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eden roc la palapa wedding, punta cana {kristie + josh}

April 5, 2016

Kristie & Josh connected on eHarmony, but truly knew they were in love and meant to be together after they had gone on a trip to the Dominican Republic, just a few months after starting to date.

Such beautiful souls!! Their Big Day at La Palapa, Caleton in Cap Cana was absolutely perfect. Huge THANK YOU to Nati Roldan for decorating, coordinating and shining her light.

Dearest Kristie & Josh – thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sharing your incredible DAY with us! You two are such beautiful human beings and we are honoured to document your LOVE!!! 
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Kristie on having a destination wedding: “The stress of having a BIG wedding led us to the decision to have a destination wedding. We had one incredible date night at La Palapa in Cap Cana’s Caleton Beach club the first time we visited Punta Cana and the place always had a very special meaning to us.”

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Top three things Kristie loves about Josh: “His compassion. His respect. His love for our families!”

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Hair & make-up by the amazing Krystie Ann.
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Top three things Josh loves about Kristie: “Her sense of humour. Her passion. Her drive.”

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Kristie on the Proposal:

 “It was A-MAZING! Josh & I had a 10 day trip planned to Playa del Carmen Mexico, and I ‘knew’ all along it would be the time he was going to propose! Boy, was I wrong!! The night before we left we went to a local steakhouse (which happens to be the first place we ever met) to meet some friends for dinner. I quickly learned that was all a rouse; he had a private room rented and when we walked in there were candles, rose petals, flowers, champagne (THE WORKS). I was speechless that he had pulled all that off without me knowing. That’s when Josh got down on one knee and popped the question. Of course I said yes!!!!

That wasn’t the end of surprises. He tells me we are headed elsewhere for dinner. I’m still in a daze and follow him back out to the valet. Then he whisks me a few miles away and we enter another local restaurant, Buku, (which happens to be the location of our second date) and again, he had secured a private room, where ALL of our family and very close friends were waiting for us!!  WHAT?!?!?!  How did he ever pull this off!!  I immediately broke down in tears – I was so touched!”

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Ideal day together:Sitting on the beach, sipping cocktails and talking about our future.”

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Most romantic memory together: “Having a private, luxurious dinner at La Palapa on our first trip to the DR. And that’s where we just got married!!”

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Josh: “I love that she… makes me laugh… Constantly.

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Kristie: “One of Josh’s magical powers is being a true gentleman – it’s a lost art and he still knows how it should be done!”

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Kristie’s favourite guilty pleasures: “Ice Cream. Chocolate.  ANY TYPE OF CHEESE!!!”

Josh’s favourite guilty pleasures: “Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.”

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Josh: “One of Kristie’s magical powers is the ability to see through my BS and know that something is on my mind. She has those powers.”

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Kristie: “With Josh in my life, I am more driven both personally and in my work life. He pushes me to be the best!”

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Kristie: “My favourite gift from Josh is a collection of poems he wrote to me during the first few months we dated.”

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Kristie: “I love that he… loves me in a way that makes me feel unstoppable. I love it when he…lets me nuzzle on his chest every single night. It’s my favourite place in the world!”

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BRIDE & GROOM POST-WEDDING REFLECTIONS:

What did you love most about your Wedding?

“We loved having our closest friends and family there to share the beauty and intimacy of our personalized ceremony… in the most unbelievably romantic settings we’ve known!”

Any regrets? What would you have done differently if you could?

“Our only regret is that the reception flew by so quickly – wished we would have allowed more time for dancing!”

Most memorable moments from the Day / Wedding week:

“1. Private catamaran cruise for all of our guests was the perfect way to relax with everyone the day after the wedding.

2.  The First Look we did with Katya & Rob was amazing! I would recommend that every couple considers having a First Look. Definitely helped calm our nerves prior to the ceremony.

3.  Having Josh’s brother perform the ceremony was so special for us and really made the ceremony so personalized.”

Any comments about vendors, resort etc

“We had the best vendors who were so professional throughout the entire process!

Nati was the amazing wedding planner and designed the altar, florals and table settings! She also coordinated all the vendors and transportation which took all of the small details out of our hands. She rocks!!!

Katya & Rob – one word – perfection!

Krystie Ann did a beautiful job with all of our hair and make-up.

Mery created a beautiful and delectable dessert display.

Eden Roc offers a breathtaking setting and their service is top notch.”

Any advice for future brides/grooms! 

“Read Katya’s blog at the beginning of your planning process!  (And then again two months prior)!”

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