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… thanks for stopping by to share our journey of documenting love! we are a rocking team, crazy about each other and what we do… learn a bit about us HERE
… below is our approximate travel schedule for the next while – we might be closer than you think, so drop us a line and follow us on INSTAGRAM @katyanovaphoto

we’ve also recently started our new ‘nurturing nova’ blog, which is a tribute to our passion for wholesome living & saving our pennies towards our Dream of building a boutique Yoga & Ayurveda wellness sanctuary retreat in Cabarete, Dominican Republic. hope you’ll get to visit us there one day!

TRAVEL SCHEDULE: 2014

* April 18 – May 4 2014   |  Abruzzo, Italy  Destination Wedding 

May 5 – July 26 2014 +   |   DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (Punta Cana & Cabarete)

July 27 – mid-October 2014    |   CANADA

* August 25 – 31   |    Burning Man, Nevada Desert Destination Wedding

* September 4 – 9 2014    |    Halifax, Canada Destination Wedding

* October 5 – 8 2014    |    Palm Springs, California Adventure Always Beloved Collective Conference

November 2014 – July 2015   |   DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (we’re moving to the charming town of Cabarete, but will be shooting in Punta Cana on a regular basis)

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P.S. Here are some quick links to our fave blog posts that you might enjoy:

DESTINATION WEDDING 101: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR PUNTA CANA WEDDING (password: LOVE)

CONFESSIONS OF A PUNTA CANA BRIDE

CONFESSIONS OF AN INTIMATE PORTRAITS PHOTOGRAPHER

10 THINGS I LEARNED AT BURNING MAN 2013

INDIA VIRGINS, OR HOW TO SURVIVE ASHRAM LIVING

MEET OUR ASSOCIATE TEAM! (password: LOVE)

  • October 20, 2013 - 11:43

    Shauna Prokopchuk - Thank you Katya and Rob for everything at my sister Megan and her new husband Jordons wedding! I can’t wait to see all the amazing pictures. The engagement pictures were unbelievable and I’m sure the wedding ones will be even better! You were both so wonderful to work with. Enjoy your upcoming travels :)

  • December 8, 2012 - 23:40

    Shyloh - Katya and Rob!!! Every one of your pictures makes me fall deeper in love with both of you! I have never been one consumed with thoughts o marriage… But your pictures certainly capture true uncontrolable love. You both cause me to miss love that I have had, and yearn for the love that is coming. Thank you for spreading your talent and joy with every picture. I love you both! And I wait for the day when I will spend time with you, talk about our love for the universe, and share our passionate energy.

    Love you both unconditionally…. Shyloh

Natalie & Luke met while playing on a co-ed soccer team and it was love at first sight for both of them. They are both quick to admit this, even though they were both so shy to talk to each other at first.‘It took us something like 2 months before we started hanging out,’ Natalie laughs. ‘Luke says the first day he saw me, he told his friend Peter, who was also on the team, that he would marry me!’

 

What a lovely couple, what a beautiful family. We absolutely LOVED how down-to-earth, generous and loving Natalie & Luke were – with each other and everyone around them.

Here’s their perfect Jellyfish Punta Cana wedding – beautiful decor by Gianna & Clara.

 

HUGE thank you to our amazing associate photographer Tamara, who rocked this amazing wedding with me!!! 

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Top three things Natalie loves about Luke: ’1. I love how selfless Luke is, he constantly thinks about our son Dominik and I first, before himself. 2. I love that he encourages me to go outside my comfort zone and try new things! 3. I love how hard-working and driven he is and that he doesn’t ever give up.’

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Our dear Anna Nuet! 

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Top three things Luke loves about Natalie: ’1. She is tender and compassionate. 2. She is faithful 3. She loves the simple things in life and isn’t afraid to admit it.’

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Tamara in action!

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Ideal day together according to Natalie: ‘The ideal day would be going for a walk, bbq, hottub and drinks.’

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Ideal day together according to Luke: ‘My ideal day is an all-inclusive vacation day, drinking beer, and swimming in the ocean, plus flying all day.’ 

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Luke: ‘Nat makes my lunches every day for work, helps me with things I am not good at, like writing. I love that she takes such good care of us (Dominik and I).’

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Most romantic memory together: ‘For both of us, our most romantic memory was definitely our engagement weekend. We spent it together in Niagara Falls and had such a good time together. We walked on Clifton Hill, browsed the various shops, of course went to go see the falls, and took some very special pictures together.’ 

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Favourite things to find in the fridge: ‘Portuguese custard tarts, leftovers, and COLD BEER!’

P.S. Here’s the Jellyfish famous Chilean seabass with ginger sauce.

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Tamara’s SOLO Rock the Dress session. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! 

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Favourite guilty pleasures: ‘chick flicks, reality TV, and desserts!’ (I have a feeling Natalie dominated this answer) :)

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Natalie’s favourite gift from Luke: ‘My engagement ring!’

Luke’s favourite gift from Natalie: ‘Signed Doug Gilmour jersey, overnight trip to Toronto to watch Toronto Marlies, Hockey Hall of Fame!’

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Natalie: ‘The little things Luke does mean so much to me! I absolutely love how organized he is, Luke always makes sure we don’t forget anything, I LOVE that he encourages me to try new things and step outside my comfort zone.’

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Our dearest Luke & Natalie! Warmest wishes to you AND your  precious family!!! LOVE, Katya & team:)xoxo

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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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LOVE Anna Nuet. Love her!!

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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!  :) 

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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. 

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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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Kim Kardashian-inspired cake… 

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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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BRIDE’S POST-WEDDING REFLECTIONS:
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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Christine & Ramon are kindred spirits, and their wedding was so special. We’ve been following each other’s lives on Instagram (what the heck did we do before social media anyway!?) and meeting them at their pre-wedding BBQ at Paradisus Palma Real felt totally surreal!! They are such a beautiful Couple, even moreso in person. Even moreso … when you get to experience first-hand the love, intensity, loyalty, and sincerity with which they give themselves to the people whom they care about. 

Ramon shares the story of how they came to be: ‘We met in our parents’ neighborhood after Christine began to walk her dog on my block to grab my attention. Nothing really came of it when we were much younger though, because I was rarely home and busy doing my best to grow up as quickly as I could. We reconnected on the platform of a train I rarely took on the most random of mornings. She made a powerful impression on me from a distance and I approached her to say hello. We took the train together and by the time I got off, I had her mobile number and she had mine. She called me a few times, as she’d tell it, before we conversed after linking up again and I invited her to have dinner. The rest, as we so often hear, is history. I fell in love with her presence immediately and it didn’t take long for me to understand that she was someone who I could spend time with and not grow tired of being with, someone who I could like and love incredibly and immensely.’  

Christine remembers always seeing him on the phone (she assumed, with other girls): ‘when he would see me, he would always come down, say hello, and kiss me on the corner of my mouth. I was so confused, but walked off giddy. Years passed before we met again on that train platform! It’s true, I called him once and he never responded. I called him again days later to leave a not-so-nice message and he picked up. He asked me if I was hungry and to be ready in 20 minutes! That is world record time for any girl to be ready for a date, but I’m proud to say I did it. There hasn’t been a day since that we haven’t been together.’

Their Paradisus Palma Real wedding was off-the-hook amazing and ridiculously fun. Christine & Ramon went ALL OUT! We love you guys and can’t wait to hang out in New York… let’s see who’s bigger foodies!!!  :)

*** huge THANK YOU to one of our amazing new associates, TAMARA, who poured her heart into documenting this Wedding with Rob & I! She’s so talented it blows my mind ***

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Top three things Christine loves about Ramon: ‘His smile. His lips.  And his determination.’ 

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Top three things Ramon loves about Christine: ‘Her smile and her energy, her love for me, and her sense of how to make the world around her better are the things that I most love and admire about her.’  

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You know what it sometimes takes to make the world go round? A little Hennessy

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Oh Christine … I see this and I just wanna hug you so bad!  :)

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Here’s our Tamara in action  :) 

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Christine: ‘I really appreciate that we never stay angry at each other. Our rule: never go to bed upset – it’s just not good for the soul! Talk it out. Fix it, make up and move on.’

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Ramon, on the Proposal:

‘I bought an expensive bottle of Perrier-Jouët champagne and with my champagne carrier & cooler bag in the trunk of my SUV, her engagement ring in one pocket and my camera in the other, we headed to Central Park to do what seemed to her as ‘nothing out of the ordinary’ for us. (Katya’s note: damn, that’s how us ladies need to be treated!!!:)) After enjoying some brunch, we headed to the Central Park Loeb Boathouse for a tour on the only authentic gondola available in the United States (a gift from Venice, Italy) which was a complete surprise to her. Christine’s excitement erupted as she realized what we were about to do. We toured the lake for about 10 minutes before I began my spiel. The moment was amazing…’

Christine: ‘So the gondolier is giving us the history, we’re talking, taking pictures, and then there comes a weird awkward moment I never had with Ray. He faces me and professes his love. I see other boats are getting closer and see him struggle with his zipper to get something out of his pocket. I start thinking, could it be?! He’s asking me to marry him? OMG, that’s crazy…Ray is always so confident and poised, this was the only time I ever saw his nervous and shaking. He popped the question and everyone cheered and congratulated us! It was the best day ever.’

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Gorgeous First Look. Just perfect. Tamara & I were both crying like lil babies. 

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Ramon: ‘I love how Christine makes me slow down. With her by my side, I appreciate everything we work hard for. She makes the world better. Everyone she meets loves her instantaneously. That’s incredibly rare.’

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Most romantic memory according to Christine: ‘Our first trip together to Mexico. That first couple’s trip is scary, but dreamy.’

Most romantic memory according to Ramon: ‘There are so many. Many trips overseas, countless romantic dinners, and of course, moments in bed together.’ 

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Ramon shares shortly after the Wedding (about the First Look): ‘I remember the way she looked and felt and the fun she had. I want to always remember the way I felt for her and how lucky we were to share this moment.’

Christine adds, That moment alone was incredible – everything slowed down and nothing mattered but him.’  

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Ramon: ‘What do I appreciate about Christine? Everything. Especially the way she laughs.’ 

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Sunset ceremony at the Paradisus Palma Real garden gazebo. 

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Christine’s favourite gift from Ramon: ‘Although we never openly say it, we always try to one-up each other in the gift department. My ring has to be the most thoughtful – he actually went to our jeweller and made it.’

Ramon’s favourite gifts from Christine: ‘She’s given me Gucci loafers, many Burberry shirts, plenty of expensive nights out, but nothing compares to her love, her kisses, and her attention.’  

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Gabi Beach reception dinner. 

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Christine’s favourite guilty pleasures: ‘There’s always Speculoos (cookie butter) from Trader Joes in the house. I also love having some alone time with my mani/pedi, and trying out new restaurants.’ 

Ramon’s favourite guilty pleasures: ‘I love ice-cream and Trader Joe’s Speculoos cookie butter. I love driving down the Westside Highway with Christine in my BMW listening to great music and holding on to her hand while we sing and laugh together. I love great restaurants. There’s really no limit to how much I’d spend for great food.’ 

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‘Our First Dance is to, Beyonce’s ‘Hello.’ I think that song was written about us!!’  :)

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* Christine!!! I just realized that you’re the ONLY Bride (other than me) who rocked these bunny ears at the reception. You’re my hero!!  :)

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Sunrise Rock the Dress. WOW.
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Ideal day together according to Christine: ‘Waking up to kisses. We really dislike being home, so as long as we’re out and I get to steal more kisses throughout the day, I’m having a great day!’

Ideal day together according to Ramon: ‘Being together is an ideal day. We always find a way to enjoy each other. As long as we’re together, life is good.’ 

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Christine’s nickname for Ramon: ‘Not so much a nickname, but I call him Papi. Now that we’re married, he’s my Hubster!’ 

Ramon’s nicknames for Christine: ‘I have a ton of nicknames for her. I just make them up as I go. Sexy Lexy is the main one (her middle name is Alexis). But there are a ton of playful ones that I think sound sweet or make me crack up that are pretty unique.’

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As a little girl, Christine always dreamed of being a ballerina. Life (and, ahem, her parents) had other plans and she ended up with a successful career working for the NYC Department of Education .. but the love for the Arts never left her. ‘Any excuse to see a ballet or visit the museum, we’re there!!’ she says.  

As a young man, Ramon wanted nothing less than to make his parents proud. He did just that, landing a great career in Law, and all the while keeping his life goals & priorities straight. He adds, ‘I also attended Juilliard for trumpet. I don’t play as much as I’d like, but that’s an old hobby. I’ve played baseball since I was 4 years old, and am usually better than most people I play with every time I step on a field. More importantly though, I have a real talent for making Christine happy!’ (To this I’ll add that both Ramon & Christine have a unique way of catching people off guard with their profound magnetism. I don’t even know if they realize how loveable and magical they are.)

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BRIDE & GROOM POST-WEDDING REFLECTIONS:
What did you love most about your Wedding?
Christine: ‘We loved our First Look session. That moment alone was a special one. We also loved seeing both sides of our family and friends coming together to celebrate us. The love in that room was overwhelming – it really touched our hearts.’
Ramon: ‘I also loved how flawlessly everything seemed to go because of how wonderful the team of people we worked with were. The resort was amazing. The team of photographers and cinematographers were off the hook!!’

Any regrets? What would you have done differently if you could?
Christine: ‘You want to make sure everything is perfect – I wish I had taken more time to slow down, but the moment you see him nothing matters!’
Ramon: ‘There was really nothing I would’ve done differently. I like perfection so I would’ve brought the other pair of socks that would’ve matched better with the suit (I thought they didn’t fit but the Saks guy told me it was one size fits all when I returned them – so I never tried them on (that’s how perfect the wedding was that I’m writing about socks), and I wish I hadn’t gone to the restroom when my dad won the dancing competition, and I wish I would’ve had a better sense of where Christine’s phone was leading up to the wedding so that she wouldn’t stress about that.’

 

Most memorable moments?!
Christine:
(1) Meeting Katya & Rob during our Welcome BBQ. I didn’t want to let them go…You guys are amazing!
(2) Seeing my father-in-law win the dance contest,
(3) Reading our vows – it was such a magical moment for us. We were just in our own bubble.
(4) Sunrise ‘Rock the Dress’ photoshoot – we were tired, but it was so worth it! Can’t believe I ‘trashed’ my dress! eek!’

Ramon:
(1) Seeing Christine for the first time in her dress.
(2) Dancing our first dance in front of our loved ones.
(3) Taking a moment to stand outside the circle and take in how amazing everything turned out to be before it was all over.’

 

Comments about vendors, resort etc …
Christine: ‘Ask for Mariela to be your coordinator – she is honest and thoughtful. She just gets it! The resort is breathtaking. The food, even the buffet, is delish. The service is impeccable. We have nothing but great things to say about Paradisus Palma Real. I’d recommend having a wedding at PPRR anytime.’

Ramon: ‘Mariela was amazing – the best! The grounds of the resort are amazing. I recommend The Reserve, although it’s out of the way, because you get to experience the whole resort and you have privacy. We got the best room The Reserve had to offer with the pool right outside and a private lounge area which was key when we decided to have a pool party in our room. The waiters brought us drinks, including a whole liter of Johnnie Walker Black Label. Those are the little things about the resort that are amazing. We tipped really well for all of their troubles but they were incredibly accomodating and never denied us anything that was doable. I also recommend Royal Service for guests because our families really took advantage of the butlers they got and of the Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Hennessy XO along with all of the other great wines and spirits they have in the Royal Service Lounge (that are only available for an extra fee everywhere else in the resort). We really enjoyed every bit of the resort because we had access to everything. Having a really fun group, if blessed to have one, is paramount, too. We took over the whole place! We had loads of fun every single night. The restaurants, pools, lounges – everything – were plentiful and accomodating enough to keep everyone happy.’
Advice for future brides?!
Christine: ‘Research. Research. Research. Although closer to the date, it’s all about the Wedding, pick days that you don’t have wedding-related conversations – have fun with each other. AND…be CONFIDENT in your choices and don’t listen to anyone. It’s about you and him!’
Ramon: ‘Don’t go with what seems better at first glance. There are a ton of places that may offer better prices for certain things to start and then hit you later for things that don’t turn out to be that great. Too often what is cheaper ends up costing more in the end. You get what you pay for in most cases. In this one, we got much more than we paid for. The BBQ with our package was brilliant. So, for example, we came prepared with a portable music player (with iPad adaptability) that was super loud and clutch because there was no music included with the BBQ. Look into everything! It’s your wedding day. You don’t get do-overs. And, finally, it was essential for us that we both were involved in the process and that WE were always more important than everyone else. We never waivered and established a true conviction when it came to everything we wanted.’

 

Hugs & kisses, dear Friends. Christine – Ramon – have a fabulous honeymoon … and get busy making a baby! You will both make such wonderful parents. Love you guys and can’t wait to hug you again. xoxo K+R.

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‘When people say they find love in the strangest and most unexpected places, it really does happen!’ Vivian laughs. Fate *literally* knocked on her door one fateful day, when a handsome internet / cable technician was dispatched to her house. Yes!!!!! What started out as innocent flirting led to a beautiful partnership and eventually, to a touching wedding ceremony on one of the loveliest beaches of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Vivian adds, ‘that was 8 summers ago and it is incredible to look back and see how much we have grown individually and together as a couple…and there is still so much more to learn!’

Doesn’t this love story remind you of Nadya & Damir? Pretty cool! Both couples have the Calgary / Toronto connection too!!! Single ladies reading my blog (oh yeah, you know who you are!): the only logical conclusion is that you should periodically pretend that your wifi doesn’t work and see if your perfect prince comes over to save the day.

Vivian & Gordon are absolute sweethearts and compliment each other so well – tender and quirky, laid-back and kind, it’s so obvious they are perfect for each other.

Here’s their dream wedding at Now Larimar Punta Cana & Huracan Cafe next door … one of my favourite set-ups EVER by Mayte Mari & Nati! Enjoy!

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Vivian, on the proposal:

‘He proposed to me at a restaurant called Sunset Mona Lisa in Los Cabos, Mexico. It was on my birthday, so he surprised me with reservations off the resort, which was already a super nice gesture. The restaurant was situated on a cliff overlooking the ocean. It was during sunset, so it was very romantic! We were waiting for our dinner and looking out to the horizon when I jokingly nudged him and said, “Wow, wouldn’t this be a nice time to propose??” Low and behold, he got down on his knees and asked! I was really taken back by how much planning he did – getting the ring in time for our trip, hiding it the whole time (!!), making reservations and getting the staff in on the secret way ahead of time.’

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The moments right before the rain are so magical. Just look at the water in comparison to the sky!!

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Mayte & Nati’s stunning decor…

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Vivian changed into a gorgeous traditional Chinese dress for the tea ceremony. 

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Tea ceremony in the Huracan Cafe Bridal Suite

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Ideal date together: ‘anywhere with yummy food, craft beers and good wine!’

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What did you love most about your Wedding?!

Vivian: ‘Besides saying I Do to my husband;)… Our families and friends meeting for the first time! I was super nervous and worried about whether everyone was going to get along the days & weeks before the wedding. But there must have been something in the water (and the beautiful sunshine!) because everyone took right off, laughing and enjoying each other’s company all week long!’

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BRIDE & GROOM POST-WEDDING REFLECTIONS:

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

Vivian & Gordon: ‘No regrets! Everyone was so kind to us. Our most favourite people in the world made the trek to witness our special day plus we had beautiful weather and lots of laughs all week long. Even the bit of rain we had during our reception didn’t faze us at all!’ 

 

Vivian, on the most memorable moments from the Wedding:

‘One big moment has to do with my mom. I am really glad I stuck to my gut and incorporated some of the more traditional Chinese elements into the wedding. We took part in a hair ceremony the night before and a tea ceremony the day of. My mom really surprised me by how much prep she did and the wonderful keepsakes she passed down to me from my grandmother, and the blessings she said to me.

Two…The girls planned a bridal shower for me at the resort! I was so spoiled with an album of personalized notes from everyone with Polaroid pics, presents, games, and so much love. 

And Three…Waking up next to each other the morning after and knowing things have changed.’

 

Comments about vendors, resort etc

‘Luisa (Now Larimar) 

Luisa was our wedding coordinator at the resort. She was fantastic! She responded promptly to my emails and answered all my questions. It was so nice to meet her in person when we arrived at the resort. She was so nice and professional and we had no worries about how our big day would turn out! I dropped off a suitcase full of decorations for the ceremony with very little instructions and she did an amazing job decorating – everything was exactly how I envisioned.

Katya & Rob (Katya Nova Photography)

The kindest & coolest people we have ever met! My girls loooooved you Katya! They had so much fun taking pictures and getting to know you and your awesome song choices! The boys really appreciated your help too Rob, even though they needed a bit more push getting into it;)

Nati & Mayte Mari (Huracan Café)

Such a lovely pair of ladies! Hard working and so dedicated to making sure you are happy with your choices every step of the way. There was nothing I asked for that could not be done – what a way to make a bride happy! Very professional and so easy to work with. The venue was perfect, the food was delish, and the staff were incredibly helpful.

Our Travel Agents: Ruth & Theoni (Crowfoot Travel)

Another team of awesome ladies that took care of every little detail for our group travel logistics and booking. 

Pastor Mark Lykins

Very happy we decided on finding a pastor to perform our ceremony! He did a wonderful job and was so personable even though we met him just minutes before the altar!’

 

Any advice for future brides?!

‘The worries and the stress of it all leading up to the Big Day is so minor compared to the joy and love you feel the day of. Remember to look around you and take in everything there is to see, the smiling faces and the personalized touches in the décor; take in the sounds of the music, the laughter and the conversations, and smell the wonderful foods, flowers and the air in front of you. The day goes by so quick so you don’t want to miss a thing!’

 

Vivian & Gordon, you two really know how to celebrate what’s most important in life – we sincerely hope you ALWAYS do! Hugs & kisses from Edmonton! K+R.

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