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Sparkling Sequin Winter Wedding

There’s nothing better than a winter wedding, in my book. And while I might be a tiny bit biased as a January bride myself, it’s soirees like this that truly prove my point. Designed in the hands of Meagan Warren, it’s layered with gold sequins, rows of candles and white florals for as far as the eye can see. Landon Jacob Productions captured the gallery and don’t miss the film from Palmetto Digital.

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From Meagan Warren WeddingsAmanda and Michael started planning their wedding in January 2013. They knew they wanted a candle-lit Winter wedding with touches of gold and neutrals throughout. Amanda hired Meagan Warren as her wedding planner with no other vendor booked. Amanda had no idea where she wanted to have her ceremony or reception. She was open to just about every suggestion Meagan offered… a dream bride.

We booked the historic 701 Whaley building to house her ceremony and reception that took place on Saturday, December 7, 2013. The ceremony was upstairs with the reception following downstairs on the first floor. Amanda wanted a neutral and champagne-toned color palette so she chose champagne dresses for the bridesmaids and black, floor-length dresses for her honorary bridesmaids. The groom and groomsmen wore classic, black tuxes.

Our vision was composed of simple classic florals under the glow of candlelight with white, ivory, champagne and a few very soft and tiny bits of blush hued blooms. Event colors also included soft beiges, khakis and touches of gold and metallic (e.g. sequin head table linen as well as on the bar and cake tables!)

The overall decor was comprised of crystal chandeliers, white soft draping, lots and lots of candles, gold Chivari chairs, custom linens from Connie Duglin and Creative Coverings, florals from the talented ladies of Fern Studio… all complimented by delicious food from Hudson’s Classic Catering. The night was highlighted by the bride and groom’s first dance, sung by local guitarist, Chase Asmer.

Flowers included blooms such as hydrangeas, french tulips, stock, garden roses, dahlias, sweet peas, ranunculus, queen anne’s lace, white astible, ruffled edge tulips, lisianthus, scabiosa, dusty miller, lambs ear, and eucalyptus.

This bridal party, by far, has been one of the most beautiful groups we have worked with, complete with a gorgeous bride and dashing groom. A winter wonderland!

Photography: Landon Jacob Productions | Videographer: Palmetto Digital | Wedding Planner: Meagan Warren Weddings | Floral Design: Fern Studio | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Cake: Parkland Cakes | Stationary: ByFarr | Food: Hudson's Classic Catering | Hair & Makeup: Hale Koa phineas Estate | DJ: Partytime DJs | Ceremony & Reception Venue: 701 Whaley | Ceremony Musicians: Simply Strings | Guitarist: Chase Asmer | Honeymoon: Dominican Republic | Lighting & Draping: Ambient Media | Linens: Creative Coverings | Linens: Connie Duglin | Photobooth: ShutterBooth | Rentals: Party Reflections

Elegant Punta Cana Wedding at Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe Hotel

This couple took their destination wedding, sprinkled in a whole lot of romance and covered it in a beautiful pink hue – leaving us with a wedding so gorgeous we could spend our entire day getting lost in Jen + Ashley‘s images. Planned and hosted by the gorgeous Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe Hotel, Punta Cana, we pretty much love every image sitting in this gallery.

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From Jen + AshleyWe are SO excited to send over this elegant and chic, garden destination wedding! Kim + Clark both live in Chicago, but wanted their wedding to be a celebration not only for them, but for their closest friends and family in a tropical paradise to give all of their guests a chance to step back from the hustle and bustle of city life. With fun activities planned all week, including a catamaran voyage with fresh coconut drinks and dinner served on the sea, they truly wanted their guests to be able to experience all that the gorgeous Punta Cana has to offer. Not wanting their destination wedding to be too “beachy”, they opted for a gorgeous, intimate garden setting on the grounds of the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe hotel, with swaying palm trees and wild peacocks roaming during their heartfelt and sweet ceremony. With their open-air reception space draped in perfect white linens, a whimsical ombre cake, and just the right amount of pink spread around the room, the setting tied in perfectly to the lush gardens that surrounded the venue.

Photography: Jen And Ashley Photography | Floral Design: Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe Hotel, Punta Cana | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Wedding Dress: Maya Couture | Cake: Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe Hotel, Punta Cana | Reception Venue: Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe Hotel, Punta Cana | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Macy's | Hair + Makeup: Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe Hotel, Punta Cana | Cinema: Jeremy Mitchell Cinema

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 stopping 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 through 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 | Event Planning + Design: Mayte Marie + Amore Weddings | Bridesmaids Dresses: WTOO | Hair + Makeup: Anna Nuet | Groom's Suit: Le Chateau | Groomsmen Attire: Mexx | Performers: Agua Azul Performances | Restaurant: Jellyfish Restaurant | Table Numbers: Meg Lane

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


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: Louboutin | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Hair & Makeup: Anna Nuet | Grooms Attire: My Suit | Groomsmen's Attire: Zara | Wedding Venue: Huracan Cafe | Boutonnieres/Door Tags/Ring Pillow: Etsy | Bride's Ring: Marisa Perry | Flower Girl Dress: J.Crew | Flower Girls Shoes: Joyfolie | Groom's Ring: David Yurman | Resort Hotel: Hard Rock Palace Resorts Punta Cana | Welcome Bags: Wedding Chicks

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Colorful Beach Wedding at Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana

Take some vibrant (+ gorgeous) hues and mix them with the breathtaking paradise better known as Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana and it’s what we call beyond awesome. Now add in a stunning ceremony overlooking crystal blue waters, sand frolicking and a week-long vaca with friends and family and, well… destination perfection.  See it all captured by 1001 Photography right here.

From The Bride… The day I met Pat, I instantly fell in love with him. His laid-back personality resembled mine so much. He was silly, adorable and so much fun to be around. We became close very fast and just after few months we moved in together. It didn’t take much for us to realize that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.

We knew from the start that we wanted a destination wedding. We wanted a location where everyone could come together, relax, and celebrate with us. We wanted it to be personal, yet casual, simple, and easy. So the search began. After going through 40 different resort reviews and quotes we decided that Dreams Palm Beach in Dominican Republic was the resort for us. The beach was phenomenal, the grounds were immaculate and the reviews about food and service were exceptional. It was all we were looking for.

After arriving at the resort our expectations were exceeded. We met with the resort’s wedding planner, Julie, and she did exactly what we were hoping for. She gave us a worry free week-long vacation with our family and friends while she ensured that what we envisioned became a reality. She took care of all the details, arranged for a make up artist, a hairdresser, a florist and our entire wedding reception. Looking at the crowd of family and friends and seeing everyone having such a great time I knew we made the right decision.

I loved our entire wedding and having our family and closest friends in the same place was amazing. It was better than I ever could have imagined. It was a day filled with love, happiness and excitement, tons of laughs and many tears. It was a true expression of our personalities and our love for one another. It was completely perfect.

Photography: 1001 Photography | Floral Design: Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana | Wedding Dress: Sottero And Midgley | Ceremony Venue: Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana | Reception Venue: Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana | Shoes: Steve Madden | Makeup: Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana | Hair: Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein

Style Me Pretty Destination Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Discount!

Saturdays are pretty amazing, but when you throw in a meet and greet with RebeccaMarie Photography, it takes it to an entirely new level of awesome.  I’m talking an entire day devoted to gorgeous imagery that just so happens to be overflowing with love, emotion and, of course, pretty.  Spend some time getting to know her, lovelies… and don’t forget to check out her sweet discount below.

From RebeccaMarie Photography…  RebeccaMarie started learning about photography at the age of fifteen and excelled from there working alongside some of the best in the business, since 2004. Destination travel is a deep passion of hers and so is love. RebeccaMarie believes in combining the two, to capture your love story and has had the opportunity to travel internationally throughout her career.

RebeccaMarie Photography has been published numerous times together with her international friend Isabelle Kline Design, producing beauty through each image.  Her style has been known to be organic, vintage, ethereal and romantic.  A lover of travel and meeting new people.

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Sunny Destination Wedding in Punta Cana

Destination weddings are some of my favorites. They usually involve sun, sand and in this case a gorgeous wedding week at Dreams Resort in Punta Cana that will have you dreaming of a Caribbean getaway. That mix of vacation festivities and seaside “I Do’s” is always a good one. Have a look at the full gallery for even more of this Dominican Republic gem captured by Brian Limoyo Photography.

An incredibly sun soaked romantic adventure. An intimate destination wedding, with a whole lot of do it yourself personal touches. Down to the unique Bouquets made by the bride herself using seashells instead of flowers. Cassandra & Peter met working together in a country western bar in Kitchener, Longing for sunshine and sand, what better way to tie the knot in January then in Punta Cana. It would give them a chance to celebrate with family and friends a for a week in the sun, let the resort take care of all the details they did not want to fuss with. Friends and family jumped at the chance to get away from the -40C canadian winter, Cassandra and Peter were married by the ocean on Jan 11th 2014.

Photography: With Style Designs | Photography: Brian Limoyo Photography | Cake: Dreams, Punta Cana | Brides Shoes: The Mermaid Wedding Shoes | Engagement Ring: Raffi Jewellers | Dj: Dreams, Punta Cana | Grooms Attire: Collins Formal Wear | Bridal Party Jewelry: Empty Nester Creations | Brides Dress Boutique: Taylors Bridal Boutique | Brides Dress Designer: Allure Bridal | Brides Wedding Band: Raffi Jewellers | Hair And Make-up: Dreams, Punta Cana | Wedding Venue, Destination Wedding: Dreams, Punta Cana

Casual Punta Cana Beach Wedding

A few years back, a spring getaway took me to the white sands, lush greens and turquoise blues of Punta Cana. And it was every bit as gorgeous as Brushfire Photography captured it in this relaxed and intimate beach soiree. It’s a destination where the scenery trumps the details and the result couldn’t be prettier. This gallery my dears, is sure to sweep you off your sandy feet.

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From Brushfire PhotographyAli and Karl planned a relaxing wedding at Playa Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Fifty of their closest friends and family met them at the gorgeous Majestic Elegance for a week of relaxation on the beach.

Photography: Brushfire Photography LLC | Floral Design: Majestic Elegance Resort | Ceremony Venue: Majestic Elegance Resort

Punta Cana Wedding Film

Great weddings films are always the cherry on top to a most perfect day. They’re those dearest memories you pull out and show your children and grandchildren, years after the “I do” has been said. And when you’ve got filmmakers like Imagination Designers on the job? Well, you better believe they’re going to craft something truly special. Just have a peek at their latest wedding work of art and just try to make it through with a dry eye. I dare you!

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From Imagination Designers… What could be better than filming a wedding in the Dominican Republic? Doing it with a hundred of the kindest, craziest, most wonderful people you could ever hope to meet, of course! Natalie and Sal are so adorable together, that you can’t help but wish the very best of “Happily Ever After” for them. So it was extremely fitting that their destination wedding at Melia Caribe Tropical in Punta Cana wasn’t just one amazing day, it was (in true Italian fashion) an entire week spent in celebration with their family and friends… and we are so lucky we got to come along for the ride.

From the beautiful resort, to the simple and elegant decor, right down to the beautiful stationary personally crafted by the bride, their wedding day was a picture perfect way to bring two families who had known each other forever together to celebrate. A big thank you goes out to the bride’s cousin and a fantastic photographer, Christina Brosnan as well as Kelly Sauer for being so wonderful to work with!

Photography: Brosnan Photographic | Cinematography: Imagination Designers | Coordinator: Melia Caribe Tropical | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Ceremony Venue: Melia Caribe Tropical | Shoes: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Groom's Suit: Calvin Klein | Decor: Caribbean Celebrations | Floral Designs: Caribbean Celebrations | Photography - Assistance: Kelly Sauer Ltd. Co.

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Dominican Republic Wedding at Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

For those of us at SMP HQ, where it seemingly hasn’t stopped snowing since November, we crave getting lost in weddings just like this beauty from Neringa Ridges at Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa. It’s like getting a big ol dose of pretty and vitamin D at the same time, and it really doesn’t get better than that. This entire gallery is like a virtual vacation, so pack your imaginary bags and join me here.

From the Bride…It was a very rainy week in the DR up until our wedding day. We had 56 people attend the wedding from Chicago, Sweden, Germany, New York, Michigan, and Houston. The morning of consisted with a morning swim, followed by breakfast in bed that was provided by the resort. Denis & I found it surreal that our wedding day finally arrived. After breakfast he went to his room to meet his grooms men to get ready for the day. My girls and I met in my honeymoon suite and got ready. It was a sunny and super hot day – the only day without any rain. We got ready, took pictures and by the time you knew it, it was time for the ceremony. Jenny & the Dreams La Romana team did a great job getting everything ready. We had a pier ceremony & a beach reception with LED lit dance floor – highly recommend this to any bride having a breach reception! At the end of reception, we had brought sky lanterns with us for each guest to make a wish and let into the sky. This is was coolest idea as everyone loved it and it was really pretty as the sky lanterns filled up the sky with pretty lights.

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Photography: Neringa Ridges | Wedding Dress: Galina Signature Collection | Groom’s Attire: Ted Baker | Groom’s Shirt: Hugo Boss | Groom’s Tie: Michael Kors | Wedding Venue: Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

Punta Cana Wedding from MNC Photography

This Punta Cana wedding has it all. An adorable bride and groom?  Check.  A breathtaking (+ awesomely laid-back) setting?  Check.  An amazing group of family and friends just waiting to celebrate some “I do’s” with their toes in the sand and a drink in hand?  Check, check, check.  This, my friends, is the epitome of a seaside soiree, with an extra dose of pretty.  See it all captured by MNC Photography right here in the full gallery.

From the Bride… I met my husband Kyle in college seven years ago, and ever since he proposed to me I knew I wanted to get married on a beach. I imagined clear waters, blue skies and a sandy beach as the perfect backdrop for our wedding. While we were visiting my family in the Dominican Republic, he proposed to me in March of 2013. It only seemed right to back to the Dominican Republic to tie the knot.

After looking through various options, we decided that the Jellyfish Restaurant in Punta Cana would be the perfect place to get married. It’s a beautiful open-air restaurant nestled off right off the coast. Mayte Marie of the Jellyfish did an AMAZING job and made our dreams come true. Mayte paid attention to every little detail and made sure everything was perfect. The decorations were gorgeous and she makes your vision come to reality. She truly has a gift and makes your day the most magical day of your life!

Our vendors were incredible! I couldn’t have imagined working with anyone else. They made the whole experience that much better.

Photography: Mike Cassimatis - MNC Photography | Cinematography: Coresfilms | Wedding Dress: Jasmine Collection | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Hair and Make Up: Face2Face Studios | Groom's Suit: Jos. A. Bank | Bridal Jewelry: Bauble Bar | Bridal Shoes: Steve Madden | Ceremony and Reception: Jellyfish Restaurant | Coodinator: Jellyfish Restaurant | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan

Punta Cana Wedding from Weddings Romantique + Joseph Lin Photography

A three day wedding weekend in Punta Cana sounds amazing as it is, but when that wedding is planned and designed by Weddings Romantique? Well, that just ups the ante on the pretty factor. It will only take one peek at the images below from Joseph Lin Photography to see why this wedding just had to grace the pages of SMP Destination, and there is even more lovely sitting right here.


From Suha Pressey at Weddings RomantiqueVeronica and Justin hosted a unique and fun destination wedding celebration in Punta Cana Dominican Republic, they wanted to celebrate their wedding with family in an all-inclusive resort so their family can relax and enjoy themselves when they arrived at the resort.

They wanted to welcome their guests and thank them for join them in their celebrations so I helped them plan a three day event for their guests. They had a gorgeous pool welcome party at a very elegant private pool at the resort, where all the ladies were beautiful white dresses and the men were stylish white shirt and pants. They made welcome bags for all their guest to thank them for being part of their wedding celebration. Veronica and Justin decided to surprise the guests at the end of the party by jumping in the pool to start of their wedding weekend celebration!

The wedding ceremony was held on the beach which provided a beautiful natural backdrop for the ceremony, Veronica wanted elegant all white flowers for the ceremony decorations, the arch and aisle design was elegant and chic which highlighted the gorgeous turquoise ocean and white sand on the beach. She chose elegant lavender and purple for her bridesmaids dresses and the groomsmen had a chic white suite with lavender and pink ties that complemented the bridesmaids dresses. Both Veronica and Justin wanted to have all the elements formal black tie reception so they chose to host their reception in an elegant ballrooms with chic all white flowers centerpieces for reception with touches of lavender in the napkins, white draping and lavender up lightning. Veronica added her own personal touches to the reception design by painting her table numbers silver and lavender and created her own escort cards in the same colors. They had another surprise for their guests at reception with Dominican Costume Folkloric Group show which was a lot fun and got of the guests on the dance floor to dance with them!

They hosted a farewell brunch for their guest at another beautiful terrace overlooking the turquoise water where they thanked their guest again for joining them in celebrating their wedding. Veronica and Justin are a very special couple and I am glad I had the opportunity to be part of their destination wedding planning. I enjoyed helping create a stylish wedding and memorable weekend.

Photography: Joseph Lin Photography | Event Planning & Design: Weddings Romantique | Flowers: Caribbean Celebrations | Wedding Venue: Hard Rock Palace Resorts Punta Cana

Caribbean Wedding in Punta Cana from Brosnan Photographic

This wedding right here?  It’s exactly the reason I love destination weddings.  The reason I can’t get enough of a laid back meets elegant, toes in the sand kind of affair.  It’s a picture perfect backdrop (aka, the Caribbean) with a bride and groom who are the epitome of stunning and enough gold accents to keep you smiling all year (it’s true).  And don’t even get me started on the gallery from Brosnan Photographic.  It’s pure genius… and you can see it all right here.

From Brosnan Photographic… Despite their families knowing each other for many years Natalie and Sal only met a few years ago until fate stepped in and Natalie was Sal’s good luck charm at the blackjack table! Both from the Chicago burbs they decided on a destination wedding to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Their wedding was held at Melia Caribe Tropical. They were married in the evening sun under the beach side gazebo with their dinner in the beach side grill overlooking the shoreline.

Photography: Brosnan Photographic | Cinematography: Imagination Designers | Coordinator: Melia Caribe Tropical | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Stationery: DIY by Bride | Shoes: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Hair: Sandy Gazzano | Grooms Suit: Calvin Klein | Venue: Melia Caribe Tropical | Decor: Caribbean Celebrations | Floral Designs: Caribbean Celebrations

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Punta Cana Wedding from Angie Silvy Photography

Any wedding that involves sand and ghost chairs is bound to be a good one. I think that exact rule is #1 in the Gorgeous Weddings Rule Book. It has the modern elements that we love mixed with a sense of old world charm of the Dominican Republic and a team of unbelievable talents like design and styling by The Stylish Soiree, florals by Soulflower Design Studio and last, but in no way least, photography captured by Angie Silvy. Have a look here for even more of this destination beaut.

From The Stylish SoireeThe look for Natalia & Alex’s wedding was modern meets old world, with a color palette of cream, yellow, orange, taupe and accents of green. Some couples we work with like the same aesthetic, while other couples are on opposite ends of the spectrum. With Natalia and Alex, Natalia was much more into the modern, clean look and Alex loved Old World and rustic elements. My challenge was the meld these two different aesthetics into one cohesive look for their wedding, so we juxtaposed décor items like modern ghost chairs with burlap runners and crackle urns from Anthropologie for an eclectic yet cool look that was clean and beachy meets old world. One of the biggest hurdles we faced planning-wise was getting the right look and feel in a place that didn’t have a lot of the design elements (floral or decor-wise) that are readily available in the states. We ended up working with an amazing SF-based florist, Emily from Soulflower, who created the look we were going for by using a lot of dried flowers, importing some flowers, sourcing some locally, and even using high quality silk flowers – the end result was truly fantastic, and not something you see at most weddings since it was such an eclectic mix of sources.  It took countless hours of research and setbacks to come to the final design, but I think it turned out beautifully in the end.

We also ended up each bringing 3 full-size suitcases with us (9 total), and even brought all of the floral containers with us since it was so expensive and risky to ship anything to the Dominican Republic. It was incredibly tough logistically, but the end result was so lovely it was all worth it.  Because of the more affordable cost of rentals, venue, and food in a destination location, we were able to bring in most of the vendors from the states so that Natalia & Alex could meet with them in San Francisco and fly them out to the DR for their wedding. Angie Silvy, the photographer, Emily Dreblow from Soulflower Floral Design, The Stylish Soiree team, and even hair and makeup (Jane Kim from The Glamourist) were all flown out for the big day to ensure the quality would be up to par.  A wonderful venue and awesome local vendors rounded out the team that pulled together to make their big day picture perfect.

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Photography: Angie Silvy Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Puntacana Resort | Rentals: Puntacana Party | Design + Planning: The Stylish Soiree | Floral Design: Soulflower Design Studio, Emily Dreblow | Invitations: The Aerialist Press | Makeup: Jane Kim, The Glamourist | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose

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Dominican Republic Wedding from Kristin La Voie Photography

Color me crazy in love with this couple’s wedding! And then color me yellow because I am 100%, head over heals obsessed with the color yellow after absorbing myself in this beautiful beach wedding at the Majestic Elegance. The yellow bouquets against the whiter-than-white sand and bluer-than-blue ocean pop with color and brightness. Another highlight is the trash the dress session; the emotion, the pure joy and the love are addictive! Check out all the images here, courtesy of Kristin La Voie Photography.


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From Kristin La Voie PhotographyThis was a BEAUTIFUL destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic at Majestic Elegance. Having just met Jean and Jeff via Skype, it was wonderful to finally meet them in person the day before their nuptials to tour the resort. We all had so many ideas together, I was worried we wouldn’t have enough time in the day! Each image looked more and more beautiful. The palm trees, turquoise water, white sand and sunshine didn’t disappoint. We managed to get in all the wedding party and family photos just before it started pouring during our couples photo op. Luckily, we still had the next day for a trash the dress session!

Wedding Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography / Wedding Venue: Majestic Elegance in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic / Canada Wedding Planning + Coordination: Jasprit Kaul of L’Escape Destination Weddings / Punta Cana Wedding Planning + Coordination: Dayra Polanco of Majestic Elegance / Floral Design + Wedding Cake: Majestic Elegance / Cake Topper: DIY by the Bride / DJ: DJ Mannia / Ring Pillow, “Here Comes the Bride” Sign, Yellow Paper Fans, “Happily Ever After Starts Here” Sign, “Mr. Wong” Sign + “Mrs. Always Right” Sign: DIY by the Bride / Flower Girl’s Pomander: astylishdesign / Mr. and Mrs. Sign: ArmyMOMOfTwins / Bride’s “I Love Jeff” Flip Flops: FlipSideFlipFlops / Photo Booth Backdrop: UnaChicasChicProps / Guestbook: Mixbook / Shell Place Card Holders: Staples / Bottle Place Card Holders: Dollarama / Table Number Luminaries: MasonRabbitsPaperie / Menu Holders: BasilicusJones / Wedding Dress: Robert Bullock via Sash and Bustle / Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden / Bride’s Ring: Ann-Louise Jewellers / Bride’s Veil: Ritché Bridal / Bride’s Earrings: BCBG Max Azria / Bride’s Bracelet: Carolee / Bride’s Lace Parasol: lawrence_lv / Bride’s Tiara: Winners / Hair + Makeup: Majestic Elegance / Bridesmaids’ Earrings: Swarovski / Groom’s Suit: Zegna via Harry Rosen / Groom’s Ring: Jem’s Design / Groomsmen’s Pants: Gap / Men’s Shoes: H&M / Men’s Socks: American Apparel / Men’s Shirts: Perry Ellis via The Bay / Father of the Bride’s + Groomsmen’s Boutonnieres: WeddingSundae

Dominican Republic Wedding at Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro by Kristin La Voie Photography

What could be better than marrying the love of your life in an ocean-side ceremony with 14 of your nearest and dearest?  Absolutely.nothing. The Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic was the locale for this sweet couple who wanted an intimate wedding in a breathtaking location. Take a peek at this sunny celebration through the lens of Kristin La Voie Photography and check out the full gallery right here!

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From Kristin La Voie PhotographyI bring you this amazing destination wedding all the way in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Katie and Brett, with the help from their amazing travel agent Julie of Vacations to Remember, chose the perfect five-star resort at Iberostar Grand Bavaro for their private nuptials. With 14 of their closest family members and friends, they tied the knot right on the beach. Following the beautiful ceremony, we had a wonderful photo tour around the resort enjoyed a fantastic cocktail hour on the beach at sunset.

Wedding Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography / Wedding Venue: Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic / Floral Design, Decor, Catering + Wedding Cake: Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro / Travel Agent: Julie of Vacations To Remember / Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo / Bride’s Earrings + Bracelet: Victoria Sdoukos Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Hair + Makeup: Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro / Groom’s Suit: Tommy Bahama

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Dominican Republic Wedding from Michelle Turner Photography

Oh my goodness, this Dominican Republic wedding just calls to me. I can hear the waves crashing on the shore and the wind softly blowing through the palm trees. I can smell all the fragrant red flowers and I can feel the love. It seems to be pretty stinkin’ perfect. Anyone else packing their bags, ready to join me? Michelle Turner Photography is the genius behind the images of this stunning beach wedding. She was able to take full advantage of the amazing island ambiance and has totally rocked our socks off. Which is fitting, as we’re all ready to dig our toes into the sand after this amazing affair. If you’re dying for more, like we were, check out Michelle’s blog for the album!

Ever since our first date we have been inseparable. Eight months after meeting David, he flew us to Paris under a rouse that we were attending a friend’s wedding. Our second day in Paris he proposed while we were at the top of the Arc de Triomphe. It took us a few weeks to even start to think about how and where we were going to celebrate. We both have a passion for international travel and Latin cultures. We wanted to bring all of our favorite people together for an extended amount of time so we could enjoy everyone’s company in a relaxing a beautiful environment while sharing some of our passions with our guests.

When we came across Casa Kimball in the Dominican Republic online it seemed too amazing to be true. We reached out to Monica who manages the private villa and quickly realized that she is organized, detailed, responsive and gracious. We were immediately taken by the gorgeous villa pictures and Monica’s ‘can do’ attitude. When we arrived in Cabrera we were so excited by the lack of tourism and the chill laid back attitude of the area. Casa Kimball is striking in photos but in person it is infinitely more than we could have imagined.

We found our fantastic photographer extraordinaire, Michelle Turner Photography, online. Michelle came down with her husband Eric as her second photographer and they started scouting the area immediately. I don’t think they stopped working the entire time they were in Cabrera.

We chose there ceremony location for it’s proximity to the crashing waves and for it’s lush green grass. David’s aunt lead our ceremony in which we asked each of our guests to speak on the topic of love and relationships. We had so much fun during the ceremony with our guests and all the personal touches each person brought. After the ceremony we toasted and got to some preliminary dancing! I had sent Monica a few pictures of what I envisioned for the flowers and the decor and she made my vision sing! Our meal was outstanding and the service we received the moment we stepped on the island was superb. We absolutely had to invite the whole staff into the dining room so that we could express our gratitude and give them a round of much deserved applause. We danced late into the evening while sipping on our tropical cocktails and nibbling on the homemade desserts.

The next day we got to do it all again -well sort of. We got dressed up and met up with Michelle and her husband for a day of fun local shots. We went back to the beach where we had the bonfire, we hit the center of Cabrera and a fun local bar called Manny’s where we found time to have a few drinks with our talented photographers. We went back exhausted and spent the next day on the beach alone reliving the moments of the days that just passed.

Photography: Michelle Turner Photography / Flowers: Casa Kimball / Event Design: Casa Kimball / Venue: Casa Kimball / Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Dominican Republic Celebration of Marriage

Most of our features are all about the photos … photos from every imaginable wedding style, every imaginable type of couple ~ from across the many parts of the world that our Little Black Book members travel.  Today’s feature was sent to us by Soroya and Candice at The Finishing Touch, an event and wedding design & coordination firm with offices in Metro New York and London. And although the photos we have for you today are great, this feature is more about the story. The story of Jenn and Eliu. If you are in the midst of planning your own wedding, and are feeling even the least bit stressed … be sure you read to the very end for a real pick-me-up reminder of what it’s all about!

Their story

Jennifer and Eliu met in Bayonne, New Jersey many years ago during high school. Hear what Jenn says about the ensuing years …

Although we had our bumps in the road, our paths always stayed together- fighting with passion toward our vision and what we knew in our hearts and souls- that our love transcended that of husband & wife.  So for a long while, we never saw the need to marry. We were revolutionaries and non-traditionalists and we loved that about ourselves.

The Finishing Touch ~ Jenn and Elui

Honestly, we struggled with what marriage would provide that we didn’t already have. We didn’t feel the need to be like Nike and “Just Do it!”    Our lives had taken us through so many new situations, states, homes, phases of development and personal growth. As each year passed, we didn’t think about not being married or how it seemed, we thought about being mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally prepared for the beauty and challenges of marriage.

In 2007, after a particularly long period apart, Eliu showed up on Jenn’s doorstep and asked her to marry him!

Again, from Jenny …  Time literally stood still. Eliu said that he had traveled across the country to say that he loved me more than life itself. After many hugs and kisses, he said there was one more surprise!  ANOTHER? He popped in a video tape and started playing a home video of his mom, sister, nieces and MY parents flooded with emotion and CONGRATULATING us on our engagement! Truly, it was the best day of our lives.

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from Candice at The Finishing Touch

The fun began on Friday when Jenn and Eliu, along with many of their guests arrived in Punta Cana at the Paradisus Palma Real. Their wedding weekend kicked off with welcome drinks ~ a “Bienvenidos Gathering.”  Saturday was filled with an amazing excursion … swimming with the Dolphins and Sting Rays.  Although the water was chilly, all had a wonderful time and got some amazing pictures.  They all came racing back (literally racing) for the rehearsal on the beach.

The Rehearsal Dinner was held at the Bana Bistro where guests enjoyed family-style Asion Fusion fare. Our design team had created a photo book that featured all of the guests in attendance, along with a write-up about their importance in Jenn & Eliu’s lives. It was during dinner that they shared this special gift with each of their guests.

In all my years as a Wedding Consultant, I have seen and been touched by many wedding ceremonies … but none more so than the one I witnessed on Naos Beach at dusk.  One of Jenn’s closest friends performed the ceremony. It was a mix of culture and spirituality that brought tears to EVERYONE’s eyes. Jenn’s brother added a special touch by providing all the music, played on his saxophone.  We often tell our brides and grooms to always remember that although they are hosting a great party, the importance of the day is found at that moment when they become man and wife, and this was certainly true for Jenn and Eliu.

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And here is the part that sums it all up … from Jenn …

Eliu and I work so well because our spiritual beliefs sustain us and carry us when the road appears too long and too dark.  He trusts me- even when I over analyze and make him take psychological assessments and bring my work home- he humors me and honors me and what I do- he appreciates that I will be a doctor and that I am a strong woman who occasionally roars. We work because we LIKE each other more than LOVE each other.  We work because we are best friends with benefits. We work because when one of us is almost out of steam the other picks up. We work because we take mini-getaways to revive our spirits. We work because we respect each other.

Jenny, you have reminded us ALL what this thing called LOVE and MARRIAGE is all about. We truly thank-you for sharing your story with us today!

You can see more photos and details from their wedding over on Candice’s blog!

Beach Glamour At Punta Cana From D. Jones Photography

Earlier today we mentioned that Laura Burlton with D. Jones Photography had sent us two weddings, each with their own distinctive “style”. Well, this is the second of the two, and is simply a drop-dead gorgeous destination wedding that took place at Paradisus Palma Real Resort on Bavara Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. If you are even toying with the idea of a destination wedding, you have to look at this place! Punta Cana is all about the beach. Twenty some odd miles of the finest, silkiest sand.

And as far as stunning bridal parties go … hold onto your hats!

Laura Burlton ~ D.Jones Photography

This is just a tidbit of what the beautiful bride, Laura,  had to say about their story …

We first met during a modeling runway show in Houston, Texas but we actually did not speak to each other until we met up through mutual friends at a birthday party. From then on we began our love relationship. Alex proposed to me on the 1st of February. My birthday is on the 31st of January and he took me to California to visit for my birthday gift. As we were traveling to our destination, we wanted to enjoy the beautiful scenery from highway 1. Once he found the perfect spot we got out of the car close to a cliff near the water and he got down on one knee and asked me to share the rest of my life with him.

Laura Burlton ~ D.Jones Photography

I am a recent graduate from the University of Houston with a major in Computer Engineering Technology and I have been modeling for over 6 years.  We enjoy working out, training, dancing and outdoor activities like white water rafting.

Laura Burlton ~ D.Jones Photography

I actually chose my wedding location from a magazine I was looking at from Barnes and Nobles. As long as I can remember, I always wanted to get married on the beach. The only problem was … where?  I went to Barnes and Nobles and picked up a magazine that had all the wedding destinations across the world. Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic was my favorite place … and that’s how I chose my wedding location!

As far as flowers, this was very important to me. I knew I wanted orchids. I looked online for the perfect flowers and I sent them to Viviana the wedding planner and she duplicated the picture. Other than that, I wanted our wedding to be as easy as pie ~ the least difficult as possible …

Laura Burlton ~ D.Jones Photography

If you think these two gorgeous people ought to be on the cover of a magazine … they very well might be! {They are both models!}

Laura’s dress is a Badgley Mischka design. Our congratulations to Laura & Alex on your marriage and wish you the very best!!

Laura Burlton ~ D.Jones Photography

Thanks SO much to Laura Burlton with D. Jones Photography for sending us both of these fabulous weddings featured today on the Little Black Book Blog!

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Day After Session

Resort Details

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