A Perfect Wedding Ceremony on a Day Fraught with Blackouts and Torrential Rain – A Mini-Photo Blog of Sherry and Mike’s Wedding in Vieques

Hey Brides and Grooms!

This week it’s a mini-blog of pics because my bride and groom arrived on Monday morning and departed on Tuesday afternoon.  They were staying at a big hotel on the main island, but wanted to be married on “Wedding Island” – what a compliment!  Originally, they planned an elopement – Sherry Smith and Mike Rinehart were just coming down alone to do the deed.  Then Mike’s mom and aunt decided to tag along.  And then a few weeks before the wedding, the groom called me on the down-low to tell me the bride’s daughters would be surprising her in Puerto Rico too.  It made juggling plans a little tricky — the bride was planning the wedding but didn’t know (and couldn’t be told) how many people were actually attending! Ay dios mio – it was a challenge.  But well worth it!

Sherry and Mike at the demographic office getting their marriage license!

Sherry and Mike at the demographic office getting their marriage license!

We picked up Sherry and Mike at the ferry Monday morning and headed straight to the demographic office to get their marriage license all taken care of — and that process went smoothly.  Although Mike looks a little freaked in the picture below as they were signing the real paperwork.

Mike and Sherry signing their marriage license in the demographic office -- he looks a little nervous!

Mike and Sherry signing their marriage license in the demographic office — he looks a little nervous!

From the marriage license office, the bride and groom checked into Inn on the Blue Horizon and enjoyed a beautiful afternoon.  They toured the bioluminescent bay that night (romantic!) and had great time.  Everything was going smoothly until the rain started.  It wasn’t just raining cats and dogs, I saw a few iguanas and geckos go by too!  It rained hard overnight and it rained hard all morning — and the wedding was scheduled for 1 pm on the beach!  To add insult to injury, the power went out just as the bride started to dry her hair.  Although the groom suggested they wear hats, that wasn’t going to fly.  We put Plan B in motion and went to get the bride — we have generators at our house — but the power came back on at the hotel about the time we arrived to pick her up so she was able to finish dressing in her own hotel room.  And the rain started to stop. 🙂

Sherry putting on her makeup at Inn on the Blue Horizon, while we pray for the rain to clear and cheer because the power is back on!

Sherry putting on her makeup at Inn on the Blue Horizon, while we pray for the rain to clear and cheer because the power is back on!

Despite the delay caused by the blackout, Sherry was ready to go on time because Mother Nature was cutting us a break  — if we went on time — we were going to have a clear sky for their beach wedding.  Her daughters helped her dress for the big day.  It was sweet to watch.

The bride being laced into her wedding gown from David's Bridal by her daughter.

The bride being laced into her wedding gown from David’s Bridal by her daughter.

 

Bride Sherry with her daughters.

Bride Sherry with her daughters.

 

Sherry's hot pink rose bouquet was simple and gorgeous!

Sherry’s hot pink rose bouquet was simple and gorgeous!

Although the rain had stopped, the ground was still soaked so everybody worked together to get the gorgeous bride out of the hotel and up to her car without any complications.  Success!!!

The bride departing Inn on the Blue with her entourage for the wedding ceremony on Sun Bay, Vieques

The bride departing Inn on the Blue with her entourage for the wedding ceremony on Sun Bay, Vieques

Bill pulled Mike the groom out of the hotel about five minutes ahead of us so he wouldn’t see the bride in advance!

My husband Bill taking groom Mike to the beach for the ceremony.

My husband Bill taking groom Mike to the beach for the ceremony.

 

Groom Mike Rinehart with his mom before the ceremony.

Groom Mike Rinehart with his mom before the ceremony.

Once Mike was gone, we made a run for it… and we were ON TIME!!!

Had to keep her dress dry even though the skies had cleared for Sherry's beach ceremony.

Had to keep her dress dry even though the skies had cleared for Sherry’s beach ceremony.

It was beautiful when the bride arrived at Sun Bay, and her daughters got her ready to go and wished her luck.

The bride arriving for her wedding ceremony at Sun Bay, Vieques, Puerto Rico

The bride arriving for her wedding ceremony at Sun Bay, Vieques, Puerto Rico

 

Sandy sending the bride down the aisle.

Sandy sending the bride down the aisle.

Sherry was gorgeous going down the aisle… to a very happy and expectant groom waiting at the end of her journey.

Bride Sherry Smith walking down the aisle to her groom.

Bride Sherry Smith walking down the aisle to her groom.

 

Rev. Nancy Elias marrying Sherry and Mike under a (finally) clear sky!

Rev. Nancy Elias marrying Sherry and Mike under a (finally) clear sky!

 

Sherry and Mike with their families during the intimate beach ceremony planned by Weddings in Vieques!

Sherry and Mike with their families during the intimate beach ceremony planned by Weddings in Vieques!

 

Sherry's bouquet looked beautiful during the ceremony!

Sherry’s bouquet looked beautiful during the ceremony!

 

And you may kiss the bride!

And you may kiss the bride!

 

And  you may dip the bride!!!

And you may dip the bride!!!

 

Family picture of Sherry and Mike with her daughters, and his mother and aunt on Sun Bay after the wedding ceremony

Family picture of Sherry and Mike with her daughters, and his mother and aunt on Sun Bay after the wedding ceremony

Sherry and Mike spent an hour with a professional photographer taking what I’m sure will be amazing wedding photos.  Afterwards, they returned to their hotel for a luncheon.  Their wedding cake — a carrot cake topped with roses — was waiting for them when they arrived.

Sandy saying goodbye to Sherry and wishing her a happy marriage after the wedding.

Sandy saying goodbye to Sherry and wishing her a happy marriage after the wedding.

There wasn’t much time to mess around because Sherry, Mike and their entourage caught the 6 pm ferry off Vieques to return to their hotel on the big island.  But despite the rush, I think they had a beautiful wedding on Vieques Island.  Some power and weather related drama for sure, but we took care of all of that before it was time to go down the aisle.  And isn’t that the only thing that matters at the end of the day?  They said the wedding was perfect.

I hope they have a fabulous honeymoon — their families were headed home to give them some privacy so they should be relaxing and getting spoiled rotten about now.

Sorry this blog has less extensive pics than usual, but they were only on the island for about 30 hours! If you’re missing the Weddings in Vieques crew, we’re on the air again in the UK now on TLC on Thursday nights at 9 pm.  So let your friends across the pond know they can tune in and check us out!  And  you can follow me on Twitter @SandyMalone_ or @WeddingsinVQS, or you can follow the Sandy Malone “Official” fan page!

Until next time, happy wedding planning from Weddings in Vieques and Weddings in Culebra!

Sandy

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