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Hyatt Ziva wedding. Lucy and Alex, bohemian Hyatt wedding.

Hyatt Ziva wedding. Lucy and Alex, bohemian Hyatt wedding.

Lucy and Alex, modern love story, or how bride from Ohio and groom from Georgia whipped up breathtaking destination wedding at Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana in Dominican Republic.

Even in early stages of the planning process, exchanging emails with Lucy and Alex we knew they are our kind of people. They wanted their own story told with a special touch. Photos that are more than the ordinary ones. Unique angles and creative photos are our ‘love language’ so, it was an instant ‘click’.

I promise you quite a few giggles and couple of goosebumps if you read their full love story, you can thank me later for making your day bright and shiny! (Comments are allowed on this post).

Lucy and Alex met like many modern couples do… online! Their first date was Lucy’s first EVER online date… and it was Alex’s last. However, that’s where the “normal” part of the evening ended. After the initial “wow” of seeing each other in person, they cloistered themselves in a dimly lit Belgian beer bar sharing secrets and stories. With some people you have to build trust, but they both felt they could instantly be open and vulnerable with one another. Lucy was drawn to Alex’s devil-may-care attitude. Alex was drawn to Lucy’s adventurous spirit. The two ended the evening smooching on the steps of the historic Decatur courthouse (the same place Alex would propose two years later). A passerby loudly said “don’t mind me”, and Alex and Lucy gladly complied.

So, after such first date, the proposal couldn’t be lacking romance. Their first date and proposal mirrored one another, both happened on the courthouse steps in downtown Decatur, GA, USA. Alex proposed on November 14th 2020, exactly one year before the wedding date, almost to the hour. For the proposal, Alex suggested grabbing beers at the same pub where the they shared first date. Afterward, they visited the courthouse steps, as they usually do when they’re in the area. Lucy was looking up at the building commenting on the way the structure looked in the late afternoon sunlight, and when she turned to look at Alex, he was down on one knee.

With Lucy’s family living in Ohio and Alex’s living in Georgia, they knew the wedding would be a destination for at least half of the guests. So, they decided to make it a destination for everybody in the beautiful DR. With two goals on mind: that everybody has a fantastic vacation and celebration, and that they get married!

For their wedding venue in Dominican Republic, they choose Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, an amazing all-inclusive resort on the beautiful Juanillo Beach.

The wedding decor theme was tropical bohemian, with lots of wood grain and handmade artisanal decor. There were sea glass place settings, custom wooden table numbers and cake topper, tropical print table cards, welcome notes, and invitations. Palm fronds and other tropical plant leaves were recurring motif. Keen observers may also have noticed couple’s two cats, Little Buddy and Gus, represented on custom cocktail sign. Tropical local flowers embellished ceremony arch, bridal bouquet, groom’s boutonnière, and reception centerpieces. The wedding colors were dusky blue and deep teal, drawing inspiration from the surrounding.

Here is how they replay on how they choose their wedding day outfits:

Lucy: I adore lace and was thrilled when I found a lace pattern that was fun and unique. I knew I wanted a fitted mermaid silhouette to add a little sass to the overall look, so it was a whole moment when I found my dress and tried it on to find that it fit like a glove! My Maid of Honor made the suggestion of adding off the shoulder sleeves (something I associate with a romantic, beachy wedding), and the slight sparkle in the veil was irresistible. Finally, I was inspired by the opera Carmen to add a flower to my hair, because why not! The result is a look that is timeless and screams “tropical beach wedding.”

Alex: I knew I wanted to have a dusky blue suit because the color is evocative of the ocean, and also looks good on me. I wanted something that would “pop” against the sand especially. The rest of the look was about clean details: an open white collar because ties are too stuffy for the beach, crisp white pocket square, and cognac leather to contrast with the blue and mirror the brown wood hues in the wedding decor.

For the wedding party we went for relaxed formal. A simple look that would be comfortable, but also turn some heads with stylish flair. Much like Alex’s suit, the dusky blue, deep teal, and warm browns were meant to mirror natural colors around us.

They told us that music played a large role on their wedding day. There were songs meaningful for them as a couple but also songs that had significance between them and their loved ones. It was the kind of music where a song comes on and you lock eyes with a friend across the room and share an “Oh YEAH!” moment. As the bride and the groom, their favorite part of the day was pausing at different moments and seeing all the people we love most having the time of their lives. Whether it was laughing, dancing, enjoying great food or drinks, there wasn’t a single person who wasn’t perfectly happy.

The most anticipated moment of the wedding day was when they first look at each other down the aisle. ”It was a long day of getting ready and attending to final details, but we both knew where it would lead, and the excitement of seeing each other for the first time was electric.”

Here is their advice for future couples planning their wedding:

Most importantly, accept that not everything will go perfectly and be ready and excited to go with the flow. Weddings are about the energy you bring, and if you are determined to have a great time no matter what, then you will have a great time no matter what! Once you have that mindset, trust your gut and choose people you trust to take care of the details that are most important to you and then give them the creative freedom to do their thing. This extends to photography, videography, etc. but also your wedding party as well.

 

Vendors List:

– Venue: Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Cap Cana
– Travel Agent: Lisa Zwissler at Beach Bum Vacations
– Photography: Photo Cine Art
– Videography: Victor at Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana
– Ceremony Officiant: Andres
– Hair and Makeup Artist: Anna Nuet
– Florist: Hyatt Ziva
– Cake: Hyatt Ziva
– Bride Dress: Carrie’s Bridal Collection
– Shoes: Sam Edelman
– Veil: Carrie’s Bridal Collection
– Bridesmaids Dresses: Baltic Born
– Groom Suit: Hugo Boss
– Groomsman’s suits: Calvin Klein
– Entertainment: Weddings by JSAV Hyatt
– Stationary: Etsy
– Gifts for the guests: Etsy

 

More beautiful Cap Cana weddings:

Secrets Cap Cana wedding, amazing Missouri couple Katie & Nick

Hyatt Ziva Zilara weddings. Samantha and Robert, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Secrets Cap Cana, Audra & Tyler wedding, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

 

 

 

Hyatt Ziva Zilara weddings. Samantha and Robert, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Hyatt Ziva Zilara weddings. Samantha and Robert, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Hyatt Ziva Zilara weddings. Samantha & Robert, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

 

If you’ve never considered a tropical destination resort for your wedding venue, Samantha and Robert’s romantic Hyatt Ziva Zilara wedding day will encourage you to think even more about it. First Hyatt chain hotel in Dominican Republic (opened December 2019) Hyatt Ziva a modern, chic resort in Punta Cana on the east cost of the Dominican Republic was the perfect picturesque location for their big day.

Samantha’s floral lace wedding gown fit in beautifully in the tropical surroundings, the groomsman wore khaki suits and the bridesmaids were in navy dresses accompanied with beautiful bouquets made of white Lilies, coral and navy roses and blue thistles.

Ceremony was held under Ziva gazebo, officiated by Hyatt Ziva Zilara weddings officiant and was spiced up with couple’s personal vows that were both very emotional and funny.

All the stress of destination wedding planning melted away when they stood in front of a lot of their family and friends on the shore of tropical paradise playa Juanillo, Cap Cana and said their promises to each other.

The reception was at partly covered open air terrace, overlooking the ocean and amazing pools with hotel building in the background. Amazing DJ Makuto was in charge of very lit entertainment that went on until late night hours. Everyone had so much fun, kids included! As for the adults only entertainment, there was an open bar and rich flavors of Los Duenos cigars, made in Dominican Republic with famous tobacco originating from this Caribbean area.

We sincerely hope that we managed once again to capture all the love we had pleasure to be surrounded that day. Scroll down to see their wedding story trough the photos, the beauty of the day and love shared among people that will spell-over on you to make your day better!

 

Vendors List:

– Wedding venue: Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana

– Wedding Photography: Photo Cine Art

– Wedding Video: Photo Cine Art

– DJ: Makuto Deejay / Punta cana wedding DJ

– Travel Agent: Liberty Travel

– Hair and Makeup Artist: Hyatt ziva salon

– Wedding DJ and MC: DJ Makuto

– Bride dress: Blue by Enzoani

– Veil: hand maid at Country way bridal

– Favors for wedding guests: Cigars, Los Duenos

 

More Cap Cana weddings you’ll love:

Secrets Cap Cana, Audra & Tyler wedding, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Blondie and Dave’s Vows Renewal at Hyatt Ziva, Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

 

 

Secrets Cap Cana, Audra & Tyler wedding, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Secrets Cap Cana, Audra & Tyler wedding, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Secrets Cap Cana, Audra & Tyler wedding. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Audra and Tyler met through friends at a local bar. It was closing time and they’ve exchanged phone numbers and never stopped talking after that. Tyler visited Audra at her bar-tending job every night and helped her study for college after she got off work.

3 years later, Tyler proposed in Keystone, Colorado at the top of a ski mountain. It was beautiful, scenic, and intimate. They celebrated afterwards with a shot at the mountainside lodge. They started a tradition of taking a shot and cheers when something happens to celebrate the wins in life… When they started new jobs, bought a house, got engaged and now got married. So, we too are joining this tradition with a huge cheer to this beautiful couple!

Since Audra and Tyler love to travel, choosing a Secrets Cap Cana, a luxury all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic was a no surprise. They told us that they wanted for their wedding to be intimate with only close family and friends so they can be able to talk to everyone. They’ve picked a neutral color scheme (white, tan, greenery) along with dusty rose because “we typically like things more simplistic and minimalistic… nothing over the top” they’ve explained. They had everyone’s names on oysters for their name as a place “cards”. Audra also DIY’ed the “take your shot and your seat” sign. Both the groom and the bride each chose their favorite shot that had tried at the resort in their first 4 days there. The one long table with everyone included was important and bride’s favorite piece. Also, they brought a Polaroid camera and guest book for selfies to accompany their note and signatures.

Bride chose a wedding dress that mixed lace elegance with fluffy, soft tulle. The boys wore tan pants and white long sleeve shirts to keep everything neutral and beachy. Tyler wore a jacket to stand out from the groomsmen. The girls had a pop of color, dusty rose, which matched the table decor as well.

We asked Audra what was the most anticipated or special moment of a wedding day and she told us that it was “Seeing each other down the aisle for the first time. We didn’t do a first look and slept separately the night before. We had to reschedule the wedding 2 times in the last year due to Covid, so it was a long-anticipated moment.”

And this is their grain of wisdom for all the future brides and grooms to be: “Don’t let small things become big things. Always talk when there’s something on your mind, marriage isn’t a game. Trust is also so important… Being able to be separate and do your own thing without worrying about the other person is so nice!”

 

Highlights video: https://youtu.be/mYdjykvKQ_c

 

Vendors list:

– Venue: Secrets Cap Cana

– Travel Agent: Dawn & Zac Travel

– Photography: Photo Cine Art

– Videography: Photo Cine Art

– Ceremony Officiant: Secrets Cap Cana

– Hair and Makeup Artist: Secrets Cap Cana

– Florist: Secrets Cap Cana provided

– Cake: Secrets Cap Cana

– Bride Dress: Allure Collection at Tulle in Clinton, Wisconsin

– Shoes: Amazon

– Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie

– Groom Suit: Perry Ellis

– Groomsman’s suits: Perry Ellis

– Entertainment: Secrets Cap Cana DJ & Caribbean trio

 

Blondie and Dave’s Vows Renewal at Hyatt Ziva, Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Blondie and Dave’s Vows Renewal at Hyatt Ziva, Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Hyatt Ziva. Blondie and Dave’s Vows Renewal. Vow renewals hold a special place in our hearts, because it is always about celebrating life, love and marriage!

After a certain time, many couples decide to renew their wedding vows. The reason behind is reaffirmation of the love that they nourished for each other over the years, which very often got even bigger over the time. It always gets us right in the feels, because it gives us the real-life image on how, all those couples whose wedding celebration we got the honor of capturing on photography and video, will love each other after, five, ten, or more years.

Blondie and David are one of those couples that decides to renew their vows and celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in style at Hyatt Ziva, Cap Cana in Dominican Republic.

Ziva and Zilara are one of the newest hotels in growing region of Punta Cana. They are located in gated community of Cap Cana at Juanillo Beach, which easily can be one of the most beautiful beaches in Punta Cana. Zilara is adult only hotel and Ziva is family friendly, both all-inclusive and both quite sexy resorts offering ultimate escape to the Caribbean Paradise. Swim-up bars, infinity pools, numerous restaurants and bars all wrapped into gorgeous colors of white sand and turquoise Ocean. Now, you can see how all of this made a perfect backdrop for photos and video of Blondie and Dave’s vows renewal!

We got the honor to meet their daughter Keyon who gave us a little insight of how this love story started in the first place:

“25 years ago, Blondie and Dave Nelson were in the same place at the same time at church seeking the Most High. Spiritual destiny brought them together. Dave praises Blondie as the most virtuous woman he ever met, while Blondie praises Dave as a mighty man of valor! Now they have come together as one, serving others, traveling the world, enjoying children and grandchildren, family and a host of friends whom all adore them. As they continue to be the most loving and giving people, they have been called to be together a quarter of a century later and beyond!!!”

 

Venue: Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Photography: Photo Cine Art

Cinematography: Photo Cine Art

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