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Photographing a destination at the Dominican Republic has been a dream of mine ever since I became a wedding photographer. So when May and Wai approached me a few months ago and asked me to photograph their wedding in Punta Cana, it was truly a great blessing. How I met these two in the first place was through a destination wedding in Hawaii our company photographed at the beginning of this year, and the rest as they say is history. May and Wai’s wedding ceremony was held at Dreams Palm Beach resort on a beautiful sandy white beach, which presented us with a breathtaking view of the calm blue ocean. Despite it being almost unbearable hot, that in no way stopped everyone from smiling, laughing and shedding tears of joy. An outdoor reception followed in the evening where the food and decor was second to none, and from there everybody danced the night away.

One thing I love about destination weddings is the opportunity to build a better relationship with the couple you travel along with their circle of family and friends. As the wedding day progressed, I found just as much joy in being there as anybody else; not only because I love documenting weddings, but because at that point I considered everyone a friend. After the wedding day, a number of us went on an excursion through Mike’s Dominican Adventure, who by the way is an amazing individual whose tours I highly recommend to anyone who plans on visiting Punta Cana in the future. Naturally, I used this opportunity to take more photos of May and Wai, and captured some stunning images we did! Now hurry and scroll down!

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I wasn’t sure what to expect as I packed my bags for their destination wedding in Mexico, having only heard stories from my friends about the experiences they’ve had, little did I know that I would be having one of the best weekends of my life.

I had the pleasure of meeting Karen for the first time years ago in Vancouver, and Leo I had met shortly afterwards when they first started dating, so I had known them already for quite a long time prior to their wedding. If there is one thing to note about these two is that they LOVE to dance! In fact, it was during a fateful night on the dance floor when first met. Being a couple who lust for fun and adventure, they made the decision to have a beautiful beach wedding in the Mayan Riviera at Sandos Playacar. Not only did I get to photograph my first beach wedding in another country, but what was equally as rewarding was the rekindling of old friendships and making new ones. Karen and Leo truly were in great company for their entire trip, and their combined energy was so contagious that they truly brought the party with them where ever they went!

Karen and Leo, I wish you two an extremely happy marriage filled with lots of dancing!

– Raymond

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Aww look at what these kids made for the newlyweds!

After the wedding day we drove around Tulum to capture some more amazing photos!Destination Wedding PhotographerDestination Wedding Photographer


*edit. This wedding was featured on Weddingbells!

As a wedding photographer, I always consider it an honor when a bride and groom chooses us to photograph their wedding. There are literally hundreds of photographers to choose from in Vancouver alone, and so not a day goes by that I’m not thankful for all the couples that have given us the opportunity to work with them. You can, therefore, imagine the immense gratitude we felt when Ka Wai and Heywood asked us to photograph their destination wedding in Oahu-Hawaii. This was my first time in Hawaii, and it was about as beautiful as I had imagined, the perfect setting for Ka Wai and Heywood to exchange their vows in front of God and desire to be together forever. Their ceremony was held within a resplendently beautiful chapel at Ko Olina Resort on a warm and sunny afternoon. A brief window for photos with family and friends took place shortly thereafter, and to follow was their reception at Roy’s restaurant where we all enjoyed the most scrumptious sit-down-dinner I’ve ever experienced! We waited until the next day to take portraits of the bride and groom alone where we visited Iolani Palace, and finally closing the curtain with some classic sunset portraits at Waikiki Beach.

Congratulations Ka Wai and Heywood! May your future together be as bright as the sun was on the day of your wedding. Thank you again for allowing us to be a part of it.

– Raymond


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