A while back, I had the privilege of photographing Chelsea & Stuart's intimate elopement in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. From the moment I met them, I could tell that this was going to be a special day filled with laughter, love, and excitement.
First Look at Loiza Beach, Puerto Rico
Our day started at their beachfront vacation rental where they were getting ready, where I met their family as the couple finished dressing up. When Stuart was ready, we walked with him to the beach, where we would wait for Chelsea for their first look session.
From the minute they saw each other, I knew they would be a lovely couple to photograph: there was a lot of love and tenderness between them.
When their family was ready, we did some group portraits with them before departing to our next stop: Old San Juan.
Elopement Photos in Old San Juan
The streets of Old San Juan were lined with vibrant colors, cobblestone paths, and stunning architecture, and we stopped at some of the most magical locations to capture their memories.
One of the highlights of the day was discovering the outdoor gardens of Museo Casablanca together. Back then, it was my first time taking portraits inside the property. The museum was open to the public that time, and the gardens provided a stunning backdrop for their portraits. The lush greenery, beautiful views, and stunning architecture made for a truly unique and special setting.
Elopement Ceremony at the outdoor grounds of El Morro
Time flew by, and it was almost time to meet with the family at El Morro, so we took a shortcut that led us straight to the fortress.
The fortress provided the perfect backdrop for the couple's intimate and heartfelt ceremony, surrounded by the stunning views of the Atlantic Sea and the iconic walls of the city.
As they exchanged their vows, the love and emotion between them was palpable. The couple's friends and family gathered around them, witnessing the love and commitment they shared, and their smiles and tears of joy only added to the beauty of the day.
They exchanged custom vows, rings, and performed a sand union ritual, after which they were officially married.
Being a part of Chelsea & Stuart's intimate wedding was an absolute honor. Their love, laughter, and joy made for a day that I will never forget, and I am grateful to have captured their memories for them.
I wish the couple all the happiness in the world and hope that their love continues to grow and flourish for many years to come.
For this Old San Juan Elopement
Beach Rental Casa Del Mar Vacation Rental
Photographer Camille Fontanez
H&M Neidaliz Garcia
Bridal dress Charlotte's Weddings; Lillian West
Dress alterations Royal Thread, Nadiia Krementsov