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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

 

 

 

Kukua beach destination wedding, Cindy and Hector. Punta Cana

Kukua beach destination wedding, Cindy and Hector. Punta Cana

Kukua beach destination wedding, Cindy and Hector. Punta Cana

Kukua Punta Cana is stylish, elegant wedding venue with glowing reviews. Licensed for civil, religious and symbolic wedding ceremonies, each wedding is uniquely customized according to every couple’s vision for their special day. Kukua wedding team will work closely with you to plan the wedding of your dreams and then some. They offer all-inclusive planning packages with a wedding planner included!

Scroll down to see our latest adventure! Cindy and Hector’s Kukua beach destination wedding was just right mix between a lot of happy tears and some serious fun (pun intended lol)! The bride wanted a nice romantic vibe, which amazing Mayte Marie masterfully achieved using cascading orchids mixed with elegant blush roses for both the ceremony place as well for the centerpieces on the reception tables.

P.S.

The Crazy Hour entertainment by the HOTS Productions was true party starter and almost everybody ended up into the pool at the end!

 

Vendors list:

– Venue: Kukua Punta Cana

– Photographer: Photo Cine Art

– Videographer: Photo Cine Art

– Hair and makeup: Anna Nuet

– Cake: Cake Studio Bavaro

– Bride dress: Maggie Sottero

– Shoes: Steve Madden

– Bridesmaids dresses: David’s bridal

– Groom suit: Michael Kors

– Groomsmen suits: Ralph Lauren

– Shoes: Lacoste sneakers

– Entertainment: HOTS Productions

– Gifts for the guest: mama-Juana, Brugal

– Party boat: Renny Travel

 

More amazing Kukua beach destination weddings you might be interested in:

Punta Cana wedding venue suited for the kings. Simone and Kowan’s Kukua wedding.

Kukua restaurant Punta Cana, amazing Kayla & Jason boho wedding

Kendra and Elysia’s jaw-dropping and elegant beach wedding at Kukua Beach Club in Punta Cana

 

 

Kukua restaurant Punta Cana, amazing Kayla & Jason boho wedding

Kukua restaurant Punta Cana, amazing Kayla & Jason boho wedding

Kukua restaurant Punta Cana was a host for a wedding of stylish New York couple Kayla and Jason. They always shared the love for each other and travel and adventure! Kayla and Jason organized a never-seen-before bohemian wedding on the beach in Dominican Republic. Elegant local venue, Kukua restaurant Punta Cana was filled with pampas grass, hanging centerpieces, and A LOT of fresh flowers!

“Our wedding decor was boho based! So much thought was put into my decor that I think the wedding planners themselves wanted to fire me! It was so important to me to design my own decor from flowers, specific placement, and centerpieces. I’m pretty sure they needed to order all pampas grass available in DR! There was no such thing as NOT ENOUGH pampas grass or macrame. All 50 of Our macrame place-mats were handmade just for the big day! The bridesmaids macrame bouquet wraps were personally cut and shaped. Our ‘The Moore’s” neon sign hanging on the greenery wall with the boho chair was a must!” the bride told us.

Circular wedding ceremony infinity arch added an extra modern touch with a perfect mixture of pampas grass in-between white, ivory, blush, greenery and terracotta color-based flowers.

The bride looked breathtaking in her Pearl by Enzoani wedding dress, while handsome groom, looked sharp and on point with his suit – Bar III. The outdoor ceremony took place on the beach, where the couple exchanged their personalized wedding vows.

At the end of the night all of the guests (bride and groom included) ended in the swimming pool. I believe that the explanation here is not needed to describe how fun was that!

After this amazing wedding day, we went to do a trash the dress photoshoot, this time with a twist! By Kayla’s wish we added underwater shoot at famous Punta Cana Cenote. Scroll down to see the results.

 

Vendors List:

– Venue – Kukua restaurant Punta Cana

– Travel Agent – Patty & Kristen at Unique Romance Travel

– Photography – Photo Cine Art

– Videography – Photo Cine Art

– Ceremony Officiant – Alejandro Angulo

– Hair and Makeup Artist – Anna Nuet

– Cake – Dulce De Leche

– Bride Dress – Pearl by Enzoani 2021

– Bridesmaids Dresses – Terracotta Infinity dress

– Groom Suit – Macy’s Bar III

– Groomsman Shoes – Cole Haan

 

 

Destination weddings in Dominican Republic – Danielle and Ryan’s Wedding at Jellyfish Restaurant in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Destination weddings in Dominican Republic – Danielle and Ryan’s Wedding at Jellyfish Restaurant in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Destination weddings in Dominican Republic:

This was out-of-the-world amazing wedding! If you’ve been dreaming of your own beach wedding, get ready because you’re in this for a love at first sight! From a gorgeous green and white details and striking ceremony setup to and an absolutely beautiful reception, Danielle and Ryan pulled off a stunning event at Jellyfish Restaurant with the help of their event planner and decorators. The ceremony was incredibly fun and emotional at the same time. They had both the Three Cord Ceremony and Unity Shots, in their case Unity Whiskey Shots Ceremony – that sounds a lot of fun, right? Well, it was more than that! After the gorgeous reception and speeches, the fun re-positioned to the dance floor. In Jellyfish that is beautiful Starlight dance floor build on the beach over the sand and together with cold fire during the first dance, it created absolutely a unique romantic atmosphere. And party, well you’ll need to check the photos to see for yourself how much fun they had! Spoiler alert, it was SUPERB!

Highlights video: https://youtu.be/hY29RysIyfU

 

– Venue: Jellyfish Restaurant Punta Cana, Dominican Republic,

– Photography: Photo Cine Art,

– Cinematography: Photo Cine Art,

– Officiant: Jehison A. Cabrera Guerrero,

– Starlight dance-floor: EPC EVENTS,

– Cake : Cake Studio Bavaro,

– Hair – Anna Nuet,

– Makeup Artist – Krystie Ann,

– Entertainment: HOTS Productions