As we drove to Rincon for Molly and Alex's destination wedding at Villa Tres Palmas, we were following a big, dark cloud. Most times the bad weather is a thing of a few hours, followed by a great day, but on this day it felt it would be rainy all day. Nevertheless, this was probably my Top 3 weddings of 2017, and I'm sure you'll see why.
Destination Wedding at Villa Tres Palmas, Rincón
Molly and Alex's wedding was my first at Villa Tres Palmas, so we got there a bit early to scout and walked around the venue before starting with the actual pictures. I was impressed at how beautiful the villas were; the fantastic beachfront view which is right next to one of my favorite beaches in all Puerto Rico!
Molly and the bridesmaids were not starting to get ready yet, so I visited Alex and his boys instead. We did their getting ready photos, and afterward, we moved the party to the terrace area, where we did some candid group photos, followed by some pictures of Alex. I was already loving the casual flair of this event and the happy disposition of the family and friends hanging around.
When I went up to Molly's room I was surprised by a group of young, cool and trendy ladies! While they were getting ready I took all of Molly's stationery and accessories to the terrace, where I captured all the detail shots in a hammock (quite appropriate for this laid-back, beachy wedding).
Molly and her bridesmaids had the cutest mismatched dresses. Two-pieces, casual dresses, and even pants. All in a blush color palette. I loved it! After shooting bridal portraits and group candids, I went down to fetch Alex for his first look session.
First Look Session and Portraits Before the Ceremony
Molly and Alex were so excited for their first look before the ceremony that afterward, they couldn't stop smiling and looking at each other! I hated to interrupt their moment, but I did (sorry), so we could walk around the venue for their bride and groom portraits. Right as we were walking to the beach, it started raining, so we rushed back to the main villa. Their immediate family and wedding party were already waiting for us there so we could do the group photos in advance.
Suddenly, it stopped raining and the sky cleared! This was our queue, so everyone moved to their position, and the Ceremony started. This ceremony was beautiful. There was perfect lighting, a beautiful setting, and two smiley lovebirds. One of their best friends officiated the wedding, and many of their loved ones shared words of wisdom and blessings over the couple.
Rainy Day Newlywed Photos at Rincon Beach
The weather was still holding up, so we ventured out again to the venue for the second set of photos. This time we made it to the beach, and surprise: it started raining again. Molly and Alex were so happy to be there that they didn't care anymore about the rain, they just let me keep shooting for as long as I was comfortable. Yes, my clients are the coolest!
My comfort did not last that long because a strong downpour started. While guests were enjoying the cocktail time, I captured the whimsical reception decor details. The reception started kind of informally, as guests simply started sitting down until, at some moment, Molly and Alex joined us.
Minutes later, a glorious sunset happened (stormy days give the best sunsets), and everyone just stood up and enjoyed this beautiful moment together. I'm used to weddings being so fast-paced and unflexible that most times, we end up missing moments like these. But not this time. Everyone was so present and open to enjoy every little moment of the day. What an amazing vibe!
Eventually, the protocol started. There were the traditional first dances, which were followed by the open-mic toast; everyone who felt like it, would stand up to the mic and share words of advice, blessings, or fun anecdotes about the newlyweds. Right after, the party started and, oh my! What a party. We danced our shoes -and some even their clothes- off.
I'm so happy I was there to capture this day. I went home soaked and tired, but with a smile on my face that I'm still wearing!