Wedding photographer in La Rioja

Northern Spain wedding photographer: La Arboleda del Sur, Ezcaray, La Rioja

Northern Spain wedding photographer: La Arboleda del Sur, Ezcaray, La Rioja

The other day I was listening to an archive interview with the renowned American photographer Eve Arnold (1912-2012). She was talking about how the photographer tries to express his or her point of view and give meaning to what he or she sees.

“It is about focussing in closely on something that appeals or repels you. It is like saying ‘Stop! Look at this. This is the way I see it.’”

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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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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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Wedding photographer Logroño, La Rioja, Spain - Marta & Mateo

Wedding photographer Logroño, La Rioja, Spain - Marta & Mateo

Looking over these photos from Marta & Mateo’s wedding in Logroño (La Rioja) last autumn, I’m struck by the fact that they, and most of their guests, hardly stopped smiling and laughing.

The wedding itself took place in the city’s Santa María La Redonda cathedral - known locally as La Redonda - and the reception afterwards was at the always inspiring Hotel Marqués de Riscal, in Elciego (Basque Country).

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Wedding Photographer in Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Haro, La Rioja, Spain

Wedding Photographer in Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Haro, La Rioja, Spain

Before her wedding in Santo Domingo Cathedral and Hotel Los Agustinos in Haro, La Rioja, Maite had asked me to keep an eye out for her three-year-old niece, Alba.

As a photojournalist, I’m always following the light and the action and there’s a large chunk of spontaneity in the images. But as a professional wedding photographer it’s important to make sure key family members and guests feature in the photos. I always ask couples for a list of key people.

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