I can’t believe that I didn’t post about our trip to PR in November!!
We went to about 10 venues in 3 days. It was nuts. We found our reception venue!! We tasted and ordered our cake, and the grooms cake. We found an awesome place to do our laid back rehearsal dinner, and a vendor to cater it. We also found the perfect spot in El Yunque for our ceremony. Super productive trip!!
Our cake is from Al y An’s cupcakes. It is far from San Juan (1.5-2 hr drive). We are spending about $245 for the wedding cakes (water colored in ocean colors, two tiers-one is baileys flavored, the other is white chocalte mud cake, with meringue frosting), and the grooms cake ( a two tier, red velvet with cream cheese frosting/fondant) in the shape of Shea Stadium, complete with lights (not electric), the home run apple and audience. (My fiance and I looooove the Mets and Shea was one of our first dates.)And because we spent more than $150, we are getting free delivery, so it doesn’t matter how far from San Juan they are.
If you are still looking for cake people you should really look these guys up. They have the most creative flavors, the cake is moist and so delicious and rich. And their fondant is marshmallow fondant so it doesn’t taste nasty.
Our reception venue will be The O:live Boutique Hotel in Condado. We are renting the rooftop. It has magnificent views of the lagoon. Not what I originally wanted, but this space offers privacy, which no other venue could accomadate, it is beautifully designed and decorated so I have to bring in nothing (maybe more tables/chairs but we will see). It has a pool I can jump in. It is rustic and chic and Mediterranean. I can easily adjust the vibe to a more hippie chic look. There is a lot of raw wood and wrought iron decor. The pictures on the website do no justice, it is simply magnificent at night. My fiance and I came during the day to view it and really liked it. We came back that night and had dinner to see how good the chef was, we died. Literally DIED from how good the food is, we met and fell in love with the Chef. And every single employee we met or talked to was so insanely friendly, nice, sincere and fun that we decided we had to book this space. It will cost just under $5k for 35 people including alcohol. We are getting a watermelon granita when guests arrive, 4 appitzers, 3 dinner entrees, beer, sangria, non alcoholic bevs and a signature cocktail, food is buffet style. There wil be dinner tables, an area for dancing, and they already havewrought iron/white cushion lounge furniture, so BOOM. I seriously loooooove this place and its people and its food. Even if you don’t use this place, go to dinner there. You have to order the pork belly, its insane.
We stayed at a place called Tarpon Nest Lodge. It was soo awesome. Its very small (10-12 rooms). It is in Louiza, so it’s near awesome and cheap food. It is set up on the lagoon where you can fish and kayak (they have poles and kayaks for use). There is a lounge area on the second floor with a huge tv and dvd player and maybe a gaming system. There is also a rooftop lounge area, I can’t remember if there is a tv up there. But it has a big table to eat at and a couple lounge couches and is soooo relaxing at night. The have a great pool area with a ping pong table, a bar area (where they serve breakfast- read: fruit and white bread, and juice) with a tv. The pool is great, with jets and seating in the pool and bushes for some privacy. We are planning on doing our rehearsal dinner here, as it is between El Yunque and where our guests will be staying. Plus it means a relaxed pool party/barbq atmosphere.
We plan to have Soliel Beach Club do the catering for the rehearsal dinner. We visited that venue and did a tasting. The food was great but it was a bit run down for a wedding. The chef was awesome, even after I accidentally insulted his mofongo. He said he can do a pig roast for about $20 or 25/person. But all my family is saying they wont eat that. So we will have to do something else. But definetly still using him, as his Puerto Rican delights appitizer was soo yummy. It is exactly what you would expect from Louiza-emapandas, chicharones,etc… satisfyingly greasy and unapologetically street food. In other words, awesome.
We hiked a few trais in El Yunque looking for our perfect ceremony location. We ended up choosing Juan Diego falls. It is a short (5 min in the rain) hike to the falls. The trail is not designated in any way shape or form. You just have to know that there is a trail right by the Juan Diego river. The trail is steep and awkward at best. My fiance really fought me on using this trail, until he realized it was our only viable option (angelito trail was very long and HOTTTT, plus not very cute when you got there). The falls are freaking gorgeous and its sooo grean and lush and literally everything I could ask for in a ceremony location. I am so obsessed with it that now I am praying with all my might that it doesn’t rain (I don’t think my guests can make it up the trail in the mud and rain). Even though all along I have said I don’t care if it rains. NOW I think if it rains during the day I will die. I reallly don’t want to have to have the ceremony in El Portal, now that I have seen how insane the falls are.
Anyways, that’s our updates. I have a bunch of info/quotes on other venues in the Condado/Isla Verde area if you have questions.
P.S. Also, my dress is ready!!! YAYYYYY