Lifestyle Holidays Resort Destination Wedding : Essie + Matt

It’s not often I get to photograph a destination wedding in paradise, but this past week I did. I was asked to go to the Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic to photograph Essie & Matt’s destination wedding. It was wonderful! We showed up on Sunday afternoon to check in and got settled in our Villa. The wedding was set for Tuesday afternoon. We met with the wedding coordinator the day before and everything was set.

Matt & Essie had many of their friends, family, and co-workers come in to enjoy this celebration with them. That alone was super cool! I was able to hang out at the beach and photograph them having drinks before the big day. When it was time, I went over to the Villa where Essie was to get ready. I photographed her dress in the yard and the shoes & jewelry inside. It was hot! Luckily, we were shooting the wedding in a gazebo.

After she was ready we took some shots of just her. Her dress was elegantly simple and perfect for the venue/weather. We were shuttled to the other side of the resort and that’s where everyone was waiting. She was escorted in and the ceremony began. The ceremony was in Spanish, but it was translated. After the ceremony they had their first dance in front of everyone. From their we got golf carts and rode to Serenity Beach for Bride & Groom photos. A storm was coming in so we had to hustle. We were able to get some great shots and then headed back to the Villa for the small reception. From there we all went out to dinner later on. It was a wonderful wedding and an honor to be asked to go and be able to shoot it. Here are some of my favorites from the day: