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Romantic + Tropical Dominican Republic Wedding

To say that this next lovefest from Shoebox Photography is perfect in every. single. way. would be an understatement. A tropical paradise complete with almond trees and an exquisite villa, it’s a daydream come to life. From the Bride’s beautiful lace gown, to the pretty pink accents, every detail is one to cherish.

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Spring
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Villa
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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride… When my husband proposed to me, besides being completed shocked and crying hysterically, the first thought I had was the two of us kissing under the trees. Robin is from Denver, Colorado and I am from the Turks and Caicos Islands. Two places known for being beautiful wedding destinations but this did not help us when picking where to have our special day. We wanted somewhere different for all of our friends and family. We wanted somewhere they could all come together, have an adventure, and make great memories. We found it when we traveled to Punta Cana.

When we first walked into Villa Las Arenas I was blown away by the beauty of this home. The courtyard was lined with Dominican almond trees and had Chicago brick leading up to this archway that welcomes you to the exquisite villa. Besides the obvious Caribbean and English influence (which I adored!) we also fell in love with the people there. Everyone at Villa Las Arenas was so welcoming we felt like family. I couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else!

We returned a few months later to say our vows under the almond trees this time surrounded by all of our dearest friends and loved ones. Robin has a very big family from Colorado and mine is a small English family but it was important to us both to have everyone together as one family. Robin had two of his brothers in the wedding: Sean, as his best man and Andy as his groomsmen. I had both of my sisters in the wedding: Courtney (Coo) as my maid of honor and Laura (Loo) as my matron of honor. My beautiful and scrumptious niece Liv Marloe was my flower girl and undoubtedly stole the show! My mother, Gillian and Robin’s father, Rick gave speeches during our ceremony and my dad, Ian walked me down the aisle. The morning of the wedding I gave each member of our wedding party a small gift to remember the day and to say thank you for being the most important people in our lives. For Robin and I family is everything and we wanted to give everyone a little gift to show how much we love them.

For my husband I had a few special surprises. The first was my wedding gift to him a new watch to wear on the day. The second was a pocket watch with an engraving of the poem we had in our ceremony by Tyler Knott Gregson and a picture of his mother in side to wear close to his heart. The third was when he walked down the aisle! When Robin walked down the aisle the DJ played Otis Redding – Love Man!! Its one of my favorite songs and I think it describes him perfectly! I didn’t get to see the expression on his face for any of these surprises but I think Melinda and Rob (Photographers) and Diego and Juan (Videographers) captured it perfectly!

The day went perfectly. Our florist Celia made the whole space feel like a dream. The archway was covered in white peonies, roses and garlands of eucalyptus. Our florist also made a small baby’s breath crown for my niece to wear. Liv decided she didn’t want to wear it so later in the night my sisters put the crown on me which was a really fun and random addition to the night. Our planner really captured everything we asked for and put up with a thousand emails from me daily! I wanted blush and neutral tones for our wedding party with romantic florals and a lot of greenery. Robin wanted something more formal and traditional which I think we were able to do too. Music played all day long a mix of reggae, romantic, and oldies. Even our food was out of this world! Chef Pitiri really went all out from the hors d’oeuvres to the dinner, to the midnight empanadas (a secret family recipe).

Our venue was amazing and all of the staff there were so helpful especially Paola, the concierge. I would recommend our villa to anyone for a wedding or a family vacation. In fact, my family wants to go back every year! I am a crafter by heart but my family insisted that I do not attempt to DIY my own wedding. Oh ye of little faith! Instead I took it upon myself to do all the stationary and the playlists for the whole day. We bought a beautiful design for our invitations and I duplicated those throughout the wedding. The welcome sign at the entrance of the villa and the smaller frames with our favorite song lyrics really helped to make it feel more like us. One of my favorite things was to put “You look wonderful tonight” in the ladies bathroom. Eric Clapton’s song was played when I danced with my dad and I was hoping it would make all the ladies feel great because honestly they all looked amazing!

Its true what they say about your ceremony going in the blink of an eye! I do not remember what I said or what happened the only thing I recall with clarity is my husband vowing to always protect me. I have never been more in love with him in that moment. It felt as though it was just the two of us under the trees. I have been told there was a lot of laughter and a lot of happy tears. My husband likes to describe our love as a special love and I think that’s what everyone felt that day. All we wanted for our day was great tunes and amazing food, to be surrounded by nature, to have our friends and family around us and more than anything, each other. I think we got it and then some. We have been friends for a decade and have been in love for 7 of those years. Our wedding was just another wonderful day in my life with Robin.

Photography: Shoebox Photography | Videographer: Cores Films | Wedding Planner: Punta Cana Party | Florist: The Green Book Design | Wedding Dress: Stella York | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Aidan Mattox | Groom's Suit: Calvin Klein | Groomsmen's Attire: Calvin Klein | Officiant: Rick York | Bridesmaids Earrings: Marolsha by Maddy | Bridesmaids Necklaces: The Altered Chain | Ceremony And Reception: Villa Las Arenas | Custom Handkerchiefs: The Polka Dotted Bee | DJ/Lighting: Rafael Alvarez | Flower Girl Dress: Aylinka Shop | Food and Wedding Cake: Chef Pitiri | Groom's Pocket Watch: Tipo's Creations | Groom's Tie Pins: J Crew | Hair Stylist/Make-up: Anna Nuet | Mother Of The Bride: Tadashi Shoji

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Rustic Destination Wedding at Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana

In true Thanksgiving fashion, this destination holiday wedding was all about friends and family. From the invitations designed by a friend and hand-sewn accents from the Bride’s mother, to the photography from friend, Erin Davenport, the Bride and Groom celebrated starting off their marriage surrounded by the love of those closest to them. See how it all came together in this gorgeous gallery!

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Fall
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Beach Resort
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Rustic

From the Bride… Drew and I were introduced by friends at a University of Alabama football game and became engaged in December 2011 after both moving to Colorado. Being from Alabama but living in Colorado for the past few years, the idea of planning a wedding back home in Alabama was overwhelming. We did not want our guests to travel to Colorado for just a short weekend. This led us to the idea of a destination wedding. A week of relaxing and vacationing with our close friends and family sounded like a fantastic idea. In addition, Drew’s and my family had never met. So we chose Thanksgiving week to spend together as new, larger family.

Our only regret with the destination wedding was that we knew not all of those important to us would be able to travel. It was indeed a smaller, more intimate wedding. The wedding was planned almost entirely by email with the resort wedding coordinator. She was incredibly patient with my million questions. In many ways, our wedding was truly a friends and family affair. A friend designed our wedding invitations. Another friend was our wedding photographer and resident Colorado advisor for dress shopping and all things wedding related. My mom embroidered and sewed the table runners, chair signs, banners and table numbers. Drew’s mom and sister brought other fun, personal touches for the table settings. Even our friends who arranged our introduction were able to attend, and his wife applied my makeup.

I had always wanted to get married on a beach but wanted to bring a rustic, Southern flare to our beach wedding. We were able to do this with lots of monogramming, lace, candles and embroidered burlap décor made by my mom. We chose lots of greens as accent colors to make it fun and festive.

The beach wedding ceremony was a little windy, but everything was perfect nonetheless. Because of the weather report, the reception was moved from poolside to a covered pool and beach-side open air restaurant, Castaways. It was meant to be and turned out beautifully! Good times, good food and a lot of dancing. With a great deal of help from friends and family, we successfully pulled off the rustic beach elegance I was going for!

Photography: Erin Davenport Photography | Floral Design: Now Larimar And Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana | Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia | Cake: Now Larimar And Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana | Ceremony Venue: Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana | Reception Venue : Now Larimar Castaways Restaurant | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Now Larimar And Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana | Men's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Bride's Hair: Now Larimar Spa | Bride's Sash and Jewelry: Something New Boutique | Cake Topper: Pink Pelican Designs | Thumbprint Tree: The Ink Lab

Dominican Republic Post-Wedding Beach Bonfire

How do you top off a destination wedding extravaganza from rehearsal dinner to ceremony to oceanside reception? A festive beach bonfire – that’s how. As a farewell for guests who traveled far and wide to celebrate, Michelle and Geoff along with Stefanie Miles planned a casual gathering on the sand complete with local cuisine, pretty Bows and Arrows blooms and fire dancers. See it all from the lens of Ryan Ray.

From Stefanie Miles… Many guests stayed at Flor De Cabrera during their time in Cabrera, and so we continued the celebration under the low palms on the secluded Flor De Cabrera beach the day after the wedding. In keeping with our goal of providing quality, memorable experiences for each of our 35 guests, this traditional Dominican fare dinner was made extra special with beautiful tables and florals set up under an intimate canopy of trees and strung lights, lounge areas that were laid out in the sand, fire dancers, and a sweet musical trio.

From The Bride…The day after our wedding we hosted a beach bonfire dinner that really was the perfect gesture of hospitality to end our destination wedding. It was wonderful to gather together to share a meal, exchange stories, and say our goodbyes. The entire weekend had been a series of unexpected, beautifully executed surprises from our team of vendors and this dinner was no exception. It left me feeling so content knowing that Geoff and I had successfully been able to use our wedding as an opportunity to serve, honor, and thank our guests for their love and support throughout our journeys to finding each other.

Photography: Ryan Ray Photography | Videography: Candlelight Films | Florals: Bows And Arrows | Stationery : Ladyfingers Letterpress | Hair & Makeup: Amy Clarke | Venue: Flor De Cabrera | Design, Planning & Production: Stefanie Miles | Linens: La Tavola

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Dominican Republic Destination Wedding Part I

After poring through their gorgeous rehearsal, I was kind of convinced it couldn’t get much better. But sure enough, cross the talents of Ryan Ray, Candlelight FilmsStefanie MilesBows and Arrows and Felicita Garcia, and you get a destination wedding that’s one for the books. Dressed in a palette of ivories, golds and creams set against the blue ocean waves this gallery is pure nuptial paradise and wedding day part two is just minutes away.

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Summer
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BeachVilla

From Stefanie Miles… Casa Kimball is beautifully unique in it’s location, privacy, and architecture and we sought to create a design that would complement the stunning local white coral stone, and the effortless and minimal design of the property. We chose a palette of whites, ivories, golds, and creams to carry throughout the design (even into the bridal party attire) with minimal accents of ocean blue. With a 270 degree view of the ocean for the ceremony backdrop, less was definitely more in this beautiful environment. The bride’s love for peonies was no small feat to have imported in to the country, but we were blessed with some of the most beautiful blooms for their special celebration. The celebration lasted for hours with fireworks to cap off the evening, and an after-party in the infinity pool for an experience this sweet couple and their guests will not soon forget.

Photography: Ryan Ray Photography | Videography: Candlelight Films | Florals: Bows And Arrows | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier/Ulla-Majia Couture, Laetitia from Marina Morrison | Cake: Reposteria Dilaflor | Catering: D'Arias Catering | Hair & Makeup: Amy Clarke | Groom's Attire: J Crew | Wedding Venue: Casa Kimball | Chargers: Posh Couture Rentals | Design, Planning & Production: Stefanie Miles | Linens: La Tavola | Paper & Calligraphy: Ladyfinger Letterpress | Venue Coordination & Production Assistance: Felicita Garcia

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Dominican Republic Wedding Welcome Dinner

Kicking off a new week is often easier said than done, but this Monday just got a whole lot better with Ryan Ray wedding goodness from morning ’til night. I’m talking a four-part feature set in the Dominican Republic, starting with this gorgeous rehearsal dinner designed in the hands of Stefanie Miles. She pulled together a celebration chock-full of bold color, beautiful textures and cultural nods to their tropical setting. Get started in the gallery and sit tight for wedding day part one coming up next.

From Stefanie MilesOur aim was to create a first impression experience for the guests that embraced the culture and the country, with special emphasis on togetherness and family. We were inspired by the warmth of the local earthenware and coffee grinders during our site visit, and put them to use as floral vessels. Michelle and Geoff’s thoughtfulness of their guests allowed us to use the space in such a way that we gave every guest a view of the ocean from their seat, and the groom personally hand-twisted the wire placecards for each guest. The bride’s beautiful silk gown held special meaning for them, as the gown she wore during their their stateside ceremony. The result was a perfect blend of color, texture, and floral that reflected the excitement and anticipation of the following day’s celebration.

From The Bride…For our Welcome Dinner, I had given Stefanie total control of the planning and she far exceeded my expectations. As soon as my eyes caught a glimpse of that long, luscious table overlooking the ocean I knew that I was going to be speechless. It felt like effortless beauty, as if we had stumbled upon a secret garden where all of the loveliest native foliage and flowers had been growing together naturally. The whole scene was simple enough to compliment the natural beauty of our surroundings, yet had the perfect special touches that made us feel how it had been thoughtfully created just for us. Our vendors had created an atmosphere where all of our guests could meet and truly feel the magic of our reality…that we were in the Dominican Republic living a once in a lifetime experience together! It brought me so much joy seeing all of our most treasured friends and family members instantly connecting with each other in such a beautiful setting.

Photography: Ryan Ray Photography | Videography: Candlelight Films | Florals: Bows And Arrows | Dress: Badgley Mischka | Hair & Makeup: Amy Clarke | Design, Planning & Production: Stefanie Miles | Linens: La Tavola | Paper & Calligraphy: Ladyfingers Letterpress | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Flor De Cabrera | Venue Coordination & Production Assistance: Felicita Garcia

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