By: Jessica Mulroney
Bobbie and Alonzo first got married in jeans in a park and went back to the work the next day so when I was dreaming up their wedding day look in Punta Cana, one thing I wanted it to be was picture-perfect. Their resort, Royalton Punta Cana Resort and Casino, sits on a dreamy white-sand beach in the Dominican Republic which made that pretty easy. I also wanted to make sure that all elements of the day reflected their personal style. Read on for my complete décor breakdown of Bobbie and Alonzo’s tropical celebrations.
CEREMONY SET UP
When we asked Bobbie and Alonzo what they were most looking forward to about travelling to Punta Cana, they both said the beach. So, when scoping out the ceremony locations at Royalton Punta Cana, the choice was simple. Set on the resort’s pristine white sands, the wooden altar of the beach gazebo has a gorgeous rustic simplicity, set off beautifully by the azure waves of the Caribbean. Bobbie had told me that she loved the color purple, especially in pastel shades, so I arranged for lilac rose petals to be scattered down the aisle.
I also wanted to ensure that both the bride’s preferred color and Bohemian style were integrated in the altar décor, so I chose asymmetrical arrangements of lush greenery with lilac, blush and ivory florals. I included a loosely draped cream-colored fabric to soften the wood structure and make the floral arrangements really pop. We placed gold geometric lanterns along the front posts of the gazebo and for the ceremony seating, I selected wooden cross back chairs to tie in to the rustic Bohemian vibe, complete with cream cushions.
The purple theme was also included in Bobbie’s bouquet, which was a luscious arrangement featuring roses, lisianthus and limonium with mixed styles of greenery to add texture and volume. Alonzo’s boutonniere followed a similar style, featuring a mini succulent with greenery and a subtle lilac accent.
The altar arrangements and centrepieces were made using the same flowers, colors and textures to complement Bobbie’s breathtaking bouquet.
THEIR SIGNATURE COCKTAIL
It’s always important to me to include little signature details that reflect the personal taste of the couple. One of my favorite ways to do this is with a special cocktail to welcome guests to the reception. Bobbie told me her favorite drink to sip on is Love on the Beach – a mix of peach schnapps, vodka, orange juice, a splash of cranberry juice and an orange wedge garnish – so we ensured this was offered at the beach bar.
I also wanted guests to be able to toast to the bride and groom, so we created a champagne tower right at the entrance to the cocktail reception. To tie in a touch of purple into these set-ups we created some custom signage with a beautiful lilac water color motif, detailing the couple’s signature cocktail and a ‘Cheers to the new Mr. and Mrs.’ sign.
SUNSET BEACH COCKTAIL HOUR
I wanted to create a chic set-up for Bobbie and Alonzo’s cocktail hour. We arranged high top tables surrounding the dance floor, with ivory chiffon linens tied with greenery at the leg, decorated with gold candle.
We also wanted guests to be comfortable and be able to dance the night away, so we added a rustic wooden basket decorated with greenery and filled it with comfortable flip flops.
While guests sipped on cocktails they were treated by a delicious butler passed selection of hors d’oeuvres including fried chicken taquitos and seafood ceviche. We also surprised the bride and groom with a live guitar trio, which was the perfect addition to set the scene for a romantic cocktail hour.
RECEPTION SET UP
For Bobbie and Alonzo’s reception set-up, I planned an intimate oceanfront celebration beneath a wooden canopy loosely draped with cream organza. The canopy was also adorned with string lights and hanging terrariums with candles to create a romantic ambiance as guests dined. Since I truly believe that there is no such thing as too many candles, we also placed large geometric lanterns around each of the posts of the canopy as well.
To tie in the rustic elegance décor theme, we hung cascading arrangements of flowers and greenery along the entire length to create the illusion of a secret garden right there on the beach.
Nestled beneath the canopy was an exposed wood table with a cascading ivory chiffon table runner tied off with a satin ribbon.
To decorate it, we placed a lush green runner across the table and arranged a variety of geometric terrariums with succulents, candles and flowers in the shades of ivory, lilac and blush. The place settings included delicate crystal charger plates lined with gold plated flatware.
Each place setting featured custom menu in a soft purple watercolor motif, a subtle pop of color as not to overpower the table décor that focused on candles and greenery. As a nod to the beautiful destination where they said, “I do”, we came up with an island-inspired menu which included a savory Saffron Seafood Cazuelita to start, a decadent Surf and Turf entrée and Baked Alaska as a final sweet treat.
To cap off the night they enjoyed a vanilla wedding cake with a lilac hued Chantilly icing, which their son picked himself during their tasting.