5 reasons why if I’m your wedding photographer I shouldn’t eat your cake

5 reasons why if I’m your wedding photographer I shouldn’t eat your cake

During last nights fourth of July wedding I was graciously offered a piece of the wedding cake. I am often offered cake at the weddings I photograph. On a rare occasion I may choose to indulge in piece of cake but for the most part I decline. This got me thinking about why I don’t usually accept cake at weddings so I came up with “The 5 reasons why if I’m your wedding photographer I shouldn’t eat your cake”….

The delicious cake from last nights fourth of July wedding. Photographed but not consumed by Rincon Images wedding photography :)
The delicious cake from last nights fourth of July wedding. Photographed but not consumed by Rincon Images wedding photography 🙂
  1. Sticky Fingers

I can’t have all that sugary frosting on my hands while I’m trying to operate my top of the line DSLR to capture the magical moments of your reception.

Guests having fun on the light up dance floor covering the outdoor pool just after the cake was cut.
Guests having fun on the light up dance floor covering the outdoor pool just after the cake was cut.
  1. Weekly dessert budget..

If I ate cake every Saturday that would put me waaaay over my desserts budget for the week… and sometimes I really like icecream on Sunday during Game of Thrones.

This wedding cake was almost too beautiful to cut! The soft pink colors and the beautiful flowers made it look just as great as I'm sure it tasted. ;)
This wedding cake was almost too beautiful to cut! The soft pink colors and the beautiful flowers made it look just as great as I’m sure it tasted. 😉
  1. To cake or not to cake

I’m really more of an ice cream girl anyway… sometimes I’ll eat cheesecake but I’m not sure if that’s even considered cake or not.

This bride had cream and cake for her wedding! Too fun! The cream was the perfect refreshing treat for a summer wedding in Puerto Rico.
This bride had cream and cake for her wedding! Too fun! The cream was the perfect refreshing treat for a summer wedding in Puerto Rico.
  1. Sugar High

About 5 – 15 minutes after your cake has been cut and served all of your guests will be experiencing an extreme sugar rush. Combined with the champagne from the toasts this makes for an extreme spike in activity that I need to be level headed enough to capture on film at a moments notice.

This bride and groom didn't hold back at all after the cake was cut. Frosting and cake flying everywhere! I must admit this was a great moment to photograph.
This bride and groom didn’t hold back at all after the wedding cake was cut. Frosting and cake flying everywhere! I must admit this was a great moment to photograph.
  1. Quite honestly, I really enjoyed the steak dinner you were so generous to share with me and I could probably go for a second helping of that instead… does anyone in the kitchen have a hidden bottle of A1?

*** none of the wedding cakes pictured here were harmed by me in the making of this post. Just photographed and immortalized forever.

I also have a Wedding Cake Pinterest Board dedicated entirely to the amazing cakes I have photographed at different weddings.

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The Real House Cats of San Juan Puerto Rico – Miramar – Pet Photography

The Real House Cats of San Juan Puerto Rico – Miramar – Pet Photography

When I travel to San Juan for work I am blessed to have a few friends that offer to let me stay with them. This last trip into San Juan I crashed on the fold out in my friend Andreas cute Miramar apartment. Andrea is pretty much as cool as they come, she’s a writer/editor for Nuevo Dialoves craft beer and also runs at least several miles per day. Andrea is usually breaking a sweat well into her second mile before I’ve even started to smell my coffee. She isn’t one of the uppity patronizing healthy lifestyle people though she’s real and down to earth and I think really just does what makes her happy and doesn’t spend too much time worrying about what other people think. I have seen her kick back a few whiskeys at La Factoria before calling it a night and then getting up to run 5 miles the next morning. Dedicated to great whiskey as well as a rigorous training routine. 🙂

Aside from being inspired by the productive, professional and healthy lifestyle Andrea leads I’d say my favorite thing about spending time at her place is getting to visit with her two cats. There are few more peacefully way to wake up than to a cuddly cat purring at the edge of your bed. I’m currently a happy and proud dog owner but deep down inside I’m really a cat lady at heart.

Take a peek at the animal and pet photography on my website.

This is Andrea's cat 'Kuro'. He is an orange short tailed bobcat mix. He is named after Akira Kurosawa, a Japanese filmmaker.
This is Andrea’s cat ‘Kuro’. He is an orange short tailed bobcat mix. He is named after Akira Kurosawa, a Japanese filmmaker.
This is a head shot of 'Kuro', he is friendly and easy to photograph. He just loves to play and cuddle. Kuro was a rescued by Andreas boyfriend when he was just a little kitten.
This is a head shot of ‘Kuro’, he is friendly and easy to photograph. He just loves to play and cuddle. Kuro was a rescued by Andreas boyfriend when he was just a little kitten.
Usually when photographing animals I follow the same rules I use with people. I sit and wait. I wait for then to move into some great natural light before I start taking pictures. When photographing cats it is important to be patient.
Usually when photographing animals I follow the same rules I use with people. I sit and wait. I wait for then to move into some great natural light before I start taking pictures. When photographing cats it is important to be patient.
This is Andrea's other cat Leonardo or 'Leo' as he is called by his friends. 'Leo' is a much more elusive cat and is much harder to photograph. He is an absolutely beautiful long haired gray cat and it is worth the wait to take his photograph.
This is Andrea’s other cat Leonardo or ‘Leo’ as he is called by his friends. ‘Leo’ is a much more elusive cat and is much harder to photograph. He is an absolutely beautiful long haired gray cat and it is worth the wait to take his photograph. It is out of focus in this photograph, but Andrea has a coffee mug with the Cheshire cat on it that disappears and reappears depending on the temperature of the liquid in the cup…. its the little details that reveal a true cat lover.
And now for Leo's close up! Leo was several feet away from the terrace window when I took this photograph. The light was dim so I slowed my shutter speed and set the camera on the floor to make this picture.
And now for Leo’s close up! Leo was several feet away from the terrace window when I took this photograph. The light was dim so I slowed my shutter speed and set the camera on the floor to make this picture.
This is a photograph of 'Leo' in front of Andreas bookcase. He is sitting in the perfect amount of natural light here.
This is a photograph of ‘Leo’ in front of Andreas bookcase. He is sitting in the perfect amount of natural light here.
Caterpillar in the garden. Nature photography in Puerto Rico.

Caterpillar in the garden. Nature photography in Puerto Rico.

Caterpillar: Who… are… you?
Alice: I- I hardly know, sir. I’ve changed so many times since this morning, you see…
Caterpillar: No, I do not ‘C.’ Explain yourself.
Alice: I’m afraid I can’t explain myself sir, because I’m not myself, you know.
Caterpillar: I do not know.
Alice: Well, I can’t put it any more clearly, sir, for it isn’t clear to me.
Caterpillar: You? Who ARE you?

This is one of the caterpillars I photographed in the garden the other day.
This is one of the caterpillars I photographed in the garden the other day.

I can’t help thinking of Alice in Wonderland any time I see a caterpillar. They are such amazing creatures, the way they change into butterflies really is magical. These two caterpillars climbed into our tomato plants the other day and ate the whole plant! After they filled their bellies with tomato leaves they settled in to take a short nap on the branches. At first I thought maybe they were settling in to begin their metamorphosis, but later when I checked the plant they had climbed down from their branches. I love having the opportunity to photograph things in nature. The shapes and colors are so beautiful. Here in Puerto Rico there are so many opportunities to take pictures of  amazing creatures.

I used my 70-200mm 2.8 lens to photograph these caterpillars. It was just a little before sunset so the lighting was nice and soft.

Photography is a great way to examine things up close. By using my long lens I am able to see so much more detail in this photograph than I could using just my naked eye. I really love the way the green of the caterpillar pops out agains this orange background.
Photography is a great way to examine things up close. By using my long lens I am able to see so much more detail in this photograph than I could using just my naked eye. I really love the way the green of the caterpillar pops out agains this orange background.
Viejo San Juan Cemetery – Double Exposures

Viejo San Juan Cemetery – Double Exposures

This past weekend I had a photo-session scheduled for 8am in Viejo San Juan. There were several large events scheduled in the San Juan area that morning creating unbelievable traffic, I was already in the city early to scout the location for my portrait session so I missed the traffic, but the couple I was supposed to photograph got stuck in the middle of it. We decided to reschedule the photo session for sunset the following day. If found myself in San Juan with my camera and lenses on a bright sunny morning and decided to take a photo walk.

One of my favorite places to photograph is the Cemeterio Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis. It is a beautiful cemetery nestled at the foot of El Morro with the caribbean sea as its back drop. To get there you go through a tunnel that is covered in graffiti. The whole place is so rich with metaphors, to me I don’t get a creepy sense being down there, things just feel peaceful. Last January I did a really interesting self portrait photography series there using my infrared camera. I love getting to revisit different locations. There are so many ways of photographing the same place. This time I did some experimenting with double exposures using the cemetery statuary as my models.

The Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery is located in Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is a great place to take photographs and has an amazing number of cemetery statues.
The Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery is located in Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is a great place to take photographs and has an amazing number of cemetery statues.
All over San Juan there are these 'garitas' or look out towers. The shape and texture of them is iconic to Viejo San Juan. I can just imagine in the past someone looking out through those tiny windows watching the horizon for sail ships coming in on the trade winds.
All over San Juan there are these ‘garitas’ or look out towers. The shape and texture of them is iconic to Viejo San Juan. I can just imagine in the past someone looking out through those tiny windows watching the horizon for sail ships coming in on the trade winds.
A view of the viejo san juan cemetery from afar.
This view of the cemetery is from the lawn in front of El Morro. There are so many different angles and vantage points to photograph this place from.
To get into the San Juan cemetery you need to first pass through a tunnel. The tunnel is covered in graffiti and always feels a little creepy to go through, even though during the day it is very safe. Going through the tunnel to reach the cemetery always makes me think of
To get into the San Juan cemetery you need to first pass through a tunnel. The tunnel is covered in graffiti and always feels a little creepy to go through, even though during the day it is very safe. Going through the tunnel to reach the cemetery always makes me think of crossing over into the after life.
The cemetery itself is named for the nun, sister Magdalena de Pazzi of Florence Italy who lived from 1566 - 1607. She is most remembered as a somewhat eccentric woman who was given to raptures and profound ecstasies through much of her life. When she first joined the sister hood she became very ill and professed intense revelations while in an altered state on what everyone though would be her death bed. She survived the illness and continued to have visions and reevaluations through out her life that her fellow sisters helped write in a series of five books. Her connection to the spirit world and her fiery personality make her a very fitting namesake for this cemetery on the caribbean sea.
The cemetery itself is named for the nun, sister Magdalena de Pazzi of Florence Italy who lived from 1566 – 1607. She is most remembered as a somewhat eccentric woman who was given to raptures and profound ecstasies through much of her life. When she first joined the sisterhood she became very ill and professed intense revelations while in an altered state on what everyone though would be her death bed. She survived the illness and continued to have visions and revelations through out her life that her fellow sisters transcribed in a series of five books. Her connection to the spirit world and her fiery personality make her a very fitting namesake for this cemetery on the caribbean sea.
The variety of tombstones, cemetery art and statuary in this cemetery is breathtaking. Many common symbols are angels, crosses and figures of Jesus Christ or the Mother Mary looking over the tombs. In addition to these symbols there are also many mourning women and angels. One of the tombs even has statues of the surviving family members mourning around the outside of a casket. Some of the headstones are in better condition than others. The cemetery is maintained to an extent and family members still come to place silk flowers on the graves. A portion of the cemetery is currently under construction.
The variety of tombstones, cemetery art and statuary in this cemetery is breathtaking. Many common symbols are angels, crosses and figures of Jesus Christ or the Mother Mary looking over the tombs. In addition to these symbols there are also many mourning women and angels. One of the tombs even has statues of the surviving family members mourning around the outside of a casket. Some of the headstones are in better condition than others. The cemetery is maintained to an extent and family members still come to place silk flowers on the graves. A portion of the cemetery is currently under construction.
This is my favorite statue in the cemetery. The posture of the woman is so beautiful and the emotion is so sorrowful. This statue was created by a very skilled sculptor and continues to endure the test of time. I have photographed this sculpture several times and look forward to seeing it in a new light every time I visit.
This is my favorite statue in the cemetery. The posture of the woman is so beautiful and the emotion is so sorrowful. This statue was created by a very skilled sculptor and continues to endure the test of time. I have photographed this sculpture several times and look forward to seeing it in a new light every time I visit.
This double exposure is of a tombstone and the view of the coastline from the western part of the cemetery. There is a community in Viejo San Juan called La Perla that you can see from the cemetery.
This double exposure is of a tombstone and the view of the coastline from the western part of the cemetery. There is a community in Viejo San Juan called La Perla that you can see from the cemetery.
One thing I love doing with double exposures is playing with the orientation of the images. The flipped city scape against this woman's face is an interesting perspective.
One thing I love doing with double exposures is playing with the orientation of the images. The flipped city scape against this woman’s face is an interesting perspective.

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Creative double exposure portrait photography – Photographer Rincon, Puerto Rico

Creative double exposure portrait photography – Photographer Rincon, Puerto Rico

I first started experimenting with double exposures a few years ago and now I’m hooked!

I love image manipulation and creating digital art in Photoshop, but I also really enjoy capturing a distorted image right in my camera. There is something really pure about creating a really amazing distorted image without using computer software. This technique involves setting the camera to capture two images within the same frame. In the days of film photography you just wouldn’t have wound the film over, today there is a special setting on the digital cameras that allows you to do more than one exposure in a frame. I usually start with a silhouette image and then look for a fun texture in the environment near me to fill in the details.

Double exposures add fun to a photo session and also help to tell the clients story a little better. For ocean lovers, images of the beach and the sea merged into their portraits are perfect for adding some magic to the final collection of photographs. I absolutely love taking a few of these and then getting to show them to my clients on the back of my camera, it always makes people smile!

Just a couple of palm trees blowing in the breeze. This double exposure photograph was taken on Barrero Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Just a couple of palm trees blowing in the breeze. This double exposure photograph was taken on Barrero Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Water is always a great subject for photographs. The way it reflects like and the amazing shapes it creates are always so ingesting visually. This double exposure is extra special because this couple really loves the ocean, so the photograph describes them perfectly. Photograph by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
Water is always a great subject for photographs. The way it reflects like and the amazing shapes it creates are always so ingesting visually. This double exposure is extra special because this couple really loves the ocean, so the photograph describes them perfectly.
When making double exposure photographs it is important to experiment with the orientation of the camera. This particular photograph was made by combining a vertical image and a horizontal image.  Photograph by RIncon Images wedding photographer puerto rico.
When making double exposure photographs it is important to experiment with the orientation of the camera. This particular photograph was made by combining a vertical image and a horizontal image.
Bubbles and sea foam! The size relationship of the two frames combined here is what makes this image interesting. The tiny sea foam bubbles look larger than life agains the silhouette of the couple on the beach.  Photograph by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
Bubbles and sea foam! The size relationship of the two frames combined here is what makes this image interesting. The tiny sea foam bubbles look larger than life agains the silhouette of the couple on the beach.
Gatito – my furry – god son ;) Pet Photography

Gatito – my furry – god son ;) Pet Photography

The other night I was over at my friend Amanda’s house. She was cooking up a delicious dinner and making some homemade hot sauce. Amanda is an amazing chef and has a great blog – Food Porn Daily. I’m completely spoiled as she makes fantastic food for her friends on a regular basis. Her cat Gatito is the best cuddle buddy ever! He loves to lie on your chest and just purr purr purrr 🙂 I promised my friend that if anything should happen I would take care of Gatito, so I consider myself his godmother. 😉

I’m a cat lover, but currently the proud parent of a dog, so I enjoy any chance to cuddle with a cat that I get! I had my camera with me and snapped a few portraits of Gatito on the porch outside of her house.

Pet photography can be a lot of fun. Its best to photograph animals when they are relaxed or playing. I like to get on eye level with animals or even a bit below them to make the portraits seem more personal. I have a portfolio of pet photography that you can check out here on my website.

If Gatito had a Facebook page this would be his profile pic. haha ;)
If Gatito had a Facebook page this would be his profile pic. haha 😉
This was a fun shot, Gatito was peeking in and out of a dried up tropical flower.
This was a fun shot, Gatito was peeking in and out of a dried up tropical flower.

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Cats make purrrfect subjects for practicing portrait photography.
Cats make purrrfect subjects for practicing portrait photography.
Cory and Stevens Gay Beach wedding celebration in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Cory and Stevens Gay Beach wedding celebration in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Cory and Steven tied the knot in the beautiful state of Colorado before heading down to Rincon, Puerto Rico for an amazing party with their family and friends. They chose the beautiful seaside venue 8th and Ocean as the location for their party. We had a chance to do some photographs on the beach and in a nearby bougainvillea garden before heading back to the party. These are their wedding photographs and a Q&A with the Groom and Groom.

Cory and Steven on the beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico after their gay destination beach wedding in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Cory and Steven were a little nervous about having their picture taken at first. After a few different poses they relaxed and really opened up on camera.

When did the two of you first meet?

Cory – Thanks to the marvels of technology, Steven came across an old Yahoo personals page that I had honestly forgotten all about. I was working one day when I received an email and then we proceeded to IM daily until we were ready to meet for the first time.

Steven – 10 years ago, I was 22 and new to the dating scene. I was living and working in a small town more than an hour south of Houston. Knowing that it would be nearly impossible to find and connect with a like minded individual in my little conservative Texas town, I took to the Internet to explore the newly created World of online dating. I stumbled across Cory’s profile picture and although our profiles didn’t “match up”, I saw this lively individual that I knew could open my eyes and introduce me to a life in which I could be true to myself.

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This LGBT couple looked so handsome in front of the sea grape tree leaves. This beautiful backdrop was just steps away from their seaside venue.
The happy couple kissing in front of the sea grape leaves, on the beach in Rincon Puerto Rico. LGBT wedding photographer Puerto Rico
Cory and Steven steal a little kiss in the shade of this sea grape tree during our gay wedding photography session in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Best friends and partners for life! Cory and Steven are now a happily married couple. I took this playful wedding photograph with my fish eye lens. Photograph by Rincon Images LGBT wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
Best friends and partners for life! Cory and Steven are now a happily married couple. I took this playful wedding photograph with my fish eye lens.

Tell us about your first date…

Cory – Steven joined me and about 8 other friends of mine at a Buffalo Wild Wings for cheap chicken drumsticks and tall glasses of beer. He was in real estate then and showed up in his khaki pants and short sleeve button down shirt. I thought he was adorable. We hit it off great and everyone thought he was just the cutest. At 22 then, he was definitely the youngest at the table. We had a great first date and then just a few days later, he joined me at a wild house party. We’ve been attached at the hip every day since…for the last 10 years!

Steven – I was having a tough day at the office when an elderly coworker of mine offered to set me up with her granddaughter. I politely declined and immediately contacted Cory to see if he would be available to meet me that evening for a much needed drink. He extended an invite to meet him and a “few friends” for wings and beer at a sports bar in the city. Being an introverted and shy country boy who had never been on a date with another man, I was shocked to hear myself respond with “I’ll be there in just over an hour.” The shock continued when I walked through the restaurant doors and was greeted by an overwhelming group 8 of Cory’s closest friends. Though not a typical date, it was the perfect first date for me. I was hooked once I saw the love and compassion that all at the table had for each other.

A black and white photograph of the two grooms strolling towards the ocean during their gay wedding photography session in Rincon, Puerto Rico. LGBT wedding photographer Puerto Rico
A black and white photograph of the two grooms strolling towards the ocean during their gay wedding photography session in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
The two grooms photographed in black and white before their gay wedding celebration.
The two grooms photographed in black and white before their gay wedding celebration.

When did you know you were in love?

Cory – My love for Steven grew and developed into something greater than I ever knew possible. Every single day our love for each other has become bigger and bigger. I literally fall in love with him every single day.

Steven – it’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment I fell in love. There was a type of love that I had felt even before we had met in person.  Then there was a new love and connection on our first date. It must have been love at first sight for me, because the next week I was driving an hour and fifteen minutes to be with him everyday after work and then waking up and driving another hour and fifteen minutes back every morning.

True love is a big smile and a long hug! This couple was so great to work with. I love photographing couples when I can see they are truly in love. Photograph by Rincon Images LGBT wedding photographer Rincon, Puerto Rico.
True love is a big smile and a long hug! This couple was so great to work with. I love photographing couples when I can see they are truly in love.
I love the expression on Cory's face in this photograph! The two of them were so genuinely happy on their special day.Photograph by Rincon Images LGBT wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
I love the expression on Cory’s face in this photograph! The two of them were so genuinely happy on their special day.
Together forever. The two grooms make the infinity symbol with their hands. I love this photograph, its a cute variation on the traditional heart.
Together forever. The two grooms make the infinity symbol with their hands. I love this photograph, its a cute variation on the traditional heart.

Who popped the question and how did it happen?

Cory – Steven and I, along with our close friend Sara, all rented a little house on a river out in the Texas hill country for a weekend. Sara was expecting her first daughter soon and wanted to shop at some local outlet stores for baby furniture. Before we left for an afternoon of shopping, Steven and I walked down to the river. There was a long, and very skinny bridge of sorts that we were standing on at the edge of the water. I wanted to get on one knee, but knowing how clumsy I am, I surely would’ve fallen in the water and definitely would’ve dropped the ring! I asked Steven if he had any plans for the rest of his life and asked if he would marry me. Naturally, he said yes! He was so surprised!

Steven – We had rented a rustic cabin on a river in the Texas hill country for a weekend to celebrate my birthday. My grandmother had just passed away a couple weeks earlier and we weren’t sure whether we were up for a vacation. Cory convinced me that the trip was just the type of relaxation the we needed to cope with the loss. The morning of his proposal I could definitely feel his excitement and anxiety, but I had no idea what for. He walked me to the end of a rickety pier that extended over the San Marcus river, took my hands, and asked me if I had plans for the rest of my life and would I marry him. Of course I said yes.

LGBT wedding photographer Puerto Rico
LGBT wedding photographer Puerto Rico
LGBT wedding photographer Puerto Rico
LGBT wedding photographer Puerto Rico

Cory, what are you most excited about when you think of spending the rest of your life with your partner?


There are so many things to be excited about that it’s hard to choose just one! In the last 10 years, we’ve put together such a great and happy family. We have our fur babies (2 dogs, 2 cats…and our turtle) and we have each other. I love coming home to that. I’m so excited about what our future holds. We’ve had plenty of challenges like any couple would and we just keep getting stronger, together.

Steven, what are you most excited about when you think of spending the rest of your life with your partner?       

Everyday is a new adventure. I couldn’t ask for a better companion to experience all the thrills that life has to offer. I look forward to strengthening our bond more and more and continuing to learn and grow from each other.

Cory and steven walking towards the ocean together. LGBT wedding photographer Puerto Rico
Cory and steven walking towards the ocean together.

Cory, what does true love mean to you?

True love, for me, means having that one special person that sees you. Really sees you, with your strengths and your faults and continues to love you unconditionally. They push you to be the best of version of yourself that you can be. Steven has made me a better person. I never knew that love could be this way. I absolutely love every minute of it.

Steven, what does true love mean to you? 

True love is knowing that there will always be someone standing in my corner of the ring, cheering me on through life. We will always and forever be there for each other, no matter what life may throw at us. We are  better people thanks to each other.

Cory and Steven in the seaside bougainvillea garden by their LGBT wedding celebration in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Cory and Steven in the seaside bougainvillea garden by their LGBT wedding celebration in Rincon, Puerto Rico.

Why did you choose to have your wedding celebration in Puerto Rico?

Cory- We had vacationed in Puerto Rico a few years back on the east end of the island in Luquillo. It was breathtaking! We knew we had to come back again!

Steven- I have a personal connection and love of Puerto Rico. My grandfather worked for Pan American Airlines and he and my grandmother raised my father and 2 aunts in Puerto Rico and Panama. I grew up hearing stories of my dad diving for lobster and fishing with my grandfather for dinner… Iguanas chasing them out from under the car they were working on together. I wanted to pay tribute to my grandmothers lavish weekly dinners and dancing on the rooftop terrace my grandfather built overlooking San Juan.

What is your favorite memory from your trip to Puerto Rico?

Cory-The best part of the entire trip was seeing how amazed all of our friends and family were from vacationing there. We continue to hear how thankful everyone is for inviting them and giving them one of the best and most memorable vacations they’ve ever had!

Steven- watching most of our guests experience Puerto Rico for the first time was priceless. The comments on how friendly the locals are, how stunning the beaches are, how amazing the food is… I will never forget this trip!

How did you find Rincon Images?

Thanks to Wilson Rios, he and the owner of the villa at 8th and Ocean, had Rincon Images listed as a direct referral for outstanding photography. We browsed through your fun photos and knew that you were a good fit. We’re so happy that we were able to capture our perfect day this way!

Why did you choose 8th and Ocean as your venue?

Cory- Little known fact about Steven…the man can research! He spent quite some time looking all over the island for the perfect location for our trip and it needed to house a lot of people! After some searching, he found Rincon. There were only a few locations in the area that could hold our guest list and 8th and Ocean was perfect for our needs.

Steven- I fell in love with the location of the 8th & Ocean and instantly knew that our reception was meant to be held on their back veranda. I wanted a beachfront venue that would allow everyone to relax and feel as if they were at their own private Caribbean villa. I wanted our guests to see a side of Puerto Rico that they would not normally be exposed to. Many in our group thought I was crazy for asking them to drive several hours away from San Juan, but I wanted to see and share with them what Puerto Rico means to me.

What was your favorite thing about your party in Puerto Rico?

Cory- The ENTIRE reception! It was absolutely perfect. We couldn’t have asked for a better guest list. The staff was superb. The DJ was awesome! Food and drinks, outstanding. We set the bar pretty high that night!

Steven- watching so many people that we love and appreciate fall in love with the island life that Puerto Rico offers. Dancing to Latin music, eating amazing island food, rum drinks in hand. I believe our guests will always remember how easy it was to slip in to the island way of life the night of our reception.

Tell us a little bit about what you did after the party, did you take any special day trips or explore any beautiful places?

Cory-To be honest, we were pretty busy from start to finish. Our favorite was our trip to La Parguera. We took a snorkeling trip and had such an amazing time! Afterwards, we finished with a trip to the bioluminescent bay. Incredible! Everyone was blown away! Steven- we had brunch at a little inn on Sandy Beach while watching several professional surfers, then laughed as 2 of our group attempted to tackle the waves. Several of our guests went on a half day fishing excursion and brought back tuna that we grilled up that night for everyone. A few zip lined, repelled, and hiked the caves while others of us toured the light house in Rincon and ventured out to the waterfall. We ended our trip with all of our guests snorkeling in la parguera and enjoying a memorable sparkling swim in the bio bay that evening.

What do you think makes for a good, life long marriage?

Communication and patience. Knowing that everyday won’t be a honeymoon and to take advantage of the little things in life. Let each other know daily how much they mean to you and let the love continue to grow and evolve.

What about your wedding party was unique and different?

We didn’t really have a traditional wedding party. We kept it, for the most part, a bit more untraditional. We really just wanted a big, catered party! Every person at our reception brought their own distinct personality and together it turned out better than we could’ve ever imagined.

Steven- we skipped many of the typical wedding traditions… The first dance, cake cutting, best man speech, etc. Our reception was more of a celebration of the joining of our family and friends rather than a celebration of just us. There were no stresses of worrying what music needs to be played when, or what time should dinner be served. We allowed the night to flow on it’s own and everything happened exactly the way we had wanted.

What advice do you have for brides and grooms having professional pictures taken for the first time?

Relax! I was a little shy at first about the whole experience. It was our first professional photography session. But after a little time, and with the coaching from Frances, it worked out just fine!

As an LGBT couple did you experience any discrimination while planning your event? Do you have any advice for LGBT friendly wedding vendors?

We actually didn’t experience any discrimination. Everyone was extremely helpful through the entire process. We did make sure that all of our vendors knew that we were a same sex couple up front, just to make sure we wouldn’t come across any issues at our event. That didn’t seem to phase any one we worked with.

When planning your wedding party what were your favorite places to look for inspiration? (you had so many fun details, I loved the insta-camera! Who came up with that idea?)

Cory-Steven handled the majority of details when it came to the planning. He wanted to make sure that we kept with the beach motif, but also to keep things simple. And lighting was key for the dinner table!

Steven- Pinterest, of course, was a go to for great ideas! I wanted something more memorable than just a guest book for everyone to sign and I thought a scrapbook of sorts would be a great idea. With a little help from Pinterest, I fell in love with the idea of taking instant photos and having our guests write personal messages to commemorate the evening. I also wanted a few momentos that people could take home, so we decorated frames with shells for each guests instant photo along with personalized do not disturb door hangers.

Looking back is there anything you would have done differently?

Absolutely not a single detail would’ve been changed. It was simply perfect.

Is there any party of your day that you wouldn’t change for the world?

We feel truly blessed that everything went so perfectly. We couldn’t have asked for a better event, location, weather, group of people, or better vendors who we now consider to be friends. Many thanks and much love to all who were involved!