One word to describe Chris and Melissa? Fun! Sweethearts since college, these New Yorkers know how to have a good time, and their wedding extravaganza in Puerto Rico was most definitely an affair to remember! Eighty-five of the couple’s family and friends were welcomed to the island the night before the wedding with a party on the beach, ending with a sweet moment of releasing white lanterns into the sky in memory of the Melissa’s mother. The next evening, Chris was dazzled at the sight of his bride, whose brother escorted her down the aisle to be wed to her love before a stunning view of the sea. Caribbean fare was served at the reception, including mango gazpacho, passion fruit sorbet, and a choice of grilled fresh fish or filet mignon. Melissa surprised her new husband with a brilliant fireworks show about an hour into the reception, and DJSpanky made sure to keep the energy high and the dance floor packed all night long! Catch a flight to this spectacular occasion at The Horned Dorset Primavera, brought to you by Hidden Kiss Studio!
Tell us about the venue.
After literally searching the entire island of Puerto Rico for the perfect venue, we knew that The Horned Dorset Primavera in Rincón, Puerto Rico was it! It provided the ambiance, seclusion and ultimate island experience for us and our guests as it overlooks the Caribbean Sea. We made a promise to return to The Horned Dorset Primavera for our 1 year anniversary!
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
I wore a Dennis Basso mermaid gown from Kleinfeld. I have never felt more beautiful! It fit like a glove! My bridesmaids wore coral/peach dresses by Watters. The groom wore a black tuxedo with an ivory vest, and the groomsmen wore black tuxedos with champagne gold vests.
What was the most memorable moment?
Ahhh! I still get chills when I think about my walk down the aisle. I had my brother escort me as I walked down to “Open Arms” by Mariah Carey. Seeing my fiancé’s face as I turned that corner is a moment that will live on in my heart forever.
Was there a specific theme or style?
Romantic vintage chic.
What was the best wedding advice you received?
We were told to stop and enjoy the moment, and we did. There were many times during our wedding that we just looked around and watched our guests enjoying the celebration of our union. This is advice that I would give to all couples. Enjoy the day! Live in the moment!
Venue: The Horned Dorset Primavera | Photography: Hidden Kiss Studio | Videography: NDF Films | Makeup: Christina Amador Beauty | Wedding Planner & Floral: Ocasiones Puerto Rico | Entertainment: DJSpanky | Wedding Gown: Kleinfeld Bridal | Invitations: Etsy