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

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

Since, Simone herself is a wedding organizer, she did due diligence to research all the Punta Cana wedding venue, Dominican Republic. One of them was keep popping up in the feed, with countless positive reviews and couples’ experiences. The choice was made: Kukua Punta Cana. Oh, boy, they did live up to the expectations!

Simeone and Kowan met during a mutual family event. Kowan eat jalapeno poppers, by mistake and by pure coincidence there was Simone to offer a relief for his aches, neither of them knowing that they will be each other’s reliefs and supports in decades to come! Yeah, I know, life is funny that way.

Many dates, parties and events later together, Kowan popped the question at the annual BBQ party, and since their following year was filled with traveling, he had an idea of making the event for the entire family. What is better to have all your family and friends on the vacation and in absolutely the best mood for your wedding, then choosing perfect tropical destination in the Caribbean.

Wedding ceremony was at the beach, with round fresh floral gazebo, that had matching colors of the wedding, yellow and royal blue. The reception tables were adorned with high floral centerpieces and the sweetheart table had cascading floral boa. Everything was made from fresh flowers, yellow roses, blue hydrangeas and sunflowers.

After the reception, party was spiced up with fire dancers and continued deep into the night.

Scroll down to see our stills of amazing wedding day of this gorgeous couple.

 

Vendors List:

– Venue: Kukua restaurant Punta Cana

– Wedding designer: Mayte Mari

– Wedding planner: Rachel At Kukua

– Photography: Photo Cine Art

– Videography: Photo Cine Art

– Ceremony Officiant: Alejandro Angulo

– Hair and Makeup Artist: Jazmin Abad

– DJ: DJ Sens

– Bride Dress: Bridal Reflections

– Bride shoes: Badgley Mischka, Sneakers: Nike

– Rings: Zales

– Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

– Brides robe and sequin hanger: Totally Brides

– Groom Suit: Men’s Wearhouse

– Groom’s Shoes: Undandy, Sneakers: Nike

– Groom shirt: Hockerty

– Groomsman Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

– MC: Iamtheplaylist

– Fire Show: HOTS Productions

– Custom acrylic signs: Lillabeas

– Coasters: Kay Belle Designs

– Broom: Bed, Bath & Beyond

– Coloring books: Elizabethpaperstudio

– Custom Handkerchief: Embroiderablelinens

– Wooden Hanger: Bed, Bath & Beyond

– Squad shirts: Caylianna’s Boutique

– Wooden family sign: Ten23designs

 

 

Destination Wedding at Hard Rock, Amber and Jacob, Punta Cana

Destination Wedding at Hard Rock, Amber and Jacob, Punta Cana

Amber and Jake just like many couples in 2020, when COVID pandemic hit the world, had to postpone their long-time dream destination wedding at Hard Rock. Which, as Amber was telling us, was a blessing in disguise. The original wedding date was May 20th,2020 and it got moved to December 16th, 2020. We ask this sweet bride couple of questions about their destination wedding at Hard Rock 2020 experience, how she was planning her destination wedding, her take on décor, custom made lace wedding dress, absolutely EVERYTHING you want to ask fellow bride, we did it for you! Take a look what she told us below. Also, don’t forget to take a peek into the photos (the wedding is so fresh that it is still on my camera’s memory cards lol).

 

Amber and Jake’s destination wedding at Hard Rock, photography by Photo Cine Art:

 

Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

A: Jake and I knew all along that we wanted to have a destination wedding. I am a very simple girl and knew I wanted a very neutral color scheme. I love rustic decor and greenery, whites and nudes – (my house totally looks the same!) So that is what we went with and I thought it was absolutely breathtaking!

 

Q: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?

A: I went back and forth with our wedding decor for a while. It was actually a blessing in disguise having to postpone our original wedding date of May 20. This gave me a longer time frame to rethink the decor. In the end, I decided to go with real florals – which totally exceeded my expectations – they were beautiful! I decided to bring all of my own stationary which I had ordered on Etsy and preprinted & framed. My favorite piece of decor had to be our greenery wall and wooden name design cut out from wood provided by Caribbean Celebrations through the Hard Rock! It really added the personal touch we were hoping for!

 

Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

A: Our florals were absolutely gorgeous!! One of my favorite things that day. They were all real – from my bouquet, the bridesmaid’s bouquets, boutonniere, and the centerpieces. I think they did set the overall tone for the entire wedding. The white roses and various eucalyptus styled stems really brought everything together. The best part about having real florals was we were able to bring them back to our room and enjoy them for the rest of our stay – they made our room smell really amazing too! ????

 

Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

A: After having to postpone our wedding after the pandemic hit, Jake and I really had a lot of time to think and replan. Our number of guests went down significantly. We were around 50+ guests before the pandemic hit and ended up having 21 guests with us in the end. With such a small group – we knew we wanted to provide as much FUN as possible – simply as a huge THANK YOU for still coming to celebrate with us during this pandemic. We added the HOTS Crazy Hour with 2 samba dancers and a man on stilts as well as a fire show to end the night on the beach. Both were AMAZING and our guests could not stop talking about them. Everyone said they’ve never been to a wedding that was so much fun!

 

Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

A: We both had an idea, going in, of what we were looking for when it came to finding our wedding day looks. We both knew we did not want a traditional look. We wanted to have a beachy look! After all, we were getting married on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world!!! ☺️ For my dress, I knew I wanted lace. I also knew I wanted an off-white look. My dress was actually custom made and had the lace pieces hand sewn to have the effect of the lace fading down my dress. I loved it! Jake went with a less formal look of a grey pant and gray vest combo. Which totally fit his laid back style and looked incredibly handsome on him.

 

Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

A: Jake and I met for the first time in high school; we had many mutual friends and my eyes just so happen to catch his at a high school football game. I often think it was love at first sight for me because as soon as I saw him that day – I knew I had to have him! A couple weeks later we just so happened to be at the same party together – and the rest is history ????

Jake and I were together for 8.5 years before he proposed! Our proposal was a fairy-tale and a complete surprise to me. Jake and I vacationed with our friends in Tennessee for a week – we drove from Delaware, where we lived together. After a very fun week with our friends Jake and I decided to spend some quality time together – just us. We road tripped home and made a few stops along the way. We stopped in North Carolina, Virginia, etc. When stopping in North Carolina, Jake told me we would spend the day at the Biltmore Estate, the largest mansion in the US! I didn’t know much about it. He was always the planner. He told me we would take a horse and buggy ride to the top of the mansion. Jake hired a private photographer who captured the entire proposal. We got to the top of the mountain and we were posing for a picture when he got down on one knee and proposed. I was speechless!

 

Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

A: This may sound cliché but I think I can speak for us both when I say the most anticipated part of our wedding day was having it actually happen!! Between the alcohol scares when we first started planning and the pandemic, we were just in awe we were able to FINALLY have our special day! There was a few times we really had to look at each other and take it all in and say, “we finally did it!”

 

Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

A: Yes! Through this entire experience – we have both been through a lot of heartache, tears, and hard times, I truly mean it when I say we have been through it ALL. Most importantly though, through this entire process, we have had tons of happiness along the way. Despite every obstacle we had to face; our trip and wedding day turned out absolutely perfect. It’s like when we landed in Punta Cana – all of the stress went away. To everyone planning right now who has fears or doubts – just remember you only have one life to live, try not to live your life in fear! At the end of the day, God always has a plan and whoever is meant to be there on your special day – will be! And all that matters is you & your significant other are there having the time of your lives! What’s meant to be, will be. ❤️ what’s not, will not.

 

Vendors list:

Venue – Hard Rock Punta Cana

Ceremony place: Piano Gazebo, Hard Rock Punta Cana

Travel Agent – Anita O’Donnell Classic Vacations

Photography – Photo Cine Art

Ceremony Officiant – Marcos Parucker Soares

Hair and Makeup Artist – Maria – POSH Salon at Hard Rock Punta Cana

Florist – Mercaflor Florist

Cake – Hard Rock Punta Cana

Bride Dress – Watters / Lovely Bride Philadelphia

Shoes – Badgley Mischka

Veil – Watters / Lovely Bride Philadelphia

Bridesmaids Dresses – Christina Wu

Groom Suit – Ralph Lauren

Groomsman’s suits – Ralph Lauren

Shoes – Rockport

Entertainment:

HOTS Productions

JSAV

Stationary – Etsy

Gifts for the guests – QueenBHome

 

Looking for perfect beach wedding dress for your Punta Cana destination wedding?

Looking for perfect beach wedding dress for your Punta Cana destination wedding?

 

Than you are at the right place. As destination wedding photographers and videographers… Nah, it’s even better, as wedding photographers and videographers living and working permanently at the destination that hosts over 80 weddings a day in a wedding season, here are our two cents on the subject of how to choose the right wedding dress style for a beach wedding. Although we are not wedding dress designers, nor we are associated with one, having the opportunity to see that many brides in all kinds of Caribbean weeding settings, kind of give us right to say we know what we are writing about.

Majestic bride by Photo Cine Art

 

The most important aspect of your overall wedding look is your wedding dress. The dress is going to set the style for your whole look. So, you’ll agree, it is one of the most important task to tick off when you are planning the wedding.

Punta Cana destination wedding by Photo Cine ArtWedding dress by Sottero and Midgley

 

If you are one of the recently engaged couples planning a Punta Cana destination wedding on the beach, then you probably did your fair share of Google research and now you are certainly quite confused with restrictive guidelines many, surprisingly even reputable, sites are suggesting.

Let’s go over them together:

  1. Choose wedding dress that is made out of lightweight fabrics

This is probably the only one of the tips with which we agree. If you can, then yes, choose chiffon, lace, organza … and allow your body to breathe. But for argument sake, most wedding venues make the ceremonies in the afternoon (some weddings that we photographed last year, had ceremonies even as late as 6pm (see here), so the heat is not too big problem. Plus, on the beach there is ALWAYS light breeze so, unless you are on direct sun at noon in July, you’ll never feel the actual heat.

  1. Dress Style

There are many recommendations online for the brides to choose a bohemian wedding dress for their beach wedding ceremony, all together with an explanation that “a beach wedding is a casual event” (?!). Let’s dive into this statement some more. If your wedding will be in bohemian style because you like it, then yes, go with the same style wedding dress. But please, for God’s sake, do not choose bohemian dress only because you’ll have your wedding at the beach! Beach weddings can be glamorous, bohemian or black-tie events if you want them to be! According to their wedding decor design, our brides rocked very successfully many, different wedding dress styles including both fabric and silhouette shapes. There were ball gowns, mermaid and A – lines, from both high-end designers and casual. And they ALL looked AMAZING! Bottom line, you should choose the style of your wedding dress according to your preferences and what flatters your body type the best.

 

Ballroom with mid length veil by Photo Cine ArtBallroom wedding dress by Essense of Australia

Kukua amazing decoration by Photo Cine ArtExamples of elegant wedding decor at destination wedding

Kukua elegant decoration by Photo Cine ArtExamples of elegant wedding decor at destination wedding

Punta Cana destination wedding Macao beach by Photo Cine ArtMermaid style wedding dress

Kukua tables Punta Cana destination weddingWedding decor at destination wedding

A-line wedding dress by Photo Cine ArtA-line wedding dress by Made with love

Bohemian wedding dress by Photo Cine ArtBohemian wedding dress by Riki Dalal

Huracan Cafe by Photo Cine ArtWedding decor at destination wedding

Wedding dress at Hard Rock by Photo Cine ArtSheath Wedding gown by Anais Annette

 

3. Dress length

In my 15 years of experience as a professional wedding photographer, I think I saw short wedding dress two times only. And there were the times when I did weddings almost every day. I think this in itself is quite self-explanatory. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with short wedding dress if that is your cup of tea, but do not feel obligated to go scouting for short wedding dresses because beach is the place where you’ll exchange your vows.

To sum it up, yes, for destination wedding, long is ok.

Wedding couple at Kukua Restaurant by Photo Cine ArtWedding dress by Luciana Vieira – Dalu Atelie

 

Sand doesn’t stain. Train may catch up along some dry seaweed which can be cleaned easily. Also, all wedding venues in Punta Cana take pride in their locations, so beaches where the ceremonies are held, are cleaned frequently.

Hard Rock wedding by Photo Cine Art

Hard Rock Punta Cana wedding by Photo Cine Art

 

If you are thinking about a wedding dress with a train for your Punta Cana destination wedding, that is absolutely doable. Our brides had dresses without train, with Sweep Train, Chapel Train all the way to Cathedral Trains. A wedding dress with detachable train can be convenient solution, but many wedding dresses expert providers can add a bustle to any train to ease your movement after that dramatic entrance! Again, as you can see in our photos, many of our gorgeous brides wore, to their destination beach weddings, wedding dresses with royal or monarch trains. The only thing you should be aware of is that if you walk over uneven surfaces as for example over the concrete floors, the train (or long veil for that matter) may get stuck a bit…

Off-the-shoulder trumpet by Photo Cine ArtTrumpet style wedding dress without train by Allure Bridals

Wedding dress with Sweep Train Punta Cana destination weddingSheath wedding dress with Sweep Train by Anais Annette

Wedding dress with Chapel Train by Photo Cine ArtBallroom style wedding dress with Chapel Train by Essense of Australia

Alison Enzoani Wedding dress with Cathedral Train by Photo Cine ArtWedding dress with Cathedral Train by Enzoani

Wedding dress with Extra Length Cathedral Train Royal or Monarch by Photo Cine ArtWedding dress with extra length Cathedral Train – Royal train by Essense of Australia

Essence of Australia Punta Cana destination wedding Dress with monarch train by Photo Cine ArtWedding dress with extra length Cathedral Train – Monarch train by Essense of Australia

Wedding dress with Bustled Train by Photo Cine ArtWedding dress with Bustled Train by Martina Liana

 

4. Headpieces

 

  • Veil

The most frequently used veils among our brides are definitively Mid-length and Cathedral Veils, followed by Blusher and Mantilla Veils.

Yes, there is a breeze on the beach, but also there are those tiny and very useful thingies called veil weights. You can buy them almost everywhere (from Amazon to Etsy https://www.etsy.com/market/wedding_veil_weights). They simply clip to the edges of your veil and give it just enough weight to stay straight and not fly about! Genius! Nonetheless, make sure you bring it up to your hair stylist (link na nas guide za MUA) to ensure your hair is structurally sound enough to hold it. But, no, you won’t feel it pulling down and you won’t feel it dragging your head.

Although, same as for the wedding dress train, long cathedral veil tends to stuck onto uneven surfaces, so put some attention at those details.

Mid-Length Veil Punta Cana destination wedding by Photo Cine ArtMid-Length Veil and wedding dress by Hayley Paige

Blusher veil mermaid dress by Photo Cine ArtBlusher Veil

Cathedral Veil by Photo Cine ArtCathedral Veil by Pnina Tornai

Cathedral Veil photo by Photo Cine ArtCathedral Veil and wedding dress by Martina Liana

 

  • Bridal Hair Accessories

As for the choosing your wedding dress, the first thing to take into consideration when choosing your hair accessories is your personal style and the style of your wedding. The most popular are Combs and clips, Hair Vines and Headbands.

Palma Real Punta Cana destination wedding by Photo Cine Art

Kukua Punta Cana destination wedding by Photo Cine Art

5. Shoes

One of the great advantages of having a beach destination wedding is that you can go barefoot with or without barefoot sandals, that were absolute hit recently. But if you prefer to go with awesome stilettos, you absolutely can do that too, just ask your wedding venue for a walkway option. Majority of Punta Cana destination wedding venues, if not all of them, have an option to add a walkway, so, absolutely yes, you can wear those Louboutin’s that you are dreaming about for your beach destination wedding.

Kukua round floral arch by Photo Cine ArtWalkway at Kukua Punta Cana

Badgley Mischka Shoes by Photo Cine ArtBadgley Mischka Bridal Shoes

Barefoot sandals Punta Cana destination wedding by Photo Cine ArtBarefoot sandals

HRPC wedding by Photo Cine Art

Shoes by Sophia Webster, Wedding dress by Riki Dalal

Louis Vuitton by Photo Cine ArtChristian Louboutin Bridal Shoes

 

We hoped that our experience has helped you somewhat in choosing that perfect wedding dress in which you have envisioned yourself walking down the aisle while gentle breeze is swaying palm trees and your love is waiting for you by the turquoise Ocean. The essence of this post is that the most important thing to remember is to stay true to yourself. Don’t worry what anyone else thinks you should or shouldn’t wear. It will be the most important day in your and your future spouse life. It is all about what makes you happy, beautiful and confident.

 

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