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Puerto Rico Post-Wedding Photo Session by Vanessa Velez Photography

Being whisked away to a far away place with your main squeeze post wedding could be the dreamiest dreams of all. It’s taken to another level when Vanessa Velez Photography just happens to be along for the ride to capture all those sweet newlywed moments, and the new Mrs. is rocking a short little Vera Wang stunner…we have all officially entered dreamland, and you can see it all here!

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From Vanessa of Vanessa Velez PhotographyThis beautiful couple decided to have their photos done on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico after a friend suggested the location because of its history and gorgeous spots. So they booked a plane, a hotel and a photographer, and off they went to the enchanted colonial island. Surrounded by its beautiful waters and stunning architecture, they made their love official through their first set of wedding photos as a couple. Their session took place at the San Cristobal Fort and then through the streets of Old San Juan.

Photography: Vanessa Velez Photography / Venue: Fort San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico + The Streets of Old San Juan / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden / Groom’s Tuxedo: Hugo Boss

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Puerto Rico Wedding by Ambrosio Photography + Elegant Occasions

I’m totally head over heels for this tropical and romantic fete. I love the simplicity of the monochromatic florals and their incredible impact on the tables surrounded by the white chairs and gorgeously draped white fabric overhead. The romance and drama continued into the night with candle lit dining and a gorgeous sunset. And when the bride and groom had their first dance, all the guests were surprised by a pretty, pretty firework display. We’re talking pure romance from beginning to end thanks to Elegant Occasions. Ambrosio Photography captured all the details and I highly recommend checking out the full gallery for this one!

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From Ambrosio PhotographyLeAnn and Bernard chose Vieques because of the ease of access and being a U.S. territory. The W does a wonderful job at transporting you to some place new, a place that is relaxing. Elegant Occasions helped design and produce elevated flowers on boxes that glow. This helped create a romantic feeling for the two long tables. LeAnn was all about the details.

The day before the wedding, everyone went on a Biobay tour. For the day of the wedding, the beautiful town’s church hosted the ceremony. LeAnn hired the local high school marching band to lead the bridal party and guests out of the church. She did this because in high school she was in marching band! Cocktail hour consisted of over-looking the beautiful sun setting. Another surprise for the guests was as the couple started their first dance, there was a fireworks display.

Venue: The W Resort and Spa / Planner: Elegant Occasions / Wedding Photography: Craig Ambrosio Photography / Florist: Arquetipo

San Juan Wedding by Sweet Caroline Photo

This 3-day extravaganza that we are about to embark on is a complete dream from start to finish. We are talking about a jaw-dropping sangeet ceremony and a gorgeous wedding that followed and all of it wrapped up in a melody of beautiful colors and Old World elegance in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sweet Caroline Photo snapped all of the beautiful imagery and INvita Wedding and Event Designers designed each stunning event throughout this wedding weekend. Even the florals by Arquetipo are leaving us breathless. This is indeed a wedding for your favorites folder. See the whole gorgeous spread here!

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From Sweet Caroline PhotoThis was a 3-day event, the first day consists of a beautiful sangeet, the 2nd day was the wedding ceremony, the 3rd was a day after session held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At the sangeet they had professional Bollywood dancers come in as well as a Plena band (playing traditional Puerto Rican music).

From the Bride…My favorite photograph is from the sangeet night when William, my husband and I performed to a Bollywood song on stage. The performance was a surprise to our wedding guests. The photo is full of so much life (and color) and I loved to see our friends and family around the stage supporting and cheering us on. We took 3 classes and practiced almost everyday for a month leading up to the wedding. We were so excited to surprise our family and friends!

I was lucky to have two nights to celebrate our wedding. I wanted these two events to look different from each other and represent some of the cultures we were celebrating. The sangeet night was modern, colorful, and lavish. The decor was moroccan themed. The reception venue, the next night, was held at an old convent house turned hotel. It’s located in the heart of Old San Juan which has an old vintage feel. I was inspired by these locations and used them to create a different look for the wedding ceremony and reception night. I wanted something romantic and simple. Color was understated and we used a lot of candle-light to set the mood.

My brother/officiant/groomsman created and sang a song just for me. He performed, guitar in hand at the sangeet. It was a beautiful and rare moment. What a great brother! Also, in the few days leading up to the wedding, I woke up to find a hand-written letter from my husband under my hotel room door that went into detail about the vows he would make to me at the wedding. At the ceremony, I knew exactly what he meant when he recited his vows. They were perfect and full of hope for our future. The tears wouldn’t stop rolling.

My biggest piece of advice for brides and grooms planning their wedding today would be start planning early. I can’t stress this enough. Your wedding day was meant to be stress-free and it’s important to get all the details out of the way early. If your budget allows, hire a wedding planner or a day-of coordinator. These planners know their stuff and give good advice. You know the old adage, “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”? Well, your wedding is no exception to the rule. Despite the best efforts of many detail-oriented brides (trust me, I’m one of them), something may go wrong. So, go with the flow and don’t let the “small stuff” stain your memories. Additionally, if something does go wrong, don’t let guests in on your frustrations; your family and friends will feed off your vibe- so just enjoy it! In a few weeks, you won’t even remember you’re guests were rained on. True story.

Wedding Photography: Sweet Caroline Photo / Locations: Caribe Hilton, Fort San Cristobal + Hotel El Convento Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Floral Design, Linens + Rentals: Arquetipo / Jewelry: Made by Bride’s Parents / Hair + Make-up: Didi Saldana / Groom Attire: Zegna / Groomsmen Attire: Suits U / Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group / Event Planning + Coordination: Yma Doitteau at INvita Wedding and Event Designers / Invitations, Save the Dates: Inviting Affairs / Catering: Caribe Hilton (Day 1) + Hotel El Convento (Day 2) / Wedding Cake: Granito De Azucar / Cupcakes: Diseno Dulce / Favors: DIY + Etsy / Guest Book Puzzle, Ring Holder, Welcome Bags + Hanger: Etsy

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San Juan Wedding by REB6studios

This wedding film has got it all. It’s sweet and sentimental but it’s also fun and exciting to watch. The music is perfect and the couple is absolutely adorable. I’d be lying if I told you I only watched it once! REB6studios flew all the way to Puerto Rico from San Francisco to capture their special day and aren’t we so glad they did because the outcome is fabulous! And don’t worry, I won’t tell if you watch it over and over again!

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From REB6studiosComing from the Bay area, Mariane and I had to fly thousands of miles to get the opportunity to be the wedding videographer of Michelle and Armand’s destination wedding in San Juan Puerto Rico. The 12hrs of travel was definitely worth it. The place is just wonderful, the weather was also perfect. It reminded me of the Philippines.

I was eager to shoot because the place was just stunning. There were no bad locations for a shoot. I could walk around the resort for one day and I would have shot almost everything. Michelle and Armand and family will remember everything, especially the details and landscapes I shot. I actually had to go to old San Juan the next day because Armand’s parents suggested that it was a very nice place, which it was!

The couple expects nothing but the very best from us or else, it wouldn’t make sense to fly us there. And so, just like we always do, we shot like there was not tomorrow, got out there and had fun to prove to the couple that their investment with us is worth it.

Wedding Cinematography: REB6studios / Make-up: Leslie Ayala / Reception Location: La Concha Resort / Wedding Cake: Granito de Azucar / Wedding Photography: Chaz Cruz Photography / Wedding Coordinator: Wedding Studios

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San Juan Wedding by Dia Rao Photography

I have been swept off my feet by the pastel goodness found on the streets of Old San Juan and I love that the sweet, soft hues are mimicked in the pretty bride’s bouquet and adorable candy favors.  It’s taking all my control not to lick the computer screen because Dia Rao Photography‘s images are like fluffy clouds of cotton candy yumminess.  The dramatic and elegant reception just tops off this already delectable treat of a wedding!  Click here to see even more!

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From Dia Rao Photography… Terra & Kevin were married at the Old San Juan Cathedral, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Terra’s family is from Puerto Rico, many of whom hadn’t been back for many years. And with many of Kevin’s family coming from Ireland, the couple settled on a destination wedding in the middle.

Terra & Kevin spent the week in a lofty Old San Juan rented flat which doubled as the bride’s getting ready space. They roamed the streets of San Juan with their family and friends, enjoying the local flavors, tastes and smells. The reception took place at the El Convento Hotel, a former convent, turned quaint boutique luxury hotel.

The small group of guests were greeted at the reception by an assortment of family photos by escorted to their tables with XOXO lollipops.

Wedding Photography: Dia Rao Photography / Wedding Coordinator: Milly Centeno / Wedding Ceremony Location: San Juan Cathedral / Wedding Reception Location: Hotel El Convento / Wedding Invitations: The Bride / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade

Puerto Rico Wedding by STAK Photographer Duo

I imagine that choosing the location must be one of the hardest parts of having a destination wedding.  For this vivacious couple, it certainly helped that many of their family members, and their childhood memories, were in Puerto Rico.  Getting their dream destination out of the way allowed them to just focus on how much fun they were going to have.  And did they ever!  It is quite obvious from these incredible images by STAK Photographer Duo that these two know how and love to party.  I adore a couple that doesn’t take themselves to seriously and can get down and have a good time.  There is even more from this beach bash in the full gallery!

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From the Bride… As soon as Juan and I were engaged I knew we had to get married on the beach. Our first date had been a beach picnic with friends, our first kiss had been on the beach, we’re both from Puerto Rico and Juan had grown up going to the beach every weekend with his friends.  I sensed a theme…

It’s funny to say we had a “destination wedding” when we are from the destination and 90% of your guests actually live there. I have to say it was a huge help to have friends and family already in Puerto Rico, they helped us scout out venues, sample menus and prepare favors. In the end it was mostly a destination wedding for us, our out-of-town family and friends which included our photographers which we had met at a friend’s wedding in NJ.

We decided on Dorado Beach Resort’s West Beach Bohio for our wedding venue because it incorporated all the things we hoped for; a beautiful secluded beach and an open dining area that was just the right combination of casual, romantic and elegant.The Bohio is a large driftwood color structure with exposed posts and beams, it is covered with a corrugated zinc roof reminiscent of rustic country houses in Puerto Rico and has palm trees that come through the floorboards.  Perfect!

The color scheme was taken directly from the wedding site using sand, light gray and shell colors to continue the beach theme and adding white as a crisp accent to set it all off. My bouquet was a large bunch of light blush colored peonies tied with an ivory ribbon, the tables had white hydrangeas, the groom and bridesmaids had white minicalla lilies and the dads and groomsmen had white mini orchid boutonnieres. My dress was a multi layered ivory silk organza gown with raw cut edges, I felt it was unstructured and beachy in a very elegant way and I love the way the delicate layers echo the patterns waves leave on the sand. The bridesmaids wore strapless silk dresses in a soft pearly gray color and blush colored fabric flowers in their hair; the flower girls and ring bearer wore sleeveless silk crepe dresses in a soft ivory/blush color, I made ribbon sashes in light gray to match the bridesmaid’s dresses. The groom wore a sand colored suit, a crisp white shirt and (for a short while) a chocolate, blue and white striped tie.

The groomsmen were super relaxed in khaki pants and white cotton shirts. We wanted everyone to feel comfortable and casual so we had large white wicker baskets filled with flip flops for everyone to change into, silver for the ladies and brown for the men, I think this definitely help set the mood.

We wanted to keep the decoration clean and simple to let the scenery take precedence. We used tall clear glass vases, floating candles, votives and mirrored bases in simple geometric configurations and added an organic touch with some manzanita branches and air plants. We added some modern touches with acrylic elements throughout; a clear cake pedestal filled with flowers and foliage, clear flower girl baskets with white petals, and frosted table numbers in a super modern font. Our ring bearer box was actually a super simple DIY project, it’s a clear acrylic soap dish filled with brown sugar instead of sand since the groom thought this would be “sweeter”. The rings are nestled in a shell, actually one of the escort card holders. Our escort cards were white gloss cardstock in shells set atop a mirrored base. Our cake was lemon and coconut flavored cupcakes with buttercream frosting and fondant disks with our initials stamped into them, it was topped with a stainless steel monogram and heart I had purchased in NYC.

Ingrid Michaelson’s “The Way I Am” was our wedding march song which my very talented sister Lyssandra sang for us as the bridal party danced and clapped down the sandy aisle. For the first dance our dear friend June brought her brother’s band to play “Esto es vida” by Robi Draco Rosa (yes, the ex-Menudo turned rocker!).   I danced to “Over the rainbow”, the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version, with my dad. This song has always made me feel nostalgic but that night it was just magical, while we were planning the wedding we learned that my dad had cancer and his last chemo treatment had been the week before our wedding, fortunately he was well enough to walk me down the aisle.

As a surprise Juan arranged for my sister to sing Bruno Mars’ “Just the way you are” just for me, so sweet! Juan has a thing for Brazilian music and culture and during the last year had learned Portuguese in order to better communicate with his clients at work, so as a surprise for him I had a Brazilian batucada come in during the middle of the reception. The music was so intoxicating I don’t think we sat down again after this, we had so much fun dancing salsa, merengue, bomba, ska; a tiki torch was even turned into a limbo stick!

I don’t think we could have imagined a more magical day than what we had, with the ocean as a backdrop and an evening filled with dancing under the stars. We felt very fortunate to be surrounded by the people we love and we hope to be able to celebrate our anniversary on the beach every year!

Wedding Photography: STAK Photographer Duo / Wedding Venue & Catering: West Beach Bohio (Dorado Beach Resort) / Event Styling & Planning: J&Co Design / Flowers & Rentals: CM Events / Additional Rentals: Napoles / Wedding Dress: Marisa via RK Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Grazia via Bridal Reflections / Wedding Veil: Basia / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Flower Girl Dresses: Crewcuts / Groom’s Suit: Frank Stella / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan / DJ: DJ JC / Batucada: Batucada Sambaoe / Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Beyond Salon / Wedding Rings: Miligree Jewelers / Wedding Cake: Cakeland Designs

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