• 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!

Natalia and Alex weren't able to do a tasting before the wedding, so they chose a vanilla cake, a guaranteed crowd pleaser. The icing was fondant, which doesn't melt in the heat.

Later, on the dance floor, Natalia underwent an unplanned dress change. "I was sweating like crazy in the Caribbean heat, so on the dance floor I kept hiking up my skirt. Out of nowhere, my wedding planner appeared and started pinning it up with a million safety pins. Then about 20 guests joined in to help. In two minutes, I went from having a ball gown to a miniskirt!"

Photo: Angie Silvy