Time to be swept away to the sandy beaches of Punta Cana in the Caribbean for a gorgeous destination celebration captured by Christine Reid Photography. Laura and Derek love to vacate in the Dominican Republic, so naturally it was their first choice for a balmy beach wedding. They kept things relaxed, laid-back and fun, with a beautiful beach side gazebo ceremony, a blue and white palette, girly flip flops and fedoras and cigars for the boys.
Details From The Bride
I always wanted to get married on the beach and we love the Dominican so the beautiful location of Punta Cana gave us the opportunity to share a vacation with our guest. We had a private and intimate ceremony in the resort’s wedding gazebo located directly beside the beach. The reception was at the Spanish restaurant and then afterwards at a piano bar in the resort called Hemingway’s. For those who couldn’t travel with us to Punta Cana, we had a golf club reception back home a couple of weeks later.
Color & Decor
Our colours consisted of blue, white, tan and lots of shells. The gazebo was decorated in blue and white tulle and each guest had mini bubbles on their chairs tied with blue ribbon. The reception tables had bright blue tea lights and starfish place cards.
We had bright and colourful bouquets in a mixture of flowers – theses were made up by the wedding planner. The guys wore purple/pink orchid boutonnieres, and the father of the bride wore a white orchid.
We made “welcome gift bags” which included travel essentials such as, mini sanitizer, travel kleenex, advil, immodium, after bite, pepto bismol, tic tacs, homemade soap in the shape of shells and toothbrushes.
I wanted something light and a little beachy for my wedding gown. It was a mermaid style Mikaella gown and we added a belt for a bit of sparkle. I wore blue flip flops and added rhinestones to them.
The bridesmaids wore turquoise-blue J Crew dresses in 2 different styles with neutral coloured flip flops. I found their blue coloured starfish earrings right after I got engaged (from Stella and Dot) and based a lot of the wedding details around them. They were my gift to the girls.
Groom & Groomsmen
My husband wore a white short sleeved shirt, khaki pants with brown belt and flip flops. The groomsmen wore pale blue short sleeved shirts, with the same pants, belt and flip flops as the groom. All the guys wore fedoras (a gift from the groom).
Planning a wedding from far away! Everything was done with the wedding coordinator via email, with all the major details were decided upon once we arrived in the Dominican. I remember saying to my Husband, “wow we just picked and planned everything for our wedding in 1 hour!” Their wedding coordinator was amazing to work with!
Destination Wedding Tips
Getting married in a different country is a bit challenging. Especially with regards to paperwork and ensuring your guests travel needs are taken care of. Using a trustworthy travel agent is a must!
During the ceremony when the judge asked if anyone objected to us getting married. Everyone was silent and then suddenly the musical trio we had hired tuned in with their instruments singing “no problemo!” everyone laughed. Getting married down South in such a beautiful place with friends, family, sun and sand….that alone was the best part.