“Our love story started before we knew it started.”
I have never heard words that better describe true love! This beach wedding at Kukua, that happened just couple of days ago (October 2020), was all about that – celebrating true love!
There’s nothing we love more than a totally personalized wedding that is a show-stopper. Kendra and Elysia’s destination, beach wedding at Kukua Beach Club in Punta Cana was exactly that and then some. With help of Kukua’s wedding planning team Rachel and Mayte Mari, these ladies created an extraordinary day with Kenrdra & Elysia’s loved ones witnessing while they profess eternal love to each other.
With a million (and this is without exaggeration) flowers filling every corner and an airy color palette, highlighted with black and gold details pronouncing the beauty of tropical space, this wedding was a page straight out of a fairy-tale. Kendra told us: “I knew before being engaged that I wanted a destination wedding. I had somehow found this venue called ‘Kukua’ and was in love with it. I lived on Pinterest while planning our wedding. I knew I wanted flowers and lots of them. Our wedding planner said we had over 6000 flowers and yes, all of them were real. I changed our wedding colors 7 times lol. We finally decided to go with black, white, ivory, and blush pink. We had a gazebo for our wedding cake and it was beyond beautiful. We even had a memory table with photos of us, showing the years that we had been together, it was a big hit. I wanted us to have a wedding that was unique, elegant, and EXTRA lol. Every time I saw something on Pinterest that caused my mouth to drop, I would say to myself, “oh I got to have this.”
Kendra and Elysia have known each other since middle school and after high school they became best friends. Even then there was a spark between them. Elysia told Kendra: ”I have been watching you since high school, when you use to wear that red dress all the time to school.”
This is how Kendra relived their love story for us: “We started dating in 2008 until 2010 when broke up slowly stopped talking. The break-up was very hard on the both of us. I honestly think we were just young at the time and we both needed to grow. Throughout the years Elyisa and I would talk from time to time but it was nothing major, unfortunately our friendship faded away from the breakup as well. Four years passed when on May 26th 2014, while on Facebook I get a message from Elysia saying “you still have that scarf I see,” the scarf was something I bought when Elysia and I were together. At first, I was saying to myself, “what does this girl want?.” Lol Since then, I can honestly say we have been inseparable. We do almost everything together. We have seen each other at our lowest and highest.
I totally believe in the saying “if you let someone go and they return, then it is meant to be.”
Elysia proposed to me on March 8, 2019 and I knew it was going to happen but after we finished dinner and nothing happened, I said to myself, “well it’s not happening tonight,” so I excused myself and went to the ladies room. When I came back our waiter brought me dessert and when he took the lid off the plate there was a beautiful ring. Elysia, was recording the whole thing and I, I did not even know it. The proposal was priceless. It’s been a joy doing life with Elysia. And it doesn’t hurt that I’ve known my wife since middle school!“
It was a perfect day for a January wedding Elopement at Kukua restaurant, in the Caribbean. It was the experience of a totally intimate wedding celebration. It was a day focused on just the two of them. Elopements strip away the pressure, anxiety and obligation related with having a traditional wedding. Weather couldn’t been better. Punta Cana is well known for it’s great tropical weather all-year-round. A beautiful pyramid-like wedding arch all made of greenery has been custom made in the middle of the beach for their wedding ceremony, waiting for their entry. Kukua restaurant is located on the gorgeous Bavaro Beach, so behind their gazebo there was breathtaking view of the turquoise ocean and stunning sandy beach. Perfect backdrop to any destination wedding. Kukua Punta Cana is well known for their beautiful custom designs for each and every one of their destination weddings. The glowing couple where full of emotions and beside the gorgeous sunset, the day was illuminated by their smiles too. After emotional ceremony, they had romantic dinner under the same gazebo on the beach with gentle ocean breeze and gazing at starry sky and each other eyes.
It was true pleasure to witness their love, I hope you will enjoy in the photos as much as I enjoyed in working with these gorgeous people.