Kim + Marcelo’s Romantic wedding in the Santo Domingo coast 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

When Kimberley & Marcelo got engaged, they immediately knew they wanted it to be a destination wedding.  And so on a family trip to Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic just a few weeks after their engagement, they visited Boca Marina Restaurant & Lounge and were immediately hooked.  They had found their wedding venue!
The next step was to bring onboard the incredibly talented team of Claire Duran Weddings & Events who we were incredibly excited to work with them.  Kimberley and Marcelo expressed how they wanted an intimate,  colorful, and simply elegant celebration, and to let their venue speak for itself. Hence, Claire and her team focused on letting the beautiful Caribbean backdrop to be the main decor takeaway and asked Amy of Amy Lauren Floral Design (who also joined in from Maryland) to create beautiful pieces that would only serve to complement what was already going on instead of making them be the main statement. While in the DR non-tropical flower diversity is very limited, they were so lucky to get gorgeous imported garden roses and peonies that were simply put: spectacular!

Choosing their wedding photographer

On our first video chat before booking us, Kimberley & Marcelo remarked: “What we like about your photographs is that we could feel the emotions that the people in your photos shared with each other.  We want to feel that about our wedding photographs, we’re hoping that these pictures can be put up, not only by us but by our future children for decades to come. And now that we have a daughter, too, we’re really excited to capture her at this moment.
And so fast forward to today, according to Marcelo & Kimberley, we nailed exactly what they were looking for and what they hired us for. Thank you guys, for choosing us as your destination wedding photographers it was for us an honor and a privilege to capture such beautiful memories for you and your precious Isabella.


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