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Secrets Cap Cana wedding, amazing Missouri couple Katie & Nick

Secrets Cap Cana wedding, amazing Missouri couple Katie & Nick

 

Secrets Cap Cana wedding, amazing Missouri couple Katie & Nick.

Our gorgeous couple, met at a Seven Lion’s concert at the Old Rock House in St. Louis. There was a long line for drinks, Nick offered to show Katie to an area with a shorter line or to keep her company until she realized he was right… He turned out to be right. They shortly after made plans for a proper date before dancing the night away.

Nick and Katie had plans to jet set to Europe on May 7th, 2020. Nick’s plan was to propose in their house with a romantic scavenger hunt the day before their departure. He had a series thoughtful and clever clues hidden throughout the house in gorgeous money envelopes. The last clue read, “You’ve come so far and so have we, there’s adventures to be had and many more to seek. Clue #7 is the luckiest you see, it’s you and me what’s meant to be. There will be life to live and love to give. Give me your heart and for life we’ll live. You’re oh so close to earning a toast, look to the one that loves you the most…” Katie turned to find Nick on one knee with a beautiful Marquise diamond family heirloom diamond ring.

Due to Covid-19, they could not celebrate in Europe, so instead took the doggies to Nick’s family cabin in Piedmont Missouri. Leading to the joke #PiedmontOverPrague.

Nick and Katie share a passion for traveling. They love to explore new places, food and music scenes, meet new people, and learn about new cultures. Nick travels frequently for work, earning the companion pass with Southwest, leading to more frequent travels and the use of their #companionpassendeavors. In 2012, Nick and Katie traveled to the Dominican Republic together and absolutely fell in love with the scenic views and people. Shortly after becoming engaged, they very soon realized they wanted to incorporate their love for travel into their wedding day. The Dominican Republic was the perfect setting.

The natural beach setting was the inspiration for the color palette. The setting of Secrets Cap Cana is picturesque in itself and did not need a ton of additional decor in order to look beautiful. Bistro lighting, soft pastel flowers, and natural elements such as wood trivets were small accents that accentuated the already amazing natural backdrop.

The venue, Secrets Cap Cana, helped make a custom wedding arch shaped as a triangle, like delta, representing the change. The arch was decorated with hydrangeas, roses, and greenery with soft pastel colors.
The bridal bouquet was roses and lilies with greenery. The something blue was a bracelet gifted by Katie’s Aunt Mona and was wrapped around the bridal bouquet. Something old/borrowed was a beautiful handkerchief the groom’s mother Joetta brought to the Dominican Republic that originally belonged to Nick’s Great grandparent in Italy.
Our couple requested coconuts with rum to give the reception an island feel, as well as bonfires and tiki torches to for a true beach party vibe.
With the Caribbean setting, the couple wanted fabrics and designs that would speak to the setting.
The groom found a collarless linen shirt from Cubavera and a tan linen suit from Men’s Wearhouse. Linen was in high demand in 2021 with limited sizing, yet he finally found the perfect suit. The groom wanted a shoe that would not trap sand and found a pair of leather loafers on Etsy. While shopping in St. Augustine while visiting the Groom’s mom, they found the perfect hat to accent his linen suit.
The bride originally aimed for a romantic and flowy dress, but instead found a crepe spaghetti strap gown from Cleo Bridal. The buttons down the entirety of the back and intricate lace applique made the dress stand out above the rest. Shoes were champagne satin from Belk.

The most anticipated moment of the day was seeing each other for the first time. The bride stayed in a separate room and the couple did not see each other until walking down the aisle. It was a truly special moment.
Now, wise words of advice for future couples planning a wedding in Dominican Republic:

“Take in every moment, it goes so quickly!”

 

Vendors List:

– Venue: Secrets Cap Cana Preferred Beach
– Travel Agent: Shanna Fowler with Dream Vacations
– Photography: Photo cine Art
– Videography: Photo Cine Art
– Ceremony Officiant: Pastor Harold Diaz
– Hair and Makeup Artist: Marilyn with Secrets Cap Cana SPA
– Florist: Secret’s Cap Cana
– Cake: Secrets Cap Cana (They surprised us with a first ever lemon cake!)
– Bride Dress: Sincerity from Justin Alexander
– Shoes: Badley Mischka
– Headpiece: flowers picked fresh from orchid plant in the Bridal Suite
– Bridesmaids Dresses: Birdy Grey in seaglass
– Groom Suit: Joseph Aboud
– Groomsman’s suits: Joseph Abboud pant
– Shoes: Etsy
– Entertainment: Spotify currated by Nick Scodary

 

Their Highlights video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTJ1ku7w4vY

 

Other Cap Cana weddings you might find interesting:

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

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

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

 

 

Looking for perfect beach wedding dress for your Punta Cana destination wedding?

Looking for perfect beach wedding dress for your Punta Cana destination wedding?

 

Than you are at the right place. As destination wedding photographers and videographers… Nah, it’s even better, as wedding photographers and videographers living and working permanently at the destination that hosts over 80 weddings a day in a wedding season, here are our two cents on the subject of how to choose the right wedding dress style for a beach wedding. Although we are not wedding dress designers, nor we are associated with one, having the opportunity to see that many brides in all kinds of Caribbean weeding settings, kind of give us right to say we know what we are writing about.

Majestic bride by Photo Cine Art

 

The most important aspect of your overall wedding look is your wedding dress. The dress is going to set the style for your whole look. So, you’ll agree, it is one of the most important task to tick off when you are planning the wedding.

Punta Cana destination wedding by Photo Cine ArtWedding dress by Sottero and Midgley

 

If you are one of the recently engaged couples planning a Punta Cana destination wedding on the beach, then you probably did your fair share of Google research and now you are certainly quite confused with restrictive guidelines many, surprisingly even reputable, sites are suggesting.

Let’s go over them together:

  1. Choose wedding dress that is made out of lightweight fabrics

This is probably the only one of the tips with which we agree. If you can, then yes, choose chiffon, lace, organza … and allow your body to breathe. But for argument sake, most wedding venues make the ceremonies in the afternoon (some weddings that we photographed last year, had ceremonies even as late as 6pm (see here), so the heat is not too big problem. Plus, on the beach there is ALWAYS light breeze so, unless you are on direct sun at noon in July, you’ll never feel the actual heat.

  1. Dress Style

There are many recommendations online for the brides to choose a bohemian wedding dress for their beach wedding ceremony, all together with an explanation that “a beach wedding is a casual event” (?!). Let’s dive into this statement some more. If your wedding will be in bohemian style because you like it, then yes, go with the same style wedding dress. But please, for God’s sake, do not choose bohemian dress only because you’ll have your wedding at the beach! Beach weddings can be glamorous, bohemian or black-tie events if you want them to be! According to their wedding decor design, our brides rocked very successfully many, different wedding dress styles including both fabric and silhouette shapes. There were ball gowns, mermaid and A – lines, from both high-end designers and casual. And they ALL looked AMAZING! Bottom line, you should choose the style of your wedding dress according to your preferences and what flatters your body type the best.

 

Ballroom with mid length veil by Photo Cine ArtBallroom wedding dress by Essense of Australia

Kukua amazing decoration by Photo Cine ArtExamples of elegant wedding decor at destination wedding

Kukua elegant decoration by Photo Cine ArtExamples of elegant wedding decor at destination wedding

Punta Cana destination wedding Macao beach by Photo Cine ArtMermaid style wedding dress

Kukua tables Punta Cana destination weddingWedding decor at destination wedding

A-line wedding dress by Photo Cine ArtA-line wedding dress by Made with love

Bohemian wedding dress by Photo Cine ArtBohemian wedding dress by Riki Dalal

Huracan Cafe by Photo Cine ArtWedding decor at destination wedding

Wedding dress at Hard Rock by Photo Cine ArtSheath Wedding gown by Anais Annette

 

3. Dress length

In my 15 years of experience as a professional wedding photographer, I think I saw short wedding dress two times only. And there were the times when I did weddings almost every day. I think this in itself is quite self-explanatory. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with short wedding dress if that is your cup of tea, but do not feel obligated to go scouting for short wedding dresses because beach is the place where you’ll exchange your vows.

To sum it up, yes, for destination wedding, long is ok.

Wedding couple at Kukua Restaurant by Photo Cine ArtWedding dress by Luciana Vieira – Dalu Atelie

 

Sand doesn’t stain. Train may catch up along some dry seaweed which can be cleaned easily. Also, all wedding venues in Punta Cana take pride in their locations, so beaches where the ceremonies are held, are cleaned frequently.

Hard Rock wedding by Photo Cine Art

Hard Rock Punta Cana wedding by Photo Cine Art

 

If you are thinking about a wedding dress with a train for your Punta Cana destination wedding, that is absolutely doable. Our brides had dresses without train, with Sweep Train, Chapel Train all the way to Cathedral Trains. A wedding dress with detachable train can be convenient solution, but many wedding dresses expert providers can add a bustle to any train to ease your movement after that dramatic entrance! Again, as you can see in our photos, many of our gorgeous brides wore, to their destination beach weddings, wedding dresses with royal or monarch trains. The only thing you should be aware of is that if you walk over uneven surfaces as for example over the concrete floors, the train (or long veil for that matter) may get stuck a bit…

Off-the-shoulder trumpet by Photo Cine ArtTrumpet style wedding dress without train by Allure Bridals

Wedding dress with Sweep Train Punta Cana destination weddingSheath wedding dress with Sweep Train by Anais Annette

Wedding dress with Chapel Train by Photo Cine ArtBallroom style wedding dress with Chapel Train by Essense of Australia

Alison Enzoani Wedding dress with Cathedral Train by Photo Cine ArtWedding dress with Cathedral Train by Enzoani

Wedding dress with Extra Length Cathedral Train Royal or Monarch by Photo Cine ArtWedding dress with extra length Cathedral Train – Royal train by Essense of Australia

Essence of Australia Punta Cana destination wedding Dress with monarch train by Photo Cine ArtWedding dress with extra length Cathedral Train – Monarch train by Essense of Australia

Wedding dress with Bustled Train by Photo Cine ArtWedding dress with Bustled Train by Martina Liana

 

4. Headpieces

 

  • Veil

The most frequently used veils among our brides are definitively Mid-length and Cathedral Veils, followed by Blusher and Mantilla Veils.

Yes, there is a breeze on the beach, but also there are those tiny and very useful thingies called veil weights. You can buy them almost everywhere (from Amazon to Etsy https://www.etsy.com/market/wedding_veil_weights). They simply clip to the edges of your veil and give it just enough weight to stay straight and not fly about! Genius! Nonetheless, make sure you bring it up to your hair stylist (link na nas guide za MUA) to ensure your hair is structurally sound enough to hold it. But, no, you won’t feel it pulling down and you won’t feel it dragging your head.

Although, same as for the wedding dress train, long cathedral veil tends to stuck onto uneven surfaces, so put some attention at those details.

Mid-Length Veil Punta Cana destination wedding by Photo Cine ArtMid-Length Veil and wedding dress by Hayley Paige

Blusher veil mermaid dress by Photo Cine ArtBlusher Veil

Cathedral Veil by Photo Cine ArtCathedral Veil by Pnina Tornai

Cathedral Veil photo by Photo Cine ArtCathedral Veil and wedding dress by Martina Liana

 

  • Bridal Hair Accessories

As for the choosing your wedding dress, the first thing to take into consideration when choosing your hair accessories is your personal style and the style of your wedding. The most popular are Combs and clips, Hair Vines and Headbands.

Palma Real Punta Cana destination wedding by Photo Cine Art

Kukua Punta Cana destination wedding by Photo Cine Art

5. Shoes

One of the great advantages of having a beach destination wedding is that you can go barefoot with or without barefoot sandals, that were absolute hit recently. But if you prefer to go with awesome stilettos, you absolutely can do that too, just ask your wedding venue for a walkway option. Majority of Punta Cana destination wedding venues, if not all of them, have an option to add a walkway, so, absolutely yes, you can wear those Louboutin’s that you are dreaming about for your beach destination wedding.

Kukua round floral arch by Photo Cine ArtWalkway at Kukua Punta Cana

Badgley Mischka Shoes by Photo Cine ArtBadgley Mischka Bridal Shoes

Barefoot sandals Punta Cana destination wedding by Photo Cine ArtBarefoot sandals

HRPC wedding by Photo Cine Art

Shoes by Sophia Webster, Wedding dress by Riki Dalal

Louis Vuitton by Photo Cine ArtChristian Louboutin Bridal Shoes

 

We hoped that our experience has helped you somewhat in choosing that perfect wedding dress in which you have envisioned yourself walking down the aisle while gentle breeze is swaying palm trees and your love is waiting for you by the turquoise Ocean. The essence of this post is that the most important thing to remember is to stay true to yourself. Don’t worry what anyone else thinks you should or shouldn’t wear. It will be the most important day in your and your future spouse life. It is all about what makes you happy, beautiful and confident.

 

Here is a David’s bridal quiz to help you discover the perfect Punta Cana destination wedding gown for you: TAKE THE QUIZ

Kukua Beach Club, Marion and Thomas Punta Cana wedding, Dominican Republic

Kukua Beach Club, Marion and Thomas Punta Cana wedding, Dominican Republic

Kukua Beach Club, Marion and Thomas Punta Cana wedding, Dominican Republic.

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!

Here is what Marion said about planning a wedding in Punta Cana:

“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.

 

– Venue: Kukua Beach Club and Restaurant Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

– Photography: Photo Cine Art

– Wedding Planner: Mayte Marie

– Hair & Makeup: Vista Sol Spa

– Wedding Officiant: Alejandro Angulo

– Flowers: Floristeria Sisay

 

Other amazing Kukua Beach Club weddings:

Rovina & Aaron, Kukua Beach Club & Restaurant, Punta Cana photographer and videographer

Amanda & Joe’s Peacock Teamed Destination Wedding at Kukua Beach Club & Restaurant, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Elie & Damon fantastic destination wedding at Kukua Punta Cana, Dominican Republic