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Destination weddings are one of my specialties, and I write a lot about them on my blogs. I’ve also written articles in such publications such as Destination I Do MagazineCeremony Magazine and Destination Wedding and Honeymoons Magazine . Villa weddings in the Dominican Republic are some of the most romantic and intimate ways to tie the knot. As far as Caribbean weddings, Villa Flor de Cabrera located on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic is one of my favorite villas.

Located next to the town of Cabrera, Villa Flor de Cabrera is a fantastic choice for couples looking to get married in an exotic Dominican locale. Heike and Stephen are a lovely and quirky couple from Seattle who chose to have their close family present for their destination wedding.  They and their families were the exclusive guests of the villa for the entire week, and I had the privilege of being immersed in family life for several days while I took photos of all the festivities. Different activities were arranged for everyone to enjoy, from beach picnics to outings to the local cigar maker, Babanuco. Martha Cabrera, was the officiant for the wedding and did a fabulous job as always. The villa chef, Lubin, is a master at creating delicious creations from the local food supply, as well as procuring rare spices, high-quality meet and hard to find seafood. He did not disappoint for this occasion! The staff at the villa are all top notch. For more information on Dominican wedding villas, check out our Dominican Republic destination weddings guide.

Congratulations Heike and Stephen!

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This Dominican Republic photo shoot was really special one for me for professional and personal reasons. One of the wonderful things about running your own business is the opportunity to be involved with and give back to the communities where I live and work. Back in April, I gifted three photo sessions which were auctioned off at a fundraiser, El Futuro II, for La Academia Internacional de Cabrera , here in the DR. Their fundraiser was held at the luxurious private villa, Casa Kimball and I’m thrilled to say that I was able to help raise close to $2,500 for the school! One of the sessions bids was won by the law office of Garcia Blcanco & Asociados.

The law office is just meters from the beach, in the town of Cabarete in the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. So it was only natural to keep the beach vibe with all the employees in light, comfortable clothing, with a beautiful backdrop of water and greenery. This is a serious law practice, with a lighter side which is evident in this shoot. One cool feature of this law office is that they support local schools and education. We visited the 3 Mariposas Montessori School, in town, to take photos with the children. This is a school which the law office has a personal relationship with and helps keep the doors of the school open. After connecting with the school and the kids, I began my own visits to the school, teaching photography to the youngsters…more on that later.
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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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After Denver I flew out to New York to do photograph my clients for a December wedding in the Dominican Republic. They are a really great couple, and I am very excited to photograph their destination wedding. I am glad I was able to come out for their engagement session, since it always takes a bit of time to get a relationship going between a couple and a photographer.  We ended up photographing around Central Park, a fantastic New York location.

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