PUNTA CANA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER — VALIKO PROSKURNIN
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Hey, I’m Valiko, a wedding photographer who captures raw and genuine emotions forever. I believe no love stories are the same so I strive to catch all the details of your day that give you goosebumps. I am a family photographer, based in the Dominican Republic and easy-going to travel anywhere your love will take place.
Stock ideas, fake poses, pressure while shooting… are definitely not my cup of tea. I go beyond. I let you be yourself and enjoy your wedding first while delicately catching your best sides by camera. I can define my genre as a love documentary. Your essential story is what inspires me the most. Unwind, real magic happens when you feel the freedom to behave naturally as possible.
Travelling along the Dominican Republic and other places for the last 8 years allows me to be like a fish in water when it comes to beautiful venues and locations. It’s not only about advice you can receive but a clear photography and videography plan to make the most of each place’s feature for a photoshoot:
- rough schedule to be on time with a perfect light,
- local must-have photo checklist,
- special recommendations.
Here is a quick venue location guide below. Get yourself a drink to sip and enjoy.
Huracan Cafe — an Italian Restaurant and Wedding Venue located in the heart of Bavaro Beach. You might have seen many pictures from Punta Cana with a Pirate Ship in the background (Ocean Adventure Caribbean Pirates Excursion). This area has a lot of locations for amazing pictures.
Huracan Cafe is a one floor restaurant made in traditional Dominican style. It is an open air place with a thatched roof with a spectacular ocean view. Natalia Roldan and her team will set up anything you want for a gorgeous wedding and the only thing left for you is to chill.
Please, note that if your wedding day is on Sunday this place will be so hard to call this beach private. Bavaro beach is the only public beach in the area and all the locals love to get together on their only day off.
- Amazing Barcelo Bavaro Beach wedding (Luis and Laura).
Jellyfish Restaurant — is a beach club and a restaurant located close to Lopesan Hotel and Resort Bavaro at Bavaro beach. It has a spacious beach area and two floor restaurant made of indigenous materials in traditional Dominican Republic style: palm wood, thatched roof and seashells. I consider this area more private, because it is situated close to the hotels and it’s harder to get there for locals. Also, due to the fact that the area of the restaurant and the territory is bigger there is enough space for anything: a huge outside scene for the crazy hour, fire show or a party, cozy terraces. I love the lighting, landscape and the cuisine there. Of course, with the picture perfect ocean view.
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Eventually, the majority of the weddings that I’ve had in my portfolio were made here. I have a rite of having a Cuba Libre there by the ocean after a wedding observing stars and the moon.
- Watch the beautiful wedding in the Jellyfish Restaurant (Sadaf and Navid).
Kukua Beach Club & Restaurant is another wedding venue in Punta Cana. It is located in Arena Gorda Beach, between Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana and Bahia Principe Luxury, which is 15 minutes away from Bavaro Beach. Because there is no access to the beach for locals the beach is never crowded and Kukua staff watch carefully so that people from the hotels don’t disturb you during the ceremony. You can feel the difference: the ocean is wilder, the sand is softer and more yellow here.
The territory of this Beach Club is not that big, BUT it is very well-organized. First, it has it all: a beach area, a restaurant, an outside terrace, preparation room for a bridal party (up to 20 persons), a pool (how about crazy jumping during the party?)
Mayte Marie is a very famous wedding planner here that will take care of your day. She has her unique style and I’m pretty sure you’ve seen a lot of her dreamy work pics on Pinterest. Thousands of reviews speak for her amazing attitude and talent.
- Beautiful Kukua Beach wedding.
Pearl Beach Club. Located in Cabeza de Toro Beach, between Natura Park Beach Eco Resort and Spa and Catalonia Royal Bavaro, Pearl Beach Club offers a private atmosphere made of tropical glamour, 15 minutes away from Punta Cana International Airport.
It is the most suitable place for massive events (up to 400 pax) with a huge private area: infinity pools, several preparation rooms, outside event area and, of course, a beach, where it’s hard to get for locals.
This place is very famous for open-air festivals and music events and it has a fully equipped scene, so don’t even doubt about having a live band. If you have another wedding venue booked, I definitely recommend to come here with your beloved ones at least to chill all day long in a bikini with floating flamingos and Pina Coladas!
Imagine your wedding day being carefree, relaxed and full of joy. Me and my team have got you covered.
Oh wait… We are an amazing professional studio: videographer, photographer and a second camera man. I insist that two heads are better than one when it comes to your wedding day. We share this journey together and this art synergy went through years. This is why you can rely on us and get the best. We are hopeless fans of Nikon cameras. Working in such a humid country close to the sea and the sand requires having the best equipment. Emotions are priceless and there is no way to settle for anything less. When the wedding day is over we have an important ritual before going to bed — triple backing up of the day on different storages.
We are a good fit if you value authenticity and sincerity in photos. I can’t wait to know your one-of-a-kind love story! Fill up the contact form and make it happen. Get in touch for a price range and cost. What matters most to you for your wedding? The more I know about your family the better.
I have photographed 150+ weddings, met 1000+ beautiful people, been published in more than 30 magazines including VOGUE and won 15 international photo awards. In 2020 I was named 1 of 25 World’s Top Wedding Photographers by ProWed.
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