Viejo San Juan Engagement photography session – Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico

Viejo San Juan Engagement photography session – Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico

Jerod dips his bride to be on the romantic cobble stone streets of Viejo San Juan. Photography by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
Jerod dips his bride to be on the romantic cobble stone streets of Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico.

When did you and your fiancé first meet?

Jerod and I met about 6 years ago. He did some training for a few months in one of the clinics I worked

in before transferring into the operations department. We both work in healthcare administration. We

both shared that passion for working for the underserved community. We would see each other a few

times a year and developed a friendship. Since then we no longer work for the same company, but

similar companies. We both work for health centers to serve the uninsured, low income part of the

community, adults and pediatrics.

This couple had a blast during their Viejo San Juan photography session. I love using this particular street in San Juan, Puerto Rico to photograph wedding and engagement sessions, it has beautiful colored buildings and almost no cars. Photograph by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
This couple had a blast during their Viejo San Juan photography session. I love using this particular street in San Juan, Puerto Rico to photograph wedding and engagement sessions, it has beautiful colored buildings and almost no cars.
Gorgeous photograph of a couple in Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico. The cobble stone streets and shoes look beautiful in this photograph. Photograph by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
Gorgeous photograph of the couple in Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico. The cobble stone streets and shoes look beautiful in this photograph.
I absolutely loved the colorful shoes that Heather was wearing for our photography session in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The tropical colors looked fabulous next to the cobble stone streets. It really is all about the details! Photography by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
I absolutely loved the colorful shoes that Heather was wearing for our photography session in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The tropical colors looked fabulous next to the cobble stone streets. It really is all about the details!
I love using this banyan tree in photographs. It is a great location right on Paseo de la Princesa. The tall tree provides lots of shade to keep things cool, and the long branches make beautiful patterns of light on the ground. Its a great spot for wedding and engagement photography in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photography by Rincon Images wedding photography Puerto Rico.
I love using this banyan tree in photographs. It is a great location right on Paseo de la Princesa. The tall tree provides lots of shade to keep things cool, and the long branches make beautiful patterns of light on the ground. Its a great spot for wedding and engagement photography in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Tell us about your first date…

Our first date was at the yummy Mexican restaurant, that we go back to ALL the time. It was then

followed by a movie. Typical date! We watched the movie Ted and we laughed so much together. I think

we even ended it with ice cream for dessert. We literally repeat this date all the time. Dinner, movie, ice

cream.

This photograph was taken right in front of the red doors on Paseo de la Princesa in Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico. This kind of architectural detailing is iconic of Viejo San Juan, and is perfect for wedding and engagement photography sessions. Photograph by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
This photograph was taken right in front of the red doors on Paseo de la Princesa in Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico. This kind of architectural detailing is iconic of Viejo San Juan, and is perfect for wedding and engagement photography sessions.
Natural light can really make for fabulous photographs. Knowing where to be at what time of day is what made the beautiful light in this photograph possible. I love photographing new locations, but getting to know a particular area makes it really easy to nail certain shots. Photography by Rincon Images Wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
Natural light can really make for fabulous photographs. Knowing where to be at what time of day is what made the beautiful light in this photograph possible. I love photographing new locations, but getting to know a particular area makes it really easy to nail certain shots.

How did he ‘pop’ the question?

Jerod had taken me to look at rings a few weeks before he proposed. Actually I think it was about 2

months. I already knew we would be together forever so I knew it was coming. I would think to myself I

wonder how hes going to do it. I am very vigilant and would probably figure it out. So he did it when I

least expected it. I was in the middle of an ab workout when he popped the question! Let’s just say I was

definitely surprised and not expecting it at all!

I love using natural elements when doing wedding photography. The rich lush green color of this aloe plant really makes the purple hues in the amethyst ring pop. Photograph by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
I love using natural elements when doing wedding photography. The rich lush green color of this aloe plant really makes the purple hues in the amethyst ring pop.

I love the photograph I took of your ring, can you tell me what its made of and where it came from?

My ring is one of a kind. I knew I always liked color and I am not too into silver or white gold, although it

is pretty. When Jerod took me to look “just in case” he asked me “If I could have whatever I want, what

would it be?”. I chose a 14k rose gold band with diamonds on the side and around the middle stone. The

middle stone is a pink amethyst stone. When I told the lady at the store what I wanted, she was a bit

puzzled, since every girl is supposed to want a huge diamond. Well, not me. I like simple, elegant, yet

pretty things. What she put together was just what I envisioned. Thanks to Jennifer at Diamonds Direct

in Austin for making my dream ring come true!

I love using a lens flare in this kind of location, it really adds to the romantic sunset mood. This particular location in Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico is on Calle Norzagary.  Photography by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
I love using a lens flare in this kind of location, it really adds to the romantic sunset mood. This particular location in Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico is on Calle Norzagary.
My off camera flash made this moody El Morro photograph possible. Having a variety of techniques and a selection of photography equipment makes it easy to have fun at any location any time of day. Photograph by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
My off camera flash made this moody El Morro photograph possible. Having a variety of techniques and a selection of photography equipment makes it easy to have fun at any location any time of day.

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

We are excited for the laughter, peace and love that we will have with each other. Jerod and I do truly

like spending time together. We haven’t gotten into that phase yet where we need our own space and

get annoyed at each other when we spend to much time together, hopefully that day doesn’t come. We

are excited to start a family. We have talked about adopting because there are so many children in this

world that need a stable home! And we are excited for more traveling together!

This was the last spot we stopped during Heather and Jerods engagement photography session. I'm so happy they were up for just a few more photographs. When the sun goes down in Viejo San Juan the city lights come up and make for wonderful photographs. Photograph by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
This was the last spot we stopped during Heather and Jerods engagement photography session. I’m so happy they were up for just a few more photographs. When the sun goes down in Viejo San Juan the city lights come up and make for wonderful photographs.
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Published! ForReal! LGBT wedding photography Puerto Rico

Published! ForReal! LGBT wedding photography Puerto Rico

I am so thrilled! My beautiful June Brides were chosen to be featured on ForReal – A marriage equality blog! ForReal is a wedding blog about real LGBT couples who are tying the knot. They feature only the best in LGBT wedding photography so it truly is an honor to be published on their blog.

This is a video slide show of the photographs from their wedding.

 

Here are a few more of my favorite photographs from that Arecibo wedding.

Ariana and Elizabeths wedding rings were kept in a beautiful 'I promise' box that was lined with burlap. The two bride figurines were a beautiful addition to their cake table decorations.
Ariana and Elizabeths wedding rings were kept in a beautiful ‘I promise’ box that was lined with burlap. The two bride figurines were a beautiful addition to their cake table decorations.
Their LGBT destination beach wedding took place on the sandy beach just down from the Arecibo Lighthouse.
This LGBT destination beach wedding took place on the sandy beach just down from the Arecibo Lighthouse.
Gay marriage is not yet legal in Puerto Rico, but Mark Bowman performed a symbolic wedding ceremony on the beach in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
Gay marriage is not yet legal in Puerto Rico, but Mark Bowman performed a symbolic wedding ceremony on the beach in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
Elizabeth look beautiful in her simple white wedding dress. The wedding was filled with ocean inspired details right down to her pearl necklace.
Elizabeth look beautiful in her simple white wedding dress. The wedding was filled with ocean inspired details right down to her pearl necklace.
Two beautiful LGBT brides after their wedding in Arecibo Puerto Rico.
Two beautiful LGBT brides after their wedding in Arecibo Puerto Rico.
A beautiful sunset with two LGBT brides on the beach in Puerto Rico after their wedding ceremony.
A beautiful sunset with two LGBT brides on the beach in Puerto Rico after their wedding ceremony.
Black and white reception photograph. LGBT wedding photography Puerto Rico.
Black and white reception photograph. LGBT wedding photography Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rican Government No Longer Defending Same Sex Marriage Ban – Lambda Legals LGBT clients photographed by Rincon Images Photography

Puerto Rican Government No Longer Defending Same Sex Marriage Ban – Lambda Legals LGBT clients photographed by Rincon Images Photography

Last summer I was contacted by Lambda Legal, a large not for profit legal organization that defends the civil rights of gay, lesbian and transgendered people all around the united states. I covered their press conference in San Juan and took portraits of their clients who were filing law suits on the steps of the government building where the press conference was held. It was such a wonderful experience to work with such  a great organization and to meet the couples that were being brave enough to stand up for change. On March 20th, 2015 the government of Puerto Rico declared that it would no longer defend the ban on Same Sex marriage in Puerto Rico. Read the full story from Lambda Legal here.

Photograph of Maritza López Aviles  & Iris Delia Rivera Rivera a lesbian couple represented by Lambda Legal. I shot this photograph after the press conference and then Lambda Legal used it as part of their PR campaign.
Photograph of Maritza López Aviles & Iris Delia Rivera Rivera a lesbian couple represented by Lambda Legal. I shot this photograph after the press conference and then Lambda Legal used it as part of their PR campaign.
Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro & Zulma Oliveras Vega another couple represented by Lambda Legal that I photographed that same day. I just love the light in this one.
Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro & Zulma Oliveras Vega another couple represented by Lambda Legal that I photographed that same day. I just love the light in this one.

Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal, said:

In declining to further defend the Commonwealth’s discriminatory marriage ban, Puerto Rico’s government finally recognizes that denying marriage to LGBT people is harmful and cannot be justified. The marriage ban’s sole purpose is to perpetuate discrimination, and it is just plain wrong. Same-sex couples, LGBT people and their families are part of Puerto Rico’s rich social and cultural fabric. Today’s actions fulfill the constitutional promises of justice and fairness for LGBT people in Puerto Rico. Simply put, discrimination is never in Puerto Rico’s best interests.

I feel so honored and excited to have been a part of this historic happening. Even though my photographs were only a very small part of the process of moving the island towards marriage equality if feels wonderful to have contributed to something so important to me. As a wedding photographer I get to make people happy by creating amazing photographs of them in love on their wedding day. I do this for both my gay and straight clients. Although getting to use my talents as a photographer to create portraits of brave couples that were used as part of a national campaign for marriage equality has been a truly rewarding experience. I can’t wait to photograph the wedding days of all loving couples when everyone is legally allowed to marry on the enchanted island of Puerto Rico. For more information about my photographic approach to LGBT weddings in Puerto Rico check out the LGBT wedding photography section of my website.

Wedding photographer stands in front of the blue lambda legal back drop at a press conference in san juan.
Thats me! Frances Davis the principal photographer for Rincon Images, standing in front of the Lambda Legal back drop. Same sex wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
Hula Hoop Bride – OffBeat Wedding in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Hula Hoop Bride – OffBeat Wedding in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Jill contacted me last summer about photographing her intimate wedding in Rincon. We talked on the phone for a bit about different ideas for places to do wedding photographs. I was so happy when I realized she was a hula hooper! I am an avid hula hooper myself and have several LED hula hoops. After the wedding ceremony my assistant and I went back to the villa with them and made some great LED hula hoop photographs. This intimate wedding was a lot of fun to photograph, great people, good times and lots of smiles. They even read from a Dr. Seuss book as part of their ceremony!

Check out Jill’s Q&A:

Tell us about your first date…

Our first date was to see Toy Story 3. It was great because the theater was empty and so we were able to talk through the whole movie.

The bride and her groom in front of their DIY wedding ceremony backdrop in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
The bride and her groom in front of their DIY wedding ceremony backdrop in Rincon, Puerto Rico.

Why did you choose the Barefoot Bodega as your venue?

I had seen pictures on the website and I thought that it would be a very peaceful and serene setting for us to be married in.

The Barefoot Yoga studio in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
The Barefoot Yoga studio in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
The prayer flags at Barefoot Yoga Bodega add serenity to this already tranquil space.
The prayer flags at Barefoot Yoga Bodega add serenity to this already tranquil space.

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The bride and groom walking down the aisle during their wedding ceremony at the Barefoot Yoga studio in Rincon, PR.
The bride and groom walking down the aisle during their wedding ceremony at the Barefoot Yoga studio in Rincon, PR.
The Barefoot Yoga studio was the perfect location for this quirky wedding. The studio is located right next to the ocean and is shaded by tall sea grape trees. It is a very tranquil and beautiful venue for an intimate wedding.
The Barefoot Yoga studio was the perfect location for this quirky wedding. The studio is located right next to the ocean and is shaded by tall sea grape trees. It is a very tranquil and beautiful venue for an intimate wedding.

How did he ‘pop’ the question?

We were on a sunset cruise off the coast of Rincon sitting on the front of the boat. He asked, I said yes, and we cheers-ed. 🙂

The bride and groom :)
The bride and groom 🙂

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What about your wedding was unique and different?

Well the ceremony was something that I wrote, I looked through a lot of scripts and I didn’t feel like any of them really matched us, so that was crafted from scratch. We didn’t have any sort of traditional processional or a unity ceremony or anything you typically see.
We did a reading from Dr. Suess, a short prayer, said our vows and were on our way. We wanted the ceremony to be short and sweet.
We also did not have a typical reception.
We wanted our wedding day to feel like, our day. I have been to several weddings where I hear the bride and groom talking about how the wedding is for the family and the marriage is for the couple; and I really wanted to avoid that sort of feeling. We tried to focus on who we are, what we like, and what we wanted to do. We played with hoops and listened to music, we eat and drank and danced. It really was just an enjoyable evening and a fun night.

The whole wedding day really did feel stress free and fun because of that focus on keeping things down to earth, and us.

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Jill's bridesmaid Chloe reading Dr. Seuss during the ceremony. This was a really light playful story with a great message.
Jill’s bridesmaid Chloe reading Dr. Seuss during the ceremony. This was a really light playful story with a great message.

I love the photograph I took of your ring, can you tell me what its made of and where it came from?

The center ring is made out of white gold and the bands are made of rose gold; they both also have diamonds are are from Zale’s.

Jills beautiful wedding ring. I love the vintage style of this wedding ring.
Jills beautiful wedding ring. I love the vintage style of this wedding ring.
Jill with her Hula Hoops on the beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico!
Jill with her Hula Hoops on the beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico!

What are you most excited about when you think of spending the rest of your life with your partner?
I am excited for our future adventures. We both love to travel and we want to see the world and I’m really excited to do and see as much as we can.

Goofing around on the beach after the ceremony, the bride makes a funny face.
Goofing around on the beach after the ceremony, the bride makes a funny face.

Why did you choose a destination wedding in Puerto Rico?

We really love Puerto Rico, we went last year and fell in love with Rincons’ whole atmosphere, it is where he proposed. Once we decided we wanted to do something destination, Puerto Rico just made sense.

Feeling free! Jill takes the plunge after her wedding for some fun ocean pics.
Feeling free! Jill takes the plunge after her wedding for some fun ocean pics.

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

I have a lot of favorite memories from the trip but I really enjoyed doing yoga at the Barefoot Bodega. The day before the wedding we had a private class there and it was just a really great way to relax and take a deep breath before the big day.

Jill hula hooping on the beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico after her destination wedding. This was  a lot of fun to photograph!
Jill hula hooping on the beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico after her destination wedding. This was a lot of fun to photograph!

Why did you choose Rincon Images photography? How did you find us?

I really liked the work on your website peculiarly the “& More” section.

Why did you choose the Barefoot Bodega as your venue?

I had seen pictures on the website and I thought that it would be a very peaceful and serene setting for us to be married in.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding day?

My favorite thing about the wedding day was just hanging out at the villa at the end of the day. Hooping, music, talking, hanging out, eating, it was just a really fun and relaxed night. We really wanted our wedding day to feel genuine to our every day lives, our number one goal was to keep things simple and as relaxed as possible and I think that we achieved that goal.

The bride and groom on the beach with their friends after the ceremony. A nice simple, fun wedding with great people.
The bride and groom on the beach with their friends after the ceremony. A nice simple, fun wedding with great people.
Jill doing her thing on the beach, rocking that hula hoop! I love it that the sun is right behind her in this photograph, it look so magical.
Jill doing her thing on the beach, rocking that hula hoop! I love it that the sun is right behind her in this photograph, it look so magical.

What was your favorite detail from your wedding day, dress, shoes,

flowers..?

My favorite detail was the backdrop for the ceremony. It was our only actual decoration and I’m really glad that it stood out.

Jill's streamer backdrop was simple and beautiful. I loved the combination of lace, silk, and sequined streamers.
Jill’s streamer backdrop was simple and beautiful. I loved the combination of lace, silk, and sequined streamers.

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Tell us a little bit about what you did after the ceremony.. dinner, dancing?

After the ceremony we walked around on the beach, stopped by the bar for a shot, and then we went back to the villa we were staying. We spent the evening eating skewers and flan, listening to music, hooping, and relaxing.

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

Hire Frances! No one in our whole group has ever taken professional photos before and so no one really knew what to expect for the picture portion of the day, and honestly we were kind of dreading it. We were expecting to be asked to stand in a line doing the same things over and over and that’s not at all what happened. I really liked how you were able to guide us and make us feel really comfortable throughout the whole day while allowing us to keep our identity.

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How many dresses did you try on before you settled on the one you wore for your wedding day. Where did you find it?

I actually purchased two previous dresses, when I bought my first dress we were planning on a big family wedding, and so when we scratched that idea I also canceled the first dress.
I then bought a tea length dress, but between the time I bought the dress and around the time of the wedding I went from a size 14 to a size 6, and the estimates for the alterations were more than what I paid for the dress.

The dress I ended up wearing; I bought about a month before the wedding.

How did you get the idea to cut your wedding dress so you could hoop in it? I loved that idea!

When we were on the beach, I was trying to hoop in the dress and the tool kept catching under my feet and tripping me. I knew that the dress wasn’t going to be worn again and I didn’t want to go just put on any old thing so I figured why not? I had someone find me a pair of scissors so I just started cutting. Matt helped for awhile and then my bridesmaid Chloe evened out the final look.

The bride hula hooping with an LED hula hoop after the wedding.
The bride hula hooping with an LED hula hoop after the wedding.
Jill cut off the bottom of her wedding dress so she could hula hoop in it after the wedding. Such a great idea!
Jill cut off the bottom of her wedding dress so she could hula hoop in it after the wedding. Such a great idea!

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

The ability to take things as they come. We have not been married for very long, so we are no experts but I think that it’s a desire to be together and the ability to push each other to being better people that makes things last long term.

The couple decorated their table with DIY painted bottles and small led tea light candles. The look was very tropical and bohemian.
The couple decorated their table with DIY painted bottles and small led tea light candles. The look was very tropical and bohemian.
The bride and groom pouring champagne to celebrate their wedding! My assistant and I brought the champagne, its important to have fun with clients, especially at the end of the night :)
The bride and groom pouring champagne to celebrate their wedding! My assistant and I brought the champagne, its important to have fun with clients, especially at the end of the night 🙂

When planning your wedding what were your favorite places to look for inspiration?

My number one source of inspiration was Offbeatbride. I checked it pretty much daily to see cute centerpieces, adorable shoes, funky dresses, and everything in between. I actually bought several dresses off of modcloth after seeing their vendor posts. Offbeat bride was just a great place to see a different side of the typical wedding world.

Looking back is there anything you would have done differently?
I would have remembered to take the hair tie off my wrist! But really, I think that the day was perfect.

Flamenco Beach wedding on Culebra Island – Lyndsay & Marshall

Flamenco Beach wedding on Culebra Island – Lyndsay & Marshall

Lyndsay and Marshall have known each other since they were children. They have been lifelong sweet hearts and finally tied the knot on Culebra Island in Puerto Rico. I was so excited to have the chance to photograph their wedding on Flamenco Beach. Flamenco beach is ranked the third most beautiful beach in the world, it is always a pleasure to photograph weddings there. I asked Lyndsay a few questions about love, marriage and how she and Marshall met. Check out the photographs from their wedding day and her answers below.

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

“Love isn’t finding someone you can live with, it’s finding someone you cannot live without.” Marshall and I have this quote hanging on the wall at the foot of our bed so that we see it every morning. Let’s be honest, we’re all human and are bound to get on each other’s nerves, but it’s never giving up on your spouse.. even on their worst days, if you are understanding and there for each other 100% of the time, you will live a good, lifelong marriage.

Bride wearing a white dress on her wedding day on Culebra Island in Puerto Rico. This wedding photograph was taken on Culebra Island in Puerto Rico by Rincon Images Photography.
Lyndsay was nice and relaxed the day of her wedding. It was great to finally meet her after several months of communication via telephone and email.
Lyndsays short lace wedding dress blowing in the island breeze. This wedding dress was the perfect choice for their Culebra Island wedding.
Lyndsays short lace wedding dress blowing in the island breeze. This wedding dress was the perfect choice for their Culebra Island wedding.

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Bride wearing a white dress on her wedding day on Culebra Island in Puerto Rico. This wedding photograph was taken on Culebra Island in Puerto Rico by Rincon Images Photography.
I loved all of the bridal details Lyndsay chose to wear on her wedding day. The starfish necklaces looked wonderful on her and her family members. The sparkling hairpiece was my favorite, it really dressed up her short lace beach wedding dress.

When did you and Marshall fist meet?

We went to the same middle school.. Marshall was two years older than me. We became best friends when I was in 6thgrade (2006) and started dating in 2007.

Marshall, the groom, enjoying a quiet moment before heading to the beach for the wedding.
Marshall, the groom, enjoying a quiet moment before heading to the beach for the wedding.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding day?

My favorite thing about our wedding was when I first stepped foot into the sand and laid eyes on the amazing set up that Peri had created for us. Seeing Marshall standing under the coral and white pergola just gave me goose bumps.. This is really happening..

Apparently, there was a bad storm the night before that ruined the pergola and she had to completely redo everything minutes before the ceremony. I thought oh well… no matter what it looks like I will be Mrs. Marshall Olson today. Once I saw how beautiful it was I couldn’t even believe Peri was fussing around. It was an absolutely magical sight that we will never forget.

The beautiful setup at Flamenco beach on Culebra Island, Puerto Rico. Flamenco beach is ranked the third most beautiful beach in the world. Flamenco beach is a gorgeous place for a wedding photographer to take pictures of a  happy couple!
The beautiful setup at Flamenco beach on Culebra Island, Puerto Rico. Flamenco beach is ranked the third most beautiful beach in the world. Flamenco beach is a gorgeous place for a wedding photographer to take pictures of a happy couple!

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How did he ‘pop’ the question?

December 30, 2013 we were curled up on the couch watching TV and I told him we needed to go get balloons because the 31st is my little sister’s birthday.. I had to freshen up before we could go and he went out to start the truck. When I came out to put my shoes on.. BAM there he was on one knee.. I was so surprised I didn’t know how to react but start crying and shake my head yes. When we first starting talking about marriage, I said I didn’t want a fancy proposal.. this couldn’t have been more fitting for us. So casual and I wasn’t suspicious at all!

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Lyndsay and Marshall holding their wedding rings in a handful of sand from Flamenco Beach on Culebra Island.

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

When I think about spending the rest of my life with Marshall, it excites me to no end to think about the precious little family we will eventually make. Step by step we are slowly molding our lives around the children that we hope to have and cherish in the future.

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Why did you choose a destination wedding on Culebra Island in Puerto Rico?

We chose a destination wedding because we are in no way “traditional”. I could not see myself in a big white gown at a church. Plus, we both have very large families are we did not want a huge wedding. By choosing a destination we were able to keep it down to 9 guests, which made it so much more intimate.

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We chose Culebra as our destination because my family and I had been visiting Culebra since I was three years old!! One vacation, I was maybe 8 or 9 years old, my dad and I were walking to the tank at flamenco and I looked up and said “daddy, one day I will get married on this beach.” We consider it our home away from home. When Marshall and I had been dating for 1 year, my parents allowed him to come along on our family vacation.. that was six years ago and he loves it as much as us!! Flamenco beach is very special to our family, and now that we tied the knot there, it gives us all the more reason to visit every January… for our anniversary!

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

With all the chaos of the wedding planning.. don’t forget to take some time to talk with your photographer and look at different wedding poses that you may want..  I did not take much time to look at different poses, but I had talked to Frances multiple times and explained that I had no clue what kind of pictures I was looking for.. I left my picture faith in her hands.. She did an absolutely wonderful job in capturing the most beautiful moments..  I basically left all of the thinking to her and was not disappointed!

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Ramsay and Bill’s engagement photography session on Steps beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Ramsay and Bill’s engagement photography session on Steps beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Love written in the sand at Steps Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico. I love writing things in the sand and photographing them its a great way to make fun save the date cards.
Love written in the sand at Steps Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico. I love writing things in the sand and photographing them its a great way to make fun save the date cards.

Where was your first date?
We met at a mutual friend’s birthday party and then ran back into each other at Bern’s Wine Fest a few weeks later.

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How did he ‘pop’ the question?

We took the boat out to Egmont Key. The weather was absolutely perfect! We pulled the boat up to the beautiful empty beach for a picnic. Bill even snuck a bottle of Dom Perignon Rose Champagne in the picnic basket! He got down on one knee and proposed on the beach. That night, we had dinner at Bern’s Steakhouse with 4 close friends. Bill had pre-arranged to drink a bottle of wine from each of our birth years. It was perfect!

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What made you choose Puerto Rico as a place to have your engagement photographs done? What was your favorite part of your trip in Puerto Rico?

We had taken a vacation to Puerto Rico the year before and had a great time. It’s such a beautiful place and a happy memory for us, so it was the perfect place to take our engagement photos. It’s hard to pick a favorite part of the trip. We had a great time diving, but just relaxing and spending time together was amazing too.

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What are you most excited about when you think about spending the rest of your life with your partner?
I get to spend every day with my best friend. What could be more exciting than that?!?

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What did you enjoy most about your engagement photography session?
It was fun to be together in such a beautiful place and have it all captured.

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What advice would you give to ‘brides to be’ when having engagement photographs done?Relax and pretend like the camera isn’t there. Our best photos are where we look the most natural.

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Western Union – Las Vegas- Valentines day Destination Wedding

Western Union – Las Vegas- Valentines day Destination Wedding

This time last year I was packing my gear for the most amazing destination and all around adventure I had ever been on. I was flying out to Las Vegas, Nevada to photograph Anastacia and Trevors off-beat, Valentines day, western themed, Vegas wedding in the Valley of Fire. My assistant was my long time friend Katie Crisman. We had worked together on several jobs while we were in College together in south Florida. I couldn’t think of a better person to help me with this zany couple.

Anastacia is a costume and set designer so all of her western themed decorations were hand made. The DIY details included her crochet wedding dress, bouquet and of course western themed Valentines day goodie bags for all her guests.

I photographed the wedding using my infrared camera and a special prism lens. The result was a trippy collection of wedding photographs. They brought their cats with them to hang out in their swanky Vegas hotel room that they had decorated with all western themed items.

I had a blast following this amazing bunch of people all around Vegas and the Valley of Fire snapping photographs.

Trevor and Anastacia kiss on their balcony in Vegas the night before their wedding.
Trevor and Anastacia kiss on their balcony in Vegas the night before their wedding.
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The view from the Cosmopolitan hotel right on the Vegas strip. So much eye candy for a photographer 🙂
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Anastacia and Trevor had their cats along for the festivities.
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These are the western themed DIY goodie bags the bride made for her guests. Anastacia is the DIY queen!
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Fun DIY pins decorated with western themed buttons and sequins.
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The brides blue cowgirl boots were a perfect quirky choice for the western themed wedding.
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The happy couple ready for the big day relaxing in the lobby of the Cosmopolitan hotel.
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One of the most beautiful features of the hotel was this amazing hanging crystal chandelier. The strands were several stories long.
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This is an infrared photograph I took of the ceremony in the Valley of Fire.
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The couple posing in their DIY western themed Photo Booth! They set this up in the foyer of their hotel room. Such a fun idea!

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