Obviously shooting a wedding in a beautiful location like Punta Cana is a joy because, hello – beach & sun! But honest to goodness, we could have been anywhere in the world and this wedding day would still have been a favorite of mine. For starters, Gretchen & Raman have a beautiful love story. Gretchen is originally from the Dominican, but spent most of her childhood growing up in the Northeastern US, dreaming about the world & longing to travel. So travel she did. In one of her expeditions around the globe, she was on a bus headed for Paris when she met a girl named Devi. The two chatted their trip away & became roommates over the following few months. The next year when the travel bug hit Gretchen again, she decided to head over to Australia to visit Devi. There she met Devi’s brother Raman and there was an immediate connection as she was drawn to his kindness & respect toward his family, and knowledge of wine. 😉 Long romantic story short, Gretchen ended up moving to Adelaide, Australia where her & Raman are now building a life together. This wedding was such a beautiful mix of culture, between the Australians (my favorite accents in the world), Gretchen’s family who still lives in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, a handful of those of us from the US and Canada, and Devi & Raman’s beautiful Indian heritage (I’ve been to India a few times & the people there left a deep imprint on my heart – one in particular named Devi, so that was a fun coincidence for me).
However, besides all of that, my FAVORITE thing about this day was simply the character of this bride and groom. I’m completely smitten with these two after a short time of being in their presence. Gretchen is one of the most tender hearted, beautiful souls I’ve had the honor of knowing. Her love for adventure & her faith runs so deep and her words had me in tears over & over again. Raman is a true gem of a gentleman. From the minute we arrived at the resort a few days before the wedding, he was so kind and constantly asking what he could do for us. The way he loves Gretchen is beautiful & clear for all to see. Photographing their wedding day with the picturesque Hard Rock Resort in Punta Cana as our backdrop was obviously amazing, but the new Mr. and Mrs. are what made this day truly incredible.
Ceremony & Reception: Hard Rock Resort, Punta Cana Dominican Republic
Destination Wedding Photographers – Punta Cana Wedding Photographers