Caroline, the bride, paid homage to her Puerto Rican roots by having a destination wedding in picturesque San Juan, Puerto Rico. She also honored Juan’s, her groom’s, Mexican heritage by having not only a a Plenero group play at her reception but also a Mariachi band. Put on your sombrero, grab your maracas and dance the night away with photos by Hidden Kiss Studio.
Tell us how you met…
A mutual friend invited me to Amity Hall (an NYU bar) for a drink, where a group of Juan’s friends were watching college football. By the time I arrived, Juan had been drinking for twelve (12) hours and was clearly inebriated. He noticed me almost immediately and managed to annoy me by placing his arm around me. Unamused, I decided to ignore him and order some food (which Juan savagely ate all of). We placed another order for food and began to engage in conversation. As the evening progressed (and Juan sobered up), I found myself interested in wanting to know more about this man. We eventually left the bar to have dinner at a nearby restaurant, where we placed a bet for $200 on the sequence of alcohol in a Vodka Flight. Juan lost and reached for his wallet to settle the debt. I jokingly said “Don’t worry about it now. You can pay me in installments.” Juan has given me a dollar for every date since then and it wasn’t long after our 200 dates (and dollars) that we were engaged!
Now for the proposal… details!
After a long full day at Disneyland, we needed to kill time in New Orleans Square before our scheduled viewing of Fantasmic. We were shopping for souvenirs near the Pirates of the Caribbean ride when Juan called for me. I responded with “I’m shopping- give me a second.” He called for me again. Annoyed, I looked up and saw him standing outside of the shop, by a secluded set of stairs. I walked towards him and sat down to talk. I suddenly noticed that he seemed nervous. Moments later, he got down on one knee and asked for my hand in marriage. Struggling to speak (I lost my voice riding roller coasters all day), I said “YES!” We later learned that those beautiful stairs belonged to an area of the park called “The Court of Angels.”
We want to know about all the wedding details, was it small and intimate or big and traditional?
It was traditional but still intimate.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your bridal party wore.
My dress was by Designer Martina Liana. It was a dupioni mermaid gown with a chapel train. I wore it with a satin embellished sash and cathedral length Mantilla veil. I had a large bridal party (mostly due to the fact that I have four sisters) and I wanted to embrace everyone’s individuality. I specified the designer (Bari Jay), color (Red) and length (floor) and they all wore different dresses. They looked beautiful!
Can you give us an overview of the event?
Our ceremony was held at the Cathedral of San Juan, one of the oldest Cathedrals in the Americas. Our reception was held at Casa de España, a historic building located at the entrance to Old San Juan.
Was there a specific theme or style?
Traditional Spanish GLAM!
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
As a Puerto Rican marrying a Mexican, it was important that we incorporate both heritages. With that, we decided to have a Mariachi band and Plenero group perform at our wedding. We distributed Sombrero hats and mustaches while the Mariachis performed, and maracas while the Pleneros played. The guests loved them!
Did you DIY any of the details?
With a destination wedding, we had a hard time thinking of favors to give our guests. We thought it would be fun to have mini Bacardi bottles of rum for our guests to take home (or enjoy at the reception). They were a hit!
What was the most memorable moment?
The most memorable moment, by far, was when the DJ played “Sweet Caroline,” by Neil Diamond. Everyone sang along and I could feel the love in the room. I’ll always cherish that moment.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
We wanted to keep the food we served consistent with our Spanish theme. Our guests dined on a traditional Puerto Rican meal and snacked on tacos later in the evening. The cake was the highlight of the entire wedding! We chose a four-tiered, brandy flavored, white fondant cake separated by layers of red roses. It was gorgeous AND delicious.
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the guests?
The DJ and entertainment gave a fun vibe. Music ranged from traditional folklore music/mariachi to Gangham Style…and everything in between. Our guests danced the whole night through!
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
If I could change anything, it would be to take more photos with my beautiful bridal party. Our photographer was great at capturing candid and action shots, but I wish I had taken the time for some more portraits.
Venue: Casa de España | Photographer: Hidden Kiss Studio | Wedding Coordinator: Momentus Special Events & More | Floral/Decor: Gadiel Valentin | Catering: Food Paradise | Cake: C+M Contemporary Cake Designers | Videographer: Ferrer Video Productions | DJ: DJJC (Jose Concepcion) Entertainment | Musicians: Diana Villafañe, Los Camperos, Grupo Yuvi Plena | Photobooth: PartyBoothPR | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Hair: Lizzie Ibarra | Makeup: Jasmine Ocasio