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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

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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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Heartfelt Punta Cana Elopement

The powerful love that these two have for each other, made my heart swell and my eyes well with tears mere seconds into their powerful elopement film from PF Films. Happy tears, because Amber and John’s strength is awe-inspiring to say the least. With Amber facing a diagnosis of breast cancer, they chose to dive into the struggle head first, together, and this is their story.

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Summer
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Hotel
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Elegance

From PF FilmsWe sometimes get requests for weddings that simply melt our hearts. About 2 weeks prior to this event we received a touching letter from Amber looking to film her last minute elopement to John. Amber was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer. There wasn’t a big bridal party, fancy venue with bright lights, or a huge Dance Party. There was Amber, her fiancé John, and us. Of course not to mention the incredible scenery of Punta Cana.

This story is the single most powerful film we have worked on.

Cinematography: PF Films | Hotel: AlSol Village

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