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July 20, 2017

Pureocean Aruba Destination Wedding Photographer Natali + Derrick Married

After being together for 6 years, Natali and Derrick shared their handwritten vows in front of their closest friends and family at their Divi Phoenix Resort & Pureocean Aruba destination wedding. It didn’t take long to realize what an amazing love these two share and how much they are loved by their families! With a gorgeous location, family heirlooms, celebratory traditions, hospitality like no other and a pretty exciting surprise during the reception; Natali and Derrick’s wedding was nothing short of spectacular and unforgettable!

When I arrived at Natali’s bridal suite, I was instantly greeted by her family & friends with the warmest welcome! I’m a big fan of hugs and to be greeted by her mom with the biggest hug, it just made my day! I felt so welcomed and it felt as though we had known each other for a long time. Her mom literally is one of sweetest women I’ve met! At the end of my coverage she took my hand and sat me down with her and her family. And you guys she was so worried about making sure I had something to drink and eat (as well as celebrating alongside them). Before I knew it Natali’s dad had fixed me a plate of delicious dutch cheeses and fruit, followed by an amaretto sour drink. Her parents did this with all of their guests. I watched them as they made sure to speak to every single person and share their hospitality with them. They were beyond appreciative of everyone that was there! It’s no wonder why Natali’s so sweet & amazing!

Derrick’s family was exactly the same way! His sister was beyond helpful in making sure that Natali had everything she needed. She was the best to-go person throughout the entire wedding day! Carrie….girl you’re the best! And as if I couldn’t have appreciated her anymore…she completely stole my heart when she presented her brother with a pin that belonged to their grandmother! I absolutely loved my granny so anyone who shares that love & respect for theirs is an instant fave of mine! Carrie even made sure to place another heirloom pin on Natali’s bouquet. I love how even the family that couldn’t be there in person was remembered and included.

As if the wedding day wasn’t fun and unique already….Natali and Derrick’s reception took it to another level! You guys the dancing was AMAZING! It was like we were having our own Dancing With The Stars episode! When that music switched over to that latin beat….oh the party really started! The spins, the dips and the fast footwork; it was so much fun to watch! The dancing literally went on for hours!! At a wedding reception in Natali’s Venezuelan culture, they have a special hour called “crazy hour”. It’s where they dance crazy while wearing funny masks, glow sticks, beads, etc. Well little did they know but they were about to get a surprise. Natali’s godfather arranged for Aruba Carnival dancers to join along in the crazy hour celebration! When these carnival dancers entered the guests went crazy!! It was seriously the most unforgettable reception ever!!

Congratulations Natali & Derrick! It was truly an honor to be apart of your Aruba destination wedding! I’ll never forget just how amazing your day and your guests were!

Pureocean Aruba Destination Wedding

Wedding Vendors

Ceremony & Wedding Coordinator :: Divi Phoenix Resort

Reception Venue :: Pureocean

Groom & Groomsmen Attire :: Express

Bride’s Gown  :: Martina Liana

Bride’s Shoes :: Badgley Mischka


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I'm Christina, a destination engagement & wedding photographer based in NC, with a love for all things coastal, southern and preppy! Here on my blog you'll find my engagements + weddings, education for brides + photographers and my latest travels and personal thoughts!

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