An old school friend, Kate contacted me last year asking if I’d film her wedding in Spain that coming May. The thought was so exciting as I just love filming weddings abroad. I knew it’d be quite a challenge as there’s a lot more planning involved and being in an unfamiliar place but I knew it’d be worth it to film in such a beautiful place. I flew out a couple of days before and had a wander around Old Town Marbella with Kate and David to check out logistics whilst grabbing a few filler shots of the area. Their Spanish church was absolutely stunning full of reds, gold’s and lots of Spanish culture. On the morning of the wedding I went to see David getting ready in his hotel room with his brother, best man Colin. I got some natural shots of them putting their ties on, helping each other with their cufflinks and some fooling around, fun shots around the pool that their photographer posed. Things that Kate would not have ever seen unless she’d chosen to have it filmed. Next, I went to see Kate in a boutique hotel, who was full of nerves but very smiley, which is just natural for Kate. She likes things just perfect but still manages to enjoy herself! Her dress was hung from the banister of a third story staircase and the shots just came so simply I was spoilt for choice. I wanted to capture all the details of that elegant lace dress. She handed out gifts to her bridesmaids and continued to get ready. I got a few final shots of her getting in her dress then made a run for the church. David was nervously waiting and laughing whilst greeting his friends and family arriving at the church. Shortly after, Kate arrived with her bridesmaids who were under strict instructions to get Kate to the church on time as it was not ‘tradition in Spain to be late’. Kate walked down the aisle with a big smile on her face to greet an excited David at the front of the aisle and I think I hadn’t taken a breath until they came together at the front of the church it was very emotional. I think she made many jaws drop! The ceremony was partly in Spanish but very personal still with close friends doing readings. Kate & David walked out the church together as a new husband and wife to be greeted with lots of hugs and kisses from family and friends then a big confetti throw in the square. Their photographer took them off around the old town and I went along to get some unobtrusive shots of Kate & David on their photoshoot, capturing the laugher and the enjoyment of having their photos done as a new married couple.
I headed to their reception venue at Valparaiso Restaurant in Mijas were they were welcomed by cheers and released two white doves for luck. Kate had spent a lot of time making her favours, table place names, invitations and table plan so I made sure that I got lots of shots of those. The party started quickly with fizz flowing, lots of food and non-stop entertainment throughout the wedding breakfast.
Kate and David had their first dance after the sun had gone down and the dancing continued until late. What a fantastic day! I left a day later and was sad to go but really enjoyed reliving their day when editing and I was so excited to send them their preview disc. Kate told me later that the day had gone so quickly she was so pleased she’d decided to have a wedding film. So if you’re getting married abroad don’t forget to consider having it filmed as the memories really do need to be cherished, its an investment for the future.
Now, enjoy watching Kate & David’s wedding film below!