I had the absolute pleasure recently to travel from San Diego to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico in the Caribbean for Ray and Valerie’s destination wedding at the beautiful El Convento Hotel. The historic El Convento hotel is located right in downtown Old San Juan, and is a beautiful location for a destination wedding. Ray’s mother and father grew up in Old San Juan so in addition to having an incredible location to shoot, I had Ray’s father helping me scout locations around town. In the four days I spent in Puerto Rico, I fell in love with Old San Juan … from the cobblestone streets, to the beautifully painted buildings and architecture, to the fantastic food, to the walkable nature of the city (I spent most mornings running around the town which both served as my morning workout as well as familiarizing myself with the city’s layout).
Valerie and Ray’s wedding day started beautifully, and I walked to La Bombonera for my morning Mallorca … I used my morning runs as an excuse to be able to eat these delicious but most definitely OFF the diet treat! If you’ve never had one, think of it as a Puerto Rican McGriddle mixed with a New Orleans Beignet … like I said, off the diet! Valerie and her girls got ready in the Gloria Vanderbilt suite at the Hotel El Convento, and it is a fantastic suite. beautiful colors, beautiful light and plenty of room for all the girls, the makeup artist and stylist! Just as Valerie was finishing getting ready, the Puerto Rican rainy season reared it’s head and started to rain. We spent the next two hours shooting family portraits, the bridal party and Valerie and Ray around the El Convento, while watching the skies and hoping for the rain to move out for the afternoon. Shortly before the ceremony was to start the skies cleared long enough for the chairs to be set up in the courtyard only to open up again. Gladly the chairs were still set up in the Oller Salon just off the main ballroom where the reception would be. Since Valerie and Ray had a fairly intimate group of friends and family, the Salon was just large enough to fit all their guests and create an intimate feel. We’ll get to the ceremony and reception next, but in the meantime I wanted to share some of the photos from the early part of the day.
To see a few images from Valerie and Ray’s wedding, click on the large image above, or any of the thumbnails below.
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