Where it all Started
Montreal natives, Ana and Emmanuel, first laid eyes on each other at a dance club and instantly felt sparks. Ana gathered the courage to make the first move, asking Emmanuel on a date to the best pizza place in the city where the two bonded over a slice.
Three years of dating flew by before Ana embarked on a student exchange in Spain. She told Emmanuel that if their relationship could withstand being apart for six months, it would last forever. Despite the distance, their love deepened and Emmanuel realized he couldn’t spend another day without her. Without hesitation, he boarded a flight to Spain and popped the question at a gorgeous church in Barcelona. Of course she said ‘sí’!
Planning the Wedding
After getting engaged abroad, the pair knew right away that they wanted to have a destination wedding and continue their travelling love story. The happy couple chose to celebrate in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. It held sentimental value as it was Ana’s birth country and offered a beautiful backdrop for their big day.
On August 18th, Ana and Emmanuel started their forever in paradise on the white-sand shores at Royalton Punta Cana in the presence of 31 of their dearest family and friends. They held a vibrant ceremony under a flowy beach gazebo accompanied by swaying palm trees and sparkling seas, in what felt to Ana like a scene out of a movie.
During the ceremony, Emmanuel’s father recited a prayer and the couple felt an outpour of emotion from their loved ones. This magical moment was followed by a semi-private dinner at the resorts Italian restaurant and a night of dancing at the disco.
Wedding Day Wear
Ana’s dress: 9201 Gown by Allure Bridal
Ana’s shoes: Noblez sandals
Ana’s accessories: Swarovski bracelet, necklace, earrings, tiara and veil
Emmanuel’s attire: Beige suit by Lief Horsens Denmark
Emmanuel’s accessories: Bulova watch
Wedding bands: LSM Bijouterie & Lavigueur
The bridesmaids wore: Azazie dresses in assorted pastel colours
The groomsmen wore: White shirt and beige pants, paired with a beige bowtie and suspenders
Flowers: Royalton Punta Cana
Hair and Makeup: Royal Spa at Royalton Punta Cana
Photographer: Mario Ptasik and Fernanda Rocha
Stationary and invitations: Olivia Sroka
First dance: Perfect – Ed Sheeran ft. Beyoncé
Favours: VIP Catamaran ride
On-site wedding coordinator: Charo Perozo
Family traditions: Rosary beads, sand ceremony and Emmanuel’s father recited a prayer
“Don’t forget to smile for the photos! The day will go by so fast and things may not go exactly as you planned, but your wedding will be beautiful regardless, so just go with the flow.”