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Caribbean Destination Weddings | Andrea and Arash have their winter wedding in the Dominican Republic

I'm always up for a good destination wedding, but *especially* one in the Dominican Republic during the winter!  The weather was perfection and the company even better.  No better way to break up the cold months than a trip to the islands.

The best part about a destination wedding is that you are surrounded with the friends and family that you will probably have for life.  People make that extra effort to be there, and literally go the distance with you.  Plus you get multiple days with the people you are closest to, rather than just one day with everything packed into the course of a few hours.  

Planning a destination wedding can be surprisingly easy!  Andrea and Arash had an intimate wedding with small wedding parties.  The resort took care of a lot of the moving parts that usually weigh down the planning process.  Catering, cake, decor, room rentals, hotel blocks, DJ, and other vendors were essentially taken care of.  

Hiring their wedding photographer was one of the few vendors that they did not want to use the venue for, however.  It was really important to them to have timeless wedding photography and beautiful albums to look back on, and this was not one of the areas that they wanted to compromise on!  I couldn't agree more.  

Terrence and I flew down a few days early to ensure that we wouldn't have any problems with travel since international flights in the winter can sometimes get a little tricky.  Lucky for us because that is exactly what happened to a few traveling guests.  We flew from Denver International Airport to JFK to Punta Cana.  Little did we know, we just missed the big snow storm in New York!  Unfortunately, a few guests did get stuck in NYC airports and missed the ceremony.  

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Always leave extra time for travel!  Flight delays, rental cars, all of these moving parts can go wrong.  We were so glad that we got down there early!  And it meant that we got extra time hanging on the beach and going snorkeling so that was also a bonus! 

Enjoy some of our favorite shots from the day:


Getting Ready:

The venue had a bridal suite, complete with hair and makeup services.  The bride got to relax with her family and enjoy time with her daughter while getting ready.  

 

First Look:

I love when my couples do first looks!  It gives them a few moments of quiet time just to themselves, which a lot of people don't realize is actually a luxury on your wedding day!  

Ceremony:

This beach wedding was complete with warm fun in the sun, waves gently rolling in, and a warm breeze.  They were sentimental, funny, witty, and most of all just celebrating the love they had for each other and their families.  

The Reception:

We just love a good party!  Intimate weddings can still have awesome dancing, fun speeches, and great memories.  The DJ threw a great party that nobody will ever forget.  

We love traveling for weddings!  Andrea and Arash chose an all-inclusive in Punta Cana for it's lovely beaches, warm sun, and ease of travel.

Venue:  Melia Tropical