Like many engaged couples these past years, Carly and Angel had to wait a little longer for their destination wedding at Villa Montana Beach Resort.
Their original date wasn't doable because of COVID-19, so they postponed for Summer 2022. Unfortunately, during these crazy wedding boom times, their original photo and video teams weren't available for their new date, and that's how they stumbled upon me just a few months before their wedding day.
I love working at Villa Montana Beach Resort, so I was excited to pick up this job for them. After a few timeline consultation calls, we were all set and ready to celebrate!
When rescheduling a wedding, it's essential to consider that different seasons will impact your timeline and logistics heavily. Even for a Caribbean wedding, where we have non-existent winters, sunset times and weather contingencies should be reassessed if you move your date to a new season.
Getting Ready Photos at Villa Montana Beach Resort
My day started at Carly's bridal suite, where we took some boudoir shots for her before putting on her bridal dress. These images are private, so you won't see them below.
While she and her bridesmaids got dressed, I crossed to the villa next door, where Angel was helping both fathers (his and Carly's) get dressed. Afterward, his dad helped him get his linen suit on, and we moved out to the terrace for some groom and groomsmen portraits.
Don't skimp on emotional moments on your wedding day
There were many cute, moving, and memorable instants on Carly and Angel's wedding day, and I noticed they really tried to experience and be present throughout the day.
For example, during the groomsmen portraits, I noticed a playful Carly taking a peek from her window. After getting dressed, her sister called Carly's brother, who couldn't travel to the wedding. There were a few tears as the family said hello and showed Carly's bridal look over Facetime. Then, we called Carly's dad to see her. He was stunned!
As the ceremony time approached, I left the suites for a few minutes to photograph the decor and ambient setup before guests arrived. A pair of German and Puertorican flags danced with the wind, honoring both lineages. There were also vintage wedding photos of their parents, which is an idea I adore and will do at my wedding.
Finally, Carly and Angel held hands (without looking) and had a moment to breathe and take it all in before we went for the ceremony. The energy at that moment was incredible!
Beachfront Wedding Ceremony at Villa Montana Resort, Puerto Rico
It was a beautiful, hot, and sunny day. Their wedding ceremony was symbolic, but after the rituals, the couple went into a room with A/C for their legal marriage. As the sun winded down, we split the portrait sessions in two, so we could get softer sunset lighting for their newlywed portraits at the beach.
Reception at Eclipse Restaurant
The reception started with the first dances, after which I took the couple out for that last bit of newlywed portraits in better sunlight. Then, we returned for dinner, during which their loved ones showered the couple with loving toasts. Once the party started, they and their guests didn't leave the dancefloor for a minute.
Such an epic, emotional, perfect wedding day. Thanks for having me, and I hope you enjoy these memories as much as I enjoyed capturing them for you!
For this event
Villa Montana Wedding Vendors
Wedding Venue: Villa Montana Beach Resort
Wedding Planner: Yhasmina from Villa Montana
Photography: Camille Fontanez
Videographer: Javi Estrada
Music & DJ: DJ Joe, La Respuesta Entertainment
Officiant: Douglas Aviles Bernal Bishop
Men's Suits: Joseph A Bank