I finally got to meet Samandy and Manny in person the day before their wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We were not able to meet until then because they live in New York and I live here (Ontario). Samandy and Manny are both American-born-Dominicans raised/currently living in Bronx, NY. It was nice they were able to travel to where their roots are and tie the knot there (and much easier on the pocket book to get married in the D.R. than the state of New York!).

Samandy and Manny were married at the Majestic Elegance Resort, but this was not the original plan.  They had booked everything at the sister resort next door, The Majestic Colonial, but when they arrived 2 days before their wedding, they were informed all the rooms were full, there was no room for them or their guests and they they had to stay next door at the Majestic Elegance instead (oh, and get married there as well!).  Imagine finding all of this out 2 days before your wedding!  This is really nothing out of the ordinary for Caribbean countries though – disorganization is the norm so if you go there and expect things to go wrong, you won’t be disappointed.  If you expect everything to go as planned, you’ll be super duper disappointed.

The Majestic Elegance is one notch up from the Majestic Colonial – the rooms are MUCH nicer at the Elegance.  So in all honesty, S & M had it made by staying there instead.

A few quick and random facts about Samandy and Manny:

  • They first met when they were 15 years old.
  • After their wedding, they enjoyed a honeymoon in PARIS!!!!!!!
  • Manny went skydiving 2 weeks before his wedding jumping out of a plane at 17,000 feet – yes, seventeen thousand.  I saw the video of him skydiving and thought it was absolutely crazy!!
  • Samandy and Manny are both 10 years younger than me.  Funny, when I first started shooting weddings almost 11 years ago, most of my clients were my age, some much much older.  Now, many of my couples are getting younger and younger and younger…..
  • Both their moms immigrated to Bronx, NY from the Dominican Republic.
This is part 1 of their destination wedding experience.  Welcome to March 13, 2010 – Samandy and Emmanuel’s wedding day:


Emmanuel (Manny).

The ceremony took place at the gazebo (which was really nicely decorated).

Purple was the theme colour.

Samandy and Manny’s pastor from their home church in NY officiated their ceremony for them.

The entire ceremony was in Spanish. Not an ounce of English or Spanglish – just Spanish.  I had no idea what was being said, but that didn’t matter, although, taking a basic Spanish course is on my life’s “to do” list.

S & M’s moms (upper right photo).

The Majestic Elegance has some awesome photo opportunities inside the resort.

Samandy really knows how to work the camera!

And Manny’s not bad at it either! ; )

Loved these ones!

Part 2 is next – the beach!