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A Puerto Rican Beach Wedding


Getting married on a cloudy day in paradise

Heidi, Actress & Benjamin, Filmmaker

One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: L.A.ce in paradise!

Soundtrack for reading: “Rock of Gibraltar” by Nick Cave

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Other Cool Stuff We Should Know About

Three of our bridesmaids covered “Dimming of the Day” and make us weep like little babies. Our buddies read “The Missing Piece Meets the Big O” by Shel Silverstein, with illustrated note cards. Two family members read Pablo Neruda’s “Tu Risa (Your Laughter),” first in Spanish, then in English, to honor the languages spoken in our family. We also had a family member as our officiant, as we are not religious, but considered it very important to include our friends and family wherever we could as they make us who we are!

Our dance soundtrack was mostly Northern Soul, followed up by some serious jams like Santigold’s “Creator” at the end of the night when everyone was a bit toasty. We also made sure to include some Salsa tunes for all the amazing Salsa dancers within our families. The food was incredible. Our planner, Sarah Rosario, uses amazing caterers. Also, our family runs some Ben & Jerry’s stores on the island, so they donated a Ben & Jerry’s cart that was used all weekend—by the pool, by the ocean, on the dance floor… ice cream was EVERYWHERE!

We had the most amazing Maid of Honor and Best Man of all time. No contest. They were put to the test repeatedly and PREVAILED. Villa Tres Palmas was a great choice of location. Their staff goes above and beyond to make everyone happy. Plus, there’s an outdoor toilet on the deck of the master bedroom. You can use it while you stare at the ocean, and no one below can see you. That was pretty wonderful. Our photographers were the BEST. We wouldn’t change a thing.

When in doubt about whether or not to put gold beach balls in the pool: don’t be in doubt. DO IT! Those beach balls were one of the best choices we made.

Favorite Thing About the Wedding

Our favorite part of the wedding was, hands down, the ceremony. There was so much love everywhere. Our friends and family are just incredible human beings.


The Info:

Photographer: Jonas Seaman APW Sponsor | Location: Rincon, Puerto Rico | Venue: Villa Tres Palmas | Heidi’s Dress: BHLDN | Benjamin’s and Groomsmen’s Outfits: J.Crew | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth | Stylist: Analucia McGorty | Hairstylist: Kaity Licina | Headpiece and Necklace: Natasha Noor | Wedding Planner: Sarah Rosario

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  • Ariel

    In love with your dress!!!

  • http://www.rachellerawlingsphotography.com/ Rachelle

    Totally gorgeous and NORTHERN SOUL YES.

  • sara g

    Girlll your dress! And your hair!! What a lovely wedding. And I’m a little jealous about that toilet. ;)

  • Lauren from NH

    I love the up-close picture of you two nuzzling. Very emotional and intimate.

  • Caitlin_DD

    I’m going to be the one to say I love your husband’s getting ready photo, hilarious! Your dress is so killer!

    • scw

      I showed that one to FH. we both love it!

    • Jonas Seaman

      Mary, my second-shooter/girlfriend captured that one. When I was culling through her photos from the day, that one came up and I laughed out loud!

  • MDBethann

    The bride looks like she stepped out of the 1920s. Gorgeous!!!

  • http://peckishadventurer.blogspot.com/ Amanda

    You didn’t even need sunshine! That’s the most colorful wedding I’ve ever seen! Gorgeous!

  • MC

    OMG the bride’s whole outfit is making me reconsider everything I’ve already planned about my outfit. DAMN.

  • LydiaB

    So I’ve been wondering what to do with the small pool hanging out in the middle of our venue… gold beach balls of course!!

    Gorgeous wedding and amazing outfit change!!

  • vegankitchendiaries

    Heartbreakingly beautiful. Deliciously dreamy. Oh my word!

  • Aaron Radford

    Love the processing and beautiful candid shots

  • GA

    BEAUTIFUL wedding! Made all the more magical for the cloudiness. (Sun averse, here.) And your dress is absolutely stunning.

    My mother is Puerto Rican, so even though I’m sun-sensitive and I hate humidity, my husband and I honeymooned in San Juan. (Haha. I know.) But even oppressive summer weather can never kill my love of “la isla.” Looking at your photos makes me want to go back so badly!

    Also, I have to say that I lost it at the picture of you crying. I legitimately teared up.

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