Whooooo, get ready, this is a juicy one! We’re so thrilled to share this post – Alexandra & Tyler’s wedding was a really special one for a number of reasons. First, we absolutely adore them as a couple… and second, their wedding was the first one to kick off our partnership with Huracan Cafe, an outstanding vintage beachfront wedding venue right here in Punta Cana.
Most of you know that we are diehard fans of Jellyfish Restaurant – it’s absolutely our favourite venue in the world (after all, we did get married there last year)… BUT it’s getting so booked up, many of our brides are asking for equally amazing alternatives. More and more brides are choosing to go off-resort property and want do something special, less cookie-cutter for their Big Day – Huracan will rock your socks off. Rob & I have seen it all and hold a very high standard for our Couples… and we are SO impressed with this place!!
Before sharing Alex & Ty’s love story, let us treat you to some mouthwatering shots of the menu tasting at Huracan… everything was just divine!
Alexandra & Tyler enjoying the feast – good thing Rob & I were around to help them, hehe. Alexandra’s favourite was the beef carpaccio… and mine – the mushroom lobster fettuccine.
Cristiano & Mirko running the show behind the scenes.
The Big Day started at Now Larimar, a fabulous all-inclusive resort just 5 minutes away from Huracan Cafe.
They met through mutual friends and after a few months of flirtation, just couldn’t resist each other. ‘Ty was throwing a birthday party for his best friend at his house and everyone decided they wanted to go out to the bar. Ty and I were having so much fun by ourselves that we decided to stay in. We got really drunk, had a ton of fun… after that super intense make out session we’ve been together ever since!’ 🙂
The proposal came on their 5-year anniversary. ‘I felt it coming but Ty thought I had no idea,’ Alex giggles. After a romantic dinner at one of their favourite restaurants, they brought out a bottle of champagne on their boat for a Lake Ontario sunset cruise. ‘I saw the ring and had to look away because it was too gorgeous to look at!’
Breathtaking ceremony site – vintage tropical elegance meets … pirate ship!
Rob & I walked into the restaurant and were speechless. The decorations were amazing!! Amore is the wedding planner / decorator behind these creations – we didn’t get a chance to meet her, but her work speaks for itself!
‘I really appreciate that Alex loves me for me, she lets me be myself.’
‘I know Ty will be the best father EVER. I can’t wait to be those miserable parents that we saw at Disney world, dragging their screaming kids around – we will have so much fun!’
‘I love how Ty is always selflessly willing to help people with pain-in-the-ass jobs. My family, his family, friends, even people he doesn’t like. He’ll jump out of bed in the middle of the night without hesitation to change someones flat tire.’
Ty loves that Alex is all about sexy surprises… ‘Katya, Alex learned about “love is art” from your blog and surprised me with that in Punta Cana… I loved it!’
‘I love how Ty will go to the liquor store to make sure there’s champagne in the fridge if he knows one of my girlfriends is coming over.’
The presence of the squirrel was an inside joke. Apparently, this is not the first wedding it’s attended! 🙂
Ceremony starts with ‘You’re So Cool’ by Hans Zimmer, a song from an old Tarantino movie they love. ‘We’ve seen it so many times and left it in the DVD player so much that the “you’re so cool” instrumental song would just be playing on loop after we fell asleep. We have also kind of stole the phrase from the movie. Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette are in the middle of a drug deal and she’s fascinated with him so she writes “you’re so cool” on a napkin for him. Ty’s written it to me on a few napkins and put it in my Valentine’s Day card.’
‘The best gift I’ve ever gotten from Alex was a last minute trip to Vegas she surprised me with a couple years ago on my birthday. I thought we were going to Niagara Falls, but she finally showed me the plane tickets just a few days before.’ Alex mischievously adds, ‘the gift also included a lap dance by a sexy blonde (that he doesn’t dare mention again lol).’
IF YOU’RE A BRIDE-TO-BE, here are some insights from Alex herself:
‘After Tyler and I decided that we wanted to have a destination wedding in Punta Cana we started looking at different resorts that were not only affordable to our family and friends, but had what I ‘thought’ to be really nice wedding packages. Before starting this research I was a little ignorant and naive to the whole ‘all-inclusive’ wedding idea. I thought that since we would already be paying for the all-inclusive experience, we would get some sort of a break on the reception (wedding food & drinks). Boy was I wrong! It was soon clear that we were to spend thousands of dollars for 30 people to have dinner at the same place they were having dinner all week. We would be paying for an open bar… even though there was a bar 100 ft away that was already included. I also found that they charge $3 for every bow on every chair and an additional $5 for each coloured napkin. The dinner menus were nice, but you couldn’t have any substitutions and every single person had to have the same meal. I could not even fathom paying that much money for a cookie-cutter wedding that had a 3 hour time limit and so many other restrictions!
At this point I didn’t even think having a wedding off-resort was an option. It never even crossed my mind! But then I plunged into more research and came across Katya Nova’s beautiful blog… I saw her many posts from Jellyfish Restaurant and fell in love. We were so disappointed to find out that the date in May that was really sentimental to us was already booked at Jellyfish – so Katya set out to help us find another amazing alternative, as I was already sure I really wanted a venue as unique as Ty & I! There were a few other options, but when we saw pictures of Huracan Cafe, we knew this was our perfect place. AND when we went there for our tasting, I just knew that we were right where we were supposed to be all along!! All of the food was beyond amazing, better than any resort food, ever. The cocktails were perfect, the best drinks we had on the whole trip actually. Tyler and I even went back to Huracan Cafe for a totally glutinous romantic dinner a few nights later. We needed more Cab, pasta and alone time. The wedding day decor was gorgeous, totally my style. Eclectic and vintage mash-up. It was just perfect! It wasn’t what I had originally imagined, but it was stunning and exceeded all of my expectations. Amore is a genius! Also, this gorgeous beachfront restaurant was less than a five minute walk down the beach, so all of our guests just walked home together at the end of the night.
When we were at NOW Larimar we saw up to 3 weddings a day. There were weddings in the middle of the afternoon right in the middle of the whole place. We would be walking down a path and this path would take us RIGHT up to a wedding ceremony. We literally had to stop and tiptoe through the grass to avoid walking into their party. The whole time we were there, I hate to say it, but I felt sorry for those brides, especially knowing how much money they spent for these weddings. I kept thinking about how lucky we were to find such an amazing location. NOW Larimar is a great resort, as far as resorts go, but I’m so happy with our decision to have the wedding off-resort property at Huracan!
It’s funny, if it wasn’t for Huracan Cafe, I don’t think we would feel any real connection with Punta Cana. The resort was wonderful to stay at but if I got married there I would never go back. We’re already thinking about the next time we can visit Huracan (so I can have more beef carpaccio!)’