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In love…In paradise

When Essence and Dante asked if I would travel to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to shoot their wedding, I was like…”Uhmmmm…YES!” Their engagement session was travel themed since it was a destination wedding. You can see their engagement session here!That was the beginning of our friendship!

The party started when we got to the airport and saw that around 15 people of the wedding party were on our plane! United,  we traveled to the Melia Caribe Tropical Resort on 9/10/2015. What a breath taking view. Upon arrival at the resort, I immediately began pondering the step ups and shots that I needed to capture the Essence ( no pun intended) of what this wedding meant to Dante and Essence.

After what proved to be a hard start to the year with losing her grandfather and grandmother, this escape to paradise would allow for a a bit of rest and reflection of the things that matter. Surrounded by those closest to them, Essence and Dante, provided an experience of paradise from the very beginning. We were all treated to adorable gift that included a tropical survival kit and a welcome letter in a bottle.

There was no detail left to wonder. They worked so hard to make sure that everyone enjoyed themselves. As you will see, even with the loss she and her mother experienced, the love that surrounded them gave a true sense of warmth. What an absolutely gorgeous wedding with some of the most genuinely kind people I have ever had the pleasure of now calling my friends.

Each dress that Essence wore had something of tender sentiment to express. Her 1st gown included a heart of denim. One half was from her grandfathers jeans and the other half of the heart was from her grandmothers favorite jean shirt. Truly, part of them was with her…Her 2nd gown included a quote from Mae West that says “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough”. While each dress was different, this quote brought them together. It truly showed that though her grandparents where not there, the life they lived was passed on to those they loved..there love was enough…

They decided that they did not want to do a traditional 1st look, but they did want to exchange gifts, and have some images taken, so we did a back to back gift exchange. Gosh…it was perfect! There were tears and smiles. Essence gave Dante a gorgeous watch and the inscription on the box said Sometimes we may forget all the things we did for love, the moment we could not stop laughing, the times we stayed up talking the surprises that never seem to stop …but this moment we will remember forever

This day, 2 families became blended in a union of love. Essence gained daughters in Giana and Amante & Dante joined his family with Essences. Aiden was extremely happy and even cried when he saw his momma for the 1st time in her dress. As you will see, the examples of love is shown by both families. Hand holding and hugs is nothing strange to them. They show this freely and to all. I was very thankful to be a part of this day and to experience the blending of families in such a seamless way.
The dances…oh the dances. The new Mr. + Mrs. really set the bar high by doing a choreographed dance to Ed Sheeran’s ” Thinking out loud”. They blew the crowd away! No one knew about this dance as it was surprise for the guest. They all looked in wonder and amazement as they graced the floor with their incredible movement. It was nothing short of exhilarating!
Dante and his mother danced and as they embraced, the look of joy of his mothers face was so touching! Essence and her mother danced and the tears that flowed seemed to be healing tears. They danced and remembered the ones the love and their journey together… it was beautiful. Essence also danced with her dad, his stature seemed to so protective of his baby girl. You could see him beaming with gladness as they hugged.
All the vendors were fantastic and helped this wedding to go on without a hitch! Essence had the perfect vendor team. Everything and everyone really made this sweet perfection. I could go on and on about how perfect everything was about this day, and I am sure that I may have left out some details, but I hope that while you read this, you too felt like you were part of their day in paradise.
Essence and Dante, Thank you from the fullest of my heart for allowing me to be there, to be a part of your story and for sharing your kindness with me.
I love you both!
xoxo, Tania
Special thank you to these vendors that came all the way from the US to DR:

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  • DillonandEmily Kenniston

    Never before have I seen pictures of a wedding where the Bride looked successfully more gorgeous in each dress…WOW. Just wow. Seriously, like no wordsReplyCancel

  • Megdahlia Diaz

    Beautiful couple. Essence is just absolutely gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Solis

    These images are amazing. Essence and Dante look great and all of the family and guest.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Dvorak

    Perfect. Every part of it. She looks flawless!ReplyCancel

  • Rosa Julia Parra

    These fotos tell a story, a story of love. Tania Pineiro-Colamarino you are awesome. The whole time I was viewing them, I was like aaaaawwww…ooohhhhh….niiiiiiiiceeee…..sweeeeet. There aren’t words to describe your work. There are no words!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Alvarez- Perez

    Love love love!!!!!ReplyCancel

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