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Indian wedding in Punta Cana, Lakshmi & Manoj, Hard Rock Punta Cana

Indian wedding in Punta Cana, Lakshmi & Manoj, Hard Rock Punta Cana

Indian wedding in Punta Cana. We have a great pleasure to present this incredibly beautiful event, Lakshmi and Manoj wedding celebration, that took place at Hard Rock Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

As you may already know, Hindu weddings are vibrant, well planned multiple day festivities full of joy and traditions. This wedding was no exception.

Exceptionally planned by Ateeth Ahuja from Indian Destination Wedding and accomplished the same way with onsite Hard Rock wedding organizers, Lakshmi and Manoj’s wedding celebration started with joyful Sangeet. Both families merged together for the evening full of singing, dancing and all-round happiness. In the Mehndi ritual artist was hired to do the designs for the bride and the guests. The artists created beautiful and pretty complicated designs on the hands or feet of the bride and her friends and family, using henna paste to attract good energy for the soon-to-be wedded couple.

Second day the Haldi ceremony took place. The Haldi ceremony is a ritual holy bath and it is one of the pre-wedding ceremonies in India where turmeric (haldi), oil and water are applied to both the bride and the groom by their families as the form of blessing and for protection. For Lakshmi and Manoj wedding it was and intimate ceremony but very emotional and bonding experience for everyone involved.

Third day, was the wedding day which started with traditional Baraat. Manoj were riding in Rolls-Royce “The Duchess” behind his procession, as his entire family and friends all lead him to the wedding altar.

Wedding ceremony was performed by Master of the ceremony: Pandit Bhargava Marthi under absolutely gorgeous Mandap, ceremony canopy, which was both modern and traditional at the same time, decorated with lush tropical fresh flowers and greenery as a nudge to the place they choose for their destination wedding. After exchanging floral garlands – the Milni Malas, as a symbol for their acceptance of one another the event continued with the reception.

All the events were led by professional south Asian Indian weddings MC and DJ Monish Tandon from DSD Lighting and Events. Food was provided by Pranama Restaurant and famous Punta Cana Indian chef Krishna Duddukuri. HOTS Productions provided special entertainment “LED party”.

Here is Lakshmi and Manoj love story to get to know these divine couple little bit better before you plunge into their wedding photos:

“July 2021, we met through a matrimonial site. We communicated through text messages and we liked each other based of our personalities. After many discussions, Manoj came to meet my home and we were initially nervous to meet in person. There was a period of silence in between conversations to break the ice. In order to spend some time alone, we went out for lunch at our local Mexican restaurant. After our date, there was clearly some chemistry between us. We met a couple of times after and with some hugs and laughs then decided we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. Fast forward to August 2022.  The big day! Our wedding in Punta Cana was here“.

 

Venue: Hard Rock Punta Cana

Photography: Photo Cine Art

Videography: Photo Cine Art

DJ : Mohnish Tandon

Master of the ceremony: Pandit Bhargava Marthi

Flowers: Mercaflor

Entertainment: HOTS Productions

Food: Pranama – Krishna Duddukuri

Jewelry: Radhika jewelers

Clothing brands:

Groom: Manyavar Mohey

Bride: Santhana Silks

Tijore

Gifting Boutique

Makeup artist: Deepali shah, Styling Trio

Travel agent: Indian destination wedding (Ateeth Ahuja)

 

More Indian weddings by Photo Cine Art:

https://photocineart.com/hyatt-cap-cana-indian-wedding-punta-cana-hyatt-ziva/
https://photocineart.com/hard-rock-vows-renewal-ceremony-at-punta-cana-beach-anisha-and-nitin/
https://photocineart.com/punta-cana-photographer-and-videographer-rovina-aaron-wedding/

 

Hyatt Cap Cana, Indian wedding Punta Cana, Hyatt Ziva

Hyatt Cap Cana, Indian wedding Punta Cana, Hyatt Ziva

Couples from different religious and cultural backgrounds face unique challenges when putting together a wedding. So did Carrie and Sundeep when they planned their American – Indian multicultural destination wedding in Punta Cana. Indian weddings are traditionally multi-day affairs, and involve many intricate ceremonies, such as the painting of the hands and feet of the bride called a mehndi. Garlands are presented to guests of honor instead of corsages, and lots of flower or rose petals are thrown for good luck. This Indian wedding Punta Cana was no different.

How does one blend the colorful exuberance and extended ritual of Indian weddings with the tidy elegance of an American wedding? Well, my humble opinion is that Carrie and Sundeep did excellent job with their wedding. It was a two-day celebration of love and happiness with many of their family members and friends present. Bear in mind that this was a destination wedding, with having almost 100 people present, gives you information about just how much the bride and the groom are loved. Truly, I can personally testify, they are very kind and lovable people.

Indian wedding Punta Cana celebration started with henna tattoo, famous Mehndi, for the girls at Hyatt Ziva Rooftop Terrace. Mehndi represents the bond of matrimony; it signifies the love and affection between the couple and their families. Also, a fun-filled, nostalgic sit-down for the bride, her cousins, siblings, friends, aunts and others is perfect to put everyone into marriage mood. Carrie also prepared bangles for her bridal squad. An absolute must for every Indian bride, Gold, glass, diamond-studded, sparkling bracelets with the tinkling sound they make when they are worn is reminiscent of the laughter that marks the joy of a wedding day. There were signature cocktails, handmade cookies with bride and groom names and Maang Tikka’s for everyone. Later afternoon of the same day, was greeted with an awesome welcome party – Sangeet. Sangeet was held in gorgeously elegant Hyatt Ziva Salon complimented with tropical touches to match the main wedding theme. The bride and the groom as well as many of the guests wore traditional clothes and they all were an absolute pleasure for the eyes. Elegant welcome dinner followed up with incredibly fun party.

The Indian wedding Punta Cana day started with bride and groom’s preparation. The bride started in the Hyatt’s Bridal suite, hair and makeup sessions was interrupted only with laughter and champagne bottles popping. The groom had his own goo’s squad back in Hyatt Zilara Presidential suite. Wedding ceremony was on Ziva Beach with absolutely breathtaking lush gazebo adored with fresh tropical leaves. Carrie and Sundeep hired artist to do a live painting out of their ceremony right there on the spot as it happened. How incredible is that?

Cocktail hour and the wedding reception was at the Larimar Garden and it was out of this world! Everything planned to the smallest details. Seating plan, custom made cake topper, glass tropical leaves with names as escort cards, live band, starlight dance floor and cold fires for the first dance, to name just a few. No need to mention, that the dancing part of the party started with Dominican Carnival dancers and ended up with everyone dancing deep into the night…

 

Vendors List:

– Venue: Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana

– Photography: Photo Cine Art

– Videography: Photo Cine Art

– DJ: DJ Makuto

– Live painting: https://www.facebook.com/LivepaintingbyMarina

– Dominican Carnival: HOTS Production

– Flowers: @Mercaflor_rd

– Traditional clothing: https://classymissybygur.com/

 

More Cap Cana weddings:

Hyatt Ziva wedding. Lucy and Alex, bohemian Hyatt wedding.

Secrets Cap Cana wedding, amazing Missouri couple Katie & Nick

Hyatt Ziva Zilara weddings. Samantha and Robert, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

 

Hyatt Ziva wedding. Lucy and Alex, bohemian Hyatt wedding.

Hyatt Ziva wedding. Lucy and Alex, bohemian Hyatt wedding.

Lucy and Alex, modern love story, or how bride from Ohio and groom from Georgia whipped up breathtaking destination wedding at Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana in Dominican Republic.

Even in early stages of the planning process, exchanging emails with Lucy and Alex we knew they are our kind of people. They wanted their own story told with a special touch. Photos that are more than the ordinary ones. Unique angles and creative photos are our ‘love language’ so, it was an instant ‘click’.

I promise you quite a few giggles and couple of goosebumps if you read their full love story, you can thank me later for making your day bright and shiny! (Comments are allowed on this post).

Lucy and Alex met like many modern couples do… online! Their first date was Lucy’s first EVER online date… and it was Alex’s last. However, that’s where the “normal” part of the evening ended. After the initial “wow” of seeing each other in person, they cloistered themselves in a dimly lit Belgian beer bar sharing secrets and stories. With some people you have to build trust, but they both felt they could instantly be open and vulnerable with one another. Lucy was drawn to Alex’s devil-may-care attitude. Alex was drawn to Lucy’s adventurous spirit. The two ended the evening smooching on the steps of the historic Decatur courthouse (the same place Alex would propose two years later). A passerby loudly said “don’t mind me”, and Alex and Lucy gladly complied.

So, after such first date, the proposal couldn’t be lacking romance. Their first date and proposal mirrored one another, both happened on the courthouse steps in downtown Decatur, GA, USA. Alex proposed on November 14th 2020, exactly one year before the wedding date, almost to the hour. For the proposal, Alex suggested grabbing beers at the same pub where the they shared first date. Afterward, they visited the courthouse steps, as they usually do when they’re in the area. Lucy was looking up at the building commenting on the way the structure looked in the late afternoon sunlight, and when she turned to look at Alex, he was down on one knee.

With Lucy’s family living in Ohio and Alex’s living in Georgia, they knew the wedding would be a destination for at least half of the guests. So, they decided to make it a destination for everybody in the beautiful DR. With two goals on mind: that everybody has a fantastic vacation and celebration, and that they get married!

For their wedding venue in Dominican Republic, they choose Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, an amazing all-inclusive resort on the beautiful Juanillo Beach.

The wedding decor theme was tropical bohemian, with lots of wood grain and handmade artisanal decor. There were sea glass place settings, custom wooden table numbers and cake topper, tropical print table cards, welcome notes, and invitations. Palm fronds and other tropical plant leaves were recurring motif. Keen observers may also have noticed couple’s two cats, Little Buddy and Gus, represented on custom cocktail sign. Tropical local flowers embellished ceremony arch, bridal bouquet, groom’s boutonnière, and reception centerpieces. The wedding colors were dusky blue and deep teal, drawing inspiration from the surrounding.

Here is how they replay on how they choose their wedding day outfits:

Lucy: I adore lace and was thrilled when I found a lace pattern that was fun and unique. I knew I wanted a fitted mermaid silhouette to add a little sass to the overall look, so it was a whole moment when I found my dress and tried it on to find that it fit like a glove! My Maid of Honor made the suggestion of adding off the shoulder sleeves (something I associate with a romantic, beachy wedding), and the slight sparkle in the veil was irresistible. Finally, I was inspired by the opera Carmen to add a flower to my hair, because why not! The result is a look that is timeless and screams “tropical beach wedding.”

Alex: I knew I wanted to have a dusky blue suit because the color is evocative of the ocean, and also looks good on me. I wanted something that would “pop” against the sand especially. The rest of the look was about clean details: an open white collar because ties are too stuffy for the beach, crisp white pocket square, and cognac leather to contrast with the blue and mirror the brown wood hues in the wedding decor.

For the wedding party we went for relaxed formal. A simple look that would be comfortable, but also turn some heads with stylish flair. Much like Alex’s suit, the dusky blue, deep teal, and warm browns were meant to mirror natural colors around us.

They told us that music played a large role on their wedding day. There were songs meaningful for them as a couple but also songs that had significance between them and their loved ones. It was the kind of music where a song comes on and you lock eyes with a friend across the room and share an “Oh YEAH!” moment. As the bride and the groom, their favorite part of the day was pausing at different moments and seeing all the people we love most having the time of their lives. Whether it was laughing, dancing, enjoying great food or drinks, there wasn’t a single person who wasn’t perfectly happy.

The most anticipated moment of the wedding day was when they first look at each other down the aisle. ”It was a long day of getting ready and attending to final details, but we both knew where it would lead, and the excitement of seeing each other for the first time was electric.”

Here is their advice for future couples planning their wedding:

Most importantly, accept that not everything will go perfectly and be ready and excited to go with the flow. Weddings are about the energy you bring, and if you are determined to have a great time no matter what, then you will have a great time no matter what! Once you have that mindset, trust your gut and choose people you trust to take care of the details that are most important to you and then give them the creative freedom to do their thing. This extends to photography, videography, etc. but also your wedding party as well.

 

Vendors List:

– Venue: Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Cap Cana
– Travel Agent: Lisa Zwissler at Beach Bum Vacations
– Photography: Photo Cine Art
– Videography: Victor at Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana
– Ceremony Officiant: Andres
– Hair and Makeup Artist: Anna Nuet
– Florist: Hyatt Ziva
– Cake: Hyatt Ziva
– Bride Dress: Carrie’s Bridal Collection
– Shoes: Sam Edelman
– Veil: Carrie’s Bridal Collection
– Bridesmaids Dresses: Baltic Born
– Groom Suit: Hugo Boss
– Groomsman’s suits: Calvin Klein
– Entertainment: Weddings by JSAV Hyatt
– Stationary: Etsy
– Gifts for the guests: Etsy

 

More beautiful Cap Cana weddings:

Secrets Cap Cana wedding, amazing Missouri couple Katie & Nick

Hyatt Ziva Zilara weddings. Samantha and Robert, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Secrets Cap Cana, Audra & Tyler wedding, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

 

 

 

Dreams Palm Beach Felicia & Shaun’s Punta Cana destination wedding.

Dreams Palm Beach Felicia & Shaun’s Punta Cana destination wedding.

Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana destination wedding.

Felicia & Shaun’s love story brought them from Canada to our “jewel of the Caribbean” – Dominican Republic for a small but beautiful wedding at the Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana hotel. Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana hotel is small family-friendly getaway for couples and couples with children on the sun-soaked beach on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. “For our wedding we wanted something that would be more than just a day to remember. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted a destination wedding. Convincing Shaun was easy, one-week free beer. Our colors were navy and blush, we wanted the simplest beachy wedding”.

I’ve photographed a lot of weddings at Dreams Palm Beach, but what sets Felicia & Shaun’s wedding apart was the amount of love and positive vibes radiating from the two of them and all their guests that made real pleasure to work with them. Felicia & Shaun’s love story is wonderful to witness. You can see their love for each other in the way they interact, look at each other, even the way they hold one another. “At age 18 and 19 we found each other. Both college students, both broke but both in love. We are polar opposites he’s quiet, and shy, and well I know some say opposites attract. I was lucky to find the one. I met my husband through a friend. She was on social media and she showed me a picture of him and I thought oh wow he’s cute. I friend requested him on Facebook and followed him on twitter. A few weeks later we met at a party. The proposal after 7 LONG years of waiting we took a trip to Point Peele with a few friends, at the beach he got down on one knee and proposed. It was the greatest day ever“, Felicia told us. I hope I succeeded to capture all those sensations on my film.

The absolutely amazing Punta Cana sunset didn’t fail me this time neither at at Dreams Palm Beach hotel. I took some amazing photos of the bride and groom after the ceremony and even managed to capture few sunset shots from the air (photos below the text). The reception was on the beach with incredible Caribbean Ocean as the backdrop. Cutest, sea-inspired decoration was so beautifully complementing long table sitting arrangement. This is what bride told us: “Having the wedding ceremony on the beach provided a beautiful background. Decorations for the reception were 3 vases for the bridesmaids DIY flowers, a few seashells on the table. The names tags for seating arrangement were DIY. We had real floral for my bouquet blush and ivory roses, my bridesmaids bouquets were DIY and brought from home. We wanted to keep the flowers simple“.

A little advice that Felicia have for all future brides: “Don’t try pleasing everyone. We started planning our destination wedding 1 year prior (2020) we all thought covid would be over. We had 30 people put down a deposit for the trip. When it came to final payments it was us plus 10. So many friends and family said we should push it back a year, but we stood our grounds. We wanted to have our wedding this year. I was beyond happy with our trip and wedding“.

They had a ton of beautiful photos from their wedding (exactly 1223 of them, from 6 hours of work). In a text below I’d share some of them for your viewing pleasure.

 

Vendors List:

– Venue: Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana
– Travel Agent: Kim Machan at Essence of Romance Travel
– Photography: Photo Cine Art
– Ceremony Officiant: Resort Officiant
– Hair and Makeup Artist: hair: Resort SPA, make up: sister-in-law Shayla
– Cake: Resort
– Bride Dress: David’s Bridal
– Bridesmaids Dresses: Etsy
– Groom Suit: Moores
– Groomsman’s suits: Moores

 

More destination weddings you might find interesting:

Secrets Cap Cana wedding, amazing Missouri couple Katie & Nick

Harmonica Palafitte amazing floral wedding, Alicia and Curt, Hard Rock Punta Cana

Dreams Dominicus Wedding, La Romana, Chelsea and Jeff

 

 

 

Secrets Cap Cana wedding, amazing Missouri couple Katie & Nick

Secrets Cap Cana wedding, amazing Missouri couple Katie & Nick

 

Secrets Cap Cana wedding, amazing Missouri couple Katie & Nick.

Our gorgeous couple, met at a Seven Lion’s concert at the Old Rock House in St. Louis. There was a long line for drinks, Nick offered to show Katie to an area with a shorter line or to keep her company until she realized he was right… He turned out to be right. They shortly after made plans for a proper date before dancing the night away.

Nick and Katie had plans to jet set to Europe on May 7th, 2020. Nick’s plan was to propose in their house with a romantic scavenger hunt the day before their departure. He had a series thoughtful and clever clues hidden throughout the house in gorgeous money envelopes. The last clue read, “You’ve come so far and so have we, there’s adventures to be had and many more to seek. Clue #7 is the luckiest you see, it’s you and me what’s meant to be. There will be life to live and love to give. Give me your heart and for life we’ll live. You’re oh so close to earning a toast, look to the one that loves you the most…” Katie turned to find Nick on one knee with a beautiful Marquise diamond family heirloom diamond ring.

Due to Covid-19, they could not celebrate in Europe, so instead took the doggies to Nick’s family cabin in Piedmont Missouri. Leading to the joke #PiedmontOverPrague.

Nick and Katie share a passion for traveling. They love to explore new places, food and music scenes, meet new people, and learn about new cultures. Nick travels frequently for work, earning the companion pass with Southwest, leading to more frequent travels and the use of their #companionpassendeavors. In 2012, Nick and Katie traveled to the Dominican Republic together and absolutely fell in love with the scenic views and people. Shortly after becoming engaged, they very soon realized they wanted to incorporate their love for travel into their wedding day. The Dominican Republic was the perfect setting.

The natural beach setting was the inspiration for the color palette. The setting of Secrets Cap Cana is picturesque in itself and did not need a ton of additional decor in order to look beautiful. Bistro lighting, soft pastel flowers, and natural elements such as wood trivets were small accents that accentuated the already amazing natural backdrop.

The venue, Secrets Cap Cana, helped make a custom wedding arch shaped as a triangle, like delta, representing the change. The arch was decorated with hydrangeas, roses, and greenery with soft pastel colors.
The bridal bouquet was roses and lilies with greenery. The something blue was a bracelet gifted by Katie’s Aunt Mona and was wrapped around the bridal bouquet. Something old/borrowed was a beautiful handkerchief the groom’s mother Joetta brought to the Dominican Republic that originally belonged to Nick’s Great grandparent in Italy.
Our couple requested coconuts with rum to give the reception an island feel, as well as bonfires and tiki torches to for a true beach party vibe.
With the Caribbean setting, the couple wanted fabrics and designs that would speak to the setting.
The groom found a collarless linen shirt from Cubavera and a tan linen suit from Men’s Wearhouse. Linen was in high demand in 2021 with limited sizing, yet he finally found the perfect suit. The groom wanted a shoe that would not trap sand and found a pair of leather loafers on Etsy. While shopping in St. Augustine while visiting the Groom’s mom, they found the perfect hat to accent his linen suit.
The bride originally aimed for a romantic and flowy dress, but instead found a crepe spaghetti strap gown from Cleo Bridal. The buttons down the entirety of the back and intricate lace applique made the dress stand out above the rest. Shoes were champagne satin from Belk.

The most anticipated moment of the day was seeing each other for the first time. The bride stayed in a separate room and the couple did not see each other until walking down the aisle. It was a truly special moment.
Now, wise words of advice for future couples planning a wedding in Dominican Republic:

“Take in every moment, it goes so quickly!”

 

Vendors List:

– Venue: Secrets Cap Cana Preferred Beach
– Travel Agent: Shanna Fowler with Dream Vacations
– Photography: Photo cine Art
– Videography: Photo Cine Art
– Ceremony Officiant: Pastor Harold Diaz
– Hair and Makeup Artist: Marilyn with Secrets Cap Cana SPA
– Florist: Secret’s Cap Cana
– Cake: Secrets Cap Cana (They surprised us with a first ever lemon cake!)
– Bride Dress: Sincerity from Justin Alexander
– Shoes: Badley Mischka
– Headpiece: flowers picked fresh from orchid plant in the Bridal Suite
– Bridesmaids Dresses: Birdy Grey in seaglass
– Groom Suit: Joseph Aboud
– Groomsman’s suits: Joseph Abboud pant
– Shoes: Etsy
– Entertainment: Spotify currated by Nick Scodary

 

Their Highlights video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTJ1ku7w4vY

 

Other Cap Cana weddings you might find interesting:

Secrets Cap Cana, Audra & Tyler wedding, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Hyatt Ziva Zilara weddings. Samantha and Robert, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Blondie and Dave’s Vows Renewal at Hyatt Ziva, Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

 

 

Harmonica Palafitte amazing floral wedding, Alicia and Curt, Hard Rock Punta Cana

Harmonica Palafitte amazing floral wedding, Alicia and Curt, Hard Rock Punta Cana

 

Harmonica Palafitte amazing floral wedding, Alicia and Curt, Hard Rock Punta Cana

Meet Alicia and Curt, the fun and dynamic duo that has lighten up this year’s Caribbean winter at Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Alicia and Curt meet in college. They were friends for a while and then started dating. As they explained,”We quickly learned that we shared the love for delicious food, wild adventures and good music. Over the past 12 years we have traveled the world and made great memories. Curt surprised me with engagement ring after we returned home from our vacation to Thailand. So, having a destination wedding was exactly the way we wanted to celebrate our love.”

Harmonica Palafitte was excellent choice for their Hard Rock Punta Cana beach wedding ceremony. The bride Alicia wanted to be surrounded with vibrant tropical colors. So, she picked a bright color for her bridesmaid dresses and wanted her bouquet filled with tropical flowers to compliment that. The wedding dress was a perfect match for the beach ceremony and a night full of dancing. The groom had a navy-blue suit as well as the groomsmen to compliment the theme. We hope we lived up to the expectations and captured it all on our cameras.

The couple brought an assortment of gifts for the wedding guests. Welcome bags with vacation necessities, and custom party favors (sunglasses, handheld fans, labeled insulated cups, hand sanitizer, chapstick etc.)

They also said that the sax player at the cocktail hour was worth every penny! Guests LOVED IT. They had a crazy hour at the reception that hyped up everyone on the starlight dance floor. Not that they needed hyping lol!

 

Vendors List:

– Venue: Hard Rock Punta Cana

– Photography: Photo Cine Art

– Travel Agent: Cherie Peninger, Island Vows

– Ceremony Officiant: Ron Albert, family friend

– Hair and Makeup Artist: POSH salon HRPC

– Florist: Mercaflor

– Bride Dress: Eddy K, Dreams collection from Bella Sera Bridal in Danvers, MA.

– Shoes: Macy’s

– Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal, Vera Wang, color Cassis

– Groom Suit: Black Tux

– Groomsman’s suits: Black Tux

– Shoes: Black Tux

– Wedding Entertainment: HOTS Production

 

More Hard Rock weddings you might like:

Hard Rock beach wedding at Punta Cana, Cassandra and Don

Hard Rock Destination Wedding at Punta Cana, Kristen Ann and Wade

Amazing destination wedding at Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Destiny and Gregory