Melissa and Seneca’s love story continues as we dive into their intimate Punta Cana Destination wedding…such a rewarding experience for the Anny Photography team!
The two met in college and started out as best friends, but were seeing other people. As time went on, they realized their love was truly meant for each other and decided to start a new chapter together. Seneca asked Melissa to be his forever in July 2016 while surprising her with a hotel and dinner date to her favorite restaurant in Washington, D.C. Before leaving for dinner, Seneca asked Melissa for her clutch and to close her eyes. Thinking he was simply putting his wallet in there, Melissa handed him her purse and closed her eyes. While she patiently waited for his surprise, Seneca prepared the ring and said to her, “I hope it’s the color you wanted.” She opened her eyes to find her love down on one knee and boldly accepted his proposal. They arrived to the restaurant to find their best friends waiting in a private room to celebrate their engagement!
Melissa and Seneca captured their new love with an engagement session at the National Harbor. It was such a beautiful day walking alongside the waters and around the natural greenery.
To begin their wedding festivities, the two held a small, local ceremony a Tyson’s Corner in December 2016 with a lunch reception that followed. Afterwards, the two eagerly prepared for their grand celebration in Punta Cana!
The couple hosted fifty guests at a destination reception (or should we say vacation!) in July 2017. Melissa and Seneca always wanted a fun, relaxing, and low cost wedding celebration to share with their family and friends. Neither had been to the Dominican Republic before and sought out for their trip to be an all-inclusive event.
Prior to the big event, Melissa and her bridesmaids spent some much-needed time soaking in the sun and making the most out of their tropical getaway. As guests arrived to the venue, all received a personalized welcome bag and were invited to a party to kick off the vacation. The night was a relaxing, yet fun time getting know family and friends and spending quality time with the bride and groom.
The next day, Melissa and Seneca hosted their exclusive reception at the venue. Magnificent whites and golds highlighted the room and perfectly complimented the feel of the property. Melissa sported an elegant, form-fitting gown paired with crisp white florals. The wedding party wore blacks and grays that set the tone for this classic, romantic affair. From personalized place settings to exquisite food, no detail was missed at this reception! Throughout the night, memorable speeches were made, laughs were shared, and all danced the night away as Melissa and Seneca sealed their forever love with those they deeply cherish.
After returning home from their dream destination wedding, Melissa and Seneca are now looking forward to growing a family and continuing to experience the exciting parts of life together. Although the vacation is now a memory, those who attended will remember this event for years to come (I know we will!).
Melissa and Seneca, thank you again for allowing us to be a part of your wedding story. We will always love our time we spent together and look forward to seeing you again in the future!
Photography | Anny Photography
Venue | Majestic Mirage
Wedding Coordinator | Geomyra Lewis Wedding and Events
Stationary | Wedding Paper Divas
Hair + Makeup Artist | Olga Kislitsina
Wedding Gown | Couture by Posh Bridal
Travel Agent | Enroute Vacations
Color Palette | White + Gold