Wedding photography

Wedding at Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Basque Country, Spain

Wedding at Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Basque Country, Spain

With its unique architecture and stunning setting Hotel Marqués de Riscal in Elciego (Alava) is a fabulous place both to get married and to photograph a wedding. I’ve shot weddings there on many occasions and it’s always a place I look forward to returning to. Laura and Aitor’s wedding was particularly exciting because it coincided with an eclipse of the moon! Proof, perhaps, that a god does exist!!

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English-speaking Wedding Photographer Spain: Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Elciego, Álava, Spain

English-speaking Wedding Photographer Spain: Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Elciego, Álava, Spain

Yesterday I showed images from Linda & Nate’s wedding at Hotel Marqués de Riscal to a film maker who’d seen me at work. 

“Ah,” he said, “Now I understand why you spent so much time on the ground.”

It’s true! I spend a large chunk of my time at a wedding crouching close to the floor.

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Rioja Wedding: La Arboleda del Sur, Hotel Echaurren, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Rioja Wedding: La Arboleda del Sur, Hotel Echaurren, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Last night I was watching an interview with the great American photographer Annie Leibovitz in which she says she’s scared of sunny days!

“It’s sort of a joke, you know?” she said. “You get there and whoever you’re with says: ‘Aren’t you glad I brought the good weather?’ And it’s like for me, and the kind of work I do, I pray for overcast days.”

Me too! But when shooting Spanish weddings in summer at noon, I my prayers aren’t answered that often. 

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La Vieja Bodega Wedding Photography - Casalarreina, La Rioja, Spain

La Vieja Bodega Wedding Photography - Casalarreina, La Rioja, Spain

It was a beautiful, cloudless morning and hard to believe the forecast for rain. I was hot in the car on the way to the bride’s house in Logroño. I was hot in the car on the way from the bride’s house to La Vieja Bodega Restaurant in Casalarreina. And I was hot as I walked around the restaurant’s beautiful garden scouting for shot locations.

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Rioja Wedding Photographer: Isabel & David, Palacio Casafuerte, Zarratón, La Rioja, Spain

Rioja Wedding Photographer: Isabel & David, Palacio Casafuerte, Zarratón, La Rioja, Spain

It was very clear - and humbling - when I first met Isabel and David that they wanted me to shoot their wedding. They are journalists and I was a journalist in London before moving to Spain. They were looking for someone with that journalistic eye to record their wedding.

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Professional Wedding Photographer in La Rioja: La Arboleda del Sur de Echaurren, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Professional Wedding Photographer in La Rioja: La Arboleda del Sur de Echaurren, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Human vision is very selective. We see what we want to see and block out the rest. Carried along by the emotion of a wedding our eyes focus on the laughter, tears of happiness, the gorgeous flowers, the beautiful clothes etc. They skim over ugly stuff like street signs, power cables, waste bins and so on.

The camera, however, doesn’t. It records everything in front of it. A large chunk of my concentration is taken up eliminating the crud as I work out the composition.

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English-speaking wedding photographer Spain: Palacio Azcárate, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

English-speaking wedding photographer Spain: Palacio Azcárate, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Wedding plans change. It’s a fact of life. I first spoke with Marlit and Iñaki about their civil wedding plans and reception at Palacio Azcárate in Ezcaray (La Rioja) around 10 months before their marriage. By the time we actually met up a few months later Marlit had a big announcement: she was due to give birth about six weeks before the wedding. And so everything now had to be tailored to accommodate young Leander!

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Commercial and Wedding Photography: La Arboleda del Sur de Echaurren, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Commercial and Wedding Photography: La Arboleda del Sur de Echaurren, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Among the most eagerly anticipated restaurant openings this year in Spain has been the Echaurren’s Arboleda del Sur in Ezcaray. Hotel Echaurren has La Rioja's only two-star Michelin restaurant and has long been a favourite wedding venue both locally and further afield. 

However, space was limited… until now! The Arboleda is purpose-built for events of more than 50 people with adaptable spaces depending on the size of the party.

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Northern Spain wedding photographer - Diana & Juan, Briones, La Rioja

Northern Spain wedding photographer - Diana & Juan, Briones, La Rioja

I love being close to the action; it's where you feel the emotion that is so much part of my wedding photography. However, sometimes it’s important to take a step back to get the bigger picture. Diana & Juan’s wedding in Briones in northern Spain’s La Rioja is a good example. 

The ceremony was in the family garden high above the river Ebro with sensational views overlooking Rioja’s vineyards. The only problem was that there was a three metre high wall around the garden blocking the view. So I had to get high, very high.

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Briones winery wedding photography, La Rioja, Spain - Bodegas Vivanco, Briones

Briones winery wedding photography, La Rioja, Spain - Bodegas Vivanco, Briones

Some have amazing architecture, others a stunning setting. It’s hardly surprising that getting married in one of Rioja’s beautiful wineries has become a popular option for many couples. Wineries can not only offer a fresh, modern and relaxed setting for a celebration but also a link to a traditional industry. The fact that industry happens to be wine is, I guess, a bonus for many couples!

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