My last vacation was a memorable one which I will never forget, namely because my wife and I got married! In April 2014, myself, my fiancée Amy, and approximately 40 friends and family members flew to the Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for a week to attend our destination wedding.
We chose this resort because it is situated on what is considered to be one of the best beaches in the world, recognized as such by UNESCO (http://headliner.openjaw.com/022315_TransatBarcelo/stories/view/284/offer-clients-the-best-beach-in-punta-cana-with-transat-s-exclusive-adult-s-only-barcel-bavaro-beach) . After a long and gruelling winter, our group wanted to be able to bask in the tropical sunshine and spend our days on the beach.
When we arrived at the resort, we were immediately impressed by the size of it. Our resort only formed part of the Barcelo grouping; there were 3 other Barcelo resorts connected to ours, and a bus shuttle connected all 4. Our resort, the Adults Only hotel has about 500 rooms, countless bars, and an assortment of culturally-themed restaurants: Mexican, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, French, etc. If you’d like to learn more about the resort, including the activities, amenities and accommodations, here is the link: http://www.barcelo.com/BarceloHotels/en_US/hotels/Dominican-Republic/Punta-Cana-Beach-Bavaro/hotel-barcelo-bavaro-beach/general-description.aspx
The wedding was scheduled for the middle of our trip, so everyone had a chance to get settled in and to explore everything the massive resort had to offer. As mentioned, many of us spent our time on the beach, but there were also multiple pools, a gym facility, a spa, and day-trip excursions for all to enjoy if they wished.
When the big day arrived, Amy and I woke up early to watch the sunrise, and enjoy breakfast on our balcony – a peaceful and relaxing moment before the day’s excitement began. After that, we went our separate ways, Amy off to get her hair done with the rest of her bridal party. I joined up with my groomsmen and we played some volleyball (I love volleyball!) before getting ready.
The ceremony took place at the garden gazebo. It was a beautiful spot, secluded from the rest of the resort with gorgeous trees and flowers, a pavilion in the centre, and peacocks roaming the grounds. Despite all of this beauty around us, it paled in comparison to my bride. The sight of Amy took my breath away and even gave my butterflies in my stomach! After we said our vows and kissed, my cousin played our song on his guitar – Come Rain or Come Shine by David Francey.
Once the ceremony was over, we spent the rest of the night eating and dancing with our group. The entire day was captured wonderfully by our fantastic photographer Ben Benvie – You need to check out his work here: http://benbenvieblog.com/2014/wedding/amy-william/
Our last vacation was truly one we will always cherish: We got to hang out with some of our favourite people for a week, stayed at a fantastic resort, swam in one of the best beaches in the world, and had perfect weather. Oh yeah, and we got married!
What has your experience with destination weddings been?