An emotional Garden wedding ceremony followed by a magical toes-in-sand reception and party until the bodies hold. Nico & Lauren’s beach wedding in Playa Dorada, Dominican Republic would be the delight of any destination wedding photographer and according to our books, everything a destination wedding should be.
The fact that Lauren + Nico even met at all is a lot of luck – but probably fate. As Lauren’s herself put it. So, of course, such a special once in lifetime event it’d be celebrated properly.
OUR WEDDING VISION
“The most important part of our wedding and how we always envisioned it was like a celebration of our love in a way that could make everybody feel included. We had a trilingual ceremony in English, Spanish, and Creole that we wrote ourselves, and that was ministered jointly by my best friend who is Dominican American, and Nico’s brother. We wanted everyone to feel included, to understand what was going on, and to know how important it was to us that they were there. There were major race, class, and language barriers that we did our best to bridge, so we spent a lot of time talking and planning for how to do that. We wanted it to be a great weekend where everyone has multiple days together and leaves feeling like they have a second family, just as I felt with Nico’s family the very first time I met them”
Any detail that would help tell the story of your day?
The one thing I was insistent about was an open-air ceremony and reception with no tent. I always knew there was a chance of rain, but wanted to risk it. Of course, it was beautiful all week until the day of the wedding when it was cloudy and drizzling. We delayed the start of the ceremony a few minutes hoping it would clear up. While walking down the aisle, I could feel the raindrops. In the end, it held off for the most part during the ceremony and cleared up immediately afterward. We ended up dancing until 2 am. A little rain really must be good luck!
What advice would you give out to a couple planning their wedding?
Be flexible! We planned our wedding around a ceremony venue up on a mountain. Still, We ended up changing our venue location a few months before the wedding because it was getting logistically impossible to get all the guests to the site. It was the best decision we made (it ended up drizzling just before our ceremony and would have been full-on raining on the mountain) but was a complicated process to decide since so much planning had gone in. And as everyone else says – have fun! Dance with your friends, eat your wedding food, try to let your nerves go. Enjoy every moment; it all goes by too quickly!
Most memorable moment?
The whole week. We were in the DR for an entire week, and most of our family and friends were as well. We had events Tuesday through Sunday for all of the guests. The best part was seeing our friends and family from all different parts of our lives to become friends with each other. Many now keep in touch after the wedding. We’re so grateful to have all of that time together; it was the best week of our lives.
Is there anything you would change or do differently?
Get a bigger dance floor!