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Real Weddings


“A destination

wedding was a

new experience

for just about



Diana and Nelson Da Poupada

are seasoned travellers, and

no strangers to a tropical,

fun-filled vacation. In fact,

they had visited Punta Cana

twice before their wedding—

the allure of pure white

sand beaches and good

vibes proved impossible to

resist. They’re also serious

foodies, so when it came

to planning their dream

wedding, they had a particular

set of requests: complete

customization, gourmet eats,

and a unique experience.

That’s why they turned to

DestinationVows specialist

Rosie Di Martino and Natasha

Macri, a wedding planner

on the ground in Dominican

Republic, to whip up Diana’s

and Nelson’s big day. With the help

of their crack planning team, the

Da Poupadas arranged for guests

to stay at the intimate Royalton

Punta Cana Resort and Casino.

The wedding, however, would be held

off-resort, at the luxurious Huracán Café.

All Macri had to do was show the couple

a few Instagram photos, and the pieces

started falling into place.

“A destination wedding was

a new experience for just

about everyone,” Diana says,

explaining that it was a big

deal for the Da Poupada’s to

put all their trust in Macri and

Di Martino.

Soft pinks and whites aligned

with the boho vintage chic

décor set the scene against a

backdrop of the Caribbean’s

perfect blues. Antiquated

wood tables lined with lace

runners and romantic flowers

and golden-gilded candles

captured the tone. The

Da Poupadas customized

everything, from the music,

to the photographer, to the

food and cocktails. On their

wedding day, there were

Diana & Nelson:

2018 |


Imagine rounding up your closest family members and friends

for an intimate wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

It’s nearly everyone’s first time attending a destination wedding,

so you have to impress. You have to keep everyone happy.

So how do you make it a night to remember?


When Love & Leisure Come Together

By: Candice Walsh