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Old San Juan Love Shoot

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good engagement session as much as the next girl. But, I’m also a big believer in needing no excuse to snap some photos with the one you adore. *Enter* this Old San Juan love sesh from IYQ Photography. They’re the “just because” captures every couple so deserves, and you can see moment after moment in the gallery right here.

From IYQ Photography… Kristen, Cainneach and I well all drawn to the sleepy town of Old San Juan as the backdrop to this fun, flirty, dreamy love shoot. Both Cannaich and Kristen live in NYC and were in PR for a mini-vacay. We all met by chance at a private inn we all were staying at just outside the city. I was immediately drawn to their kind spirits and romantic hearts. Theirs is somewhat of a modern day love story- they share the kind of love that we all read in fairy tale books growing up. We spend sunrise in the city- wandering the empty streets and getting lost inbetween the cracked sides of pastel buildings. Afterwards, we headed over to a palm tree heaven to wrap up this dreamy shoot.

Photography: IYQ Photography | Old San Juan: Puerto Rico

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Intimate Old San Juan Wedding

I’ve never been to Old San Juan, but after spending some sweet time with this destination soiree, it’s now nearing towards the tippy top of my must-see list. It’s the colors, the culture and the rich, rich history that have my heart, and won’t let go. Momentus Special Events planned the whole destination day to perfection with Vanessa Velez was there to capture, and you’ll find much more right over here!

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From the Bride… We decided to get married in Puerto Rico because we have a passion for traveling. We have always talked about having a destination wedding and we wanted a location that was close to the U.S, but would not require our guests to get a passport. We have friends who spoke very highly of Puerto Rico. They raved about the food, the beaches, the people, the activities, etc. So, we decided to give it a shot. After further research, we fell in love with the hotels and quest reviews of other brides and couples. Seeing pictures of Old San Juan, sealed the deal. You cannot create that setting any where and we knew we wanted to have Old San Juan as a background for our pictures.

Our inspiration for the day was focused around intimacy. We wanted to have a small intimate ceremony/wedding that focused on nothing but us, our vows, our close family, and friends. We wanted everyone who was there to actually feel our love. You can tell we accomplished this by the sounds of people sniffling because there was not 1 dry eye in the crowd.

Having a Spring wedding, I fell in love with the coral/aqua color palette. To me, these colors screamed “destination” and went so well with Old San Juan. They reminded me of the colors of the buildings. The color theme was all about a romantic, vintage/rustic look. I wanted to have colors that were not your traditional wedding colors. Having the girls in 2 different colors and different dresses inspired them to be themselves and to be comfortable.

The groomsman’s suits played off the color of the girls dresses. I wanted to the dresses to stand out against the khaki color. Also, our taste is very “vintage”. Our home is decorated the same way. There is something about it, that screams intimacy and love. For our ceremony, we went very simple because once again we wanted to have that Old San Juan background. It wasn’t about flowers or decorations, but more about our moment and wedding. Simple is sometimes better!

Photography: Vanessa Velez Photography | Dress: Enzoani - Dakota | Ceremony Venue: La Concha Resort | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Handmade by Alyssa Beverly | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | DJ: DJ Rockhand | Men's Shoes: Sperry | Officiant: Pastor Corey | Decor: Siod | Men's Suits: Bachrach | Private Dinner: Marmalade | Wedding Planning: Momentus

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Puerto Rico Wedding from 13:13 Photography

I’ve decided that I need a vacation.  I mean, don’t get me wrong… I love this crazy gorgeous fall weather we’ve been having, and all of the hot cocoa sipping that goes right along with it.  But doesn’t a trip to the lovely land also known as Puerto Rico sound just soooo awesome?  Especially if that trip was anything like this drop.dead.gorgeous wedding captured by 13:13 Photography, a literal non-stop day of pretty with one totally fun party. See it all right here in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… This hot blooded Colombian-American girl met her Norwegian viking skier, John, in Denver, CO in 2008. He turned my world upside down, and he proposed in the arctic frost of Norway in 2010.

The biggest challenge for John and I was deciding on the destination to celebrate our special day with friends and family from across the globe. As we were wedding planning from Norway, we decided to choose a neutral territory where we could combine traditions from our American, Colombian, and Norwegian upbringings. We chose the island of enchantment, Puerto Rico, and more specifically Hotel El Convento, a timeless and traditional restored luxury hotel nestled in the heart of the charming and mysterious Old San Juan.

While planning our wedding we kept our priorities relatively simple. We knew we wanted great music, an all-night dance party, and readings from my brother, and John’s sister during the ceremony. Our ceremony was held in a large courtyard at Centro de Estudios Avanzados next to the Hotel El Convento. The courtyard has beautiful arches, blossoming trees, and the refreshing aura of the Puerto Rican sun and breeze.

Following the ceremony we played in the cobblestone streets in Old San Juan while our wonderful photographers from 13:13 Photography captured our first moments as husband and wife. A cocktail hour, consisting of abundant and fruity sangria and a Puerto Rican cigar roller, was held al fresco for our guests in the elegant Patio Del Nispero of The Hotel El Convento, in the shadow of the hotel’s famous century-old, nispero fruit tree. Following cocktail hour, the guests were invited into the ballroom for dinner, speeches, and dancing. Our fabulous live band played the perfect mix of latino dance music combined with catchy tunes from Europe and the U.S.A. Everyone was on their feet, moving to the music, with the last bite of their dinner.

Around 11 pm, we surprised our guests with the arrival of drummers playing ‘batucada’ (a substyle of samba and refers to an African influenced Brazilian percussion style). This began the Colombian tradition of ‘hora loca.’ All the guests were provided props such as masks, silly hats, sunglasses, and whistles, to join the live drummers on the dance floor. The Puerto Rican rum was flowing, the dancing feet of our loved ones were rhythm to our ears, and we cannot imagine a night better spent surrounded by our favorite people from 12 different countries.

When the venue closed down, we crossed the centuries old cobblestone streets to a local dive bar, and continued to the wee hours of the morning accompanied by our closest friends and our new friends from 1313 Photography, for some local beer and laughs.

Photography: 13:13 Photography | Ceremony Venue: Centro de Estudios Avanzados | Reception Venue: Hotel El Convento | Cinema & Video: Blink and Sin Pictures