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Just like a metropolitan morning commute, this TV traffic reporter’s Punta Cana destination wedding was jammed with insane photo ops, including trash-the-dress session in a jungle swamp and underwater photography.

Some three weeks ago I flew to Dominican Republic to cover a destination wedding in Punta Cana. Olessa is ABC Channel 5 Boston traffic reporter and I know her through her brother and a great person Eric. Since they live in MA, I haven’t met Joe prior to the wedding but I did have a chance to work with Olessa for her surprise wedding day gift in form of a boudoir photo book—quite a trendy gift idea in the wedding industry! See how it drew the bridesmaids attention! 

The wedding took place at the Iberostar Punta Cana resort and as in many cases with destination weddings, it was a self-contained event space with no need to leave the resort. Usually it means getting stuck with the hallways and a beach for photography but luckily, the couple was not particularly fond of a sandy beach theme (Olessa ruled out a beach ceremony, too) which gave me a green light to explore less common backgrounds. Like… a jungle swamp! I also brought my Ikelite underwater equipment in case there are any caves similar to Mexican cenotes where I shot other destination wedding trash-the-dress sessions but alas, nothing of that nature. I had to use the resort’s pool which was a far departure from the smelly swamp.

A little side note… again: I have to be very brief in this blog. I am leaving for India for more than 3 weeks in several hours and did not even start packing… I’m going there to shoot two weddings and some art projects in Rajasthan. It will be quite a trip covering the country south to north and I prepared a cool way for you to follow my steps as I update my brand new travel journal on PolarSteps platform (if you are looking for any travel journal suggestions, I made an extensive research to help me and you pick one). Come join my adventures, thrills, and mishaps… as my previous trips to India had proven to be full of.

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Wedding Day

Trash-the-Dress Session

To read about this trip in my online travel journal, click here.

Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov is a creative director and lead photographer of Zorz Studios, Manhattan-based boutique photography studio, offering arousing and daring fashion, commercial, beauty, and wedding photography. Multiple Fearless Photographer™ award winner, named among the top 50 US wedding photographers, top 10 NY wedding photographers, winner of Adobe contests, featured by Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle et al, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week photographer, and a distinguished member of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style‘s Platinum List, he is eager to step out of his and willing clients' comfort zone to pursue original artwork with a lasting impression.

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