huracan cafe, punta cana wedding. {melissa + will}

June 9, 2014

We met Melissa & Will for their engagement session in Punta Cana last year, it was such a memorable one. We got together at sunrise on a beach near Dreams Palm Beach and took in all the colours and textures, surrounded by friendly stay dogs and fishing boats. Then, we headed to Fishing Lodge in Cap Cana for a totally different look & feel – and had so much fun there too. I just can’t believe how time flies – a year later, it was time for their Big Day!

Melissa & Will are such heart people. They are incredibly loyal to their loved ones, give generously, and make every moment count. What a beautiful Couple these two are.

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe was the resort for the wedding week. This is where Melissa & Will got ready for their wedding day AND it’s where Melissa & I did her super hot boudoir session the day before the Wedding. We really wanted to surprise Will – and somehow, he had NO idea what we were doing in the room together even when he poked his head in while looking for something. We’re sneaky, hehe!

Krystie Ann did an amazing job on the hair & make-up, as usual!

Also, a loving shout-out to 24p Studios – we were pretty nervous when we heard that we would be working with 4 videographers from the capital … but they were absolutely wonderful to work with and really impressed us in every way! Can’t wait to see the video… I’ll share the link here as soon as it’s ready!

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One of my favourite images from Melissa’s boudoir session at Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe… punta cana boudoir

And here’s Will’s reaction, documented by Rob the next day, as the boys were getting ready.  🙂 melissa will weddingpunta cana groom getting readypunta cana barcelo wedding girls getting ready punta canared bridesmaids dressessexy bridesmaidsbarcelo brides punta cana barcelo wedding photos

An emotional First Look in a secluded spot of resort grounds… first look barcelo palace deluxe

Arriving to Huracan Cafe – Mayte Mari & Nati did a PHENOMENAL job… this was the first wedding at Huracan since Mayte said goodbye to Jellyfish – so we were all anxious to see how it looks! huracan cafe wedding mayte huracanhuracan wedding photoshuracan punta cana weddinghuracan wedding menu

The view FROM the sweetheart table where the Bride & Groom sit.huracan cafe wedding plannerhuracan cafe wedding photosnew huracan cafe weddingshuracan cafe brideshuracan cafe weddings huracan punta cana bridesunique punta cana weddingshuracan cafe weddingshuracan mayte marimayte mari weddingscreative destination weddings

Our awesome photobooth – it fits in so perfectly! punta cana photobooth

Will saluting Melissa & all the future Huracan brides with champagne! huracan bridal suite

Ceremony view from a small terrace balcony that sits on top of the outdoor lounge. huracan cafe wedding huracan cafe beach ceremonyhuracan signature cocktailshuracan destination weddinghuracan beach wedding ceremonyhuracan punta cana weddingshuracan beach wedding ceremonyhuracan wedding photos

Even being vegetarian, my mouth is watering. bacon wrapped shrimp punta cana huracan katya novafunny destination wedding photosmww-5289 blgroup wedding photoshuracan beach wedding punta cana beach weddinghuracan cafe photobooth huracan wedding foodhuracan cafe lobsterhuracan wedding cakemayte mari wedding plannerhuracan cafe dancefloorhuracan crazy showhuracan fire show


What did you love most about your wedding?

‘Our venue, Huracan! Having our wedding off resort was great because there aren’t many, if any limitations i.e. party ending at a certain time, décor was personalized and the food and drinks were amazing!’

Any regrets? What would you have done differently?

‘We regret not going back to Huracan for dinner to indulge in their delicious food! I wasn’t feeling too well the night of the wedding so I didn’t eat much.’

Most memorable moments?

1. Melissa: ‘Seeing Will’s reaction to seeing me in my dress during the First Look, the emotional walk down the aisle with my parents, and walking into the incredible set up of the Huracan Cafe.’

2. Will: ‘Seeing Melissa’s tears of joy when she walked in and saw the extraordinary beauty of Huracan and seeing our vision brought to life by Mayte & Nati.’

3. ‘The Crazy Show – it was an unexpected surprise for our guests. Worth every penny.’

4. ‘Catamaran we privatized for our guests, it was a continuation of the wedding and they really enjoyed this.’

Comments on vendors / resort etc

Katya and her team are AMAZING! We met Katya and Rob last year for our engagement shoot; they are a beautiful couple who are so passionate about what they do; since meeting them we knew we made the right choice.

Krystie Ann Hair & Makeup – I had the pleasure of getting my trial makeup and hair done in Toronto last year by Krystie. She is quick and does a fabulous job. My girls all loved their looks.

Mayte and her team at Huracan are FANTASTIC. They will do everything in their power to make sure you are happy. Plus Mayte waved her magic wand and kept the rain away from our ceremony!’ 🙂
Advice for future brides?

‘Don’t sweat the small things, I forgot my garter at home but am sure no one even noticed we didn’t do the garter toss.
Don’t tell your guests you are doing your wedding off the resort. We told our guests only the day before our wedding to meet in the lobby at a specific time. We really wanted them to be surprised.
Do book more time to stay longer than your guests at your resort. We stayed six days longer after everyone left and it was nice to have the alone time and soak in being married.
Take the time to sit back and relish in the moment. It only happens once and the day FLIES by. We are grateful to have had Katya and her team capture every moment!’


Melissa & Will – hope you feel the love in these images! You two are absolute sweethearts and we are so lucky to have been on this Wedding journey with you. Everything turned out AMAZING! love love love, K+R

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