Destination wedding in northern Spain

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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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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Wedding photography in Haro, La Rioja: Bodegas Tondonia is a well-kept secret place to get married

Wedding photography in Haro, La Rioja: Bodegas Tondonia is a well-kept secret place to get married

Bodegas Tondonia produces some of Rioja's most prized wines. Last year, when Falstaff magazine sent me to photograph Restaurante Can Roca, Tondonia was among the wines they served at lunch afterwards. And here's the secret: its also a very special place for a destination wedding in Haro, La Rioja. You just have to ask nicely.

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Zaragoza Wedding Photography: Cachirulo restaurante, Zaragoza, Spain

Zaragoza Wedding Photography: Cachirulo restaurante, Zaragoza, Spain

I’ve written before that unlimited coverage is a key part of what I offer my wedding clients. I don’t know why more photographers in Spain don’t do the same. To me it’s a way of getting great shots not only during those tension-ladened pre-ceremony mornings but also, many hours later, the evening festivities.

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