Tara and Simon’s Destination Wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Congratulations Tara and Simon on your recent nuptials! What beautiful pics.

Punta Cana Destination Wedding

About Simon and Tara
Occupations: Tara: Admin/Recruiter, Simon: Regional Distributor
How they met: We actually grew up on the same street, which we didn’t know. We met 10 years ago at a local pub through mutual friends. We went on our first date 3 years later and the rest is history!
What attracted Simon to Tara: How caring, loving, and amazing her personality is
What attracted Tara to Simon: His personality, his big heart, and his eyes
What was the best advice you received as a couple?
Always be honest with one another and the best thing is always communicate with each other
Engagement story:
September 1, 2011: Simon found out he would be moving out of Ontario to open a new office in Edmonton. We went to our favourite restaurant as he told me what his plans were on moving and wanted to make sure that I would go with him. I obviously said I would move wherever he was going. Once he knew that I was good with relocating, following dinner he said he would like to upgrade my promise ring and handed me a box and asked me to be his wife.

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The Wedding Day
Wedding date: September 27, 2014
Number of guests: 40
Wedding colours:
Royal blue and white
Tara’s most memorable moment:
Just seeing his expression when he saw me walking towards him
Simon’s most memorable moment: When I turned around and saw her walking down the aisle
Their advice to others:
Take in every moment and don’t rush the day. Don’t stress out on the little things everything will turn out the way it’s supposed to
Favourite wedding detail:
Our theme was Toronto Maple Leafs
Most unexpected moment:
When it was thundering and lightning as we were on the beach, it never rained and the sun came out for a brief couple minutes when we were saying our vows
Most romantic moment:
Taking photos on the beach privately after the bridal party took off; with the sunset…it was just breathtaking
Did you include any traditions in your wedding?
Yes, we did. Something blue, something old, something new, something borrowed and not seeing each other until I walked down the aisle
No honeymoon; we travel twice a year
The day in three words: Amazing, unforgettable and beautiful

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Wedding Details
Ceremony location: Beach gazebo at Majestic Colonial
Reception location: Indoors due to weather
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Loved the reviews and pictures
Tara’s gown:
White A-line, sweetheart and train with some detail
Tara’s shoes:
Royal blue flip flops
Simon’s outfit:
White tuxedo with royal blue vest, royal blue tie and white dress shoes
Type of rings:
Both have diamond bands
Simple jeweled earring and necklace
Bridesmaid’s dresses:
Royal blue knee length
Groomsmen attire:
White tuxedo with royal blue tie and white dress shoes
Wedding song:
All of Me by John legend
Signature drink: Champagne
Seashell tea light
Mix of current and oldies
Flowers: Mix of tropical flowers
Pinned up; was too hot to wear it down
Simple with blue eye shadow
Buffet – soups, salads, fish, lobster tail, chicken and steak

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Fun Stuff
Astrological signs: Tara is Pisces and Simon is Aquarius
What was old?
Simon’s dad’s wedding band
What was new?
Tara’s dress
What was borrowed?
A bracelet my 2 other sisters wore on their wedding days
What was blue?
My Toronto Maple Leaf garter and royal blue flip flops
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?
We had minor hiccups with hair appointments and the weather but it honestly was the best day of our life being on the beach. Being in paradise with our close family and friends just meant the world to us and would not change a thing about it.

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Tell us about your experience working with LUXE Destination Weddings: We are so thrilled that we had the help of LUXE to plan our destination wedding. Wedding planning with Cindy made the process very smooth. We would not have been able to plan this destination wedding without them; it took a lot of headache and stress off of us. We never had to get on top of people for deposits etc… LUXE Destination Weddings took care of everything! J

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