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Hyatt Ziva wedding. Lucy and Alex, bohemian Hyatt wedding.

Hyatt Ziva wedding. Lucy and Alex, bohemian Hyatt wedding.

Lucy and Alex, modern love story, or how bride from Ohio and groom from Georgia whipped up breathtaking destination wedding at Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana in Dominican Republic.

Even in early stages of the planning process, exchanging emails with Lucy and Alex we knew they are our kind of people. They wanted their own story told with a special touch. Photos that are more than the ordinary ones. Unique angles and creative photos are our ‘love language’ so, it was an instant ‘click’.

I promise you quite a few giggles and couple of goosebumps if you read their full love story, you can thank me later for making your day bright and shiny! (Comments are allowed on this post).

Lucy and Alex met like many modern couples do… online! Their first date was Lucy’s first EVER online date… and it was Alex’s last. However, that’s where the “normal” part of the evening ended. After the initial “wow” of seeing each other in person, they cloistered themselves in a dimly lit Belgian beer bar sharing secrets and stories. With some people you have to build trust, but they both felt they could instantly be open and vulnerable with one another. Lucy was drawn to Alex’s devil-may-care attitude. Alex was drawn to Lucy’s adventurous spirit. The two ended the evening smooching on the steps of the historic Decatur courthouse (the same place Alex would propose two years later). A passerby loudly said “don’t mind me”, and Alex and Lucy gladly complied.

So, after such first date, the proposal couldn’t be lacking romance. Their first date and proposal mirrored one another, both happened on the courthouse steps in downtown Decatur, GA, USA. Alex proposed on November 14th 2020, exactly one year before the wedding date, almost to the hour. For the proposal, Alex suggested grabbing beers at the same pub where the they shared first date. Afterward, they visited the courthouse steps, as they usually do when they’re in the area. Lucy was looking up at the building commenting on the way the structure looked in the late afternoon sunlight, and when she turned to look at Alex, he was down on one knee.

With Lucy’s family living in Ohio and Alex’s living in Georgia, they knew the wedding would be a destination for at least half of the guests. So, they decided to make it a destination for everybody in the beautiful DR. With two goals on mind: that everybody has a fantastic vacation and celebration, and that they get married!

For their wedding venue in Dominican Republic, they choose Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, an amazing all-inclusive resort on the beautiful Juanillo Beach.

The wedding decor theme was tropical bohemian, with lots of wood grain and handmade artisanal decor. There were sea glass place settings, custom wooden table numbers and cake topper, tropical print table cards, welcome notes, and invitations. Palm fronds and other tropical plant leaves were recurring motif. Keen observers may also have noticed couple’s two cats, Little Buddy and Gus, represented on custom cocktail sign. Tropical local flowers embellished ceremony arch, bridal bouquet, groom’s boutonnière, and reception centerpieces. The wedding colors were dusky blue and deep teal, drawing inspiration from the surrounding.

Here is how they replay on how they choose their wedding day outfits:

Lucy: I adore lace and was thrilled when I found a lace pattern that was fun and unique. I knew I wanted a fitted mermaid silhouette to add a little sass to the overall look, so it was a whole moment when I found my dress and tried it on to find that it fit like a glove! My Maid of Honor made the suggestion of adding off the shoulder sleeves (something I associate with a romantic, beachy wedding), and the slight sparkle in the veil was irresistible. Finally, I was inspired by the opera Carmen to add a flower to my hair, because why not! The result is a look that is timeless and screams “tropical beach wedding.”

Alex: I knew I wanted to have a dusky blue suit because the color is evocative of the ocean, and also looks good on me. I wanted something that would “pop” against the sand especially. The rest of the look was about clean details: an open white collar because ties are too stuffy for the beach, crisp white pocket square, and cognac leather to contrast with the blue and mirror the brown wood hues in the wedding decor.

For the wedding party we went for relaxed formal. A simple look that would be comfortable, but also turn some heads with stylish flair. Much like Alex’s suit, the dusky blue, deep teal, and warm browns were meant to mirror natural colors around us.

They told us that music played a large role on their wedding day. There were songs meaningful for them as a couple but also songs that had significance between them and their loved ones. It was the kind of music where a song comes on and you lock eyes with a friend across the room and share an “Oh YEAH!” moment. As the bride and the groom, their favorite part of the day was pausing at different moments and seeing all the people we love most having the time of their lives. Whether it was laughing, dancing, enjoying great food or drinks, there wasn’t a single person who wasn’t perfectly happy.

The most anticipated moment of the wedding day was when they first look at each other down the aisle. ”It was a long day of getting ready and attending to final details, but we both knew where it would lead, and the excitement of seeing each other for the first time was electric.”

Here is their advice for future couples planning their wedding:

Most importantly, accept that not everything will go perfectly and be ready and excited to go with the flow. Weddings are about the energy you bring, and if you are determined to have a great time no matter what, then you will have a great time no matter what! Once you have that mindset, trust your gut and choose people you trust to take care of the details that are most important to you and then give them the creative freedom to do their thing. This extends to photography, videography, etc. but also your wedding party as well.

 

Vendors List:

– Venue: Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Cap Cana
– Travel Agent: Lisa Zwissler at Beach Bum Vacations
– Photography: Photo Cine Art
– Videography: Victor at Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana
– Ceremony Officiant: Andres
– Hair and Makeup Artist: Anna Nuet
– Florist: Hyatt Ziva
– Cake: Hyatt Ziva
– Bride Dress: Carrie’s Bridal Collection
– Shoes: Sam Edelman
– Veil: Carrie’s Bridal Collection
– Bridesmaids Dresses: Baltic Born
– Groom Suit: Hugo Boss
– Groomsman’s suits: Calvin Klein
– Entertainment: Weddings by JSAV Hyatt
– Stationary: Etsy
– Gifts for the guests: Etsy

 

More beautiful Cap Cana weddings:

Secrets Cap Cana wedding, amazing Missouri couple Katie & Nick

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

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

 

 

 

Dreams Palm Beach Felicia & Shaun’s Punta Cana destination wedding.

Dreams Palm Beach Felicia & Shaun’s Punta Cana destination wedding.

Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana destination wedding.

Felicia & Shaun’s love story brought them from Canada to our “jewel of the Caribbean” – Dominican Republic for a small but beautiful wedding at the Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana hotel. Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana hotel is small family-friendly getaway for couples and couples with children on the sun-soaked beach on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. “For our wedding we wanted something that would be more than just a day to remember. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted a destination wedding. Convincing Shaun was easy, one-week free beer. Our colors were navy and blush, we wanted the simplest beachy wedding”.

I’ve photographed a lot of weddings at Dreams Palm Beach, but what sets Felicia & Shaun’s wedding apart was the amount of love and positive vibes radiating from the two of them and all their guests that made real pleasure to work with them. Felicia & Shaun’s love story is wonderful to witness. You can see their love for each other in the way they interact, look at each other, even the way they hold one another. “At age 18 and 19 we found each other. Both college students, both broke but both in love. We are polar opposites he’s quiet, and shy, and well I know some say opposites attract. I was lucky to find the one. I met my husband through a friend. She was on social media and she showed me a picture of him and I thought oh wow he’s cute. I friend requested him on Facebook and followed him on twitter. A few weeks later we met at a party. The proposal after 7 LONG years of waiting we took a trip to Point Peele with a few friends, at the beach he got down on one knee and proposed. It was the greatest day ever“, Felicia told us. I hope I succeeded to capture all those sensations on my film.

The absolutely amazing Punta Cana sunset didn’t fail me this time neither at at Dreams Palm Beach hotel. I took some amazing photos of the bride and groom after the ceremony and even managed to capture few sunset shots from the air (photos below the text). The reception was on the beach with incredible Caribbean Ocean as the backdrop. Cutest, sea-inspired decoration was so beautifully complementing long table sitting arrangement. This is what bride told us: “Having the wedding ceremony on the beach provided a beautiful background. Decorations for the reception were 3 vases for the bridesmaids DIY flowers, a few seashells on the table. The names tags for seating arrangement were DIY. We had real floral for my bouquet blush and ivory roses, my bridesmaids bouquets were DIY and brought from home. We wanted to keep the flowers simple“.

A little advice that Felicia have for all future brides: “Don’t try pleasing everyone. We started planning our destination wedding 1 year prior (2020) we all thought covid would be over. We had 30 people put down a deposit for the trip. When it came to final payments it was us plus 10. So many friends and family said we should push it back a year, but we stood our grounds. We wanted to have our wedding this year. I was beyond happy with our trip and wedding“.

They had a ton of beautiful photos from their wedding (exactly 1223 of them, from 6 hours of work). In a text below I’d share some of them for your viewing pleasure.

 

Vendors List:

– Venue: Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana
– Travel Agent: Kim Machan at Essence of Romance Travel
– Photography: Photo Cine Art
– Ceremony Officiant: Resort Officiant
– Hair and Makeup Artist: hair: Resort SPA, make up: sister-in-law Shayla
– Cake: Resort
– Bride Dress: David’s Bridal
– Bridesmaids Dresses: Etsy
– Groom Suit: Moores
– Groomsman’s suits: Moores

 

More destination weddings you might find interesting:

Secrets Cap Cana wedding, amazing Missouri couple Katie & Nick

Harmonica Palafitte amazing floral wedding, Alicia and Curt, Hard Rock Punta Cana

Dreams Dominicus Wedding, La Romana, Chelsea and Jeff

 

 

 

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

 

 

Destination Wedding Hard Rock Punta Cana, Taylor and Nicholas, Dominican Republic

Destination Wedding Hard Rock Punta Cana, Taylor and Nicholas, Dominican Republic

Taylor and Nicholas from the USA have decided to have the beauty of the Caribbean as a special decor for their destination wedding Hard Rock Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Despite few light showers on their big day, from the wedding ceremony to the open terrace reception, it was a day filled with love and happiness. To add the island vibe to their decor, this lovely couple has chosen white flowers, tropical leaves and touches of gold. Our very talented bride Taylor made her own signs both for the ceremony and the reception and also magnificent center pieces! Now, how amazing is that! For their destination wedding Hard Rock Punta Cana MercaFlor designed additional flowers that enhanced ceremony structure and Caribbean Celebrations provided exceptional bistro lighting, Love sign, lounge area, Sweetheart and Cake Table. Of course, Photo Cine Art one more time had the pleasure to film it all :).

We asked Taylor to tell us a little bit more about their wedding day:

 

What were the florals like in your destination wedding Hard Rock Punta Cana? 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?

I love Calla Lilies and wanted a large drooping bouquet of them with light/pastel colors. I wanted a larger bouquet to go with the large veil I will be wearing. We kept the calla lily theme throughout in the groom & father of the bride’s boutonnieres and the mother’s corsages.

For the ceremony structure, I wanted pops of white and deep tropical leaves, so we used the complimentary structure provided by the Hard Rock Punta Cana, asked to take the screen off the back of it, and added 2 large sections of tropical greenery with pops of white. We kept the green with pops of white throughout the reception. I made the center pieces by spray painting vases gold to add an elegant/formal feel and placed fake, green tropical leaves as well as fake white florals inside the vases. Each vase was placed in the center of the tables on top of tropical leaves, that were covered with sea shells (again, a pop of white). The acrylic table numbers pulled out the gold color of the vases as they had gold table numbers written out in cursive, with gold tropical leaves engraved.

For our last pop of white, we purchased a white lounge area with a white throw rug from Caribbean celebrations.

Overall, we didn’t want to spend too much money on flowers as they don’t last long and the ceremony is such a short period of time. We had a stunning tropical environment for the wedding and the scenery was worth a million bucks, so we didn’t feel like we needed to add much to this!

 

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

We hired a steel drummer for our welcome party the night before the wedding to start the flow of the good tropical vibes. For our cocktail hour we hired a violinist and everyone raved about his spunk! For the reception we decided to hire the carnival crazy hour (hora loca) and added a special request for the individual on stilts to pour shots into people’s mouths from the bottle!

We also brought foam glow sticks for the reception to get the party started right away during the bridal party introductions. We love dancing and having a great time and our wedding went to show that whether you have 150 or 15 guests at a wedding the sky is the limit and you can have the time of your lives!

 

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your destination wedding Hard Rock Punta Cana day look? Describe the looks in detail.

Bride: I spent a day with my sisters, mother, niece and bridesmaid to dress shop. We went to 3 different stores to try on dresses, but the dress I ended up purchasing was one of the first dresses I tried on. I initially thought I wanted a crepe material dress that was without lace, and very form fitting and soft. However, after trying on the style dress I thought I wanted, I did not feel like a bride and rather felt like I was wearing a night gown. I had the woman at the dress store pull different style dresses. She took a particular request from my nieces to grab me a dress that was more “poofy” at the bottom. It ended up being the dress I bought! I fell in love with this dress despite it being exactly opposite of what I initially thought I wanted. I always said no to lace, and no to poofy bottoms. I tried the dress on and felt like a real bride.

Garter – I was extremely close with my mommom prior to her passing away from cancer. My family all knew I was devastated to not have her physically present with me on our wedding day. My cousin made me a garter that was extremely special. When I opened with my garter and read the card my cousin wrote me, I cried my eyes out with both happy and sad tears. The lace part of the garter is from my mommoms veil and the satin underneath the lace is from her dress.

Here is part of what the card said from my cousin about the garter: “It is an honor to take a piece of grandmoms dress from the day she committed to love and endure an begin life with grandpop… I know how close you were with her and I know the tears would flow from her eyes if she were to see you walk down the aisle. While this is simply just a garter, think of it as a way to complete your bridal look and smile as you put it on, knowing it is a piece of her and how happy she was on her wedding.”

Groom: This is a funny story. Initially, the groom had picked out a custom suit from men wearhouse which was a brighter blue than that of his actual wedding day suit. Along with this initial suit came a custom vest, on which the back had tropical trees. After selecting the suit, the groom, father of the bride and one groomsman were fitted and their suits arrived in the stores for pickup. However, COVID came about and the other groomsmen still weren’t fitted. The bride finally told the other groomsmen to go get fitted as soon as possible. One of the remaining groomsmen listened but unfortunately when we went to the store, they were informed that the specific suit material/color initially selected was out of stock, as well as the tropical pattern for the vest. They had to start all over with the suit and the next closest color was the one which the groom selected. It ended up coming out perfect and in the end the chaos of selecting a suit was well worth it!

Special Item for the groom – The groom lot his grandmother many years ago. Inside his wallet, he kept a photo of his grandmother so he felt she was present with him during this momentous time.

 

Taylor also shared some of the details of their love story and magical proposal day with us:

“When Nick and I met, I was 19 and Nick was 22. We worked together at Apple Bee’s for a few years. Nick tried for a long time to hide his crush on me, but I knew what I wanted and I got it.

Despite walking the extra-long way around the restaurant just to pass by Taylor, Nick made it clear that he wasn’t ready for a committed relationship as he just got out of a long relationship. He continued to hang out with Taylor and couldn’t hide the crush he has on her. However, Taylor walked away, because months had gone by and Nick still wasn’t “ready for a relationship”. Nick quickly knew he made a mistake and came back to Taylor, finally ready to commit to getting to know her more seriously. After a whole year of dating went by, Nick finally asked Taylor to be his girlfriend.

Nick’s lack of haste continues to be a theme. You see, he asked me to be his girlfriend on 09/08/13. It wasn’t until 03/03/2018 (yes, 5 years later) that he asked me to Marry him. Throughout those 5 years, we started to really enjoy trying wineries together. The first winery we went to together was “Wagon House Winery” and it became a place we’d frequent. Every time we drove to this winery, we’d be in awe of the beautiful land and homes in the surrounding area and I would always say “One day, we are going to live out here, it’s so peaceful”. When we’d get to the winery, we’d get a glass of wine and play shuffle board. This just so happens to be where Nick ended up proposing. Right before our family cruise, I went out with my mom, niece and sisters to get their nails done for vacation. I came home from getting my nails done and comically told Nick “my nail polish was called wedding cake pink” (It really was). Because I was on spring break, Nick told me he planned a date night to relieve some stress. We got ready and Nick drove us Wagon House Winery. When we arrived, I was taken back by Nick order as he ordered a WHOLE BOTTLE of wine rather than a glass and then looked at me and asked what I wanted, as if he had no plans of sharing the bottle. We sat and talked for a little while at a table, and then the manager came over to us and said “hey, I know you come here often and we just finished our new barrel room. I want to give you guys a first look at it before it’s open to the public. Would you like to come see it?” Of course, I said “Yes!”. She walked us over to the “Barrel” room and when she opened the doors music was playing (Ed Sheeran’s – Perfect) and balloons were hung up that said “Marry Me”. At first, I thought to myself “Awe, how sweet, someone proposed here” not realizing it was for me. Then, I saw a table, full of our photos, rose petal and lit candles. Nick got on one knee and asked me to Marry Him. Some of our family was in the room, hiding and recording it all. It was PERFECT.”

YouTube Highlights video: https://youtu.be/wKWqqa_TCNA

 

Vendors list:

Venue – Hard Rock Punta Cana

Ceremony place: Piano Gazebo, Hard Rock Punta Cana

Cocktail Hour location: Element Terrace, Hard Rock Punta Cana

Reception location: Element Terrace, Hard Rock Punta Cana

Travel Agent – Destination Weddings Expert – Will Medina & Nicole Sanders

Photography – Photo Cine Art, Destination Wedding Hard Rock Punta Cana

Videography – Photo Cine Art

Hair – Posh Salon at Hard Rock Punta Cana

Makeup – Styling Trio

Florist – MercaFlor

Cake – Hard Rock Punta Cana

Wedding Dress – Stella York (Style # 6626)

Veil – Bridal Manor in the United States, Sewell, NJ

Bride’s shoes – David’s Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses – LuLus, dress name: Heavenly Hues Maxi Dress. Dress style #: 304822

Groom Suit – Joe Custom Suit from Men’s Warehouse

Groomsman’s suits – Men’s Warehouse

Groom’s shoes – Blake McKay. Shoe style name: Damon Shoe Color: Cognac

Entertainment – HOTS Productions

Gifts for the guests:

Bridal Party:

Wine Tumbler – Etsy

Robes – Etsy

“I do crew” Fanny Packs – Amazon

Knot bracelet – Amazon

Engraved necklace – Amazon

Groomsmen:

Marvel Superhero beer stein with groomsmen each as a cartoon marvel character – Etsy

Massages at Hard Rock Punta Cana Spa

Dress socks – custom made with superhero symbol to match each groomsmen mug (DIY)

Belt – Perry Ellis