Dominican Republic wedding photographer
As a traveling wedding photographer, I consider the Dominican Republic a top place to get married. The DR — not to be confused with the tiny island of Dominica — is one of the largest nations in the Caribbean, behind Cuba. It splits the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, yet is completely different. While Haiti has suffered from poor living and working conditions for years, the Dominican Republic has capitalized on its natural resources and has turned itself into one of the largest tourist destinations in the Caribbean. This can be seen as good or bad for destination weddings and photography, depending on your point of view. If you are looking for a true off-the-beaten-path, Robinson Crusoe type adventure, you might want to look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for a wealth of fun activities and a lot of beautiful scenery with good infrastructure and ease of access, the DR warrants serious consideration.
The Dominican Republic does get hit by hurricanes, but it’s infrequent even in the Hurricane Season of Aug – November. The last time it got hit was actually more than three decades ago, back in 1979. Knowing this should give you some leeway about when to plan your wedding, but use caution. It is really best to avoid a wedding here between June and October
Here are some important details: the official language is Spanish, but you can get around a little with English. The major airports are Samana, La Isabela, La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana International, Santo Domingo, and Santiago. Punta Cana is the busiest of them all. Be prepared to pay to get out of the airport – there are no courtesy shuttles. Also, beware of the tap water!
If you are looking for an international, destination wedding photography for your Dominican Republic wedding, give us a call and let’s talk. We’d love to hear from you and learn more about your plans, and we’re happy to offer any advice we can about planning and photographing your wedding in Punta Cana, La Romana, Isle Catalina, Monte Cristi, Puerto Plata, Saona, Paradise Island, Sanches, or Santa Domingo
Dominican Republic Wedding Resorts
I don’t even know where to start when describing the best places to get married in the Dominican Republic. The following resorts have some of the most photogenic ceremony and reception venues, and are great for awesome wedding photos: Tortuga Bay at Punta Cana, Gran Bahia Principe Cayo, Levantado on the Samana Peninsula, and Zoetry Agua Punta Cana. Also consider a wedding at Secrets Sanctuary Cap Cana, Gran Bahia Principe Cayacoa or the Gran Bahia Principe El Portillo, and Caleton Club & Villas. Last, check out Lifestyle Crown Villas and Los Lagos Number 7. Another few select picks are Sivory Punta Cana Boutique, The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, and the Gran Bahia Principe Esmeralda. In reality, there are nearly 500 hotels on the island, so you have a huge range of places to pick from for your event.
What to do on Dominican Republic
Have a rockin’ TTD session, either in the ocean, on the beach, or in a gorgeous jungle! If you’re getting married in the Dominican Republic a wedding photographer with an underwater housing is necessary! Also, go surfing! The Swell Surf Camp is one of most well regarded B&Bs in the Dominican Republic.
Dreamtime Verdict: Dominican Republic
We highly recommend this beautiful island. There are tons of gorgeous hotels and the island is fantastically beautiful. It’s modern, easy to get to, and has a good tourism and hotel infastructure offering a wide range of services. For couples looking for this kind of atmosphere, the Dominican Republic warrants serious consideration.