Wow! I don’t even know where or how to begin with this one.
I’ve known Tatiana for years. We have several mutual friends and share an unbreakable bond of being military widows. So when photos of her and this guy, Wander, started showing up on Facebook, I knew by the genuine & huge smiles that her heart found love again. Something I wish for all of ‘my girls’ to have again one day!
Fast forward to Wander proposing and Tatiana writing me to photograph her wedding in the Dominican Republic! I was ecstatic and blown away that she would want me to fly all the way from Seattle to be such a big part of her wedding!! The date changed a few times and it didn’t look like it was going to work out after all until just this January. We had been talking for 2 years about this day and I was actually going to be able to go!
With the excitement, I shared with my best friend, the insanely talented Amanda Lloyd of Lloyd Photographers, that I was going to be going to the Dominican Republic to photograph Tatiana & Wander’s wedding. One night I said, “Hey, what do you think about going with me and co-shooting together? Oh and stay a few extra days too, just for fun?” When she said “Heck yeah!” I knew it was going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to get to shoot with my best friend alongside me in such a beautiful place.
While I was with Tatiana getting ready in one part of the resort with her girls, Lloyd (I’ll explain!) was with Wander getting ready and photographing the guy’s portraits. (When she photographed my wedding in August 2013, I started calling her Lloyd because my sister’s name is also Amanda. My whole family, to this day, still calls her that) The rest of the day, we shot everything together right alongside each other. We smiled, we laughed, we both cried a little and truly enjoyed being able to share such an incredible day with Tatiana & Wander!
#MuffyPikante, thank you for treating us two girls as if we were apart of your family. There wasn’t a time throughout the whole trip that we didn’t feel so welcomed and loved. Thank you for inviting us to be apart of your special day and for the countless memories! A Bucket List item to now check off!! I hope you love this collection of photos from Lloyd & myself. Congratulations you two and cheers to many, many years!
Tatiana’s Matron of Honor, Jenny, is an incredible makeup artist! How lucky is Tatiana to have a best friend that’s always around for spot on makeup?! So jealous!! How cute are these little flowergirls? They were giggling because the one was eating an apple in hopes of losing a loose tooth. So stinkin’ cute!! All morning, the sun was shining and I was hopeful that the forecast was wrong. We were going to get lucky and miss the 80% chance of rain! Right as both Tatiana & Wander are getting dressed, the rain started. Just poured! It didn’t phase these two one bit and you’d never know it rained off and on all day by their photos, besides a wet ground! Plus, isn’t rain on your wedding day good luck?!Right before we were going to walk out to take some portraits, Tatiana FaceTimed with her Dad, who couldn’t make it due to the Zika virus scare and his wife is pregnant. This made everyone in the room tear up!
Seriously girl?! GORGEOUS!!Tatiana & Wander chose to stay traditional and not see each other prior to the ceremony. The moment that he turned and spotted his beautiful Bride was priceless. Another family member, Tatiana’s brother, wasn’t going to be able to fly down for the wedding due to the Zika virus. Her Mom told us the night before that he DID make it and was going to surprise Tatiana once she walked down the aisle. Little did she know that he got ready right alongside Wander and was already in the Groomsmen portraits too! Since Tatiana’s Dad wasn’t able to make it, she danced with her Grandfather and then her two Uncles each took a turn too. The staff at Melia Caribe Tropical Resort was truly incredible to work with! So friendly, so helpful and so much fun! Also, no wedding day is complete until you get a selfie with the beautiful couple!
Every wedding is made possible by an awesome vendor team. Huge thanks to all that made it possible!
Photography: Genesa Richards Photography: www.genesarichardsphotography.com
Amanda of Lloyd Photographers: www.lloydphotographers.com
Venue: Melia Caribe Tropical Beach & Golf Resort, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: www.melia.com/melia-caribe-tropical
Hair Salon & Make-Up Artist: Hair: Yhi Salon (Wendy) & Make-Up Artist: MakeUpByJennyFro/Jenny Borrego
Bridal Boutique: Brides of Florida: www.bridesofflorida.net
Bridesmaid Dresses: http://www.convertiblewrapdress.com/
Tuxes/Suits: Groom’s Tux: Santori Amici/Groomsmen’s Suits: JCPenny
Brand of shoes: International Concepts
Jewelry: Brides of Florida:www.bridesofflorida.net
Florist: Floristeria El Tronco
Lighting: PSAV Melia Caribe Tropical
Coordinators: Geraldy Ramos/Melia Caribe Tropical
Entertainment:Pedro Rossi/PSAV Melia Caribe Tropical
Caterer: Melia Caribe Tropical
Alcohol: Melia Caribe Tropical
Cake/Baker: Melia Caribe Tropical
Décor: Melia Caribe Tropical
Tables/Linens: Melia Caribe Tropical