Their Love Story
Bea and Eric met at college at a nine hole. Eric was smitten quite quickly and started calling her his novia (Spanish for girlfriend). He also convinced her to help him with his Spanish class. It took lots of lobbying from Eric's side (and a couple of seasons of Game of Thrones) she started seeing him a new light.
Over a long layover in Chicago, they had a romantic date after he asked her to be his girlfriend in O'Hare's terminal 4. Four years later, Eric popped the question on that same spot. And I think that was the only good thing ever to come out of a long layover...!
How We Met
Instead of meeting over coffee, or at an engagement session, I met Beatriz and Eric over their rehearsal dinner the night before at Cocina Abierta. It was a great opportunity to meet them and get acquainted with their families before the wedding in a casual setting.
Bride and Groom Getting Ready at El Convento Hotel
On their wedding day, I met Eric in the lobby of the Hotel, where he was waiting with all of his groomsmen. The day was beautiful so we went out for a while before heading up to Bea's room.
On her suite, I started out with all the beautiful details she had set apart for the day. Accessorized in ivory and emerald green, the palette consisted of my favorite wedding colors. Things were getting pretty emotional, so I went through this part with mostly a photojournalistic approach, with a few interruptions for more directed portraits.
Weddings at El Convento are very convenient. Located in -what in my opinion is- the best block of Old San Juan, Bea and Eric were both getting married steps from the Cathedral, and then they would just need to walk back to the Hotel for the reception. Which frees up time for extra partying.
Ceremony at Old San Juan Cathedral
Beatriz and Eric had a beautiful wedding at the 16-century San Juan Bautista Cathedral, located just steps from Hotel El Convento. The ceremony was very emotional and happy, with lots of involvement from relatives and immediate family.
After the rituals were finished, we moved quickly to the formal group portraits of the family and wedding party, after which guests walked back to El Convento for Cocktail hour, while Bea, Eric and me did their newlywed portraits around the streets of Old San Juan. After having optimized the timeline around photography, the portraits happened just during sunset, which was spectacular that day, giving us beautiful skies as a backdrop for the photos. After a successful photo shoot, we walked back to El Convento for Reception.
Wedding Reception at El Convento Hotel
The reception protocol was a very emotional and intense part of the day. This is usually where, as a photographer who just met them, I'm able to learn about their relationships with their friends and family members. On the toasts, you could really see how deep runs the love and family values between the newlyweds and their families.
After the dinner, the party started and the dancefloor was never empty again. It was an amazing night and I'm so glad I was able to capture such a special day for them.
PUERTO RICO WEDDING VENDORS FOR THIS EVENT
Wedding Photography: Weddings by Camille Fontanez
Getting Ready Venue: El Convento Hotel
Ceremony Venue: Catedral de San Juan Bautista at Old San Juan
Wedding Planner: Natalia Liriano
Wedding Cake: Double Cake
Music: Banda Sin Prisa
Florist: Natalia Liriano
Bridal Dress: Casablanca Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: TheBlack Tux