"Straight-out-of-Gatsby's dreams" is the way to describe this gorgeous wedding. From the sleek and stylish couple's overall look, the baby's breath-cloud ceiling installations, and the endless textured tablescapes, to the lovely hand-torn stationary by Papercraft, every piece of this wedding at the Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton Reserve was filled with intentional design. Keep scrolling for the must-see photos by Love Bears. Karisha Marie Events planned every detail, Jat Lozano created all of the amazing florals, and Ray Roman Films filmed every moment of the special day. You can see all the images in the full gallery here, and we seriously suggest you click to check them out.
The Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton Reserve was the perfect setting for this affair. It's an elevated, secluded haven located in Dorado, Puerto Rico, that served the lux-wellness experience that Noelani and Jorge wanted their guests to have during their stay. The property was designed and built with a conservationist approach in mind that resonated immensely with the couple, particularly because it was seamlessly constructed around its natural surroundings. A grandiose Banyan Tree at the Reserve practically sold the couple as to where the wedding was finally going to be held. The bride opted for a naturally accentuated makeup and soft long waves, which Beauty By Raul Collazo executed flawlessly. She wore a Pronovias Constellation gown from D'Royal Bride adorned with clusters of white starry dots and pearls, and a cathedral tulle veil. The couple had one of their dearest friends officiate the ceremony and opened the floor to any one of their loved ones that wanted to share words and bless the couple. By the end, everyone had practically married them! It was such a personal and thoughtful ode to the couple's union.
After the ceremony under the Banyan tree, the guests relocated to a semi-outdoor cocktail hour around an infinity reflection pool. Live musicians surprised the guests when it was time to relocate to the main dining hall. To set a playful tone for the day, the couple conducted a New Orleans-influenced wedding parade accompanied by a trombonist, flutist, and a tambourinist trio from Sak Entertainment. Handcrafted colorful ribbon streamers were passed around along with small tambourines for guests to wave around and play along to the song, "When the Saints Go Marching In."
Jat Lozano showcased a luxurious yet effortless reception design that evoked timelessness and contemporary etherealism. The baby's breath clouds and crystal chandelier ceiling installations, along with a star light arched backdrop, gave the space an out-of-this-world feeling, like walking into a celestial place. The tablescape design was simply magical with lit taper candles, soft hues, long-stem florals, and overflowing layered textiles.
As a musician himself, music was one of the groom's top priorities. This included: acoustic live songs for the ceremony prelude by singer, songwriter, and producer, Rick Moon; Caribbean funk music was played live by DJ Rick Moon during the cocktail hour; live musicians for a New Orleans-influenced wedding parade; and finally, DJ Ment had everyone dancing the entire night. Towards the end of the dance party, the bride changed into a feathered mini dress from Cult Gaia and the couple surprised their guests with a Roaring 20's themed "Hora Loca'', which is a Puerto Rican wedding custom to expand the party and get the guests dancing to upbeat music while wearing costume props. Feather headbands and boas, faux pearl necklaces, and sticky mustaches were handed out to go along with the Roaring 20's theme. The couple then sealed the night with a champagne tower pour.
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