How I love abroad weddings! Or “destination weddings” for its fancy title; however they take so much more planning not only for the couple but the photographer as well! When Olivia and Ash booked me for their big day in Marbella (Spanish wedding bucket list tick) I was so excited! However being 28 weeks pregnant wasn’t quite what I had in mind so I also booked flights for my husband Chris to come along and be my bag carrier and chauffeur; brilliant plan until we arrived at the airport last Tuesday evening to find our Easyjet flight has been cancelled; yes cancelled!! Stress really took a new meaning when all they could offer us were flights from London on Thursday; on the day of the wedding but it would have already started!! I mean seriously? To say I panicked might be an understatement! As we tried every route into Spain on our phones I then had my big brother Mark on the phone on his computer finding us the quickest way and closest to Malaga as most flights were gone for the following day. We returned home for 2 hours before getting a taxi to Birmingham airport and then flying to Almería at 6am on the Wednesday. Once landed we would drive to Malaga airport collect our original car; not ideal but arriving at the venue around 6pm on Wednesday to see a very relieved bride and groom made it totally worth it!
Now more importantly let me talk about the epic day that was the wedding. Arriving to the stunning bridal suite with balcony overlooking the Mediterranean, Olivia was lovely and calm (on the outside) as she got ready with her 8 bridesmaids and Mum Sally. She has just opened a letter from her husband to be, however along with it was a collection of other letters for future important milestones in their marriage: first anniversary, arrival of their first child, 25th anniversary etc. possibly the most romantic thing I’ve ever seen! Downstairs was a buzz of excitement as lights, tables, chairs and umbrellas all went up in preparation for the 5pm ceremony. Olivia looked incredible when she stood in front of her bridesmaids and even more so when she walked down the beautiful staircase to greet her dad just moments before walking down the aisle to see Ash. The ceremony was wonderful and I loved the part both mums played lighting a candle to represent the light of life they have given their children. With the sounds of the sea and waves crashing on the beach it was the perfect setting for these two. After, everyone gathered around the pool for the drinks reception before heading over to the sofas to find some shade and cool off a little.
Dinner was served on the lawns under umbrellas and what an entrance the new Mr and Mrs White made! Freed from Desire by Gala pumped out loud everyone cheered waving their napkins around and jumping on their chairs to celebrate and sing them in; I loved it! After dinner I took the couple off to the beach at dusk; the hussle and bustle of beach goers had gone and now it was so clam and peaceful. I could of kept them there for hours shooting as it was so stunning however we needed to get back for the speeches. Now, everyone knows they are my favourite part of the day however nothing and I meant nothing could of prepared me for the best mans speech; he used words and spoke of things I just didn’t think anyone would every say at a wedding! Let alone in front of all 130 guest with a microphone; that being said it was the funniest speech ever. Ryan had everyone keeling over laughing as he pretty much improvised the whole thing and went where ever his mind took him; dangerous but brilliant at the same time! During the speeches the sun had set and the twinkling lights draped above the tables had come into play as the bride and groom cut the cake and hit the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife.
What a truly epic day it was, not just the location but the people made it a wonderful experience to photograph. A big thank you to the Hill and White family for welcoming not only me but my husband Chris to join you; we had the best time! I should also thank Chris for being my support during one of the most stressful days of my career to date; he never fails to amaze me. Finally to my brother Mark who became my travel agent and secured me being there at the wedding; hero!
So enjoy these few images as these are just a taste of the big day of Mr and Mrs White.