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Who should I pick to be my bridesmaids? After you get engaged, your first thoughts are, what date will be the best for us and our family.  Then you proceed to think, I have always wanted an outdoor wedding, where should we have our wedding? Locations add to the fun of your wedding. After all the hub-bub of when and where, you ask yourself, who?   Who should I choose to be my bridesmaids?

Bridesmaids are usually chosen based on how close certain people are to you.  Maybe a childhood friend or and very close cousin.   In my opinion I think the people you choose should make you, the bride, happy, laugh, and have your back.  After all, this is the most important day of your life and you will need the people who can detour stress, fears and create an easy going environment during your wedding day. After 13 years of shooting weddings, I pretty much have seen and heard it all.  It makes me cringe to hear after the wedding that you and a certain bridesmaid or MOH are no longer friends based on events that happened at your wedding. Choosing your bridesmaids needs to be like choosing your girls that will go to war for you.  That being said, enjoy the images below.

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Puerto Rico has lots to offer anyone who is planning a destination wedding. For one, you or your guests do not need US Passports to travel there from the US. They have some of the most amazing beaches in the world. They also have many five star resorts that offer great service and exceptional hospitality. So If your thinking of having that beautiful destination wedding on the beach with your closest family and friends why not make it in Puerto Rico.

If you are a Southern California Bride and you are looking to have a Puerto Rico Destination Wedding we are you studio. See, there are some advantages of hiring our studio for your Puerto Rico Destination wedding needs. Some of them being very simple. I speak spanish fluently. So I can communicate all your venue personnel. If your family is from Puerto Rico I’ll fit right in, giving your crazy uncle a hard time and having a great time with your family and friends.

You will find it easy to fulfill all your needs here at our Orange County studio. After your wedding,  you will be able to visit with us in our studio to proof your albums and any other products that may be in your package. You won’t have to wait and wonder when and if your product and service will meet your standards. Our wedding studio is one of Orange County’s sought after wedding photography studios. Even if you on the east coast we would still be able to proof your products and video chat online as we get to know each other. My laid back, fun personality allows the two of you to feel comfortable in front of the camera. Which makes capturing amazing images of you and your handsome / beautiful fiance, while in Puerto Rico, effortless. While planning your Puerto Rico Destination wedding, you may find it hard to coordinate with all of your vendors that are in Puerto Rico. With our studio, you will find it easy to make your photography plans a reality. Our new online booking system allows you to add what ever your heart desires to your package. With secure online payments made easy.

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While looking through a magazine (Bienvenidos) my brother brought back from the Island. I ran into a great article of information on Marriage requirements in Puerto Rico.  I was able gather the information just for you.

I hope that it is useful for you in your planning…

Marriage Requirements in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has so much to see and do that couples opting to marry on this beautiful Caribbean island will be tempted to spend their honeymoon here, too. But before you can say “I Do” in this tropical haven there are a couple of things you should know.

Residency Requirements

To get married in Puerto Rico , you don’t need to be a resident or an American citizen. If either party is a citizen or a resident of a country other than the U.S. a declaration certifying  that he or she is not married must be sworn before a Notary Public or other person authorized to administer paths in that country. This declaration must accompany the application.

Marriage License

A marriage license is required a must be requested in writing via the registry address  below. Both the bride and groom must appear in personal the time of applying for the license. The amount of time needed to complete the license requirements is around two months, so prepare in advance.

Laboratory tests

A medical certificate with a VDRL blood test is crucial for the marriage process.  You can submit a medical certificate from a lab in the state or country you reside  (the test cannot be older than14 days on the the day of your  wedding).

Authentication of documents

A quick visit to the Demographic Registry and $30 worth of license stamps gets your license authenticated.

Identifications

Don’t forget to bring a valid photo identification or your original passports. Non U.S. citizens will need a passport  and  a declaration certifying that he or she are not residents of Puerto Rico, the purpose of the visit is to get married and that he or she will not stay in Puerto Rico longer than the U.S. territory entry states. This declaration must be sworn before a Notary Public or other person authorized to administer thats in that country.

Other Certificates

If you have been divorced or are a widower, please bring the corresponding certificates.

Religious and Civil ceremonies

For your marriage to be legal, it must be performed either by a registered minister, judge or authorized clergyman. Written consent of parents is required where individuals are under 21, but over 16 years of age.

Where to obtain a marriage license

All marriage licenses in Puerto Rico are expedited by the Demographic Registry, and that actually is a one-stop shop. You can contact them by phone or mail regarding any doubts you may have obtaining  your marriage license or certificate. Or download the your marriage license application by clicking here PR Marriage license App

Demographic Registry
P.O. Box 11854
Fernandez Juncos Station
San Juan, PR 00910
Tel (787)767-9120

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Puerto Rico has lots to offer anyone who is planning a destination wedding. For one, you or your guests do not need US Passports to travel there from the US. They have some of the most amazing beaches in the world. They also have many five star resorts that offer great service and exceptional hospitality. So If your thinking of having that beautiful destination wedding on the beach with your closest family and friends why not make it in Puerto Rico.

Let me introduce myself. My name Is Miguel Pola. I own & operate Miguel Pola Photographers.  I am a Puerto Rican Photographer who lives in Orange County Ca. or Southern Ca. and would love to photograph your Puerto Rico Destination wedding. I am a husband, a father, I am honest, I am easy going, I am funny, I am creative, I am loyal, I am professional, I am hard working, oh yeah… I am a photographer. Here are some of the things I love… I love my family, I love when my girls laugh so hard that they almost loose their breath, I love my wife’s smile, I love my clients, I love my job.

See, there are some advantages of hiring our studio for your Puerto Rico Destination wedding needs. Some of them being very simple. I speak spanish fluently. So I can communicate all your venue personnel. If your family is from Puerto Rico I’ll fit right in, giving your crazy uncle a hard time and having a great time with your family and friends. If you are a bride or groom who lives in Orange County you will find it easy to fulfill all your needs here at our Orange County studio.  After your wedding,  you will be able to visit with us in our studio to proof your albums and any other products that may be in your package. You won’t have to wait and wonder when and if your product and service will meet your standards. Our wedding studio is one of Orange County’s sought after wedding photography studios. Even if you on the east coast we would still be able to proof your products and video chat online as we get to know each other. My laid back, fun personality allows the two of you to feel comfortable in front of the camera. Which makes capturing amazing images of you and your handsome / beautiful fiance, while in Puerto Rico, effortless.  While planning your Puerto Rico Destination wedding, you may find it hard to coordinate with all of your vendors that are in Puerto Rico. With our studio, you will find it easy to make your photography plans come true. Our new online booking system allows you to add what ever your heart desires to your package. With secure online payments made easy.

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If you are interested or planning a Puerto Rico destination wedding, Please feel free to Contact me for details.  (800)497-1815 Toll free WEPA.

If you are a bride planning a Puerto Rico Destination Weddings be sure to check out some of these gorgeous wedding venues that Puerto Rico has to offer.

El San Juan Hotel & Casino, San Juan, is the ultimate in Old World elegance. The vibrant pulse of Puerto Rico beats into the night at the elite San Juan Hotel & Casino. Enjoy the island’s finest white-sand beaches. They offer breath taking settings for a memorable San Juan wedding. One of the oldest grand hotels in Puerto Rico has a unique elegance.

El Conquistador Resort, Fajardo, Puerto Rico, has one of the most spectacular views in Puerto Rico with ultimate luxury. Enjoy peace and tranquility in breath taking surroundings on your wedding day at El Conquistador. Exchange vows at your luxurious Puerto Rico Destination sprawled across a 300 ft overlook where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean Sea. Pledge your love on a white sand beach at sunset.

El Gran Meliá Resort, Rio Grande. Gran Melia Golf Resort Puerto Rico will help you create a unique romantic escape to luxury and romance. The only thing you have to do is relax and make every moment memorable. Gran Meliá Puerto Rico Resort is a bold utopia of tropical flora and fauna, and sophisticated architecture; swallowed by the turquoise waters of the Atlantic.

Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Hotel, Spa & Casino, San Juan. A wedding at the Ritz Carlton San Juan sets a new standard in romantic elegance. It has a glamorous and vintage feel and look to it, with an incredible service and yummy food. You can have your wedding under the gazebo and your reception under the stars right at the beach with a fantastic gourmet BB-Q.

Hotel El Convento, Old San Juan. For a very unique Old World experience there is nothing like Old San Juan. Discover the majestic Old San juan Wedding site for your special day. Right in the middle of Old San Juan with its over 500 years of history, El Convento is located across the second oldest cathedral in the New World, La Catedral de San Juan. Many choose to have their ceremony at the Cathedral and cross the streets to celebrate at El Convento. Featuring sweeping Colonial architecture and elegant design. Beautiful reception rooms in deep colonial woods, black and white floors with big chandeliers.

La Concha, A Renaissance Resort, Condado, is another beautiful location for a Destination Wedding. If your are looking for the grand ballroom elegance experience amidst a modern, fashionable hotel, La Concha is your place. Recently renovated, la Concha has a lot of history & is one of the prominent local & international artist venues.

Castillo Serralles, Ponce. This venue is in my fathers home town and home of the Bomba & Plena. This arquitectural marvel was the residence of the Serralles family, owners of Don Q rum. They have now turned  the sprawling property into a thriving museum and is a very popular and sought after wedding venue. Sitting high above the city of Ponce, this Castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens and an incredible views.

Casa España, San Juan, is one of Puerto Rico’s high society wedding venues. It has an authentic spanish-morish arquitecture that transports you to the colonial times. It was built in 1932 to house a private civic and cultural organization composed of Spanish citizens living in Puerto Rico. This Venue oozes beauty and romance!

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I am a Orange County / Los Angeles County based wedding photographer looking to photograph a Puerto Rico Destination wedding. We are planning a family vacation In 2010. We will be on the beautiful enchanted island of Puerto Rico. “La Isla Del Encanto”  One of our plans is to visit the gorgeous city of Old San Juan.  Where cobblestone line the streets and you are transported back to the 16th century.  San Juan is the oldest city under the US flag.  The advantage of having your destination wedding In Puerto Rico is that you do not need a passport.  Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory .  So all you and your families need to travel to Puerto Rico is a valid ID or drivers license.

Puerto Rico offers some of the most amazing white sand beaches in the world. With its beautiful turquoise waters that would make any beach wedding an amazing back drop. I would love to shoot your wedding in Puerto Rico.

If you are interested or planning a Puerto Rico destination wedding, Please feel free to Contact me for details.  (800)497-1815 Toll free WEPA.

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Puerto Rico also offers a wide array of 5 star Hotels.  To List a few The Caribe Hilton, El Condado, La Concha renaissance resort, el conquistador resort, Gran Melia Resort , The Ritz Carlton San Juan,  El San Juan Hotel and many others.

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What Can I Say?  I Love Puerto Rico!  What would be better?  A wedding in Puerto Rico!  The Mother-land, full of great food, amazing music, and best of all family.

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In the mean time here are samples of a recent beach wedding here in Southern Ca.

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