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Posted in Dance party, fashion, fashion and photography by simonalcantara on November 16, 2009


Ana Maria Pimentel Hood Pre Wedding Celebration copyright Simon Alcantara 2009

I spent the last three days in the Dominican Republic celebrating the marriage of my good friend uber chic Ana Maria Pimentel (Accessories Director of Bazaar Magazine in the US) and the handsome and extremely charming Roderick Hood.  Anyone who knows Ana Maria knew that the fashion quotient would be high and you had better bring your best game to town.  How she managed to stay looking fresh as we all melted in the humidity is something we are investigating, she must have made some exclusive deal with the Goddess of Orchids (she can secure an exclusive like no other).  The more humid it got the more radiant she became and she had a glint in her eyes of a woman who knows something you have not yet discovered.

People from all corners of the world came to celebrate this union and the beauty was astounding.  The guests consisted of editors, designers, ambassadors and bankers a mix of beautiful women and devastatingly handsome men.  The festivities began at the beautiful home of Amelia Vicini  who was dressed in a vintage caftan that belonged to her late mother (one of the chicest women on record). Fast forward to the end of the night and it was like Woodstock in the tropics!  Yes there was mud involved and beautiful dresses were ruined in the pool.  The joy was palpable and we knew something extraordinary was taking place.


Dancers and Drummers copyright Simon Alcantara 2009

Two days later ( after an amazing boat trip the day before) the wedding day arrived and Ana Maria looked radiant in Oscar de la Renta ( our beloved Dominican designer) and Edmundo Castillo shoes.  The ceremony was held at the chapel in Altos de Chavon and the reception at an epic beach front villa in Casa de Campo.  When I tell you I danced from the first song to the last I am not exaggerating and I was not the only one.  The energy of joy that we all experienced the first night had now grown to such an extent that you saw it in everyone’s  faces and felt it in every gesture . I was grateful to experience it and be a part of it.  Ana, Roderick and their families had managed something that our governments had not been able to figure out how to do all year.  They brought such joy to all of us and now we would all carry it back to the corners of the world  we had all come from.  I left with the feeling that with this energy we could save the world. Thank you Ana Maria and Roderick, I will forever be indebted to you for bursting my heart wide open and I will carry this joy with me always.


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  1. honouehara said, on November 16, 2009 at 9:00 am

    What a beautiful days……I guess!
    She seems very strong and is beautiful!!!
    I feel like she is now very confident to get married.
    It is quite difficult for peope to be very 100% positive on the day of marriage.
    But she seems to get to a goal she accomplished !
    You should be very proud of attending this memorial party for her!
    Congratulations, Ms.Ana Maria!

  2. Georgia A. Reid said, on November 16, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Fue un verdadero placer conocerte al fin.
    Te dire que al leer la reseña de la boda de Ana Maria y Roderick se me salieron las lagrimas, sobre
    todo por que se nota que la escribiste con mucho cariño. Tu sabes que eres una persona muy especial para ella.
    Muchas gracias por acompañarnos en ese dia y espero verte pronto.


    • simonalcantara said, on November 16, 2009 at 11:40 am

      Doña Georgiana,
      Gracias a ustedes por incluirme. No hay palabras para espresar como quiero a Ana Maria, y me hace muy feliz que ella este feliz y tan unida a su familia. Tambien que se caso con Roderick que es obvio cuanto se aman.


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