Puerto Rico Beach Wedding: Elizabeth and Adriana
June 14, 2014
Liz and Adriana were college sweethearts. They met on campus during a salsa dancing class. They kept running into each other on campus before realizing that they were meant to be together.
A Rainbow Bridge Proposal
Liz proposed on an impromptu road trip from Chicago to Niagara Falls. The couple stopped on the pedestrian bridge, ironically enough called “Rainbow Bridge”, between Canada and the US and she dropped down on one knee and popped the question!
Liz and Adriana chose their venue because it had a beautiful beach where they could hold their ceremony. They decided to rent houses on a whole section of beach. Many family members were vacationing with them prior to the wedding, so the private complex was a good fit. The atmosphere was natural, rustic and mostly private, and it had a nice area where they could hold their reception.
Planning a Same-Sex Destination Wedding
The planning experience was an adventure. Liz and Adriana did a lot of their own planning and there were many DIY projects. They made their own Boarding Pass Themed invitations that matched their overall destination wedding theme.
One tip Liz shared was to remember when planning a wedding on a tropical island, especially on your own, that people run on “island time” which doesn’t necessarily match standard time.
Also, don’t be afraid to disclose that you are planning a same-sex wedding when approaching vendors. You will week out anyone who will not be supportive of your special day. Liz and Adriana found an officiant through the Universal Life Church in Puerto Rico. He helped them create a beautiful non-denominational service.
Wherever you do decide to have your wedding, make sure you research the area well. Not every part of the Caribbean is LGBT friendly. However, there are many gay owned and gay friendly beach estates and villas where you can have your event if you decide not to have a ceremony at a bigger resort. Don’t don’t limit yourselves as there are many wedding planning companies that specialize in LGBT weddings on the Island and they can route you in the right direction.
We asked both Adriana and Liz what their favorite memory of the day was. Liz: It sounds strange, but one of my favorite memories was after dinner, right before cutting the cake. All of the stress had calmed down, and I was able to enjoy my wife’s company while everyone was eating. Adriana: seeing Liz for the first time in her dress that day. Once I saw her, the stress seemed to just melt away and the fun of the day took over.