Having a destination wedding was the BEST decision Reed and I ever made regarding the wedding. Many people questioned our decision and tried to make us have a local wedding, but I'm so glad we stuck to our decision. Here's my overdue recap with some non-pro pics.
Wednesday, June 4th
Reed & I woke up at the crack of dawn to prepare for our journey to Punta Cana. We drove to pick up my MOH, Susie, because she was going to park my car at my motherâ€™s house while we were out of town. I arrived to her house at 6:30am. When I stepped out the car, I saw Sue crying. I thought something was seriously wrong. It was, sheâ€™s afraid of flying. Here I am getting ready to leave for my DW, and my MOH is crying because sheâ€™s afraid to fly. I gave her a big hug and said â€˜Trust Godâ€™. She calmed down and we drove to the airport.
The check in went well and the kind customer service agent did not charge me for my overweight wedding luggage. The flight to FL was ok. I was shocked when the stewardess told me the can of Sprite was $3. But I had to get itâ€¦ sistah was thirsty. When we arrived to Ft. Lauderdale, we walked right to the next gate to get on our connecting flight, which was already boarding. We saw Reedâ€™s mom & aunt when we boarded the plane and had seats right next to them.
When we arrive in Punta Cana, we were greeted by the locals dressed in their typical culture attire and the melodic sounds of the band playing salsa. We went through customs in a breeze and paid our $10 tourist fee. We took a picture with the ladies dressed up in their garments and headed to the tourist bus for our transfers to the resort.
Along the drive we saw how poor the natives were. There were some small shacks and clothing hanging on the trees to dry. We noticed the land which had dry grass and the horses & cows ribs were visible. The drive was long & bumpy, about half way into the drive, the storms began. We saw some buildings being built that looked VERY nice. The homes are made of concrete and you can purchase a condo for about $50K.
When we arrived to the resort, I was impressed when I saw the main lobby. Itâ€™s an all open air lobby furnished with wicker furniture, marble floors and a bar. Everyone seemed friendly. We went ahead and checked in and were greeted with a cold glass of champagne.
We were given room 2317 and my MIL 2315. When we got to the room I was NOT impressed at all. They gave my MIL & Reedâ€™s aunt a king size bed. They immediately requested to be moved because they requested a double bed room. They were moved to 2123 and it was much better, even though my MILâ€™s bed fell in later that night. They came and fixed it right away. I voiced my concerns to the front desk about our room. It was not up to par and there was a spider hanging out on the ceiling (which was too high to knock down). They tried to move me to another crappy room and I advised them that I was getting married on Saturday and I have 18 guest rooms booked at 32 guests bringing $ into the resort. The manager moved us to room 1307, a Master Suite. It wasnâ€™t the top of the line Honeymoon suite, but I did have a spectacular panoramic ocean view and two balconies. The smaller balcony had our table & chairs and the large balcony was about 2xâ€™s the size of my bedroom and was completely private. We had a Jacuzzi and beach chairs on the balcony and were able to see the beach, ocean and the stars at night.
When I unpacked, I noticed my centerpieces were all broken. I was sad for a quick second, but I refused to let anything damper my wedding weekend.
That evening, we toured the resort and headed down to the World Caf© for dinner. The food was very good for an AI resort. We saw a wedding on the evening of our arrival, and I saw Juliana, the wedding coordinator in the hallway of the downstairs lobby. I introduced myself and Reed and we scheduled our appointment for 9:30am the next morning to go over the details.
Views from our Balcony