Yes, you read that right… a Rock & Roll destination wedding at Kukua! Jo and Brandon’s dream was to have wedding on the beach that reflected who they are and they did just that at Kukua Beach Club in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Their wedding was one of a kind, with a classic black theme incorporating skulls, all the while keeping it romantic. Jo dreamt of her vision a couple of years back and it was brought to life by the passionate Mayte Mari – a true wedding designer magician! Everything about this wedding was awesome, from the rock music that was played while the bride was getting ready, to edgy reception décor, to the black wedding cake, it was all drop-dead-gorgeous (no pun intended)! Even the bride’s shoes with thorns were cool!
As you may guess, this wedding had equally unique and incredibly loving bride and groom! Jo and Brandon told us their love story on the day we had our Trash the Dress photo-shoot at Macao Beach. They met 8 years ago at the Spartan Race and they instantly “clicked”. Brandon is a veteran of the US Army, now working as a firefighter (hence the axes for the groomsman gifts) and they both volunteer for the veteran support groups. Jo is a computer engineer enjoying running competitions with obstacles and marathons. They have daughter Bayley aaaand you guessed it …. they are all into the hard rock music! You should see Bayley singing songs from Tool, knowing the words by heart of course!
But what struck us the most, was the extraordinary amount of love they all have for each other! That was one incredibly loving group of family and friends having the best day ever. There had a carnival with dancing, jumped into the famous swimming pool (with their clothes on), cut the cake with an axe, and set a new standard in post-wedding photo-shoots that included the idea that Jo had “sending the wedding dress away” thingy. At the end of the Trash the Dress photo-shoot, Jo and Brandon walked into the ocean with their wedding clothes on, so Jo could take off her wedding dress to send it off as a symbol of the end of their wedding celebrations.
Love is when someone turns your world upside down, and it feels right for the first time!
Marion and Thomas had an extraordinary intimate private wedding ceremony and romantic dinner at Kukua Beach Club and Restaurant in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. They came all the way from Germany to Punta Cana to bring to reality and enjoy in their dream wedding. Marion and Thomas told us that they did not want a standard wedding, so they choose black wedding dress for the bride and white suit for the groom paired with custom made black wedding rings and the date of their anniversary will be each year on Valentines day!
“The inspiration for our wedding day has already taken place a year before, when Thomas propose on the beach, when we came home, we started planning for our destination wedding. I always had a dream, a wedding on the beach with only the two of us, me in a black wedding dress and Thomas in a white suit, and a bridal bouquet of white and deep black roses.” Thomas made this dream come through. We did not want an elegant decoration too pompous or exaggerated, said Marion. We remained true to our colors black and white also in the decoration. In Dominican Republic there are no real black roses. Only dark red, so I brought black roses from Germany. We had two German songs played that could not have better described our relationship and love for each other. The whole day was a dream from the first to the last moment with so many emotions which are unforgettable thanks to our photographer Milan and our wedding planner Mayte from Kukua Beach Club and their crew. They are both very dear to us and we have in them new wonderful friends for life.
Here is what Thomas told us about their relationship:
“Our relationship has been a fairy tale since the first day. The special thing is that we weren’t searching for the special person but found it. Relationship between us is magical and indescribable, based on trust, faithfulness, honesty, consideration, understanding, and deep, caring love for which there are no words. She is very special. We understand each other without words. What one thinks the other says it.
We are both positively crazy, and enjoy our time together as much as possible, with beautiful moments and experiences. Short trips, long-distance travel, meeting friends and family, strolling around the city, having a nice meal, cooking together, or just chilling out on the sofa, etc. And surprise each other with little things again and again.
This saying applies to both of us:
Sometimes you have to go through hell first to be able to dance on the clouds later.
If I describe our relationship with words then it will be these:
Give without asking,
Take without owning,
Sharing without asking,
Hold without being tied up…
Love is when someone turns your world upside down, and it feels right for the first time!”
Thomas then surprised Marion with a Cadillac on their wedding day and a heart necklace that was made to match their custom-made rings in Regensburg, a Bavarian medieval German city.
“When we got engaged, we knew immediately that a destination was the right way for us! My now husband Joe is from Colombia, it was very important that his family was able to attend! We live in Canada and that would cause some hindrances, plus… who doesn’t love a vacation packed with your favorite people!! When we first started planning, we went with the typical “Beach Theme” however once we realized that we could make it what we wanted we shifted to our peacock theme! We decided to go with the blues, bright green and purple from the eye of the peacock feather! Neither of us are super religious, while we do have beliefs, we didn’t feel it was important to impede these upon our guests! We did however write our own vows and we had my dear aunt officiate the wedding for us! It was simply wonderful!” Amanda.
It was a perfect day for a January wedding Elopement at Kukua restaurant, in the Caribbean. It was the experience of a totally intimate wedding celebration. It was a day focused on just the two of them. Elopements strip away the pressure, anxiety and obligation related with having a traditional wedding. Weather couldn’t been better. Punta Cana is well known for it’s great tropical weather all-year-round. A beautiful pyramid-like wedding arch all made of greenery has been custom made in the middle of the beach for their wedding ceremony, waiting for their entry. Kukua restaurant is located on the gorgeous Bavaro Beach, so behind their gazebo there was breathtaking view of the turquoise ocean and stunning sandy beach. Perfect backdrop to any destination wedding. Kukua Punta Cana is well known for their beautiful custom designs for each and every one of their destination weddings. The glowing couple where full of emotions and beside the gorgeous sunset, the day was illuminated by their smiles too. After emotional ceremony, they had romantic dinner under the same gazebo on the beach with gentle ocean breeze and gazing at starry sky and each other eyes.
It was true pleasure to witness their love, I hope you will enjoy in the photos as much as I enjoyed in working with these gorgeous people.
Kukua venue at Punta Cana. It was a perfect day in the Caribbean. We were heading towards another piece of haven secluded in between two major hotels on Punta Cana shores, Bahia Principe Luxury Resort and Riu Palace. Passing by golf courses we hit the fairy-tale view, cozy road full of greenery, side entrance prepared for wedding guests and incredibly decorated covered salon. From the salon, over the sparkling blue pool, you can see in the full Caribbean glory gorgeous gazebo nested in the middle of the beach overlooking the ocean. Kukua venue wedding was in full preparation swing. Perfectly orchestrated, stuff was decorating straight from the heart to fulfill Bride’s dream… On the side of gazebo there was prepared a covered beach house, Palapa. A solution for the case of rain. Little decorated chapel, next to the ocean but not on the beach which make it perfect for religious ceremonies. While I do’s ware echoing over the ocean, indistinct murmur and cheering of guests at Kukua venue amazed with pure manifestation of love in front of their eyes, starts to expand on the beach and streams of good food and exotic drinks start to flow all the way into the reception. Party by the pool… Love ware shining… While we were leaving into the night our hearts was full of love and joy.