secrets sanctuary cap cana wedding. dominican republic. {carolina + anselm}

April 23, 2013

Carolina & Anselm met in the Netherlands at university while studying for an MBA.Their love was destined to be! ‘As soon as our admissions were confirmed,’ Anselm recalls, ‘a few of the students wrote to check with the others how they were doing with their preparations for the Masters and the trip. I wrote to Carolina and we exchanged a few emails; we became friends even before we met! When we finally met in person, we became very close and since then our relationship built up to be a great love.’ Carolina is Peruvian and works as a quality advisor for a non-profit organization. She is also an environmentalist. Anselm is Nigerian and works as an Executive Director for a great non-profit to save our food system from collapse! Basically, Rob & I loved them before we even met them (you can understand why if you’re my friend on Facebook and see my constant updates and links to documentaries :)) It’s just always so beautiful and inspiring to meet people who strive to empower others to create change … Even more awesome that you two found each other!!

For the proposal,  Anselm surprised Carolina with an extra wish and a ring last New Year’s Eve: ‘Let’s get married!’ They were celebrating at a medieval castle in the Netherlands, amidst beautiful fireworks, a great 4-course dinner, all the fanfare and good wishes of the New Year 2012!

For their Big Day, Carolina & Anselm chose Cap Cana’s luxurious Secrets Sanctuary resort. Their beautiful Catholic ceremony was the first we’d photographed in the new Chapel in Fishing Lodge Cap Cana. It was absolutely breathtaking at sunset!

We chose this magnificent terrace for their First Look… Can you imagine, this was actually the balcony of their suite!

Three things Carolina loves about Anselm: his child inside, his smile, his enormous patience…

Three things Anselm loves about Carolina: she is caring, intelligent and very friendly!

Ocean Lounge Sanctuary Cap Cana, Punta Cana Dominican Republic reception.

The party got hotttt with the ‘hora loca’ surprise – the ‘crazy hour’!

Carolina & Anselm – you are such a fantastic couple! We absolutely loved spending time with you and will cherish the memories!!! xoxo

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  1. Cindy Gaal

    April 25th, 2013 at 06:48

    Dream couple, dream wedding!.
    Wishing you lots of luck for the future and lots of babies ;-)))

  2. norma carrera

    April 25th, 2013 at 07:32

    this is a great moment to see your photos, congratulations and many many many blessings from heavens to both. I’ m very excited to see these beautiful photographs and we know your are very happy. I really love tyou very much and I hope you will come soon to Peru soon.

  3. Hallder Mori Ramírez

    April 26th, 2013 at 11:16

    Esta precioso, muchas gracias por el disfrute,

  4. Carolina

    April 26th, 2013 at 12:43

    Katya and Rob, the photos are fabulous!! We will always remember with a smile your presence at our wedding! Thanks so much for everything!!
    And thanks to Cindy and Norma for their good wishes too 🙂

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