Jada Talley and Brian Lorio were wed in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on January 19, 2019. Over the course of the year leading up to their majestic day, Jada and I worked closely with the team at Dreams Palm Beach where we planned and executed her perfect wedding weekend.

Their weekend started with a flawless rehearsal and continued with an authentic Dominican barbecue under the stars. A sweet and special after-dinner touch were monogrammed cookies, created by Ginger Bites out of Lafayette, Louisiana and shipped to the Dominican on our behalf. After several champagne toasts, the party ran into the night with libations, music, and dancing.

Shown at the right are those custom cookies from Ginger Bites

A beautiful morning brunch provided some relaxation as the party prepared for Jada and Brian’s wedding day. The girls took their time in moving towards the spa for hair and makeup, and the weather promised to be perfect—a dream-come-true in itself!

Just before sunset, Jada and Brian exchanged vows in front of 70 of their closest family and friends on the white, sandy beach of Punta Cana. Jada’s dream of simple-yet-authentic inspired décor was found throughout the ceremony as they stood beneath a beautiful bamboo arch adorned with greenery, as well as bamboo-inspired ceremony chairs.

The reception featured an unforgettable trio of Caribbean musicians, who provided musical entertainment with local flair. Fresh sushi and hors d’oeuvres were served as the bars opened and guests continued to enjoy the evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Lorio were officially introduced as husband and wife while entering into the reception area held on the beach with the ideal ambience of beautifully strung festoon lights.  With the evening’s tone solidified, Jada, Brian, their family, and friends danced the night away, ending the night with a sparkler exit.

What a joy it was to see a year of planning come to fruition! The love that Jada and Brian share is indescribable and it was such a joy being a part of their love story. I am honored to have helped them plan this perfect weekend in the Dominican Republic, and to have shared it with many wonderful family members and friends of the happy couple!

Ceremony and Reception: Dreams Palm Beach Resort
Wedding Planning + Design: Moonlight & Lace Weddings and Events
Photography: September Company 
Hair and Makeup: Angelle Marie Hair and Makeup
Monogrammed Cookies: Ginger Bites