach, framed by two large tropical trees.  Then of course the clear blue Caribbean water sets the scene as the backdrop for your vows and you’ve got a ceremony site no one can soon forget!

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For your reception, just steps from the sand you’ll find intimate spaces among the Beachfront Bungalows as well as a large lawn space on the Seabridge Green, both ideal for al fresco dining with epic sunset views and some serious stargazing at night.  With spaces to suit over 500 guests, you can invite all your loved ones to celebrate in the sand and sun with you!

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Speaking of dinner, when visiting the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa don’t forget to dine at a number of the four swanky eateries on property (and even partake in the complimentary wine hour for all hotel guests every night in the lobby!).  My personal favorite spot was the casual Coccoloba Bar & Grill where you can cozy up to the bar facing the waterfront and stay all day with a fresh cocktail in hand.

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When you retire at night you’ll find that the 266 rooms and suites are modern and chic yet inviting and even fun!  Most all have floor-to-ceiling windows and ocean views and if you’re planning to entertain during your wedding week then I highly recommend you stay in the posh oceanfront bungalow suites.  These spacious suites have gorgeous indoor and outdoor spaces with plenty of room to party among friends, and in the evening, the view sets the scene for a romantic evening for two!

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For a spectacular beach wedding with all the finer amenities, service, staff and food and drink you could want, check out the new Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa to call home during your destination wedding weekend in the Cayman Islands.

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Gorgeous Garden Wedding in Puerto Rico

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Gabi and Gabe tied the knot at their destination wedding in Rio Grande Puerto Rico.  The bride was from the area originally and they knew once they returned, that was it!  Gabi shared a bit about their wedding and how the weekend came to be.

My husband and I both wanted a destination wedding and I am from Puerto Rico. We decided to go and look at venues one weekend and once I stepped foot here, I knew it was the place. The scenery is spectacular and the ambiance magical. 

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The decor was just to compliment what the venue already going for itself, a rustic feel with luscious gardens. The venue had tons of my favorite bugambilia bushes, market lighting/Christmas lights and romantic amber lighting. So I settled on various shades of pink and gold with exposed farm tables with delicate lace runners. 

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My favorite moments from the day (aside from marrying the man of my dreams!) was enjoying the sorbet from a local vendor I grew up enjoying and dancing the night away with our loved ones. 

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Advice for destination wedding couples: BE PATIENT, everything runs on island time. Have a planner on the island/country who knows all vendors that you cannot find on google/wedding wire/the knot, and they alleviate so much stress.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Rudy+Marta Photography

Wedding Vendors: Dress Designer: Alegria’s Brides, Makeup Artist: Color Touch by Ana, DJ: DJ Fabian Kroselj, Specialty Foods: Helados Caribe, Dress Designer: Jim Hjelm, Event Venue: La Hacienda Siesta Alegre, Dress Store: Missguided, Event Planner: MR Party & Events, Tuxedo and Mens Attire: My Grooms Room, Musicians: Sal Pa’ Fuera Batucada, Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Sartori Amici, Cake Designer: Vanessa Caro

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Glam Wedding Style Photos from Jamaica

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Today’s destination wedding inspiration shoot is brought to us by Manuela Stefan Photography, who knew she found something special when she landed upon this Jamaica wedding location.  She shared with us a bit about the inspiration and design of this “could be” wedding day.

Borghinvilla is a spectacular wedding venue with an exquisite blend of the most desirable details in one place: two acres of lush tropical gardens, cliffs, a sand beach and breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea.

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In contrast to the natural elements, the ceremony and reception decor chosen included luxurious items such as hanging chandeliers, crystals, soft white and blush roses and candle light. The turquoise sea view acted as the most incredible backdrop.

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Wedding Photo Shoot Vendor Team: Photographer:  Manuela Stefan Photography, Design and Decor: Borghinvilla Designs, Event Venue: Borghinvilla Wedding Venue, Event Planner: Jennifer Borgh Events, Bakery: Joy of Food, Dress Designer: Mori Lee by Madelaine Gardener

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Colorful Coral and Peach Destination Wedding on St. John

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KJ and Mark tied the knot in a beautiful coral and peach-clad beach wedding on the island of St. John. This destination wedding was designed with the help of Island Style Weddings and the end result was near picture-perfect! The happy bride and groom shared with us a little bit about their story and how this big day came together on island.

We selected St. John because we wanted to be surrounded by family and friends on a beautiful beach during sunset. 

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We selected coral, aqua and gold as our color palette because of the way the coral popped against the crystal clear water in the background.

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Favorite memories from the night? Dancing and celebrating with our family and friends under the stars on Oppenheimer Beach. 

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And the next day the couple headed back to the beach for a trash the dress session in the Caribbean Sea!

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Their advice for other destination wedding couples? Do what makes you happy and don’t worry about pleasing everyone else. Be sure to set aside enough time to explore the destination.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Blue Glass Photography (Alain Brin)

Destination Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planning + Design: Island Style WeddingsDress Designer: Allure BridalsBridesmaids Dresses: Donna MorganGroom’s Suit: Tasso ElbaGroomsmen attire: Tasso ElbaRings: Custom Jeweler and Diamonds DirectSave The Dates: MagnetStreet, Invitations: Coppia CreativaCeremony Program Fans: Inspirations by Amie LeeCeremony Venue: Trunk BayCeremony Music: Steel Pan Drum by Albion SewerOfficiant: Mary BartolucciReception Venue: Oppenheimer Beach, Reception Music: In The Sand BandFlorist: Roses TooCake: Queen of TartsCaterer: St. John CateringHair/Makeup: Cruz Salon St JohnWelcome Party Venue: Sunset Sail aboard KekoSailing Charter: Cruz Bay Watersports

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