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Harmonica Palafitte amazing floral wedding, Alicia and Curt, Hard Rock Punta Cana

Harmonica Palafitte amazing floral wedding, Alicia and Curt, Hard Rock Punta Cana


Harmonica Palafitte amazing floral wedding, Alicia and Curt, Hard Rock Punta Cana

Meet Alicia and Curt, the fun and dynamic duo that has lighten up this year’s Caribbean winter at Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Alicia and Curt meet in college. They were friends for a while and then started dating. As they explained,”We quickly learned that we shared the love for delicious food, wild adventures and good music. Over the past 12 years we have traveled the world and made great memories. Curt surprised me with engagement ring after we returned home from our vacation to Thailand. So, having a destination wedding was exactly the way we wanted to celebrate our love.”

Harmonica Palafitte was excellent choice for their Hard Rock Punta Cana beach wedding ceremony. The bride Alicia wanted to be surrounded with vibrant tropical colors. So, she picked a bright color for her bridesmaid dresses and wanted her bouquet filled with tropical flowers to compliment that. The wedding dress was a perfect match for the beach ceremony and a night full of dancing. The groom had a navy-blue suit as well as the groomsmen to compliment the theme. We hope we lived up to the expectations and captured it all on our cameras.

The couple brought an assortment of gifts for the wedding guests. Welcome bags with vacation necessities, and custom party favors (sunglasses, handheld fans, labeled insulated cups, hand sanitizer, chapstick etc.)

They also said that the sax player at the cocktail hour was worth every penny! Guests LOVED IT. They had a crazy hour at the reception that hyped up everyone on the starlight dance floor. Not that they needed hyping lol!


Vendors List:

– Venue: Hard Rock Punta Cana

– Photography: Photo Cine Art

– Travel Agent: Cherie Peninger, Island Vows

– Ceremony Officiant: Ron Albert, family friend

– Hair and Makeup Artist: POSH salon HRPC

– Florist: Mercaflor

– Bride Dress: Eddy K, Dreams collection from Bella Sera Bridal in Danvers, MA.

– Shoes: Macy’s

– Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal, Vera Wang, color Cassis

– Groom Suit: Black Tux

– Groomsman’s suits: Black Tux

– Shoes: Black Tux

– Wedding Entertainment: HOTS Production


More Hard Rock weddings you might like:

Hard Rock beach wedding at Punta Cana, Cassandra and Don

Hard Rock Destination Wedding at Punta Cana, Kristen Ann and Wade

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



Hard Rock beach wedding at Punta Cana, Cassandra and Don

Hard Rock beach wedding at Punta Cana, Cassandra and Don

If you are looking for an inspiration for a Hard Rock beach wedding, this is the right place to be!

Cassandra and Don met through mutual friends and during a dating they grew really close and they said when they started living together, they knew that it is for forever. Don told us how magical the proposal was: “In March 2019 we were in New York City to see a Broadway show with my family. After the show and before dinner, we were having drinks at the hotel bar which included a rooftop patio. I asked Cassie to go outside and take a picture with me and after the picture, I grabbed her hand told her how much she meant to me and how much I loved her and wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. I dropped to my knee and asked her to marry me and she said YES!!”

Cassandra and Don dreamed about having a destination wedding for a long time. They’ve found the perfect match at Hard Rock Punta Cana Hotel in Dominican Republic.

With light color palette, white and blush pink and blue skies and the Ocean as the backdrop, this Hard Rock beach wedding was an epitome for a classy. The bride and the groom opted for drapes and flowers to the ceremony structure, as well as the love sign and sweetheart table for the reception.

Among other things, the bride had absolutely breathtaking bouquet! It was fairly big natural flower bouquet made of hydrangeas, roses, pampas grass, eucalyptus, and blue thistles with colors of blues, pinks, oranges, and whites and what it makes it even more special, it was matched with the centerpieces and the flowers on the structure from the colors of the bouquet. It was absolutely beautiful!

We asked Cassandra how they choose the outfit for the wedding, here is what she told us: “Even though it was a beach wedding we knew we wanted the look to still be formal as these would be our wedding photos to look back on forever. Don went with a blue suit that would pop with the beach colors and the groomsmen with the matching pants and shirt. But we did cut them a break in the heat and not have them in full suits, instead went with suspenders and bow-ties to still give it that modern formal wedding look. For the bridesmaids we went with a capri blue that would match well with the blue Don’s suit. We let the bridesmaids pick the style of dress they wanted to allow them to look and feel their best and most comfortable. Cassie’s dress was elegant and fitted. She always wanted to have the focus to be on the back of the dress and the train. The veil was borrowed from a good friend, Jaelene who was also the hairstylist and makeup artist.“

Family friend officiated the ceremony and for the reception bride and groom had a choreographed first dance, with their special song “Yours” by Russel Dickerson which ended perfectly with cold firework. They also decided to surprise their guests with adding a Carioca crazy hour and guests absolutely loved it! It brought the Dominican culture in with dances and music and added a special aspect to the wedding which none of the guests have ever seen before. It was a great way to jump-start the party after the reception and brought everyone right on the dance floor.

Some of the special moments of the Hard Rock beach wedding day was during the first look, the time they got to spent together just before the ceremony helped them, take all the emotions in and fully enjoy in the day. Since the couple anticipated this day for almost three years with all ups and downs because Covid, moment when Don saw first time Cassandra in her wedding dress was a total highlight of the day!

Planning advice for the future bride and groom:

“The best planning or wedding advice I could give is what several people told us. No matter how much you plan, something isn’t going to go according to plan on your wedding day, but the only people that will notice is the two of you. It won’t be a big of deal as you think it is, so take a breath and just smile through it, because it’s the day you have put so much into and deserve to enjoy it!”


Vendors list:

– Venue: Harmonica Palifette & Element Terrace at Hard Rock Punta Cana

– Photography: Photo Cine Art

– Videography: Photo Cine Art

– Ceremony Officiant: Cameron MacKay

– Hair and Makeup Artist: Blush and Wave by Jaelene Zyjewski


– Bride Dress: Sottero & Midgley from Mariella Creations

– Bride shoes: Badgley Mischka

– Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff

– Groom Suit: Indochino Chatham Navy

– Groom’s Shoes: Macy’s

– Groomsman Suits: Indochino Chatham Navy

– Entertainment: Carioca Crazy Hour HOTS Productions


More Hard Rock weddings:

Hard Rock Destination Wedding at Punta Cana, Kristen Ann and Wade

Isla beach Hard Rock boho destination wedding, Crystal and Jaylan, Punta Cana

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


Hard Rock Punta Cana wedding. Dena and Derek.

Hard Rock Punta Cana wedding. Dena and Derek.

This is what Dena told us about how they meet and how their Hard Rock Punta Cana wedding day went:

“The special part about the relationship we have is that we are truly each other’s best friend. We can have fun in any situation and always find the silver lining. Even when one of us is having a bad day, we always find a way to have a good laugh.

The highlight of our wedding day was the fact that we were finally in paradise and it was really happening! We had a two-year engagement with many roadblocks along the way. Our original wedding date had to be changed 9 months prior due to a scheduling error with the and we almost didn’t make it out of Omaha to come to our wedding! Our original flight was grounded and we ended up traveling for 24 hours and then had our luggage lost on arrival to Punta Cana. The silver lining to a series of unfortunate events was that we were finally getting married on a beach in the most beautiful place with our close family and friends.“

Dena and Derek Hard Rock Punta Cana 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: The inspiration behind our wedding day was the beautiful scenery we were surrounding ourselves with. We wanted colors that complimented the beautiful blue of the ocean and the white sand of the beach we would be getting married on. From there we decided on varying shades of coral, peach, and navy.

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 the ceremony space simple and only highlighted the natural beauty of our surroundings. White drapery was placed around the arch and was accented with white roses and greenery along with a simple aisle runner.

The reception was also kept simple, we wanted our guests to remember the view overlooking the resort and out to the ocean! We had white table cloths with gold sequin table runners, gold vases which we placed the bridesmaid bouquets in, and votive candles. We also rented marquee letters that spelled out ‘Love” and had bistro lighting over the terrace.

Q: What were the florals like in your Hard Rock Punta Cana 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 kept simple with white lily’s, white roses, and coral/peach roses. Those were incorporated in the bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres. The bridesmaid bouquets were also used as the center pieces for the reception.

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 the day by greeting our guests with signature shots at the ceremony and then having them take their seat. After the ceremony we also took the time to take a photo with each guest on the beach so we could send them a personalized ‘thank you’ after the wedding.

One of our favorite parts of the Hard Rock Punta Cana wedding was definitely the reception! Our DJ played a great mix of music that got everyone dancing and we played some great Midwest drinking games such as ‘Thunderstruck’.

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

A: My wedding day look was inspired by the beach. I wanted something that was light and flowy but still had some traditional notes. My wedding dress had a high neck with a lace bodice but the back was open with crystal details on the straps, the skirt was tulle and was light enough for the hot weather. I opted for a simple crystal and pearl bracelet, pearl earrings, and crystal and pearl hair pins with white flowers.

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

A: Derek and I met when we were both commuting to Lincoln, Nebraska for work. Derek was working as a structural engineer at a firm that builds and designs boilers and I was working nights as a respiratory therapist at a local hospital. We met on a Friday morning when I was stopping to get a cup of coffee at a gas station after work and he was in line waiting to buy donuts to bring to work. Derek noticed I was wearing scrubs and worked in a hospital so he asked me “If I choke on these donuts will you save my life?”. My lack of sleep and having a cute guy talk to me so early in the morning caught me off guard and immediately said “No.” before I could think of something clever, but that didn’t deter Derek’s advances. He kept talking and we realized we only lived a few miles away from each other in Omaha. We exchanged phone numbers and had our first date a few weeks later.

Derek proposed while we were on vacation in Ireland. We were at the Cliffs of Moher and the weather was the worst it had been during our time in Ireland. There was 30 mile an hour winds and was raining sideways, there was mud everywhere. We were walking down the path and decided to take a picture. Our friend was taking the photo for us and said “Oh, this is a great picture!”, Derek responded by saying “I know what would make it better…” and dropped to one knee and proposed. Derek also brought along a stone that he engraved with “Here Derek proposed to Dena” and the other side said “She said YES!”. We placed the stone in the wall lining the Cliffs and took down the coordinates, someday we will go back to the Cliffs of Moher and find our rock, then we can relive one of the best days of our life.

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

A: The most anticipated moment of our wedding day was saying “I do”. We had a two-year engagement that was met with many roadblocks. We had to reschedule our date 9 months prior to our wedding because of a scheduling error with the venue. Many of our guests cancelled due to the bad media regarding the deaths that occurred in the Dominican Republic. Once we were finally on our way to the DR our original flight was grounded and we had to take four different flights, traveled 24 hours, and then our luggage was lost upon arriving to the DR. After all the planning and roadblocks, we were just excited to finally be married! The thing we said the most to one another leading up to the wedding was “It doesn’t matter what happens, all I want to do is marry you”.

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

A: Don’t stress! At the end of the day you get to marry the love of your life and that’s the only thing that matters!


Venue: Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana,

Travel Agent: Your Travel Center,

Photography: Photo Cine Art,

Ceremony Officiant: Jamie Meyer,

Hair and Makeup Artist: Giselle with POSH Salon HRPC,

Florist: Flowers by Ruth,

Bride Dress: Morilee,

Bridesmaids Dresses: For Her and For Him,

Groom Suit: Kohls,

Groomsman suits: Kohls,