There are many resorts in the Punta Cana area, and every year new ones are built. The high demand for tourists and destination weddings has made the Dominican Republic one of the favorite countries in the Caribbean to either come on vacation or to celebrate the wedding of your dreams.

For Harold and Kristen, this dream became a reality in the brand new Excellence El Carmen.
Because it is a brand new hotel, not many people have heard of it making it a hidden treasure amongst the many all inclusive resorts.

There are so many great things about new resorts that we love. The clean, modern spaces make great wedding photos, the decoration of the rooms and the wide spaces, and of course the wonderful beach. The staff was absolutely amazing, cooperative and simply easy to work with, planning everything to the last detail.


Excellence El Carmen Wedding Locations

From the different locations you can choose from for the ceremony, they chose to have theirs at the Beach Gazebo. Having your feet in the sand is one of the reasons why so many people choose to have a beach wedding, it makes the whole experience for you and your guests much more enjoyable, doesn’t it?

If you want to rock your awesome new heels instead of going barefoot then you can also have your ceremony at the garden, in the other also beautiful option: The Stone Gazebo, with green and lush surroundings.

But they sure kept the best part to the end of the day by having their wedding reception at the X Lounge Terrace with stunning views to the beach side and the perfect breeze for a warm summer Caribbean night.
You can also choose to have your reception at the Beach or at the amazing Las Olas Restaurants.

Whatever you decide for the big day we can assure you, you can’t go wrong in Excellence El Carmen.


First Look: is it worth it?

Kristen and Harold chose to have a first look before the ceremony and this made their day (and their wedding photos) much more enjoyable and easy going. We love doing first looks with our couples and not only because we love to see the look on the grooms face, also because the couple can relax, spend some time together before the ceremony and because after it, they don’t have to worry about having enough time to do photos together or with their bridal party.

Things happen really fast on your wedding day and taking this extra time to enjoy with your friends and loved ones makes a big difference at the end of the day. Also, you will be fully relaxed to start the ceremony since you already had a few laughs with them. But don’t worry! We will steal you from the rest of the group to snap a few other shots of the two of you during the sunset.

But hey, they say an image is worth a thousand words and here we have more than a few! Have a look!


Wedding Planner: Livia Dikson

Resort: Excellence El Carmen

Photographer & Videographer: Punta Cana Photographer