Vintage Stamps and Invites

We found inspiration for our RSVP cards in an old Dominican postage stamp. We knew we wanted to create a postcard, so in line with the destination theme, a vintage stamp seemed perfect. Richie rendered it to give it an updated look and personalize it. The coral heart stamp ties everything together. And voila! 

We know what you're thinking. We forced you to send back the coolest part of the invitation! But do not fret, the thank you cards (which you get to keep) will be the same image.

Before...

Before...

After!

After!

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Wedding planning trip to DR (or excuse to escape the cold)

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I went to Dominican Republic last week to meet with my dad (Jose) and our wedding planner (Elisa Abreu) to sort out all the wedding logistics and to escape the cold, gloomy, slushy state New York is in. It was a busy four days of errand-running and decision-making. But alas, the vitamin D clearly helped and mostly everything has fallen into place, as you can see from all the updates made to the website this week.

Elisa has done a beautiful job creating the rustic, romantic vibe we're going for. She totally understands our vision and has been so sweet and hospitable, shuttling us all around Jarabacoa and arranging appointments. Here we are at the hotel taking measurements and planning where everything will be laid out for the wedding ceremony!

My dad and I scouted several hotels, motels, cabins and extravagant vacation homes, but in the end found that it would be most convenient for everyone to stay at the Hotel Gran Jimenoa, where the wedding will take place. We had so much fun visiting all the different properties though! Below are a few photos of the incredible places we saw: 


Gorgeous mountain home, but wait till you see the back...(see below)

Gorgeous mountain home, but wait till you see the back...(see below)

Infinity pool with mountain views? Yes, please!

Infinity pool with mountain views? Yes, please!

Cute 'n' cozy cabins with not one, but two pools!

Cute 'n' cozy cabins with not one, but two pools!

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This trip would not have been a success if it wasn't for both Elisa and papi. My incredible father, with all of his charm, negotiating skills and connections, was able to arrange for (among many other things): a renown Dominican chef to cater the wedding, special rates for the hotel rooms, transportation for all wedding guests from the airport, and all of the excursions with the Rancho Jarabacoa. Mil gracias, papi! Te adoro!

 

xo,

Vilmarie


Lokays and Estrellas meet!

Back in November, I invited Richie's mom (Deborah) and my mom and sisters (Vilma, Melissa, Anais and Madeleine) to New York City to help me go wedding dress shopping. This was also officially the first time the two families were meeting...besides all those other awkward Skype introductions! 

Lokay/Estrella families meeting for the first time! Vilmarie's dad couldn't make it. He was missed. :(

Lokay/Estrella families meeting for the first time! Vilmarie's dad couldn't make it. He was missed. :(

Feeling on top of the world (and windswept)!

Feeling on top of the world (and windswept)!

First stop was David's Bridal. No success there. But at the second stop, RK Bridal, the stars aligned and the first dress I tried on was the ONE! To celebrate, we all headed to the top of the Empire State Building for a sky-high view of the city to match the the sky-high feeling that is finding your wedding dress. :)

After getting the wedding dress search out of the way, we had time to get to know each other over walks in Brooklyn's Prospect Park and morning breakfasts. The two families already feel like one.

Homemade breakfast!

Homemade breakfast!

Enjoying the crisp autumn air with the moms in Prospect Park.

Enjoying the crisp autumn air with the moms in Prospect Park.

Creating Our "Save-the-Date" Card

We wanted to create a simple yet unique save-the-date with a personal touch. It's all in the details. We loved the idea of incorporating a calendar, as I like to mark my own calendar whenever I have a trip coming up or a birthday (or a wedding!). And to put our own spin on it, we individually stamped a heart on each card over the "21" -- the date of our upcoming nuptials.

We tried several strategies to get the heart to land right over the number. That was the biggest challenge. But even when the heart stamp didn't show up entirely or came out a bit off centered, we thought it gave each card its own individual touch. It took us a few hours, but we had an incredible time doing so while listening to some tunes and sipping on a delicious apple cider cocktail, in line with the fall season.

For a pop of color, we painted the edges of the cards ourselves (ok, Richie did that part alone!) and skipped having our letterpress printer do it for us. It was a much more rewarding experience to get our hands dirty! We tried different types of ink and paint, sponges and rollers. In the end, Richie used clamps to hold the cards together tightly and proceeded to carefully brush the inkpad across all four sides. Turned out great!

Welcome to our wedding website

Hi everyone! Thank you for visiting our wedding website. We will be updating this page as the big day approaches, so be sure to check back periodically. All your questions regarding traveling to the Dominican Republic, lodging, getting around and things to do will be answered here. Please feel free to email or call us if you have any concerns not addressed on this page.

We look forward to seeing you in the mountains of Jarabacoa! 

xo, 
Vilmarie and Richie

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