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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Beach Destination Wedding in Punta Cana, DR

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Bianca and Matthew were married in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, a place near to their hearts and just what they had in mind! Bianca shared their wedding story with us and how it came to be on the beach that day.

“Matt and I always knew we wanted a destination wedding, but narrowing down the destination was the hard part! Originally, we were set on Switzerland (I’m originally from Basel, Switzerland and have always envisioned a Swiss wedding), however it didn’t end up fitting the image we had for our big day. We actually ended up with Punta Cana completely by accident! One day while searching for destination weddings and wedding blogs, I found this beautiful, beach front, off-resort wedding held at the Jellyfish Restaurant. At the time, I had no idea where it was, if they did weddings often, etc. I just knew I absolutely loved the feel of this venue; and I emailed it to Matt immediately saying, “I think this is it… I don’t know where it is, but this is it!” 

The DR does hold a special place in my heart. My family and I have been traveling to the island for years and we have a vacation house in another city on the island. I love the Dominican culture and they are some of the friendliest, most welcoming people I have ever encountered. 

…Luckily, we had a trip to Punta Cana planned for a few months later, and while there were able to visit the restaurant and meet with their staff and the rest was history.”

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“My colors for the day were all neutrals (whites, creams, beige, and browns) with the accent color being green to bring just a pop of brightness and color to the mix. My coordinator/decorator brought together all the natural and rustic ​elements and combined it with tons of fresh white flowers with green accents to pull the vision together.”

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“We incorporated aspects of both Christianity and Judaism in our ceremony (readings and the breaking of the glass). We also included some foreign languages into our vows (German, Hebrew, and Spanish) to tie together our cultures as well as that of the DR.

We also had a friend officiate the ceremony for us, which brought a very personal and unique feel to it (more in another section below).”

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“The 2 biggest challenges we experienced while planning were 1) the language barrier, both Matt and I speak and understand some Spanish but when it comes to planning a wedding and having specific ideas and desires, it definitely wasn’t easy and we had to rely on pictures… A LOT. 2) Island time is a real thing… and for a fast pace east coast couple, island time is very tough to adjust to.”

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“Since all planning was done by e-mail, and a few skype dates, we often had to wait a while to hear back. Also, we booked our date 1.5 years in advance but then we did the majority of the planning and decision making in the final 3 months… which seems crazy in comparison to our friends getting married here and planning for a year in advance. It definitely required calming yoga classes and wine nights with bridesmaids during the stressful or freak out times when I felt that there was no way I would be able to get it all done in 3 months!”

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“Our vision or theme was “Earthy, Beach Chic” – yes, it is a real thing, haha! I envisioned a ton of natural elements, like driftwood, palm leaves, sand, shells, starfish, and tropical plant​s, and mixed it with rustic things, like burlap, lace, and ribbon.”

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“Rather than having 1 large floral arrangement per table, she used several smaller vases and bottles filled with small arrangements or even single blooms and mixed that together with elements like starfish, shells, wood, etc. to create large and elaborate table decorations. I thought that was the most incredible part of all the decor; it made it special and unique and felt so much like “us”.

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“Our actual wedding day was from about 4:00pm until 3:00am! And our guests danced and enjoyed themselves through the whole night. For us, the food, bar, and entertainment was most important because we wanted everyone to have a great time after travelling all that way for our wedding. We offered a menu with several meal choices, appetizers, hors devours, and a full bar and signature cocktails. We also had 3 wedding cakes of different flavors and a midnight fruit buffet for those still going strong on the dance floor.”

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“The entertainment included an electric violinist during cocktail hour, a DJ during the party and also the fire show in the middle of the reception. The amazing thing was watching all of our guests, young and old, having an absolute blast on the dance floor and on the beach just dancing up a storm all night long. Even now, a year later, our friends and family still tell Matt and me what an amazing time they had and how much they enjoyed our wedding… most of friends want a redo every year!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Karina Jensen

Wedding Vendors: Location: The Jellyfish Restaurant, Coordinator/Decorator: Mayte Mari ** Please note that she does not work at The Jellyfish anymore; she is now available at The Huracan Cafe (another gorgeous beach restaurant used for weddings in Punta Cana) **​, Videographer: Florian Koetter of Video Punta Cana (VPC), Hair & Make-Up: Krystie Ann

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A Beach Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Lauren and Jonathan opted for a destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic at the popular Hard Rock Hotel & CasinoAshley Therese Photography captured the big day (and day after) and shared with us a little backstory on this darling duo.  “It was one of those warm summer evenings at the end of July. Lauren and Jon decided to have dinner at Mooring in Guilford, CT. But before they went to dinner, Jon really wanted to check out this really cool old house he had seen that was on stilts right on the water. The two walked hand in hand along the beach until they reached the house. They sat on the old porch staring out at the water and talked about everything and nothing. Before they knew it, the sun began to set and those sunset orange-yellow hues filled the sky. It was the perfect moment. Jon turned to Lauren and said, “You know what would make me the happiest man in the world?” And with that he asked Lauren to spend the rest of her days with him. After Lauren’s no-hesitation “YES!” Jon led her to a little picnic nearby he had set up earlier right there on the beach. They toasted champagne and soaked in the moments of just being engaged before heading to BALLO Italian Restaurant at Mohegan Sun for dinner.”

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“Lauren and Jon decided to have a destination wedding, and were wed right on the beach at the breathtaking Hard Rock Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. There on the beach in the warm soft sand, they were surrounded by about 70 family and friends who wouldn’t miss this destination celebration. And their wedding was just that, an amazing celebration. Lauren and Jon’s families are some of the nicest and welcoming folks you will ever meet. Not to mention some of the most fun!”

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“The couple wanted to incorporate wedding colors that would compliment the breathtaking shades of blue in the ocean. The pairing of aqua and bright coral worked perfectly and popped against the white sandy beach and water.” 

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“The floor length flowing bridesmaid dresses and floral design were simple and gorgeous.”   Coral bridesmaid dresses are oh-so popular for tropical weddings and these really pop!

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 “For the beautiful and relaxed beach ceremony, where shoes were optional, they wed in front of a sheer white backdrop adorned in pearl orchids and a small table with gold details. Simple and beautiful.”

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 “The reception took place on the rooftop of the steakhouse restaurant Toro, with warm breezes and views of the beach in the distance.”

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“The day after their wedding at sunset, Lauren & Jon decided to do a Trash the Dress shoot on the beach! They sat along the shoreline, letting the waves spill around them and waded into the water in their wedding attire. The happiness of the newlyweds was tangible and you could tell they felt like the luckiest couple in the world…”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Ashley Therese Photography

Wedding Vendors: Dress Store: Emelina’s Bridal Boutique, Location + Event Planner: Hard Rock Casino & Hotel Punta Cana, Dress Designer: Jasmine Bridal

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A Beach Wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Julia and Haroun came from Canada to the Dominican Republic for their destination wedding.  With the help of savvy experts, they were able to land on a location perfect for their needs (and the family tradition)!  “The location was selected with help from a travel agent from Flight Center. I had been to Punta Cana a few times prior and loved the beaches, so we thought it was the perfect spot.  As well, The Hard Rock Hotel had everything we were looking for in a hotel for our guests. Plus, we chose a destination wedding because Haroun’s two sisters both had done so it kind of became an Ali tradition. As well it was the first time my family had been on a vacation together.”

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Their rather formal attire looked stunning against the beach backdrop!  And even better – the beach had special meaning to the pair.  “We got engaged on the beach in Jamaica so it was nice also to get married on a beach.”

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We love the look of these neutral bridesmaid dress colors against the sand – all dresses the girls picked out themselves to mismatch.

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To welcome guests to the big event, they gave guests beach bags complete with goodies inside for the trip!  “My friend Jenna made us custom tote bags that said “Plan to get a tan”. I filled them with goodies from Bath & Body Works and Target. This included hand sanitizer, lip balm, chocolate bars, itineraries, and body balm.”  

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“Since we were having our wedding on the beach, we wanted everything to be quite simple and minimalistic. White was the colour theme for the decor. The green orchid bequests added a touch of colour.”

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We often ask couples about their favorite moments from the day.  For Haroun: “My favourite part of the day was watching Jules walk down the aisle.”  And Julia: “My favourite part of the day was saying “I do.”  My second favourite was my brother Paul’s speech.”

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This little flower girl almost stole the show!

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After a day at the beach, guests headed inside to the all white wedding reception.

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The newlyweds clearly enjoyed every minute of their time on location!  “One of the most unique things about Destination Weddings is having all your closest family and friends travel with you to celebrate.  Having everyone in Dominican to celebrate our big day and enjoy an entire week with us was so special to us.”

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And for the favors?  That was personal too!  “My friend Elyse who owns Sullivan and Bleeker made us flip flop cookies in bags that had our names on it.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Nikki Leigh McKean

Wedding Vendors: Gown Designer: J.Crew, Wedding Location: Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana, Groom’s Suit: Borgo Uomo, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Bridesmaid Dresses: Each girl chose her own, Wedding Favor Cookies: Sullivan & Bleeker, Travel Agency: Yorkville Flightcenter

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