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Weddings in Casa de Campo are absolutely beautiful and even more now that the amphitheater is also being used as a venue! In honor of this, we are sharing with you one of the weddings celebrated there a few months ago. This article was previously published in the Winter edition of our sister magazine, CasaLife.
Anthony Masas and Ibani Cruzate are no stranger to Casa de Campo. The pair who first met in Santo Domingo came to the resort more than two years ago to work in its hospitality and tourism industry. Anthony joined on as the resort’s Executive Chef to lead its six restaurants and Ibani became an event and wedding planner. Their story began when Anthony traveled to Peru, Ibani’s home country, for a gastronomic fair and returned with a suitcase of food to prepare dinner for her. From there, a beautiful friendship and connection was born that with the passage of time turned into a love story.
The newlyweds say living in Casa de Campo is a lifestyle full of peace and tranquility, mixed with unique and luxurious amenities, and it’s for this reason selecting the magical setting of Altos de Chavón was a piece of cake. In addition to having their wedding in the St. Stanislaus Church, they celebrated their reception in the amphitheater, a place full of energy and significance where some of the most renowned musical artists in history have performed. As for the catering, there was none better than the groom himself to design the exquisite menu, which offered such delicacies as Tomahawk Steak and Mushroom Risotto. Ibani undertook the event planning, while she and Anthony also thank their dear colleagues and friends for helping make their dream wedding come true. Special acknowledgment goes to Fior Segura from Jardin Oriental and Amelia Pereyra and Malele Strofer from Tres Eventos for decoration, César Portes photography, Christian Nin videography, and Sarah de Castro for souvenirs.
Friends from around the world joined Anthony and Ibani to witness their vowels, which they both note was the most special part of their wedding day. Guests hailed from Spain, Anthony’s home country, as well as Peru, France, Australia, Venezuela, Portugal, and the Dominican Republic. A memorable stay was made as they all enjoyed beach days at Minitas and Catalina Island, gathered for pool parties and BBQs, and partook in a welcome dinner and Karaoke after-party at best man Charles Keusters’ villa. Of their parents visiting, the happy couple says, “We felt delighted and fortunate to have them with us. It was the greatest gift we could receive.”
In late August, a breathtaking twilight fell over Altos de Chavón as the wedding celebration advanced into the night. Ibani and Anthony lit up the Grecian-style amphitheater with shimmering lights and fireworks overhead fit for all the majesty and romance in the world.
The following collection of photos were contributed by the bride taken by the photographer César Portes during the beautiful wedding: