Destination wedding photographer in Northern Spain

San Sebastian wedding photography: Lianna & Salvador

San Sebastian wedding photography: Lianna & Salvador

Some weddings are intensely private affairs conducted in front of a select few people - I shot one this year where only the couple, the judge and me were present. Others, meanwhile, take place in full public view. Lianna and Salvador’s wedding in San Sebastian was certainly in the latter camp - it was right on Zurriola beach in the height of summer.

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Wedding photography at Hotel Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Basque Country, Spain

Wedding photography at Hotel Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Basque Country, Spain

Frank Gehry’s spellbinding design attracts couples from all over the world to get married at Hotel Marqués de Riscal in the relatively small Basque village of Elciego, known until recently more for its wine than architecture.

With destination wedding photography, it’s important not only to show the personality of the couple but also of the location. So whereas with local weddings I’m always looking to show the relationship between the place and the couple, with destination weddings I’m looking to explain to viewers why Emma and Gareth chose this location above any other in the world to celebrate their marriage.

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Same-sex wedding at Hotel Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Basque Country, Spain

Same-sex wedding at Hotel Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Basque Country, Spain

Chen and Tony’s same sex wedding at Hotel Marqués de Riscal in Spain’s Basque Country was, simply put, a blast! So much thought and planning went in that on one level you thought nothing could go wrong. 

However, Chen’s family are from Malaysia while Tony’s from Ontario in Canada. And they had never met before! So that meant there was a special impossible-to-predict element that had everyone on tenterhooks in the days running up the the marriage.

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Elena & Matt: Destination wedding photography in Hotel Echaurren, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Elena & Matt: Destination wedding photography in Hotel Echaurren, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

I’ve shot more destination weddings in La Rioja’s Echaurren Restaurant than anywhere else but this was the first one that I’ve done where the couple met in the building! Chefs Elena & Matt spent a number of months working in the kitchen of the 2 Michelin star restaurant and it was there that love blossomed. Perhaps it was something in the food?

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Basque Country wedding photography: Hotel Eguren Ugarte, Laguardia, Alava

Basque Country wedding photography: Hotel Eguren Ugarte, Laguardia, Alava

Wedding photography is all about showing the bride looking fantastic. OK, to some extent the groom too but if you haven’t got photos of the bride at her best, then you know they’ll be problems. But wedding photography is also about showing the people around the bride (and the groom) and the relationships between them.

So I’m always looking for images that incorporate proud parents and supportive friends. Sometimes the family member is the star of the photo

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