When this couple first emailed me about photographing their Vieques, Puerto Rico elopement, I think I had to read the email three times to fully process it. I’m not even sure I had heard of Vieques prior to this email, to be totally honest. But one thing led to another, and the next thing I knew I was booking a flight to a tiny little island just east of Puerto Rico.
Vieques is magical. There’s just no other way to describe it. You have to fly to San Juan and then take a tiny, eight seater prop plane to Vieques. I actually got to sit in the co-pilot’s seat on the way there which was kind of amazing. I thought I would be terrified – and definitely was when I saw the plane – but then we took off and it was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had. I found myself actually looking forward to the return trip because I couldn’t wait to get back on that awesome little plane. (An odd feeling for someone who spent most of their adult life terrified of flying.)
When I arrived in Vieques I was greeted with beautiful cliffs rising above clear blue water, rows of palm trees bent from the wind, and wild horses roaming around the island. I couldn’t (and still can’t) believe it was my actual job to go to this beautiful place and take photographs of people. It was pretty much a dream come true. I had a couple days to enjoy Vieques before the wedding, and immediately began making plans to return with John in tow in the very near future.
The wedding itself was perfect. Blue skies and warm sea breezes, and one of the loveliest groups of people I’ve had the pleasure to work with. Everyone was so kind and welcoming. The ceremony took place on a cliff overlooking the ocean, and then we headed off to the beach for portraits afterwards. The rest of the night was just perfect – dinner followed by a bonfire on the beach, s’mores, and lots and lots of singing.
I’m really looking forward to photographing a lot more destination elopements in the future. This was truly one of the best experiences of my career.
(A note, for those wondering: Per my clients’ request for privacy, I haven’t used their names here, and that is why there are no photos of the groom.)