Dominican Republic Cassidy & AndyDestination Wedding

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Cass & Andy’s wedding was an absolute dream. They planned an intimate destination wedding in the Dominican Republic with their family and closest of friends. Villa Flor De Cabrera served as the perfect backdrop. The Bride and Groom and their friends and family were able to spend the whole long weekend together, celebrating their marriage, eating amazing food and lounging in the pool and on the backyard beach.  This is my favorite part of destination weddings, they create an unforgettable experience for the guests and allow the bride and groom to really connect, celebrate, and share their love and appreciation with each of their family members and close friends. Cassidy, Andy, and their beautiful son Vince are an incredible family, they are so clearly adored by their family and friends for their sincerity and kindness. Every moment of their wedding, from the peaceful, oceanside ceremony with handwritten vows, to the gorgeous communal reception table, felt genuine and purposeful. I am so grateful to know Cassidy and Andy and to have captured a small part of their beautiful love story.

I was lucky enough to work alongside my talented friend, Rachael Ellen Events, who does so much more than arrange beautiful things and keep timelines. She creates a mood and ambiance with her designs that is intangible, yet represents the couple in the most magical way.

We were so honored to be featured on Wedding Sparrow, one of our favorite wedding blogs, check it out here.

Photographer: Mary Claire Cook | Film Lab: Photovision | Styling and Florals: Rachael Ellen Events | Dress Designer: Mikaella Bridal | Accessories: Bhldn | Venue: Flor de Cabrera | Paper Goods: Minted | Paper Flowers: The Lovely Ave | Calligraphy: Lustr | Wedding Dress Shop: Schaffer’s | Tuxes: Black Tux | Linen: La Tavola | Silk Runners: Tono & Co | Ribbons: Silk and Willow

Some words from the bride:

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

As a couple we have always loved to travel. We knew that we wanted something very small and intimate where we could share our special day with the people who meant the most. Planning a trip where we could take each of our loved ones and make them all come together and celebrate for days was exactly what we needed. For our wedding day I envisioned bringing romance and glamour to the beach. I wanted the aesthetic to consist of blush pinks, golds, and hints of greenery that would set the tone while still letting the beauty of the Dominican shine. Overall what I truly envisioned most leading up to our day was just seeing everybody have a genuinely great time. I wanted everybody to dance, to let go of life and just live in the moment in one of the most beautiful places the world has to offer.

What was your favorite moment?

I actually have 2 favorite moments. Seeing Andy see me for the first time in my dress would have to be one of the best moments of my life. We had talked about what the moment would be like leading up to our wedding day. He is not a very emotional person so to see him get red cheeks and quivery lips is a moment I will never forget. Another one of my favorite moments was getting ready with my bridesmaids. They put together a book compiled with letters from each of them, my mother and my mother in law. It was so special to me and really reminded me of how wonderful the people I have in my life are. It is the best gift I have ever been given and something I will cherish forever.

What was your favorite crafted detail?

My favorite crafted detail would probably be our backdrop for the ceremony. We wanted the beauty of the Dominican to do most of the work for us so we opted out of having an arch and did a very simple flower install that hung from two trees that over lapped making a natural arch with the ocean behind us. It was perfect and made for a beautiful photo opportunity for our guests as well.