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