Elopement Beachside in Puerto Rico

If you haven’t already fallen in love with Puerto Rico, then today’s styled shoot in the spirit of an elopement will certainly have you head over heels! Becca from Becca and Chris Photography shared the behind the scenes of this could-be big day with us.

Our morning began at the San Juan Water & Beach Club Hotel, a chic, modern hotel with an incredible rooftop view. Yari Rey created a soft, coppery look for our model Alanis, and pinned back her dark hair into a romantic updo. While Alanis got ready, Keff (our groom model) had portraits done on the rooftop of the Water Club, with gorgeous blue water as a backdrop. The Water Club has so many tucked away corners and details that were perfect for detail shots, especially a few of the shoes! D’Royal Bride provided a gorgeous soft pink gown, with intricate beading and tiny tulle flowers.

The ceremony inspiration was held in Old San Juan at Plazuela La Rogativa, which overlooks the gorgeous turquoise water. There’s something undeniably romantic about Old San Juan. The architecture is reminiscent of Venice, and the quaint, cotton candy colored houses made a beautiful backdrop for some photos of Alanis and Keff. Although Alanis and Keff are models, they’re also a couple, which made the entire inspiration shoot much more fun. There was quite a bit of teasing for poor Keff, and many jokes made about how they’re well prepared for their possible future wedding!

One of my favorite memories of the day was traveling between the ceremony and reception space. Alanis’ dress was so huge, full of tulle and beading that we couldn’t all fit comfortably in the car. I ended up sitting on Chris’ lap and having to duck down under the seats any time we passed a cop on the winding cobbled streets of Old San Juan!

After the ceremony, we traveled back to the Water Club for their intimate rooftop reception. Intic did an incredible job with the decor, with romantic lanterns and candles and lush greenery. The pink and soft red of the flowers brought out the pink hues in Alanis’s dress, and were perfect with the pink flowers atop the cake made by Delighted by Yare.

To end the evening, we took a few photos of Alanis and Keff above the rooftop pool at the Water & Beach Club. The setting sun created soft lilacs and lavenders in the sky, a perfect end to a completely magical day.

Elopement Photo Shoot Team: Photographer: Chris and Becca PhotographyShoot Director and Planner: Ruthie Fonseca, Bodas del EncantoModels: Alanis Colina and Kef Matthew, GModels, Hair and Makeup: Yaritza Rey, Dress: D’Royal Bride, Jewelry: Eva Guadalupe, Tux: Leonardo Fifth Avenue, Ceremony Venue: Old San Juan, Minister: Pablo Aymat, Reception Venue: The San Juan Water and Beach Club Hotel, Decorator/Floral: Intic, Cake: Delighted by Yare, Invitations: Paper Pixel

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Gorgeous Garden Wedding in Puerto Rico

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Gabi and Gabe tied the knot at their destination wedding in Rio Grande Puerto Rico.  The bride was from the area originally and they knew once they returned, that was it!  Gabi shared a bit about their wedding and how the weekend came to be.

My husband and I both wanted a destination wedding and I am from Puerto Rico. We decided to go and look at venues one weekend and once I stepped foot here, I knew it was the place. The scenery is spectacular and the ambiance magical. 

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The decor was just to compliment what the venue already going for itself, a rustic feel with luscious gardens. The venue had tons of my favorite bugambilia bushes, market lighting/Christmas lights and romantic amber lighting. So I settled on various shades of pink and gold with exposed farm tables with delicate lace runners. 

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My favorite moments from the day (aside from marrying the man of my dreams!) was enjoying the sorbet from a local vendor I grew up enjoying and dancing the night away with our loved ones. 

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Advice for destination wedding couples: BE PATIENT, everything runs on island time. Have a planner on the island/country who knows all vendors that you cannot find on google/wedding wire/the knot, and they alleviate so much stress.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Rudy+Marta Photography

Wedding Vendors: Dress Designer: Alegria’s Brides, Makeup Artist: Color Touch by Ana, DJ: DJ Fabian Kroselj, Specialty Foods: Helados Caribe, Dress Designer: Jim Hjelm, Event Venue: La Hacienda Siesta Alegre, Dress Store: Missguided, Event Planner: MR Party & Events, Tuxedo and Mens Attire: My Grooms Room, Musicians: Sal Pa’ Fuera Batucada, Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Sartori Amici, Cake Designer: Vanessa Caro

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Pretty in Purple Destination Wedding in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Tiffani and Scott said I do in a beautiful outdoor ceremony and destination wedding in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The couple had looked at the farthest points of the globe before landing on Puerto Rico for a pretty, purple-clad big day. Tiffani shared their story with us:

We spent a long time trying to find the right location – we looked at Utah and Iceland because we met in Nepal and thought we would incorporate mountains into our theme. But when we visited Puerto Rico we found a place so vibrant and full of life, we couldn’t have chosen another location. The Condado Vanderbilt truly captured the essence of what we wanted, breathtaking scenery and elegant simplicity. And although it didn’t have the mountains we thought we wanted – it had more.

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We made the gift bags because we thought it would be fun and would personalize the event. We met on Mt Everest, so we created backpacks with a little notecard explaining why we added what we did – each item related to how we met (water bottles, socks, caribiners, prayer flags, candy bars, etc). My favorite item was a photo book we created for each guest. We were fortunate that almost everyone knew each other (40 guests) – but we built a book, that had 2 pages each (titled for each person/couple) of our lives with them.

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Scott made 24 cards / gifts to be given to me throughout the day on our wedding day. Photos of us, phrases about love, cards, and even deliveries of my favorite drinks at specific times throughout the day. Definitely a favorite memory that he would put so much thought into finding ways to say “I love you” in the hours before the ceremony.

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Ultimately, our inspiration is really the people who matter most in our lives. Everything about this place seemed to hold some piece of all the people we love.

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We were very fortunate to work with such an incredible wedding planner, brilliant designers – and of course the Condado Vanderbilt is a breathtaking location. We planned this wedding in less than 9 weeks and so we relied heavily on our local vendors. In truth, we told them what colors we loved, the table we wanted – and the first time I saw it was when I waked down the aisle. The setting of the ceremony itself was incredibly beautiful and simply elegant. But the table was perhaps the most stunning design I’ve ever seen. Long farm table, bowls of orchids in purples and teal and rose color; it was spectacular. I would also say the fire dancers and salsa instructors made the event so fun and interactive for our guests. Because we met on Mt Everest, the touch of prayer flags illuminated by little lights hanging over the reception were really loved by Scott.

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We asked the happy couple about their favorite moments from the day. The maid of honor accidentally stepped into the pool during the ceremony, watching Scott try and salsa dance, all the guys at the wedding wearing funny socks. Definitely my fathers speech.

Otherwise, my favorite memory is seeing Scott standing there when I walked down the aisle. Scott says it was seeing me walk down the aisle. We’re a pretty simple couple.

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We cannot express enough our appreciation and gratitude for the incredible people who made this day such an extraordinary event. We’ve heard from most guests that rarely had they seen a wedding more beautifully designed, in a more stunning location, with better food and entertainment. All of which was made possibly by our vendors, which we now call friends.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Don Mears Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planning: Maria Lugo, Wedding Design: Arquetipo, Venue and Catering: Condando Vanderbilt, Cake: C+M Cake Designers, Makeup: Caridad Vidro, Music: Music Factory, Fireshow and Salsa Dancers: SAK Entertainment, Officiant: Ministros De Bodas

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Formal Destination Wedding in Old San Juan, PR

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Melissa and David said I do in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico after a love affair that had them living far apart to start.  We asked the couple to share their story with us.  “We met in January 2010 when we were introduced by mutual friends. Dave lived in Wilmington DE at the time and I lived in NYC. We met in a bar called the Other Room in NYC’s Greenwich Village. We met the day after to watch football and then started our two and a half year love affair with Amtrak and the NJ Turnpike. The long distance made us closer and we were engaged in May of 2012.”

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“One of the best moments of the wedding day was electing to do a “first look” before the ceremony began. This allowed us to have some special alone time before the big day officially kicked off with all of our family and friends. Taking photos at the forts in Old San Juan was really fun and exciting.”

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For the ceremony the couple incorporated Filipino wedding traditions close to their hearts.

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“Our favorite photo is the infamous “grassy knoll” shot where Dave is chasing me up the hill (mostly because he is helping to keep me from falling down the hill). It really captured the beauty of San Juan and the playfulness of our relationship. It was also very hot and we kind of forgot about all that for a minute.” 

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After the grand Cathedral wedding, a swanky reception was under way!  “Our theme was Classic. We wanted the beauty and charm of Old San Juan and the history of the Cathedral and El Convento to set the stage for a simple and elegant celebration.”

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“The color palette was kept neutral to help emphasize the architecture and the old world feel of this part of the city.”

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We always ask couples for advice for our readers as they look back.  This bride’s tip is priceless!  “It is important to let all of your planning and hard work go into “autopilot” in the days leading up to your wedding. A lot of the little details that you sweat and agonize over are just that — little. Keep sight of the big importance of the day and the uniqueness of the moment. It is rare and once-in-a-lifetime to have all of your friends and family in one place for one day. Take time to savor the special day and absorb as much of the moment as you can… it zooms by too fast.”

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And for the honeymoon?  The couple was then off to the W Resort Vieques, Puerto Rico – an island nearby but apart from their wedding party.  Great idea!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Caroline + Ben Photography

Wedding Vendors: Cake Designer:C&M Cakes, Makeup Artist: Caridad Vidro, Event Designer: Festivo, Reception Venue: Hotel El Convento, Event Planner: Momentus Special Events & More, Band:Sin Prisa

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Puerto Rico Engagement

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This happy couple jetted off from their Texas home to beautiful Puerto Rico for a very special destination engagement.  With destination wedding photographer Jay Caballero in tow, the love birds landed on an island full of historical spots and breathtaking beaches to capture moments that will certainly last them a lifetime!  From down on one knee to getting all dressed up for dinner that night, Amanda and Juby shares with us their very special day.

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 Congratulations Amanda + Juby!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Jay Caballero, Makeup Artist: Caridad Vidro 

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