Magical Wedding Day at Hotel El Convento

After the relaxed sunrise engagement session I captured for Maria and Kenneth, we developed a great relationship.  Maria and Kenneth trusted me enough to consult with me a couple of times during their wedding planning period for their Convento Hotel Wedding. I love when I'm able to become a resource for my clients, as it helps me get to know and plan their event better, making my job easier.

Groom & Bride Getting Ready at Hotel El Convento

On their wedding day, my day started at Kenny's Hotel El Convento suite. He was quite nervous, and I could see how meaningful this day was to him and everyone around him. After the getting ready pictures, Kenny was prepared for the gift Maria had for him. He couldn't hold back his tears, as Maria and he had the same gift idea: a customized book. Needless to say, when I arrived at Maria's suite, I already knew they would have the same gift. It was so amazing to her reaction. She cracked up in laughter and subsequently cried because she was overwhelmed at the beautiful words and stories in Kenny's book. We went through the accessory and bridal portraits, after which I ran to the Cathedral because it was almost time to start the ceremony.

Marriage Ceremony at Old San Juan Cathedral

This ceremony was particularly special. Although it was a Catholic ritual, there were also hosting parts of the ceremony made to honor Kenny's Jewish family. As a result, it was quite an emotional event. After the couple was married and group portraits were done, Maria, Kenny and I moved outside for their newlywed pictures in timeless Old San Juan.

Reception at Salon Campeche,  Hotel El Convento

Their wedding reception had it all. Beautiful, emotional toasts, happy first dances, an exciting hora dance, caricaturist, semi-permanent tattoo artist, pleneros, you name it. And unlike other weddings where guests stay within their circles, in Maria & Kenneth's wedding, guests were just all mingling and dancing with each other, which made it feel like one big family. Such a great event, I hope the photos do it justice. Xo, Cami

Maria's Review

Camille is incredibly talented. I was obsessed with her blog and social media well before I was engaged. Once I booked my venue, I immediately booked her. She is understandably popular so I suggest you don't drag your feet to make sure she's available on your date.

Her demeanor is both friendly and professional. She is wildly fast at responding to emails. She's also not intrusive on the wedding day. And yet, she captured so many special moments. Pictures are really the most valuable thing that stays after the wedding, besides the marriage lol.

I loved my wedding. It was wonderful. When we received the pictures from Camille I realized how many small moments I had forgotten despite only being married for a month. I'm so thankful for these pictures.

We chose a package that included a photo album which I didn't really remember until Camille reminded us to select colors for it and approve the layout. Don't underestimate the album! While my husband and I love browsing the 700+ pictures of the wedding day, our family members, who have been begging to see pictures, really appreciate a nice summary. The album is such high quality. One of my favorite moments is sharing the album with my 90 year old grandmother in law who couldn't make the trip.

It's so important to feel comfortable with your vendors. When things get tense/awkward or there's any misunderstanding, it becomes more stressful than usual because of the high stakes of the event (both emotionally and financially). Camille is such a pleasure to work with and it's wonderful to feel completely confident in the vendor you hired.

Puerto Rico Wedding Vendors for This Event

Wedding Photography: Weddings by Camille Fontanez
Ceremony Venue: Catedral San Juan Bautista in Old San Juan
Reception Venue: Hotel El Convento
Wedding Planner: Maria Lugo
Wedding Cinema: NDF Films
Florist: Miriam Dobano
Make-up & Style: Brides by Tatiana
Bridal Dress: Allure at Lizelles
Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Leonardo's
Music: Latin Concept
Entertainment: Yuvi Plena
Wedding Cake: Vanessa Caro



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