A peculiar thing happened to me a few weeks ago, while I was visiting Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Towards the end of my trip, I visited Castillo Felipe del Morro. While there, my photographer eyes spotted a long white dress and a bouquet nearby and I knew what was going on. My wedding radar was on point!
I looked around to find a groom, to match the bride I had seen, and sure enough, there was one. Turns out that these two lovebirds were renewing their vows, after 20 years of marriage. Wow.
I watched them slow dance to a beautiful song and watched them in motion, but still, on the inside. I can normally FEEL the anxiety or nerves from many couples on their wedding day, but it was different seeing a wedding couple, 20 years into marriage. It was odd seeing them go through the motions of my usual couples but at the same time, with a certain confidence and regality.
I, of course, approached them and introduced myself as a wedding photographer from Westchester, NY, who had been admiring their ceremony. After a few formalities, I pointed to my 5lb DSLR and offered to snap a few photos of them. Being a Christian couple, they thanked God for adding this small, but welcomed, plot twist into their life and gave me a strong yes.
When I said goodbye, I offered my congratulations on their last 20 years and told them I'd hope to see them there again, in another 20.
We didn't shoot very long, as they were on their way out- but I did create a few other photos from my trip that I was absolutely in love with. Check them out below.
And finally, for my photo enthusiasts. The last photo I took while on the back of a trolley at an extremely slow shutter speed. I stabilized the camera against the rail and slowly panned with the castle in the distance, hoping to keep it in focus, while motion blurring everything else. Highly recommend a vacation to Old San Juan. :)