I had my symbolic ceremony there on June 13th.
It was AMAZING!!!! The place is beautiful.....pictures do not do it justice. Plus it is super cool with all the memorabilia and awesome music playing at all times. You are walking around the resort and will hear Billy Joel one minute, the Beatles the next, then STP. Super cool. The water is beautiful....they have these cool little huts on the beach for shade....so nice! The pools are fun. They all have a different feel to them, some are laid back, some loud bc of the DJ and games. The food is really good....Zen and Toro were our favorite places for dinner. We mostly ate breakfast at the buffet and lunch was burgers by the pool. The rooms are huge for a hotel! Big double head shower, giant jacuzzi tub in the middle of the room. Not all balconies have a beach view....so our view was of the gardens, which is still nice. The resort is massive, but they have trollies taking you to the pools and beach area, but it's not a bad walk at all (esp after a big breakfast!). Night life is great. They have the Sun Bar which was Karaoke and pool tables, the Moon Lounge (which was our favorite bc of the decor...big purple chairs, chandeliers) which has a DJ, the Casino, and then Oro the nightclub which was free the night we went for hotel guests. The only downfall was the noise, bc it is all tile and the halls are open air, so when people are coming in late at night you hear everything! We thought our phone was ringing in our room, but it was the room across the hall! But that was minor! I would definitely go back!
The Ceremony: The wedding ceremony was beautiful. The coordinators there are very friendly and helpful. We got there on a Monday, met with them on Tuesday and finalized all the details, set up spa appointments, set up honeymoon dinners, our breakfast in bed, etc. They really do it up for honeymooners! The ceremony location was Isla Beach which is gorgeous! It is all the way on one end of the resort so it is somewhat private...but don't worry they pick up up right before on a golf cart so no walking to get there (but they don't bring you back, FYI!) I was worried about the minister not speaking English, but he did and was so nice and gave a beautiful ceremony! It was just my husband and I so it was really only 5-10 minutes and that was it! The pictures:
We used Katya Nova for our pictures....which I am so lucky that we were able to get her!
I have no words to express how my husband and I feel about our pictures from Katya and Rob. Love does not even come close! I have looked at them no less than 20 times and I cry just about every time! I still can't believe it is us in these amazing picturesâ€¦..they look like they need to be in a fashion magazine! We will never be able to decide which our favorite is; the next one is always our favorite! Katya and Rob are just as sweet, fun, and genuine in person as they present on the Internet, which is hard to come by these days when you are dealing with wedding vendors or anyone trying to sell you something. They really took the time to get to know us separately and as a couple and it truly shows in our pictures. You can tell that this is more than just a job for them, it is a passion. We had the best time with them taking pictures, hanging out, laughing and just generally having a great time! It was really one of the highlights of our trip. From the pre-wedding in our hotel room, the ceremony, post ceremony, and the sunrise Rock the Dress session we had a blast! You wouldnâ€™t think taking pictures would be so much fun! We were so blessed to find each other and just as lucky to have them capture the start of our lives in such a beautiful way. They are worth every penny! You can check out our pictures on her blog, http://www.katyanovablog.com/hard-rock-punta-cana-elopement-stef-donnie/
I hope this helps, if you have any other questions please feel free to ask!
(I really don't know why the font size keeps changing...must be all the copy and pasting...sorry!)