When it came time for RoseLynn and Anthony to decide between a large city affair and a more intimate island ceremony for their December nuptials, the New Yorkers chose to honor the bride's heritage and marry in Puerto Rico, where her family has roots. The couple loved that the island was exotic and exciting yet still easily accessible for their guests. "Going to Puerto Rico was a nice way to get away and have a party at the same time," says RoseLynn.

About 120 guests gathered at the Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa (formerly the Westin Hotel Rio Mar Beach Resort), where they enjoyed lounging by the pool, exploring the nearby jungle and soaking in the island's tranquil tempo. At the outdoor ceremony, the couple wed under a pink-and-green arch that drew inspiration from the tropical surroundings. After a relaxed reception inside the hotel, the festivities concluded with a traditional Puerto Rican seven-man marching band that had everyone jumping on their chairs and dancing. "It was so memorable," RoseLynn says. "People still tell me how much fun they had." Kathryn Papanek

An urban couple head south for a stunning island celebration

When it came time for RoseLynn and Anthony to decide between a large city affair and a more intimate island ceremony for their December nuptials, the New Yorkers chose to honor the bride's heritage and marry in Puerto Rico, where her family has roots. The couple loved that the island was exotic and exciting yet still easily accessible for their guests. "Going to Puerto Rico was a nice way to get away and have a party at the same time," says RoseLynn.

About 120 guests gathered at the Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa (formerly the Westin Hotel Rio Mar Beach Resort), where they enjoyed lounging by the pool, exploring the nearby jungle and soaking in the island's tranquil tempo. At the outdoor ceremony, the couple wed under a pink-and-green arch that drew inspiration from the tropical surroundings. After a relaxed reception inside the hotel, the festivities concluded with a traditional Puerto Rican seven-man marching band that had everyone jumping on their chairs and dancing. "It was so memorable," RoseLynn says. "People still tell me how much fun they had." Kathryn Papanek

For a soft, feminine updo, the bride added a piece of appliqué from the hem of her gown to this floral hairpiece by Haute Bride. Her paternal grandmother's pearl earrings—which her mother had worn during her own wedding—completed the look.