Warning..this is a long one 🙂
I met with Julie back in the summer as she was just beginning to plan her luxury destination wedding in the Caribbean with Luxe Destination weddings in Toronto. We talked for hours…I think it was the most epic consultation ever…5 hours!
Her wedding was planned at Dreams – Palm Beach – a luxury resort in Punta Cana Dominican Republic.
She planned a poolside reception in the evening with fire dancers, a Dominican band and a private DJ to end the evening. It was a dream wedding shared with her closest friends and family. In total there were 30 of us traveling in her party and I can’t say enough about the amazing friends that Julie and Pascal share. Julie and many of her friends met in med school and were now practicing in their respective fields. They traveled from Toronto, New York, Montreal and Quebec City to come together for their wedding.
Pascal was still away on a tour in Afghanistan and so it was only just before the wedding that we had a chance to meet face to face. The next time we would meet would be for their civil ceremony in their home, where I was able to see first hand just how deeply these two loved each other. He was less enthusiastic about being photographed, after they had a preview of their images from the slideshow I prepared for everyone, he said to me ” I am SO glad we brought you!” with a great big hug. Made me feel amazing that they were so happy with their preliminary images :).
By the end of the week we also did a trash the dress session VERY early Friday morning…because Punta Cana does not have sunsets on the water…only sunrises. It was worth it…especially when the clouds finally cleared.
It is always special to document a destination wedding. You can’t help but get more attached to the couple and in getting to know friends and family, the wedding becomes so much more personal. Did I cry again? Yes. It was beautiful.
My favorite moment of the day was when we walked off the resort up the beach to have some quiet moments for photos with champagne in hand. It was the first time all week that I saw the two exhale and savor the moment they were in. With the warm breeze and the sun fading behind them…it was truly sweet.
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