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Sharie and Alberto’s Wedding – June 14th – Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

I have to say that I was thrilled when Sharie notified me that she and Alberto decided to have their wedding in Puerto Rico. The setting: El Convento Hotel right in the heart of historical Old San Juan. This building is so amazing. It’s an old convent that was built in 1651. The architecture and detail alone make this an awesome venue for a wedding. They called for rain all weekend long, which made the planners decide to move the ceremony indoors instead of out in the courtyard of the convent. We didn’t see a drop the whole time we were there, but I bet you if they didn’t move it inside, it would have poured. This wedding was very dear to me because I felt like I got to really get to know who Sharie and Alberto really were as well as meet ALL of their family. I accompanied them on the rehearsal dinner and enjoyed every minute of it, including the tasty skirt steak! Yum! I could also tell that they were so excited tohave me there which made me feel good and so honored! So, moving on to the wedding day. Let’s start off with Sharie’s dress, or shall I say dresses! Her first one was a dream. Kenneth Pool princess dress with some of the most beautiful beading I’ve ever seen. This dress fit perfectly with the setting of Old San Juan. Very traditional and she wore it so well. The next, which she changed into at the reception was more modern and fitted to the body. I forget the name of the designer, but it had this gorgeous broach right in the middle. She kept her cool the whole day just laughing and running around getting ready with her bridesmaids. Natalie was their doing all the girls’ makeup and of course, everyone wants to take her and carry her around in their purse.
I have say it’s great having a makeup artist as your studio manager! Alberto and his best man, brother Arturo were hanging out in their room getting ready, trying to beat the heat. It was very hot and humid! Their ceremony was very intimate just fitting all of their 135 guests. After their walk down the aisle, we headed into the reception which is what used to be the church in the convent. And I’ll tell you, a fantastic place for a reception. Cathedral ceilings, candle-lit chandeliers, old world black and white tile throughout. Their colors were classic, elegant with lots of ivory, gold, and greenery. The centerpieces stood tall which was perfect for a place of such high ceilings. The reception began with speeches and toasts, which let right into dancing. They had an amazing band that played awesome music of Puerto Rico not to mention another group of musicians surprising all their guests by storming in playing bongo drums and other sorts of instruments. Truly a good time! Thanks Sharie and Alberto for such a wonderful time and a fantastic wedding! I also want to say a big thanks to Heather and Lucas for all your help in shooting this wedding! You rock!

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  • Heather Ahrens - Beautiful! I have been waiting for weeks to see if it was up yet. I love it! Thanks for letting me tag along 🙂

  • Michelle - So gorgeous!!!!!!! I love P.R.

  • jason groupp - Bonito! LOVE LOVE these pics!!

  • Brittany - What great photos-I love the character of the city! I sent a link to Solutions Bridal to show them the gown–it’s a Kenneth Pool they carry!

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