Destination Wedding at Majestic Colonial Punta Cana

Majestic Colonial destination wedding photographyI meet all sorts of people on my travels and Ashley and Mike are two wonderfully loving people who are just crazy for one another.  They love the adventure in life which explains their destination wedding. And a few weeks after the wedding they’re off to Thailand… one-way tickets!  Mike is a Muay Thai Champ out of New York and they’re shifting gears and pursuing the dream in Thailand. I haven’t been able to convince them to bring a photographer along on the trip just yet.

8:15am the morning after Ashley and Michael’s day – I’m sipping my coffee and it strikes me – I never heard either of them mention the rain on their wedding day.  I mean, it rained off and on most of the day and looking back I’m wracking my brain to remember a single time where either of them gave it a second thought.  Their posse kept them laughing and loving on each other all day and into the Punta Cana night.

Majestic Colonial destination weddingA few hours before that coffee was our 5am wakeup call for their early morning trash the dress session. Ya, that’s right – the morning after they partied their faces off, Ashley and Michael geared up again and hit the beach before sunrise.  Total soldiers.

But enough from me, let’s hear their story in their own words…

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Mother of the Bride tears

Mom watches from a distance as her daughter goes through her wedding day photo shoot on the patio.

Bride prep photosGroom prep photosGroom prep photoBride portrait black and whiteWHAT DO THEY REMEMBER ABOUT THEIR FIRST DATE?
Ashley: Our first date we drove around by the water. We had really deep conversation about the universe and we just clicked. Also, it took me really long to get ready even though I went for a “I didn’t try too hard” look.

Michael: It was really informal. I remember being so blown away by the conversation and just ash in general.

Wedding ceremony at Majestic Colonial ResortTHE PROPOSAL, HOW DID IT GO DOWN?
The proposal was pretty epic. Ashley’s parents had recently moved from Long Island, NY to Asheville, NC. We are both obsessed with the Biltmore Estate there, and when Ashley found out there was a half marathon being held there, she signed up.. despite not liking running. Mike said he had to work and she took the trip down that weekend with her friend, who ran the race by her side. Little did she know, Mike drove down to NC overnight with his mom and was waiting for her at the finish line with her family, where he got on one knee.

Marriage Proposal

Mike takes a knee

Ashley: Mikes vows. He never cries and he got choked up.

Michael: Seeing Ash standing across from me under the gazebo in her dress

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Ashley: I couldn’t get over how good he looked dressed up, he is always in fight gear… he is the most positive person, I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like him.

Michael: I didn’t think she could possibly look any prettier, but then I saw her that day.

Majestic Colonial wedding chapel photoMajestic Colonial Punta Cana wedding photoMajestic Colonial Punta Cana lobbyWedding photographyA TIP FOR FUTURE BRIDES FROM ASHLEY
It’s hard not to, but don’t stress. Remember at the end of the day, you’re still marrying your best friend. I was so nervous before the ceremony I couldn’t eat. Force yourself to eat, and definitely drink a mimosa to calm the nerves!

Wedding Party at Majestic Colonial Punta CanaA TIP FOR FUTURE GROOMS FROM MICHAEL
Work out the morning of – 100%!

Our family lives all over and we don’t get to see them as much as we used to. We wanted a whole weekend to relax and celebrate. Ashley’s best friend had been married at the Majestic Colonial 4 years ago, and she knew it was the perfect spot! The weddings are so well organized and the scenery is gorgeous, you can’t go wrong.

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Destination Wedding at Majestic Colonial Punta Cana
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Outdoor Muskoka, Barrie, Collingwood and international destination wedding photographer based in Severn, Ontario (lower Muskoka). When I put my camera down you'll find me with my beautiful wife and 2 daughters or behind the bench as a local hockey coach.
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