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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

 

 

 

Hard Rock vows renewal ceremony at a beautiful beach in Punta Cana, Anisha and Nitin

Hard Rock vows renewal ceremony at a beautiful beach in Punta Cana, Anisha and Nitin

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!

 

Vendors:

 

Wedding venue: Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana

Ceremony location: Isla Beach at Hard Rock Punta Cana

Reception location: Piano Gazebo at Hard Rock Punta Cana

Photography and Video: Photo Cine Art

Bride’s ring: Cartier

Bride’s gift bracelet: Cartier

Bride’s Indian Outfit: Sawan Gandhi

Bride’s Gown: Occasions Boutique

Bride’s sandals: Saint Laurent

Groom’s suit: Hive & Colony

Groom’s gift watch: Cartier

 

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

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

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

Audra and Tyler met through friends at a local bar. It was closing time and they’ve exchanged phone numbers and never stopped talking after that. Tyler visited Audra at her bar-tending job every night and helped her study for college after she got off work.

3 years later, Tyler proposed in Keystone, Colorado at the top of a ski mountain. It was beautiful, scenic, and intimate. They celebrated afterwards with a shot at the mountainside lodge. They started a tradition of taking a shot and cheers when something happens to celebrate the wins in life… When they started new jobs, bought a house, got engaged and now got married. So, we too are joining this tradition with a huge cheer to this beautiful couple!

Since Audra and Tyler love to travel, choosing a Secrets Cap Cana, a luxury all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic was a no surprise. They told us that they wanted for their wedding to be intimate with only close family and friends so they can be able to talk to everyone. They’ve picked a neutral color scheme (white, tan, greenery) along with dusty rose because “we typically like things more simplistic and minimalistic… nothing over the top” they’ve explained. They had everyone’s names on oysters for their name as a place “cards”. Audra also DIY’ed the “take your shot and your seat” sign. Both the groom and the bride each chose their favorite shot that had tried at the resort in their first 4 days there. The one long table with everyone included was important and bride’s favorite piece. Also, they brought a Polaroid camera and guest book for selfies to accompany their note and signatures.

Bride chose a wedding dress that mixed lace elegance with fluffy, soft tulle. The boys wore tan pants and white long sleeve shirts to keep everything neutral and beachy. Tyler wore a jacket to stand out from the groomsmen. The girls had a pop of color, dusty rose, which matched the table decor as well.

We asked Audra what was the most anticipated or special moment of a wedding day and she told us that it was “Seeing each other down the aisle for the first time. We didn’t do a first look and slept separately the night before. We had to reschedule the wedding 2 times in the last year due to Covid, so it was a long-anticipated moment.”

And this is their grain of wisdom for all the future brides and grooms to be: “Don’t let small things become big things. Always talk when there’s something on your mind, marriage isn’t a game. Trust is also so important… Being able to be separate and do your own thing without worrying about the other person is so nice!”

 

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

 

Vendors list:

– Venue: Secrets Cap Cana

– Travel Agent: Dawn & Zac Travel

– Photography: Photo Cine Art

– Videography: Photo Cine Art

– Ceremony Officiant: Secrets Cap Cana

– Hair and Makeup Artist: Secrets Cap Cana

– Florist: Secrets Cap Cana provided

– Cake: Secrets Cap Cana

– Bride Dress: Allure Collection at Tulle in Clinton, Wisconsin

– Shoes: Amazon

– Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie

– Groom Suit: Perry Ellis

– Groomsman’s suits: Perry Ellis

– Entertainment: Secrets Cap Cana DJ & Caribbean trio

 

Interview with our beautiful Hard Rock bride, Jen. Punta Cana Hard Rock Jen & Jason wedding.

Interview with our beautiful Hard Rock bride, Jen. Punta Cana Hard Rock Jen & Jason wedding.

We made another interview with our newest, amazingly beautiful Hard Rock bride. She shared with us very useful info for all future Hard Rock brides to help them with ideas and calm their nerves. Enjoy!

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: True Love in Paradise! We have always LOVED to travel and explore beaches throughout the Caribbean, so we knew right away we wanted a destination wedding. After Covid cancelled 2 of our previous wedding plans to get married on a cruise we opted to uninvite everyone and Elope! This wedding was GOING TO HAPPEN come hell or high water! Our plan was laid back and simple yet elegant. We wanted colors that would highlight the beautiful natural backdrop.

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: We kept it simple, a beautiful circle of flowers for the ceremony made with flowers native to the island. I had seen the LOVE sign in lots of other brides photos so I knew that was a must! We added in a knot tying ceremony for our wedding. We bought the kit off Etsy and the Officiant was able to incorporate it perfectly.

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 ceremony flowers were certainly the highlight of wedding. They were amazing and more beautiful than I could have asked. We opted to carry the flowers over to our bridal party as well. The pops of color were beautiful.

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: We hired a soloist that played the flute. He killed it! After our cocktail time/ Cake cutting we had a private surf and turf dinner at the pool. It was a gorgeous setting; the meal was delicious and we danced in the pool.

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

A: I had a terrible time finding a dress that I thought was “beachy” Everything I tried on felt super formal, hot, heavy, tight… I didn’t want any of that! After another bride recommended Lulu’s I figured Id give it a try! I order 10 dresses…Yes 10 LOL. Returned all but 2. Once I finally settled on “the one” I had a few minor alterations done and got a slit added to it. It was a great dress… Very comfy, light and beautiful!

I let the bridesmaids help with their dresses. Once we had the color figured out, we had them pick something that they both liked and felt comfortable.

The men were a piece of cake. I knew I wanted gray and white, so we just added in the matching pink ties for a pop of color.

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

A: We meet many many years ago. At the time we were both Married. I showed Jason a house that he had bought to Flip. A few years later he had called me to list a house he had completed. I was excited to go meet up with him again. When I got there, he told me that he was going through a divorce… I about fell over because I was too. We exchanged many (many!) txt messages and a couple days later he came over to my house and never left!

He proposed to me on a cruise. We were in the Bahamas and got a day pass to resort. We were in the pool and he said “well I guess we should get married” I was confused. I said so are you asking me? Or??? I said yes and the next day we got off the ship and went to Diamonds International and I picked out a ring. Certainly not your typical proposal but our life is far from “typical”

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

A: My special moment was getting to see Jason waiting for me at the altar. This was a 9 year and 4 kids later process (one surrogate baby). Seeing him tear up reaffirmed that this is the man that I want and will be with for the rest of my life.

Jason’s special moment was seeing me for the first time in my dress knowing this was finally going to happen

Both our dads passed away but we both know they were there looking down us on our special day.

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

A: Keep it simple. Don’t worry about what other people think, you do what you want. Trust the process, Hard Rock PC has done soooooo many weddings. They have it down to an art! Once you are onsite the stress will all be gone. They will make whatever you want happen. Also, rent a golf cart the day of the wedding. Its nice to have to get around.

– Venue: Hard Rock Punta Cana Harmonica Beach

– Travel Agent: Kayci with Places You Go Travel Agency

– Photography: Photo Cine Art

– Ceremony Officiant provided by: Hard Rock

– Hair and Makeup Artist: Styling Trio

– Florist: Caribbean Celebrations

– Cake: Hard Rock

– Bride Dress: Lulus

– Shoes: Etsy

– Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie

– Groom Suit: Mens Warehouse

– Groomsman’s suits: Mens Warehouse

– Shoes: Dudes

– Entertainment: HOTS Soloist

 

Hard Rock Resort destination wedding, Amber and Matt, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Hard Rock Resort destination wedding, Amber and Matt, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

We have a great pleasure to introduce our Hard Rock Resort gorgeous couple, Amber and Matt a high school sweethearts that life separated at first but then reunited again, speaking of true meaning of how real love always find its way, hey?

Since both of them shared same love for traveling and having huge wedding wasn’t never their thing, Amber and Matt chose Hard Rock Resort Punta Cana for their wedding venue. One more reason for choosing this Hotel was that Amber already visited Hard Rock Resort while on her business trip with her vitamin company LeVel in 2019 and she said that they all felt very safe and had so much fun, so she wanted the same thing for her family and friends as well.

Matt’s step mom Michele, who is at the same time best friend with Amber’s mom, helped Amber to choose a wedding dress. She opted for gorgeous Da Vinci laced mermaid wedding dress with sweetheart neckline.

If you are not already in love with this couple, wait until you hear about their engagement story! This will give you a serious heart eyes!

March 20th 2020 we were in Cabo San Lucas where he proposed to me, Amber told us. He wanted to propose to me on the beach at Lover’s Beach, however, that was the day that COVID pandemic started and president Trump closed the US borders with Mexico while we were there. Cringe! We had to run to the airport an figure out what was going on. It was a mess! We were not for sure if we were going to be returning to our hotel so he was unable to propose to me at the beach, but he chose a beautiful location on the 7th story balcony where we had spent a few nights and days whale watching in the Pacific. When he went to pull the ring out of the bag it flew out onto the ground in almost fell off the 7th story balcony but he caught it!!

I don’t know about you guys, but my heart just stopped a bit there!

If you want to see this lovely people’s beautiful wedding day check out their preview photos below.

 

Wedding Vendors:

Wedding Venue: Hard Rock Resort Punta Cana

Photographer: Photo Cine Art

Wedding Dress: Da Vinci

Wedding Rings: Vera Vang

Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein