Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ocean Blue & Sand Punta Cana Dominican Republic

I want to share with you a resort I had the pleasure of visiting:  Ocean Blue & Sand Resort.  This resort is located in the Bavaro area.  The resort was a short ride from the airport roughly 30 minutes which provided an opportunity to see the city.  Upon arrival we were ushered into the large open air lobby which houses the main bar and mingling area.  We were then offered their signature drink "Ocean Blue" which was quite tasty.  The check in process moved swiftly and we were escorted to our room by the concierge. The accommodations were roomy (Jr. Suite), however  basic.  The room was clean, and I was impressed with the toiletries provided by the hotel as they were in abundance and above the norm.  The grounds were well manicured and scenic.  The resort had all the amenities you would need at resort such as spa, fitness center etc.  Entertainment was provided nightly with different themes.  The beach was quaint with some erosion present, however a nice place to hang out.  Ocean Blue & Sand is an all-inclusive resort, and there were several restaurants for you to enjoy from buffet to Ala ca rte.  Reservations are not required and we were able to get in to most in a short amount of wait time.  The trick to getting in without a wait is to dine at 6:00 PM.  The later you dine the more people are arriving at the restaurants at the same time.  Food quality was good.  The pool areas are lively with lots of activity.  The resort does allow local vendors to sell souvenirs on some evenings, and they tend to be aggressive, so you will have to watch out for this. You will also be invited multiple times to go to a time share presentation.  The resort does offer wedding and banquet facilities for your special event.  I would suggest doing your beach wedding ceremony either early or later in the evening, as the beach wedding location is not private.  There is a garden gazebo area for weddings if you were wanting to avoid the beach.  This resort is available at a moderate price point, and provides value for monies spent, however it does not compare to Sandals and Beaches Resorts.  Overall this is great resort for the price point.
Courtyard fountain

Surf and Turf Kabobs

Miami Vice Drink 

Manicured Grounds 

Pool Area 

Chicken Puff Pastry appetizer



Seafood Combination Dinner 

Authentic Brazilian Dancers 

Authentic Brazilian Dancers 

Outdoor sitting area 

Beach Beds 

Garden view from balcony 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Vendor Spotlight Fructu Navarro Photography

Please meet this weeks Spotlight Wedding Professional : 

Fructu Navarro Photography 
Business Phone:  (904) 651-3053 
Business Web Address:  www.fructu.com   www.fructugraphy.com
Business Contact Person:  Fructu  Navarro, Ramfis Campiz 
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/fructu.navarro?ref=hl
Do you have any Professional Certifications?  Member of European Photographer Association 
Awards received:  National Photography Tourist award, European Portraiture and Weddings award
How long have you been in business? Over 20 years  
What was your motivation to start the business? I studied fine Arts and photography and it has been my passion since I was little 
 What is your specialty? People, Weddings
What other services do you provide?  Portraiture, Artistic Nude, Video
What is unique about your business? European Style, Light and composition 
What areas do you service? International and Destination Weddings 
What are your favorites?
Color: Orange
Food:  Spanish food
What is the strangest wedding you ever serviced?  I did a wedding with 1200 Guests for exemple I am underwater photographer and I did a wedding underwater. 

Thank you Fructu Navarro Photography for sharing! 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Signature Cocktails

Signature cocktails have became popular for weddings for three great reasons:

  1. They are cost effective in controlling your bar budget
  2. They compliment your wedding decor theme 
  3. They are fun!  
I would like to share with you three great recipes in some of the most popular wedding colors.  Be sure to customize the name of the drink to better reflect your personality and wedding style.


Barbie Doll-icious Cocktail Recipe

1.5 oz Knob Creek Bourbon Whisky
1 oz Cranberry
.75 oz Pineapple Juice
.75 oz fresh OJ
.75 oz fresh Lemon Juice
Ginger Ale
Combine all the ingredients except ginger ale in a shaker.
Shake well and pour.
Top with a splash of ginger ale.
Recipe compliments of pinkdrinks.com

Bachelorette Blush Cocktail Recipe 

The Bachelorette Blush is a classy purple cocktail made from Hpnotiq Harmonie liqueur, cherry vodka and lemon-lime soda, and served in a chilled cocktail glass.


2 oz Hpnotiq Harmonie
1 oz Cherry Vodka
Lemon-lime Soda
Garnish: Candy
Glass: Cocktail Glass


Shake Hpnotiq Harmonie and cherry vodka with ice in a cocktail shaker.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lollipop.

recipe compliments of completecocktails.com

Azure Sangria Cocktail Recipe

The Azure Sangria is a blue cocktail made from Hpnotiq, white wine and ginger ale, and served in a chilled cocktail glass.


2 oz Hpnotiq
2 oz White Wine
splash Ginger Ale
Garnish: Star Fruit
Glass: Cocktail Glass


Add Hpnotiq and white wine to a chilled cocktail glass.
Top with ginger ale and garnish with a slice of starfruit.

recipe compliments of completecocktails.com