• A modern destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • Lela Rose strapless silk taffeta wedding dress
  • Welcome basket for destination wedding guests
  • White wedding invitations with orange letterpress font
  • Oscar de la Renta wedge heels
  • Yellow rose, air plant, orchid, and craspedia bouquet
  • Orchid and craspedia boutonniere
  • Palm tree at a destination wedding in Punta Cana
  • Wooden signs at a beach destination wedding
  • Wooden lantern and succulent wedding aisle decorations
  • White flower girl dress
  • Dominican Republican destination wedding bridal party
  • Yellow and white cocktail hour flowers
  • Modern lounge furntiure for a cocktail hour
  • Mini rum bottles for escort cards
  • A destination wedding at a Dominican Republic seafood restaurant
  • A modern destination wedding reception
  • A wedding menu with fresh fruit
  • White and yellow flower centerpieces
  • Cigar wedding favors
  • Three-tiered white fondant wedding cake

A Modern Beach Wedding in the Dominican Republic

Two West Coasters traveled to the Dominican Republic for a modern-meets-the-tropics celebration: Think hand-rolled cigars, mini bottles of rum, and lounge furniture on the beach!

"I lost a bet and had to go out with 10 gues on Match.com. After my 10th bad date, I was about to cancel my membership. That's when I got a message from Alex," Natalia says.

The rest is history. On October 20, 2012, San Francisco couple Natalia Carvajal and Alex Villamil married at the Puntacana Resort in the Dominican Republic.

Photo: Angie Silvy