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Vintage Bohemian Beach Wedding at Jellyfish Punta Cana

A week-long celebration in Punta Cana topped off with a wedding more gorgeous than I could ever put to words sounds pretty darn lovely, no? Well just take a little peek below and you will see that was just the case. And even prettier if you can imagine that. Captured by ShoeBox Photography, this gallery is the definition of gorgeous. See what I mean here.

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From The Bride…Effortlessly beautiful, an intimate natural setting and a party of a lifetime is what we wanted to accomplish. This celebration was by nature, a celebration of our love, but just as equally important, a celebration of the love and support of the friends & family around us who made a huge effort to be there. The night needed to reflect our appreciation for every single person who put their life on hold to be with us, and I feel confident we successfully created memories of a lifetime by measure of the tears shed that evening and the dancing had that night on the sand, complete with an hour of fire spinners, merengue dancers, acrobats, men on stilts and lots of confetti!

We knew we wanted to spend an entire week with our friends and family as oppose to a single day which is famously known to be very chaotic and nerve-wrecking, hence the decision of a destination wedding. Staying at a resort offered the convenience we were looking for, but did not exude the atmosphere we wanted for our wedding day. It needed to represent our personalities, and instantly fell in love with a stunning rustic beach bar venue I fell upon during an online search.

Joel being from ‘the sticks’ in Eastern Canada, and myself having had travelled the World and lived in 4 different countries, we decided on Bohemian Vintage, with a touch of rustic :) Our beautiful and exceptional wedding coordinator, Mayte, realized our vision perfectly, and went above and beyond. She was so excited about our vision considering our styles were very similar, she went as far as bringing her personal home decor to our wedding!!!!! I told her we could have simplified everything and have gotten married in her living room lol. Each table had it’s unique spin, and had plenty to stimulate the senses!

The WTOO bridesmaid dress palette turned out beautiful. I wanted a soft romantic beachy breezy look, but also knew I wanted different shades of colors. The girls could wear whichever nude shoes and earrings they preferred. We kept arms and neck bare, following the less is more concept! Joel and I saved quite a bit of money by ordering dried and bleached baby’s breath flowers for the girls, and handmade boutonnieres for the men on Etsy. The bouquets wraps were each individualized (by Mayte) with a piece of excess fabric and jewels from my dress.

Both my grandmothers passed during the same month in the previous year, and I wanted them to walk me down the aisle, therefore pinned a charm of each of them on my bouquet. Another small yet impactful detail was to present each of our mothers a small & elegant bouquet of flowers, with our baby pictures pinned on each.

My dress was a little dramatic for the beach, but it somehow worked. I bought it at a really great price from a local wedding boutique owned by an old family friend (the owner used to buy chicken from my grandmother as a child). I had it altered down to my size and created more of a plunge in the back. It had that vintage / boho look I was going for, with a touch of glam, and I absolutely loved it.

We kept everything a surprise, including the venue. The guest only knew to be ready for a shuttle pick up at the lobby for 4:15pm. They didn’t know where they were going or how far they were driving…and they were great sports about it! The reaction was amazing when they stepped into the venue.

Our wedding party left slightly earlier. Once we hit the dirt road leading up the venue, the shuttle stopped and the bridesmaids kicked the groomsmen out. While the boys figured we were stoping for photos, seven local ‘motoconchos’ showed up, signalled for them to hop on the back, and sped off, dirt and all, to the venue. This was all the more hilarious since most of the groomsmen drive high powered speed bikes and motorcycles! They thoroughly enjoyed it and had a really good laugh.

We wanted the music to be a BIG part of the evening and had a cousin bring his guitar to play during the seating and welcome cocktail prior to the ceremony. Everyone enjoyed him so much he played during our cocktail hour as well. Another very personalized and memorable detail was having one of the groomsmen, an exceptional singer/guitar player, play our first dance while we danced in awe barefoot on the beach surrounded by our favourite people, the waves and an ocean breeze. It was all very overwhelming to say the least.

Then the party began…..and shirts came off!

In closing, we would not have been able to relive this day over and over again if it weren’t for our amazing photographers Melinda and Rob from Shoebox Photography who rarely missed a moment and captured every detail of the day and night. We loved them.

From Shoebox Photography…What can be said about their day that could possibly describe it best? The bridal party were stunning, due to the lovely and talented Anna Nuet, the guys were a fantastic representation of what fun should be. This was a group of family and friends whose sole purpose was to see these two get wed in style and send them into marriage with a bang.

Mayte and the Jellyfish staff always create a stunning setting but this one was above and beyond. The sheer detail in this bohemian chic & vintage theme was a photographers dream. The ceremony was sweet and funny as it always is with Pastor Rick York presiding & had a unique touch, a handmade wine box with the inscription “You’ll be my glass of wine. I’ll be your shot of whiskey.” France & Joel locked inside a very special bottle along with the notes they wrote each other just a few hours earlier…. Down the road, they’ll unlock the box when they really need the wine and notes inside! One of the most touching moments though… tears by the groom as his beautiful bride walked towards him.

The day and night were filled with beautifully funny speeches, and even a very special appearance by Batman. After having spent an entire day with the group it all made sense, stories that started the day as crazy were very believable by the days end. The back story with Batman is that it’s a bit of an obsession for our spotlight fanatic groom. Who at times … rephrase, every chance he can… likes to dress up in a Batman costume ( usually under the influence ) and bring his brand of happiness to all. However on his wedding night the brides incredibly awesome mom stole the show when she surprised everyone by storming the event as the Batman theme song suddenly poured through the speakers. Hilarious, and utterly shocking for both the bride + groom as they had no idea who it was. Such a high note in my books. Oh, that and the duet of Ricky Marten’s Livin’ la Vida Loca. That too was a moment where we seriously thought we were going to drop our cameras in fits of laughter.

The drinks were flowing, the dancing was fierce, fuelled by the talented “crazy hour” crew that presented their iconic fire show, merengue dancers, a capoeira performer and intricately costumed devils and clowns to kick things off right. The night took it’s final turn and depending on which side you were on ( ever been one of the only sober people at a crazy party? ) the shirts and pants started to fly as they fired down shots on their sandy dance floor by the beach. It was with a heavy heart that we packed up our gear, having to turn down numerous requests to keep gettin’ our dance on.
……sometimes babies suck.

France and Joel will forever be in our hearts, it was such a memorable day spent with remarkable people.

Photography: ShoeBox Photography | Bridesmaids Dresses: WTOO | Groom's Suit: Le Chateau | Groomsmen Attire: Mexx | Hair + Makeup: Anna Nuet | Performers: Agua Azul Performances | Restaurant: Jellyfish

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Laid Back Romance in St. John

My fiancé and I had the toughest time deciding between a local or destination wedding. Ultimately, we chose a local wedding to involve more family and friends, but destination weddings will forever tug at my heart strings. Enter this laid back beach fete planned to perfection by Mary Bartolucci. A tropical breeze, soft sand grazing your feet and palms fanning your every move… dreamy right? Hope on over to the gallery from Two One Photography for more.

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From Mary Bartolucci… After one year of weekly phone calls and hundreds of emails exchanged, the wedding planning process for Janell and Mick’s tropical celebration was completed. It’s always fun to finally meet face to face couples with whom we have been collaborating with for months prior to their wedding date. Our 6’6” groom with his size 0 bride traveled from the great state of Texas along with 65 of their near and dearest. We knew the Texan’s were going to be a fun group from our many conversations with Janelle and Mick during the planning process.

The wedding festivities kicked off with a welcome party at The Tap Room, a local micro brewery featuring mango summer ale and other unique brews. Having quite a few beer connoisseurs in the group, we knew this would be the perfect location to get the party started! After an early morning rehearsal, next day was spent enjoying the many US Virgin Islands National Park beaches and a little of recovery mode too! The rehearsal dinner was held one of St John’s newest restaurants Virgin Fire which specializes in contemporary Caribbean cuisine.

The wedding day began with the team from Sugar and Spice Lux Artistry setting up headquarters in the bride’s villa at the Westin St John. Our lovely bride was gifted a custom made wedding gown by her mom and brother. Janelle flew to mainland China to collaborate with the designer Jueshe for her spectacular gown.

Janelle and Mick chose to not see each other prior to the wedding ceremony. Casey and Ryan from Two One Photography worked separately to do some pre wedding bridal photos. The ceremony was held at sunset on Trunk Bay, St John. Mick’s grandfather Phil, performed their marriage ceremony. The bride walked to Canon in D played on steel pan with a tropical flair. She was escorted by her brother as her Mom and Dad watched sweetly from the front row.

The reception was held at The Waterfront Bistro, a beach side setting. The restaurant boasts the best sunset view on the island, perfect for greeting the guests arriving from the ceremony location. Guests sipped pain killers and a variety of gourmet appetizers while Janelle and Mick enjoyed their first photo shoot as a married couple.

Janelle’s vision for the reception was romance and lots and lots of candles. Island Style Weddings design team along with Roses Too florist created a table scape using teal mercury vases and candle holders with silver accents. Small tea light holders were filled with single white blooms of spray roses and placed on mirrored table runners. Interspersed between the floral design were silver mercury votive and crystal tall tea lights.

DJ Adonis Morton, introduced the couple amid cheers from the crowd. After a welcome toast from the bride and groom thanking their guests for joining them on their marriage adventure, everyone was seated to a three course meal. With tropical breezes, as the sun set over St Thomas and the sounds of calypso, reggae and some old school rock the guests were not seated for long!

Mick’s brother surprised the couple with a magnum of Veuve Clicquot making a grand gesture shared amongst the guests. The evening continued with lots of rum, dances, kisses, glow sticks and a conga line finale out the door and on to their new life as husband and wife. Janelle and Mick may you have many years of happiness together!

Photography: Two One Photography - Casey Wigotow | Event Design: Mary Bartolucci | Event Planning: Island Style Weddings | Floral Design: Roses Too Flowers | Wedding Gown: Jueshe Designer In Suzhou China | Cake: Liz Lowe | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Reception Venue: The Watefront Bistro | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alvina Valenta | DJ: Adonis Morton | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Groomsmen's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Officiant: Father Phil Lawrence | Accomodations: Westin St John, USVI | Beauty: Sugar And Spice Lux Artistry | Earrings: Etsy | Hair And Makeup Stylist: Sugar And Spice Salon | Limo Service: Love City Limo | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Virgin Fire Restaurant | Save The Dates: Magnet Street | Steel Pan Musician : Albion Sewer | Welcome Party: The Tap Room

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Fairytale destination wedding at Huracan Cafe Punta Cana by ShoeBox Photography

A fairytale in every sense of this word, this destination wedding captured by ShoeBox Photography and planned by Amore Weddings is what my dreams our made of. Not only is this couple step-out-of-a-magazine gorgeous, but every image sitting pretty in this gallery defines beach chic, making me one seriously happy blogger today. See it all here

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From ShoeBox PhotographyThis destination wedding was held in Punta Cana’s Huracan Cafe, a beautiful little beach hang out bar that is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after wedding venues on the island. I hope you love the images from Chanel + Juan’s big day as much as we do. It was a fairytale come to life for our beautiful couple.

From The Bride…A wedding in New York City was never an option for me; I always imagined my toes in the sand with a beautiful tulle train flowing behind me. Most importantly I always imagined a weekend of fun activities, tanning, drinking, and eating with our closest family and friends. Once I got engaged that’s exactly what I planned for. My wedding weekend began with an arrival to Punta Cana or as I call it “The Mother Land”. We decided to host our wedding weekend at the Hard Rock Punta Cana and let me just say it was nothing short of a blast. The day before the wedding we welcomed our guest with a private white party by one of their breathtaking pools. As a token of our appreciation each guest received a welcome bag with some useful goodies, whether they drank too much, tanned too much, or ate too much we had them covered.

Choosing a wedding location was the hardest task; I knew a casual beach wedding just wasn’t for me. I wanted to create a formal wedding while still keeping my toes in the sand. I also knew I didn’t want limitations from a resort and I wanted to party all night long. Going offsite and getting married with an independent venue was the best decision I could’ve made. Huracan Café is a beautiful rustic café nestled right off the coast, once I found this hidden gem that had just hosted one wedding prior I emailed Natalia + Mayte. They are amazing wedding planners with hearts of gold. The email went something like this “ Hi, if you can give me a lighted chandelier on the beach the job is yours…” To my delight they gave me that and much more, how about five chandeliers on the beach. I cried in Natalia’s arms when I walked into my wedding, the magic they created I simply cannot put into words.

Our ceremony was simple, understated, and breathtakingly beautiful. The sun was setting and the ocean breeze would occasionally run through my hair. We didn’t realize this till it was over but we held hands throughout the whole ceremony, with 62 guest it still felt like it was just us two up there.

Chandeliers, sparkle, tulle, candles, and love are the ingredients I needed for an unforgettable wedding and that’s exactly what I got. Although the details of my day kept changing there was one thing I knew for sure, I wanted to feel romanced on the beach. Five lighted chandeliers on the beach, a beautifully draped ceremony arch, and candles galore lend themselves to be the perfect backdrop for the overflowing abundance of love my husband and I felt for each other and from our guests. Dancing under a beautiful chandelier with views of the stars, the ocean breeze through may hair, and my husband’s tears on my shoulder while “All of me” by John Legend played is a moment I’ll never forget.

We are so grateful for all the amazing vendors who played such huge roles in our special day. Now that it’s all over we feel so fortunate to have been able to work with all these amazing people who have become part of our family, especially our wedding planners. Natalia + Mayte transformed my emails into my dream day. The genuine love they have for their jobs poured out of every space and every detail. Our photographers captured, every tear, every smile, and every single ounce of love displayed that day. Our pictures are a magical reminder of our perfect day and a way to relive moments I missed. Everyday I look at my pictures and get to see my daughter who was also my flower girl, walk down the aisle with eyes filled with love and excitement.

Photography: ShoeBox Photography | Event Design: Mayte Mari + Amore Weddings | Event Planning: Natalia - Amore Weddings | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Cake: Cake Studio Bavaro | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Hair & Makeup: Anna Nuet | Grooms Attire: Made To Measure From My Suit | Groomsmen's Attire: Zara | Boutonnieres/Door Tags/Ring Pillow: Etsy.com | Bride's Ring: Marisa Perry Atelier | Flower Girl Dress: J.Crew | Flower Girls Shoes: Joyfolie | Groom's Ring: David Yurman | Resort Hotel: Hard Rock Palace Resorts Punta Cana | Wedding Venue: Huracan Cafe | Welcome Bags: Wedding Chicks

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