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A Wedding for Food Lovers at Perla Restaurant in Puerto Rico

“The best moments of our lives have happened when we are eating and drinking with people that we love.” …words from the beautiful Bride, and I couldn’t agree more. She is in the food and wine industry and her Groom designs restaurants, hotels and bars as an architect. For this foodie-loving duo, an appropriate celebration at Perla Restaurant in Puerto Rico was just the experience they wanted to give their guests and remember their Big Day by. Complete with florals from STEM Events, every darling bit was snapped up by Lucky You Weddings for us to soak in today!

From STEM EventsSay Cheese and she will smile. And she smiled when she saw the restaurant with the decor she wanted to have when she entered the room. With her fluffy dress and great smile she said to her husband: “look Jean Paul this is what I wanted”, – and my job was done. I prepared Melissa a bouquet of Garden Roses but I included Salvia, Rosemary and Olive Branches. I got inspired by everything related to wine and cheese and cooking ingredients. Herbs, mint julep vases or grapes were among my decor choices. This wedding was all about her beauty in her fluffy dress that made her look like a young Grace Kelley and the great food and wine everybody enjoyed at the iconic restaurant.

From the Bride… My husband and I are both lovers of good food and wine. The best moments of our lives have happened when we are eating and drinking with people that we love. I have been in the food and wine industry since I started my career. My husband also designs restaurants, hotels and bars at his Architecture job. We both have French and Spanish ancestry. We knew from the start that we had to incorporate our heritage and passions into every detail of the wedding. Perla Restaurant at La Concha Resort is an architectural landmark at our hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Anabelle did a fabulous job in capturing our idea of making our wedding a culinary and cultural experience, and the decor was thematic and beautiful. Our love for each other and for our families combined with all of the beautiful details of our special day made the wedding perfect. We couldn’t be happier!

Photography: Lucky You Weddings | Coordination: Anne Marie Kleis | Floral Design: STEM Events | Wedding Dress: D'Royal Bride | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Location: Parroquia Stella Maris | Reception Venue: Perla Restaurant | Reception Venue: Perla Restaurant | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JJ's House | Hair and Makeup: Junior Meléndez | DJ: Jose Concepcion | Band: Red & Blue Band | Groom's Attire: Leonardo Fifth Avenue | Bride Shoes: Thalia Sodi | Cheese : Vaca Negra | Rentals: STEM Events

Proteas + Peonies Make an Unexpectedly Perfect Mix

The hair! The dress! The BOUQUET! All I can say about this wedding in Puerto Rico is yes, yes, yes! STEM Events outdid themselves with an unexpectedly amazing pairing of the Bride’s favorite flowers, peonies and proteas, which pop against her delicate, lace gown. See more of this amazing fête by the beach in the Vault.

From STEM EventsSometimes you don’t need to spend a lot on decor. A great dress, a historic hotel by the beach, and the perfect bouquet with close friends and families by your side can be extremely glamorous!

When I met Nancy a few months before her wedding at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, she mentioned to me that she wanted a big bouquet, and when I asked her what type of flowers she wanted, she told me this: “I love proteas and peonies!” I immediately wondered how I was going to make these two work together. The result was a bouquet unbelievable beautiful, very organic, and dramatic. I had a box full of proteas of different sizes, and I chose the biggest one. When Nanvy held her bouquet for her first time, she did it so gracefully (it was a very heavy bouquet)! The contrast of her delicate figure and beautiful dress against the bouquet with such dramatic mix of flowers made her looked like a professional model. She was the perfect bride.



Photography: E.P. Anderson | Coordination: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel | Floral and Event Design: STEM Events | Wedding Planner: Anne Marie Kleis | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Love at First Bite | Shoes: Cole Haan | Hair and Makeup: Caridad Vidro | DJ: Jose Concepcion | Groom's Attire: Tuxedo House | Venue: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel | Reception Dress: BHLDN

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Playful Puerto Rico Engagement Shoot

I’ll forever be a romantic, but my personal favorite reaction captured in photos? Laughter. It’s the most authentic emotion there is and when you can feel that joy radiating from photos, it just doesn’t get much better than that. Case in point: this engagement shoot by Greg Finck; don’t you want to be best friends with this couple? See all the laughs in our Vault right here!

From Greg FinckYasmine and John have been one of my biggest client crushes! They both live in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and booked me for their wedding, which will happen next October in Charleston, South Carolina. John probably is one of the funniest person I’ve met, and I just could not contain myself behind the camera.

I was traveling to Puerto Rico for a wedding, and that’s how Yasmine and John decided to have their engagement session on the island. I loved every minute spent with this adorable couple. As I’m particularly fond of jokes myself, this was nonstop between John and I, and Yasmine just could not stop laughing during the session. I believe the images speak for themselves, and I just love how the humor and good mood is communicative on them. The day after the session, Yasmine and John just invited me for a day at the beach, where we spent the day chatting about the wedding and paddling… I am just so grateful to have crossed their paths, and literally can’t wait for their wedding in Charleston!

Photography: Greg Finck Photography

A Gold Beaded Gown Set the Stage for a Glam Puerto Rican Wedding

It’s always a given that the bride steals the show on her wedding day. But when she wears a gold beaded gown THIS pretty? It’s stealing the show on a whole other level. With Maria A Lugo and Akua Event Design Group making the couple’s wedding dreams come true, it’s easy to see why their day captured by Enuel Viera went off without a hitch. More in The Vault!

From Akua Event Design GroupDestination weddings in Puerto Rico are intimate and provide an opportunity for guests to relax and enjoy the Caribbean. Plus the bride and groom get to have all of their friends and family at one place, to participate in different activities before the wedding.

We were very excited to design the wedding of Kelly Zerbini and Jesse Gottlieb. Especially, because the lovely bride is an interior designer in New York City and with great tastes. She gave us a clear idea of what she wanted for her special day, but she trusted our design and exhorted to use her board as inspiration. Her vision and ours came together flawlessly.

The design included many natural and rustic elements like wood and glass vases for the floral arrangements, drift wood and clementines which added a special magical touch. For the floral design we used white roses, eucalyptus, wax flowers, succulents and freesias. When you walked into the Salón Martorell you felt an air of sophistication, the color scheme and design meshed wonderfully.

Photography: Enuel Viera | Event Design: Akua Event Design Group | Event Planning: Maria A Lugo | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bridal Shop | Cake: C+M Cakes | Invitations: Small Printer | Ceremony Venue: Plaza La Rogativa | Reception Venue: Hotel El Convento | Hair + Makeup: Brides by Tatiana | Calligraphy: The Beeze Knees | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groom's Attire: ASOS | Rentals: The Lounge Events Furniture Rental | Veil: Toni Federici

Intimate Puerto Rico Destination Elopement

You know how I feel about intimate weddings (disclaimer: they’re my absolute favorite), so it’s really no surprise that Samantha and Stuart’s celebration has stolen my heart completely. With the talented Elisa Bricker behind the lens, these two jet set off to their favorite vacation spot to say ‘I Do’, and you can see it all firsthand in The Vault!

From Elisa BrickerThis intimate wedding by a New York couple took place in Old Town San Juan, Puerto Rico. Samantha and Stuart chose this spot because it was a favorite vacation destination and had very personal memories for the two of them. They wanted their wedding to be very intimate and meaningful.

Their private ceremony overlooked the sea, in the shadow of the historic Castillo San Felipe del Morro (also known as Fuerte San Felipe del Morro or Morro Castle) – a 16th-century citadel located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Their classic style included a fitted-with-flare gown by Carol Hannah and a classic tux by J. Crew for the groom. Post ceremony, The couple celebrated with a few friends and family at the Condado Vanderbilt.

Photography: Elisa Bricker | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Invitations: Design House Of Moira | Ceremony Venue: Castillo San Felipe del Morro | Reception Venue: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Hair + Makeup: Cakes To Di For | Groom's Attire: J.Crew

Nighttime Wedding With a Candlelit Ceremony = Total Romance

With an incredible event designer like Maria A Lugo by their side, it’s easy to see why Laura and David’s San Juan wedding turned out amazing. That, paired with the fact that they chose a nighttime candlelit ceremony that sent romantic vibes soaring. Our girl Kayla Barker came along to photograph and you can see every bit in The Vault plus the clip from NDF Films below!


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From Kayla Barker Fine Art PhotographyI was so delighted when Laura and David asked me to be a part of their elegant wedding in the historic San Juan, Puerto Rico. Their wedding ceremony took place after dark at the historic fort, Castillo San Cristobal. It was a romantic ceremony by candlelight with guitar playing by Pancho Irizarry. Their reception took place at Hotel El Convento, which was built in 1646 as a Carmelite convent and is now a popular venue in Old San Juan. The elegant black and white wedding design by Maria Lugo with floral design by Arquetipo mimicked the beautiful black and white checkered floor. Huge gold candelabras drew your eye up to the arched ceiling and large chandeliers. Laura and David celebrated with their family and friends that had journeyed from all over the United States to historic San Juan. It was a beautiful and romantic night and wedding weekend!

Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography | Cinematography: NDF Films | Floral Design: Arquetipo | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: D'Lights Cakes | Invitations: Krystal's WeddingPaper | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Hotel El Convento | Makeup: Jessica O'Kane | Hair: Caridad Vidro | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony Music: Pancho Irizarry | Hotel: Hotel El Convento | Venue: Castillo San Cristobal | DJ + Lighting: DJ Rockhand | Event Design + Coordination: Maria A Lugo | Transporation: First Class Chauffeurs

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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: Kimie James Of IYQ Photography | Old San Juan: Puerto Rico

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!

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 | Wedding Planning: MOMENTUS SPECIAL EVENTS & MORE | Dress: Blue by Enzoani | Ceremony Venue: La Concha Resort | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Handmade by Alyssa Beverly | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | DJ: DJ Rockhand | Men's Suits: Bachrach | Officiant: Pastor Corey | Decor: Siod | Men's Shoes: Navy/Tan Sperry Topsiders | Private Dinner: Marmalade

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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.

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: 1313 Photography | Ceremony Venue: Centro de Estudios Avanzados | Reception Venue: Hotel El Convento | Cinema & Video: Blink and Sin Pictures

Travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico with Kimberly Chau

Our Livings editor, Jacquelyn, is a travel junkie. Me, not so much. I think when you have two smelly kids, the idea of being too far from home suddenly becomes a bit more, well, daunting. But honestly? Seeing these gorgeous images from the lovely Kimberly Chau from her trip to Puerto Rico sort of makes me want to throw caution to the wind and pack up the whole family. Almost. This trip is beauty defined and there is so much more right here in the gallery.

From KimberlyMy husband and I were married last year in July and we planned our honeymoon a few months later in October. We wanted to travel within the U.S. territories and found a city with a lot of culture, history, shopping, and great food. In the end, the decision and wait for San Juan, Puerto Rico was so worth it!

Our accommodations were at El Convento, a charming old world hotel in the heart of Old San Juan. The stay was a stone’s throw from food and shopping and provided gorgeous views of the city. We walked the historic streets of Old San Juan and they were filled with quaint and lively little shops, boutiques, and old buildings. Many of the owners run small businesses here and were very friendly and welcoming to tourists. Likewise, almost everyone spoke English.

The Puerto Rican food on the island was phenomenal, of course. My hubby and I still crave for the chuleta can can (Puerto Rican-style pork chops) and mofongo (mashed plantains) that were traditional dishes in the area. Both dishes are popular on the island and can be found at a reasonable price (and they accept U.S. Dollars).

During our trip, we also toured the Castillo San Felipe del Morro (or El Morro), a famous fort used the defend San Juan from enemies in the sea. The views towards the ocean and over the island were simply beautiful and amazing. Most people can walk to these sites, but there is the option of public transport as well.

I highly encourage travelers to pack light and to find a good pair of comfortable walking shoes when visiting Puerto Rico. Most of our travels were by ground and we knew we would come back heavier with all the available shopping. I chose to photograph my trip entirely in film and I’m so glad I chose this medium to journal our trip. I love how the film preserved the atmosphere, colors, and views of San Juan to its best integrity. I would love to go back and explore more of the island one day!

Photography: Kimberly Chau Photography | Venues: Hotel El Convento

San Juan Destination Wedding from Envi Photo

Fairytale romances?  They start out with a bang.  A chance meeting in a Las Vegas bar kind of bang that you kind of think only happens in the movies, but when it comes to this darling NYC duo, it’s a seriously awesome reality.  One that was followed up by a long-distance romance, a cross-country move and a San Juan wedding that will, put simply, blow you away.  It’s a day that was made for the big screen, complete with the planning expertise of Momentus and one image after another of pure pretty from Envi Photo. See them all in the full gallery.

From the Bride… I (a native Texan) was living in Los Angeles, working for a boutique hotel in Beverly Hills… and Devin (a life-long East Coaster) was living in New York, working as Director of Business Development for a cross-channel digital marketing company – when our worlds collided in a Las Vegas hotel bar on January 28, 2008.

After a few short months of cross-country dating and endless hours of long-distance phone calls (thank goodness for unlimited plans!), we decided to see what would happen if we lived in the same city – in fact, in the same apartment! By July of 2008, I (and all of my earthly belongings) had landed in Brooklyn, and we never looked back!

In 2010, while on vacation in Puerto Rico to celebrate my 40th birthday, Devin charmed me into a midnight walk on the beach. He had managed to keep the proposal and the ring a complete surprise – I had no idea what was happening! The next thing I know, he is on one knee. After a few squeals and joyously running around in a circle (my trademark), I accepted.

We immediately chose San Juan for the wedding, not only to commemorate the location of our engagement, but also to honor Devin’s family from the island. Devin (definitely the romantic of the two of us) selected January 28, 2012 for our wedding. On that date, guests from New York, California, Spain, Florida, Sweden and Texas converged on Puerto Rico for a sunset wedding, written entirely by us.

Four years to the day after walking into a bar in Vegas (in my “I love boys” t-shirt), I walked down the aisle and married the love of my life (this time I was in Vera Wang).

A destination wedding is certainly no easy feat – especially for a detail fiend like myself! I approached the planning and the event itself the way I would have if it were going to be in New York. I am very hands on, and we both really wanted something classic, yet modern – and most importantly “us” – which meant some fun and quirkiness added in.

I can’t seem to leave anything alone – even our Save the Dates, I hand-cut a layer of vellum and tied each one with a platinum ribbon. As inviting guests for a Destination Wedding is a substantial undertaking, we wanted to ensure that our guests had as much time as possible to plan – and we also hoped they would make an extended trip of it, and truly enjoy the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Although we selected a classic design, we included the note: “partypants required” which our friends and family loved.

The invitations were a critical component of the wedding for us. I found out through this process that my husband is as big a paper snob as I am! We both wanted letterpress, however, quickly decided it was well out of our price range. After weeks of searching, I simply could not get this ONE letterpress design out of my mind. We bit the bullet – and it was truly one of the best decisions we made. The invitations were exquisite… the design a perfect match of classic and modern. Of course, I couldn’t leave them alone – as gorgeous as they were. I wanted them to be absolutely one of a kind and set the tone for the entire weekend. I mounted each invitation on charcoal gray cardstock, and cut wide bands of the most stunning handmade paper that I had found in an art shop here in the city. And for my NEXT trick – I lined each and every last envelope by hand on our kitchen table – not only the invitation envelope, but also the RSVP envelope. I handmade the menus – using the same cardstock backing, and bands of the same paper that went around the invitations… details that were not lost on our guests – we had so many compliments!

Devin’s sister Cristina, also the Maid of Honor, was instrumental in organizing a number of group activities leading up to the wedding. More than anything, we really wanted to give everyone a sense of the island and to have multiple opportunities to meet and bond with each other before the wedding. We had a welcome happy hour at La Taberna Lupulo in Old San Juan, a guided rum tour at the Bacardi Distillery, and a sunset catamaran tour among others.

The day of the wedding was just happy. Everything had come together, and it truly just felt RIGHT. There were a couple of minor issues, but by the big day absolutely nothing could bother me. I think I may have floated down the aisle. Devin and I had spent hours and hours crafting our wedding ceremony. We wrote the ENTIRE ceremony, beginning to end. Our officiant said that in his almost 30 years of performing weddings, no one had EVER handed him an entire wedding ceremony. Especially as it was destination, and with a complete stranger performing the most important ceremony in our lives – I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way. We were able to take all the very best parts of who we are and who we want to be – and write a ceremony and vows that celebrated all of that, while including all of the amazing friends and family that have supported us and helped us become the people we are. It was so powerful for the both of us.

I also made the programs – MORE handmade papers and platinum ribbon – which included the story of us, as well as passages from the wedding, and favorite pictures and quotes. Although a lot of work, I truly enjoyed making each one of them knowing that a very special loved one would have this memento of our day to take with them. We had guests ask for extras!

The reception, the dinner and dancing – was all better than we could have hoped. For our table numbers, we decided to pay homage to hotels that had played a part in our story together. The Avalon Beverly Hills (where I worked when we met), The Rio Las Vegas (where we met), The London NYC (where I worked upon landing in NYC), The El San Juan (where we became engaged, and rounding out the group The Ritz-Carlton (the site of our wedding). It was such a magical night, and sharing it with friends and family from quite literally all over the world was simply overwhelming and humbling. To have these incredible people, from different parts of our lives all in one room sharing our joy and wishing us well – it was heaven! We sent our loved ones off to bed with a gift bag which included: an ultrasuede eye mask, bottle of water, advil, tylenol pm and emergen-c. We received MANY “thank you’s” the next day as everyone was recovering!

Our last hurrah, was our shoot in Old San Juan. I simply HAD to have pictures amongst the history, architecture, and colors of this amazing city. Enuel Viera of Envi Photo met us two days after the wedding, and we ventured all through the cobblestone streets shooting amazing pictures to complement our wedding day images. Of COURSE, as we met in a bar – we ended our shoot at a bar there in Old San Juan – and toasted our new chapter.


Wedding Photography: Enuel Viera of Envi Photo | Wedding Venue: The Ritz-Carlton San Juan | Floral + Event Design: Gadiel Valentin of SIOD | Cake + Cupcakes: Vanilla Bean Cupcakery | Wedding Coordination: Momentus | Invitations: Elum Design Letterpress | Handmade Papers: Lee’s Art Shop | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Sash: Yaneth & Co. Bridal | Veil: VeiledBeauty | Shoes: Silver (Wedding Day) Kate Spade + Red (Old San Juan Shoot) La Fenice Venezia | Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker | Hair + Makeup: Javier Moreno | Manicure + Pedicure: Edouard de Paris Salon and Spa | Musicians: Camerata Filarmónica | DJ: DJ Rockhand | Welcome Reception Venue: La Taberna Lupulo

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Puerto Rico Engagement Session from Alan Phillip Photography

Oh, Puerto Rico.  You are an amazing place.  Crystal blue waters, stunning architecture, vibrant hues every.which.way you turn… paradise never looked so good.  And when you add in a gorgeous couple ready to say I Do, well.  It makes for an even sunnier destination.  Especially when that gorgeous couple happens to be an uber-stylish duo such as these two and their day was captured by Alan Phillip Photography.  This is what we call a match made in engagement session heaven and you can see it all right here.

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From Alan Phillip PhotographyThis bride, who is a photographer, definitely didn’t want the cookie cutter engagement session. It’s always an honor when a couple chooses me to photograph their engagement, but it’s even more of an honor when a photographer who recently got engaged trusts you with their engagement photographs. We flew out to beautiful Puerto Rico from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where the couple is originally from. Her fiance, Alex, is originally from Puerto Rico, so Polyana wanted to do her engagement session somewhere that meant a lot to the both of them. It was just a perfect location. I started their session in El Morro in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which is rich in history and culture. I loved every minute of their session, and I would do it all over it again.

Photography: Alan Phillip Photography / Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

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

Vieques Island Wedding by One Love Photo

One Love Photo has been wowing us time and time again with their exquisitely unique and artful photography but this Puerto Rico wedding has definitely sealed the deal for me.  I am in full blown crush mode right now.  Each and every image is like stepping into a dream.  An elegantly chic and romantic dream from which I never, ever want to wake.  Of course, the photographers did get a little help from the details like the insanely gorgeous Romona Keveza gown, the beautiful stationery made by the bride and the decor that is just the perfect amount of beachy and a whole lot of glam!  Lounge seaside in the full gallery to soak it all in!

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From the Bride…We would like to first thank you, Style Me Pretty, for allowing us to find our super talented photographers, One Love Photo! I will never forget the moment…wedding blog browsing on a rainy Friday night and seeing a post of their work on your site. I knew that weeks and weeks of interviewing and meeting photographers were finally over. I was beyond thrilled with their talent and knew I would do anything to have them capture our wedding. Thankfully it worked out and we could not have been any happier with Heather and Jon from One Love. So thank you again!

Our story began more than 10 years ago in high school…2 proms, 6 months abroad in Australia, many vacations and a whole lot of laughs later, we are married! We always knew we would have a wedding on the beach, you can call us beach bums (everything is a whole lot better near the water after all, isn’t it?) After Josh proposed, our first order of business was finding the perfect location. When we found the W Retreat & Spa in Vieques, we knew we found our destination – a tiny island off the coast of Puerto Rico where horses run wild! (Guests would need to fly a 20 minute charter flight from San Juan to Vieques.) The design of the resort (modern yet rustic), the terrain of the island, it was all just very ‘us’. We are always searching for that little gem whether it is a travel destination or a restaurant. And Vieques was our new-found gem. And to top it, Alain Ducasse was the chef! And so the planning began!

As a designer myself, I had a pretty good vision for our day and was lucky to have the ability of designing most of the elements of the wedding day and every detail that came along with it. I guess you can say 5 years of tear outs was a big help! I have been dreaming of planning my wedding ever since I was a little girl therefore my creative mind really took over for the 7 months before our wedding! We were lucky to have the talented W team and Arquetipo, the florist in San Juan, to carry out our vision. I would call our aesthetic modern and elegant yet classic. Natural linen was used in many elements along with gold accents on an ivory background, combining a beachy feel with a modern touch. The island and more-so the resort has a vibrant vibe with splashes of bright colors incorporated in the design so I chose to keep the decor simplistic and minimal. I didn’t want to disrupt the natural beauty of Vieques.

I designed a monogram that featured 2 seahorses along with our initials, used in many items as an accent. Our seating cards were die cut seahorses that hung on each guest’s water goblet. I also designed our linen welcome totes that were manufactured in China, using a work vendor. Engraved and guilded-edged invitations were sent out in linen envelopes, designed by yours truly, along with the menu, programs, welcome notes, table settings, save the dates and tags for wicker fans provided at the ceremony. Custom made luggage tags were given at the brunch that were personalized with each guest’s contact information. As for my left-side brained husband…he handled all the logistics as there is an enormous amount of coordinating involved in a destination wedding. Thank god for his love of excel sheets! As much as a destination wedding is a whole lot of work, in the end it is worth every single second of the process in getting there!

All in all, it really was our dream come true.

Wedding Photography: One Love Photo / Flowers: Arquetipo / Event Planning: The Bride / Ceremony Location: Paradise Edge at W Retreat & Spa / Reception Location: Alaine Ducasse’s MiX at W Retreat & Spa / Invitations: The Bride / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo + Christian Louboutin / Groom’s Shoes: Gucci / Wedding Gown: Romona Keveza / Maid of Honor Dress: Marchesa / Welcome BBQ, Ceremony + First Dance Music: Zack Borer with Rachel Frankenthaler / Reception Music: DJ Paul Gonzalez-Chavez / Cocktail Hour Music: Will Colon’s Steel Drum Band / Catering: Chef Alain Ducasse

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San Juan Wedding by Kristen Marie Photography

Oh be still my glamour loving heart. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a more gorgeous backdrop for a wedding. But all palm trees and cobblestone laden streets aside, the details of this affair are what really shine through in each and every breathtaking image by Kristen Marie Photography. That and the insanely beautiful bride and groom. I’m just going to go ahead and vote them best dressed of 2011 as well as most likely to have the cutest offspring. The tuxedos, the baby’s breath, the old romantic architecture, the stunning dress…we’re dying over every second of it and you, my friends, can see it all here!

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From Kristen Marie PhotographyCamillie and Blake were married in Camillie’s hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico at El Convento Hotel in the heart of old San Juan. Bridesmaids wore peach floor length dresses and the groom and groomsmen wore black tuxes. Blake and Camillie wanted a sophisticated, romantic day to be shared with friends both in town and out of, and opted to have the ceremony held in the courtyard of the hotel and reception in the grand hall. Many small details with roses, peonies, hydrangeas, silver candle holders and baby’s breath adorned the tables and guests enjoyed salmon, chicken and great drinks. A band came in shortly after 10pm to surprise Blake and guests were given maracas to join in.

Wedding Photography: Kristen Marie Photography / Wedding Dress + Belt: Vera Valle via Bridals by Danielle’s / Alterations: Angie Cavallaro / Bride’ Shoes: Badgley Mishka / Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Veil: Abusymother / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label Tux + Zegna / Hair: Lizzie Ibarra / Bridesmaid Attire: Jim Hjelm via Bridals by Danielle’s / Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein via Men’s Wearhouse / Make-up: Lizzie Ibarra / Lighting, Decor + Florals: Carlos Gonzalez of i2 events! inc. / Engagement Ring: Jean Jaques Mamie / Wedding Band: Tiny Jewel Box / Hair Comb: lolasjewelry / Earrings: Grandmother / Wedding Cakes: Helena Rivera / Officiant: Judge Elizabeth Linares / Music: Alfredo Yordan (DJ Phred) / String Quartet Ceremony: Ornati String Quartet / Reception Band: Batuplena Chevere / Catering + Venue: Hotel El Convento / Calligraphy: Carmela Mazzarulli

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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