Jennifer and John’s Destination Wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana Destination Weddings
About Jennifer and John

How they met:  We met through a mutual friend.
What attracted John to Jennifer: Her appearance. He thought Jennifer was beautiful, and her bubbly personality.
What attracted Jennifer to John:  His appearance, his personality, the way he carried himself. The love he has for friends and family.
What was the best advice you received as a couple? “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Engagement story: John booked a room at a bed and breakfast in Cape May, NJ. He had booked a couple’s massage for us the morning of April 26th, 2013.  We first went downstairs for breakfast. During breakfast he had the owner bring over a bag. I thought the bag was a bottle of wine. When I opened the bag it was a glass shaped heart with a message in the bottle. The letter was all the important dates in our lives. Example: the date we date, our first date, etc. The last date on the bottom was April 26th, 2013 and it said “the day we become engaged” and he got down on one knee and asked me if I would marry him. I obviously said yes and was smiling from ear to ear. That started our journey.

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The Wedding Day
Wedding date: July 25th, 2015
Number of guests: 44 guests
Wedding colours: Light pinks
Jennifer’s most memorable moment: Walking down the aisle to my handsome groom.
John’s most memorable moment:  Watching his bride walk down the aisle.
Their advice to others: Enjoy every single moment. It goes by very quick.
Favourite wedding detail: The Ocean in the background during our ceremony.
Most unexpected moment: Jennifer’s brother and sister performed a song for them after the toasts were done. It was amazing!
Most romantic moment: Our vows and our first dance.
Honeymoon: Our honeymoon was in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
The day in three words: Best day ever.

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Ceremony location:  On the beach
Reception location:  Poolside
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We wanted a destination wedding and DR was perfect for it.
Jennifer’s gown: Madison James
Jennifer’s shoes: Nina
John’s outfit: Linen pants and a white button down shirt
Type of rings: John: white gold with diamonds. Jennifer: White gold band with diamonds.
Jewellery: Jennifer wore a pearl bracelet and earrings.
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Bill Levkoff
Groomsmen attire: Linen pants and a white button down shirt
Wedding song: I Choose You by Sara Bareilles
Favours: We donated money to a cause that is dear to our hearts.
Music: Today’s Hits is what we asked to be played.
Flowers: Bridesmaids had pink gerber daisies, and Jennifer’s bouquet was a mixture of roses and daisies.
Stationery/Invitations: I got our invites from

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Astrological signs (Jennifer) and (John): Gemini and Virgo.
What was old? A ring from my deceased Grandmother that I wrapped around my bouquet.
What was new? My dress
What was borrowed? Same as old
What was blue? Garter
What did you put in gift bags? Personalized beach towels, personalized t-shirts, personalized chapstick, personalized sun tan lotion, personalized sunglasses.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? It was just absolutely amazing.

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Tell us about your experience working with LUXE Destination Weddings: We loved working with LUXE. Alexandra and Lizzie were amazing. They were there for us every step of the way. When we arrived on destination we were so happy that everything was set up just the way we planned. I would recommend LUXE to everyone and I would also recommend a destination wedding.

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  1. Marie Vasile says:

    Loved every moment I would recommend Luxe to anyone planning a destination wedding. It was so prefect in every way!!! LOVED LOVED EVERY THING ABOUT IT!!!!

  2. Jennifer Engel says:

    I love this ! Thank you so much for bringing me back to our wedding day. This blog is fabulous !! We love luxe destinations and everything you guys did for us. You made our wedding day everything we’ve ever wanted and more. all of our guests still talk about our wedding day, which brings so much joy to my heart. Again thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    Jennifer and John Engel

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