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

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

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


Kristen and Wade grew up in a small Delaware town. They’ve graduated together, shared many of the same friends, but they never dated. Not until later in life, when Wade wished Kristen a Happy Mother’s Day on Facebook, which ignited conversation that led to date at Timothy’s Newark Delaware.

Proposal was magical as Kristen explained. After asking all 4 of the kids for their blessing, Wade surprised Kristen with a proposal in their home.

They’ve chosen Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana for their wedding venue. Bride and groom wanted the beauty of the beach to shine, it was pretty important for them to have white sand and blue water as a back drop, so, the ceremony took place at Isla Beach. Also, they incorporated a Glass ceremony into the wedding. The bride told us: “We went to a local glass blower with our kids and each selected a color of glass powder. The ceremony was setup like a traditional sand ceremony, but the kids poured the glass into a vessel. When we return home, we will go back to the glass blower and each child will make a glass piece with the mixed glass powder from the wedding.

We included our kids in every decision we made, they are the center of our lives and we wanted them to be a huge part of our wedding. They helped us pick the resort, their dresses, the cake flavors, menu, etc.

Another touching detail was that the bride took a quote from the last late grandmother’s letter to her and incorporated it to her wedding dress. Kristen’s Grandmother passed away years ago, but their special bond still remains true. It was a special way to keep her close to the heart.

Kristen and Wade said that the most anticipated moment of the entire Hard Rock Destination wedding day was the First Look. It was a special time for just the two of us, Wade explained. Kristen was late, which caused a few jokes. We are each other’s best friend and we always find peace when we are together. Seeing each other before the ceremony calmed down any nerves and allowed us to stop and appreciate the love we share.

The reception was set up at Harmonica Gazebo with the highlight of the evening – hired entertainment HOTS Production with the Black and White Crazy Hour. The bride and the groom kept them as a secret from their wedding guests, but once the entertainers were on the dance floor so was everybody else, and that is how it was the entire evening.

Here is the bride and the groom’s words of advice for the future couples planning a Hard Rock Destination Wedding:

“Let the location shine, it’s beautiful and stops you from stressing over all those irrelevant details! We knew no one would remember the color of the tablecloths but we can guarantee everyone will remember the Crazy Hour!

The only people who know things were not as you planned are the two of you! A few details were lost in translation with our coordinator, but it didn’t matter to any of our guests!

Stop a few times during your day, look around and appreciate everything that is going on!”


Vendors List:

– Venue: Hard Rock Punta Cana

– Travel Agent: James Berglie with Be All Inclusive

– Photography: Photo Cine Art

– Videography: Photo Cine Art

– Ceremony Officiant: Bride’s Sister Jamann Casselles

– Hair and Makeup Artist: Gisselle with Posh

– Florist: Lings

– Cake: Hard Rock

– Bride Dress: Davids Bridal

– Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

– Entertainment: HOTS Productions

– Gifts for the guests: sea glass from Wofford Calligraphy

– Booze Cruise with: Renny Travel


Coco Bongo, Commercial Photography, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Coco Bongo, Commercial Photography, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Coco Bongo is a chain of nightclubs located in Cancun and Playa del Carmen in Mexico and in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. But be warn, this is not an average nightclub. If you are expecting classic discotheque with dance floor and DJ playing all night long, that’s not it. In shortest it is a show in disco-like environment. I was asked to do some professional photo-shoots of the place and the shows, so you have a unique opportunity to see some of the fun and behind the scene workflow.

On the entrance of the Coco Bongo in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, there is a Congo Bar which is fantastic place to hang out with your crew, or grab some shots while waiting to enter with Congo dancers to entertain you on the way.

It is super safe and organized place, but be aware once inside, it can get really crowded, although there will be constant flow of liquor from amazing waiters, which make everything easier.

The night is divided into a parts with internationally known DJ playing music hits for all generations, music you can dance to, some old hits that will bring good memories back and some new ones to make you move your feet, and with show parts. There is no place for boredom, these two fun parts will shift and you’ll dance deeply into the night in no time.

From the shows you can see many famous singers’ imitators from Michael Jackson and Madonna to Queen, as well some serious artists as flying acrobats performing Phantom of the Opera, Trojan warriors, Batman, Spiderman and many more, some of them will take your breaths away that’s for sure.

Confetti, balloons and lot of drinks, if you are on vacation in Punta Cana and up for some fun – this is a right place to be. Perfect place for Bachelorette Parties, Birthday celebrations, getting into vacation mood or simply having fun!

We had a pleasure to photograph the best show in Punta Cana. Hope you’ll enjoy the result:


Ways to contact them:

– Website: Coco Bongo

– Tel: 1 809 466-1111 / 1 829 249-4422

– Email: [email protected]

– Photos by: Photo Cine Art