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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

 

 

 

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

 

 

Dreams Dominicus Wedding, La Romana, Chelsea and Jeff

Dreams Dominicus Wedding, La Romana, Chelsea and Jeff

Dreams Dominicus Wedding, La Romana, Chelsea and Jeff

This Ocean side destination wedding had all the perks of the already present gorgeous scenery, mighty Ocean as a backdrop for the wedding ceremony and breathtaking sunset as a canvas for the reception. The bride and the groom wanted to compliment beach wedding venue with a lot of seashells, driftwood centerpieces and fresh flowers. Main color scheme was purple, the bride’s favorite color and blue which was a perfect match with tropical surroundings.

The wedding ceremony was at the gazebo at Dominicus beach and was performed beautifully by a friend and ordained minister. Bride and groom wanted to nod their Irish culture with adding a Hand Fasting Ceremony after reading their vows to each other. Hand Fasting Ceremony is an ancient Celtic ritual that represent the binding of two lives as one.

The wedding was personalized in a few ways. There was a handcrafted welcome sign at the entrance alongside a guest favorite, the signature cocktail signs featuring couples’ cat and dog who couldn’t be there to celebrate with them. Since Chelsea love pictures, they decided to add a Polaroid cameras to the welcome table. So, the guests were able to capture fun images of themselves while writing a fun little note.

The cocktail hour was at the oceanfront pier exactly when the sun was setting into the Ocean just in front of it, accompanied perfectly with exquisite cello player! To say that was amazing would be a serious understatement!

The bride had a gorgeous lace and sequin elegant wedding dress that complimented her figure. The dress had an open back design with lots of sparkle coming from the beaded straps. From there the lace drops down into a beautiful and intricate lace detailing making for a beautiful gown all around. The groom is always dressing up for work and knows a lot about style. He decided to go with a custom-made gray suit with a white shirt and he wore a blue and purple bow tie and pocket square gifted that Chelsea give him for Christmas. He wore his late grandfathers cuff links in honor of him as well as dress socks with their dog and cat printed on them.

The couple entered to the reception with the song of their favorite band, Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was the best way to start the reception and fun part of the evening.

Chelsea and Jeff had the most romantic proposal story that we ever heard of! They’ve met through Match.com and dated for three years before Jeff decided to propose. He decided to do it on Valentine’s Day in Paris, at the top of the Eiffel Tower. He insisted that Chelsea look into one of the scopes looking out into the city. As she impatiently waited for him to drop a quarter into the machine, she turned around to find him on one knee!

We asked them about the favorite special moment of their wedding day and to share some advice for the future couples planning a destination wedding in Dominican Republic. Here is what they told us:

“The most anticipated moment for me was seeing my vision all come to life in person after 20 months of planning. What we both anticipated was dancing the night away at our reception with friends and family. The most special moment, was our first touch. I am so glad we fit time in to share such an intimate moment just the two of us. It made me feel even more ready to say I do after sharing that moment with my husband.

Wedding planning advice I would say: it pays to do your research! I spent lots of time researching vendors that fit our style and what we were looking for and we ended up with exactly what we wanted and more! Also, it never hurts to ask! I asked so many questions which I felt was very annoying on my part but when planning a wedding, especially a destination it’s better to be informed than to be left wondering or making assumptions. There were lots of questions I doubted asking but ended up feeling so much better and informed afterwards. Also don’t forget to take breaks and to enjoy the process. Your mental health will thank you for it. As far as marriage advice I would say don’t forget you are a team! Wedding planning was very stressful at times but my husband and I were always supportive and helpful to one another through the process which is definitely an aspect I would like to carry on throughout our marriage for years to come. Don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy your time together.”

 

Full Vendors List:

– Venue: Dreams Dominicus La Romana Resort

– Travel Agent: Nina Hites with Lighthouse Travel Tennessee

– Photography: Photo Cine Art

– Videography: Photo Cine Art

– Ceremony Officiant: Ghassan Khoury friend and ordained minister

– Hair and Makeup Artist: Dreams Spa at Dreams Dominicus La Romana

– Cake: Dreams Dominicus La Romana

– Wedding Dress: Christina by Sottero & Midgley

– Wedding dress store: Bri’Zan Couture Naperville Illinois

– Shoes: Noura by Nina Shoes

– Veil Purchased at: Bri’Zan Couture Naperville Illinois

– Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

– Groom Suit: Custom Suit by Joseph Aboud

– Groomsman’s suits: Men’s Warehouse

– Shoes: To Boot New York

– Entertainment: GC Star DJ for reception, chelo player provided by resort for cocktail hour

– Stationary: Shutterfly.com

– Gifts for the guests: personalized koozies by Totally Promotional

 

You might also like:

Nicole and Michael’s wedding at Dreams Dominicus resort at La Romana, Dominican Republic. Photos by MilanPhotoCineArt

Angela and Marcio, Beach Destination Wedding at Kukua Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Barbie and Antonio, amazing destination wedding at Hard Rock Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

 

 

 

 

Destination wedding in Punta Cana, Jerelyn and Mariano. Kukua restaurant

Destination wedding in Punta Cana, Jerelyn and Mariano. Kukua restaurant

Destination wedding in Punta Cana, Jerelyn and Mariano. Kukua restaurant.

 

Jerelyn and Mariano are one of our couples from 2020 that had to postpone their wedding to 2021, but besides that obvious obstacle, their wedding was their vision executed to perfection.

The bride told us that she always dreamed about beach wedding with her favorite colors turquoise and coral. Their wedding venue Kukua Punta Cana was full with vibrant flowers. The short table centerpieces, matched with hanging ones, all filled with abundance of flowers and greenery. The ceremony gazebo was beautifully decorated with a flower garland. The welcome table had a Polaroid photo guest book and a beautiful memorial to the groom’s uncle who recently passed away.

This magical love story started all the way back to the elementary school. They’ve meet in the 5th grade where they held hands and called each other boyfriend and girlfriend. Then they started dating in senior year of high school, got 2 beautiful girls but ended up separating for 5 years. Fortunately, they found their way back to each other and 2 years later Mariano proposed on Christmas morning with a little help of the girls.

The bride walked the aisle in Galina signature dress from David’s Bridal, embellished from top to bottom with off the shoulder’s sleeves. Bridesmaid’s wore sheer coral dresses, daughters off the shoulder sheer turquoise dresses and the men wore linen vest and pants which helped them stay comfortable in the heat. Al around gorgeous, relaxed tropical look.

Jerelyn told us that the most special moment of the wedding was their first dance. “We picked a duet song that described us and our journey so well. Even though we were surrounded by many people it felt that we were alone just listening to our song and practicing to dance in our living room just like we did at home before the wedding”.

The word of advice from our bride and groom for the future couples heading on to the journey of planning their destination wedding: “Take it easy, enjoy the ride, don’t sweat the small stuff and remember everything happens for a reason and at it’s right time.”

 

Vendors list:

– Venue: Kukua Beach Club Punta Cana

– Travel Agent: Barefoot Bridal

– Photography: Photo Cine Art

– Videography: Photo Cine Art

– Ceremony Officiant: Alejandro Angulo

– Hair and Makeup Artist: Olga Montilla

– Wedding Décor: Mayte Marie

Cake: Cake Studio Bavaro

– Bride Dress: Galina Signature / Davids Bridal

– Shoes: Davids Bridal

– Bridesmaids Dresses: Davids Bridal

– Groom Suit: Bar III from Macys

– Groomsman’s suits: Bar III from Macys

– Entertainment: HOTS Productions

– Gifts for the guests: Reny Travel Boat Party

 

More Punta Cana weddings you might like:

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

Hard Rock Resort destination wedding, Amber and Matt, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Fairy-tale wedding at Bahia Principe Fantasia Punta Cana, Gisselle and Thomas

 

 

Kukua beach destination wedding, Cindy and Hector. Punta Cana

Kukua beach destination wedding, Cindy and Hector. Punta Cana

Kukua beach destination wedding, Cindy and Hector. Punta Cana

Kukua Punta Cana is stylish, elegant wedding venue with glowing reviews. Licensed for civil, religious and symbolic wedding ceremonies, each wedding is uniquely customized according to every couple’s vision for their special day. Kukua wedding team will work closely with you to plan the wedding of your dreams and then some. They offer all-inclusive planning packages with a wedding planner included!

Scroll down to see our latest adventure! Cindy and Hector’s Kukua beach destination wedding was just right mix between a lot of happy tears and some serious fun (pun intended lol)! The bride wanted a nice romantic vibe, which amazing Mayte Marie masterfully achieved using cascading orchids mixed with elegant blush roses for both the ceremony place as well for the centerpieces on the reception tables.

P.S.

The Crazy Hour entertainment by the HOTS Productions was true party starter and almost everybody ended up into the pool at the end!

 

Vendors list:

– Venue: Kukua Punta Cana

– Photographer: Photo Cine Art

– Videographer: Photo Cine Art

– Hair and makeup: Anna Nuet

– Cake: Cake Studio Bavaro

– Bride dress: Maggie Sottero

– Shoes: Steve Madden

– Bridesmaids dresses: David’s bridal

– Groom suit: Michael Kors

– Groomsmen suits: Ralph Lauren

– Shoes: Lacoste sneakers

– Entertainment: HOTS Productions

– Gifts for the guest: mama-Juana, Brugal

– Party boat: Renny Travel

 

More amazing Kukua beach destination weddings you might be interested in:

Punta Cana wedding venue suited for the kings. Simone and Kowan’s Kukua wedding.

Kukua restaurant Punta Cana, amazing Kayla & Jason boho wedding

Kendra and Elysia’s jaw-dropping and elegant beach wedding at Kukua Beach Club in Punta Cana