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.
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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.
Marriage Equality Puerto Rico – Lambda Legal Press Conference

Marriage Equality Puerto Rico – Lambda Legal Press Conference

In late June I was asked to photograph the Lambda Legal Press conference in San Juan. The press conference was held to introduce the people to the couples who are currently fighting the same sex marriage ban here in Puerto Rico. I was thrilled to be a part of the movement and contribute to the cause. As a wedding photographer living in Puerto Rico it is my hope that same sex marriage in Puerto Rico will one day be legal. I have had the pleasure of photographing two gay weddings ceremonies here on the island. Take a peek at my blog post for the gay wedding I photographed in Culebra and the one I shot in Arecibo. The couples were first legally married in the main land and then held their celebrations here. I hope that more couples will courageously hold their ceremonies here and push the envelope for marriage equality here in Puerto Rico.

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Wedding photographer stands in front of the blue lambda legal back drop at a press conference in san juan.
Standing in front of the Lambda Legal back drop. Same sex wedding photographer.
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.
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