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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Scott and Colleen – Villa Cofresi – Rincon Wedding

Scott and Colleen – Villa Cofresi – Rincon Wedding

Scott and Colleen were married at the beautiful and tropical Villa Cofresi Resort and Hotel, in Rincon, Puerto Rico this past October. Everything about this wedding said Tropical fun! Her fantastic hand beaded bouquet as well as all the tropical seashells, and colorful touches made for a playful and romantic celebration. I absolutely loved the hawaiian t-shirts and tropical flowers. The whimsical murals on the walls at Villa Cofresi made great back drops for some of our pre ceremony pictures. The couple was also blessed with a gorgeous sunset that made for fantastic photographs as well.

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White wedding dress with beautiful beading hanging in a window. Photographed by Rincon Images wedding photographer Rincon Puerto Rico.
Colleens beautifully beaded wedding dress hanging in the window.
Bride waiting before the ceremony. Photography by Rincon Images wedding photographer Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Colleen wearing her hand made tie dyed tank top. Looking beautiful before her ceremony.
Bride holding a hand beaded bouquet
Hand made beaded bridal bouquet. The locket holds a photograph of her late father and is attached to the bouquet with a string of pearls.
Three wedding rings sitting in sand with a tropical hibiscus flower. Photograph by Rincon Images photography, wedding photographer Rincon Puerto Rico.
Colleen and Scotts rings as well as their sons ring.
The groom and his son both wearing tropical hawaiin tshirts standing in the hallway at Villa Cofresi in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Photograph by  Rincon Images photography. Wedding photographer in Rincon Puerto Rico.
Tropical Hawaiian T-shirts and tropical flowers were the dress code for the gentlemen.
Black and white photograph of the Bride in her hotel room at Villa Cofresi before the wedding ceremony. Photography by Rincon Images Photography, Rincon, Puerto Rico. Wedding photographer Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Colleen getting ready before the ceremony

Photograph of the Bride in her hotel room at Villa Cofresi before the wedding ceremony. Photography by Rincon Images Photography, Rincon, Puerto Rico. Wedding photographer Rincon, Puerto Rico.

Photograph of the Bride in her hotel room at Villa Cofresi before the wedding ceremony. Photography by Rincon Images Photography, Rincon, Puerto Rico. Wedding photographer Rincon, Puerto Rico.photograph of the Bride in her hotel room at Villa Cofresi before the wedding ceremony. Photography by Rincon Images Photography, Rincon, Puerto Rico. Wedding photographer Rincon, Puerto Rico.

The ceremony set up at Villa Cofresi Hotel and Resort in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Photography by Rincon Images wedding photographer in Rincon Puerto Rico. Wedding photography in Rincon Puerto Rico.
The site of the ceremony at Villa Cofresi was gorgeous that day. The lovely orange wedding decorations went perfectly with the blue carribean ocean.
The tropical ring bearer and flower girl walking down the aisle at Villa Cofresit Resort and Hotel in Rincon, Puerto Rico. The sunset was perfect for a destination beach wedding in Rincon Puerto Rico. Wedding photography by Rincon Images wedding photography in Rincon Puerto Rico. Wedding photographer Rincon Puerto Rico.
The tropical ring bearer and flower girl walking down the aisle at Villa Cofresit Resort and Hotel in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Scott slipping the wedding ring onto Colleens finger and the sun sets during their wedding by the beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Wedding photography by Rincon Images wedding photography. Wedding photographer in Rincon Puerto Rico.
Scott slipping the wedding ring onto Colleens finger and the sun sets during their wedding by the beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
The bride and groom smiling for the camera after their destination wedding at Villa Cofresi Resort and Hotel in Rincon Puerto Rico.  Wedding photography by Rincon Images wedding photography. Wedding photographer Rincon, Puerto Rico.
The happy Bride and Groom smiling for the camera after their ocean front wedding ceremony at Villa Cofresi in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
The bride and groom silhouette in front of the sunset after their destination wedding at Villa Cofresi Resort and Hotel in Rincon Puerto Rico.  Wedding photography by Rincon Images wedding photography. Wedding photographer Rincon, Puerto Rico.
A sunset silhouette photograph of Scott and Colleen.
The bride and grooms wedding rings and wedding band tattoos. Wedding photograph by Rincon Images wedding photography. Wedding photographer Rincon, Puerto Rico.
The bride and grooms wedding rings and wedding band tattoos.
Tropical be achy wedding cake with fun beach chair cake topper. Perfect for a destination wedding in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Wedding photograph by Rincon Images wedding photography. Wedding photographer in Rincon, Puerto RIco.
Tropical be achy wedding cake with fun beach chair cake topper. Perfect for a destination wedding in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
The bride and groom with their guests in the ballroom of Villa Cofresi Resort and Hotel in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Wedding photography by Rincon Images wedding photography. Wedding photographer Rincon Puerto Rico.
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Beautiful June Brides – LGBT wedding photographer puerto rico – Same Sex weddings

Beautiful June Brides – LGBT wedding photographer puerto rico – Same Sex weddings

There is nothing more beautiful than a June Bride…. well maybe two June Brides!

I had the honor and pleasure of photographing Elizabeth and Adriana’s beautiful Arecibo destination beach wedding. I had connected with the ladies via Skype and we talked a little bit about couples style and the overall feel of their wedding. Lots of beautiful delicate details and beautiful feminine dresses. They were blessed with clear skies and a wonderful sunset. I’m thrilled to have been a part of their wedding.

Most of the weddings I photograph are more or less the same… even the same sex ones! So most of what I do is look for unique and interesting things that will bring out the individual style of the couple I am photographing. Sometimes its something with the decor, or an interesting new tradition that has been added to the ceremony. These are important things to think about when planning your wedding. How will you show your personality… what kind of things will you include in your ceremony to make it more meaningful?  For Elizabeth and Adriana it was a special Rose ceremony honoring their parents as well as a sand ceremony to symbolize their lives becoming intermixed.

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Cute Mrs. & Mrs Cake toppers -LGBT, Same Sex Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
Cute Mrs. & Mrs Cake toppers -LGBT, Same Sex Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
Rose Ceremony for the parents of the bridal couple -LGBT, Same Sex Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
Rose Ceremony for the parents of the bridal couple -LGBT, Same Sex Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
The Kiss! -LGBT, Same Sex Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
The Kiss! -LGBT, Same Sex Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
Elizabeth and Adriana together on the beach right after they were pronounced wife and wife. LGBT, Same Sex Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
Elizabeth and Adriana together on the beach right after they were pronounced wife and wife. LGBT, Same Sex Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
A gorgeous sunset makes for incredible photographs of the happy couple -LGBT, Same Sex Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
A gorgeous sunset makes for incredible photographs of the happy couple -LGBT, Same Sex Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
Creative High Key Portrait of the happy wives after their wedding. -LGBT, Same Sex Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
Creative High Key Portrait of the happy wives after their wedding. -LGBT, Same Sex Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
Elizabeth and Adrianas first dance together as Wife and Wife. - LGBT, Same Sex Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
Elizabeth and Adrianas first dance together as Wife and Wife. – LGBT, Same Sex Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico
Rincon Destination Beach Wedding – Christopher and Rachael

Rincon Destination Beach Wedding – Christopher and Rachael

Christopher and Rachael were married by the beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico. They took extra special care to make sure that everything was perfect, that the venue was well decorated and everything fit the mood for their tropical destination wedding. Both of their families were in attendance and had a wonderful time celebrating their wedding by the beach.

The venue for this wedding was Sunset Paradise Villas, its right on the water and one of my favorite places to do wedding photography in Rincon, Puerto Rico. The planner who made sure everything went smoothly was Mary Gilmartin of Classic Events.

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Bridal Portrait with Bridesmaids, Destination wedding in Rincon, Puerto Rico
Bridal Portrait with Bridesmaids, Destination wedding in Rincon, Puerto Rico

 

Flower girl with wedding rings, Rincon, Puerto Rico
Flower girl with wedding rings, Rincon, Puerto Rico
Cute and Creative Program design for a Destination Wedding in Puerto Rico
Cute and Creative Program design for a Destination Wedding in Puerto Rico
Sunset Beach Portrait - Creative Wedding Photography
Sunset Beach Portrait – Creative Wedding Photography
Destination Wedding Aguadilla – Racquel and Franky

Destination Wedding Aguadilla – Racquel and Franky

Congrats to Raquel and Franky!

Their destination beach wedding in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico was a joy to photograph. Racquel’s selection of beautiful tropical flowers and creative and inspiring decorations set the tone for the day. Their family and friends couldn’t have been happier and everyone had a great time that their wedding.  Below are a few of the photographs from their wedding collection. The two photographs of them together as a couple and the head and shoulders portrait of Racquel were created just after the ceremony. As a wedding photographer its always important to keep trying new things, and its especially important as a destination wedding photographer in Puerto Rico since most of the time I’m photographing on the beach or similar location. To create these images I had my assistant hold the soft box behind them and shot directly into the light to get the high key effect in these portraits. Its important to experiment with lighting, and creating different kinds of images. All of my couples are so different and their wedding images should reflect some of their unique personality.

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Creative couples wedding portrait.
Creative couples wedding portrait.
Creative Bridal Portrait
Creative Bridal Portrait
Wedding Rings on top of Vows
Wedding Rings on top of Vows
Destination wedding decoration
Destination wedding decoration
Racquel Bridal Portrait
Racquel Bridal Portrait
Beautiful Wedding Rings
Beautiful Wedding Rings

 

Vince and Suzanne – La Copa Llena Seaside wedding in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Vince and Suzanne – La Copa Llena Seaside wedding in Rincon, Puerto Rico

This wedding was absolutely gorgeous, the flowers, her dress, and all of the little details made this seaside wedding at La Copa Llena unforgettable.

Vince and Suzanne live up north but vacation often here in Rincon. Their story is filled with Rincon Romance… they met each other for the first time at Pool Bar, a hot spot in the Puntas area, and Rincon has been a special place for them ever since.

La Copa Llena is one of my favorite venues because it has such a great combination of indoor and outdoor spaces. Its perfect for any kind of weather and also a lot of fun for me as a Rincon Wedding photographer because it offers a variety of different kinds of light and backgrounds to play with.

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Creative wedding decoration hand painted on a Medalla Box - Rincon, Puerto Rico Wedding Photographer
Creative wedding decoration hand painted on a Medalla Box – Rincon, Puerto Rico Wedding Photographer
Bridal portrait of Suzanne on her balcony before the wedding - Rincon, Puerto Rico Wedding Photographer
Bridal portrait of Suzanne on her balcony before the wedding – Rincon, Puerto Rico Wedding Photographer
Sexy and Mysterious Black and White bridal portrait. Rincon, Puerto Rico Wedding Photographer.
Sexy and Mysterious Black and White bridal portrait. Rincon, Puerto Rico Wedding Photographer.
La Copa Llena at the Black eagle, a great Venue for Destination Weddings here in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
La Copa Llena at the Black eagle, a great Venue for Destination Weddings here in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Mmmm a delicious and beautiful appetizer. Food photography is always something fun to play with as a wedding photographer when appetizers are being passed.
Mmmm a delicious and beautiful appetizer. Food photography is always something fun to play with as a wedding photographer when appetizers are being passed.
Cheers! Martini served with Olives graces the bar at La Copa Llena.
Cheers! Martini served with Olives graces the bar at La Copa Llena.
Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding in Rincon Puerto Rico

Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding in Rincon Puerto Rico

When Mary Gilmartin ( wwww.tastebudspr.com ), one of my favorite planners in Rincon asked me about doing a Great Gatsby inspired wedding photoshoot I jumped at the opportunity. I never pass up a chance to work with my buddies in the industry to come up with something creative. The location for the shoot was Marias a new spot on Maria’s Beach Behind Calypso. Its a great venue for a wedding, incredible housing accomodations, fabulous pool, plenty of lawn space for a garden cocktail hour and easy access to the beach. When I arrived that morning, Mary was stacking glasses to do a champagne pour with a big smile on her face. I went inside and met Mary Kate Gales ( http://www.mkgales.com ) our model and make-up artist for the day. Her look is stunning but what she can do with a powder compact and a brush is even more incredible, I’m looking forward to doing more work with her in the future. I wanted to capture some of the essence of the Great Gatsby, but I didn’t want to try and fake 1920’s New York, in 2013 Rincon, Puerto Rico.  If the Great Gatsby had a destination wedding in Rincon, I think it would have looked something like this…

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Creative Wedding Photography
Creative Wedding Photography
Creative Wedding Photography
Creative Wedding Photography

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Great Gatsby Marias