Briana & James' Ravishing, Bohemian-Styled Wedding in Dominican Republic

Updated: Sep 19, 2019


Locations:

Villa Blanca - Palmera Resort & Golf (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic)

Sanoa Island

James and Briana share a laugh after their destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Introduction:

Briana and James met in college at Hampton University, but it took some time for the two to actually start dating. James had moved to Maryland after college while Briana was in New York. One day, James decided to "slide in the DM" on social media and Briana took the bait! The couple have been madly in love ever since. James proposed using a drone in front of his parents house. The two then had their Engagement photos taken in Rock Creek Park in Washington D.C. They decided on a destination wedding at Villa Blanca in beautiful Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Getting Ready:

The wedding party was very loose with their preparations since all of the family was spread out on the compound. The ladies got ready in the master bedroom of the villa while the guys got ready in the guest house in the front of the complex. Meanwhile, in the back of the villa, the planner and her staff readied the ceremony area.

The bride getting her makeup done before the destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
The bride's wedding rings on a pineapple centerpiece before the destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The groom having some fun with the bridesmaids before the destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The mother of the bride fixing the bride's wedding dress before the destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
The bride fixing her wedding dress before the destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
The bridesmaids posing for a portrait before the destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The groom and groomsmen posing for a portrait before the destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Ceremony:

Their ceremony was held in the back of the villa under a gorgeous floral archway. Accompanying the floral colors were hints of pineapples around the ceremony. It all helped to tie into the island theme. As soon as the couple started their vows, a tropical rain started. While it wasn't the best of times for the electronics and some of the cupcakes, they say it's good luck for a little rain to happen on your wedding day. The story is that if you can get through rain on your wedding day together, you can get through anything.

The groom embracing the father-of-the-bride during the destination wedding ceremony.

The grand scene of the destination wedding ceremony in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The bride begins to read her vows as it begins to rain during the destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The bride begins to shed tears as the groom reads his vows during the destination wedding at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The groom slides on the bride's wedding band during the destination wedding at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The bride slides on the groom's wedding band during the destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The bride and groom share their first kiss during the destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Formals:

For the ladies, we tried to keep things a little simple after the rain and stuck with some traditional setups. The guys, however, wanted to have a little more fun. We utilized the vast space of the golf course behind the villa to come up with some fun shots!

The wedding party and parents of the bride pose for a formal portrait after the destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
The bride and groom pose for a formal portrait with the family of the bride after the destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The parents of the bride show their love after the destination wedding in Punta Cana

The bride and her bridesmaids pose for a fun formal portrait after the destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The groom and his groomsmen pose for a fun portrait after the destination wedding at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
The groom and his groomsmen pose for a fun portrait after the destination wedding at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
The groom and his groomsmen pose for a fun portrait after the destination wedding at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
The bride poses for a fun portrait after the destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
The bride and groom pose for a formal portrait after the destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
The bride and groom pose for a formal portrait after the destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Reception:

As the sun faded below the horizon, the wedding party enjoyed a delicious plated dinner at an amazingly decorated grand table under a sheer canopy. The couple danced the night away into the wee hours of the morning with their guests; eventually ending up in the pool.

The wedding party enters the wedding reception in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The bride and groom entering their destination wedding reception in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The bride and groom have thier first dance during their destination wedding reception in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The bride and groom have thier first dance during their destination wedding reception in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The bride and her father share their special dance at the destination wedding reception in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The dinner table at the destination wedding reception in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The maid of honor giving her poetic speech during the destination wedding reception in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The best man gives his toast during the destination wedding reception in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The bride's sisters speak at the destination wedding reception in Punta Cana, Dominican Repulic.

The couple cuts their cake at the destination wedding reception in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The bride poses for a dramatic portrait during the destination wedding reception in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.