In the heart of the Colonial City of Santo Domingo, a love story that began in the bustling streets of New York unfolded with all its glory. Wally and Frankie stood hand in hand at the First Cathedral in the New World, ready to embark on their lifelong journey together.
Wally and Frankie had met eight years ago in culinary school in New York City. Fate had conspired to bring them together, but life had different plans. They briefly parted ways, only to reunite during the pandemic. During the pandemic fthey left NYC behind and relocated in Miami, where they were welcomed by Wally’s loving family. It was there where they embarked on a culinary adventure of their own, working tirelessly from their parents’ kitchen.
Their journey together is a testament to their resilience and unwavering love. They ventured into the world of food deliveries and food trucks, conquering the culinary scene with their passion and creativity. And with their new restaurant in Miami on the horizon, their love story was taking yet another exciting turn.
But before they could dive headfirst into their new marriage and business adventure, Wally and Frankie decided to pause and celebrate their love in the most spectacular way: Bringing 400 of their closest friends and family to Santo Domingo – a city that with its rich history and vibrant culture provided the perfect backdrop for their celebrations.
The concept for their special day was inspired by the idea of a secret tropical garden, a hidden oasis of love amidst the historic architecture. As guests entered the venue, they walked through a tunnel of romantic green, illuminated by soft lights and flickering candles. It was as though they were stepping into a fairytale.
The Rodrigo de Bastidas Historial House, with its picturesque garden, and spanish 16th century architectural design, seamlessly blended with the ephemeral atmosphere we created full of modern elegance and tropical references.
With Wally and Frankie being accomplished chefs themselves, special emphasis was placed on the food stations. Each dish, put together by Ambrosia Catering, was a testament to their culinary expertise and love for creative foods.
The rest of the night could be summarized with a packed dancefloor where Wally, Frankie and their guests had fun until 5:30AM!
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Wedding Planning, Design and Production: Claire Duran Weddings & Events
Photography: Karla García
Videography: Live StoryTellers
Getting Ready Venue for Bride: Casas del XVI
Getting Ready Venue for Groom: Hodelpa Nicolas de Ovando
Portraits Venue: Quinta Dominica
Ceremony Venue: Catedral Primada de América
Cocktail Hour Venue: Portazul
Reception Venue: Casa Rodrigo de Bastidas
Tent, Lighting, Sound: Prodigium
Flooring, Greenery Tunnel and Legs Covering: Frankeli Decoraciones
Custom Structures: Eccentrico Studio
Ceremony Musicians: Quartet
Cocktail Hour Musicians: Dapatres
Reception Band 1: Glamband
Reception Band 2: Dahian El Apechao
Reception DJ: DJ Poché
Reception Sax Player: Saxo Ambiental
Hora Loca Entertainers: Alex Saviñón
Carnival parade as guests transition between venues: Crew Up
Flowers Wedding Day: Carmona Decor
Stationery: Alison Pennline
Coffee Station: Casa Barista
Cake: Noah de Bari
Linens: Nuage Designs
Rentals 1: Divano
Rentals 2: Eventos del Cibao
Custom Lamps: Resolto
Custom Bar: MF Concepts
Selfie Mirror: Flipea
Live Painter: Olena Lykho
Plant Rentals: Argenis Bargas
Alcohol Supplier: El Catador
Vintage Car: Quirilo Vilorio
Colonial Train: Chu Chu Colonial
Custom White Pedestals: Manuel Vasquez