wedding photographer in Malaga and Marbella

Wedding at Hacienda San Jose, Hotel Rural, Mijas

Wedding photographer Malaga and Marbella

Mijas, a beautiful hilly area in the south east part of Spain, south of Malaga. This is where Hacienda San Jose is, a truly fabulous villa wedding venue on top of one of the many  hills. 

Siobhan contacted me about 2 years prior their wedding, and she said she would like me to photograph it. At that time she had no idea where her wedding actually going to be held. I got very excited when I got to know that they decided to have their international wedding near Malaga. I have never been to the south of Spain before so I was really looking forward to travelling there and meeting them. When I travel to photograph destination weddings I usually arrive one-two days before the actual wedding day in order to have some time to look around the area. And also this time I wanted to visit Malaga too.

 Siobhan and Mark came all the way from Scotland and they brought only the closest friends and family with them making their day a really intimate wedding near Malaga.

When Siobhan and Mark started organising their wedding they looked up different venues in countries including Scotland where they are from but eventually they settled on this particular wedding venue in Mijas. They loved the fact that even in April they could have an outdoor wedding there and the Hacienda was big enough that they could accommodate all their guest at the venue too. This was and important aspect as all the guests stayed there for the whole wedding weekend making the wedding experience into a mini holiday too.

The venue has garden all round the villa, so they could organise different part of the wedding day to different part of the garden. The ceremony was held outdoors, in a grassy part of the garden next amongst palm trees. This was hands down the most emotional wedding ceremony I have ever witnessed.

Started with the Father of the Bride when he saw his daughter for the first time wearing her wedding dress. Then when they walked down the aisle to the ceremony, the groom couldn’t hold back his tears, and  why would he? My camera has a silent  operation feature, and it was a great reminder that technical advancements sometimes do make a difference. It was really nice that I could just snap away without being obtrusive with clicking sound.  Often I get emotional too as was the case this time and so it’s handy to have a camera to hide behind.  

The weather was perfect on the day, not too hot but sunny. They set up one long table in the middle of the garden, and as there were only about 25 guests in total everyone was seated around this one table. Wedding decor was made by the sisters of the bride and the organisation of the wedding was perfected by Sunshine Weddings.

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Mdina Cathedral Wedding Photography, Malta

Mdina Cathedral Wedding Photography, Malta | Daphne & Ivan

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Paul, commonly known as St. Paul’s Cathedral or the Mdina Cathedral is one of the most beautiful churches in Malta to get married in.

Daphne and Ivan decision to have their wedding ceremony in Mdina didn’t come as a surprise as Daphne’s sister lives in Malta so they visit Malta regularly.

The church is on such a pretty square surrounded by the medieval city. Guests arriving at the wedding ceremony can take a nice stroll on the narrow beautiful streets to reach the church and it certainly gets you in a celebratory mood.

If you are thinking of having your wedding ceremony in the Mdina Cathedral be sure to have some time for the guests to enjoy the area around the church. In the summer months, the temperature can be very hot but it’s easy to find shade close by.

Daphne and Ivan took a ride in an old timer Rolls-Royce to the wedding reception venue where they spent the rest of the evening.

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Pre wedding photo session in Budapest

Pre-Wedding Photoshoot in Budapest, Fisherman's Bastion

Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Budapest, Fisherman’s Bastion

Snow and Hein are such a gorgeous, smiley couple. They came over to Budapest for their pre-wedding photos. From our initial conversation, I knew they really liked the feel of being alone and having the city to themselves, and they wanted the photos to show this.

We discussed in detail all the plans beforehand: locations, timing, dresses, make-up. I suggested having the photo session at dawn. In the summer months, the temperature can get as high as 35 degrees celsius here in Hungary. So in the early hours, it is definitely more pleasant.

And all the touristic locations which would be otherwise full of people, like Fisherman’s Bastion and The Buda Castle, are peaceful and empty. It is so nice to be out there and just walk around the whole area when the sun is coming up.

A bit before 6 a.m. I picked them up from their hotel and we drove up to Fisherman’s Bastion. Waking up early was not a problem for them as they flew in from Asia, so to them, it felt like early afternoon.

We started the photo shoot at the bottom of the stairs leading up to the Bastion, then we took some portraits on the top of the Bastion. The sun was just starting to appear in the distance and we heard the city slowly waking up.

I love these pre-wedding photo sessions in the morning. I’ll never get bored with the view of Budapest and I can imagine how special it must have felt for them too.

If you are thinking of having your pre-wedding photography in Budapest or somewhere else contact me and let’s make it happen.

 

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Singapore wedding photographer

Singapore Wedding Photographer | Ernest + Xin

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Being a Singapore wedding photographer was an absolute dream, a dream which came true.
This story started at the end of 2016 when Ernest emailed me about his plan. He and his girlfriend were going to come to Budapest, to the city they had both visited before and had both liked and Ernest wanted to propose on 1st of January 2017.

We talked about the possible locations and settled on the square in front of Fishermans Bastion. It was a very cold and foggy winter day and the trees were frosty, giving the morning a really magical atmosphere.

They arrived sipping hot coffee, Xin sat down on a bench and Ernest got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. Ernest had another surprise, whilst they prayed together, their families showed up as they had also flown in to celebrate.

Fast forward a couple of months and they were organising their wedding for that summer. So Ernest got in touch with me again, and kindly invited me to document their wedding in Singapore.

We started discussing the possibilities and of course, I was more than happy to fly over to Singapore to meet them again. It’s hard to get to know kinder people than Ernest, Xin and their families.

They insisted that we (me and my family as we went over together) stayed with them in their house during our time in Singapore.

Their warm hospitality was certainly something we will never forget.

The wedding was split up into a few sections. On the wedding day, we started really early at dawn with getting ready, after which Ernest arrived, met Xin and her close family and then we all went to church together.

The most important part of their wedding weekend in Singapore was definitely the church ceremony in St James’ Church where more than 400 guests came to share their happiness.

Ernest and Xin didn’t want to have a full traditional wedding so they organised a dinner for their friends and the next evening a second one for their parents, family and their guests.

This started with a tea ceremony where they both served tea to the family members. This is a formal introduction of the couple to each other’s family and it is about paying respect. We spent a fantastic week in Singapore and got to know many wonderful people in the meantime.

 

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The party of the year starring Catie and Mikey

Razzett l-Abjad, one of the best wedding venues in Malta, is where both the ceremony and the dinner reception was held. There is this reoccurring thing at weddings I photograph – which I love – where the couples are from different countries.

This time, for example, Catie is from Australia and Mikey is from Sweden. As Catie has some ancestors in Malta they chose this semi-neutral location for their wedding. Their only wish was that they can spend as much time as possible with their friends.

So we decided to go for some couple portraits in the middle of the day before the ceremony. Well, this is obviously not a good idea especially in the summer heat in Malta, but a very good friend of mine who has just bought an old dilapidated palace in Zejtun was kind enough to let us in and use it as a beautiful backdrop for wedding portraits.

The palace has beautiful features and a lot of character which I love and although it was quite messy with lots of old furniture everywhere the light and the mood was just perfect. The ceremony, dinner and the party were all outside underneath vine leaves.

The guests created a fantastic atmosphere. In fact, Catie and Mikey chose not to have a wedding cake which would have interrupted the party. It was a testimony of how wonderful it is when two cultures come together and celebrate. The result was a wonderful and joyful wedding.

The following day Catie and Mikey went to Gozo, the other main island in Malta for a short honeymoon, and we met up on one of the evenings to create some timeless wedding portraits by the sea.

This wedding from Malta was featured in the excellent wedding blog of Bride and Breakfast. Click here for the article.

 

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Potsdam Wedding Photographer | Johanna + Chris

This wedding in Potsdam was quite a location, but I’ll get to that in a minute.
First, about the couple. He is from Canada. She is from Germany. They met when both they were backpacking through South America. After returning home he said to her mum he would move to Germany. The rest is history as they say.

The getting ready and the wedding ceremony took place in Berlin near where Johanna and Chris live in the traditional looking Standesamt Schmargendorf but for the reception they wanted to find a location close to nature.

They did so near Potsdam by a lake in a restaurant called Landleben. The cocktail hour was outside with beautiful vistas over the lake but later the day they moved indoors for the dinner.

They had a little campfire and they also organised a breakfast get together the morning after. Their aim was to spend as much time as possible with friends and family who flew in for the celebration from several countries.

As I always do, I travelled to the wedding location a full day earlier in order to have time to look around and get familiar with the area and look for potential spots for portraits.

This time I found this particular area of the nearby forest with beautiful pine trees. We had about an hour to roam around the forest before getting back to spend the rest of the evening with all the guests.

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Janel and Claus flew in from Hong Kong for their pre-wedding photoshoot in Budapest.

We were emailing each other for a while beforehand, and they told me they had no preferences of where we should go, they like the style of my photographs so I should just go ahead and do whatever I’d like to do with them. They just trust my decisions. This was obviously great to hear.

I had some locations in my mind, but as always, sessions evolve on the day and it wasn’t different on this day either. We were just walking around the Budapest Opera area first, looking for pockets of light, and trying to avoid the tourists, when they mentioned that their Airbnb place is just around the corner and they kind of like the look of the staircase.

So I said sure let’s have a look, why not. It proved to be a great spot just the way I love it, beautiful light coming through the window, kind of dark inside.

Dates are limited for the upcoming season so if you are in the process of planning your wedding in Budapest or anywhere else in Europe, or you would like to have pre-wedding portraits do get in touch soon.

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