Allie & Dwayne met in 2007 in College at a house party and devoted that entire summer to falling in love.
They are so warm, loving, sincere, and gorgeous together!
Allie: ‘We choose Punta Cana because we’ve heard amazing things about the country and we have never been there before. Then we started looking at resorts by their landscape, pools, and beach area. We have two friends who have stayed at the Majestic Elegance and had a great experience. Dwayne & I choose Jellyfish because we wanted something secluded, intimate, and romantic. Jellyfish had amazing reviews on weddings, food, atmosphere – it was a no-brainer.’
We hope you enjoy this beautiful Wedding! I’m so in love with it… especially the First Look… and Allie & Dwayne’s hugs … oh, and the cupcakes!!! xoxo K+R.
Top three things Dwayne loves about Allie: ‘I love her character, her love for me, and her body.’
Top three things Allie loves about Dwayne: ‘I love how Dwayne is humble, driven, and funny. He cracks me up!’
Most romantic memory together according to Allie: ‘Recently, we were cooking dinner, drinking wine, listening to music, and dancing in the kitchen. We were having so much fun! I fell even more in love with him after these 8 years. I didn’t know it was possible!’
Most romantic memory together according to Dwayne: ‘When we found our favourite hidden sushi restaurant. We brought our own wine and ordered too much all you can eat sushi. Allie & I sang along to every song they played and by the end she was stuffing sushi rolls in random places because we didn’t want to waste food. We laughed so hard!’
Allie, on the Proposal:
‘About two years ago, we both had the day off and decided to do some shopping and errands. We weren’t expecting to look at rings, but happened to pop into a jewelry store just to look. Dwayne pointed out a few rings to see if I liked them. I tried on a few but nothing caught my eye. Then Dwayne found “the one.” I tried it on and fell in love. We walked out with a ring! I told him whenever the timing felt right to ask me, I would be patiently waiting. Yeah right! We were so excited and filled with emotions. Later that day, I turned around in the bedroom and Dwayne was on one knee with the most beautiful ring. He asked me and I said YES!’
Allie’s favourite guilty pleasures: ‘Reality TV, cosmetics, and zumba.’
Dwayne’s favourite guilty pleasures: ‘Snickers bars & ESPN sports center.’
Allie: ‘With Dwayne by my side, my life is fulfilled. I feel complete. I am grateful God sent me my soulmate.’
Dwayne: ‘Thanks so Allie, I’m more responsible and thoughtful of her feelings.’
Allie: ‘I appreciate how Dwayne puts me first. On his only day off, he spends all his time with me. He also does sweet little things like brings me ear plugs from his job because he snores and I can’t sleep.’ 🙂
Dwayne: ‘I appreciate when Allie brings me home all the things I like from the store to make dinner on my day off.’
Allie: ‘A memorable ‘gift’ from Dwayne was when he found our first apartment and moved me from Indiana to New Jersey to be with him after doing long distance for almost 2 years.’
Dwayne: ‘I liked the homemade fortune cookies and take out box she made for me for Valentine’s day.’
Allie: ‘I LOVE that he… is goal oriented and driven! I LOVE it when he… dances out of the shower! Haha.’
Dwayne: ‘I LOVE that she… lets me be who I am. I LOVE it when she… cooks for me on my breaks.’
First dance: Usher ‘There Goes My Baby’.
Allie: ‘I have always wanted a beach wedding. Dwayne and I both love the beach and spend our days off in the summer at the beach. We live in New Jersey and we both are from Indiana, so a destination wedding sounded perfect for us!’
BRIDE & GROOM POST-WEDDING REFLECTIONS:
What did you love most about your Wedding?
Allie: ‘I loved everything about our wedding. Specifically, I loved watching Dwayne’s face as I walked down the isle. I loved hearing his vows to me. Seeing him emotional and raw was unforgettable. I loved the openness of the restaurant and the dance floor on the beach. I loved how our friends and family traveled so far to celebrate us… I loved that I married my soulmate!’
Dwayne: ‘The dance floor, seating area on the beach, the whole set up. The exchange of vows been Allie and I. I loved the whole flow of the Day. The sun setting, it captured the overall feel of the Wedding.’
Any regrets? What would you have done differently if you could?
Allie: ‘As much as I feel comfortable wearing my hair down, I wish I would have worn it up. The wind was so intense that day that we were having a hair crisis down at the beach for pictures. I was going for beachy waves, not “cousin it.” But hey, if that is the only regret of the day/night, then I think we are good. Also, the day went by so fast, and I wish I could have spent a little bit more time with my Mom.’
Dwayne: ‘I wish we would’ve had more time for the cake cutting and eating the cupcakes. It felt very rushed.’
Most memorable moments from the Wedding Day / Week?
Allie: ‘1. Having my mom walk me down the isle and preform the ceremony for us was so special. She did such a great job and I am so thankful for that moment with her. 2. Walking up to Dwayne for our First Look was so intense. I was mixed with so many emotions. I was so excited to see the look on his face. It was so great how Katya & Rob took us away from everyone to capture our love for each other! 3. The dance party at the reception with my friends. I had such an amazing night. Letting loose with the ones I love was just what I needed.’
Dwayne: ‘1. Saturday night after the Wedding, everyone got together and sat around in a circle outside in the pavilion of the resort. We each took a turn talking about our favourite moments from the wedding – a peak and a pit of the day. It was special to hear from our friends about their favourite moments from the night. We laughed and we cried. 2. The First Look was one of the most memorable times of the day. The moment I was waiting for Allie to come out. It was so romantic. The music that Katya & Rob had playing was perfect. When I saw her for the first time in her wedding dress I felt humbled and blessed to have such a beautiful wife. 3. The night before the Wedding all the guys hung out, my best man had a video recorder. He went around the room and had all the guys share moments that happened in our friendships and well wishes for the future.’
Comments about the vendors, resort?
Allie: ‘The Majestic Elegance was beautiful. The beach and pool area were incredible. The restaurants and food were very good. The staff at the resort work so hard, they really cater to your needs and aim to please. The service was great. Anytime we needed anything for our room, we did not have to wait long, they are on top of it and make sure we had the best stay.
The Jellyfish Restaurant was hands down the most romantic venue. We cannot say enough good things about it. Clara & Gianna worked their magic on decorations and really captured the vision we were going for. The DJ/MC was so amazing. We had specific playlists for pre-ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. He followed everything we asked for. It really was the best night ever! The fire dancers show was a great surprise for our guests! They loved it!
I had Krystie Ann for hair and makeup. My bridesmaids and I were blown away by her talent. She works magic, let me tell you! I was nervous about not doing a trial for hair and makeup, any bride would be. She is fabulous!
Katya & Rob, our beloved photographers were so friendly, warm, and gave off the most positive vibes. Our guests are still talking about them weeks later. They really ran around like crazy all day just to make everything perfect for us.’
Dwayne: ‘The Majestic Elegance had amazing food and was clean. Loved the pool and the beach area. The Steak House restaurant was my favourite. The Jellyfish restaurant has amazing food and atmosphere. The employees at Jellyfish were incredible.’
Any advice for future Brides/Grooms?
‘Take in every moment of the Day and remember that this day is all about you and your hubby (or wifey). Everyone is here to celebrate you, take it all in and ENJOY!’