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Carly and Seth’ Dominican Republic wedding is featured on the Get Married Blog. This Dominican Republic wedding took place at Sea Horse Ranch back in December of last year. Congratulations Carly and Seth!

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I want to drop a quick line about my experience at Flor de Cabrera in the Dominican Republic. It is one of the most outstanding villas for weddings in the Dominican Republic. I experienced first hand, the handcrafted experience couples would receive at the villa. Being invited as the exclusive photographer for the wedding planning weekend was a great honor. I had a chance to meet couples who are planning their weddings at Flor de Cabrera in the next year. It was a very pleasant group, the owners Dan and Ruthie, Kellie and Jonathan, Natasha and Andre, Christian and Trisha, Veronica, Monica and Tiffany. At times it felt like a reality TV show, and I mean that in a good way. Not that often do you end up with perfect strangers in a large house, and leave friends. The in house staff was phenomenal. Luben, the head chef, created some amazing meals. My favorite was the surf and turf, lobster wrapped in filet mignon. Melvin, Arturo, Ray and all the staff were phenomenal. Barbara Estavez, a great wedding planner from Santiago, did a fantastic job setting up table settings and giving the couples some great options. One of the highlights of the trip for me personally, was the bonfire beach dinner on our last night at the villa. There was great company, fantastic food and a warm fire. I took one of my favorite images there of Christian and Trisha with the silhouette of the fire. I can not wait to go back to Villa Flor de Cabrera.

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colombia.0154 Yanette and Carlos Wedding, Medellin, Colombia July 31th, 2010Yanette and Carlos are a fun couple residing in Valencia, Spain.  They had a wonderful Colombian ceremony and reception for Yanette’s Colombian family. The ceremony took place in Inglesia San Clemente.  This was a unique ceremony, complete with bubbles in the church and a bombardment of confetti and rice when they exited. The Reception took place in La Extramadura, a mountain side property overlooking Medellin. The reception featured live music, white glove servers and a breath taking decor.  Traditionally the Colombian reception has two cakes. The first cake is cut by the bride and groom as they enter, followed by the champagne toast. The guests eat the cake and drink champagne before the dinner is served. After the dinner the room turned into a night club, with lighting, fog, and a famous Medellin radio DJ.  This is a shot of the couple’s engagement shoot on top of El Pinol, a huge rock overlooking a lush valley of lakes and land.

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Hacienda Fizebad is located 45 minutes from the center of Medellin.  It is a traditional Colombian finca, or ranch.  There are some 80 horses on the property, a chapel, guest rooms and gorgeous ceremony and reception spots.  Jesse and Claudia are from the Bay Area, and had a ceremony in Colombia as well as one back in the States. Because of Jesse’a Mexican heritage,  a group of Mariachi’s played during the first half of the night. Just as things were getting heated and the night could not get any better, the craziness set in. In traditional South American weddings they have a tradition of the crazy hour, Hora Loca. This is when the last of the alcohol gets consumed, with the guests having the luxury of hiding behind masks as they end their night in style.  Many props come from no where and the Mariachi band is replaced by the traditional Papayera band.  This was probably one of the funnest wedding finales I’ve experienced.

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