Romantic Old San Juan Wedding
Before the “I Do”
I first met Anna ten years ago where our love for beaches and reggae music brought us together during our college years. We both attended the University of Puerto Rico, and despite my move to the States we have remained a part of one another’s lives ever since.
On one of my many trips back to the Island, I had the chance to meet Jonnatan. It was easy to tell how happy Anna was with him. They had been introduced through his cousin, and Anna’s colleague, and things fell into place for the two of them from there.
The Day Of
It was a busy trip for my coworker and me. Two weddings in one weekend, it was sure to be a challenge. We began preparing for Anna’s wedding by scouting out places for photos in Old San Juan. The warm, tropical weather was one of the first signs the day would be perfect for celebrating the happy couple.
Our journey led us to the Hotel El Convento where we met the bride and groom. Anna was gorgeous with her hair and make-up done, and she hadn’t even put her dress on. Our reunion was emotional to say the least; the last time we saw one another was at my wedding. Now it was her turn.
Anna preparing with her wedding party was an intimate affair to say the least. Her mother, grandmother, wedding planner, photographer and I were the only ones there. It was no different with the groom as he was accompanied by his brother, cheering with a couple of beers. Soon enough, Anna was slipping into her dress and donning her veil (another intimate touch as it was made by her mother). With the final touches, the bride was beyond stunning and ready to walk down the aisle.
The hotel itself was a beautiful blend of colonial and tropical, tradition with plenty of “wow” factors. Placed in the heart of Old San Juan and surrounded by historic landmarks, the historic hotel exuded old world charm and romance. Cobble stone streets with a style dating back centuries created the perfect backdrop for pictures. This was the perfect place for Anna and Jonnatan to begin their new journey.
The ceremony was quick and was complimented by live music from Los Violines de Marquito. Every time you looked at the couple they were smiling or giggling. Their eyes shone with their happiness.
After some couple portraits at the Plaza de la Catedral, we were off to the Plaza de la Rogativa where we got another taste of history Old San Juan had to offer. The reception, held at the Matorell Ballroom, was decorated with Lorraine’s (a local florist) flowers and continued with the intimate and romantic theme the wedding had going on all day. Even more personal were the wedding gifts the guests were given.
The newlyweds were soon introduced and Starship’s “Nothing’s Going to Stop Us” filled the room. The dancing began, toasts from their families were given, and the party was underway. Needless to say, the evening ended how the day began- filled with joy, family, and love.