Today we bring you Jimmy + Ashley exquisite Kukua Punta Cana Wedding. Scroll down to enjoy a small but significant sample of the memories we documented for Ashley + Jimmy and their families. All while also enjoying some insightful comments from Ashley about their wedding planning and wedding day!
Jimmy and Ashley, have known each other for almost half of their lives. Growing up in South Boston, MA, a small town in a big city where everyone knows each other. They started off as two high school kids with a similar group of friends which quickly blossomed into a lifelong relationship. About their love story Ashley says: Although we were both very young when we started dating, it didn’t take long for us to realize that we were meant for one another. We’ve been through so much together because we’ve grown up together, supporting and loving each new version of who we’ve become over time.
Jimmy and I, love to travel, and always thought that a destination wedding would be fun, but we weren’t sure where to begin! We had vacationed in the DR before and had always remembered how much we loved its beautiful beaches so choosing Punta Cana was easy. Of course we knew it’d be an intimate and personalized wedding so, having an off-resort venue was a must. After narrowing down our selections and decided to visit them in person, after all, it was another excuse to travel. Online photos do not make justice to Kukua Beach Club’s beauty and the food is delicious, we could instantly see ourselves getting married there. However, the real beauty of Kukua is the wedding coordinator and owner of the restaurant, Begonia (Bego). The love and passion she has for her work combined with her honesty and kindness made Kukua an easy choice.
I wanted the breathtaking surroundings of Punta Cana to be the focus of my wedding decor so I chose a simple color palette that consisted of ivory and golds, mixed with greenery. I wanted the theme to be romantic and elegant infused with touches of both rustic and modern elements. For someone as type A as me, it was difficult to plan a wedding in another country as a lot of trust, goes into your coordinator. Luckily, Bego made it easy. I spent countless hours picking out the many specific details and in the end, ended up with a 27-page spreadsheet! haha, but my dreams came to life. The team at Kukua Punta Cana executed my vision beyond my expectations.
Our wedding day was nothing short of magical. Amongst our closest family and friends on a gorgeous beach, we finally became husband and wife. Although every detail of my wedding was perfect, my favorite moment was exchanging out personal vows. The moment was so quiet and genuine; it was as if we were the only two people there.
The number one concern a bride has when having an outdoor wedding is bad weather. Early on, we agreed not to worry about it, after all, it’s always sunny and beautiful in Punta Cana. All the days leading up to and surrounding the wedding during our trip were gorgeous. But yes, it rained not once, not twice but three times on the day of the wedding. No vendor or guest skipped a beat, we simply laughed and danced in the rain. And of course, Asia & Niko knew how to capture all the moments beautifully. Actually, one of our favorite photos from the day would not have been possible unless it rained! (the umbrella/LOVE sign photo)
The stunning Altos de Chavon at Casa de Campo Resort & Villas was the perfect spot for Jimmy & Ashley Rock the dress photoshoot just the day after their beautiful Kukua Punta Cana Wedding. And what a beautiful time for them it was.
Many people told me the most important element of a wedding is the photography, and I couldn’t agree more. Most of the things that go into making a wedding beautiful are temporary- the food, flowers, reception decor, etc. I believe this is even more significant with a destination wedding as not all of your loved ones will be able to travel and share in the experience. We didn’t just want our loved ones to see what our wedding looked like; we wanted them to feel the emotion we shared on our special day. These elements are difficult to capture even for the most experienced professionals, but one looks at Asia & Niko’s work and you know they’ve mastered it. The passion they have for their work radiates through their photos and seeing them in action is inspiring. Their attention to detail and technical ability are incredible. On a personal level, they are not afraid to be themselves, who are wonderful and fun people. They instantly felt like old friends. This made it easy for us to relax and capture amazing photos. We would choose them over and over again, every time. Besides our love, these gorgeous photos will be the thing we have that will last a lifetime, and we couldn’t be happier.