Lynette and Carlos had already spent 17 years together and built a beautiful family when they decided to get married. This changes everything at a wedding, from the hashtag #LynetteAndCarlosFinallyWed to the mood of the event. There was no wedding party and no reception. Just a dinner reservation with close family and friends, and the ring bearer and flower girls were their own children. Beautiful.
Destination Wedding at Villa Montaña Beach Resort
When I arrived at Villa Montaña, it was a very different vibe than normal. Everything was so laid-back. Some family members were watching the tv and drinking beer. Some others were wandering around the resort. Lynette and her sweet daughter were in the master room getting their make-up and hair by Caridad. Then a close friend helped her get in the dress and that's when the nerves got ahold of her. After a few portraits, I got out of the room, so as to let Lynette calm down without the cameras around.
That day, we learned something new, the hard way: when having a bouquet featuring lillies and other flowers with pollen anthers, we must remove them from all flowers before handing it over to the bride. Luckily, Lynette's dress was blush-colored instead of white, and we were able to brush all the pollen off. Close call.
Just about that time, Carlos's barber showed up to get him finished and ready for the big moment. After that, grandpa showed around and helped him with the tie before we went out for Lynette & Carlos's first look session. It was a very emotional moment for them, so I kept my distance for a while before starting their portrait session.
Eventually, it was time for the ceremony, which happened on a sunny and warm, summer day. It was so beautiful, we even had wild parrots attending the ceremony and filling the silences with their happy chatter.
Newlywed Portraits by the Beach
The good thing about intimate weddings is that we can actually take time to have portraits with everyone who attended. So that's what we did in this occasion, after which, Lynette, Carlos, and their kids walked with me to the beach for some portraits. They brought a Puertorican flag, and we created some shots for these boricuas who live far away to take back home as a keepsake.
After that, we witnessed a beautiful golden hour walking around the beach till it was time for their dinner reservation, where I took some decor shots (especially of the cake that matched the dress) before I went home.
So happy to share this set with you, and to have been a witness of such beautiful memories.