Karie + Robert
Paradisus Palma Real, Dominican Republic
They say paradise is not a place, but a state of mind. Well, after seeing the location Karie and Robert chose for their wedding ceremony, I am ready to swear paradise does exist. And it is called Punta Cana.
Karie met Indiana-born Robert on his first day in New York through a mutual friend…and they’ve been together since! Since he is half-Chinese half-American, Karie managed to teach him some phrases to help him communicate with his in-laws. Smart move!
Karie and Robert have common passions, but are also a little different, which makes their union even more interesting. They both love traveling, but if Karie is the hardcore tourist type who likes to explore every angle of a new city, Robert prefers to relax, simply absorbing the atmosphere. Karie, a former Latino dancer in her college years loves dance music, while Robert listens to lots of different genres, except for the ones his better half enjoys. They both heart cooking, but neither of them is keen on cleaning. And the list could go on.
I had the pleasure to witness Karie and Robert’s civil ceremony at the sumptuous New York City Hall. Karie looked the picture of Chinese perfection in a traditional red dress and kept beaming at family and friends who attended their official marriage before traveling to “paradise” later in the week for the big celebration.
You can imagine my excitement when I discovered the exotic beauty of their wedding venue - Paradisus Palma Real Resort, a luxury hotel with lush gardens and tropical mangroves. It was the best setting a photographer could wish for!
Robert and Karie were joined by 50 close friends and family members who took the trip to celebrate their “I do’s” in an intimate beach ceremony. Even if Karie’s dad is not keen on traveling and doesn't smile much (according to Karie), the audience was truly amazed at how happy he looked watching her get married in Punta Cana.
The reception was a success, with guests showing off their wild dancing skills on the multicolored dance floor that lit up creating a very disco-like vibe (and yes, the one guest who stole the show on the dance floor was Karie’s dad!).
Karie and Robert, it goes without saying that I am thrilled to have you in my life and to call you friends. I am so grateful that you found us and choose me to capture your beautiful wedding.
Enjoy some favorite photos from Karie and Robert's lovely destination wedding in Punta Cana above.