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.

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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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Brooke and Trevor – Tres Palmas Wedding Rincon Puerto Rico

Brooke and Trevor – Tres Palmas Wedding Rincon Puerto Rico

Brooke and Trevor tied the knot during a romantic beach wedding at Tres Palmas Guest house in Rincon Puerto Rico. Their intimate ceremony was attended by close friends and family. Brooks two daughters were lovely flower girls and a close family friend married them. I absolutely love photographing these smaller weddings because I feel like I really have a chance to connect with the Bride and Groom and their family and friends.

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Custom designed wedding napkins for Brooke and Trevors Rincon destination wedding.
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Palm tree lovers intertwined in front of the ceremony site in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Brookes daughter, the flower girl for the wedding wearing her special tiara as her mom gets ready for the wedding ceremony.
Brookes daughter, the flower girl for the wedding wearing her special tiara as her mom gets ready for the wedding ceremony.
The two beautiful flower girls dressed in white for their mothers Rincon Beach wedding. I absolutely love photographing flower girls during weddings because they are so full of joy.
The two beautiful flower girls dressed in white for their mothers Rincon Beach wedding. I absolutely love photographing flower girls during weddings because they are so full of joy.
A black and white photograph of our Rincon Images bride Brooke.
A black and white photograph of our Rincon Images bride Brooke.
This is a soft photograph of the bride I did using my lens baby. The lens baby is a small tilt and shift lens, really fun for creating soft and romantic portraits.
This is a soft photograph of the bride I did using my lens baby. The lens baby is a small tilt and shift lens, really fun for creating soft and romantic portraits.
Here comes the bride! The flower girls on their way down the isle with the beautiful tropical landscape of Rincon, Puerto Rico behind them.
Here comes the bride! The flower girls on their way down the isle with the beautiful tropical landscape of Rincon, Puerto Rico behind them.

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And you may kiss the bride!
And you may kiss the bride!
The bride and groom together during their post wedding sunset photo session.
The bride and groom together during their post wedding sunset photo session.
Or bride and groom, Brooke and Trevor having fun on camera.
Or bride and groom, Brooke and Trevor having fun on camera.
Wedding at 8th and Ocean

Wedding at 8th and Ocean

This seaside wedding at 8th and Ocean was all about family. The happy couple came down from Jamestown New York with their two sons and a house full of their closest friends and family. Rev. Gregory Ruiz married the two of them during a beautiful sunset wedding in Rincon Puerto Rico.

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Bride and groom after their ceremony on the beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico. - Wedding photographer puerto rico
Bride and groom after their ceremony on the beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Groom wearing a white suit and navy blue shirt fixing his white tie before the wedding. -Wedding photographer puerto rico
Groom fixing his tie before the wedding. -Wedding photographer puerto rico
Their baby son wears a gold cross and plays with the wedding rings during a tender moment before the ceremony. Wedding photographer puerto rico
Their son plays with the wedding rings during a tender moment before the ceremony. Wedding photographer puerto rico
Detail photograph of a brides hand with a tattoo that says "Family" on her ring finger. Her ring finger also has a solitaire diamond engagement ring on it. Her hand is resting on her beaded white wedding dress. Wedding photographer puerto rico.
Its all about Family! Bride shows off her tattoo and wedding ring. Wedding Photographer puerto rico
Bride suggestively plays with the garter belt while lying on her bed covered in her white wedding dress.
A little sexy getting ready shot on the big day. Wedding photographer Puerto rico.
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Bride and groom kick off their shoes for a walk on the beach after their ceremony. I love these early evening photographs. – wedding photographer puerto rico
Bride has fun playing with fake mustache and fake eye glasses. The props are made of paper and glued to sticks. She also has a sign that says just married. - wedding photographer puerto rico
Just married! Silly Photo Booth props. These really make for exciting pictures. – Wedding photographer puerto rico
Creative Engagement Photography – Double Exposure & Infrared Photography at the Lighthouse – Rincon, Puerto Rico

Creative Engagement Photography – Double Exposure & Infrared Photography at the Lighthouse – Rincon, Puerto Rico

Tamara and Jason met as correctional officers in the United States (Yes of course I had to ask her about Orange is the New Black!… and she told me that for the most part its pretty true to life), they were partnered together for self defense classes. We did this wonderful day before photoshoot at the Faro (lighthouse) here in Rincon. Their destination wedding was right down the beach from where we did this engagement style portrait session. I find that destination wedding photographers in puerto rico can sometimes get in a rut with coming up with creative portrait ideas since we are usually photographing on the beach. Using some creative photography tricks any place can become the perfect spot for portraits. Pre and Post photo sessions are great because there is extra time to spend focusing on making wonderful images, there also isn’t the pressure of a time line or other people around. During Tamara and Jason’s session I did some more creative photography; double exposures and I also used my infrared camera. Having the extra time and space as well as a couple who is up for making something beautiful is the best space to create amazing new pictures. I always highly highly recommend doing an additional portrait session as an add on to wedding photography. I tell my friends that most photographers will even do it at a discounted rate if they are already doing the photography for the wedding. Its always worth it and another chance to have fun in front of the camera… and if you doing a post wedding session it could be another opportunity to wear your dress!

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Unique Double exposure Couples Portrait - Creative Portrait and Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
Unique Double exposure Couples Portrait – Creative Portrait and Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
Double exposure from a day before session at the light house park in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Creative Portrait and Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
Double exposure from a day before session at the light house park in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Creative Portrait and Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
An infrared photograph of the bridal couple the day before their wedding at the Light House park in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Creative Portrait and Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
An infrared photograph of the bridal couple the day before their wedding at the Light House park in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
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Sneaking a peek through the trees… a fun infrared photograph at the Light House park in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Creative Portrait and Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
Sneaking a peek through the trees… a fun infrared photograph at the Light House park in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Creative Portrait and Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
My first Same Sex Wedding LGBT friendly Wedding photographer in Puerto Rico

My first Same Sex Wedding LGBT friendly Wedding photographer in Puerto Rico

Wow! It seems like it was only yesterday I was standing on the beautiful white sand beaches of Culebra Island with Jett and Chelsea before their beautiful destination wedding in Puerto Rico. It was my first time on the island of Culebra, a beautiful remote island off the east coast of Puerto Rico. It is only accessible by small 8 seater plans and a ferry. The population of permanent residents is about 1500 so its a very small community. The beach where the wedding was held was Flamenco Beach ranked #3 in the world! Of course it made a beautiful back drop for beach wedding photography.

Jett and Chelsea’s wedding was my first Same Sex wedding. I’ve been doing wedding photography on the island for over 5 years now so I think its about time. Their destination wedding on culebra island was intimate with just close friends and family. They had beautiful tropical decorations. The wedding was catered and organized by the amazing folks at Homeless Dog Cafe, I can’t recommend them enough!

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Cute matching Bride and Bride hats for Jett and Chelseas Same Sex wedding on Culebra island.
Cute matching Bride and Bride hats for Jett and Chelseas Same Sex wedding on Culebra island.
The beautiful blue water and perfect white sand on flamenco beach make for great wedding photography.
The beautiful blue water and perfect white sand on flamenco beach make for great wedding photography.
Jett and Chelsea showing their Love and Pride on Flamenco beach in this romantic same sex wedding photograph.
Jett and Chelsea showing their Love and Pride on Flamenco beach in this romantic same sex wedding photograph.
It's all about the ladies! LGBT and Same sex friendly wedding photographer.
It’s all about the ladies! LGBT and Same sex friendly wedding photographer.
The ladies get ready to say "I do!"  - LGBT, same sex friendly wedding photographer culebra island.
The ladies get ready to say “I do!” – LGBT, same sex friendly wedding photographer culebra island.