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An Intimate Destination Summertime Puerto Rico Wedding On The Beach

Palm trees on beach at sunrise during Puerto Rico wedding

In May I had the opportunity to escape Atlanta for a bit and join Michelle & Michael at their destination San Juan, Puerto Rico wedding. After waking up at 4 am and making the three-hour flight, Holly (one of my best friends and assistant) and I were pretty exhausted. Once we arrived in San Juan we headed to the baggage area to pick up our bags. All our bags managed to make it with the exception of one of my lighting bags. Fortunately, I had all of my camera equipment and backup lighting with me since I always carry on the most vital things. That way when something happens, like say the airport loses my stuff, I can still work! Awesome!

Wedding dress blowing in the wind hanging from palm tree for Puerto Rico wedding

After checking with the airport service desk, the rest of my stuff was on the next flight to Puerto Rico, so Holly and I took the few hours of opportunity to explore some of the things San Juan had to offer. Later that day once we finally made it to the hotel, we relaxed a bit before hitting the beach. I’m not much of an ocean person, I prefer to see what’s in the water, but I had to test out the warm ocean. By the way, it was the SALTIEST ocean I have ever been in! I wouldn’t be surprised if everyone there has high blood pressure from swimming in the ocean.
Close up detail of brides dress on the beach with ocean in background for Puerto Rico wedding

The next day we woke up early to prepare for the big day! Conveniently, Michelle and Michael both were getting ready at the resort, and the ceremony was downstairs on the beach! The closest wedding I’ve shot to date. Their wedding was beautifully decorated by the resort wedding coordinator and her staff with tons of yellow roses, white lilies, and flowing yellow fabric blowing in the wind of the altar. Palm trees, the ocean, beach, and a warm breeze completed the wedding ceremony location.

It rained all morning and we weren’t sure if it was going to clear up before the ceremony. As with most beach weddings, this is really common and has happened at pretty much every beach wedding I’ve done. But…..like all the weddings before, it cleared and dried up an hour before the ceremony start time. Amazing right?!Bridesmaid putting crown on bride while getting ready for Puerto Rico wedding

After the ceremony, we spent the rest of the evening walking the beach and taking advantage of the beautiful sunset shooting portraits. There is a nice breeze on the San Juan beach that stays really consistent, but the wind had picked up a lot as the evening drew to an end. Poor Holly had to manhandle the lighting equipment while trying to avoid getting blown away. We ended the evening with a trash the dress session in the ocean. The tide was coming in fast and hard and managed to sweep Michelle in a number of times making it almost impossible to stand up. It was really entertaining and we just kept pulling her back up to shore to recompose. Holly and myself almost got swept in a few times ourselves which wouldn’t have been so humorous with tons of photography equipment, but everything worked out perfectly. Bridesmaid helping bride with hair with brides wedding dress hanging on door while getting ready for Puerto Rico wedding

Sadly we eventually had to make our way back to Atlanta. A few days seems to go by so quickly in such amazing places. Although you always want to just hang out on the beach, explore the city, and enjoy the culture just a little bit longer; when you finally get home…..you are REALLY glad to be home.

Since you may not be able to be at the beach right now, you can enjoy some of my favorite photos fromMichelle & Michael’s Puerto Rico wedding!Bride and grooms rings sitting on palm tree bark with shells for Puerto Rico weddingBride's bracelet laying on palm tree bark with shells for Puerto Rico weddingBridesmaid putting bracelet on bride while getting ready for Puerto Rico weddingGroom wearing yellow shirt buttoning his white vest while getting ready for Puerto Rico weddingBridesmaid helping bride with earrings while getting ready for Puerto Rico weddingBridesmaid wearing yellow dress helping bride put on her wedding dress while getting ready for Puerto Rico weddingBridesmaid in yellow dress helping bride lace up her wedding dress while getting ready for Puerto Rico weddingAtlanta bride getting into dress at her destination wedding in Puerto Rico matthewdruin.comBridesmaid pinning boutonniere on groom while getting ready for Puerto Rico wedding Groom wearing yellow shirt and white vest showing off gold cufflinks while getting ready for Puerto Rico wedding bride's yellow and white rose bouquet for Puerto Rico wedding Bride putting on wedding dress with bridesmaids in yellow and pink dresses while getting ready for Puerto Rico wedding Bridesmaid with gold bracelet lacing up brides wedding dress while getting ready for Puerto Rico wedding  Bridesmaid pulling lace through brides wedding dress while getting ready for Puerto Rico wedding Bridesmaid in yellow dress lacing up brides wedding dress while getting ready for Puerto Rico wedding Groom with groomsmen while getting ready for Puerto Rico wedding Silhouette of bride looking at ocean with wedding dress hanging on door while getting ready for Puerto Rico wedding bride's yellow and white ceremony flowers by beach while getting ready for Puerto Rico wedding bride's yellow and white ceremony rose flowers hanging on chairs for Puerto Rico wedding ceremony bridesmaids wearing yellow dresses walking down aisle for Puerto Rico wedding ceremony bridesmaid in yellow dress and groomsman in white linnan walking down aisle for Puerto Rico wedding ceremony bridesmaids walking down aisle for Puerto Rico wedding ceremony bride carrying yellow rose bouquet walking down aisle for Puerto Rico wedding ceremony Groom and groomsmen for Puerto Rico wedding ceremony Bride smiling with yellow rose bouquet while walking dow aisle at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony Bride and groom meeting at altar with yellow rose bouquet at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony  Bridesmaids in yellow dresses watching bride walk down the aisle at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony Bride and groom at altar with groomsmen in white linen suit at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony Yellow wedding ceremony by beach with palm trees at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony Bride and groom with yellow rose bouquet smiling and holding each other at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony   Bridesmaids in yellow dresses looking at bride and groom at altar at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony Yellow wedding ceremony by beach shot from the side at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony  Bride and groom at altar by beach shot from behind groomsmen at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony Bride and groom at altar by beach with wedding guests watching at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony Close up of bride and groom holding hands from behind standing at altar by beach at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony Yellow wedding ceremony by beach with palm trees at Puerto Rico wedding Bridesmaid in yellow dresses holding yellow rose bouquets at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony Bride and groom looking at officiant shot from the beach at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony  Groom about to cry holding on to bride at altar at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony Bride smiling and holding hands with groom at altar at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony Bride crying while groom puts wedding ring on her finger at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony Wedding guests crying watching bride and groom get married at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony Bride putting ring on groom at beach wedding at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony Wedding party praying over bride and groom at altar at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony  Bride and groom first kissing at altar of beach wedding at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony bridesmaids in yellow dresses cheering at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony Bride and groom leaving beach ceremony with yellow rose petals down aisle at Puerto Rico wedding ceremony Portrait of bride and groom on beach by ocean at sunset at Puerto Rico wedding Portrait of bride and groom walking beach by ocean with blue sky at sunset at Puerto Rico wedding Portrait of bride and groom kissing on beach by ocean with sunset sunburst above heads at Puerto Rico wedding Portrait of bride and groom in ocean water with soaked wedding dress at sunset at Puerto Rico wedding Portrait of bride in ocean with crashing waves and soaked wedding dress splashing water at sunset at Puerto Rico wedding

My name is Matt Druin and I’m an Atlanta wedding photographer that specializes in unique, offbeat weddings for all awesome people! Not only do I shoot amazing Atlanta weddings, but I also travel frequently for destination weddings, and weddings all over, with no travel fees in the US for amazing wedding photography. I also shoot Atlanta engagement sessions for newly engaged couples. I’ve even been known to travel, and far, for engagement sessions too! 

Contact Atlanta Wedding Photographer Matthew Druin

Email [email protected]

Phone 678-551-0115

Address 225 Parkway 575 #66 Woodstock, Georgia 30188

Portfolios www.matthewdruin.com

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  • Ashley MarksJune 19, 2013 - 10:28 am

    OMG!! These are AMAZING! What an awesome wedding.ReplyCancel

  • ChasityJune 19, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    Sooo georgious! I’m jealous. Lol.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleJune 21, 2013 - 7:43 am

    Stunning photos Matt! It looks like an amazing wedding!ReplyCancel

  • NathanJune 22, 2013 - 7:13 am

    Great job man. Really dig these photos a lot.ReplyCancel

  • AprilJune 26, 2013 - 11:21 pm

    Stunning work!ReplyCancel

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