All the hard work that went into this wedding is just jaw-dropping amazing! The entire wedding reception was held indoors to keep everyone cool on this hot summer day.
Carlos Gonzales with i2 events also oversaw the event design of Nicole’s 300-person wedding reception at the San Juan Marriott Hotel Puerto Rico. Orchids and hydrangea were submerged and piled high on top of the tables. Emily was able to get these photos at the same time I was photographing the wedding party
The candy buffet was a huge hit amongst the guests
By the time I returned, most of the escort cards were gone, so thanks again to Emily for catching this! The calligraphy is very elegant
We began the night with toasts
As Nicole and Lino met while salsa-ing, they had a spectacular, choreographed first dance that started off with Etta James’s “At Last” and then moved into a salsa number that had everyone asking for an encore! Nicole had changed into a ruffled Pronovias gown for the night
Their 4-tiered wedding cake was adorned with orchids. Also hanging off the blue drapery all around the hall were these LED-lit orchid strings
2 cool things – the wedding’s signature cocktail drink, and the between-course sorbet, which was served with LED-lit ice cubes
I was at this party until 2AM!!!! 2 musical groups, a singer, and also one of the most popular DJs in Puerto Rico kept everyone dancing all through the night – and boy, everyone here can dance!
The parents of the bride and groom tearing up the dance floor!
And also the grandmothers
Everybody had such a blast at this wedding
Nicole’s brother, Roberto, who I thought was a pretty quiet guy, had some awesome moves of his own! he also presented a choreographed dance with his girlfriend for the bride and groom
Bouquet and garter toss
One of the bridesmaids, Maria, presented a very sweet song
After midnight, this performing group surprised all the guests! Everyone donned glittery hats and masks and props
They had Nicole and Lino do a dance-off
One more inspiration board! Row 1: candy buffet, and table number labels and escort cards. Nicole hand-glittered all of the paper in this wedding!
Row 2: Cufflinks, escort cards
Row 3: Disposable cameras for each table, and the favors (hand-made soaps!). Flower detail
Thank you, thank you so much to the families for trusting me with your memories. This was an experience that I never thought could happen to me – my very first destination wedding as a wedding photographer. Nicole and Lino, whenever I look at the photos of you two, I know that you guys share something special. I wish you two nothing but the sweetest life together for years to come. Thank you for letting me be a part of it!
Vendors in this post:
Hotel: San Juan Marriott Hotel Puerto Rico & Stellaris Casino
Make-up: David Lang
Dress: Monique Lhuillier, Pronovias
Bridesmaid dresses: Vera Wang
Mother of bride dress: Pronovias
Wedding planner: Viviane Fortuno
Florist and event design: Carlos Gonzales with i2 events ! inc.
Second shooter: Emily Ku Photography