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A Destination Wedding at Casa de Campo Filled With South Indian, Christian, and Jewish Cultural Touches

By Sara Dial | Photography by 

Kyla Jeanette

|Planning by 

Impact Collective

“Not to be biased but our proposal story is one of my favorites,” Rebecca Joy says. “Lorne proposed on the rooftop of our apartment in Long Island City.  He had me under the impression that I was going to dinner with one of my best friends. We were going to have drinks on our rooftop [and] then go to dinner.” After a quick change and what Lorne Reminick coins the longest few minutes of his life, Rebecca arrived on the rooftop. “I walked her to an area that was decorated with roses and photos of us and popped the question. Thank god she said yes because all of our family and friends were waiting in the building lobby, ready to celebrate the newly engaged couple,” he laughs

Rebecca and Lorne always knew they’d host a destination wedding. “Casa de Campo exceeded our expectations, it’s truly a one-of-a-kind resort,” Lorne says. “We also knew we wanted to have a very intimate feeling to our wedding with our closest family and friends and not necessarily have the eyes of the rest of the guests of the resort on us and Casa de Campo let us have that.” Impact Collective took to all the planning and on the day-of, Kyla Jeanette and Live Storytellers Videography stood behind their lenses. 

“With my wedding wardrobe. . .I really wanted to lean into the idea of feeling like a bride!” Rebecca exclaims. “When I was looking through all the silhouettes you could possibly choose when searching for your wedding dress, I never dreamed of an A-line dress but that’s exactly where I landed.” The sculptural aspect of the Wona NYC look initially caught her eye, and its gathered ruching added a modern twist. The bride-to-be accessorized with earrings by CompletedWorks and created custom shoes with Fortune Footwear. “For my veil, I knew I wanted drama so it had to be a cathedral-length veil.” Anna Nuet Beauty applied the neutral glam meant to make Rebecca feel like herself. 

Lorne wore a custom ivory tuxedo which matched the color of Rebecca’s dress. He finished the look with cufflinks passed down to him from his father. Groomsmen donned black tuxedos. “For the bridesmaids, I knew I wanted them to wear traditional Indian clothing but I also loved the idea of them all wearing different outfits,” the bride explains. “I gave them a color palette to work off of and we ended up sourcing quite a few options for each of them to wear. I couldn’t have been happier with how their looks turned out.”

To night one’s welcome dinner, the bride wore a shimmering PatBO style and Lele Sadoughi earrings. Everyone gathered by the beach for the sunset soiree. “I wanted the tablescape of our welcome dinner to feel like an extension of the beach and our surroundings, very natural and organic,” Rebecca says. 

On March 1, 2024, Rebecca and Lorne met for an intimate first look. As is South Indian tradition, Lorne tied a necklace around Rebecca’s neck before the ceremony. Strings hummed in the background as the bride’s parents escorted her down the aisle in the amphitheater in Altos de Chavon. “We had a pastor officiate our wedding, and it was amazing. We tried to be very intentional about our ceremony, making sure to include the important traditional aspects of both of our cultures as well with my Christian background and Lorne’s Jewish background,” she says. The couple recited personal vows before sealing it all with a kiss. “Surreal is probably the best way to describe it. There is truly no better feeling than being surrounded by the people that you love watching you and your spouse commit to each other.”

The newlyweds envisioned the reception as a grand celebration where the dancing never ended. The revelry truly began when sparklers encircled Rebecca and Lorne during their first dance to Frankie Valli’s “I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” remixed with Lauryn Hill’s version too. Sirloin, mahi mahi, and roasted chicken were served before the cake cutting.

Rebecca changed into a lengha by Nazranaa and Nike Air Jordan 1’s fit for the festivities, and as the night journeyed on, the party ended up at the hotel bar and continued until the early morning hours. “Crazily enough it ended up downpouring!” the bride recalls. “We got so lucky with the weather the entire day, the downpour at the end of the night just felt like showers of blessings on us and honestly was just the icing on the cake to an amazing day.”