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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

 

 

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

 

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/

 

Amazing destination wedding at Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Destiny and Gregory

Amazing destination wedding at Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Destiny and Gregory

Destiny and Gregory are every wedding photographer dream client! Absolutely gorgeous people! Both beautiful and kind, they were pleasure to work with.

The wedding took place at famous Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana Dominican Republic and couple of days after, we did the Trash the Dress photo shoot at nearby Macao Beach, amazing public beach couple of minutes driving from the hotel. We so are grateful that we had that extra time, more time to really get to know them.

Since Destiny and Gregory wanted their wedding decor to be very simple, but still have a nice ambience to match tropical scenery. Table centerpieces had a little greenery to match the stationary of the menus. The bride made the Menus and Table numbers herself. That was the only DIY at this wedding.

The wedding day started with bridal hair and make-up preparation at POSH Salon at the Hard Rock Hotel. Guys started their own fun in groom’s room. The ceremony took place at Harmonica Beach in front of La Isla restaurant in Hard Rock Punta Cana Hotel and the reception at Element Terrace.

The absolute highlight of the day was the bride walking down the aisle seeing the groom. She told us later on: “I was hoping not to cry, but I don’t think that worked out in my favor.” As for the groom, Gregory, he told us that: “the most anticipated for me was the kiss, I was kind of nervous kissing in front of all those people. I was even more nervous when the photographers said I would have to kiss for more than 10 seconds.” Lol that would be us, the Darth Vader of weddings :D.

To have complete impression on how everything looked like, check out the photos below! Yours truly… Photo Cine Art

 

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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