Veronica and Jessie’s Destination Wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

About Veronica and Jessie
Occupations: Administrative & Business owner
How they met: Introduced by Jessie’s sister (Vicky) through horses
What attracted Jessie to Veronica: Attitude, looks and  personality
What attracted Veronica to Jessie: Tall, dark and handsome with an interest in horses
Engagement story: Jessie proposed a few days before Christmas

The Wedding Day
Wedding date: April 25, 2013
Number of Guests: 18
Wedding Colors: Navy, green, ivory and peach
Veronica’s most memorable moment: Exchanging ours vows
Jessie’s most memorable moment: Having dinner on the beach and looking up seeing the stars and full moon, and taking it all in.
Veronica and Jessie’s advice to others: Pay for the service of a wedding coordinator/planner to avoid all stress and enjoy your wedding day (and the days leading up to it).
Favourite wedding detail: Private and romantic ceremony
Most unexpected moment: Our guests’ emotional reaction to our ceremony
Most romantic moment: Holding hands at the alter and feeling like we were completely alone.
Honeymoon: Planning a luxurious escape for 2014.
The day in three words: Genuine raw emotion

Wedding Details
Ceremony and Reception location:
NOW Larimar Resort
Bridal gown:
Watters & Watters (with custom embellishments)
Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden crystal sandals
Groom’s outfit: Banana Republic – Exclusive Mad Men Collection
Type of Rings: Veronica – Custom band to match custom engagement ring (Jacomo Jeweller); Jessie – Unique custom ceramic ring (LaserCraftDesigns – Etsy)
Jewellery: Custom pearl earrings, bracelet and necklace (GirlsLovePearls – Etsy)
Bridesmaids dresses: Bill Levkoff
Groomsmen attire: Banana Republic – Exclusive Mad Men Collection
Wedding song: Forever by Ben Harper
Favours: We gave welcome gifts (Vacation Survival Kits – see below) to our guests instead of favours
Music: R&B, dance, pop and some fun old tunes.
Flowers: White rose bouquet for bridesmaids, white and peach bouquet for bride
Photographer: WBA Studio
Ceremony Venue: Rooftop gazebo (Secrets Resort)
Reception Venue: Beach (Secrets Resort)
Stationery/Invitations: Created by bride and ordered from Tulaloo (Jessica Creter)

Fun Stuff
Astrological Signs (Veronica’s) and (Jessie’s):
Taurus and Virgo
What was borrowed?
Father’s bow tie (Wrapped around bridal bouquet)
What was new? Garter, dress and jewellery
What was old? Late Grandmother’s wedding band
What was blue? Garter
What did you put in gift bags? Jessie and Veronica’s Wedding Survival Kits: Aloe vera gel and lotion, Advil, hand sanitizer, body lotion, playing cards, foldable beach bags, sewing kit, Tide-To-Go, hair clip, lighter, facial tissue (read “I cry at Weddings”), facial make-up remover wipes, first aid kit and mouth wash.

Tell us about your experience working with LUXE: Working with Laura through LUXE Destination Weddings was an exceptional experience. I could not have gotten all the details and wedding pulled together in Punta Cana, from Montreal without her. I cannot sing her praises enough. She was super organized very prompt in her email responses, diligent about follow-ups, and extremely good at offerings suggestions and alternatives to help us remain on budget! Laura always kept us up-to-date on the progress of pending issues and was so good about answering every question, addressing concerns and problem solving. A good planner I think is a predictor of how great your wedding will be. I enjoyed being able to leave the organizing and planning to Laura, she really understood exactly what we wanted, so I felt confident leaving her to handle things while I enjoyed being engaged!!! Trust us, you’d rather be enjoying time together instead of bickering over small details, when you can trust an expert to it!


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