Your wedding dress may stay mothballed in your cupboard for years after your wedding day, but the photos from your special day will be on display in your house forever.
The most popular moments include: the bride walking down the aisle; exchange of rings (alianzas); the kiss; cutting the cake (tarta nupcial); speeches (discursos). Remember that the photographer may not be familiar with your chosen order of play, both in terms of ceremony venue and meal location. Explain what you’ll be doing, when and with whom.
It’s also a good idea to have a video shot professionally; Uncle Bob may enjoy wielding his Sony Handycam, but if he gets sizzled and forgets to catch the speeches, you won’t be best pleased. Ask the videographer to record messages to you from individual guests (if they want to!) – that’ll be one to watch again for years to come.
So make sure, when you are choosing the photographer for your wedding:
- You like him/her personally. Ideally they should speak English, although away from the Costa del Sol, this is unlikely.
- They know exactly what you want: Spanish wedding photos tend to be on the chocolate boxey-side – backlit, soft-focus, very posed, staring into each others’ eyes. Bring along some examples of work you like, whether colour, black and white, or both. If you want naturalness and spontaneity, then ask for it.
- Some couples choose a specific location – not the venue for the ceremony, or the meal (banquete), but another place altogether – for their photos. Popular venues in Seville include Plaza de España; if in the countryside, you could choose a dramatic mountain backdrop.
- Don’t be afraid to disagree with your photographer on the day. It’s your wedding, you’re the boss!