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When a Rock & Roll couple has a beach destination wedding at Kukua to honor the Caribbean heritage

When a Rock & Roll couple has a beach destination wedding at Kukua to honor the Caribbean heritage

Yes, you read that right… a Rock & Roll destination wedding at Kukua! Jo and Brandon’s dream was to have wedding on the beach that reflected who they are and they did just that at Kukua Beach Club in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Their wedding was one of a kind, with a classic black theme incorporating skulls, all the while keeping it romantic. Jo dreamt of her vision a couple of years back and it was brought to life by the passionate Mayte Mari – a true wedding designer magician! Everything about this wedding was awesome, from the rock music that was played while the bride was getting ready, to edgy reception décor, to the black wedding cake, it was all drop-dead-gorgeous (no pun intended)! Even the bride’s shoes with thorns were cool!

As you may guess, this wedding had equally unique and incredibly loving bride and groom! Jo and Brandon told us their love story on the day we had our Trash the Dress photo-shoot at Macao Beach. They met 8 years ago at the Spartan Race and they instantly “clicked”. Brandon is a veteran of the US Army, now working as a firefighter (hence the axes for the groomsman gifts) and they both volunteer for the veteran support groups. Jo is a computer engineer enjoying running competitions with obstacles and marathons. They have daughter Bayley aaaand you guessed it …. they are all into the hard rock music! You should see Bayley singing songs from Tool, knowing the words by heart of course!

But what struck us the most, was the extraordinary amount of love they all have for each other! That was one incredibly loving group of family and friends having the best day ever. There had a carnival with dancing, jumped into the famous swimming pool (with their clothes on), cut the cake with an axe, and set a new standard in post-wedding photo-shoots that included the idea that Jo had “sending the wedding dress away” thingy. At the end of the Trash the Dress photo-shoot, Jo and Brandon walked into the ocean with their wedding clothes on, so Jo could take off her wedding dress to send it off as a symbol of the end of their wedding celebrations.

 

Highlights video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCcyEsU47bo

 

Jo and Brandon choose majority of the local Punta Cana wedding vendors:

 

Wedding Venue: Kukua Punta Cana https://kukuarestaurantpuntacana.com/

Wedding Photographer and Videographer: Photo Cine Art

Hair and Makeup: Monica Ynosent @weddmakeup

Bride Shoes: Bakers http://bakersshoes.com/

Groom’s shoes: Aldo https://www.aldoshoes.com/us/en_US/men

Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal https://www.davidsbridal.com/

Groom’s suit: Express https://www.express.com/mens-clothing/suiting/cat1830016

Cake: Cake Studio Bavaro https://www.facebook.com/cakestudiobavaro

Wedding Officiant: Alejandro Angulo https://www.facebook.com/mcalejandro/

Wedding Design: weddings by Mayte Mari @weddingsbymayte

Entertainment: HOTS Productions https://www.hotsproductions.com/

Wedding Rings: Kay Jewelers https://www.kay.com/

 

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

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

“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!“

So, if you want to see how gorgeous a destination, beach wedding at Kukua with 6000 real flowers on the beach in Punta Cana looks then scroll down for photos!

 

Update: We just found out that Kendra and Elysia’s wedding was published in famous Munaluchi Bride Magazine!!!! Printed edition no less!!! We are over the top happy, honored and thankful to be a part of this spectacular wedding and to be published in one of the most important wedding magazines today! Here is the digital version of the publication: https://issuu.com/munaluchibride/docs/munawinter21-woody-amani-mafs/144

 

Elysia and Kendra choose majority of the local Punta Cana wedding vendors:

Wedding Venue: Kukua Beach Club Punta Cana

Wedding Photographer: Photo Cine Art

Kukua wedding planner and decoration: Rachel and Mayte

Destination Wedding Specialist: Carol, Barefoot Bridal

Wedding Videographer: Dominicanca Photo & Video

Hair and Makeup: Pippa Valette

Rings: Gold & Diamond Source Clearwater, FL

Head piece and earrings: Elena’s Bridal accessories, Brooklyn New York

Elysia shoes: Aldo shoes, Tazio

Stationary: Pro Wedding Invites

Suit: Tazio

Robe: Kaftan and Brides

Cake: Cake Studio Bavaro

Wedding Officiant: Alejandro Angulo

DJ: Resident DJ at Kukua

 

Kym and Philip – Kukua Punta Cana Wedding

Kym and Philip – Kukua Punta Cana Wedding

Kukua Punta Cana Wedding. The bride said:

“Phil and I met through mutual friends at a local bar that he was working at. We talked on and off for about 6 months before we decided to give it a try, but once we did, we were inseparable. Our relationship is special for so many reasons but I think a huge thing that’s special about it, is that we challenge each other without hurting each other. We can be really honest with one another without being mean and I think that is so important in a relationship. We started dating in February of 2016 and got officially married in the U.S. on February 29, 2020. We got married on Leap day in Colorado and had our ceremony and reception at Kukua Beach Club in Punta Cana with our friends and family. Our wedding day at Kukua was the most beautiful day we could have asked for. We had perfect weather and so much love around us. The highlight for both Phil and I would definitely be seeing each other at the end of the aisle. It was the best.”

Bride and Groom Wedding Day Story:

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: We got married at Kukua beach club. Our inspiration was simplicity. We just wanted it to be really classic and not too fussy with a pastel dusty kind of color palette. We didn’t have any religion incorporated in our wedding and no strong cultural traditions at all.

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 decorated the wedding with lots of pastel florals and eucalyptus and greenery. Because we were planning the wedding in a destination, we weren’t able to do any DIY.

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: Florals were definitely a big part of our wedding. For our ceremony backdrop we had two giant vases filled with pastel flowers and lots of greenery. We wanted everything to look very organic and natural. For our centerpieces we kept with similar ideas. We wanted a boa style centerpiece with lots of greenery and some candles for a romantic addition. The flowers were definitely a very important part of our wedding.

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 personalized our day by making it exactly what we wanted from top to bottom but we didn’t have any entertainment or extras. Some of my favorite parts of the wedding were the decor, I was obsessed with our cake. And we loved our reception. It was so fun to hang out with all of our friends and dance and enjoy ourselves after all the stress of the wedding day was over.

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

A: As a beach bride I was always thinking that I wanted a simple classic kind of dress. Something that wouldn’t be too hot and wouldn’t be too fussy. I really wanted my dress to speak for itself. When I went to try on dresses I tried a lot of different styles and the simple ones were the ones I was most drawn to. I ended up picking a simple ivory fitted dress with a sweetheart neckline and off the shoulder sleeves. Because we were getting married on the beach we almost wanted it to be a little more casual. Originally, we didn’t even think he would wear a suit jacket but when we were shopping for another friend’s wedding he found a jacket that he loved and decided it would be perfect for OUR own wedding.

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

A: We met through mutual friends and dated for 2.5 years before we got engaged. Phil proposed when we were on a trip to Europe. He knows that I don’t do well with grand gestures in public. So, when we were in Austria, he got a beautiful hotel on the lake and took me out to dinner so I would be dressed up and have some makeup on. Then once we were done with dinner he said we should go back to the hotel to watch the sunset over the lake and when we got to the lake, he got down on one knee and proposed.

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

A: My most anticipated moment of the wedding day was seeing all the details that we had talked about finally come together. It was so amazing to see something that so many people have worked so hard to turn into something real and even better than I ever imagined. But I think we both agree that the most special moment was seeing each other for the first time at the altar.

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

A: We definitely don’t feel like experts on the subject but my main advice would be to figure out the top things that are important to each of you for the wedding and make sure you keep that as the focus. Everything else will work out and no matter what, you are marrying your favorite person and everything else kind of falls away. Even with all the stresses 🙂

 

– Venue: Kukua Punta Cana, Dominican Republic,

– Planning and decor Weddings by Mayte,

– Photography: Photo Cine Art,

– Officiant: Andy Lloyd,

– Hair and makeup: Taylor Roberts,

– Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals,

– Cake: Cake Studio Bavaro

 

 

Kukua Beach Club, Marion and Thomas Punta Cana wedding, Dominican Republic

Kukua Beach Club, Marion and Thomas Punta Cana wedding, Dominican Republic

Kukua Beach Club, Marion and Thomas Punta Cana wedding, Dominican Republic.

Love is when someone turns your world upside down, and it feels right for the first time!

Marion and Thomas had an extraordinary intimate private wedding ceremony and romantic dinner at Kukua Beach Club and Restaurant in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. They came all the way from Germany to Punta Cana to bring to reality and enjoy in their dream wedding. Marion and Thomas told us that they did not want a standard wedding, so they choose black wedding dress for the bride and white suit for the groom paired with custom made black wedding rings and the date of their anniversary will be each year on Valentines day!

Here is what Marion said about planning a wedding in Punta Cana:

“The inspiration for our wedding day has already taken place a year before, when Thomas propose on the beach, when we came home, we started planning for our destination wedding. I always had a dream, a wedding on the beach with only the two of us, me in a black wedding dress and Thomas in a white suit, and a bridal bouquet of white and deep black roses.” Thomas made this dream come through. We did not want an elegant decoration too pompous or exaggerated, said Marion. We remained true to our colors black and white also in the decoration. In Dominican Republic there are no real black roses. Only dark red, so I brought black roses from Germany. We had two German songs played that could not have better described our relationship and love for each other. The whole day was a dream from the first to the last moment with so many emotions which are unforgettable thanks to our photographer Milan and our wedding planner Mayte from Kukua Beach Club and their crew. They are both very dear to us and we have in them new wonderful friends for life.

Here is what Thomas told us about their relationship:

“Our relationship has been a fairy tale since the first day. The special thing is that we weren’t searching for the special person but found it. Relationship between us is magical and indescribable, based on trust, faithfulness, honesty, consideration, understanding, and deep, caring love for which there are no words. She is very special. We understand each other without words. What one thinks the other says it.

We are both positively crazy, and enjoy our time together as much as possible, with beautiful moments and experiences. Short trips, long-distance travel, meeting friends and family, strolling around the city, having a nice meal, cooking together, or just chilling out on the sofa, etc. And surprise each other with little things again and again.

This saying applies to both of us:

Sometimes you have to go through hell first to be able to dance on the clouds later.

If I describe our relationship with words then it will be these:

Give without asking,

Take without owning,

Sharing without asking,

Hold without being tied up…

Love is when someone turns your world upside down, and it feels right for the first time!”

Thomas then surprised Marion with a Cadillac on their wedding day and a heart necklace that was made to match their custom-made rings in Regensburg, a Bavarian medieval German city.

 

– Venue: Kukua Beach Club and Restaurant Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

– Photography: Photo Cine Art

– Wedding Planner: Mayte Marie

– Hair & Makeup: Vista Sol Spa

– Wedding Officiant: Alejandro Angulo

– Flowers: Floristeria Sisay

 

Other amazing Kukua Beach Club weddings:

Rovina & Aaron, Kukua Beach Club & Restaurant, Punta Cana photographer and videographer

Amanda & Joe’s Peacock Teamed Destination Wedding at Kukua Beach Club & Restaurant, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Elie & Damon fantastic destination wedding at Kukua Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

 

 

 

Rovina & Aaron, Kukua Beach Club & Restaurant, Punta Cana photographer and videographer

Rovina & Aaron, Kukua Beach Club & Restaurant, Punta Cana photographer and videographer

Punta Cana photographer and videographer. Rovina & Aaron’s wedding.

Kukua Punta Cana has become highly desired wedding venue and with good reason. Apart from its culinary excellence, this stylish venue has breathtaking view of the ocean thanks to it’s world famous Bavaro Beach location. Spacious main salon-dining area, air-conditioned bridal room, beach-front palapa, oversized pool, private parking lot, unique, custom designed wedding decorations are just a few more reasons why this is a Tropical picture-perfect venue for weddings.

Friends and family joined together to witness the union of Rovina and Aaron, which really showcased just how important this wonderful couple are to both their friends and family. The ceremony was rich with Sikh culture and modern, elegant wedding with stunning white roses decoration, creating a truly memorable day.
Following the ceremony, both the happy couple and their family moved from the beach to the covered salon in Kukua Punta Cana, a modern beach club and restaurant in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The reception allowed the couple to receive many congratulations from their friends, as well as listening to some truly emotional and moving speeches. The celebrations carried out into the night as friends and family took full advantage of the dance floor and celebrated the union of the happy couple into the small hours.

 

Highlights video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf9z2_ToLoo

 

Venue: Kukua Beach Club and Restaurant Punta Cana, Dominican Republic,

Punta Cana photographer and videographer: Photo Cine Art

Hair & Makeup: Krystie Ann MUA

Wedding Planning: Weddings by Mayte Mari

 

More Kukua weddings:

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

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

Heather and Gary, gorgeous Kukua destination wedding, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

 

 

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