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Destination Wedding Hard Rock Punta Cana, Taylor and Nicholas, Dominican Republic

Destination Wedding Hard Rock Punta Cana, Taylor and Nicholas, Dominican Republic

Taylor and Nicholas from the USA have decided to have the beauty of the Caribbean as a special decor for their destination wedding Hard Rock Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Despite few light showers on their big day, from the wedding ceremony to the open terrace reception, it was a day filled with love and happiness. To add the island vibe to their decor, this lovely couple has chosen white flowers, tropical leaves and touches of gold. Our very talented bride Taylor made her own signs both for the ceremony and the reception and also magnificent center pieces! Now, how amazing is that! For their destination wedding Hard Rock Punta Cana MercaFlor designed additional flowers that enhanced ceremony structure and Caribbean Celebrations provided exceptional bistro lighting, Love sign, lounge area, Sweetheart and Cake Table. Of course, Photo Cine Art one more time had the pleasure to film it all :).

We asked Taylor to tell us a little bit more about their wedding day:

 

What were the florals like in your destination wedding Hard Rock Punta Cana? 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?

I love Calla Lilies and wanted a large drooping bouquet of them with light/pastel colors. I wanted a larger bouquet to go with the large veil I will be wearing. We kept the calla lily theme throughout in the groom & father of the bride’s boutonnieres and the mother’s corsages.

For the ceremony structure, I wanted pops of white and deep tropical leaves, so we used the complimentary structure provided by the Hard Rock Punta Cana, asked to take the screen off the back of it, and added 2 large sections of tropical greenery with pops of white. We kept the green with pops of white throughout the reception. I made the center pieces by spray painting vases gold to add an elegant/formal feel and placed fake, green tropical leaves as well as fake white florals inside the vases. Each vase was placed in the center of the tables on top of tropical leaves, that were covered with sea shells (again, a pop of white). The acrylic table numbers pulled out the gold color of the vases as they had gold table numbers written out in cursive, with gold tropical leaves engraved.

For our last pop of white, we purchased a white lounge area with a white throw rug from Caribbean celebrations.

Overall, we didn’t want to spend too much money on flowers as they don’t last long and the ceremony is such a short period of time. We had a stunning tropical environment for the wedding and the scenery was worth a million bucks, so we didn’t feel like we needed to add much to this!

 

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

We hired a steel drummer for our welcome party the night before the wedding to start the flow of the good tropical vibes. For our cocktail hour we hired a violinist and everyone raved about his spunk! For the reception we decided to hire the carnival crazy hour (hora loca) and added a special request for the individual on stilts to pour shots into people’s mouths from the bottle!

We also brought foam glow sticks for the reception to get the party started right away during the bridal party introductions. We love dancing and having a great time and our wedding went to show that whether you have 150 or 15 guests at a wedding the sky is the limit and you can have the time of your lives!

 

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your destination wedding Hard Rock Punta Cana day look? Describe the looks in detail.

Bride: I spent a day with my sisters, mother, niece and bridesmaid to dress shop. We went to 3 different stores to try on dresses, but the dress I ended up purchasing was one of the first dresses I tried on. I initially thought I wanted a crepe material dress that was without lace, and very form fitting and soft. However, after trying on the style dress I thought I wanted, I did not feel like a bride and rather felt like I was wearing a night gown. I had the woman at the dress store pull different style dresses. She took a particular request from my nieces to grab me a dress that was more “poofy” at the bottom. It ended up being the dress I bought! I fell in love with this dress despite it being exactly opposite of what I initially thought I wanted. I always said no to lace, and no to poofy bottoms. I tried the dress on and felt like a real bride.

Garter – I was extremely close with my mommom prior to her passing away from cancer. My family all knew I was devastated to not have her physically present with me on our wedding day. My cousin made me a garter that was extremely special. When I opened with my garter and read the card my cousin wrote me, I cried my eyes out with both happy and sad tears. The lace part of the garter is from my mommoms veil and the satin underneath the lace is from her dress.

Here is part of what the card said from my cousin about the garter: “It is an honor to take a piece of grandmoms dress from the day she committed to love and endure an begin life with grandpop… I know how close you were with her and I know the tears would flow from her eyes if she were to see you walk down the aisle. While this is simply just a garter, think of it as a way to complete your bridal look and smile as you put it on, knowing it is a piece of her and how happy she was on her wedding.”

Groom: This is a funny story. Initially, the groom had picked out a custom suit from men wearhouse which was a brighter blue than that of his actual wedding day suit. Along with this initial suit came a custom vest, on which the back had tropical trees. After selecting the suit, the groom, father of the bride and one groomsman were fitted and their suits arrived in the stores for pickup. However, COVID came about and the other groomsmen still weren’t fitted. The bride finally told the other groomsmen to go get fitted as soon as possible. One of the remaining groomsmen listened but unfortunately when we went to the store, they were informed that the specific suit material/color initially selected was out of stock, as well as the tropical pattern for the vest. They had to start all over with the suit and the next closest color was the one which the groom selected. It ended up coming out perfect and in the end the chaos of selecting a suit was well worth it!

Special Item for the groom – The groom lot his grandmother many years ago. Inside his wallet, he kept a photo of his grandmother so he felt she was present with him during this momentous time.

 

Taylor also shared some of the details of their love story and magical proposal day with us:

“When Nick and I met, I was 19 and Nick was 22. We worked together at Apple Bee’s for a few years. Nick tried for a long time to hide his crush on me, but I knew what I wanted and I got it.

Despite walking the extra-long way around the restaurant just to pass by Taylor, Nick made it clear that he wasn’t ready for a committed relationship as he just got out of a long relationship. He continued to hang out with Taylor and couldn’t hide the crush he has on her. However, Taylor walked away, because months had gone by and Nick still wasn’t “ready for a relationship”. Nick quickly knew he made a mistake and came back to Taylor, finally ready to commit to getting to know her more seriously. After a whole year of dating went by, Nick finally asked Taylor to be his girlfriend.

Nick’s lack of haste continues to be a theme. You see, he asked me to be his girlfriend on 09/08/13. It wasn’t until 03/03/2018 (yes, 5 years later) that he asked me to Marry him. Throughout those 5 years, we started to really enjoy trying wineries together. The first winery we went to together was “Wagon House Winery” and it became a place we’d frequent. Every time we drove to this winery, we’d be in awe of the beautiful land and homes in the surrounding area and I would always say “One day, we are going to live out here, it’s so peaceful”. When we’d get to the winery, we’d get a glass of wine and play shuffle board. This just so happens to be where Nick ended up proposing. Right before our family cruise, I went out with my mom, niece and sisters to get their nails done for vacation. I came home from getting my nails done and comically told Nick “my nail polish was called wedding cake pink” (It really was). Because I was on spring break, Nick told me he planned a date night to relieve some stress. We got ready and Nick drove us Wagon House Winery. When we arrived, I was taken back by Nick order as he ordered a WHOLE BOTTLE of wine rather than a glass and then looked at me and asked what I wanted, as if he had no plans of sharing the bottle. We sat and talked for a little while at a table, and then the manager came over to us and said “hey, I know you come here often and we just finished our new barrel room. I want to give you guys a first look at it before it’s open to the public. Would you like to come see it?” Of course, I said “Yes!”. She walked us over to the “Barrel” room and when she opened the doors music was playing (Ed Sheeran’s – Perfect) and balloons were hung up that said “Marry Me”. At first, I thought to myself “Awe, how sweet, someone proposed here” not realizing it was for me. Then, I saw a table, full of our photos, rose petal and lit candles. Nick got on one knee and asked me to Marry Him. Some of our family was in the room, hiding and recording it all. It was PERFECT.”

YouTube Highlights video: https://youtu.be/wKWqqa_TCNA

 

Vendors list:

Venue – Hard Rock Punta Cana

Ceremony place: Piano Gazebo, Hard Rock Punta Cana

Cocktail Hour location: Element Terrace, Hard Rock Punta Cana

Reception location: Element Terrace, Hard Rock Punta Cana

Travel Agent – Destination Weddings Expert – Will Medina & Nicole Sanders

Photography – Photo Cine Art, Destination Wedding Hard Rock Punta Cana

Videography – Photo Cine Art

Hair – Posh Salon at Hard Rock Punta Cana

Makeup – Styling Trio

Florist – MercaFlor

Cake – Hard Rock Punta Cana

Wedding Dress – Stella York (Style # 6626)

Veil – Bridal Manor in the United States, Sewell, NJ

Bride’s shoes – David’s Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses – LuLus, dress name: Heavenly Hues Maxi Dress. Dress style #: 304822

Groom Suit – Joe Custom Suit from Men’s Warehouse

Groomsman’s suits – Men’s Warehouse

Groom’s shoes – Blake McKay. Shoe style name: Damon Shoe Color: Cognac

Entertainment – HOTS Productions

Gifts for the guests:

Bridal Party:

Wine Tumbler – Etsy

Robes – Etsy

“I do crew” Fanny Packs – Amazon

Knot bracelet – Amazon

Engraved necklace – Amazon

Groomsmen:

Marvel Superhero beer stein with groomsmen each as a cartoon marvel character – Etsy

Massages at Hard Rock Punta Cana Spa

Dress socks – custom made with superhero symbol to match each groomsmen mug (DIY)

Belt – Perry Ellis

 

 

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