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Embracing Beach Glamour on the Shores of Punta Cana

This wedding is bringing all the romance and glamour to the shores of Punta Cana and to say it’s a true beauty would be an understatement. Crafted by Claire Duran Weddings And Events along with palm tree dotted imagery by Asia Pimentel Photography, peek inside a celebration that marries a tropical locale with a stunning alfresco affair. Plus, find even more right here in the vault.

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From the Bride…Washington, DC – world’s melting pot – is where a girl from Peru met a guy from New York and their happily ever after began. On May 5th 2016, Jack proposed at top of Huayna Picchu, located in the Cusco Region, after a beautiful hike up. He proposed with the ring that his father gave to his mother when he proposed in 1968. It was beautiful! More than I ever dreamed it would be! 

My now Husband and I love to get away, be in the sun- and we figured what better way to celebrate our marriage than surrounded by our family, friends, and the warm culture of the Dominican Republic. We were told 30% of invites don’t come through to destinations weddings, and much to our pleasure we had a 90% return rate on acceptances and over 100 guests. Family and friends from New York, Washington DC, and Peru.

The day itself, was so much fun to be able to do the bridal get-ready suite, the last-minute details from flowers to my 6 year old niece’s flower basket, all in the context of the Caribbean sea and a resort where everyone was having fun. Jack swam out to a reef with his best friend from college/high school the day of our wedding (and even returned!!) and my mother in law played tennis and swam until it was time for hair and make-up. When getting married here, we enjoyed a beautiful view of turquoise colored waters, white sand beaches, and beautiful sunsets. This location was picture perfect! For us, warm tropical weather and an ocean view created the perfect setting. In fact, everything about this location in general is romantic in nature. I wanted a classic and romantic feel, soft muted neutrals with lots of greenery, and the backdrop for our ceremony was the beautiful Caribbean Sea, couldn’t have asked for a better setting.

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Wedding Planner: Claire Duran Weddings And Events | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Wedding Cake: Cake Studio Bavaro | Stationery: Spurle Gul Studios | Hair and Makeup: Krystie Anne | Groom's Attire: JCrew Factory | Ceremony Music: Quartet | Venue: Jellyfish Restaurant | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Wedding Photographers: Asia Pimentel Photography | Wedding designer : Claire Duran Weddings And Events

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This Family Affair Will Warm Your Hearts in All Kinds of Ways

You know what’s better than a destination wedding at Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa? Nothing. But add in a gorgeous couple who like to celebrate with breakfast for dinner and it becomes an entirely new level of awesome. From the breathtaking seaside ceremony to that amazing lace gown to the sweetest family ever frolicking on the beach, see it all captured by Dani Leigh Photography in THE VAULT.

Krystle and Greg’s wedding in the Dominican was such a dream. To escape the cold Maryland east coast temps in January was such a thrill for all 80 of her wedding guests who traveled to Punta Cana. It was really important to Krystle and Greg that it felt like a vacation for all their guests with just a little side of wedding thrown into the middle. And that is exactly what they got. The day of their wedding the kids played in the pool in the morning, ate room service in wet bathing suits and then Krystle and her daughter casually walked down to the spa to get their hair and makeup done, and then came back to the room to get ready. Krystle got ready in a dress she found unintentionally in Vegas when she wasn’t even looking for a wedding dress. It was literally perfect for the occasion.

Krystle, Greg and their kids love breakfast food so they convinced the chef to do breakfast for dinner! Which is such an American classic for parents. It was delicious! The Dominicans don’t exactly understand breakfast for dinner so it was quite a concept to explain and make happen. It all worked out, and then why not end the amazing night with some fireworks? A full fireworks display, a surprise from the groom, happened just over palms on the beach for all of their guests. It was such a magical event all beautifully planned by Katina Dawson of A Sweet Affair stateside and Carolina Guzman at Dreams!

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Photography: Dani Leigh Photography | Coordination: A Sweet Affair Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Dreams La Romana | Cake: Dreams La Romana | Invitations: Jennifer Sirkis Designs | Hair and Makeup: Dreams La Romana | Wedding Venue: Dreams La Romana | On-Site Coordinator: Dreams La Romana | Travel Agent: Cindy McCabe

A Dream Ballgown For a Beach Ceremony

If you’re under the impression that ballgowns and beach weddings don’t mix, this wedding will come as a pleasant surprise. The bride, Ashleigh wore her dream Lazaro dress for their toes-in-the-sand ceremony and Carrie King made magic happen behind the lens. Believe me, this is one gallery you can’t afford to miss.

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From the Bride… Brian and I knew from the start of the wedding planning process that we wanted our wedding to have some very important key elements — not all of which were easy to accomplish simultaneously! We knew that we wanted our wedding to have a romantic and elegant feel while also making our guests feel at home at a spectacular party. After searching high and low from Europe to Mexico to the Caribbean, we were so fortunate to find a venue that was the ideal fit, Casa de Campo.

We were able to have a private toes in the sand ceremony, just as we had imagined for our dream wedding. Directly following, we hosted our reception in the town square of a beautiful cobblestone village on the resort property that makes you feel as if you’ve been transported back in time to 17th century Italy. It truly felt like we were living in a fairytale with the best part being that I got to marry my very own Prince Charming! We danced the night away under the stars with a local band that kept the party going until 3am. It was everything we hoped for and so much more.

The Dress: The first Lazaro gown I ever saw was in a bridal magazine. My 5 year old self decided that one day, when I got married, it would be in a Lazaro. When the time came to actually pick out my dream dress, I jumped into the hunt to find the perfect one by trying on every possible style and designer. After countless appointments from coast to coast, I finally tried on my first Lazaro gown at the Bridal Galleria in San Francisco. I had never worn anything that felt like such a complete expression of my personality. The asymmetrical lines, varied blush hues, intricate embellishments around the waist, and deep v-back all came together in such an artistic way. It was love at first sight! The icing on the cake is that I got to meet Lazaro and hear his vision for the gown. Such a dream come true.

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Photography: Carrie King Photographer | Floral Design: Tres Eventos | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Invitations: Dove House Handmade | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Casa de Campo Resort | Hair + Makeup: Angelina Loren Beauty | Band: Benny and the Cupids | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Ceremony Music: Zacc West | Venue: Casa de Campo Resort | Groom's Shoes: Sperry | Save the Dates: Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence | Veil: JLM Couture, Inc

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