excellence punta cana wedding. {kristy + ryan}

May 31, 2014

It’s amazing, Kristy & Ryan have been together for 11 years!

Kristy: ‘Our first real date, which took place at Charlotte beach in Rochester, NY, slowly turned into a real relationship that has lasted the past decade. We have been able to balance our relationship through time in college, living at home, and now living together for the first time.’

Ryan proposed in their kitchen… ‘I had the ring hidden in a business suit bag for months and was trying to find the right moment to surprise Kristy. Finally, on Kristy’s birthday, she called me after work and asked me what the plan was for the evening. Although we both typically go to the gym on weeknights, Kristy talked me into taking a jog outside in the park near our apartment, as it was one of the first nice days of spring. Afterwards we enjoyed a lovely dinner that ended with vanilla cupcakes from Magnolia’s in NYC.’ And then there was a gift bag on their kitchen table… Kristy was wondering why Ryan hadn’t mentioned anything about it and asked him when she could open it. So, Ryan brought it over and asked Kristy to guess what was in it. ‘After squeezing and lifting the bag, it seemed rather heavy and I guessed it was protein shakes or something similar,’ Kristy remembers. (Note: this would have been a normal gift, believe it or not, so Kristy truly had no idea what she was about to find).

Kristy then reached into the bag and pulled out a maroon-colored ring box that was in a see-through multi-colored mesh bag. She paused for a moment and then asked Ryan, “Is this what I think it is?” As Kristy was attempting to open the box, Ryan rose from the kitchen chair and kneeled next to Kristy on one knee. “Will you marry me?” … tears, hugs and kisses … of course she said YES!

Here’s their beautiful wedding at Excellence Punta Cana… Kristy & Ryan, wishing you so much joy and happiness, you two are amazing! xoxo K+R. 

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Top three things Kristy loves about Ryan : ‘I love how caring, sensitive and genuine he is.’

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Top three things Ryan loves about Kristy: ‘I love how selfless, fun and down to earth Kristy is.’

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First Dance: Michael Buble ‘Close Your Eyes.’ Kristy & Ryan surprised everyone with a beautiful professionally choreographed dance!

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‘We’re both neat and clean, focused on living healthy/fit lives and eating whole foods. These “little” things have really made living together such a breeze! We’re truly SO compatible.’

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Kristy’s favourite guilty pleasures: ‘pizza and watching bad TV (Vampire Diaries, Keeping Up with the Kardashians)’
Ryan’s favourite guilty pleasures: ‘eating ice cream and watching ‘million dollar listing’ on Bravo.’ 

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What you loved most about your Wedding?

‘This wedding was truly more than we ever dreamed it could be! It was an amazing experience that we were able to share with some of our closest family and friends. It was so very special in every single way. Many of our guests came not knowing the other guests, but by the end of the trip, it was as if we were a family of 55! Everything from the resort, to the food, to our room, to the wedding day festivities absolutely exceeded our wildest expectations!’

Any regrets? What would you have done differently?

‘This isn’t entirely fair, given that we had three or more days with most of our guests (which is more than most people typically have), but our only regret is that we wished the trip could have been longer! Some of our guests left us in tears, since they and we didn’t want them to leave! It’s amazing how quickly the wedding day and the wedding weekend really flew by.’

Most memorable moments?

1) ‘Our first dance. We had worked on a choreographed routine to accompany our first dance song for four months. It was the one thing we kept secret from everyone and knew it would be a huge surprise (especially since most of our friends and family know Ryan isn’t the best dancer in the household)! It was so nice to have that time as a couple leading up to the wedding and we were so excited to show off our hard work.

2) ‘Seeing each other during the “first look.” Katya and Rob helped create the perfect setting. It was so special to also hear one of our favorite songs as we came together and it was such a special moment to share as a couple before the wedding ceremony and reception.’

3) ‘The day after the wedding with our family and friends at the swim-up bar. Everyone was together one last time before many were headed back home. We absolutely took advantage of the time (and drank perhaps one too many mamahuanas), but it was a moment in time that we’ll treasure forever.’

4) ‘We had never been to the Excellence Punta Cana resort before, but had read countless reviews and talked to friends who had been there before who only had great things to say. We had also heard the resort prides itself on superior customer service, which is absolutely true! Everyone we met was extremely accommodating and bent over backwards to help make our stay – and our wedding – as perfect as it could be! A huge shout out to Emy Rose, who coordinated our wedding. She helped make the wedding as seamless as it could be and even helped move our rehearsal dinner indoors within minutes due to some tropical rain!’


Comments on resort / vendors?

‘A most loving shoutout to Katya and Rob: Before our wedding day even arrived, we were beyond excited to meet you. You made our day even more special than it already was and we had SUCH a good time with you. Everyone at our wedding commented about our “amazing photographers” and how spectacular they were. It was clear to everyone they came in contact with that they both really love what they do – and are experts – in capturing breathtaking moments. They both brought a sense of order and calm and helped us both relax and enjoy the events without worrying throughout the day. We also loved how they took the time to get to know us — from afar — so they could capture our wedding to reflect who we were as a couple. They have to be one of the BEST – if not THE best – photographers in the world! Much love to you both!

We were blown away with DJ Mannia! Every song he played was perfection for our group, which was clear to see as everyone danced the ENTIRE time! About halfway into the reception, DJ Mannia surprised us with balloons as well as trays of shots during the shots song with lil jon! It was incredible!

Initially, we were not going to hire a videographer for our wedding, but we are so glad we changed our minds! Beach Wedding Studio delivered a video that was so special and high quality. This video absolutely exceeded our expectations. We had full day coverage video and it was so nice to be able to relive the day to hear the speeches, see the first dances and more. It is incredible and we’re so glad we hired them!’

‘No matter what happens you will be surrounded by your closest family and friends and marrying the man of your dreams! Don’t worry about the small details. Take a look around and breathe it all in. It will be a moment in time you’ll never forget with some of your most favorite people in the whole wide world.’

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