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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Pretty in Purple Beach Wedding in the Dominican Republic

Julie and Jake wed on the beach in the Dominica Republic as friends and families (and even boats passing by) were witness to their nuptials. The couple shared their story with us and why pair opted for a destination wedding to begin with…

We knew we wanted to do a destination wedding because, in all honesty, we both have such humongous families that we just wouldn’t be able to afford a wedding in America. That being said, we also didn’t want people who to “just come for the food and open bar.” Those who really wanted to celebrate our love would literally cross the ocean for us.

We went for a rustic beach theme, with colors Ancient Violet, Hummingbird Blue, and Elegant Charcoal.

 

Favorite moment from the day?

“We both agree it definitely was the First Look, which is funny because we weren’t even completely sold on doing one!? We didn’t want to ruin the “butterflies” of seeing each other for the first time at the aisle, but WE ARE SO HAPPY we did it.

I loved it because it was an intimate moment that Jake and I got to share with just the two of us (and our wedding party overlooking from a distance). We took our time and enjoyed just “being” in the moment. It was overwhelming, but in a good way.

  

DIY just might be my middle name. I love doing arts and crafts, and I knew if I ever got married, I would definitely be making a bunch of my own elements. I made my own Save-The-Dates, helped in every design element of our wedding invitations, designed our welcome & thank you cards. I also made the boutonnieres for the groomsmen/godfathers/fathers, corsages for the godmothers/mothers, bouquets for the bridal party, and my most favorite DIY element of all, my bouquet. I drew inspiration for it on Pinterest and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. The combination of imagination, love and hard work is a pretty wondrous thing!

We don’t regret anything because we are firm believers that everything happens just as it’s meant to. So whatever happened, was perfect. If you’re one to sweat the little things, DON’T! If anything goes wrong, i.e. a party boat passing by on the water BLASTING obnoxious music as your saying your vows (yes, this happened to us), everyone will still remember it as being the “best wedding” they’ve ever been to, which we hear all the time!

Our favorite part of wedding week was the boat party the day after the wedding! In lieu of wedding favors and welcome gifts, we opted to pay for a private excursion on the Sanael for all of our guests. It was a large party boat with drinks, food, and music. They took us out to snorkel and swim in this natural pool, and partied/danced with us all along the way. There wasn’t one person who wasn’t smiling or having a great time, and absolutely everyone raved about it (even until this day!). The wedding stress was all gone, and we were all able to just let loose.

Love deeply and fully, and remember it isn’t about the small things; it’s about who you’re standing at the altar with and all the people there to witness the unfolding of the beginning of a fantastic journey of a love.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Katya Nova Photography

Wedding Vendors: Musicians: Agua Azul Fire Show, Invitation Designer: Aster Bagtas Design, Cake Designer: Cake Studio Bavaro, Groomsman Attire: Club Monaco, Cinema and Video: Cores Films, Event Venue: Jellyfish RestaurantHair Stylist: Krystie Ann Hair & Makeup Artist, Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero, Officiant: Pastor Rick York

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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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Pastel Pink + White Beach Wedding in Punta Cana

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Lori and Ross live in Charlotte, NC but traveled to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for their destination wedding on a beautiful beach. The pair shared with us the details of their big day in the sand. We chose Punta Cana for its beautiful beaches and laid back vibe. Huracan Cafe was a no brainer the minute we saw the pictures. We loved the intimacy and rustic beach feel and knew it was going to be our new favorite place and it def is!

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The ceremony was our most favorite part because it was so special to us for us to be able to become a family and to have everyone we love in one place!  We also loved crazy hour!! We love being silly and it was seriously so much fun!! It made our wedding so unique!

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The “I DO” light up sign was something that Huracan offered and we are so glad we used it because we love all the pictures! Almost every guest used it for some photo ops and created so many fun memories! Besides, no one else we know has had something that unique!

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We asked the couple for advice for future destination brides and grooms: Once you pick your location, trust the wedding coordinator and do not sweat the details. I was able to fully enjoy the planning process. I think that the reason of having a destination wedding is to keep it small and intimate so you can enjoy every minute of the day and since you are planning from afar the little things are out of your control! Trust that the coordinators know what they are doing and soak in every second bc it goes by sooo fast! 

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And for the honeymoon? For our honeymoon, we switched resorts and stayed in Punta Cana for a few more days. We are glad we did because we didn’t have to have the hassle of traveling more and could actually relax and soak everything in!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Katya Nova Photography

Wedding Vendors: Musicians: Crazy Hour & Fire Show – Hots Production, Equipment Rentals: EPC Events, Reception Venue: Huracan Cafe, Makeup Artist: Indira Mua Makeup Artist, Dress Designer: Modern Trousseau, Wedding Coordinator at Huracan Cafe: Natalia Roldan

 

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Colorful Beach Destination Wedding in Punta Cana

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Melissa and Edwin wed on the beach at a beautifully colorful destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The couple shared with us the story of how the location, and the big day came to be.

Both of our families are from the Dominican Republic so it was a no brainer for us! We visited Punta Cana right after we got engaged and put down a deposit right away. We couldn’t wait to get married in paradise and be able to incorporate many elements of our Dominican culture.

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We handwrote our own vows in personalized vow books. Needless to say, the vows were super emotional and everyone was crying as we read them. Edwin provided some comedic relief by including that he would always share his French Fries with me for as long as we both lived.

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Edwin also made me a beautiful personalized book “The story of our love” as my wedding gift that had all the things he loves about me. I gifted him a personalized watch box with a brand new watch that he had been eyeing for years and never purchased.

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We had many personal touches. Each guest was given a mini beach ball upon arrival to our venue and instructed to keep it until after the ceremony. Our friends and family threw the mini beach balls into the air (not at us) as we walked back down the aisle as husband and wife. We did a unity sand ceremony using sand that matched our wedding colors to symbolize us joining our lives as one.

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We also honored our close family members that have passed with a collage frame on our welcome table that said “Share a toast with…” and had all of their pictures.

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Each table for our reception was named after a place that held significance for us and our relationship. There was a frame at each table with details on the location, a map, and why it was special to us on our journey as a couple.

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 Our first dance as husband and wife. We did a three song medley of “Never Felt This Way” by Alicia Keys, “Mi Corazoncito” by Aventura and “Poision” by Bell Biv DeVoe. No one knew that we had choreographed moves and that we were mixing different songs. It was the perfect mix of emotion, Dominican culture, and fun! The first dance ended with cold fire sparklers illuminating the dance floor and our guests were wowed!

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Advice from the newlyweds for future destination wedding couples?

Stay organized and on top of your guests! Everything will depend on the number of guests who attend so send save the dates with details early on to give your guests adequate time to plan!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Katya Nova Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding/Reception Dress:  Alvina Valenta from Kleinfeld Bridal, Videography: Araña Productions, Wedding Venue: Jellyfish Restaurant, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Hair + Makeup Artists: Krystie Anne Hair and Makeup, Cake: Cake Studio Bavaro, Desserts: Punta Cana Cakes, Favors: Dominican Favors, Crazy Hour Entertainment: HOTS Productions, Officiant: Pastor Marcos Lykins, Travel + Accommodations: Destination Weddings

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