Category: Catholic Weddings
The story of Carol and Maximilian goes back to the school years, where they met by chance on something as insignificant as the initial of their surnames. Both had their seats close by in the classes, since they were arranged alphabetically. The years of college and university did the rest to unite them as a couple.
To paraphrase Galadriel, I would say that even the smallest detail can change the course of the future.
Although they reside in Switzerland, they chose to organize their wedding in Malaga since Maximilian is half Spanish and a good part of his family resides in our country. They also feel a special admiration for Spain.
The day before the wedding they held a welcome party at Cortesín Beach Club, a fantastic idea that gave the opportunity to the guests to meet each other and the reunion between Maximilian and some of his relatives from Spain. The atmosphere was relaxed and cheerful, enlivened by a band that beautifully played songs from the 70s and 80s.
The “W day” began with the preparations of both in the Hotel Finca Cortesín, from where we went to the wedding ceremony in the church of Sotogrande. Once back in the hotel, the reception and dinner took place outdoor, under the sky of Malaga and illuminated by a tent of light bulbs. After the protocol speeches, Carol’s father played some trombone songs for the couple.
The night was full of laughter and joy, dancing and above all, the affection that all the guests showed to have Carol and Maximilian.
It all started with “My partner and I are from Hong Kong and we will visit Spain in October, we would like to have a pre-wedding session in Seville“. That email was followed by about 50 more in which Edmund and me prepared every detail of that session in which the central moment was the surprise proposal in Plaza de España.
It is impossible to describe in a few lines what has meant for me, on a personal and photographic level, the experience of photographing and sharing with Ed and Wini, not only their wedding, but the days we spent together in Hong Kong.
Everything was so new, so different, so exciting that on the day of the wedding I woke up ready for action at 2 o’clock in the morning. Even though the night before we were up late with the couple’s families drinking beer, eating “winter dumpligs” and teaching each other basic Spanish-Chinese vocabulary. So much fun!
The traditional Chinese ceremony begins with the groom and his “groomsmen”, trying to access the room of the bride. There, their bridesmaids prevent them from passing unless they prove themselves worthy by overcoming a series of “tests.” Once the worth of the men has been demonstrated (and their dignity lost along the way) the couple meet and proceed to the tea ceremony, in which they show their respect and gratitude to their closest relatives. The “red envelopes” are exchanged, the bride is given gold bracelets with phoenix and dragon engravings (traditionally symbols that only princesses could use), as well as a necklace with a pig female breast feeding piglets as a symbol of fertility.
Everything happens very fast and there are dozens of symbols and traditions, so much so that you get to feel overwhelmed. You end up letting yourself be carried away and flow with the sensations and the moment, following your own instinct to guess what is happening and how to photograph it in the best possible way amid so much chaos.
If all this is already complex, add that my role in the wedding was half photographer, half “groomsman” in a way that alternated my place in front of and behind the camera. An absolute and hilarious madness.
After the traditional Chinese ceremony we went to the church for the Catholic ceremony. The truth is that it has its exotic point to see a European-style church in the middle of a Chinese city, and document a ceremony similar to those we photographed in Spain … but on the other side of the planet.
Both the wedding and the following days that we lived together with my dearest Ed and Wini were an experience I will never forget. I will be eternally grateful, not only to Ed and Wini but also to their families and friends, for making us feel at home.
Whenever someone asks us about our wedding, we always respond with a cheerful smile that it was a series of catastrophic misfortunes, and we like to make them laugh explaining some more details, as for example, the “big tragedy” that unfolded when we forgot in the bride’s house the silver unity coins and we found ourselves in the need of replacing them with the generous contributions of our guests, amongst many of the anecdotes from our wedding day. However, speaking from the core of our hearts, we would declare that never, not even in our greatest dream, we would have expected to feel such amounts of joy, love and happiness in just one day.
It was perfect.
If there is anything we have learned from our wedding, is that perfection doesn’t reside in a flawless dress, nor in a perfectly scheduled timing that needs to followed rigorously; a perfect day resides in the tears of happiness that tear down your partner’s face; in your parent´s sincere and warmhearted embrace, in your friend’s laughter, in an unexpected dance…
It was crucial for our glorious day:
- Election of providers. Finding YOUR provider. Don´t rely solely on recommendations and ratings. Get to know them and let them learn about you. Only this way will he be able to advice what is best for you, and you will be able to place your trust blindly in him. We met Sergio Cueto by chance, thanks to a post-wedding report of an acquaintance, and we immediately loved him. Sergio´s photographs are pure art, and when we met him in person we fell in love irrevocably; with him, with his vision, with how passionate he is… It must be him. We still thank God, Buddha, the Force, and the 7 for having sent him that email.
- Delegate responsibilities. Although you will spend months organizing the wedding, the actual ceremony will only last less than 24 hours, without previous rehearsals. You must face it: not everything will take place as expected. It may be advisable, for you to be able to relax and enjoy your wedding day, to keep close people that will run off to find the best solution as soon as you exchange meaningful looks. Making sure that your provider will know what you want and what you expect from them will also be helpful.
- Attitude. Even if you followed every piece of advice in the world, if you let a spill on your dress, a faded mascara, a song played at the wrong moment, or unity coins that have been lost to wipe the smile away from you, you will be accountable for jeopardizing your moment, and I can assure you that it is not worth it.
It is YOUR day, not your dress’ day, your wedding reception’s day, nor your guests’ day. Everything that takes place in your wedding is to make YOU happy, and not the other way around.
Enjoy every second, have fun, cry out of joy, laugh, feel the love of the people that surround you, and do not hesitate to hire Sergio Cueto, so that he can capture all those precios moments forever with each and every one of his photographs: he will give you a pathway to go back to those moments every time you wish to do so.
A perfect wedding in Ponferrada
Laura and César can’t recall the moment when they started to be indispensable for each other, and whan it became all about LOVE. Honestly, I don’t think it matters. Sometimes, love is like thrilling or blinking: I have never met anyone who experienced it just once. However, there are lovers, and then there is the capital-letter LOVE. The latter is the one that César and Laura, whom do not know where one starts and where the other ends, are experiencing.
The trace of time leads to many terrible circumstances, but it may also lead to good things. And, sometimes, it exposes that actually there is LOVE, even after the sinking of the Titanic (right, Laura?). Even more, it teaches us to smell from the distance the person that you own, and when you realize they are still beside you even after a million years, you lose the feelings of shame and embarrassment, and you learn to love yourself, to accept yourself, both the good and the bad things. You become relaxed. You realize, just like César did with Laura, that being warm and loving is the only way to be. Somehow, life ceases to be a test because there is no need to demonstrate what is important.
Furthermore, the passing of time proves that the eyes that look back at you from the other side of the bed are the ones that you want beside you forever, and that at this point you dislike the cold side of the bed, whatever label you use to describe the relationship. When César landed in Paris, more precisely in Montmatre, in front of the Wall of Love, he became one of those fearless people that do not hesitate to label their feelings and verbalize then in a wedding.
Laura and César are, without a doubt, a fun people. They wanted to organize a wedding that held the perfect balance between traditional and freaky tone. Their wedding was an adventure in pursuit of the most unexpected details of the manga subculture, Game of Thrones world, … and they did not – not even for half a second- succumb to the adversities that unraveled during their big day. To be honest, it was a day were went from crying to laughing during the magical ceremony, full of great excitement were there was not a lack of affectionate kisses, nervous breakdowns nor catastrophical events.
Without a doubt, forgetting the unity coins and having to start the search for substituting them in the wedding, was one of the most amusing setback that occurred. Although I guess in that moment they considered it a serious problema, it is actually a very common misfortune, and they were able to solve the problem cheerfully, as a result of the happiness they irradiated and the guests’ resourcefulness.
The party was lively and original, with its own breath-taking details and big surprises. Undoubtedly, they are the kind of people that belief details make a world of difference, and that surely their wedding was going to be remembered for long by all of those who attended. The truth is that they also offered an incredibly elaborated dessert that left many speechless, as they served a reproduction of John Snow’ sword to cut the cake: he is one of the most appreciated characters from Game of Thrones, but he is not definitely the soul of the party. However, Laura and César took advantage of his joyful wedding to demonstrate that John’s sword may be suitable for fun moments if you couple it with One Piece figures in your wedding cake. 😉
The success of their wedding day was due to the sum the little details and emotive events that took place. Maybe something as simple as enjoying the moment, living relaxed, without giving a second thought to anything that was not enjoying the moment and sharing it with their loved ones. Maybe that is the reason why they went along with every mad idea that I suggested. They relaxed and they avoided being stressed or saddened when things did not go as expected.
The moral of the story from Laura and César’s wedding day in Ponferrada? You have to enjoy the moment, relax and live every second of your wedding day. Millions of stories may take place during this special day (it would not be the first time). But as they say, “it is YOUR day, not your dress’ day, your wedding reception’s day, nor your guests’ day. Everything that takes place in your wedding is to make YOU happy, and not the other way around”. The above explained moral of the story is easier to understand when the couple is conscious of the fact that the wedding is not the final destination, but rather a path to walk every day of their life.
Ceremony: Basílica de la Encina (Ponferrada)
Reception: El Oro de Roma
Wedding dress: Pily Scarlatta
Groom suit: Sastrería Foraster
Makeup & hairdresser: Encina Macías
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
I remember the first talk I had with Carmen: we had some drinks at Vip’s and she told me that she had photographed her sister’s wedding. After a while I realized that I was not just an amateur, but someone with a good photographic eye and a detail oriented person. Shortly after we were already planning their pre-wedding in Avila and their wedding in Valladolid.
Carmen and Jorge planned their wedding giving great importance to their history and their families: the jewels and arras inherited from their grandparents and the wicker basket for the alliances was made by hand as taught by her paternal grandfather.
The day began at the Meliá Recoletos Valladolid, where Carmen prepared herself surrounded by the closest family. The ceremony was in the majestic Church of San Pablo and the reception in the Restaurant A Ciencia Cierta, annexed to the Science Museum of Valladolid.
We were fortunate enough to have access to the Cavalry Academy for the couple’s session, a building full of history where I could have spent all day photographing.
Ceremony: San Pablo Church | Reception: A Ciencia Cierta | Bridal Dress: Alejandra Svarc | Bridal Shoes: Michael Kors.
The wedding of Maria and Angel was one of those in which it is impossible not to have fun. At the door of their house we found a whole declaration of intentions: “forbidden to enter in a bad mood”, so we decided to enjoy every moment of the day.
The ceremony took place in a beautiful church in the center of Torrelodones and was officiated by a priest who is friend of the couple, which helped to create a relaxed atmosphere during the rite.
The reception at Finca Prados Moros was a real success: the decor, the details and the gorgeous landscape. It is one of the most charming wedding venues in the north of Madrid.
On this occasion I had the help of my good friend Yiannis Sotiropoulos, who came from beautiful Greece and with whom it was a great pleasure to share experiences. I hope we can work together again!
Maria and Angel: thanks for making us feel at home and making our work so easy and fun. I hope that the rest of your lives will be, at least, as happy as on the day of your wedding.
Ceremony: Parroquia de la Asunción de Nuestra Señora (Torrelodones) | Reception: Finca Prados Moros | Flowers: Un Patio con Flores | Bridal Gown: Rosa Clará | Groom Suit: Sir Lucky | Rings: El Rubí Joyeros
A guy from Madrid. A girl from Asturias. A lot of funny guests, many liters of cider, regional folk songs and the impressive Asturian lansdcape.
This was the big day of Raquel & Edu: their wedding at the Parador de Cangas de Onís made me enjoy all day long. I feel somehow jealous of my colleagues wedding photographers in Asturias because they have such a wonderful countryside at hand.
“May 2nd: bad day for a Spanish girl and a Frenchman get married” someone joked during the reception.
One only has to glance at María & Romain to see the true love between them. Not only that, but also their family and friends love them so much that they were willing to fly from all over the world to share with them their big day.
And what a lovely day!
Emotions running high, funny moments, cared details… and the most important thing: a copule that loves each other, not only privately but in front of the camera.
It’s a pleasure for any wedding photographer to work with couples like María & Romain.
Thank you for making our work so easy and funny!
Ceremony: Iglesia de San Antonio de Padua | Getting ready & Reception: Hotel Barceló Cabo de Gata | Wedding Planner: Eventos Creativos Luz | Makeup: Mímate Salón | Hairdresser: Amate | Flowers: Lales Martínez.
The wedding of Laura and Toni at the Palacio de la Concepción has been one of those that put a smile on my face every time I remember it.
Perhaps it’s because the wedding was celebrated in Asturias, my favorite region in Spain; perhaps because the Palacio de la Concepción is a perfect venue for a wedding, full of charming spots; perhaps because the guests turned on enjoying (and make me enjoy taking pictures of them); perhaps because Laura