I always ask my clients what's the thing that excites them the most about their wedding (besides their choice of partner), and Lara & Mark gave me the following list:
- Having it in Puerto Rico.
- The theme: old-fashioned Caribbean.
- Incorporating the culture and food of PR. (YES, they had mofongo on the wedding menu)
- Having the beautiful island of PR as their backdrop.
- Getting married in a 16th century cathedral.
As you can see, it promised to be a much more Puerto Rican event that even most of my local clients hold. So even from the beginning, I knew their wedding was something to look forward to.
Getting Ready and First Look Session at Caribe Hilton Hotel
Their day started at the beautiful Caribe Hilton Hotel, located right in the entrance of Old San Juan. After finished with their getting ready, we jumped right away to the swan pond, where L&M had their first look session -epic swan photobomb included-, followed by their formal portraits.
Wedding Ceremony at San Juan Cathedral
Afterwards, we drove to the breathtaking San Juan Bautista Cathedral, where their beautiful ceremony took place. After their I-do's, we took a stroll through the colorful, cobblestone streets of the old colonial city for their newlywed photo session.
We decided that the best way to survive the photo session was to be the four of us in my car, instead of a limo, and it was the best decision we could have made: their wedding coincided with the Campechada Festival. This festival marks the beginning of Christmas in Puerto Rico, and Old San Juan was PACKED! They were really patient and we could do all the photos in their wedding bucketlist: colorful streets, El Morro Fortress, beach views, and sunset photos.
Lara & Mark's event surpassed every expectation I had. They are such a cool, funny couple, their theme came across beautifully through every detail, and we had a beautiful day as a backdrop for their wedding memories. I am so happy and grateful for your trust in my work for your big day, and I hope it's not the last time you and my lens meet!
Puerto Rico Wedding Vendors for This Event
Wedding Photography: Weddings by Camille Fontanez
Getting Ready and Reception Venue: Caribe Hilton Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Ceremony Venue: San Juan Bautista Cathedral
Bridal Dress: JCrew
MUA & Hair: Lizzy Ortiz
DJ: SBN Entertainment - DJ Eric
Cake: Vanilla Bean Cupcakery
Decor: Glow Events