Tropical destination wedding at villa montaña resort
Before the ‘I Do’
I came to know Alexander and Joel through a mutual friend after moving to Buffalo, and- all of us being from Puerto Rico- we bonded among the colder weather and snow. It only made sense to have their wedding in a place that celebrated their heritage and home at a beautiful destination in Puerto Rico. Despite hurricanes stalling their original date, or maybe because of that, the couple would come to get their dream wedding at the Villa Montaña.
Caribbean ambiance, secluded beaches, oceanfront views, exotic and tropical landscaping. This plantation-style resort set the mood perfectly and made for an even more perfect day to celebrate the happy couple.
The Day Of
The day started off as ideal as we could have wanted. The weather was just right- warm and sunny- and preparations were underway from the morning. The whole staff, the wedding planner, my team, and even their photographer were working hard to create a night to remember.
While the morning in the bridal suite was spent getting ready, it wasn’t without its fun. Confetti, balloons and personalized bath robes, there’s no doubt it was a celebration as everyone got dolled up in their very best. Alexandra’s Man of Honor, a talented hair and make-up artist, wasted no effort in making the bride look more than exceptional when all was said and done.
Soon enough, it was time for the ceremony to start. The guests were seated, and the wedding party was in place. A rustic gazebo with a vivid ocean as the back drop served as the perfect place to say, “I do”. Though the officiant repeating the ceremony in both English and Spanish, the couple kept their vows in Spanish. Short and sweet the ceremony finished, and the day ended with pictures on the beach.
Living up to the locations theme, the reception was whimsical and dreamy. Candle chandeliers and artistically intertwined branches helped to create an outdoorsy ambiance that would continue throughout the night. Alexandra and Joel were welcomed to the room by family and friends. Speeches from those closest to them were given and by the end, guests and wedding party members alike were left tearing up; this was a new beginning that everyone was welcoming. A speech by their Man of honor, Brian Ruiz, was especially wonderful as he imparted with them what love should be for the couple.
Impressing guests from start to finish, the night ended with a bonfire back out on the beach. The newlyweds had their moment to thank everyone and served late night snacks under the stars. Sticking with that same ambience, s’mores were built and enjoyed, ending a sweet day with an even sweeter treat.
Venue: Villa Montaña Beach Resort
Event Planner: Handcrafted Wedding & Event Planning Company
Photography: Gabriel González Photography and Wedding Cinema
Bride Hair and Make Up: Brian Ruiz Hair and Make Up
Bridal Party Hair and Make Up: Chic Make Up By Sully Rodriguez