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“.
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.
Hard Rock vows renewal ceremony at a beautiful beach in Punta Cana, Anisha and Nitin.
To quote Brides Magazine “A vow renewals are a heartfelt way to celebrate your love and reaffirm the promises you made to each other on your wedding day.” Exactly that happened one week ago, at gorgeous white sand beach at Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana.
“Our wedding was beautiful, but not what we wanted. Since everything happened so quickly, we didn’t really get a chance to plan anything. Since then, all I ever wanted was to have a little ceremony with our loved ones at some beautiful beach. Life got so busy that it took us 11 years to finally plan the wedding we wanted” Anisha told us.
The couple had symbolic vows renewal ceremony at Hard Rock hotel beach. They also added Mehndi (traditional form of temporary skin decoration in which decorative designs are created on a person’s body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant) and changed their clothes just before the reception, into traditional clothes made by Sawan Gandhi, as the special nod to their Indian heritage.
Scroll through our photos bellow to see how this amazing day went!
“Love doesn’t make the world go around, Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”
Dreams Royal Beach Punta Cana is a luxurious, family-friendly getaway on the magnificent coast of the Dominican Republic. Located at tropical, palm-studded stretch of beach, offering views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. The resort’s perfectly manicured gardens provide the perfect setting for an amazing, lush Caribbean weddings. That is exactly what Lynette & Dwayne wanted for their biggest day.
Lynette and Dwayne Dreams Royal Beach wedding at Punta Cana was first and foremost a celebration of the love between the two of them, but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t at the same time seriously fun party. There no two weddings that are the same, but Lynette and Dwayne manage to transform their big day into something unforgettable. The entire day, from the preparation, trough emotional ceremony and amazing reception, they transformed these essential details to unforgettable elements of their big day as a whole.
Congratulations Lynette and Dwayne, we wish you a lifetime of happiness together!