Jessica and Dave invited their family and friends to celebrate their wedding with them in the Dominican Republic. And about 30 of them made the journey to Punta Cana for a week of good food, white sand beaches, music, swimming pools, dancing, golf and relaxation at the Hard Rock Resort and Casino! Oh, and and I got to tag along for a few days to document the party! It’s an overnight journey from Arizona to Punta Cana but I hit the ground running when I arrived. I found Dave and Jessica and their crew by one of the resort’s nine pools pretty quickly and immediately jumped into the fun. The next day we spent some time taking some portraits before heading down to the Toro Steakhouse for a lively rehearsal dinner followed by cocktails and a Beatles cover band at the Moon Lounge. You can’t talk about Punta Cana without mentioning Mamajuana – a drink made of rum, red wine, and honey with tree bark and a whole batch of herbs. Each batch tastes a bit different. Some folks add ingredients like cinnamon, raisins, strawberry, molasses, and lemon or lime juice. At any rate, bartenders in Punta Cana serve shots of the sweet drink pretty liberally. There is even a dance that goes along with it at the Hard Rock. Let’s just say the Mamajuana was flowing! The next day preparation for the wedding began around 1 p.m. with a 3 p.m. wedding ceremony followed by a reception on the beach that lasted until around 11 p.m. But the party wasn’t over. We all headed to over to the Oro Nightclub to dance the night away! Jessica and Dave’s family and friends were a fantastic bunch and I feel privileged to have spent time with all of them as we celebrated Jessica and Dave’s commitment to each other. Enjoy the photos!