For Rachel and Gabriel’s wedding celebration, we flew to beautiful La Romana, Dominican Republic for a three day celebration at Casa De Campo Resorts and Villa. The celebration began with a Friday night welcome party, followed by the wedding day on Saturday and a final goodbye brunch on Sunday. The wedding ceremony took place at Altos De Chavon, about a 15 minute drive (by golf cart, the main travel choice of the resort since it’s pretty vast). Altos de Chavon, is a replica 16th century Mediterranean village in the heart of the Dominican countryside, complete with cobblestone streets, restaurants, museums, shops, an Amphitheater, home to many concerts and St. Stanislaus church, the charming stone building church where their ceremony took place. We started the day with getting ready photos of Rachel, Rachel’s mom and mother in law and the bridal party at the resort’s salon. I then drove about 10 minutes up to Gabriel’s villa where he, his dad and the groomsman where getting ready. Rain seemed like a real possibility throughout the day, and it finally made an appearance during the outside ceremony causing it for it to be completed inside the actual church. Thankfully, this crowd was amazing and did not let the rain dampen their happiness at all. After the ceremony, we took a quick drive to the amphitheater for a few quick bridal portraits before heading to the the reception back at the Casa de Campo country club. The reception was a real blast, complete with a live music band, a super fun crazy hour- or “hora loca” a high energy show including stilt walkers, clowns, jugglers, funky hats, masks, balloons, and noisemakers where Dominican Dancers engage guest in non-stop dancing and a pretty incredible light show. Rachel and Gabriel are real stars, when we first met with them, here in NYC we thought they were such a happy and easy going couple and this did not change throughout their celebration no matter what came their way. They were genuinely thrilled with every aspect of their celebration and thoroughly enjoyed their day, their friends and families and each other. We truly enjoyed working this wedding and felt honored to capture such a special day.
Anywho this was one wedding i had to make time for, you all know how much i love shooting in Dominican Republic, so is only right i share, lots went on, on this day, even a little boudoir to surprise the hubs and a TTD session to make up for the lack of portraits on the wedding day due to a later ceremony and no first look, we went the traditional route on this one and i loved it because the next day it gave us an excuse to drive to Bayahibe and have ourselves a whole other portrait session, while we were hosted by the wonderful Anna Nuet (sweetest MUA ever) anyways ill write up a little more later, have to get this out before i get to work…lol