Tag: civil marriage
Seldom do you have the opportunity to photograph the wedding of a friend. And this is a double-edged sword: on the one hand, trust and communication with the couple are won; on the other hand there is added pressure to give the best of yourself. The level of self-demand, already quite high, is fired to infinity.
If I had to define Ester and Berni’s wedding with a single word, it would be “atypical.”
Atypical is a winter wedding, a bride in a gold sequined dress and a groom in plaid vest and bow tie. It is atypical that the mother of the groom design part of the costumes of the couple. When you are from Madrid, it is atypical to travel 150 km to have a wedding in Aldea Tejera Negra, (but when you see the surroundings of Campillo de Ranas and the beautiful venue you understand that it is totally worth it).
The typical thing is that a close relative is an amateur photographer and he takes the camera to make his “alternative report”. And the atypical thing is that the father of the groom is a great and experienced photojournalist of Europa Press and Agencia Efe (so incidentally a little more pressure is added to what I already had).
It is atypical that the groom tries to film his own wedding, Metallica to be part of the wedding vows, to bring a (amazing) DJ from France, to have the ceremony officiated by the brother of the groom, the son of the couple who takes the bride to the altar and make a speech…
The wedding of Ester and Berni was atypical because they are totally atypical (and I hope that they continue being always). They are those kind of people you give thanks that the Universe has put them into your life.
This trip experience has been wonderful: great hosts in a city full of surprises and photogenic locations. This was my first time in England, and I’m sure it won’t be the last one… I want more of it!
Sonsoles and Marco story is the one of a Spanish girl who meets an Italian-Argentinean boy in London, they live together in London and end up marrying in… London, of course.
Sonsoles is a perfectionist, detail-oriented and a great organizer. In her own words, a little bit of a “control freak”.
Marco is a determined man: one week after arriving in London he got a new job, a new car and a girlfriend. No more to add to that 🙂
This story proves that there are no borders to love… And it also proves that to celebrate a wedding you only need two people in love, a couple of witnesses, a (friendly) civil servant to make it official (and a photographer to inmortalize it all!).
To tell you the truth, this wedding in London was only the first part. The (big) second part will take place in a few days at a lovely typical venue in Toledo (Spain).
I can’t wait to photograph that second wedding, which will almost be like an UN meeting.
See you soon!
“We love your work and would like you to be part of a very important day for us.”
These were the first words I read from Sandra and Vicente.
“We have decided to celebrate our wedding in Punta Cana, our little paradise, not because we were born there but because it has been amazing what we have always lived there.”
A couple of emails and calls later made me feel a great connection with this ¿crazy? couple, and I felt the desire to tell their story.
The plan was much more than a wedding. It was sharing a week with family and closest friends. A trip to an semi-desert island, a party catamaran (neither the tropical rains could turn it off), walks on the beach, laughter and cocktails in the pool, a trash-the-dress session that became a trip to the authentic Dominican Republic … ah, and the wedding, of course.
The whole wedding day was a succession of emotions. After the getting ready in the villa resort we ran to the place agreed for the “first look”, where a nervous Vicente waited to see Sandra dressed as a bride. The civil ceremony was in a beautiful gazebo overlooking the Caribbean Sea, so emotional that all we drop a tear or two.
Vicente proposed Sandra two years ago, in the same place after a romantic dinner by the sea. The wedding banquet was the same menu as then, under the same stars and by the same sea.
This has been my first destination wedding in the Caribbean and I have no words to describe this experience. What I do have are words of gratitude to all the people involved in this adventure, especially for Yoli, Mª José and Vicente, who made us feel part of the family from the begining.
This year I started the season in a very special way: with a destination wedding in France, at the charming Ile d’Oleron.
Lepus and Arnaud hired me for a pre-wedding session in Seville in mid-March, and when I sent a preview of the pictures his response was “are you available for our wedding in France?” 🙂
We enjoyed a great weekend on the beautiful Island of Oleron, which is full of small fishing villages where you can taste some delicious oysters with a good wine.
The getting ready took place in a beautiful guest house full of antiques and oriental details (I do not know whether they were already there or the owner put them to honor the couple). I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere … even Lepus helped Arnaud to get dressed (something rare in Spain).
The ceremony was officiated by the mother of Arnaud herself! How many grooms can say that his mother married them? Lovely!
During the portrait session an Atlantic cold wind blew, but Lepus always held with a great smile.
The reception followed with funny speeches, slideshows, delivering gifts and even an exhibition of kung-fu. DJ Paul put the icing on the cake: his lighting and the music selection made a legendary party.
However, for me the best part of the wedding was the lovely connection between Arnaud and Lepus, their good humor and the way they show the love for each other.
Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family.
When a couple is able to bring together people from Italy, Brazil, France, England, Greece (among others) for their wedding, it means that are truly special. Not only they have friends from all over the world, but because they did not care to travel thousands of kilometers to share with Sonsoles and Marco such a special day.
The decision to celebrate the wedding in Toledo, at the Cigarral de las Mercedes, was perfect: spectacular views of the city, beautiful facilities and exquisite cuisine. As in their “other wedding” in London, they prepared a party which was personally designed and cared for every detail (I must admit that I loved seeing a whole table decorated with framed photographs from the session we did in London).
Ceremony & Reception: Cigarral de las Mercedes | Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero | Shoes: Christian Dior & Barker | Rings: Tiffany
I do not know of a couple that takes into account their anniversary as Silvia and David: for 14 years, on the 22nd of each month, they have a particular competition to see who congratulates the other first. And I think that as the years went by, they have a romantic sense of competitiveness, to the point that sometimes it’s be necessary the presence of an arbitrator to decide who is the winner of the month.
I love this kind of details.
The day of their wedding was a reflection of their personality: relaxed, close and familiar. Surrounded by their closest people so that, from the wedding ceremony in the City of Alcalá de Henares to the end of party in the Parador.
Below are some of the photographs of their big day. Silvia and David: it was a great pleasure and an honor to share with you such special moments.