Dreamy Island Wedding
Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe | Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Christie and Bob’s Wedding Highlights
In the midst of July, I am finding the weather to be very similar to the weather we had during Christie and Bob’s dreamy Punta Cana destination wedding. We met Christie and Bob through our travel agent, Ken from CK Tours, though the connection is even greater! We’re photographing his best man’s wedding in 2015, and Christie went to school with Ryan; Ryan of Ryan and Nikki from Turks and Caicos 2012. Way cool! And though there are many adventures to share while we were on Punta Cana with Christie and Bob, we’re going to start by sharing the fun we had on their wedding day!
Barceló Bávaro Palace Deluxe is located in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. It is on the beachfront of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The water color and temperature was simply delectable! Once we visited the resort, it seemed only fitting that Christie and Bob would want to get married with their toes in the sand. On a side note, it was great to be away from Pennsylvania this week in April/May, apparently we had some awesome rain storms and flooding!
Christie started her day with her ladies at Barceló Bávaro Palace Deluxe Spa. Bob and his guys spent the morning adventuring through the jungles of the Dominican Republic (the bridesmaids thought we were going to have a Hangover movie experience, but fortunately the guys returned right on time to get ready). The guys looked calm, cool, and collective in their attire by Tommy Bahama and Cubavera. Christie put on her dress from Bijou Bridal and her girls looked tropical in their yellow dresses from David’s Bridal. Christie completed her bridal look with beautiful Hearts on Fire jewelry.
Now, for anyone who has attended a destination wedding, you will know about island time. To say the wedding started on time, might be stretching the truth, but to say it started on island time? That would be 100% accurate! Christie was whisked down to the beach by her wedding coordinator via gulf cart. She took her dad’s arm and, with her toes in the sand, walked down the aisle to a mariachi band. The smile on Bob’s face showed all his excitement for marrying this beautiful woman! After the declaration of marriage and signing of their Punta Cana marriage certificate, we took family photos, bridal photos, and bridal portraits on the beach by the water. Such a backdrop! I cannot believe how crystal clear beautiful the water was! Guests enjoyed finger foods on the beach as well as celebratory drinks.
Guests and the new bride and groom made their way to the Bar Higuey for the reception. This space was fantastic for the reception because it had no walls! Guests enjoyed the tropical air and the views of the lush Punta Cana greenery while Christie and Bob shared their first dance as husband and wife. There was dancing, uplighting, a cigar bar (with a lesson about cigars!), drinking, and all the stateside traditionals like cake cutting, bouquet and garter. Such a fun evening with a great bunch of people!
Christie and Bob, you two are absolutely wonderful and we wish you well in your new marriage! We can’t wait to explore Philadelphia with the two of you and take some more photos!
Can’t get enough destination? Keep an eye out for more posts from Christie and Bob’s adventures in Punta Cana!