While I don’t get to share them nearly enough (and until my baby naps longer than 40 minutes at a time I won’t get to – fingers crossed we get over this hump soon!) I sure do love to feature weddings. The love just gets me, every single time. The pretty details do it too, but mostly it’s the love. I’ve been waiting to share this bright burst of love destination wedding from 13:13 Photography for a bit. Hope it warms your day, wherever you are.
Saul and I were introduced by a mutual friend. We dated for almost four years before tying the knot, but once we decided to get married it all happened very quickly – we planned the entire wedding in less than six months! We decided pretty early on that having a destination wedding was a must for us. We were getting married in December and wanted sunshine and warm weather! We found everything we were looking for in Puerto Rico. We opted to host approximately 35 of our closest friends and family at two events: a welcome dinner in quaint Old San Juan at the historic El Convento hotel, and then the wedding two hours away at Villa Montana in Isabela on the northwest coast. We had a blast touring San Juan’s forts, salsa dancing and shopping/dining throughout the cobblestone streets and colorful buildings; and then spent the days surrounding our wedding relaxing on wicker loungers in front of a stunning, private beach. Given that we had never had a site visit to any of the locations we selected, I still can’t believe how lucky we were – and credit a lot of great online resources and reviews from other brides.
We got married in a beach-front gazebo at Villa Montana Beach Resort. We felt like we had their private beach all to ourselves. It was gorgeous and stress-free, the resort took care of all of the details and we used the on-site wedding planner to make sure everything was on schedule.We had our first look in the resort’s herb garden, which was beautfiul. We decided not to have a standing wedding party. Saul escorted his mother in and my mother walked me down the aisle to an instrumental version of the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun.” The ceremony was very intimate – we would laugh and then cry and then laugh again. I think my favorite moment was when the minister led the group in a blessing of our marriage – our friends and family come from a variety of beliefs and backgrounds and it was very moving to see everyone raise their hands in unity and give us a loving tribute. After the ceremony we had a cocktail hour on the gazebo lawn and then dinner on the patio at the resort’s beach-front restaurant, followed by a bonfire on the beach with s’mores. It was exactly what we wanted – stress-free but beautiful and memorable.
Love the bride’s BHLDN attire, that fabulous ring, and the whole warm and loving feel of the day, don’t you? Congrats to Amber & Saul!
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