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Dreams Macao Beach bohemian wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Dreams Macao Beach bohemian wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Dreams Macao Beach bohemian wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic:

Yajaira and Salvador met at, as they say, tender ages of 18 and 19 through a family friend in 2009. They’ve welcome daughter into the world in 2011 and it’s been a party of 3 of them ever since.

“I am not keen on big elaborate-put the attention on only me situations”, Yajaira told us, “and although he had planned a huge proposal, he soon realized after a bedside conversation that it was not going to work for me. He took those hints to heart and went back to planning a super intimate at home proposal that included our daughter and her own ring.”

Since they have always dreamt about having a destination wedding, this gorgeous couple chose a Dreams Macao Beach Resort as their wedding venue. Dreams Macao is recently built and the only family – friendly resort at breathtaking Macao Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Located 40 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport an idyllic heaven where families and couples can relax and fully enjoy the true gem of the Caribbean, it is a no surprise why Yari and Sal chose this place to have their destination wedding.

The wedding was bohemian style with rose gold/neutral color palette. The bride and the groom went from pre-decorated plans that are completely customizable. They started with the “Ensoul” collection for the ceremony and the “Wonder rose” collection for the dinner tables. The featured greenery in the “Ensoul” collection was Pampas grass. It really tied the neutral tone together with the rose gold accents. The bride’s bouquet also featured dried palm leaves along with the pampas grass to give it that tropical feel without any bright colors.

The bride walked down the aisle in amazing Stella York dress that had a corset added to the back and a cape instead of a traditional veil. The groom had an “Emmanuel” suit in a shade of pink paired with shoes from Aldo that featured the word “Love” along the sides of each shoe.

Ceremony was set up on the rooftop overlooking the Ocean which give especially elegant note to this destination wedding. During the ceremony couple included a prayer which was truly emotional moment for Yajaira’s parents.

The bride wanted to incorporate her late sister into the wedding with small details. Her favorite movie growing up was The Beauty and the Beast so they had a custom “Be our guest” photo guest book made for our guest to sign and the Groom’s jewelry featured a rose. They also had a memorial frame with pictures of her.

The wedding reception was held in the garden and GCstar DJ did a fantastic job of keeping the party alive which is super difficult when the party size was under 20 people.

The most anticipated moments of the wedding day was the bride walking down the aisle and the groom dancing with their daughter.

Here are the advice for the future couples planning a wedding that Yari and Sal shared:

“Cutting costs are great but the one thing I refused to cut corners on was my photography and videography. Those memories last a lifetime and I did not want amateurs capturing those moments just to save a couple dollars. Also take a second to step back and just enjoy the moment; look around to see and appreciate those who truly love you and wanted to share your day with you. I promise once you do that you will realize all the stress was worth it!”

 

Vendors list:

– Venue: Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana

– Travel Agent: Wright Travel Agency

– Photography: Photo Cine Art

– Videography: Photo Cine Art

– Ceremony Officiant: Sa’D Maxwell (family friend)

– Hair and Makeup Artist: Olga Montilla

– Florist: Caribbean Celebrations

– Cake: Dreams Macao Beach Hotel

– Bride Dress: Stella York

– Shoes: Miss Lola

– Bridesmaids Dresses: Mumu weddings

– Groom Suit: Emmanuel’s

– Groomsman’s attire: Asos wedding

– Shoes: Aldo

– Entertainment: GCStar Punta Cana

– Stationary: Guest book – etsy shop: PaperBoundLove, Photo Guest Book Table Sign – etsy shop: 1801 and co

– Gifts for the guests: Wedding Program Craft Paper Bag – esty shop: RedLetterVows

 

Few more Punta Cana weddings you might like:

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

Hard Rock beach wedding at Punta Cana, Cassandra and Don

Kukua beach destination wedding, Cindy and Hector. Punta Cana

 

 

 

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

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

“Our love story started before we knew it started.”

I have never heard words that better describe true love! This beach wedding at Kukua, that happened just couple of days ago (October 2020), was all about that – celebrating true love!

There’s nothing we love more than a totally personalized wedding that is a show-stopper. Kendra and Elysia’s destination, beach wedding at Kukua Beach Club in Punta Cana was exactly that and then some. With help of Kukua’s wedding planning team Rachel and Mayte Mari, these ladies created an extraordinary day with Kenrdra & Elysia’s loved ones witnessing while they profess eternal love to each other.

With a million (and this is without exaggeration) flowers filling every corner and an airy color palette, highlighted with black and gold details pronouncing the beauty of tropical space, this wedding was a page straight out of a fairy-tale. Kendra told us: “I knew before being engaged that I wanted a destination wedding. I had somehow found this venue called ‘Kukua’ and was in love with it. I lived on Pinterest while planning our wedding. I knew I wanted flowers and lots of them. Our wedding planner said we had over 6000 flowers and yes, all of them were real. I changed our wedding colors 7 times lol. We finally decided to go with black, white, ivory, and blush pink. We had a gazebo for our wedding cake and it was beyond beautiful. We even had a memory table with photos of us, showing the years that we had been together, it was a big hit. I wanted us to have a wedding that was unique, elegant, and EXTRA lol. Every time I saw something on Pinterest that caused my mouth to drop, I would say to myself, “oh I got to have this.”

Kendra and Elysia have known each other since middle school and after high school they became best friends. Even then there was a spark between them. Elysia told Kendra: ”I have been watching you since high school, when you use to wear that red dress all the time to school.”

This is how Kendra relived their love story for us: “We started dating in 2008 until 2010 when broke up slowly stopped talking. The break-up was very hard on the both of us. I honestly think we were just young at the time and we both needed to grow. Throughout the years Elyisa and I would talk from time to time but it was nothing major, unfortunately our friendship faded away from the breakup as well. Four years passed when on May 26th 2014, while on Facebook I get a message from Elysia saying “you still have that scarf I see,” the scarf was something I bought when Elysia and I were together. At first, I was saying to myself, “what does this girl want?.” Lol Since then, I can honestly say we have been inseparable. We do almost everything together. We have seen each other at our lowest and highest.

I totally believe in the saying “if you let someone go and they return, then it is meant to be.”

Elysia proposed to me on March 8, 2019 and I knew it was going to happen but after we finished dinner and nothing happened, I said to myself, “well it’s not happening tonight,” so I excused myself and went to the ladies room. When I came back our waiter brought me dessert and when he took the lid off the plate there was a beautiful ring. Elysia, was recording the whole thing and I, I did not even know it. The proposal was priceless. It’s been a joy doing life with Elysia. And it doesn’t hurt that I’ve known my wife since middle school!“

So, if you want to see how gorgeous a destination, beach wedding at Kukua with 6000 real flowers on the beach in Punta Cana looks then scroll down for photos!

 

Update: We just found out that Kendra and Elysia’s wedding was published in famous Munaluchi Bride Magazine!!!! Printed edition no less!!! We are over the top happy, honored and thankful to be a part of this spectacular wedding and to be published in one of the most important wedding magazines today! Here is the digital version of the publication: https://issuu.com/munaluchibride/docs/munawinter21-woody-amani-mafs/144

 

Elysia and Kendra choose majority of the local Punta Cana wedding vendors:

Wedding Venue: Kukua Beach Club Punta Cana

Wedding Photographer: Photo Cine Art

Kukua wedding planner and decoration: Rachel and Mayte

Destination Wedding Specialist: Carol, Barefoot Bridal

Wedding Videographer: Dominicanca Photo & Video

Hair and Makeup: Pippa Valette

Rings: Gold & Diamond Source Clearwater, FL

Head piece and earrings: Elena’s Bridal accessories, Brooklyn New York

Elysia shoes: Aldo shoes, Tazio

Stationary: Pro Wedding Invites

Suit: Tazio

Robe: Kaftan and Brides

Cake: Cake Studio Bavaro

Wedding Officiant: Alejandro Angulo

DJ: Resident DJ at Kukua

 

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

Macao Beach Punta Cana, Pearl of the Caribbean

Macao Beach Punta Cana, Pearl of the Caribbean

Located in the province La Altagracia, in the east region of the Dominican Republic, Macao Beach is labeled one of the top Caribbean beaches.

30 km away from the airport and 20-minute drive north of Bavaro Beach, it is very close to the all-inclusive resorts in Uvero Alto and Arena Gorda.

This long and wide beach is often mentioned as the most beautiful beach in Punta Cana and for a good reason – stark crystal turquoise sea, fine-grained most gentle hue of gold sand, perfect picturesque tropical beach stretching as far as eyes can see as it seems, lined by tall coconut trees. To the far-right end there is a small calm bay with beautiful rugged cliffs and little fishing boats, known as “lanchas”. It is safe to say that everything on this beach is very “Instagrammable” and absolutely picture-perfect place, which is why Macao beach is every photographer dream come true place! For both, Trash the dress sessions and couple photo shoots, Macao is by far favorite spot for many wedding photographers in the area. Another bonus, since is so big it’s almost never crowded.

Macao Beach is one of the few beaches in Punta Cana that doesn’t have a coral reef, which gives a good reason for surfers to fall in love with this place. There is a quite famous surf school in the middle of the beach where you can often see surfers enjoy the waves and couple of local food vendors where you can try famous Dominican specialties such as Tostones – green plantain chips or get refreshed with ice cold beer.

Until very recently Macao Beach was virgin public beach in unspoiled area. Now is rapidly undergoing major developments. Brand new Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana is eleventh AM Resorts branded property in Dominican Republic and the only hotel property (for now) located at Macao Beach.

 

Macao beach Punta Cana by Photo Cine Art

Macao beach from air by Photo Cine Art

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Punta Cana Photo Shoot Locations – Amazing Sites to Capture Your Love for One Another!

Punta Cana Photo Shoot Locations – Amazing Sites to Capture Your Love for One Another!

We have a special treat for all our Blog readers. In today’s blog post Punta Cana Photo Shoot Locations, we had a great pleasure to feature a post by a local company that brings amazing events to life. DIDEA Events & Entertainment – Punta Cana does events, weddings as well as dance shows and live music.

DIDEA Events & Entertainment write about 3 stunning locations for a couple’s photo shoot in Punta Cana, inspired by their experience with their clients.
Read along as you imagine yourselves at these beautiful sceneries, surrounded by turquoise waters and swaying palm trees.

We bet you already know what Punta Cana is about – a mini paradise in the Caribbean, where travelers get lost in the natural beauty. If you and your loved one are here for a vacation and feel like exploring a little bit more, think about a romantic photo shoot. It’s the perfect way to experience new, amazing locations and create a memory you will cherish forever.

 

1. Los Corales Beach

Located in the area of Bavaro, Los Corales Beach offers outstanding sea views, lush palm trees and white soft sand. The daytime atmosphere is lively, with a possibility to experience the vibrant local culture.

 

Photo Cine Art Los Corales DIDEA Events & Entertainment Punta Cana

Photo Cine Art Los Corales DIDEA Events & Entertainment Punta Cana

 

For a romantic photo shoot, we advise arriving early in the morning.
The sunrise at this beach is AMAZING, and there is rarely anyone there at that time. It’s simply perfect for you and your loved one to relax, enjoy and let yourselves be free.

Besides the beach, there is a small, Mediterranean-style village you can explore and have it as a backdrop to your pictures. The diversity of this beautiful place is ideal for the daring couples, looking for something different and unique.

 

Los Corales Punta Cana DIDEA Events & Entertainment

Macao beach Punta Cana by Photo Cine Art

 

2. Cabeza de Toro

A real hidden gem, Cabeza de Toro is an intimate place where you can enjoy complete privacy. The calm, bay-like area is off the beaten path, which makes Cabeza de Toro one of the most appealing Punta Cana photo shoot locations (and our personal favorite).

 

Cabeza de Toro photo by DIDEA Events & Entertainment

Cabeza de Toro photo by DIDEA Events & Entertainment

 

We recommend this site for those romantic couples who’d like to see the Caribbean warmth and tropics reflected in their photos.

Ideally, a mid-day photo session with all the dreamy colors is the right way to go. There is also a horse-ranch nearby, and we can book one of the horses as a beautiful addition to your photo shoot.

 

Punta Cana Photo Shoot Locations

Punta Cana Photo Shoot Locations by Photo Cine Art

 

3. Cap Cana

For the high-end couples who enjoy luxury and lavishness, the Cap Cana area is perfect as a photo shoot location.

Small streets, cute shops and restaurants, plus the extravagant Marina offer a background that’s hard to resist. The Marina’s architecture is inspired by Italy, so the look and feel is exactly as if you were in Venice.

 

Cap Cana by DIDEA Events & Entertainment

Cap Cana by DIDEA Events & Entertainment

 

This original place is best for a sunset photo session, when the colorful clouds reflect the water and make you feel like you’re in a fairy-tale.

 

Marina Cap Cana by DIDEA Events & Entertainment

Marina Cap Cana by DIDEA Events & Entertainment

 

 

We hope you enjoyed this read by DIDEA Events & Entertainment and their take on the most amazing Punta Cana photo shoot locations. For more information on their work, you can visit their Instagram profile.
To book a beautiful photo session, please feel free to contact us.