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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.
I remember the day I met Lorena y Aidan: we were on the street and could not find where to take shelter from a rainstorm. I should have known that getting wet to the bone would be usual with this couple.
The meeting was like a mutual love at first sight, and few minutes later we were planning their prewedding in Ireland instead of talking about albums and rates. I do not remember who was more excited about the plan: me or them. Surely all three equally.
Eire is the sound of a sea of stone. The smell of saltpetre and damp earth. It is feeling the drops of a devilish rain bitting your skin. And then return to life with the taste of an irish stew and a paint of Smithwick’s next to the fireside. The harsh climate is compensated by an overwhelming landscape and it contrasts with the warmth of its people.
I have no words to describe what we experienced there.
Beaches with stone blocks instead of sand. Cliffs that make you lose your breath. Remains of a shipwreck in an apocalyptic landscape.
And also cooking lentils, lighting the fireplace and enjoying a fun and entertaining chat. I still smile when I remember the grimaces of Aidan (he is great comedic awaiting a talent scout to discover him) and Lorena calling him “Aidyyyyyyy …”
I still remember one of the first posts in this blog saying that I love the City of Light and wanted to do someday one prewedding in Paris (or better yet, a wedding). That day has come and I can not be happier for the experience it has been spending a weekend fulfilling one of my dreams as a wedding photographer.
I’ve also been lucky enough to share a weekend with an exceptional couple, with whom I have felt warmly welcomed (it’s curious how you can get connected with people you have just met). A parisian breakfast, a family dinner with the best views I could ever wish, a night walk by the Quai, and we could not miss a visit to the Eiffel Tower, which still impress me no matter how many times I have seen it.
I leave you with a sample of an unique experience, I hope you enjoy seeing it as much as I have loved being there.
I’m looking forward to the wedding day!
Je me souviens encore que dans un des premiers textes de ce blog je disais que j’aimais la Ville des Lumières et que je souhaiterais pouvoir faire un jour un shooting pre-mariage à Paris (ou mieux encore, un mariage).
Le jour est finalement arrivé et je ne peux pas être plus heureux car ce weekend j’ai réalisé l’un de mes rêves en tant que photographe de mariages.
De ailleurs j’ai eu la chance de partager un weekend avec un couple extraordinaire, avec qui je me suis senti très bien accueilli (c’est curieux comment on peut créer des liens avec des gents qu’on vient de rencontrer). Petit déjeuner parisien, dîner en famille avec la meilleure vue qu’on puisse souhaiter, une promenade nocturne au bord de la Seine… Tout ça sans oublier une visite à la Tour Eiffel, qui continue de m’impressionner chaque fois que je la vois.
Je vous laisse un échantillon de cette expérience unique, j’espère que vous allez en profiter autant que moi.
J’espère avec impatience que le jour du mariage arrive !
“[…]Then you try to remember where it all started and you discover that it started earlier than you thought …
Long before … and that’s just at that moment when you realize that things happen only once, and that no matter how hard you try, you’ll never feel the same ”
Federico Moccia – Three meters above the sky.
The tale of Alejandro and Paula begins in the distant Bavarian lands, where a determined Spanish guy traveled for work and ended up finding friendship, and then love.
Paula, the sister of Alejandro’s best friend, first was his (great) friend until one day she realized that there was something else. Without quite knowing how or why, that friendship had become something much bigger. Being friends was nice, but it was not enough.
This engagement session in Munich was like a gymkhana: we started visiting Neuschwanstein Castle (the same that inspired Disney to build his own). From there we went to Walchensee lake, where we feed our spirits with its landscape and our bodies with a delicious Käsespätzle (my new favorite meal).
The following day we strolled through Glockenbach, Sendlinger tor, Marienplatz (where what looks like a cathedral is actually the Town Hall), Odeonsplatz, Hofgarten, Englischer Garten … at full speed because we should go to drink some “little jars” of beer at Frühlingsfest with the traditional Bavarian dresses (dirndl and lederhosen).
So much to know and so little time for it.
From this trip I went with the memory cards full of images, my personal backpack full of experiences and strong desire to visit again Munich.
Thanks Paula and Alejandro for being such great hosts. See you very soon!