Love in the Dominican Republic

Thinking about a destination wedding or looking for an amazing place to escape the rush of life? We were fortunate enough to travel to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic this year to photograph a lovely wedding and it is the perfect spot to relax, celebrate and be amazed by the beauty of nature with top-notch service to top it off.

When we met Leah and Axel last year, we were smitten with their laid back attitude and love of all things horse. Both are excellent riders, and large animal vets. We scheduled their engagement session to be with, and around, horses which seemed logical, and immediately put them both at ease.

They talked about their upcoming wedding out of the country, and we were so excited for them. Originally they planned to use a photographer provided by the venue in the Dominican Republic. But when the engagement session photos came back, they made the decision to take us with them on their wedding day adventure, and off we went. Travel to the Dominican Republic is not terribly taxing. You can fly commercially into either Santo Domingo, the main airport, or into smaller venues, like the airport at La Romana, which is where we elected to fly due to the amount of equipment we were carrying. Tiffany at Global Escapes in Athens made all our arrangements and it all went off without a hitch.

The villa we stayed in was so very lovely, with birds and blooms everywhere that were visible through wrap around windows. Our cook, Josie, was precious, and after telling her we wanted to eat ‘local’ she plied us with the most amazing meals every day. The water was clear and cool – a welcome change from the heat of the day. You had your choice of the luxurious pool with swim-up bar service or the cabana’s by the ocean. And the staff was so accommodating. We got quite spoiled! The main mode of transportation in Casa de Campo, which is where the wedding was held, is by golf cart. Suited us just fine (except the day when we went exploring and it decided to rain on us like crazy!). We got to see the world at a cart’s pace which was great because the homes as well as the natural environment were amazing.

It was a very multicultural group, so we listened to conversations all night in French, Spanish, Portuguese and of course English. Delightful! It was a perfect setting for the wedding as the bride’s family is in Miami, while the groom is from Argentina.

The food was spot on, as the chef for the rehearsal dinner dining spot was trained at the renowned Le Cirque restaurant in New York. The wedding stage was built especially for the wedding, and dismantled the very next day. Talented carpenters to be sure.

Leah and Axel made to incorporate local traditions by including local performers, a hand rolled cigar station at the wedding and mojitos made with delicious Dominican rum. Both of which are readily available on the island.

At the eastern point of Case de Campo sits Altos de Chavon, a liberal arts school and village overlooking the Chavon River.

Fashioned after a 16th century European city, its winding steps and cobble stoned footpaths were magical at night under the stars. What a fabulous place to study the arts! We will miss Casa de Campo, hope to go back and highly recommend it to anyone looking to stage the perfect Destination Wedding! And thank you again, Global Escapes for making our trip smooth and safe.

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