Kim + Marcelo’s Santo Domingo coastal Wedding by Claire Duran Wedding and Events was spectacular for many reasons. But the most important one is Marcelo and Kim’s love story:
“I showed up for the drinks, and he had an agenda, which included asking me about my 5-year plan (travel, family, work) and telling me we could be great together (“100 percent” I responded)! On our 8-hour marathon date, we also talked about our families, relationships, friendships, our shared love of traveling, our impulsiveness, if we wanted children, what names we would choose, how we ended up in Annapolis… You name it; we talked about it!” Kimberly recalls!
Now Marcelo’s Version is a little more complete, so may want to grab at least a coffee! I knew the evening of our first date that this was the woman I was destined to be with, not only who I have ever wanted but who I have ever needed.
Over the first six months of our relationship, we traveled to Florida, California, New York, Mexico, and were planning a trip to the Dominican Republic with some friends. My family and friends instantly fell in love with Kimberley, and the connection with her family was nothing short of natural and fantastic.
I had already decided that this was the woman I was marrying but knew that my proposal would need certain elements to make it just what I wanted it to be and what she deserved. I set out to find the perfect ring with some design ideas inspired by what I had learned about Kimberley in our time together.
After finding the ring, I knew that having her parents, grandparents, and best friend Annie present was not negotiable. I unexpectedly stopped in at the Hall residence to ask Kimberley’s father Ian for her hand in marriage, and he welcomed me with open arms. I decided that the best place to propose would be at the location where it all started, which was our first date at Paladar.
Our six month anniversary was approaching, so I started planning my proposal. In the weeks leading up to our “anniversary,” I had ensured that no one involved spilled the secret and that Kim would not accidentally see or hear any of my communication with her family or friends. I wasn’t nervous about proposing, but I was so wrapped up in making sure that my proposal was perfect that I didn’t notice Kim brewing her own surprise.
On our way to dinner on our six month anniversary, we argued who would have the best present, and I was sure my present was going to be the better.
We arrived at Paladar and after walking to a private room and being met by family and friends, I dropped down to one knee and proposed. In true Kim Hall fashion, she paused me in order to remove her jacket so that she could get some good pictures, and then she said yes.
At this point, I knew her gift could not be better than this. After the excitement of what had just occurred subsided a bit, Kim decided to take me into a separate private room with the photographer to finally give me her gift. Little did I know that her gift and secret was that we were expecting our first child. Kim will tell you that I cried when she broke the news, but you can’t see tears in the pictures, so don’t believe everything you hear.
And that folks, is the story of our engagement and baby announcement. Thanks for reading.
Planing the perfect destination wedding
Choosing their wedding photographer
Photography: Asia Pimentel Photography | Planning, Design, Coordination: Claire Duran Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Amy Lauren Floral Design | Venue and Catering: Boca Marina Restaurant & Lounge | Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia | Hair: Yudelka Zapata
| Makeup: Yamila Lebron | Wedding Cake: Cake Studio by Mily Pimentel
Music: Quartet Music