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Dreams Palm Beach Felicia & Shaun’s Punta Cana destination wedding.

Dreams Palm Beach Felicia & Shaun’s Punta Cana destination wedding.

Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana destination wedding.

Felicia & Shaun’s love story brought them from Canada to our “jewel of the Caribbean” – Dominican Republic for a small but beautiful wedding at the Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana hotel. Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana hotel is small family-friendly getaway for couples and couples with children on the sun-soaked beach on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. “For our wedding we wanted something that would be more than just a day to remember. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted a destination wedding. Convincing Shaun was easy, one-week free beer. Our colors were navy and blush, we wanted the simplest beachy wedding”.

I’ve photographed a lot of weddings at Dreams Palm Beach, but what sets Felicia & Shaun’s wedding apart was the amount of love and positive vibes radiating from the two of them and all their guests that made real pleasure to work with them. Felicia & Shaun’s love story is wonderful to witness. You can see their love for each other in the way they interact, look at each other, even the way they hold one another. “At age 18 and 19 we found each other. Both college students, both broke but both in love. We are polar opposites he’s quiet, and shy, and well I know some say opposites attract. I was lucky to find the one. I met my husband through a friend. She was on social media and she showed me a picture of him and I thought oh wow he’s cute. I friend requested him on Facebook and followed him on twitter. A few weeks later we met at a party. The proposal after 7 LONG years of waiting we took a trip to Point Peele with a few friends, at the beach he got down on one knee and proposed. It was the greatest day ever“, Felicia told us. I hope I succeeded to capture all those sensations on my film.

The absolutely amazing Punta Cana sunset didn’t fail me this time neither at at Dreams Palm Beach hotel. I took some amazing photos of the bride and groom after the ceremony and even managed to capture few sunset shots from the air (photos below the text). The reception was on the beach with incredible Caribbean Ocean as the backdrop. Cutest, sea-inspired decoration was so beautifully complementing long table sitting arrangement. This is what bride told us: “Having the wedding ceremony on the beach provided a beautiful background. Decorations for the reception were 3 vases for the bridesmaids DIY flowers, a few seashells on the table. The names tags for seating arrangement were DIY. We had real floral for my bouquet blush and ivory roses, my bridesmaids bouquets were DIY and brought from home. We wanted to keep the flowers simple“.

A little advice that Felicia have for all future brides: “Don’t try pleasing everyone. We started planning our destination wedding 1 year prior (2020) we all thought covid would be over. We had 30 people put down a deposit for the trip. When it came to final payments it was us plus 10. So many friends and family said we should push it back a year, but we stood our grounds. We wanted to have our wedding this year. I was beyond happy with our trip and wedding“.

They had a ton of beautiful photos from their wedding (exactly 1223 of them, from 6 hours of work). In a text below I’d share some of them for your viewing pleasure.

 

Vendors List:

– Venue: Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana
– Travel Agent: Kim Machan at Essence of Romance Travel
– Photography: Photo Cine Art
– Ceremony Officiant: Resort Officiant
– Hair and Makeup Artist: hair: Resort SPA, make up: sister-in-law Shayla
– Cake: Resort
– Bride Dress: David’s Bridal
– Bridesmaids Dresses: Etsy
– Groom Suit: Moores
– Groomsman’s suits: Moores

 

More destination weddings you might find interesting:

Secrets Cap Cana wedding, amazing Missouri couple Katie & Nick

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

Dreams Dominicus Wedding, La Romana, Chelsea and Jeff

 

 

 

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

– DJ & MC: JSAV

– 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

 

Travel Agent Top Reasons to Marry in Punta Cana. Dominican Republic Destination Weddings

Travel Agent Top Reasons to Marry in Punta Cana. Dominican Republic Destination Weddings

Dominican Republic Destination Weddings

Our couples are more excited than ever these days to plan their Dominican Republic Destination weddings. There are so many amazing areas to choose from when it comes to exchanging your vows. Firstly, to the popularity of our couples over the years, La Romana, Cap Cana and Bavaro are our top contenders. Secondly, all three are conveniently accessible from the main Punta Cana International Airport. Thirdly, all three areas are guaranteed to provide a unique and colorful pallet of fantastic beaches, resorts and activities. Best of all, we’ll offer flight tips and our best travel agency tips. Lastly, who doesn’t want to show off those once in a lifetime white sand, turquoise ocean wedding photo memories?

Bavaro – A wealth of resort options

Bavaro, is located in the heart of Punta Cana and so popular for wedding groups. There are a plethora of outstanding resorts to pick and choose. You’ll also find endless miles of sensational beaches. A long coral reef line creates calm shallow waters perfect for careful vacation swim days. Enjoy fun-filled golf days, shopping at San Juan Shopping Center (accessible Downtown Center). There is a wide variety of beachfront properties such as Paradisus, Hard Rock, Melia, Barcelo and Iberostar. For the private ceremony and reception venues, check out fantastic options such as: Kukua Punta Cana Restaurant. You’ll be amazing at Jellyfish Restaurant. And be sure to check out Huracan Cafe. All three of these trendy venues are located in the heart of Bavaro.

 

Destination wedding in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Destination Weddings

 

Cap Cana – Perfect for off the beaten path vacations

Cap Cana is well known for offering outstanding 5-star luxury resort options. Where you’ll find some of the best all-inclusive adult-only resorts. Winding roads aligned with signature palm trees bring a welcome element of luxury and privacy. Cap Cana is the ideal antiquated private beachfront community. Best of all, Cap Cana, located just 15 minutes from the Punta Cana airport. It offers over 30,000.00 acres of flawless beachfront. The bluest of the Caribbean ocean is your scenic wedding backdrop. For the golfers in your group, they’ll find proximity to the famous Punta Espada Golf Club. This exclusive area also boasts private homes, clubs and cherry-picked wedding venue options. And don’t forget to check out Scape Park while you are here. This fantastic park is home to zip-lining, a natural sinkhole and amazing ancient caves.

 

Dominican Republic Destination Weddings

 

La Romana- Your dream destination wedding starts here.

La Romana offers a lovely and scenic 50-minute drive from the Punta Cana International Airport. This quiet, tranquil area is worth the trip. Minutes from La Romana, you’ll discover high-end property villas and resorts such as Casa de Campo. You will also find the famous beach Playa Minitas. There is an abundance of charm here, including a 16th century re-created Mediterranean village – Altos de Chavon. Fantastic tours to Saona Island begin their journey from Bayahibe, a neighboring village. Many new resorts have vied for the hearts of destination wedding couples. This is unequivocally due to the sublime beachfront. Also noteworthy are the Iberostar, Bahia resort chains and beloved Dreams chain of resorts.

 

Dominican Republic Destination Weddings

 

Punta Cana Airport – How fast can I get there.

If we haven’t yet sold you on the location’s beaches and activities, then let’s take a look at how affordable and easy it is to fly to Punta Cana. Because of its popularity, there are direct flights from most Canadian cities. You can also book many direct flights as well out of the US. Otherwise, one-stops are readily available through most North American cities. If La Romana is your chosen destination, seasonal flights may be purchased directly into La Romana airport. Round trip group and individual airport transfers can be set up by your travel agent to all three stunning locations.

 

Dominican Republic Destination Weddings

 

Travel Professionals- Make it so easy.

So, you’ve decided that Punta Cana is the perfect destination to exchange your wedding vows. Wedding travel planning can be daunting. We highly recommend working with an experienced destination wedding travel agent. They know the locations well, can make fantastic recommendations for all-inclusive resorts as well as those cherished private wedding ceremony and reception locations. Liz Moore Destination Weddings. Consider that guests may be arriving from North America as well as abroad. This makes having a dedicated travel agent, your best friend during the booking process. It’s also wonderful to have that your dedicated agent by your side before departure, once on property and even post-travel if need be.

 

Harmonica palafitte Hard Rock

 

Popular Venues-Offer Unforgettable photography

Last but not least, we highly recommend consulting with a reputable Punta Cana wedding photographer during your initial planning stages. Many destination wedding photographers live in the destination they shoot. This makes them an invaluable resource. They can offer valuable information about not only your chosen destination but the resorts and venues that provide ideal photography options and cinematography. Photo Cine Art. We love working with Milan from Photo Cine Art. Milan and his team offer up a wealth of experience in these regions, as well as capturing those once in a lifetime wedding photos. Additionally, they offer must-have wedding photography tips.

 

Dominican Republic Destination Weddings

 

We hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about one of our most cherished wedding locations, for your Dominican Republic Destination Weddings. If you choose to marry here you’ll no doubt cherish your wedding memories and photographs for a lifetime.

Liz Moore
Destination Wedding Travel Expert
Liz Moore Destination Weddings