Top 10 Things to do at a Puerto Rico Bachelorette Party

bachelorette-party-destinations_ss_001_596x334 Puerto Rico is not only a fab place for destination weddings, its also one of the top choices for Bachelorette Parties. Its a great place to escape the busy city work life and come enjoy a few days in the sun, drink champagne and dance on the beach with your girls. We teamed up with the amazing ladies from The Bach to give you the top 10 things to do in PR for a perfect bachelorette weekend.

Here is what the ladies from The Bach suggest:

  1. Try Something Outdoorsy: If the bride-to-be is a nature lover, be sure to incorporate that into her bachelorette bash. El Yunque National Forest is perfect for hiking and checking out the waterfalls. Looking for more of a thrill? Head to Toro Verde Nature Park and go zip lining! 
  2. Sunbathe With the Gals: Puerto Rico is known for its warm weather and beautiful beaches. Take advantage of the sunshine while visiting and spend a relaxing afternoon catching up with the bride-to-be by the pool or beach. 
  3. Hit the Water: Spend the day on the water kayaking, paddle boarding or jet skiing, or take a surfing lesson with the pros. Wow! Surfing School offers group lessons and rentals. 
  4. Treat Yourselves to Some Pampering: Need to help the bride melt away her wedding planning stress? Book appointments for your group at a day spa so that she can relax with her closest friends. Be sure to check out The Bach for great spa recommendations!
  5. Spice Things up With a Boudoir Party: Looking to kick things up a notch? Host a boudoir party for your group with Dulce Boudoir by Michele. Everyone will get to take home a print for her special someone. south-beach-bachelorette-guide_596x334
  6. Try the Local Cuisine: If the bride is a foodie, she will love Flavors of San Juan. Pick from a number of fun activities including food tours, cooking classes, and coffee or rum tastings.
  7. Book a Private Dining Room: Dining out is even more fun in a private room with your bachelorette crew! Surprise the bride with a special room for dinner. Some of the bridesmaids can even head over early to decorate it with some bachelorette flair. 
  8. Relive College Spring Break: If your group is looking to get rowdy, head to Senor Frog’s! A typical night here includes strong drinks, a dance party, contests and conga lines. It’s perfect for a wild bachelorette celebration!
  9. Get Your Groove On Someplace Swanky: Prefer a lounge or club scene to toast the bride-to-be? Puerto Rico boasts tons of great clubs and lounges. Check out The Bach for all of our favorite party spots.
  10. Brunch it up With Your Girls: Recap the bachelorette party festivities over a tasty brunch. Whether you dine at your hotel or a nearby restaurant, there’s nothing better than gossiping with the gals over an omelet or stack of pancakes

If you are planning a bach party on the island make sure they check our their site, they make the entire planning seamless and help keep you organized. They have an extensive collection of amazing venue recommendations and creative activity suggestions. No matter how large your group or small your budget, you can now efficiently plan an unforgettable bachelorette party all from one website!

Real Weddings: Patricia C. Martínez and Samuel Calderon-Sitiriche

Photography by: Vanessa Velez  

Happy Tuesday Lovies!

It's been a while since we have published a "Real Wedding" and today's feature makes up for that.

Patricia and Sammy were introduced by mutual friends and they instantly hit it off on their first date. Two years later Sammy made is official popping the question after a night time stroll on the beach (how romantic!). The couple wanted a modern vibe to their wedding, choosing all white flowers for their decor with subtle hints of colors through the lighting. The bride was a total fashionista with her Jimmy Choo heels and stunning Monique Lhuillier gown!

 

From the Bride...Our wedding was a romantic modern wedding. We wanted something that would characterize us. A graphic artist made us a monogram, with the letters of our names and our new last name. This monogram was exposed in everything from the beautiful linens to the dance floor. The color scheme was silver, tones of grey and white. We had three different design tables for guests to sit down and enjoy the wedding. 

We wanted to make a big statement with the flower arrangements. One of them had hanging candles and manzanilla tree branches.  During the reception guests enjoyed taking pictures at our photo booth. The pictures they took were their favor to take home. Everyone was very excited. We also had white and grey French macaroons as favors. We were more than pleased by how everything turned out. We had our dream wedding.

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Photo: Vanessa Vélez Photography / Video: Andres Mamani from Alucinarte Films / Planner: Ever After Wed / Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Hair and Makeup: Enrique Iglesias  / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Decor: Blanco by Mara / Ceremony: Parroquia San José / Ceremony Music: Violines Carlos Valencia / Reception:  Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino / Reception Music:  Así Somos, Banda Sin Prisa, DJ Luis Ortiz of DJ Rockhand /  Cake: C&M Cake Designers / Photo Booth: Snapshot Photo Booth / Paris Macaroons: The Sugar Lab / Invitations: Creations by Alty 

 

Wednesday Crush: Paper Crown Bridesmaids Dresses

Growing up MTV was our go TV channel, and there was no show we loved more than Laguna Beach and The Hills. Of course we were always Team Lauren! Now as adults we have always admired Lauren's sophisticated and chic style. When we found out her collection Paper Crown had debuted a line of bridesmaids dresses we knew we would be in love. The collection is a perfect blend of LC's classic and ethereal style. With gorgeous light hues such as cream, teal, ash and pewter the collection is perfect for a afternoon garden fete or a stunning black tie event.

To check out the entire collection click here.

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Red Carpet to Aisle: Emmy's Edition

Red and White ruled the Emmy's Red Carpet last night. Big ball gowns, structured dresses and asymmetrical elements were the trends to watch. Many of these trends were also seen in the Spring Bridal Runways! So are our favorite Emmy Inspired Wedding Looks!

sarahSarah Hyland in Christian Siriano / Get the Look: Theia

julianneJulianne Hough in DSquared / Get the Look: J. Mendel

juliaJulia Roberts in Elie Saab / Get the Look: Isabelle Armstrong

taylorTaylor Schilling in Zuhair Murad / Get the Look: BHLDN

januaryJanuary Jones in Prabal Gurung / Get the Look: Isabelle Armstrong

kristenKristen Wigg in Vera Wang / Get the Look: Vera Wang

Red Carpet to Aisle: VMA's Edition

The VMA's are the most daring red carpet of all Awards Shows. It's the one time celebs feel free to be a little wild with their outfit choices. Thigh high slits, daring backs and metallics ruled the carpet last night. If you are feeling a little daring yourself consider one of these for your walk down the aisle.

beyonceBeyonce in Nicolas Jebran / Get the Look: Galia Lahav

jordinJordin Sparks in Simply Intricate / Get the Look: Alyne by Rivini

keshaKesha in Johanna Johnson / Get the Look: Johanna Johnson

ritaRita Ora in Donna Karan / Get The Look: Elizabeth Fillmore

Real Weddings: Beatriz Lopez and Christian Cruz

Photographer: Stephanie SegarraHappy Friday Darlings! As everyone is getting ready for the weekend we wanted to leave you with a very unique and modern wedding. Beatriz and Christian met when they were in school in the Dominican Republic at Los Altos de Chavon School of Design. However it wasn't until after they graduated that they actually started dating, the funny part is that is all started online. Christian was in NY studying at Parsons and Beatriz was back in Puerto Rico. They decide to continue the relationship because she was moving to New York the following year to study at Parsons as well. They took the time apart to really get to know each other, especially since all they did was talk. One of their fondest memories is the first time he went to PR to visit her, when they kissed for the first time they were so nervous they both went in too fast and ended hitting their teeth!

When it came to designing their wedding Beatriz knew she didn't want the traditional big wedding. She wanted something intimate, with friends and family. She wanted it to be laid back and to feel more like a family get together than a wedding. She even decide to forgo the traditional floral centerpieces for something more unexpected.

From the Bride...I definitely wasn’t into flowers, I was into plants, green, zen, succulents. Originally the wedding was going to be at The Dorado Beach Plantation, so I thought everything matched the atmosphere there. In the end we changed the wedding to December and decided to do it at Restaurante Antonios.  I still liked the ideas of using plants in the centerpieces as opposed to flowers, however now I wanted them in gold! So, I decided on “monsteras” plants painted in gold with tall glass vases with floating candles. I wanted to add a touch of red but wasn't into roses, however thats what we ended going with in the end. I wanted everything to look minimalist and clean. I wanted it to look more like a nice evening dinner than a wedding. In the end it turned out very 40’s glam looking. It wasn’t what I was going for, but I loved it!

Beatriz is the designer for the fashion brand CONSUELO. She even designed her own wedding gown!

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Engagement Wednesday: Melissa Marty and Nelson Rosa

Photographer: Siul Martinez Everyone in Puerto Rico knows that we treat our Beauty Queens like real royalty. So its no surprise that when Nelson Rosa decided to propose to our very own Melissa Marty, Nuestra Belleza Latina 2008 he knew he had to do something over the top. We had the pleasure of chatting with Melissa and few months ago to learn a little bit about their relationship and breathtaking proposal.

But before we get into the engagement story lets take it back a few years. Melissa and Nelson met in 10th grade as they were students at the same high school. Melissa actually introduced Nelson to his first girlfriend. Years later when they were in college and both single Melissa started realizing that she liked Nelson as more than just a best friend, so little by little she made her move.

As history would have it a few years later she won Nuestra Belleza Latina and moved to Miami, which was the beginning of what would be a very long "long distance" relationship. Nelson eventually moved to Philadelphia for work while Melissa remained in Miami and a few years later she would move to LA, which would make their distance even longer. As with any relationship they had their ups and downs, at one point they even broke up. During that break she realized she needed to figure things out with him so she decided to jump on a plane and go to Philadelphia to confront him, but things didn't work out as she expected, so she went back to LA. He didn't know she was gone until he got home and found a letter from her. At that point she was already on a flight back to LA. A few months later he surprised her in LA to clear things up, a few months after that they made up and towards the end of last year he finally moved to LA.

Now we get to the good stuff. The day prior to the engagement her supervisor called her and said she needed her to cover an interview with Ricky Martin (her dream job!) the next morning, she explained that the interview would happen in Temecula at 6am so they had gotten her a hotel. She asked Nelson to go with her as she didn't want to make the long drive alone. Little did she know that he had planned it all and sadly Ricky Martin would not be there, but even better he was about to propose!

From the Bride to Be...The morning of the "interview" we arrived at the hotel and we noticed there was no one there. A few minutes went by and I was starting to get worried that I had missed the call time. I even called the contact number they had given me but no one answered. When we checked with the front desk they didn't even have a room under my name! Finally Nelson decide to check out the area around the hotel to see if he saw any crew, eventually he came back and told me he saw some people in the area and we should go check it out. As we are approaching I noticed that there was a hot air ballon, once we get there a gentlemen asked if we were the "Nelson Rosa Party", Nelson said yes and started filling out some paperwork. I was very confused about what was happening but then remembered that two days prior he had suggested I get a manicure, and all of a sudden everything started to fall into place. After this things are a little of a blur, I remember going to the bathroom for a last minute check and even grabbing some tissues because I knew that if the proposal was about to happen I would be crying! 

Once we were in the air it was like a dream, like the kind of stories you read in books. At one point we were surrounded by clouds and I looked at Nelson and said "We are literally inside the clouds" and at that moment he got down on one knee. He said so many beautiful things, amongst them "you make me happier than I ever thought I could be and if you let me I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you feel the same way". These are the exact same words Chandler told Monica on the show Friends when he proposed, this just so happens to be my favorite show, needles to say I said "YES!". When we arrived back to land I noticed my good friend and photographer Siul Martinez was there to capture the entire moment with my friend Paola Matias. We spent the rest of the day wine tasting and feeling like we were on cloud nine. 

We want to thank Melissa's wedding planner Yaska Crespo for the introduction, we can't wait to see the wedding!

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Wednesday Crush: Ring Cam

the-ring-cam This weeks Wednesday Crush is simply ingenious!

A wedding proposal is one of the most memorable moments in a woman's life. The problem is that most of the time its just that, a memory. How cool would it be if you could video tape the entire thing without her knowing? Well now you can!

The Ring Cam began as a Hope College engineering design project inspired by several friends planning to get engaged. The project gained momentum in the fall of 2013 when the group received promising feedback about the video quality from initial users that used the product. After a few more beta testers, the company officially launched in October of 2013.

Ring Cam allows you to capture that special moment, and its as simple as just pushing a button. The camera comes hidden within a ring box so that your fiancee to be has no idea that you are recording the moment. The company also offers different packages that offer editing services for the video. Prices start at $99.

To get your very own ring cam (you can either purchase or rent one), click here.

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