Erika and Ted’s Destination Wedding in Punta Cana

NOW Larimar Destination WeddingErika and Ted have officially tied the knot! Set on the beautiful sunny beaches at the NOW Larimar in Punta Cana, they said their “I Do’s” in front of their loved ones.

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About Erika and Theodore
Occupations:  Designer and Truck Technician
How they met:  Online and then realized we had common friends.
What attracted Theodore to Erika: Erika is beautiful and intellectual.
What attracted Erika to Theodore:  Ted is handsome, with a great personality, family values and life goals.
What was the best advice you received as a couple?  Always trust your partner and never let anything or anyone come before each other, Always respect each other, Say “I love you” at least once a day, be engaged in each other’s interests.
Engagement story: We had been dating for about seven years and one Christmas eve while we all opened our gifts, Ted got down on one knee in front of my whole family and asked me if I would marry him. We stared at each other, giggled and I said “yes!” A few months later our planning began. We wanted something casual yet romantic and stunning and that’s when we decided to have a destination wedding with our closest family and friends.

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The Wedding Day
Wedding date:  May 6th, 2015
Number of guests:  22+ 1 baby
Wedding colours:  White, with elegant touches of coral flowers and gold accents.
Erika’s most memorable moment: Walking down the aisle, standing at the altar listening to my father in law perform the ceremony, taking pictures on the beach and the fire show.
Theodore’s most memorable moment:  Seeing Erika in her dress, listening to my father perform the ceremony and having drinks and dancing all night.
Their advice to others: Always express how you feel and work to make things easier for each other. Enjoy each other’s hobbies and make time for everyone in your life.
Favourite wedding detail:  Company of our family and friends and of course the decorative details!
Most unexpected moment:  How stunning everything looked, welcomed with champagne and how happy the staff was towards us. Our wedding coordinators made the day go so seamless and worked to make it prefect for us.
Most romantic moment:  Honey moon services in hotel room and romantic dinner on the beach!
Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Just the couple’s first dance.
Honeymoon:  We would like to go to Europe.
The day in three words: Seamless, Stunning, Happy

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Wedding Details
Ceremony and Reception location:  Now Larimar Resort & Spa Beach
Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  If we were going to do a destination wedding, we just had to appreciate the beach setting.
Erika’s gown: Paraezo Couture 2015 Daisy Dress
Erika’s shoes:  Nine West
Theodore’s outfit:  Ted Baker checked wool pants (super light), white dress shirt, bow tie, brown belt and shoes.
Type of rings:  Classic white gold multistone diamond rings from Spence Diamonds for Erika, Traditional gold band for Theodore.
Jewellery: Family gifts
Bridesmaids dresses: Mori Lee Luxe Chiffon Bridesmaids dress in coral.
Groomsmen attire:  Ted Baker checked wool pants (super light), white dress shirt, bow tie, brown belt and shoes.
Wedding song:  Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Signature drink:  Mama Juana
Favours: Welcome tote bag with aviator glasses, sunscreen and sunblock lip balm. Additional for kids were underwater cameras and kite.
Music: Spanish salsa, reggeaton, pop.
Flowers: White and soft coral on the gazeebo and table settings, bar, and lounge area.
Photographer: Claudia from WBA Studio in Punta Cana.
Hair: Up do with a side bang done by resort spa.
Makeup: Light and natural done by resort spa.
Stationery/Invitations: Thank You cards by Wedding Paper Divas were placed on top of the coral napkins and charger plate at reception.
Catering: We selected the Platinum menu from our resort which included: Cocktail Hours hors d’oeurves: Prunes stuffed with bacon, avocado and cream cheese rolls, melon, cheese and grape brochettes, prosciutto canapés, fried calamari, and spring rolls.
Reception Platinum Menu: Hearts of palm and smoked ham salad with balsamic vinegar and cantaloupe, cream of pumpkin soup with honey, pear sorbet with Chablis, Lobster tail and beef steak with red wine sauce, accompanied by sauteed mushrooms and lastly, pear tartlet with Poire Williams liqeur.

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Tell us about your experience working with LUXE Destination Weddings:
Upon getting engaged, Ted and I went to visit a few wedding shows to get our heads wrapped around this process. By this time we knew we wanted to have a destination wedding, we learned about what many vendors had to offer. The Luxe Wedding representative spoke to us about their services and that very much appealed to us.

Once we visited Luxe at Liberty Village and spoke to the team, we were satisfied and wanted them to plan our wedding! We were introduced with Mandy who helped us select a resort that catered to weddings and children. She was lovely and helped us stay within our budget. We were then introduced to Jackie Courbet who facilitated the airfare with our guests and Cindy Tu who was our wedding consultant. Cindy worked with us for a few months to understand our vision and expectations. She also helped us with her recommendations and introduced us to the wedding team at Now Larimar. On the day of our wedding, we could not have been more amazed at how beautiful it all looked. It’s like seeing our work coming to life.  The setting, music, food was all spectacular. I would definitely recommend the services provided by Luxe Wedding Destinations. Their professionalism and knowledge of in the industry resulted into a great client experience and exceptional wedding day!

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