Old San Juan is one of the best places to elope in Puerto Rico. It's completely walkable, full of great restaurants and bars, amazing sights, and lots of history. It is also dreamy and beautiful. This is why it wouldn't be surprising to find me there, as a wedding photographer I go there almost every other day, and when I'm not shooting, I'm hanging out there because I love it. Soon I'll make a blog about things to do in Old San Juan.
Non-Traditional Wedding at Old San Juan
As a matter of fact, I was hanging out at Old San Juan with my best friend when I got an inquiry from Mónica on my cell phone. I called her right away and we started talking about her wedding with Michael. She described her relationship and her event as a simple, non-traditional wedding. They just wanted the essentials: making memories, and having someone capture them.
Our day started later than usual. Since it was a summer wedding, Ceremony started late. I got at the bridal getting ready before the ceremony. She was ready, happy, and alone, so we quickly went through the accessories and the bridal portraits. Michael did not particularly want his getting ready portraits done, so we went straight down to the Ceremony.
Elopement at Hotel El Convento
The Ceremony was held in the same Reception room, the Martorell ballroom. The Martorell Ballroom is a room used for small weddings in Puerto Rico, that is beautifully painted all around with a tribute honoring women, faith, and literature. Perfect for a couple as bohemian and artistic as M&M.
The Ceremony was very beautiful, informal, and happy. Right after the rituals were finished, guests stood up and embraced the couple for a few minutes until the cocktails started moving around, and we got a window to escape outdoors.
Outside, the weather was perfect, and the light was soft and dreamy. We walked around the Old San Juan streets, doing one of my favorite newlywed portrait sessions ever! We came back to a first dance, meaningful toasts, and a beautiful, intimate affair.
It was beautiful to capture this day, and I truly hope you enjoy the set as much as I did capturing.
Puerto Rico Wedding Vendors for this event
Juez Angel Pagan
Hotel El Convento, Old San Juan
Juan M. Natal Siso
Anthropologie - BHLDN