we are moving to punta cana. [los corales, el cortecito, bavaro]

March 30, 2011

Have you ever been to a place so perfect and beautiful you just wanted to stay? And if so, how badly? I know, I know, life gets in the way. Having been to Punta Cana to shoot a few weddings and intimate portrait sessions, Rob & I decided we have to get married here. Right about the same time, we also decided to move here.

What have we got so far?

– North-American goal-setting, rationality-seeking mentality

– European peace-passion-harmony-seeking longing for happiness

– discipline for moderation of island life

– our art &Β each other

The community of Los Corales, El Cortesito, Bavaro, is nestled between Paradisus Palma Real and Barcelo Resorts, on a heavenly stretch of beaches. Last time I came to Punta Cana was to photograph Naomi & Ryan’s Majestic Punta Cana destination wedding and my friends & awesome photographers Julia & Mark invited me over to check out their home, which was a brisk one-hour beach walk away. This community felt like home. Our future home. As the three of us walked around, I snapped these images for Rob… I took it all in, with a mouth-watering wonder – which one of these cute places will become our home and studio?

Almost all buildings here have rooftop patios, but I kept calling them palapas – as in, yoga palapas. Julia & Mark laughed at me πŸ™‚ but all I could see was teaching yoga in one of those… crossing my fingers! This is very exciting to me, because I’m finally doing my yoga teacher training this August, right for my 25th Birthday!

It’s kind of liberating, knowing that our life fits into 4 suitcases. And if we needed to fit it into two, we could. Exactly 6 more months in Canada! Then, our doors in Punta Cana will be open for you, visitors πŸ™‚ And of course, we’ll be back to Canada & US for summer weddings, conferences, people & foods we’ve missed…See what I mean by ‘yoga palapa’? They are everywhere. They are perfect!There is even a Russian restaurant and a French bakery… The location is perfect for us as Caribbean destination wedding photographers local to Punta Cana – all top Punta Cana resorts are either walking distance, or a short drive away, including Sivory Punta Cana, Zoetry Agua, Paradisus Punta Cana, Dreams Punta Cana & Dreams Palm Beach, Excellence Punta Cana, Majestic Elegance, Secrets Sanctuary Cap Cana, and many more.Β Looking for wedding photographers in Punta Cana? Here we are.

We are also getting closer to announcing our Punta Cana live wedding workshop – yes, Rob & I are getting married in April 2012 and [b]ecker is documenting our wedding!! This workshop will be amazing – we are planning many awesome surprises. Also, Rob & I will be kicking off our Intimate Portraiture workshops as a bonus that same week. Stay tuned for details!!

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  1. ShariLee

    March 30th, 2011 at 14:52

    Wow Katya! What an amazing life you live!! You can definitely count on Mike and I coming for a visit! I wish you all the best on your new adventure!

  2. Oana Adriana Thompson

    March 30th, 2011 at 15:16

    I am so excited :)for both of you and yet a little sad πŸ™ that our wonderful Country loses you both.
    I cannot wait until your workshop, I sit and wonder what it will be like. As a new aspiring photographer I can only imagine how truly great it really will be and I can’t helpt but wonder what day in April you will be wed? It wouldn’t be on the 29th by any chance? πŸ™‚ That’s my birthday.
    I wish you both well and best of luck!!
    You are both so breathtakingly inspiring!!
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  3. angela hubbard

    March 30th, 2011 at 15:23

    OMG BABE!!!!!! I’m soooooooooooooooo happy and thrilled for you and Rob!!! much much love, happiness and sunshine!!!!

  4. Laura Hana

    March 30th, 2011 at 18:16

    Wow, how exciting! Best wishes to you both on moving, marriage and photography. πŸ™‚

  5. Katya Nova

    March 30th, 2011 at 20:23

    Thanks Laura! Come visit!

  6. Katya Nova

    March 30th, 2011 at 20:24

    Thanks so much love, you are always welcome :))

  7. Katya Nova

    March 30th, 2011 at 20:26

    Oana! Come for the workshop, we’ll make sure to celebrate your b-day in style! :)) The date is April 21 2012 – the charters stop flying around 28th… And no one is losing us, we will still be back for North American weddings in the summer! We just want summer year-round πŸ™‚ xx

  8. Katya Nova

    March 30th, 2011 at 20:26

    Sweet! Absolutely, we’d love to have you! xo

  9. John Heil

    March 30th, 2011 at 20:57

    wow, that is amazing Katya! what an incredible way to start your life together! can’t wait to visit! that community looks absolutely incredible.

  10. Helgi

    March 30th, 2011 at 20:58

    Amen for tat post!!!!!!!!!! Yaayyy, hossa I am so gonna be there!!!!XOXO

  11. Izabella Cwieklinski

    March 30th, 2011 at 21:51

    Oh Katya!!
    Wow oh wow …. that all sounds so wonderfully fabulous!!
    I am truly so happy for the two of you!!

  12. Lesley

    March 31st, 2011 at 01:54

    What an adventure and exciting opportunity! So jealous you’re moving somewhere warm! πŸ™‚

  13. Anna Kim

    March 31st, 2011 at 02:12

    Congratulations! My husband and I were marrying in Maui and fell in love with it that we moved right before the wedding. It was the best decision we’ve ever made & I know you’re going to regret it. Way to go for dreaming big & being adventurous! I’m so very happy for you, hun!

  14. kinga

    March 31st, 2011 at 08:15

    OMG Katya! That sounds so amazing. WOW. You are such a free spirit & uniquely you πŸ™‚ All the best girlfriend. Keep in touch. I’ll defiitely come and visit you πŸ™‚ xox

  15. Katya Nova

    March 31st, 2011 at 08:48

    you’ll love it πŸ™‚ thank you thank you!

  16. Gwen

    March 31st, 2011 at 11:07

    You’ll rock this out so successfully! As you’ve proven yet again, dreams DO come true. Wishing you crazy fun adventures as you prepare for this amazing new chapter in your life πŸ™‚

  17. elizabeth kowal

    April 2nd, 2011 at 00:48

    katya, how awesome. love to see you following your dream. wishing you nothing but love + happiness.

  18. Tammynize

    April 6th, 2011 at 01:52

    ssoooooooo envious. that place is beautiful and the water is soooooo blue.

  19. Eileen

    April 6th, 2011 at 12:09

    This is awesome!!! Enjoy… πŸ™‚

  20. Tamara Young

    April 11th, 2011 at 14:09

    Katya, my lovely free-spirited friend, I am so very happy for you. I absolutely love how passionately you live life. It is genuinely reflected in your images. I hope to see you soon when you return to Orange County. Hugs and kisses!

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