Tag: destination wedding
If you’re goin’ to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you’re goin’ to San Francisco
You’re gonna meet some gentle people there
For those who come to San Francisco
Summertime will be a love-in there
And the spirit of San Francisco invaded the streets of Toledo … You rarely have the opportunity to photograph the union of two cultures and customs as clearly as in the celebration of a wedding; nor in a better place than Toledo, which has always been known as the city of Tolerance and of the three cultures. Michelle & Ignacio also picked Toledo because it’s the sister city of Michelle’s hometown, Toledo Ohio… and happens to be the oldest sister city partnership in the world.
Michelle and Ignacio chose for their wedding ceremony the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes (always impressive) and for the later celebration, a place of privileged views like the Cigarral de las Mercedes.
An American wedding, carefully prepared, where no detail was missing thanks to the work of All Seasons Weddings team. A beautiful villa where the bride got ready with her friends and her mother. A logo made ex profeso for the couple. The culinary mix with the best of both worlds: jabugo ham and a very American bridal cake, more than cake it was an artwork as it was decorated with the same arabesques of the bride’s dress. Lights of Michelle’s favorite color at the banquet and a selection of music during the party in which they mixed both American & Spanish songs… and even a copy of the Champions League Trophy, won by Real Madrid that day (Ignacio is actually a great supporter of Real Madrid).
Ceremony: Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes (Toledo)
Reception: Cigarral las Mercedes
Organization & wedding design: All Seasons Weddings
Dress: Haute Bride / Matthew Christopher
Makeup / hairdresser: Leo Rodríguez
Flowers: Bukka / Flores Maravilla
Bridal cake: La Repostería Silvia Fragio
DJ / lightning: Delicious Special Events
Being a wedding photographer has many wonderful things, and one of them is that it allows us to make collaborations with colleagues from other countries.
So it was with my friend Yiannis Sotiropoulos. I traveled to Nafplio, a Greek city close to the Aegean Sea, where he works as a photographer and I met one of his couples, Maria and Yiorgos, and assisted Yiannis to photograph their traditional Greek Orthodox wedding.
The ceremony was held in a small church in the upper part of Nafplio, where we could hardly fit a dozen of people, and most of the guests waited outside where the bride and groom had prepared some snacks and drinks.
The portrait session, with breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea, was at the fort of Acronafplia. At Greek wedding banquet there were many traditional dances and songs … even at some moment the guests broke some dishes on the dance floor following the ancient tradition.
“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.