The first time Angela & Dennis met was in Jamaica – she was there on vacation, and he was attending a destination wedding. Thank the stars, a mutual friend back home later reconnected them . ‘I knew we were going to marry each other after our first date,’ Angela says. Amazing!
My favourite part of this gorgeous Hard Rock Punta Cana wedding (second to hanging out with Angela herself) was definitely the First Look. I couldn’t hold back the tears – what a gift to witness such love, devotion, and joy! The Day was absolutely perfect (even despite the fact that the entire bottom of Angela’s gown got soaked in the ocean & covered in sand!) and I’m so grateful Angela & Dennis trusted us with some of our crazy ideas for portraits.
Hope you feel the love & enjoy this Feature!!
Angela’s gorgeous Kelly Faetinini wedding gown, styled by Nordstrom Wedding Suite NYC.
Top three things Dennis loves about Angela: ‘Her nurturing spirit, her loyalty, and her feistiness.’
Glorious Louboutins, gifted by Angela’s mom-in-law.
Angela, on the proposal: ‘I came home after work on a Tuesday and he wanted to go out to dinner. I didn’t suspect anything because we usually go out to dinner. As we’re walking, he decided to stop over at the gazebo overlooking the river, supposedly because he wanted to “take pictures.” When I turned around, he was on one knee and asked me to marry him!’
Top three things Angela loves about Dennis: ‘His patience, his ability to remain calm in the most stressful situations, and what a GREAT father he is to his son.’
Angela: ‘Dennis has taught me not to take things so seriously. He has also brought me a sense of peace.’
Dennis: ‘I really appreciate her loyalty and protectiveness.’
Most romantic memory together according to Angela: ‘My first trip to Philadelphia to see him. We told each other “ I love you” on our cab ride home.’
Most romantic memory together according to Dennis: ‘When we got engaged.’
Dennis’& Angela’s favourite things to find in the fridge: ‘Cold Stone Ice Cream.’
If Angela had magical powers, what would they be? Dennis: ‘She’d massage my back 24 hours a day!’
If Dennis had magical powers, what would they be? Angela: ‘He’d read my mind!’
Dennis: ‘I’m so blessed to have a partner and a best friend for life.’
Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brothers, honouring the Bride.
BRIDE & GROOM POST-WEDDING REFLECTIONS
What did you love most about your Wedding?
‘Katya & Rob!! The “First Look” was something we didn’t want in the beginning, but changed our minds a few days before the wedding. We are so glad that Katya and Rob convinced us otherwise!! We had that moment to ourselves and it was AMAZING!! We were filled with so many emotions of joy and love, we couldn’t help crying our eyes out.’
Any regrets? What would you have done differently if you could?
‘We just wish we had more time to dance and party with our guests, but everyone was tired by the end of the night.’
Most memorable moments from the Day / Wedding week?
‘The memories we created with our families and friends. We all had such a great time that we are still talking about it and planning another trip to go back. Second, our “First Look,” we just can’t get enough of how we felt that moment and how it still makes us feel!! Last but not least, Caleb! He was a hit at the reception! He danced the night away & it was such a joy to see him enjoy himself the way he did.’
Comments about vendors, resort etc
‘The resort was ENORMOUS!! I don’t think there was enough carts to go around. I do think that the Hard Rock should have a certain number of carts designated for the guests and bridal party the day of the wedding. This would make it easier for everyone to get to the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception if you are having them at different locations throughout the resort.’
5) Any advice for future Brides?!
‘Just take a moment to breathe and soak all of your surroundings in. The day goes by so fast!! Definitely, hire Katya & Rob for your wedding! They were a pleasure to work with and such a breath of fresh air. Katya was extremely calming and helpful. My most memorable moment with her was when we were alone in my hotel room and she reassured me that everything was going to be great and not to worry about a thing!! She was right! Everything was amazing!!’
Dearest Angela & Dennis – sending you warmest hugs from Dominican – Rob & I are so grateful to have shared so many magical moments with you. Our verdict: you two are absolutely perfect for each other!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE, K+R.