When I asked Michelle what she loved most about her wedding day: “The ceremony. When the ceremony began, every other minor detail, stress and nuance from the week fell away. The only sounds were that of the ocean, the Spanish guitar, and the minister. Every aspect of the ceremony (the readings, the sand ceremony, the sermon) was about friendship and love and about getting down to the core – you and your partner and why you have chosen to be together. It was the essence of why we were all there and was truly beautiful.”

Matt and Michelle met in Louisville and shortly after he proposed to her in Lexington after a nice dinner. “We were in a park in the middle of the city, under the moon and lights of the water fountain, he got down on one knee and proposed. A group of students and musicians happened to witness the proposal and took pictures from the distance then ran to us to congratulate us. They played music for us, sang, and even had us gather in a big circle to bless the engagement! It was very special.”

They decided to get married in Puerto Rico since she has family ties there and just wanted a more simplistic wedding. “The decision ended up having so many other benefits. It was an absolutely perfect representation of what we wanted – a beautiful yet casual, down-to-earth gathering, surrounded by our closest family and friends. Over the days it was wonderful to see our friends and family spend time and get to know each other. This happens in a way that’s hard to replicate with a traditional wedding because your loved ones are there with for days as opposed to hours. Many people said they felt they now had new friends or truly felt like they became family and that they would be connecting with each other again. What a way to truly unify your lives and families! I think most of our guests agreed and I would really recommend a destination wedding for all these reasons.”

I completely agree with Michelle. I truly feel like I have new lifelong friends that are like family to me. I think people let their guards down at a wedding celebration. The air is filled with happiness and love and you can form closer connections to people. This was my first destination wedding and I couldn’t have dreamed of a better couple and family to work with in Puerto Rico which is a magical island. I could have spent weeks there roaming around the city looking at architecture, castles, and enjoying the beautiful beaches. When you get a couple like Matt and Michelle in a place like Puerto Rico, it’s like a photographers dream. Thank you for letting be a part of this special day. Much love to the Chapman and Lozano families…can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you!!

Destination Wedding Photographer

Wedding Planner: AMK Events, Ann Marie Kleis

Hair/Makeup: CARIDAD VIDRO Makeup Artist

Dress: WTOO Fiji dress, Purchased at Cincinnati Bridal and Formal

Bridesmaids dresses: Henkaa convertible maxi dress in deep teal

Venue/Caterer: Hosteria Del Mar, Guesthouse in Ocean Park, San Juan, PR

DJ: DJ Juan Carlos, hired through AMK Events