The Dominican Republic is as close as I have come to everyone's dream-world tropical paradise. White sand beaches, warm turquoise water, perfect weather, and lots of places to sip drinks on the beach! It was the perfect location for Denise and Hugo to take the next step in their own personal adventure - exchanging vows at Dreams Punta Cana resort.
Denise and Hugo flew from Toronto to celebrate Caribbean-style with their close family and friends. I adore intimate destination weddings - everyone is able to take a vacation from the everyday and really celebrate love! We even got a chance to catch up with the bride and groom the day after their wedding for some portraits at the breathtaking Altos de Chavón near La Romana - a fairytale replica of a 16th century village and amphitheater.
Even with all the beautiful scenery, by far my favorite part of this wedding was the tangible, heartfelt emotion that was shared by everyone present. I often say that I love making people cry. ;) What I really mean: Pledging your forever love is a REALLY BIG DEAL with some very big and beautiful emotions attached to it. I truly love it when those emotions show in tears, smiles, laughter, and vows said in shaky voices. Love is real, love is big, and love is so present here, surrounding Denise and Hugo on this beautiful day.
Another highlight of this wedding was spending time with our dear friends Katya and Rob of Katya Nova Photography! We even got to return to Jellyfish Restaurant - the site of their wedding in 2012 - and experience the great food and "Crazy Hour" entertainment together! We had lots of adventures with Katya and Rob on this trip to the DR - keep an eye on the blog for more coming soon. ;)
Denise and Hugo, we loved every minute with you and your loved ones. It was such a joy to celebrate with you, and we wish you every joy and blessing as you continue your adventures together!
What do you think of this tropical destination wedding? If you could get married anywhere on Earth, where would it be? Leave a comment!
Cinematographer: The Adventures Of
Photographr: Katya Nova Photography - click here for the photos!
Ceremony Venue: Dreams Punta Cana
Florist: Caribbean Celebrations
Reception Venue and Entertainment: Jellyfish Restaurant
Officiant: Rick York