Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Destination Wedding in the Dominican RepublicWords by Courtney Kellar Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Kella MacPhee
Lauren and Jordan both own their own businesses, so it’s not surprising they both knew exactly what they wanted for their destination wedding. The couple decided to marry at the stunning Casa Kimball in the Dominican Republic. The property sits facing the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by almond trees, coco palms and flowering vines native to the island. The modern villa is spacious and airy in design, but still managed to create a cozy and isolated atmosphere. Lauren, Jordan and their guests had full reign of the 3-acre property for the destination wedding.
The entire wedding party gathered for a private beachside bonfire the night before the wedding. Everyone prepared for the next day’s events while relaxing and bonding under the palms. They enjoyed drinks out of freshly cut coconuts and lounged on hand-stitched throws and pillows. Local musicians played well into the night while a roaring bonfire set the beach aglow.
The morning of the wedding the bridal party relaxed in the infinity pool while Radiohead played from the property’s speakers. Everyone took full advantage of Casa Kimball’s gorgeous pool throughout the wedding. They even danced in the water as the reception was in full swing. Local strays, including two dogs and a cat, were welcome to roam the property as the guests enjoyed everything the Dominican Republic had to offer.
The ceremony took place on the property overlooking the beautiful turquoise water. The wedding was an intimate affair with only the couple’s closest friends and family in attendance. The guests looked on in white chairs adorned with local tropical flowers as the couple said their vows under a Jewish chuppah.
Casa Kimball’s clean lines and modern edge fit the couple’s style and personality perfectly. Each of the three bridesmaids wore a cream dress unique to her and the groom’s party wore grey and silver suits. The brides strapless, lace dress contrasted beautifully with the contemporary design of the property.
Lauren and Jordan brought color to their reception by displaying tropical flowers in local tin food cans. This not only continued the Caribbean feel, but allowed them to embrace the Dominican culture. The patio was illuminated by floating paper lanterns and hundreds of twinkling lights hanging from the paneled ceiling. Music was provided by local musicians and a cigar roller was on hand all night. The guests danced the night away while smoking fine cigars, eating local cuisine and enjoying the bride and groom’s company.
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