la palapa caleton, cap cana wedding. {keila + francisco}

August 22, 2014

From the time I snooped through Keila’s facebook pictures and saw her beautiful family, I knew this wedding would be very special. Keila & Francisco were made for each other – it’s so obvious right at first glance.

Keila: ‘We met during one of my “girls nights out.” My girlfriends and I were ready to head to coat check when I saw a hand extending my way, asking me to dance. We danced the very last set of songs before the lounge closed and exchanged BBM Pins (lol!) We messaged each other every single day and a few weeks later went on our first date. I was so nervous, it was my first date in years! I was dreading the whole experience. Honestly, I did not remember much of what he looked like the night we met so when I stepped outside and saw him I felt like it was love at second sight… Francisco looked so gorgeous and still does!’

Francisco adds, ‘I saw her standing by the dance floor and I said to myself “Wow I have to ask her to dance” … it really was love at first sight.’

Keila has impeccable taste; she put together a killer team for her dream wedding, starting with our beloved Mayte Mari & Nati.

La Palapa restaurant in Caleton, Cap Cana, was the perfect private venue. Ana Luisa, the fantastic in-house coordinator, graciously provided Keila and her girls with a gorgeous suite at Eden Roc boutique hotel near the property to get ready in. That’s where we did the First Look – one of my favourite emotional moments from the Day…

HUGE kudos to our other AMAZING new associate, Karla, for being my co-pilot ‘ninja’ on this Wedding!! She is incredibly talented in every way. xoxo

Honestly, I’m IN LOVE with this wedding. I hope you guys feel it!!!!
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Keila loves about Francisco: ‘he is a man of his word. In all these years he has never broken a promise. I love his strong family values and lastly, I love what an amazing and caring step-father he has been to my daughter.’

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Karla specializes in Boudoir and did a mini-session with Keila just before the First Look. I caught her in action, sprawled out on the bed in a sexy demo!  🙂 punta cana boudoir

Francisco loves about Keila: ‘I love how she gives her all to her family, she is so affectionate and caring!’

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Keila rocked a stunning Enzoani Dakota gown.

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Amazing First Look in the private backyard of their Eden Roc suite. emotional first look

Karla & I knew that the song ‘I’m Ready’ by Alicia Keys was very special to their relationship, so we surprised them with it during the First Look. Just thinking about it now gives me goosebumps.
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Francisco, on the Proposal:

‘I was so nervous when I proposed. I just wanted her parents to be there because I knew that mattered to her. Shortly after I bought the ring, we were at her nephew’s basketball game, the game had ended and we were all taking a group family picture. I felt it was the right moment so I got on my knees and asked her to marry me.’

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Keila: ‘We call each other babe and the funny thing is since our 2 year old son is so used to hearing me call Francisco ‘Babe’; our son calls him ‘Babe’ too!’

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Most romantic memory together according to Keila: ‘he day we got engaged we went to dinner at a restaurant overlooking the Manhattan skyline. The beautiful view paired with my new beautiful bling was just perfect.’

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Most romantic memory together according to Francisco: ‘We had a babymoon trip to Punta Cana and decided to do our maternity shoot on the beach. The pictures are so beautiful and I can’t wait to show my son pictures of him in his mommy’s belly when he’s older.’

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Keila’s favourite guilty pleasures: ‘Cake & Ice Cream! The Kardashians! Also, Pinterest.’

Francisco favourite guilty pleasures: ‘Watching reality TV shows with Keila!’

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Ideal day together: ‘Laying in bed enjoying an occasional Netflix Binge, when we watch an entire season of a show in one day.’

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Keila: ‘I love his mouth, to me, it’s his most irresistible feature… yumm!’

Francisco: ‘and I love the birthmark above her upper lip…’

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Keila: ‘Every aspect of my life has changed for the better because of Francisco.’

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Francisco: ‘Keila has given me a family which has made me realize what is really important in life. She has made me a better man.’

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What did you love most about your wedding?

‘What I loved most was the love and good vibes I felt surrounding us the entire day. It was an amazing feeling to be so happy and in love and feel such support from all our family, friends, vendors; everyone present on that day.’

Any regrets, what would you have done differently if you could?

‘My only regret was not tasting the Nutella tier of our 3 tier cake, lol! For what it’s worth I did taste the Dulce De Leche tier and it was DELICIOUS ( kudos to ANna from Cake Studio Bavaro). My wedding was everything I dreamed it would be and more!’

Most memorable moments?!

‘Our First Look was perfection…
My daughter’s speech was so touching…
The crazy hour show was a once in a lifetime experience!

Comments about vendors, resort etc

‘My wedding coordinator Mayte Mari is my Fairy Godmother. She gave me my dream wedding and I will be eternally grateful to her.
My photographers Katya Nova and her new associate Karla were amazing. Katya was so comforting and Karla made me feel so confident. My guests called them the 2 ninjas because they would get in all these weird positions just to get the perfect shot! I love them!
My videographer Mibsan Espejo was also amazing and he was everywhere without being in the way.
My Hair and Makeup was beautifully done by the lovely Anna Nuet. I have never felt more beautiful and it is all thanks to Anna. I recommend her to any bride!
Pastor Mark Lykins performed a beautiful bilingual ceremony.
Now Larimar was the perfect resort for our wedding group. Perfect size, clean, great food, amazing staff.
Caleton Cap Cana is just as beautiful in person as it is in pictures. The events coordinator Ana Luisa was very professional and great to work with. It was the perfect location for my wedding and I am so grateful to the staff for the amazing service we received during our wedding. I am however disappointed with the way Caleton directors handled a very unpleasant situation that occurred on my wedding day (email Katya privately if you’re considering getting married here and have questions or concerns). They still have done nothing to remedy the situation.’

Any advice for future brides?!

‘Splurge on Photography and Videography!!
Do the First Look!
Write your own vows!
Get a lightweight reception dress!
Hire Mayte and Natalia!!!’


Our dearest Keila & Francisco – you are such heart people, through and through. Karla & I laughed and cried with you so many times!! It was such an honour to witness all the loving outpouring of emotions on your Big Day… wishing you and your beautiful family a lifetime of joy and sweetest memories. You are an inspiration!! LOVE, Karla & Katya. 

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