Real Wedding: Alyssa & Vincenzo

Bride and groom looking out at the ocean Photo: Antilla Photography
Where it all started

Alyssa and Vincenzo’s love story has been sweet since the start. The pair met on a dating app and Vincenzo he asked Alyssa on a coffee date to his favourite Italian bakery. After arriving 45 minutes late, Alyssa was nervous their first date would also be their last, but to her pleasant surprise, Vincenzo felt a connection the moment he saw her. Conversation flowed effortlessly, and before they knew it a casual coffee date turned into dinner at a nearby sushi restaurant.

One evening when Alyssa returned home from a work trip, Vincenzo planned a romantic dinner at a Toronto hotspot overlooking the lake. Despite her being exhausted from her travels, the pair shared a delicious meal and before heading home, Vincenzo proposed taking a walk along the boardwalk. Vincenzo repeatedly asked Alyssa if she was ready, without any context. Finally, Alyssa turned around and responded, “Ready for what?” only to see Vincenzo down on one knee holding a glistening engagement ring, a sight she was absolutely ready for!

Groom kissing his bride on the cheek with the beach in the background Photo: Antilla Photography
Planning the wedding

As avid beach lovers, a destination wedding was the perfect fit for their special day. Alyssa had always dreamt of getting married on the beach and Vincenzo was set on making her dreams come true. The happy couple chose to celebrate in Punta Cana at Riu Bambu. The destination held sentimental value for Alyssa who grew up vacationing there and Vincenzo loved the resort’s impressive facilities.

Bride and groom signing their marriage certificate on the beach Photo: Antilla Photography
Day details

On January 16th, 2019, Alyssa and Vincenzo said “I do” during a seaside ceremony surrounded by 65 of their loved ones. Alyssa’s favourite moment was seeing Vincenzo in tears as she walked down the sparkling white-sand aisle joined by both of her parents. The beachfront celebrations continued with a cocktail hour by the sea where their guests sipped custom Aperol spritz cocktails while being serenaded by a lovely guitar trio. At the reception, Alyssa and Vincenzo shared their first dance to I’ll Never Break Your Heart by the Backstreet Boys beneath twinkling bistro lights, a magical moment the pair will never forget.

Bride and two bridesmaids holding tropical bouquets on the beach Photo: Antilla Photography
Wedding day wear

Alyssa’s gown: Enzoani Juri

Alyssa’s shoes: None – foot jewellery only!

Alyssa’s accessories: Crystal pearl drop earrings, crystal hairpiece, veil decorated with Swarovski crystals, pearl and crystal bracelet and an aquamarine ring from her grandmother

Vincenzo’s attire: Custom grey suit by Calabretta

Vincenzo’s accessories: Engraved cufflinks and a custom pocket square

Wedding bands: His: Buffed gold | Hers: Infinity band

The bridesmaids wore: Vera Wang turquoise dresses and custom foot jewellery

The groomsmen wore: Custom two-piece vest and pants with white shirts and turquoise pocket squares to match the bridesmaids

Bride and groom toasting with champagne glasses on the beach Photo: Antilla Photography
Small details

First dance: I’ll Never Break Your Heart – Backstreet Boys

Flowers: White roses for the bride and groom, coral and peach roses for arrangements and the wedding party

Photographer: Antilla Photography

Stationary and invitations: Leslie Card Art

Favours: Small white boxes filled with Italian confetti created by the bride’s mother

Welcome gifts: Welcome bags filled with fun items to use during the week: itinerary, drink floaty, beach towel clips, aloe, Advil and a bottle of rum

Tips for future couples

“Take in every single moment. The day passes so fast and it’s the best day of your lives!”

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