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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When did the two of you first meet?

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

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

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

Tell us about your first date…

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

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

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

When did you know you were in love?

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

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

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

Who popped the question and how did it happen?

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Cory, what does true love mean to you?

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

Steven, what does true love mean to you? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How did you find Rincon Images?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What about your wedding party was unique and different?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking back is there anything you would have done differently?

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

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

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

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.
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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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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Rincon Vacations Listing

Rincon Vacations Listing

Super excited to be listed on the Rincon Vacations website. Check out my listing and some of the other fun information they have on the site. Rincon Vacations is a great source of information about having fun in Rincon and western Puerto Rico. Call them for information about tours and other activities in the Rincon area. 787 632 2889

I highly recommend their concierge services for planning things to do with your family and friends while they are in town for your wedding!