Guys Trip that Turned into a Wedding

Planning meetings with clients is a usual occasion when you’re a wedding planner and this one seemed no different. When I arrived at the location I was greeted by four young men and as they walked up to greet me it seemed just like a scenario from the movie The Hangover. James, our soon to be groom, was with his best friends on a normal guy’s trip doing what any guys would do, hanging out at the bar getting drinks and obviously doing a little bit of gambling in the casino. He mentioned to me that he had just won a lot of money in the casino and wanted to fly in his girlfriend and her friends to spend the rest of their trip with them but he had another surprise in store that Alyssa would never imagine. The couple already had two children together and James felt like it was finally time to tie the knot.

The planning wasn’t anything out of this world, although it had to be done in two days and this wedding was going to be a legal one which meant that we had to pick up a marriage license at the Demographics office. Luckily, Puerto Rico had a Demographics office in Old San Juan that was open on Saturdays from 9AM-5PM making the process much easier.

This wedding had a couple of key objectives that had to be completed before our bride arrived. James told us that he needed his wedding bands which we picked up at the jewelry store located in the Ritz-Carlton, San Juan. When Alyssa arrived she had no wedding dress because it was all a surprise to her so our team managed to help her find a cute ensemble for her special day at BCBG.

The decor and florals was a total open concept because James let the CD Florals team choose whatever design we thought was best for their beach wedding. The ceremony took place on Caracoles beach at the Ritz-Carlton in San Juan. They had a sunset wedding in Isla Verde which was a perfect location that showcased the beautiful Puerto Rican sunset. Since it was a beach wedding our team decided to use seashells, starfish, driftwood and focused on coral, gold, and blush colors as well as greenery. The bride wore a beautiful head wreath made of flowers with her veil. It was an intimate, romantic and affordable choice considering they only had eight guests and everything was done within two days.

This is a great option for couples that are looking to have an intimate cost effective wedding without the intense planning and with short notice.

Photography: Ilumine Studios by Saul Padua // Wedding Planner & Floral Designer: Chezelle Rodriguez, CD Weddings // Officiant: Pastor Jason Dennett // Hair & Makeup: Paris Rodriguez // Venue: Ritz-Carlton San Juan

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By Chezelle Rodriguez