Hey lovelies, I hope you’re warm and well!
If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that Shane and I recently got married. We flew out to with a few friends and family to Dominican Republic on April 29th and stayed for two weeks at Memories Splash resort, Punta Cana. It was an eventful few weeks to say the very least but our day was perfect and we’re so happy it all went to plan. If you’re interested to know more about Our wedding day carry on reading!
My day started off well, we woke up, had breakfast together and then went our separate ways for the day. The boys went down to the beach in the morning, snorkelled around the crystal blue ocean and done some other boy stuff I’m assuming. Meanwhile my mum was working her magic on my hair to make it look perfect. I went for a half up half down curly style with a few little plaits and a princess tiara! I done all my makeup myself, had a fight with a false eyelash, worried about it melting off and couldn’t get my brows matching. Suppose it turned out okay in the end. All the girls got ready in my room and before I knew it, it was almost time to go. With my hair and makeup done it was time to put my dress on.
Making a quick dash from the bathroom to my dress in just some white lacy undies which was a little embarrassing in front of everyone but I figured, we’re all women here (although grandad had been shut away outside while I got dressed) The girls helped me into my dress and laced the back up. In all the time ticking panic, I forgot to put my petty skirt on. Lifting up my 11 layers of dress to pop it on underneath wasn’t easy and I couldn’t have done it on my own, thanks ladies!
I found my dream dress back in October last year, it was the 4th dress I tried on and I knew it was the one. I found it in a Milton Keynes store called “Wed2be” they have a huge selection of dresses in all shapes and sizes that you can take away the same day. My dress was called “Tiana”. It was big, sparkly and just an absolute dream. Although it isn’t the most practical dress for a beach wedding in 29° Caribbean sun, it was so right for me. The dress laced up at the back with a corset style top with all the pretty embellishments. The skirt had a glitter layer that sparkled in the sunshine and a huge train along the back, all poofed out with a petty coat underneath to help me actually walk.
Probably the most important part of the day, but the part neither of us remember that clearly. Before I made my entrance, I was hidden behind a wooden door in part of the resort, and bystanders stood up, applauded and yelled congratulation. I could feel my face burning with embarasment but at the same time it all became so real. I walked down the isle to “How long will I love you” by Jon Boden (Not Ellie Goulding, yuck) with my Grandad on my arm. As I walked down, I didn’t even take notice of the people standing by the beach watching. My eyes only saw our beautiful wedding set up, our guests and of course, Shane. It was all a bit of a blur from there. I know I said some words, we exchanged rings, signed the certificate and kissed. I’m excited to see our video to help refresh my memory of it all. We walked back down the isle together to “something beautiful” by Needtobreathe, and all our guests were so emotional. We had a champagne toast and took some photos on the beach.
After the ceremony, we gathered on the beach and had some group photo’s with our guests. It was hard remembering who we’d had pictures with so I’d advice writing a list before hand and memorising it. The photo’s turned out really well and it was all a bit of fun. Although they were posed ones, our photographer got some natural shots when we didn’t know which I loved because it was a good reflection of how the day actually was.
After the group photo’s our guests went over to the beach bar and me and Shane had our couples shoot. I’d said to our photographer beforehand that me and Shane are very awkward in front of the camera and she was so good with us and took some lovely pictures. We basically just took the piss out of each other the whole time but it made for some genuine smiley photos. We also hired a videographer, we should get our video in the next week or so. I’m so glad we made that choice, it was expensive but I know it will be worth it!
I’ve always wondered why it was called a “wedding breakfast” We ate at 6.15pm so surely that’s dinner? Anyway.. we all had a 3 course sit down meal at one of the onsite restaurants. It was a semi-private dinner but that didn’t matter to us, at that point I was used to people looking at me and I was just so hungry! We had mozzarella sticks to start, grilled chicken with mash and veg for main and a brownie pudding served with ice cream. All very yummy and lined everyone’s tummy for an evening of dancing and drinking. During dinner, the heavens opened and it poured it down for the entire meal. I was a little worried about our beach party but on the way out from dinner, it stopped. Perfect timing.
The decision to have an after party on the beach was such a great choice. We hired our own little area, with lightbulb style fairy lights, private bar and a playlist of our favourite songs. Our first dance song was a Coldplay classic “Sky full of stars” (Ironically there was very few stars in the sky that night) Half way through the song, we invited all our guests to join in (me and Shane are awful dancers) It was important to me that everyone had a good time and helped celebrate our special day!
Hours upon hours were spent creating the perfect wedding playlist, finding songs everyone could dance too. I like to think the playlist was heavily influenced by my odd taste in music. We had everything from the Spice Girls, Paramore and So Solid Crew. There was no need for any additional entertainment as both our mums partners provided some hilariously questionable dance moves. Everyone got up to boogie which was great. The party only lasted two hours, but that was well enough for us lot!
Overall, we had the most perfect day. The sun shone on us for the ceremony and the rain stopped for us to party. We have made incredible memories and I’ll never forget our special day. I’d like to thank the wedding team at Royalton Punta Cana, especially our coordinator, Charo. She took all the stress and worry away from a destination wedding. Making sure everything went to plan and helped make our day incredible.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little insight into our wedding day, thank you for all the kind words and best wishes. It means a lot! Let me know if you want more wedding related content in the comments below!
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