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A Love Story in Santo Domingo’s Old City: W+F’s Wedding Day

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

Catering: Ambrosia

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

Hair and Makeup Wedding Day: Liz Glamology and Cristian Rovere

Wedding Gown: Renato Armijo via Chernaya Bridal

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

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