kukua punta cana wedding. {amelia + alex}

May 22, 2014

‘Alex sent me a friend request through FB after seeing some pictures of me at a mutual friend’s page. It took me about a week to accept his request but I thought he was so handsome that I had to get to know him. We chatted for a few months and then we had our first unofficial date at our friend’s wedding. The rest is history. Accepting his request has been by far one of the best decisions I’ve made!’

Amelia & Alex were all smiles, their happiness a contagious gift to all. Bego at the Kukua Restaurant & Beach Club, a beautiful gem of a venue tucked between Bahia Principe & Riu resorts, took take of their Big Day. It was perfect! Rob & I were thrilled to finally shoot here because for some reason we haven’t had any weddings here over the last 3 years of living & shooting in Punta Cana. Let me tell you, Bego is ALL HEART. She cares about her Couples as if they are family. Really! I hope we get a chance to document many more Weddings here.

Things I LOVED about Kukua…

– the bridal suite is so beautiful and unique. it’s as if a cool old attic has been transformed into a fabulous secret hangout for chic girlfriends!

– there’s an antique 17th century anchor between the restaurant & the pool. it adds so much character to the place.

– there’s ocean view AND a beautiful pool, in case the craziest of your guests decide to take it up a notch towards the end of the night & jump in!

– it’s private but cozy, great options for both indoor & outdoor receptions – so that you’re not confined to a ballroom in case it rains.

– Bego is a wonderful human being and is a great wedding planner, she really cares about bringing your vision to life!

– Kukua is really close to most resorts and is a fabulous alternative to ‘cookie-cutter’ resort weddings.

– Yummy no-frills local seafood … and great vino!

Amelia & Alex – warmest CONGRATULATIONS! You two are the real deal. xoxo K+R.

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Alex remembers, ‘I saw Amelia in my friend’s bachelorette pictures and thought “Wow, I have to meet this girl.” Somehow I already knew she was the one. We talked for about three months and then we saw each other at the wedding. I knew then she had to be mine. How could I not fall in love with her? She’s smart, beautiful, kind. She is everything I ever wanted and more.’

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The proposal was very sweet. ‘We had been talking about marriage so it wasn’t a surprise when he proposed. We actually picked the ring together but I didn’t know when he was going to get it. So one day as I’m packing for our trip to Curacao, in comes Mia with a small jewelry bag hanging from her mouth followed by Alex standing behind her with a cute grin on his face. He was blushing…’

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Top three things Amelia loves about Alex: ‘His love for life, the way he can get a smile out of me even when I’m mad, and, his heart. He has a heart of gold.’ 

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Top three things Alex loves about Amelia: ‘Her smile, her joyous personality, and her strength.’

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‘Our Sundays together are the BEST! Every Sunday when we wake up we have coffee and breakfast in bed and we just stay there with our girl Mia watching a movie. After that we go for our 1 or 2 mile walk with Mia and then spend the rest of the day doing whatever comes to mind. No stress, no schedule, no worries!’

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‘Alex has taught me how to relax and enjoy life and not take everything so seriously. I have way more fun now than I ever have!’

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Most romantic memory according to Amelia:

‘When I was still in school I would drive over to his house every other weekend which was two and half hours away and he would wait for me with flowers all over the house, romantic music playing in the background, and candles all over the place…He still does that for me a few times a month!’ 🙂

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‘Amelia makes me feel like I’ve never felt before. I feel refreshed, new, excited. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with her. She inspires me to be a better person.’

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Most romantic memory according to Alex:

‘The next morning after we spent our first night together. We went to Key Biscayne beach and we just sat there holding each other and watched the waves crashing.’

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Amelia’s favourite guilty pleasures: ‘pastries, pastries, pastries!!! Oh and flan, and cheesecake, and any desert really’ 🙂

Alex’s favourite guilty pleasures: ‘a good steak, lobster, or fish and a good wine.’

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What did you love most about your wedding, specifically?
‘I loved the venue. I’m a little sad I didn’t get to do the dinner outside due to weather but regardless I think Bego is outstanding and she did a great job decorating the place.’
Any regrets? What would you have done differently if you could?
‘No regrets. Everything was beautiful and perfect.’
‘Our party had a great time at Majestic Colonial (adult only section). I really don’t have any complaints about the resort other than the food is not the greatest. 
The wedding venue Kukua Beach Club is excellent. Bego will work with you and try to bring your vision to life. She is such a beautiful person full of positive energy. 
Katya you are extraordinary! I wish I could have had more time to get to know you! I’m so lucky I was able to have you there!!!’
Any advice for future brides?
‘Remember that this is a destination wedding and some resources are limited. Don’t stress over little things such as the flowers not being the exact color you imagined or the decor being slightly off. This is your day and it is going to be beautiful because you are marrying someone special and at the end of the day, that is all that matters.’

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  1. destination wedding 101: everything you need to know about your punta cana wedding. | Katya Nova Photography

    May 24th, 2014 at 10:28

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  2. stevie

    May 25th, 2014 at 18:05

    beautiful images!

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