Real Weddings: Milly Figuereo and Jonathan Pagliaris
We have been MIA a bit lately, but we were enjoying the holidays in Puerto Rico. We are back in action and have the most romantic wedding to share with you.
As you all know we love intimate weddings, but whats even better? An elopement! When a bride and groom share such a special moment by themselves, they forget about all the crazy wedding planning, seating charts and vendors meeting and just concentrate on the most important thing...their love. Lucky for us, Gabriel Gonzalez was there to capture such a romantic occasion.
Milly and Jonathan met over 13 years ago while working at a local TV station. They dated for a few months but ended up going their separate ways because the timing was not right. 10 years later they reconnected and have been inseparable ever since. Jonathan proposed after a night out, when they got back home he asked her to look out the window. To Milly's surprise Jonathan had arranged string lights on their front lawn and programmed them to a remote. As he got down on one knee, the words 'Will You Marry Me" lit up on the lawn. Of course Milly said "yes-a millions times, yes!"
From the Bride...There were many reasons we decided to elope. The biggest one being that we could not stand to wait any longer to be married to one another. Puerto Rico was our first vacation and holds a special place in our hearts, making it the obvious choice. We stayed at the same hotel, El Convento, where we had stayed before. We wanted everything to be simple, yet elegant, and all about us. I wore a white dress by BCBG. Jonathan wore a gray suit by Bar III. Our accent color was yellow, which was the color my mom’s wedding dress when she was married. So, we added yellow details where we could; including my shoes, by Nina.
We both are very close to Jonathan’s grandparents. To honor their love and 73 year marriage, we rented a 1938 Buick. Specifically, 1938 was the year his grandparents met. The classic car was perfect for our pictures and to drive around Old San Juan. I picked and designed my own flower bouquet from a local florist in Old San Juan. I also made the just married signage for the car in 3 languages to honor our heritage – English, Italian and Spanish.
We did a lot of research when it came to finding a photographer, knowing that the pictures would be one of the most important elements of our elopement to share with our family and friends. We used recommendations from websites and looked at their body of work nightly. When we found Gabriel, we were blown away by the images we saw. And, luckily, he was available and within our budget. Gabriel was professional, creative, talented, kind and trustworthy. To this day, we kid to ourselves that there were a few times that we had to make sure Gabriel was still behind us. There was no, “put your arm here” & “move your head this way”. We absolutely love the images he was able to capture in this natural way.
We were married shortly after 10:00pm on June 12th, 2014. There were no pictures during the ceremony, making it an even more special memory that will forever live in our hearts.