Excellence El Carmen has quickly become one of our favorite resorts in the Punta Cana area for weddings, you want to know why? Simple. The resort is so beautiful it inspires us every single time we go there, the locations for ceremonies and receptions are amazing and the wedding planners have such a great staff that is easy to work with.

This time around, we were lucky enough to meet Sarah and Rommel and their family and friends. They were not only incredible to photograph, easy going and fun, they were also so authentic and emotional that we had to hold our tears the entire day!


Ceremony at Stone Gazebo & Ballroom Reception


Even though we have worked at Excellence El Carmen many times, this was the first time we got to shoot a ceremony by the stone gazebo, and it was so beautiful! The lighting we got at this location of the resort was nothing like we have ever seen before and we are so happy they chose it! We also got to see the beautiful beach for the cocktail hour and one of the awesome ballrooms for the reception. The weather had been a bit unstable so they decided to switch the reception from the terrace to the ballroom.

In some months of the year, DR can have unstable weather so sometimes wedding planners recommend the couples to use the backup location for the reception. In this case, it was perfect! The reception was very intimate and we got the opportunity to create beautiful photos that we wouldn’t have had the chance outside. Let’s just say bubbles are a photographer’s best friend!


Why should I do a First Look?


The question should be why can I not miss a first look! We have said this before and we will say it a thousand times more…if you want the long story short, scroll down and have a look at Rommel’s reaction! If you want to know the reason why you should do it, it is because it is THE MOST intimate moment of the wedding day and it will help you a lot if you are anxious or nervous. Yes, you might need to touch up your makeup but it will be totally worth it!

Amazing locations, light, and bubbles would have meant nothing without such a fun and loving group of people. When you get to witness such a special moment for a couple surrounded by their loved ones and you can tell how much love they have for each other, means more than anything in this profession. Now scroll down and see what I am talking about!


Resort: Excellence El Carmen

Ceremony Location: Stone Gazebo at the Garden

Wedding Planner: Livia Dickson

Photographer: Punta Cana Photographer