Flamenco Beach Puerto Rico Wedding with Sheetal & John
John and Sheetal are pretty much two of the most awesome people you could ever meet. Their wedding on Flamenco Beach in Puerto Rico was so special and intimate. From our first Skype chat we knew that we would be a good fit for their wedding on Culebra Island. They are both world travelers that love hiking, nature, and have the right spirit for exploration. Greg and I both share a passion for nature and the outdoors so we immediately connected with John and Sheetal. As wedding photographers in Puerto Rico we are so lucky to have such a diverse and rich landscapes to choose from for wedding photography. After going over a few options we decided on a Sunrise couples session at Playa Soldado. It is a beautiful secluded beach which can only be accessed on foot via a small trail. Cloudy skies and early morning light made for a beautiful session.The following day we met up with them and their wedding party for some beach games at Flamenco Beach, ranked the third most beautiful beach in the world. For a wedding photographer in Puerto Rico Flamenco beach is a dream come true with its crystal clear turquoise waters and lush green coastline. There truly was a spirit of care free fun that carried through out the day.After a moving ceremony the couple sat down for a delicious all vegan dinner severed right on the beach catered by the Homeless Dog Cafe. After that they danced the night away during their reception at Flamenco Beach. The wedding was coordinated and catered by Peri Watterson Lewis of the Homeless dog cafe.As a photographers, we are always looking at light. While photographing different weddings in Puerto Rico we see different light at different venues and locations. Somehow the light in Culebra island always has a rich warm glow. The turquoise blue water is so breathtaking. Every time we go and walk out onto the beach we remark that it's so spectacular and feels like we are seeing it for the first time all over again.
After delivering our collection of photos to the couple, John wrote us this beautiful poem. His words truly capture the spirit of a Culebra wedding:
It must have been a borrowed dreamFrom a children’s book illustratorThis vision that lingersof the finely dressed, sand-cruising slewWreathed with sun parasols and floating bubblesAwaiting her entranceAnd what lured them thereWas it a combination of six dice and gibberish incantation—“FARKLE!”Or the common trauma of a nightbound village plagued by murderous mafia,Perhaps a pulse hidden in the heart of the tropical islandThat conjured such kinship leading up to her eventual arrival,The endearments passing between them likeThe casual swish of a waterborne handYielding a swirl of dinoflagellate sparksWhen our congregation was complete on the cathedral of sandShe visited us in the form of an angel, vested with secret gravityDrawing us vertical, concentrating light, stirring emotion,And I was reminded of her hand in imagining us thereThat night we gathered our glow under a clear tentAs the sky blushed like watermelon juice and the stars leaned outOver the waves lain like sheets on a bed of beach,Agog with dance, we seemed to celebrateNot just the union of two peopleBut a broadening of family that married many moreIt could have been a borrowed dream,So stark the contrast between that world and this one,I have to find comfort in the photographs, a gold ring,And the angel, yet to resume her earthly form, snoring beside me.