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Hyatt Cap Cana, Indian wedding Punta Cana, Hyatt Ziva

Hyatt Cap Cana, Indian wedding Punta Cana, Hyatt Ziva

Couples from different religious and cultural backgrounds face unique challenges when putting together a wedding. So did Carrie and Sundeep when they planned their American – Indian multicultural destination wedding in Punta Cana. Indian weddings are traditionally multi-day affairs, and involve many intricate ceremonies, such as the painting of the hands and feet of the bride called a mehndi. Garlands are presented to guests of honor instead of corsages, and lots of flower or rose petals are thrown for good luck. This Indian wedding Punta Cana was no different.

How does one blend the colorful exuberance and extended ritual of Indian weddings with the tidy elegance of an American wedding? Well, my humble opinion is that Carrie and Sundeep did excellent job with their wedding. It was a two-day celebration of love and happiness with many of their family members and friends present. Bear in mind that this was a destination wedding, with having almost 100 people present, gives you information about just how much the bride and the groom are loved. Truly, I can personally testify, they are very kind and lovable people.

Indian wedding Punta Cana celebration started with henna tattoo, famous Mehndi, for the girls at Hyatt Ziva Rooftop Terrace. Mehndi represents the bond of matrimony; it signifies the love and affection between the couple and their families. Also, a fun-filled, nostalgic sit-down for the bride, her cousins, siblings, friends, aunts and others is perfect to put everyone into marriage mood. Carrie also prepared bangles for her bridal squad. An absolute must for every Indian bride, Gold, glass, diamond-studded, sparkling bracelets with the tinkling sound they make when they are worn is reminiscent of the laughter that marks the joy of a wedding day. There were signature cocktails, handmade cookies with bride and groom names and Maang Tikka’s for everyone. Later afternoon of the same day, was greeted with an awesome welcome party – Sangeet. Sangeet was held in gorgeously elegant Hyatt Ziva Salon complimented with tropical touches to match the main wedding theme. The bride and the groom as well as many of the guests wore traditional clothes and they all were an absolute pleasure for the eyes. Elegant welcome dinner followed up with incredibly fun party.

The Indian wedding Punta Cana day started with bride and groom’s preparation. The bride started in the Hyatt’s Bridal suite, hair and makeup sessions was interrupted only with laughter and champagne bottles popping. The groom had his own goo’s squad back in Hyatt Zilara Presidential suite. Wedding ceremony was on Ziva Beach with absolutely breathtaking lush gazebo adored with fresh tropical leaves. Carrie and Sundeep hired artist to do a live painting out of their ceremony right there on the spot as it happened. How incredible is that?

Cocktail hour and the wedding reception was at the Larimar Garden and it was out of this world! Everything planned to the smallest details. Seating plan, custom made cake topper, glass tropical leaves with names as escort cards, live band, starlight dance floor and cold fires for the first dance, to name just a few. No need to mention, that the dancing part of the party started with Dominican Carnival dancers and ended up with everyone dancing deep into the night…

 

Vendors List:

– Venue: Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana

– Photography: Photo Cine Art

– Videography: Photo Cine Art

– DJ: DJ Makuto

– Live painting: https://www.facebook.com/LivepaintingbyMarina

– Dominican Carnival: HOTS Production

– Flowers: @Mercaflor_rd

– Traditional clothing: https://classymissybygur.com/

 

More Cap Cana weddings:

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

Secrets Cap Cana wedding, amazing Missouri couple Katie & Nick

Hyatt Ziva Zilara weddings. Samantha and Robert, 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

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

Meet Alicia and Curt, the fun and dynamic duo that has lighten up this year’s Caribbean winter at Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Alicia and Curt meet in college. They were friends for a while and then started dating. As they explained,”We quickly learned that we shared the love for delicious food, wild adventures and good music. Over the past 12 years we have traveled the world and made great memories. Curt surprised me with engagement ring after we returned home from our vacation to Thailand. So, having a destination wedding was exactly the way we wanted to celebrate our love.”

Harmonica Palafitte was excellent choice for their Hard Rock Punta Cana beach wedding ceremony. The bride Alicia wanted to be surrounded with vibrant tropical colors. So, she picked a bright color for her bridesmaid dresses and wanted her bouquet filled with tropical flowers to compliment that. The wedding dress was a perfect match for the beach ceremony and a night full of dancing. The groom had a navy-blue suit as well as the groomsmen to compliment the theme. We hope we lived up to the expectations and captured it all on our cameras.

The couple brought an assortment of gifts for the wedding guests. Welcome bags with vacation necessities, and custom party favors (sunglasses, handheld fans, labeled insulated cups, hand sanitizer, chapstick etc.)

They also said that the sax player at the cocktail hour was worth every penny! Guests LOVED IT. They had a crazy hour at the reception that hyped up everyone on the starlight dance floor. Not that they needed hyping lol!

 

Vendors List:

– Venue: Hard Rock Punta Cana

– Photography: Photo Cine Art

– Travel Agent: Cherie Peninger, Island Vows

– Ceremony Officiant: Ron Albert, family friend

– Hair and Makeup Artist: POSH salon HRPC

– Florist: Mercaflor

– Bride Dress: Eddy K, Dreams collection from Bella Sera Bridal in Danvers, MA.

– Shoes: Macy’s

– Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal, Vera Wang, color Cassis

– Groom Suit: Black Tux

– Groomsman’s suits: Black Tux

– Shoes: Black Tux

– Wedding Entertainment: HOTS Production

 

More Hard Rock weddings you might like:

Hard Rock beach wedding at Punta Cana, Cassandra and Don

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

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

 

 

Hard Rock beach wedding at Punta Cana, Cassandra and Don

Hard Rock beach wedding at Punta Cana, Cassandra and Don

If you are looking for an inspiration for a Hard Rock beach wedding, this is the right place to be!

Cassandra and Don met through mutual friends and during a dating they grew really close and they said when they started living together, they knew that it is for forever. Don told us how magical the proposal was: “In March 2019 we were in New York City to see a Broadway show with my family. After the show and before dinner, we were having drinks at the hotel bar which included a rooftop patio. I asked Cassie to go outside and take a picture with me and after the picture, I grabbed her hand told her how much she meant to me and how much I loved her and wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. I dropped to my knee and asked her to marry me and she said YES!!”

Cassandra and Don dreamed about having a destination wedding for a long time. They’ve found the perfect match at Hard Rock Punta Cana Hotel in Dominican Republic.

With light color palette, white and blush pink and blue skies and the Ocean as the backdrop, this Hard Rock beach wedding was an epitome for a classy. The bride and the groom opted for drapes and flowers to the ceremony structure, as well as the love sign and sweetheart table for the reception.

Among other things, the bride had absolutely breathtaking bouquet! It was fairly big natural flower bouquet made of hydrangeas, roses, pampas grass, eucalyptus, and blue thistles with colors of blues, pinks, oranges, and whites and what it makes it even more special, it was matched with the centerpieces and the flowers on the structure from the colors of the bouquet. It was absolutely beautiful!

We asked Cassandra how they choose the outfit for the wedding, here is what she told us: “Even though it was a beach wedding we knew we wanted the look to still be formal as these would be our wedding photos to look back on forever. Don went with a blue suit that would pop with the beach colors and the groomsmen with the matching pants and shirt. But we did cut them a break in the heat and not have them in full suits, instead went with suspenders and bow-ties to still give it that modern formal wedding look. For the bridesmaids we went with a capri blue that would match well with the blue Don’s suit. We let the bridesmaids pick the style of dress they wanted to allow them to look and feel their best and most comfortable. Cassie’s dress was elegant and fitted. She always wanted to have the focus to be on the back of the dress and the train. The veil was borrowed from a good friend, Jaelene who was also the hairstylist and makeup artist.“

Family friend officiated the ceremony and for the reception bride and groom had a choreographed first dance, with their special song “Yours” by Russel Dickerson which ended perfectly with cold firework. They also decided to surprise their guests with adding a Carioca crazy hour and guests absolutely loved it! It brought the Dominican culture in with dances and music and added a special aspect to the wedding which none of the guests have ever seen before. It was a great way to jump-start the party after the reception and brought everyone right on the dance floor.

Some of the special moments of the Hard Rock beach wedding day was during the first look, the time they got to spent together just before the ceremony helped them, take all the emotions in and fully enjoy in the day. Since the couple anticipated this day for almost three years with all ups and downs because Covid, moment when Don saw first time Cassandra in her wedding dress was a total highlight of the day!

Planning advice for the future bride and groom:

“The best planning or wedding advice I could give is what several people told us. No matter how much you plan, something isn’t going to go according to plan on your wedding day, but the only people that will notice is the two of you. It won’t be a big of deal as you think it is, so take a breath and just smile through it, because it’s the day you have put so much into and deserve to enjoy it!”

 

Vendors list:

– Venue: Harmonica Palifette & Element Terrace at Hard Rock Punta Cana

– Photography: Photo Cine Art

– Videography: Photo Cine Art

– Ceremony Officiant: Cameron MacKay

– Hair and Makeup Artist: Blush and Wave by Jaelene Zyjewski

– DJ & MC: JSAV

– Bride Dress: Sottero & Midgley from Mariella Creations

– Bride shoes: Badgley Mischka

– Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff

– Groom Suit: Indochino Chatham Navy

– Groom’s Shoes: Macy’s

– Groomsman Suits: Indochino Chatham Navy

– Entertainment: Carioca Crazy Hour HOTS Productions

 

More Hard Rock weddings:

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

Isla beach Hard Rock boho destination wedding, Crystal and Jaylan, Punta Cana

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