A Rustic Beach Wedding at Huracan Cafe in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

With 70 friends and family members in tow, Angelica (26 and a paralegal) and John DiMeglio (28 and an electrician) headed to a tropical paradise for a

With 70 friends and family members in tow, Angelica (26 and a paralegal) and John DiMeglio (28 and an electrician) headed to a tropical paradise for an intimate nuptial celebration at the rustic-chic beach venue Huracan Cafe in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. “My wedding was a fairy tale. It was something I have dreamed of my whole life,” Angelica says. “It's so hard to put into words where my inspiration came from. My goal was for it to be rustic-glam yet simple.” John requested a palette of white and neutrals, and Angelica added gold details. “I found our location simply browsing one day through social media,” she says of the venue. “I fell in love with Huracan Cafe instantly and continued to research it until I locked in our wedding date. As soon as I saw it, I had an overwhelming feeling that this would be it.” The couple brought their beach ceremony to life with rustic-chic decor, like doors at the beginning of the aisle and a wooden arch draped in fabric and florals. For the rustic reception space, they decorated the room with long farm tables draped in white linens, vintage lanterns and acrylic chiavari chairs. John was in charge of food and drink. Appetizers included a delicious spread of small bites like chicken croquettes and bacon-wrapped shrimp, and guests enjoyed surf and turf for dinner. “Since we got married in the Dominican Republic, I thought it would be appropriate to include some Dominican traditions,” Angelica says. “We had something which called ‘crazy hour,’ where dancers dressed in costumes doing the merengue and bachata. All our guests joined it—it definitely got the crowd going. It was so much fun!” —Marissa Hermanson

Angelica and John’s custom invitation suite included a cheeky door sign for guests to hang on their hotel room doorknobs.
Bridesmaids donned peach rompers while they were beautifying for Angelica and John’s ceremony. They later changed into peach strapless dresses for the reception at Huracan Cafe in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
“When I started gathering ideas for my wedding look, my first must-have was long sleeves,” says Amanda, who donned a Pnina Tornai gown. Angelica gave her dress a beachy look by wearing barefoot sandals in lieu of shoes. “When I think of beach weddings, I think of no shoes, so that's what I did with a little twist of glam.”
Angelica carried a bouquet of white roses and greenery. “Flowers were so important,” the bride says. “They really pulled together the whole look.”
“My ceremony was a huge deal for me considering that is where the deal gets sealed,” Angelica says. The couple’s beach ceremony at Huracan Cafe in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, was brought to life with rustic doors at the entrance of the aisle and a wooden arch draped in fabric and florals. “There was live music playing as our guests arrived,” Angelica says. “I loved the sound of live music during the ceremony. It really sets the mood.”
Decor included oversize letters that spelled "Love" and lit up during their evening celebration at Huracan Cafe in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
The couple’s reception include a mix of round tables clad in white tablecloths and long, rustic farm tables draped in white runners that were paired with acrylic chiavari chairs. Tables were topped with white roses and gold decor.
“Food was John's niche,” Angelica says. “He chose the appetizers and the main courses.” Appetizers included a delicious spread of small bites like chicken croquettes and bacon-wrapped shrimp. “Since it was a beach wedding, we thought it would be right to have surf and turf as our main dish.”
Tables at Huracan Cafe in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, looked simply chic topped with natural linens, floral centerpieces and place settings.
An array of vintage lanterns and romantic candles were bookends for the long, wooden farm tables at Huracan Cafe in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
In line with their neutral decor, a white buttercream cake was simply garnished with flowers and a glitzy gold custom "Mr. & Mrs. DiMeglio" topper.
Angelica and John danced to Nathan Sykes’s “Over and Over Again” for their first dance as husband and wife. “It was such a magical moment with a huge marquee 'Love' sign behind us and cold fire shooting out from the dance floor,” the bride says.