I am left speechless after my dream turquoise wedding in the Dominican Republic. It was everything I had dreamed of and more. If you have been following my engagement, wedding dress shopping, celebrations, and wedding planning over the 8 months of our engagement–the big day finally came. It arrived in what felt like a blink of an eye, and passed in a heartbeat. It’s hard to believe that I married the man of my dreams on a tropical palm fringed island. Floating down a white sandy isle on a sunny day to a man standing in front of a beautiful twinkling turquoise sea with not a cloud in the sky was beyond what I had imagined. That same man swept me off my feet 5 years ago. I met him under a white gazebo on the beach to be joined together for eternity. It was one of the most spectacular moments of my life. I bet it’s no surprise to you that turquoise was the inspiration of our wedding week in the Caribbean!
The Majestic Colonial Punta Cana was the perfect location for our destination wedding and week of celebrations with our family and friends. As a beach lover and turquoise seeker, it was always my dream to get married on a white sand beach surrounded by turquoise water. As lovers of travel (Corey is a pilot and I was bit by the travel bug when I was 5 years old), it only made sense that we would get married away. We loved the concept of doing a destination wedding with our most intimate loved ones. The opportunity to spend a week with them to celebrate our commitment is once in a lifetime. After months of debate, we decided on Punta Cana, Dominican Republic as the best location for what we had been looking for based on our date, budget, and must haves. No location would be perfect, some compromise was involved, but this was as close to heaven for my fantasy turquoise beach wedding. My fantasy became reality. Our wedding pictures miraculously turned out as if they were taken from a travel magazine thanks to Alyssa Martin Photography. My totally turquoise tropical wedding was more than I imagined. How did I get so lucky? Warm weather, white sand, turquoise water, palm trees, and 5 star class–we got it all!
The Majestic Colonial Punta Cana offered the perfect setting and provided us more than we bargained for. The Majestic Colonial Punta Cana is one of the top locations for destination weddings in the Dominican Republic. With much experience and knowledgeable wedding coordinators who are fluent in English, they know exactly what they are doing. They have mastered the planning process for destination weddings. Our communication with the resort via distance and on site went more smoothly than I predicted, especially for planning a wedding in another country (and not being in that country during the planning process). Planning a destination wedding turned out to be more work than I initially thought it would be, but I’m pretty confident it is still way less work than a large at home wedding. To my surprise, planning an abroad wedding is not the same as planning a trip. Ha! Was I ever surprised. Luckily, the resort took care of the majority of things. My husband reminded me, we can make it as simple or intricate as we want. We opted to keep our wedding as simple and laid back as possible, while adding the elements most important to us. I wanted to enjoy my wedding day and not be overwhelmed by unimportant little details. One of the joys of getting married on a beach is having a basic, yet elegant wedding. The turquoise water was the perfect backdrop to highlight our special day, so we did without all of the over the top decorations. Simple is good. Basic white was the perfect colour to compliment our turquoise theme. Our beautiful location was all we needed. The basic wedding package the resort offers is everything and more than I hoped for. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Destination weddings are the way to go–we love to travel, vacation in tropical places, save money, and we still got exactly what we wanted for our special day without all the stress that goes with weddings.
As a budget savvy lady, I found almost everything on sale or second hand. As for the rest, I made as much of it as I could. From the jewelry (mine and the girls), hair pieces, bridesmaid bouquets, my bouquet, boutonnieres, corsages, thank you gifts, and welcome bags, I either made them myself or adapted them to be exactly how I wanted. I did my own makeup after a summer session with a makeup artist and got my hair done at the resort spa. I incorporated the age old tradition of something old, borrowed, blue, and new. It was fun searching for vibrant memorable items for each category. Nearly every aspect of our wedding had some significance and a story behind it. Our turquoise vintage beach themed wedding turned out without a hitch. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world and often question how I got so lucky. The only answer I can come up with is that I am blessed. Our wedding day came and went in a flash. Although it is a day that feels like was in fast forward, it’s also a day that plays out in my mind in slow motion; it is a day forever engrained in my memory and one I will remember until the end of time.
With waves lapping gently on the beach and palm trees swaying in the distance, I held the hands of my love in mine on the afternoon of August 19th and said my vows in one of the most beautiful locations imaginable. As I said on my wedding day, “I most definitely do”!