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Last-Minute Puerto Rico Elopement: Kerry & Millie

Karina Rivera Photographer

March 19, 2016

Kerry and Millie met waiting tables at a restaurant in Philadelphia in 2009, though they didn’t start dating for another five years. Both artists, Millie owns her own ceramic business and Kerry is a musician.

When they met, Kerry actually had plans to move out to the West Coast, and left for Portland, Oregon for five years. When she was getting ready to move back to Philly, she and Millie met up for coffee and sparks flew. It was finally perfect timing.

Kerry proposed with a simple, modest sapphire ring that was a favorite of her mom’s. She proposed at home, on a night when they stayed in, just the two of them with their dogs. She was going to wait until their trip to Mexico one week later, but wanted to ask at home with their dogs – their favorite place! It was sweet, simple and special.

Karina Rivera Photographer
Karina Rivera Photographer

After they were engaged for a little over a year, Millie and Kerry were having trouble deciding what exactly to do for the ceremony. They flip-flopped from big party ideas to just running away. They already had a trip planned to Puerto Rico, just to vacation, but as they talked, they realized that they really wanted to be married on the beach. They wanted it to be small and intimate, so they settled on an elopement. The beach is special to both of them individually and as a couple. They have spent lots of time together at the ocean, and both draw wisdom and inspiration in their artistic lives from the waves, and the ebb and flow of the sea. They even have matching anchor tattoos.

Karina Rivera Photographer
Karina Rivera Photographer
Karina Rivera Photographer
Karina Rivera Photographer

With the help of their destination wedding specialist, Millie and Kerry were able to plan everything in just a few weeks. They picked a date during their previously scheduled trip, figured out their outfits and found the perfect rings.  

Karina Rivera Photographer
Karina Rivera Photographer
When they arrived in Puerto Rico, they obtained their marriage license and spent a few days searching for the perfect beach spot. They found it the morning of their wedding when they took a drive to an undiscovered spot at sunrise.
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The ceremony was simple, sweet and beautiful. Millie loved the way Kerry looked at her as she read her vows, like she was the only person in the world and everything she said was exactly right. It felt like it had all fallen into place, like they just let everything they needed come to them. Millie made a bouquet and boutonniere from the flowers in the yard at the house they stayed in. The “ridiculously beautiful colors the natural backdrop provided: the golden sand and the azure sky, then the fading pink of sunset” even coordinated with their thrown-together color scheme.

Karina Rivera Photographer
Karina Rivera Photographer
They walked hand-in-hand down the beach after the ceremony, both beaming, facing the sunset and listening to the ocean. Afterwards, they had dinner with a couple of friends then called it a day.
Karina Rivera Photographer
Karina Rivera Photographer

We asked Millie and Kerry if they had any advice to share with other couples. Kerry responded, “I think being LGBTQ and/or being in an LGBTQ relationship makes us have to be strong, resilient and fearless. Bring that strength, resilience and fearlessness to your partner, to your relationship and let it carry you through your special day. There is nothing more beautiful and natural than true, absolute love!”

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