Picture perfect

Inside the Private Resort from Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel's latest film, Shotgun Wedding.

Photography by ÀNI Dominican Republic

07 February 2023


Shotgun Wedding, directed by Jason Moore and featuring a star-studded cast including Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel, premiered on Friday 27 January on Prime Video.

The film, which was shot at the incredible and exclusive ÀNI Dominican Republic, tells the story of Darcy (Jennifer Lopez) and Tom (Josh Duhamel), as they gather their lovable, albeit very opinionated families for the ultimate destination wedding. Just as the couple begin to get cold feet that threaten the celebration, everyone’s lives are suddenly in actual danger when the entire party is taken hostage.

Although the film’s destination wedding takes place in the Philippines, Shotgun Wedding was filmed at ÀNI Private Resort’s Dominican Republic location, situated on the vibrant and verdant north coast of the island.

ÁNI Dominican Republic lies on a stretch of coastline known as the Amber Riviera because of its rich amber deposits and golden beaches. The jewel-like resort is perched on its own private peninsula, sheltered by two natural coves forming tranquil swimming bays on either side and is completely encompassed in nature, with a soundtrack of breeze-tussled palm fronds and the whispering ocean.


Director Jason Moore and Production Designer Page Buckner chose ÀNI for its incredible setting and luxurious design, setting the tone for what should have been a dream-like destination wedding.

Contrary to the mayhem that ensues in the film, ÀNI Dominican Republic is an idyllic, private and intimate retreat where each element of a romantic wedding is executed with thoughtful accuracy.

Drawing its name from the Swahili word andjani, meaning the “journey ahead”, ÀNI’s entire philosophy and ethos centres around providing the space and time for marking life’s most precious milestones with family and friends.

Designed exclusively for a single group of guests, ÀNI Dominican Republic is an all-inclusive, private resort and a magical setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

In the days leading up to nuptials, guests may enjoy bonding family experiences and reconnect with old friends through the savouring of memorable meals and exploration of the island with tailored excursions and activities.

Dance the night away in the resort’s intimate, awe-inspiring settings: ÀNI’s expert team will liaise with specialists – from florists and photographers to make-up artists, DJs, and bands – curating and executing every detail to perfection.

ÀNI Dominican Republic can accommodate up to 28 guests across eight suites, positioned on either side of the property’s palm-lined, central avenue as part of Villa Larimar with its sunrise vistas, and west-facing Villa Amber with its additional manmade beach and cobbled path to the sea.

Both villas overlook expansive infinity pools, and each boasts a poolside Living Pavilion with spacious dining spaces inside and out, an elegant lounge, convivial bar, games and entertainment areas, and a terrace with mesmerising sea views.

A self-contained world, ÀNI Dominican Republic provides every facility and service a group of guests could possibly desire during their stay. The gracious Arrival Pavilion is mirrored by an ocean-side Events Pavilion; the air-conditioned Wellness Centre houses a fully equipped gym and a serene spa with two ensuite treatment rooms; and a children’s swimming pool and waterslide rest beside the tennis court.

The resort’s discrete and dedicated team of over 30 staff is available around the clock to tailor every detail – from special dining, cultural, and wellness moments, to kids’ activities and exploration of the region – to ensure a bespoke experience that defies expectations.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served each day in different settings across the resort, with every menu tailored according to guest preferences to surprise and delight.

Free-flow beverages including juices, premium and rare spirits, cocktails, and wines can be enjoyed whenever a guest desires. Up to 12 spa treatments per day are included, as well as tennis lessons, guided cycling tours, movies by moonlight, cooking classes, cigar rolling lessons, rum tastings, non-motorised water sports, and much more.

Complimentary roundtrip airport transfers make traveling to ÀNI a breeze, and up to eight hours of complimentary babysitting and a daily children’s activity program keeps children well looked after and entertained.

Beyond ÀNI’s comprehensive inclusions, the expert local team can arrange any possible experience offered along the Dominican Republic’s north coast and inland, ensuring that transportation is booked, and costs are clear.

With reservations starting from a minimum of six suites for five nights, ÀNI Dominican Republic’s rates start from $US14,000 per night. Future ÀNI destinations include a new property in Anguilla scheduled to open in 2024 as well as further destinations in the Caribbean.



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