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Kateryna + Chris Wedding @ Huracan Cafe

Prepare yourselves as this is one of those lonnnngg blog posts from me!

This was my second wedding on my first trip to Punta Cana this year and as always it was a blast, i seriously need to figure out a way to shoot there at least for 2 months out of the year, it really is effortless for me to work under the environment provided there or maybe I’m used to the NYC struggle and challenges when it comes to exploiting my creativity as a shooter, that when I shoot in PC everything almost becomes second nature.

Anyhow meet Kateryna + Chris who tied the knot at the beautiful Huracan Cafe in Punta Cana, while their guest count was very small and intimate, they packed a hell of a party and a very sweet crowd that treated me as though they knew me long before the wedding, the day started at the resort Now Larimar, just a couple of steps from the Huracan, there i met Chris and his boys at the beach, instead of going the traditional route of getting ready pics all grooms do, Chris wanted no parts of that and instead we decided on doing an improv shoot! some drinks, some football and even a champagne shower were part of his getting ready pics, just a bunch of guys having a fun time. After i was done with Chris i walked over to Huracan right on the beach (one of the joys of working on the island….lol) and I met up with my amazing bride Kat and began my usual routine of detail shots to showcase the beauty of Natis work and Kats vision and most important Kat and her bridesmaids in their candid element, I’m not sure which group i had more fun with, the guys or the girls, I think ill give the edge to the guys ONLY because they played a game of football…lol…no seriously i had a blast working with all of these guys.

Anyhow, Ill cut this wall of text short and let you guys enjoy the pics of this fantastic wedding.

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Rachel + Gabriel’s wedding at Casa De Campo

Here’s to wishing all of our future final season weddings look like this one!

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.

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Julie + Tyrell @ The Huracan, Punta Cana

Hi Guys!

Ok bare with me on here, its been a while since I took the time to actually blog lol. Anyhow almost 2 years ago, my bro-in-law got hitched in Punta Cana and both Angie and I were part of the bridal party, on this day i got a taste of how awesome it is to actually shoot on the island, the immense stress and pressure that comes with being a photographer, literally seem to vanish behind the beauty of it all, this day I promised myself I will come back and shoot my own wedding on the island.

Fast forward to about a month and here I was once again!…this time i came wielding my cameras and having a blast doing so, with an amazing Bride and a singing groom, yes the man serenaded his bride during the reception!

Julie + Tyrell were referred to me by my sisnlaw whom as I stated earlier had gotten married at The Huracan Cafe in Punta Cana and is where Julie was planning to have her own wedding!. I of course jumped at the opportunity and after speaking with my her, she decided to book us! I couldnt have been any happier, Julie’s personality and mines sort of blended as if we had been friends for a while and knew the day of the wedding couldnt get any better, that was until i met her friends and family..lol. I ended up traveling alone to Punta Cana and surely thought i would be lonely, but the second I landed I met Julie’s uncle Manny, who btw is an incredibly talented bridal designer and who made Julie, not 1 but 2 stunning gowns! we had a 30 minute ride to the Majestic Colonial Resort and we immediately hit it off, all of a sudden I didnt feel all that alone, then I met Julie’s wonderful mom and I realized where Julie gets her charismatic and approachable personality from! the woman who had never met me, rushed me with a hug, kiss and a beer! It was a party from the start and I was treated as more than just a vendor, I was treated as a friend of the family. Thank you Julie + Tyrell, thanks to your mothers, family and friends for trusting me as your photographer and hope you guys enjoy these photos.

To finish it off THANK YOU Anna who I met on my broinlaws wedding 2 years ago as the hair/makeup and who also did Julie’s…Ive worked with many vendors in my years as a photographer, this woman left a huge impression on me and i highly recommend her to anyone and a huge THANK YOU to Nati who made Julie’s dream a reality and planned everything with her from flowers, chairs, cake, decor, etc every little detail that made this such a beautiful wedding and made my job a piece of cake with how organized and pretty everything was.

Location : The Majestic Colonial + The Huracan Cafe

Hair + MakeUp : Anna Nuet

Dresses : Manuel Palferez

Event Coordinator/planner : Natalia Roldan

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