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Intimate Puerto Rico Wedding Elopement – Cerro Gordo National Park

You, me and the sea. Elopements are all about creating a beautiful, intimate moment. Why not cut out all the noise and distractions of planning a traditional wedding and instead focus on each other? Sounds wonderful, right?  Erik Kruthoff Photography offers simple, complete elopement packages customized to fit all your needs. Your dream wedding doesn’t have to bankrupt you, either. Our complete Puerto Rico island elopement packages start at just $999. Each package includes planning, enactment of ceremony with a certified officiant, and of course… the photography! Reserve your date today.

This recent destination elopement with Shawn and Jonathine, we decided on Cerro Gordo National Park as the backdrop. Just outside Dorado, PR the park offers stunning coastal views and beautiful scenery in all directions. David Mariani served as officiant and met with the couple ahead of time to customize their ceremony. Planning and Photography coordinated by Erik Kruthoff.

Here’s some highlights from their amazing Puerto Rico wedding elopement. Congrats to the newlyweds!

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Old San Juan Wedding Engagement Photo Shoot

We met up in Old San Juan for a little pre wedding shoot with this lovely couple. They will get married at Hotel El Convento in June and I can’t wait to shoot their wedding in Old San Juan. I always take the time to meet each couple ahead of time so we can get a good sense of each others character. Then on the wedding day, we are like old friends hanging out and it takes some of the awkwardness away.

Engagement sessions like these are complimentary when you book your wedding with Erik Kruthoff Photography. It’s just part of the outstanding service and personalized care that makes us unique and sets us apart.

We are now booking 2021 and 2022 weddings in Puerto Rico. Call us today for a quote!

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Top 10 Reasons To Elope in Puerto Rico

Let’s face it, weddings are gonna look a little different now that gathering in large groups is out of the question. That doesn’t mean that love is cancelled, though!

Are you looking for the perfect destination for your elopement wedding? Puerto Rico should be at the top of your list.

Take the opportunity to do something a little adventurous and different, while saving some money in the process. Here are the Top 10 Reasons that make Puerto Rico the ideal location for you elopement or mini-wedding.

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10: No Passport required: As a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico allows you to have an “exotic” destination wedding without the hassles of passports, visas, customs, and immigration. What is more, there are direct flights from more than 20 U.S. cities, making it an easy hop over.

9: Only the best parts of Latin America and the Caribbean: Puerto Rico culture is the best of both worlds with great music, dancing, food, people, nightlife, and affordability but you can drink the water and the island is clean.

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8: World-Class Accommodations that meet U.S. standards: No need to wonder about what a 3-star hotel really means here. Hotels and restaurants adhere to U.S. guidelines. All of the best, familiar brands are here including Ritz Carlton, Marriott, Fairmont, Hyatt, St. Regis, and Vanderbilt as well as Boutique offerings that rival others the world over.

7: No decisions=No headaches: We line up all the best vendors and plan every detail of your big day to be just right for you. The only decision you have to make is to come to PR and we take care of everything else.

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6: Weather: With 365 days of sunshine and an average temperature in the 80s, you can get married here any time of year. Even on the rainiest day, precipitation rarely covers all of the island. So put those jackets away, grab a swimsuit, and come enjoy some Vitamin D.

5: Covid-cautious: Puerto Rico has taken extreme precautions since March 2020 to prevent the spread of Corona Virus and Covid-19 and it has worked. Levels of the illness are lower than almost anywhere else in the U.S. Our socially distanced ceremony planning will  ensure that the risk is minimal.

4: Whatever you want, we got it: Barefoot beach wedding? First kiss under a waterfall? Newlywed among rainforest ferns? Exchanging rings in the most historical sights the U.S. has to offer? Whatever you desire for your wedding landscape, Puerto Rico has it.

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3: Always private, always intimate: Big weddings are OUT. You want a wedding that is all about you. The low population of Puerto Rico and endless list of ceremony locations ensures that you will be the spotlight of your own wedding. No competing with tourists or other weddings for the venue here.

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2: Affordable: Did we mention that Puerto Rico is Latin America? As such, the prices of food, accomodations, and entertainment are lower than those of most Caribbean destinations.

and the top reason to elope in PR is…

1: Fun: Above all else, Puerto Ricans know how to have a good time. Our couples are laid-back folks looking for fun, adventure, and memories that will  last a lifetime without the stress of planning a wedding. If this sounds like you, a Puerto Rico elopement will not disappoint.

 

Check out our Elopement Packages offered here

Surprise Wedding Proposal in the Amazing Natural Beauty of Puerto Rico

Making images that combine different genres of is one of the ways that I love to explore the craft of photography. I love it when I am able to use elements of Landscape, Portraiture, Documentary, and Wedding Photography simultaneously to create unique and meaningful images.

Steven wanted to propose to his girlfriend Ashley on their vacation to Puerto Rico. He wanted to pop the question in a spectacular way at a beautiful location. We coordinated ahead of time and came up with a game plan. We decided on the location and the exact spot. I arrived early to find my angle and then act like a tourist so that Ashley wouldn’t suspect anything. The resulting engagement photo session…

Epic!

The cliffs and arches of La Cueva del Indio provided for the perfect backdrop to this awe-inspiring moment!

Cheers to Steven and Ashley!

Now booking Puerto Rico weddings for 2020. Check for availability

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Puerto Rico Destination Wedding – La Concha Resort – Sally and Luis

This incredibly intelligent (and adorable) pair of Neurologists had an elegant beach ceremony at La Concha Resort, followed by a reception at the iconic La Perla in the Condado neighborhood of San Juan.  The groom grew up on the island, so it made perfect sense to have their destination wedding in Puerto Rico.

They were looking for the best wedding photographer who could tell the story of the day in a natural, unforced way. I always encourage my couples to just enjoy the day, be present and have fun. Weddings are naturally filled with photogenic moments. There’s no need to devote a ton of time for elaborate portrait production setups. A good documentary photographer will be able to anticipate these moments and be ready to capture them in an artistic way.

I met up earlier in the week with the couple for a short portrait session in Old San Juan and hung out for a beer afterwards. If there’s time permitting, getting to meet each other before the wedding is always a good idea. We were able to capture some of the architecture, history, and ‘feel’ of Puerto Rico by adding on this mini-session.

See more wedding photography by Erik

Wedding Planner: Merylin Andino

Flowers: Lorraine’s Flowers

Band: Cuenta Regresiva

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Britt and Christian: Coral Sands Beach Destination Wedding – Harbour Island, Bahamas

I had such a blast shooting this destination beach wedding in The Bahamas. This very international group was a ton of fun getting to know and it truly was a pleasure to document this epic weekend everyone had on Harbour Island. We ran all over the island and completed about 20 hours of shooting at […]

Feature on Brides.com – Eleuthera Destination Wedding

I am excited to have a recent beach destination wedding I shot on the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas was featured as “The Wedding of The Day” on the Brides.com website. See it here

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Lovesick – The Cove Eleuthera Destination Wedding – Jules and Greg

Sometimes weddings don’t always go as you planned and even paradise contains some unwanted bacteria! The bride at this beach destination wedding in The Bahamas had unfortunately caught some sort of stomach bug and wasn’t feeling 100 per cent on her wedding day. She was a trooper though, and powered through to the reception to make her destination wedding at The Cove a memorable one. Luckily she has some wonderful moments captured that focus on the love and happiness of the day instead of the nausea she was experiencing. Here’s her response after seeing the results,

“Hi Erik,  I’ve been meaning to write to you since you sent this link but have been so busy since returning to the real world!

Thank you so much for the beautiful photos- they came out great!  The unanimous feedback from those who have seen them was not only are your pictures gorgeous, but you did a great job making me not look on my death bed! lol. “

Location: Eleuthera, The Bahamas

Venue: The Cove Eleuthera

Wedding planning: Boy Meets Girl Weddings

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Sarah and Alex – Rainbow Bay Eleuthera Wedding

Fun and laid back vibes with this wedding group! Guests rented houses near Rainbow Bay and the festivities were held at Rainbow Bay Inn. Wedding planning by Boy Meets Girl.

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Destination wedding: The Cove Eleuthera – Caitlin and Matt – Erik Kruthoff Photography

A hidden gem in The Bahamas on the island of Eleuthera, The Cove resort is an ideal spot for a destination wedding. The seclusion and natural beauty of Eleuthera has even caught the attention of some international celebrities. Rumor has it that Justin Bieber rented the whole place out for his 21st birthday. Lenny Kravitz lives just the road and has can sometimes be spotted riding his bike to nearby Gregory Town.

The natural promontory between the two coves/beaches at the resort serves as a perfect spot for the ceremony. The wedding was brilliantly planned and styled by Mish and her crew at Boy Meets Girl Weddings.

Caitlin and Matt hosted a bonfire welcome party on Friday night and had me come to photograph that event as well. It’s nice to getting to know some of the people beforehand so come wedding day they are already comfortable with me and my camera clicking away. People often look at me funny at first and are surprised I am not constantly posing them and asking them to “say, cheese!” Once they realize that I am capturing real, candid moments they relax and understand my method.

Here’s what Caitlin had to say before she had even seen any of the photos,

“Erik was a true professional from beginning to end. He responded promptly to all emails and reported for our events exactly as planned. We are eager to see the photos he took, but we would recommend him wholeheartedly on dependability alone.”

 

 

Friday Night Welcome Dinner and Beach Bonfire

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Wedding Day

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