On countless occasions, I've been -respectfully- kicked out of Restaurante La Lanterna because I've walked into their interior patio with engagement session clients to try to sneak a photo there. The reason is: that particular interior patio is totally dreamy! So when Natalia texted me she was getting married there, I was super excited!
Destination Elopement Wedding at Old San Juan
Natalia and Jesse's was a short coverage Elopement Wedding, but somehow I still managed to capture a full day's worth of pictures for them. My day started at Hotel El Convento for Natalia's gorgeous getting ready portraits, after which I walked a few blocks to meet with Jesse at Cigar House, where he was with his father and best man, all enjoying a celebratory cigar before the ceremony. It was almost time for the ceremony to start, so I walked back to La Lanterna Restaurant to set up.
Notice that I use the verb "walk" everywhere in this wedding blog post. It is because on Old San Juan is more easily accessible by foot, as there is always traffic in the Old City. When making your wedding plans always account for traffic and parking lot distances, as well. Sometimes you'll end up figuring out the easiest choice will either be walking or a share ride service.
Elopement Wedding Ceremony at Restaurante La Lanterna
There was no wedding planner this time. So when I got everything set up, I called Natalia to give her the cue. She would be walking down the street from Hotel El Convento to the restaurant's interior patio, where we were all waiting for her. It was a beautiful day, and although it threatened to rain a bit earlier, the weather calmed down just in time for the Ceremony.
After the vows and rituals, Natalia and Jesse were officially married: we went quickly for the family and group portraits before we snuck out of the restaurant for a short newlywed portrait session around Old San Juan's most beautiful streets.
Hope you enjoy this set!
Puerto Rico Wedding Vendors for This Event
Wedding Photography: Weddings by Camille Fontanez
Getting Ready Venue: Hotel El Convento, Old San Juan
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Restaurante La Lanterna
Officiant: Pablo Aymat