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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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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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Destination Wedding in Puerto Rico at El Conquistador

When a weddings as gorgeous as this one from Lindsay Madden lands in our lap, I kind of want to cry with happiness. Because it’s not everyday we get to bask in this kind of beauty. Planned to perfection by Rosalina Torres with gorgeous florals from Blanco By Mara and stunning stationery from Julie Song Ink (I’m pinning every piece the moment this goes live), this gallery is pure bliss.

 


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From Lindsay Madden PhotographyOh how I love shooting weddings in the Caribbean! I’m a beach girl at heart and love nothing more than soft sand and clear blue water. So when Adlin reached out to me about photographing her destination wedding in Puerto Rico, I was beyond excited. Adlin and Matt were married on a lovely October day on top of a cliff which provided the most breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea and Palomino Island. Adlin and Matt envisioned their wedding day to be intimate, unique and centered around their family and friends. Adlin knew exactly what she wanted design wise and she teamed up with Rosalina Torres to bring her vision to life. Adlin and Matt chose the colors blush and gold for almost everything. This pastel pallet complimented the light blue and green hues of the Caribbean Sea. Adlin asked her three sisters to be her bridesmaids and they all looked gorgeous in their blush pink Twobirds bridesmaids dresses. Their look was pulled together with a simple bouquet of white roses created by Blanco by Mara. Adlin’s lace Monique Lhullier wedding dress was perfection and I loved her Twigs & Honey headpiece. Adlin and Matt’s cocktail hour and reception were held outside and guests enjoyed a lovely seated dinner first and then danced the night away. I had a wonderful time capturing Adlin and Matt’s destination wedding in Puerto Rico and I hope to return soon!

Photography: Lindsay Madden Photography | Planner: Rosalina Torres | Flowers: Blanco By Mara | Cake: C+M Cakes | Stationery: Julie Song Ink | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Twobirds Bridesmaid | Ceremony And Reception: El Conquistador, Puerto Rico | Clutch: Kate Spade | Headpiece: Twigs And Honey | Signage: Shannon Kristen | Video: Hoo Films | Wedding Dress And Belt: Monique Lhuillier

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Round Hill Hotel and Villas

One of my oldest + best friends is starting to plan her very own destination wedding. And my biggest piece of advice to her? Book the Round Hill Hotel and Villas. Located in breathtaking Montego Bay, Jamaica, this hidden gem offers an intimate and elegant venue with an incredibly laid-back vibe.

Easily accessible from most major international cities, Montego Bay, Jamaica has everything you and your guests would want in a destination — golden sand beaches, breathtaking views of the Caribbean sea and lots and lots of sunshine! The venue has an assortment of venues on site such as the Spa Lawn and Hanover Terrace that can accommodate intimate celebrations for two or weddings of up to 150. Round Hill even assures exclusivity, promising you that your wedding or event is the only one for the weekend. Featuring Ralph Lauren inspired oceanfront hotel rooms, luxe 2-6 bedroom private villas with pools + dedicated staff as well as an award winning culinary team and on-site wedding planners, what’s not to love about Round Hill Hotel and Villas?

There is something so romantic and special about this venue, I’m just dying to visit! To top it all off, Round Hill offers couples on-site wedding planners and a concierge to make sure planning is as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. Head over here for more information and to get started with booking your big day!

Photo Credit for last Image: Jeremy Harwell

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Tropical and Glamorous Wedding at St. Thomas Ritz

With a love story that began underwater, it only feels fitting that a Ritz Carlton St. Thomas ceremony followed suit. Strawberry Milk Events came alongside the couple to plan their dream seaside soiree bursting with East End Flowers. Subtle patterns of (real!) wallpaper – from paper cones to table runners – were a lovely ode to the Bride’s family business while Sylvie Gil was beautifully capturing all the tropical glamour here.

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From Julie at Strawberry Milk EventsAn elegant fun destination wedding weekend, 100 of their nearest and dearest gathered to celebrate their wedding.The night before the wedding there was a colorful beach bash with a carnival theme. We embraced classic glamour in a tropical setting. The muted palette showcased gorgeous scenery. With shades of white, cream, and a pale aqua accented against gold and lucite. We honored the Bride’s family by incorporating their family business, York Wallcoverings, as a subtle pattern through the day. Using real wallpaper into the details of the day, paper cones, petal toss, menus, invitations, escort cards, and table runners. It was a beautiful celebration.

From the Bride… We met by accident at a cocktail party. William asked me if he could take me on a date. He had trouble remembering my name and called me “Allison” when he asked me out. We went on that date 4 years ago and the rest is history.

As a birthday present William got me scuba diving certification classes and to complete my certification I had one last dive in Cozumel, Mexico. When I was underwater my future husband showed me a shell and lifted it up from the ground and when he opened the shell there was a diamond.. He proposed right there on the spot UNDERWATER! Which was pretty smart, because he didn’t have to say anything, plus the diamond looked extra big underwater :)

What was special about our wedding was the idea of creating a vacation getaway for everyone. Originally we were going to have our wedding in his hometown, which was going to require a long commute for everyone, especially for those guests who were coming from outside the U.S. So, we decided to change our whole plan and choose a beautiful vacation destination-the Caribbean. We chose St. Thomas, USVI.

We wanted it to be easy and exotic all at the same time. A place people might not ever get a chance to visit. We wanted a smaller, more intimate feel but with enough options of things to do. The choice of resort was extremely important with the requirement that everyone stay at the resort. Since English was the native language, US currency and cell phone reception was everywhere. There was a built in convenience factor that helped us make our destination decision. The setting of the resort, while large enough to accommodate all of our guests, was still very intimate, creating the environment for our 125 guest to meet and get to know one another over the course of the long weekend. Also helpful was the shared experience of participating in daily activities we planned like group snorkeling, a sailing Regatta and Beach Olympics.

Since I work in the family business of manufacturing wall coverings, we used wallpaper to accent the wedding decor – from the invitations and table runner to programs and pocket squares for the groomsmen. My wedding dress was from Monique Lhuillier, style-Luminere bought in Washington, DC. My shoes were custom-made by Kate Spade.

Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Wedding Planner: Strawberry Milk Events | Floral Design: East End Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair & Makeup: Artistry By Kristina | Band: In The Sand Band | Bistro Lights, Uplighting, Dance Floor, Chairs: Jenn Events | Ritz Carlton St Thomas: Ritz Carlton St Thomas | Wallpaper On Tables: York Wallcoverings

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