Tiffany & Gene

Tiffany & Gene’s incredible Punta Cana destination wedding!

Here are just a few photos as a tease… click to go to Tiffany & Gene’s gallery for many more wedding week images!

Here are the details!
Photographer: Michelle
Photo Package Chosen: You Will Love It full-week package
Final # of Edited Photos Delivered to Couple: 2009
Resort: Dreams Punta Cana, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Travel Agent: Dawn Fairbanks of Destination Weddings by Dawn / Northstar Travel, Kitchener Ontario
Wedding Day at The Jellyfish Restaurant, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Videographer: Video Punta Cana, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Officiant: Pastor Rick York, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Sessions: Pool Day, Full Wedding Day, Sports/Beach Day, Trash/Love the Dress Session

See Tiffany & Gene’s Love Letter to us here!

Here is Tiffany & Gene’s Wedding Story as told by Tiffany!

Having just moved from Mississauga to Cambridge for the purchase of my first home, I knew I was going to need a part time job to make extra money for renovations.  That’s where I met Gene; he was the owner’s son and was doing the renovations at the bar for their grand opening.  I knew I could trust him after seeing his work (and knowing a bit about him from his sister), so I hired him to do the renos at what is now our home. As the house got messier with the demolition, I was offered a place to stay at his mom’s house where he also resided.  Though I accepted the chance to live where dust didn’t overcome me, I knew that living with a hot mysterious guy who’s great with his hands was going to be challenge! As he took down walls in my house, I put walls up around my heart and did everything I could to avoid my feelings for him. He was my complete opposite, not the usually type I date, he came from a small community in Newfoundland and I was born in Toronto and loved the fast pace life of the city, but as I got to discover who this mysterious man was, I let down those walls and we fell in love!

We got engaged in Niagara Falls 4 years later. I surprised him with a weekend getaway for our anniversary but didn’t realize that he had a surprise himself.  He tried to get me to go on the ferris wheel and then tried taking me to the falls so he could propose but it rained the whole weekend.  So when I was came out of the shower, I was amazed to see him on one knee with both confidence and jitters in his voice asking me to be his bride and share the rest of our lives as one… and standing there in shock, dripping wet, and wrapped in a towel I said “YES”.  Let the planning begin!!!

We chose a destination wedding so our families to meet and get to know each other over a week and not just one day. It was important to us because his family was from Newfoundland and mine from Ontario and they would never get that opportunity to really meet otherwise. In the end we had 40 of the best people in our lives join us in DR, Punta Cana for the intimate wedding of our dreams.

Our wedding group stayed at the Dreams Punta Cana. I highly recommend Dawn Fairbanks from Northstar Travel as she was easy to communicate with and she helped me find the right resort for our diverse group. Everyone was happy and only had good things to say about the her and the resort. It was a large resort but had something for everyone.

A couple of nights into our week we had everyone dress in white and hosted a cocktail mingle photo shoot. This was awesome; our families got to mingle and we had such amazing pictures as a result.

Our wedding was off the resort. We got married at the Jellyfish Restaurant in Bavaro Beach. I originally was going to get married at the Dreams but after falling in love with the Jellyfish through the pictures and reviews that I found online, I just knew that this was my dream come true and that I had to get married there.

On the morning of the big day I went to get my hair done at the resort spa, picked up my beautiful flowers and then met the girls at the suite to do our make up and soak it all in. All that was left to do was add my veil and lacy feather hair piece which both were purchased at Urban Bride in Kitchener where i also purchased my wedding shoes. My husband and I made the mens boutonnieres at home. We decided to use guitar picks that matched our wedding colours and add a pearl which was a nice elegant touch and went well with the soft ivory linens pants the guys had on which were purchased from Le Chateau. Our wedding colours happened by fluke. I wanted purple and my husband wanted lime green. When we went for our second choice colours which we both wanted blue so when we couldn’t decide we just did all 3 and it turned out great!

The girls and I got picked up by a bus and were taken to the Jellyfish prior to the groom and the rest of the group. Mayte, my wedding coordinator, greeted us upon arrival. She showed me the decorations and the set up that she did and I was blown away by how beautiful it all was. After slipping into my Ivory Sophia Tolli gown purchased at Sophie’s Gown Shoppe in Kitchener, and the girls into their Mori Lee chiffon dresses, Mayte informed us that the other bus with the Groom and the rest of the guest had arrived. My nerves kicked in but I was ready, more than ready, to walk down that aisle and marry the man of my dreams.

Our pastor, Rick York, was amazing. He kept our guest’s attention through the whole ceremony (30 mins). We had a sand ceremony which included my husband’s son. He was a part of our family and we thought it would be special if he also had a part in our ceremony. When you pour the sands together they can never be separated again so our ceremony symbolized our unity as a family coming together forever.

After the I do’s, cocktails waited for us while we were thanking everyone for coming to witness our love. Our guests at this point added their thumb print to our wedding guest tree. We asked our guests to sign their name beside their thumb print to form leaves on our tree. This way we can now look back and see the people that both came to our wedding and helped our love grow.

Then was time for lots of pictures! Our whole wedding group of 40 was directed by Michelle to leave their shoes behind and join us by the water for some family portraits. Michelle from Captured Soul Photography was amazing. Having a well spoken photographer is important to organize a group that loves to drink and mingle. Following the portraits dinner was served, and we were announced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Clarke. We made our way to the dance floor to have our first dance to the song “Someone like you” by Keith Urban…. Our love story song!!!

Speeches followed, and the dancing got under way!! Mayte from the jellyfish provided us with our cake. It was a last minute thing for her but she came through for us. Our topper was just perfect for us… My husband is always picking at old classic cars in his nice clothes and me being upset with this. We ended the night with a last dance to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri which is also the song I walked down the aisle to. The night wrapped up and two buses came to pick us up and bring us back to our resort, but the party was not over yet. The whole entire bus ride was a sing along and the party continued on at the resort. It truly was the best day of our lives and I am so grateful for all the pictures I got because each and everyone of them brings me back to that special day.

The most important thing for us when planning our wedding was our photographer. Everyone says that your wedding goes by fast and they weren’t kidding. However, I prepared for this and hired Michelle Kauntz from Captured Soul Photography. Michelle did our engagement pictures and my husband and I just loved her work. Michelle knows all about destination weddings. She is professional, has a great personality, is honest and we both trusted her so much that all of our worries faded.  I had extra credits from my resort for bringing a large group so I asked Michelle if she could bring a second photographer. Though Linsday was already booked, she brought her dear friend Jennifer Winsley Goulden, owner of I was happy that not only was i going to have the best photographer anyone could ask for but i also got someone to captured the “behind the scenes” of the week, as I didn’t want to miss a thing.  We ended up with pictures of all the things we missed while we were busy being the bride and groom. Michelle is very informative and helped answer questions that didn’t even relate to photography through out the week. Michelle and Jennifer became our friends in the end of the journey we will forever be grateful.

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