ok, i have to come clean about this. it has taken me forever to actually get around to blog this wedding… i’ve been going through my head about how to find the perfect words to describe this wedding. you see, it really wasn’t just any wedding. no, this was my brother’s wedding. for those of you who may not know his, i am the fifth of seven siblings. this was the first time i had to go to one of our weddings and i’m sure you’ll understand that along with the excitement of the day i am finding it hard to let the words come out in an eloquent way. so let me start by saying that it was an incredible experience altogether.
ana and nick got married on september 13th. as tends to the case, a small herd of family and friends traveled from near, far, and everywhere between to be able to attend. it was held at the small, and i mean small chapel at the british cemetery of bilbao. they wanted to have somewhat of a tim-burton-ish theme to the wedding, so this setting was a perfect fit. the ceremony was held by rev. alberto sanchez. at home, we like to call him dad. the pianist was someone that at home we also like to call “mom”, and the witnesses are also known as “grammy” and “yaya”. So you see, this was quite the family affair. In fact, at the end of the ceremony i had to switch my cameras for my ukelele and sing a song for the newlyweds with my favourite little sidekick, my sister anna. i won’t lie, i had a hard time not crying.
after having a very intimate lunch at a fantastic local restaurant, we proceeded to celebrate in style. they had rented out a house in practically the middle of the woods, and what a house! the celebration was just taking off by two local bands playing, “blues’n’breakers” and “enkore rock”. interestingly and unfortunately enough though, the neighbours complained of the noise, so by 1 am the police showed up and shut down our concerts. but there would be no stopping this celebration. in fact, a handful of people, including yours truly, spent the whole next day enjoying the sun by he poolside. so seriously, can you see why this was the best wedding ever?
i could spend a whole day talking about all the little anecdotes and details that made this wedding one of the best personal and professional experiences that i’ve had, but instead i’ll send you off with this: ana and nick, it was an honor and a tremendous joy to have shared this day with you. i wish you the very best that life has to bring, including but not limited to a small child who you may name adina or adino. congratulations!!
they met in moscow, they fell in love while traveling together through 13 countries, and they finally tied the knot in lisbon, portugal. this is just a very brief description of irina & charlie’s relationship, but it also happens to be the beginning of the biggest adventure that life could offer: their new life together.
i can truly say that i am honoured to have been able to call charlie my friend for a certain number of years now. with somewhat of an odd beginning to our friendship (my sister met him online and i kept calling to make sure he wasn’t a psycho killer) that i now like to think back on as part of the fun. charlie also happens to be one of my friend’s with the biggest sense of adventure. in fact, we have had the pleasure of exploring germany, holland, and belgium together… sometimes riding motorcycles, minivans, or a snowboard/ski combo. all of this is to say that when given the opportunity to have one more adventure together, and travel to lisbon to photograph his beautiful wedding, all i could say was yes.
now, let me tell you about this wedding… there were some language barriers, there was a heck of a lot of sun, and it included indulging in some delicious pastries… and that was all before it even started!! the ceremony itself was held at the beautiful pousada castelo de palmela, pretty much the most gorgeous castle atop a mountain that overlooks the entire city of lisbon and even has a view of the ocean… and all of it draped in perfect rays of sun. it was perfection. i have to give a huge shoutout to the few and the proud… that would be the few guests that were proud to cross halfway across the world, face insanely long overlays, and even the ones that went straight from the wedding to the airport. these guys were there because they are proud to call irina and charlie friends. i can’t ignore that kind of commitment and love.
and what else can i say? russians, spaniards, portuguese, americans, and the dutch. tears were shed cigars were smoked, and memories made. i think that pretty much sums it up. and if it doesn’t, that’s what these photos are for… see for yourself!
i wanted to be in one of the photos too! 😉
congratulations irina & charlie!!!
time won’t stop. it became clear to me the very first time i took photos of a wedding client, now turned into a parent. i was reminded of it again as i took photos for this family for the second time. it doesn’t seem like it was so long ago that manu, eva, and i took julene for a day in the beach and fun photos to follow. back then i am not sure she was even three years old. this time around it was her little sister enara that looked at my camera with a shy smile and much interest. we traded in the beach for a nearby natural park and we spent a lovely time between cartwheels, ducks, and a friendly tug-of-war. fun as can be, i can’t help myself but wonder what will become of them as time goes by. who knows, maybe i will even be their wedding photographer one day. because, like i said, time won’t stop… so why should they?
world’s apart. that was once the reality between mye and miguel. her, a native of the phillipines having made pit-stops along the way, and him… just a man from bilbao. they were ecstatic to celebrate their wedding among friends and family from all over the world. the guest of honor being marcus, who had recently been uprooted from the phillipines and reunited with his mother. it was a gorgeous sunset wedding filled with tears, laughter, and the exchange of beautiful vows. and then came the party!
let me tell you… these guys can celebrate! maybe they can’t break dance, but that won’t stop the men from trying. and as for the lovely couple, you know all those people who say that long distance won’t work? multicultural relationships are doomed to fail? how about opposites attracting each other but never actually working out? yeah, well to those people i have to say mye and miguel put them all to shame.
we sneaked out. the day that i shot mylene and miguel’s engagement photos we had actually met up for a barbecue full of friends and family. we had spent the last couple of weeks trying to arrange a proper date for the engagement session but inevitably something would come up and it would fall through. so there we were, stuffing our faces with freshly grilled burgers when i mentioned that i had brought my camera “just in case.” mylene’s eyes lit up. after a little convincing, miguel agreed to an impromptu photo shoot, and we we sneaked out of the barbecue and into the woods to write down the chapter to their new story together. we will meet again in september, with vows, and flowers, and toasts with champagne… but this time everyone will know. 😉
the view was breathtaking as i drove up to the venue where sergio and esther’s wedding would take place. the etxegana hotel and spa, borders the gorbea national park and on this particular day it was a little extra bright and beautiful. it was also incredibly hot, but nobody could be bothered by the sun when they had a full day of displays of love and plenty to celebrate. i want to give a special thank you to the wedding planner, janis vallejo, for making sure we stayed hydrated throughout the day! the guests were absolutely loving the cocktails and the view and went all out for their photos, turning up with some of the most hilarious and spontaneous guest photos i have to date. and of course, the bride and groom looked amazing, in love, and relaxed during the last few minutes of sun that we had before the day was over and the night celebrations began. all in all i have to say that looking back it was an absolutely gorgeous, fun, and unpredictable day and i am glad i was there to see it!
ever had a dèjá vu? i definitely did as i unpacked my gear and realised that i was meeting up with the same couple, same dog, on the same beach, barely a year after their session. i guess you could say that the one new addition would be the fact that they were now… three. elisa and victor rocked it in front of my camera before, and they sure are fun enough to rock it in front of the camera again… and again… and again. elisa braved the chilly weather and came with all kinds of ideas to the shoot, i ended up with sand in my ears (no joke!), laika, the dog had plenty of outside time, and elisa and victor got to have their portraits taken to remember this new and exciting season of their lives. i have to say… if I had to do it all over again, i would.
beauty from chaos. i met fran over a year ago, while i was taking driver’s ed. it was only about an hour after we met, and 10 minutes into my driving experience, that another driver got distracted and rear-ended me right before entering the freeway. i stood there for an endless amount of time growing angrier and angrier as onlookers passed by in their cars and threw a smile my way, as if saying “look at the student driver getting in a wreck!” all i could do was get frustrated as they didn’t even know that i wasn’t the one that caused the accident. in the middle of this situation, this tall and super friendly bolivian guy i had just met offered to give me a hug. i can’t pass down a hug. once we were done driving we went out for a beer, and that was the beginning of our friendship.
as it turns out, life is about to throw us another curveball as fran will be moving back to his native bolivia in the next couple of months. talking about this upcoming life-changing event we decided that it was time for a good ‘ol portrait session… and well… i like to think that we do well when life throws us a curveball, so here’s to friendship, distracted drivers, and looking on the bright side!
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this was their summer, the one they would remember for the rest of their lives. it was one of many summers spent by each other’s side, but the last one before their new lives as husband and wife. like many other summers it was spent with days on the beach, and relaxing walks while the sun set, but we all knew something had to change… something had to make it different. memorable. it was then that itzi, eneko, and yours truly decided to make it one-of-a-kind. we set a date and decided to commemorate this end and new beginning by ending the summer with an engagement session made complete by a water fight ending. and so it was, and so we did, and so they went forth in their everyday life, but now knowing that whenever they need an extra smile they can always look back to this day and remember. this was the summer when their love today became their love forever.
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