By Rachel Jones | Photographs from Vanessa Velez and Enuel Viera

Family played a major role in the wedding of Camille Davidson and Lance Woods, starting with the proposal. After nine years of dating, including a few years long-distance while Lance was stationed in Afghanistan, the couple went kayaking on the North Shore with Camille’s nieces. While back on land, Camille noticed Lance’s brothers were on the bridge holding a sign that said, “Will you marry me, Camille?” She turned to find Lance down on one knee. And after she said yes, she turned around again to see 20 family members who came out to celebrate! Both families united for a destination wedding in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, where Camille’s grandmother grew up and some of her loved ones still reside. “I wanted to draw out the elements of Puerto Rican culture into the wedding,” Camille says. They did just that, with Puerto Rico’s own Pancho Irizarray performing at the ceremony, a traditional cigar roller at the reception, and homegrown Puerto Rican coffee gifted as favors. The colorful décor popped with purple florals and a stunning, gold-painted cake that matched the venue’s metallic elements. As an even sweeter surprise for the 170 guests, folklore characters, known as “zanqueros,” made an appearance at the reception. “I knew that they were coming, but no one else knew,” Camille says. “They got everyone moving and dancing.” For future couples looking to take the destination route, Camille says the best thing you can do is find a planner on the grounds who can set everything up for you. She adds, “And if you make it like a family vacation, it is more fun!”


Bride’s Gown: Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld
Bride’s Veil: The Mantilla Company
Cake: C+M Cake Designers
Catering & Reception: Antiguo Casino de Puerto Rico in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Ceremony: El Castillo de San Cristobal Fortress in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Decorations, Florals, & Rentals: Ana Cintron Events
Entertainment: DJ Nate Da Barber
Hair & Makeup: Javier Moreno and Raul Collazo
Honeymoon: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Jewelry: Sewing By Beteena
Planner: Rosalina Torres of Momentus Special Events
Stationery: Nota Bene Fine Paper Boutique
Tuxedos: Top Hat Tuxedo
Videography: NDF Films

Camille topped her mermaid-style Mark Zunino gown with a Spanish Mantilla veil, edged with delicate lace.

“One of the zanqueros brought out a Terrible Towel,” Camille says. “It was super cool.”

After weekly lessons with First Dance Choreography by Amanda Wolf, the couple nailed their first dance to Black Violin’s rendition of “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith.

“The buildings in Old San Juan are all very colorful, so I thought it’d be cool for our bridal party to be colorful,” Camille says. The bride dressed the part, too, in bright pink heels!

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  1. phyllis
    February 23, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Article nicely captures the years-long romance before the dream-come-true, fairy tale wedding! Beautiful pictures and a magical event. Not to mention, the most fun I’ve had in years!