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Interview with our beautiful Hard Rock bride, Jen. Punta Cana Hard Rock Jen & Jason wedding.

Interview with our beautiful Hard Rock bride, Jen. Punta Cana Hard Rock Jen & Jason wedding.

We made another interview with our newest, amazingly beautiful Hard Rock bride. She shared with us very useful info for all future Hard Rock brides to help them with ideas and calm their nerves. Enjoy!

Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

A: True Love in Paradise! We have always LOVED to travel and explore beaches throughout the Caribbean, so we knew right away we wanted a destination wedding. After Covid cancelled 2 of our previous wedding plans to get married on a cruise we opted to uninvite everyone and Elope! This wedding was GOING TO HAPPEN come hell or high water! Our plan was laid back and simple yet elegant. We wanted colors that would highlight the beautiful natural backdrop.

Q: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?

A: We kept it simple, a beautiful circle of flowers for the ceremony made with flowers native to the island. I had seen the LOVE sign in lots of other brides photos so I knew that was a must! We added in a knot tying ceremony for our wedding. We bought the kit off Etsy and the Officiant was able to incorporate it perfectly.

Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

A: Our ceremony flowers were certainly the highlight of wedding. They were amazing and more beautiful than I could have asked. We opted to carry the flowers over to our bridal party as well. The pops of color were beautiful.

Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

A: We hired a soloist that played the flute. He killed it! After our cocktail time/ Cake cutting we had a private surf and turf dinner at the pool. It was a gorgeous setting; the meal was delicious and we danced in the pool.

Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

A: I had a terrible time finding a dress that I thought was “beachy” Everything I tried on felt super formal, hot, heavy, tight… I didn’t want any of that! After another bride recommended Lulu’s I figured Id give it a try! I order 10 dresses…Yes 10 LOL. Returned all but 2. Once I finally settled on “the one” I had a few minor alterations done and got a slit added to it. It was a great dress… Very comfy, light and beautiful!

I let the bridesmaids help with their dresses. Once we had the color figured out, we had them pick something that they both liked and felt comfortable.

The men were a piece of cake. I knew I wanted gray and white, so we just added in the matching pink ties for a pop of color.

Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

A: We meet many many years ago. At the time we were both Married. I showed Jason a house that he had bought to Flip. A few years later he had called me to list a house he had completed. I was excited to go meet up with him again. When I got there, he told me that he was going through a divorce… I about fell over because I was too. We exchanged many (many!) txt messages and a couple days later he came over to my house and never left!

He proposed to me on a cruise. We were in the Bahamas and got a day pass to resort. We were in the pool and he said “well I guess we should get married” I was confused. I said so are you asking me? Or??? I said yes and the next day we got off the ship and went to Diamonds International and I picked out a ring. Certainly not your typical proposal but our life is far from “typical”

Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

A: My special moment was getting to see Jason waiting for me at the altar. This was a 9 year and 4 kids later process (one surrogate baby). Seeing him tear up reaffirmed that this is the man that I want and will be with for the rest of my life.

Jason’s special moment was seeing me for the first time in my dress knowing this was finally going to happen

Both our dads passed away but we both know they were there looking down us on our special day.

Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

A: Keep it simple. Don’t worry about what other people think, you do what you want. Trust the process, Hard Rock PC has done soooooo many weddings. They have it down to an art! Once you are onsite the stress will all be gone. They will make whatever you want happen. Also, rent a golf cart the day of the wedding. Its nice to have to get around.

– Venue: Hard Rock Punta Cana Harmonica Beach

– Travel Agent: Kayci with Places You Go Travel Agency

– Photography: Photo Cine Art

– Ceremony Officiant provided by: Hard Rock

– Hair and Makeup Artist: Styling Trio

– Florist: Caribbean Celebrations

– Cake: Hard Rock

– Bride Dress: Lulus

– Shoes: Etsy

– Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie

– Groom Suit: Mens Warehouse

– Groomsman’s suits: Mens Warehouse

– Shoes: Dudes

– Entertainment: HOTS Soloist

 

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

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

We have a great pleasure to introduce our Hard Rock Resort gorgeous couple, Amber and Matt a high school sweethearts that life separated at first but then reunited again, speaking of true meaning of how real love always find its way, hey?

Since both of them shared same love for traveling and having huge wedding wasn’t never their thing, Amber and Matt chose Hard Rock Resort Punta Cana for their wedding venue. One more reason for choosing this Hotel was that Amber already visited Hard Rock Resort while on her business trip with her vitamin company LeVel in 2019 and she said that they all felt very safe and had so much fun, so she wanted the same thing for her family and friends as well.

Matt’s step mom Michele, who is at the same time best friend with Amber’s mom, helped Amber to choose a wedding dress. She opted for gorgeous Da Vinci laced mermaid wedding dress with sweetheart neckline.

If you are not already in love with this couple, wait until you hear about their engagement story! This will give you a serious heart eyes!

March 20th 2020 we were in Cabo San Lucas where he proposed to me, Amber told us. He wanted to propose to me on the beach at Lover’s Beach, however, that was the day that COVID pandemic started and president Trump closed the US borders with Mexico while we were there. Cringe! We had to run to the airport an figure out what was going on. It was a mess! We were not for sure if we were going to be returning to our hotel so he was unable to propose to me at the beach, but he chose a beautiful location on the 7th story balcony where we had spent a few nights and days whale watching in the Pacific. When he went to pull the ring out of the bag it flew out onto the ground in almost fell off the 7th story balcony but he caught it!!

I don’t know about you guys, but my heart just stopped a bit there!

If you want to see this lovely people’s beautiful wedding day check out their preview photos below.

 

Wedding Vendors:

Wedding Venue: Hard Rock Resort Punta Cana

Photographer: Photo Cine Art

Wedding Dress: Da Vinci

Wedding Rings: Vera Vang

Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein

 

Mindy & Enrique’s wedding by Punta Cana photographer Photo Cine Art

Mindy & Enrique’s wedding by Punta Cana photographer Photo Cine Art

Mindy and Enrique are another confirmation that we at Punta Cana photographer Photo Cine Art always have kindest couples with the biggest heart! Their wedding is one exceptional Hard Rock love story! Mindy was frequent guest at Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana where Enrique was working as a DJ, so it doesn’t come by surprise that they chose the spot as their wedding venue where everything started and Hard Rock Hotel as always lived up to the expectations!

 

 

Amazing destination wedding at Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Destiny and Gregory

Amazing destination wedding at Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Destiny and Gregory

Destiny and Gregory are every wedding photographer dream client! Absolutely gorgeous people! Both beautiful and kind, they were pleasure to work with.

The wedding took place at famous Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana Dominican Republic and couple of days after, we did the Trash the Dress photo shoot at nearby Macao Beach, amazing public beach couple of minutes driving from the hotel. We so are grateful that we had that extra time, more time to really get to know them.

Since Destiny and Gregory wanted their wedding decor to be very simple, but still have a nice ambience to match tropical scenery. Table centerpieces had a little greenery to match the stationary of the menus. The bride made the Menus and Table numbers herself. That was the only DIY at this wedding.

The wedding day started with bridal hair and make-up preparation at POSH Salon at the Hard Rock Hotel. Guys started their own fun in groom’s room. The ceremony took place at Harmonica Beach in front of La Isla restaurant in Hard Rock Punta Cana Hotel and the reception at Element Terrace.

The absolute highlight of the day was the bride walking down the aisle seeing the groom. She told us later on: “I was hoping not to cry, but I don’t think that worked out in my favor.” As for the groom, Gregory, he told us that: “the most anticipated for me was the kiss, I was kind of nervous kissing in front of all those people. I was even more nervous when the photographers said I would have to kiss for more than 10 seconds.” Lol that would be us, the Darth Vader of weddings :D.

To have complete impression on how everything looked like, check out the photos below! Yours truly… Photo Cine Art

 

Destination Wedding at Hard Rock, Amber and Jacob, Punta Cana

Destination Wedding at Hard Rock, Amber and Jacob, Punta Cana

Amber and Jake just like many couples in 2020, when COVID pandemic hit the world, had to postpone their long-time dream destination wedding at Hard Rock. Which, as Amber was telling us, was a blessing in disguise. The original wedding date was May 20th,2020 and it got moved to December 16th, 2020. We ask this sweet bride couple of questions about their destination wedding at Hard Rock 2020 experience, how she was planning her destination wedding, her take on décor, custom made lace wedding dress, absolutely EVERYTHING you want to ask fellow bride, we did it for you! Take a look what she told us below. Also, don’t forget to take a peek into the photos (the wedding is so fresh that it is still on my camera’s memory cards lol).

 

Amber and Jake’s destination wedding at Hard Rock, photography by Photo Cine Art:

 

Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

A: Jake and I knew all along that we wanted to have a destination wedding. I am a very simple girl and knew I wanted a very neutral color scheme. I love rustic decor and greenery, whites and nudes – (my house totally looks the same!) So that is what we went with and I thought it was absolutely breathtaking!

 

Q: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?

A: I went back and forth with our wedding decor for a while. It was actually a blessing in disguise having to postpone our original wedding date of May 20. This gave me a longer time frame to rethink the decor. In the end, I decided to go with real florals – which totally exceeded my expectations – they were beautiful! I decided to bring all of my own stationary which I had ordered on Etsy and preprinted & framed. My favorite piece of decor had to be our greenery wall and wooden name design cut out from wood provided by Caribbean Celebrations through the Hard Rock! It really added the personal touch we were hoping for!

 

Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

A: Our florals were absolutely gorgeous!! One of my favorite things that day. They were all real – from my bouquet, the bridesmaid’s bouquets, boutonniere, and the centerpieces. I think they did set the overall tone for the entire wedding. The white roses and various eucalyptus styled stems really brought everything together. The best part about having real florals was we were able to bring them back to our room and enjoy them for the rest of our stay – they made our room smell really amazing too! ????

 

Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

A: After having to postpone our wedding after the pandemic hit, Jake and I really had a lot of time to think and replan. Our number of guests went down significantly. We were around 50+ guests before the pandemic hit and ended up having 21 guests with us in the end. With such a small group – we knew we wanted to provide as much FUN as possible – simply as a huge THANK YOU for still coming to celebrate with us during this pandemic. We added the HOTS Crazy Hour with 2 samba dancers and a man on stilts as well as a fire show to end the night on the beach. Both were AMAZING and our guests could not stop talking about them. Everyone said they’ve never been to a wedding that was so much fun!

 

Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

A: We both had an idea, going in, of what we were looking for when it came to finding our wedding day looks. We both knew we did not want a traditional look. We wanted to have a beachy look! After all, we were getting married on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world!!! ☺️ For my dress, I knew I wanted lace. I also knew I wanted an off-white look. My dress was actually custom made and had the lace pieces hand sewn to have the effect of the lace fading down my dress. I loved it! Jake went with a less formal look of a grey pant and gray vest combo. Which totally fit his laid back style and looked incredibly handsome on him.

 

Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

A: Jake and I met for the first time in high school; we had many mutual friends and my eyes just so happen to catch his at a high school football game. I often think it was love at first sight for me because as soon as I saw him that day – I knew I had to have him! A couple weeks later we just so happened to be at the same party together – and the rest is history ????

Jake and I were together for 8.5 years before he proposed! Our proposal was a fairy-tale and a complete surprise to me. Jake and I vacationed with our friends in Tennessee for a week – we drove from Delaware, where we lived together. After a very fun week with our friends Jake and I decided to spend some quality time together – just us. We road tripped home and made a few stops along the way. We stopped in North Carolina, Virginia, etc. When stopping in North Carolina, Jake told me we would spend the day at the Biltmore Estate, the largest mansion in the US! I didn’t know much about it. He was always the planner. He told me we would take a horse and buggy ride to the top of the mansion. Jake hired a private photographer who captured the entire proposal. We got to the top of the mountain and we were posing for a picture when he got down on one knee and proposed. I was speechless!

 

Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

A: This may sound cliché but I think I can speak for us both when I say the most anticipated part of our wedding day was having it actually happen!! Between the alcohol scares when we first started planning and the pandemic, we were just in awe we were able to FINALLY have our special day! There was a few times we really had to look at each other and take it all in and say, “we finally did it!”

 

Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

A: Yes! Through this entire experience – we have both been through a lot of heartache, tears, and hard times, I truly mean it when I say we have been through it ALL. Most importantly though, through this entire process, we have had tons of happiness along the way. Despite every obstacle we had to face; our trip and wedding day turned out absolutely perfect. It’s like when we landed in Punta Cana – all of the stress went away. To everyone planning right now who has fears or doubts – just remember you only have one life to live, try not to live your life in fear! At the end of the day, God always has a plan and whoever is meant to be there on your special day – will be! And all that matters is you & your significant other are there having the time of your lives! What’s meant to be, will be. ❤️ what’s not, will not.

 

Vendors list:

Venue – Hard Rock Punta Cana

Ceremony place: Piano Gazebo, Hard Rock Punta Cana

Travel Agent – Anita O’Donnell Classic Vacations

Photography – Photo Cine Art

Ceremony Officiant – Marcos Parucker Soares

Hair and Makeup Artist – Maria – POSH Salon at Hard Rock Punta Cana

Florist – Mercaflor Florist

Cake – Hard Rock Punta Cana

Bride Dress – Watters / Lovely Bride Philadelphia

Shoes – Badgley Mischka

Veil – Watters / Lovely Bride Philadelphia

Bridesmaids Dresses – Christina Wu

Groom Suit – Ralph Lauren

Groomsman’s suits – Ralph Lauren

Shoes – Rockport

Entertainment:

HOTS Productions

JSAV

Stationary – Etsy

Gifts for the guests – QueenBHome