As soon as I know I have a wedding in Tarifa booked I start to get excited. The location awakens my inner hippy …and when you combine Tarifa’s boho chilled charm with timeless British elegance and style then you get perfection. Which is what we had at Ben and Karen’s wedding.
Ben and Karen are keen surfers and are really sporty, which is why Tarifa was their first choice for a wedding in the south of Spain. They chose me as their photographer because they could see that although I’m a Catalan wedding photographer from Malaga – I’m a free spirit at heart, and they really enjoyed my love for capturing the unexpected and knew I would be able to document their special day in a fun and relaxed style.
Ben and Karen got married in a unique chapel perched on top of the mountains overlooking the bay of Tarifa and Valdevaqueros Beach. It’s one of my favorite locations for a ceremony as it always blows the guests away – even though on this day they were literally being blown about! Tarifa is known for its windiness, which is great when you surf and want waves – but not so good for a wedding photographer from Spain. But I’m pretty adaptable and in the end it made for some great moments in the day and some really funny images.
Karen looked amazing in her Amanda Wakeley dress and her Louis Vitton shoes. You can take the girl out of London but you can’t take London out of the girl – even in hippy Tarifa she was dressed to impress. Ben wore a smart casual blue suit with no tie, and the bride arrived to the church in a bright orange vintage VW Beetle. I was loving the fun mix of chic and Boho and the chapel looked so cool with the bright retro car parked outside the quintessentially old Spanish building.
I had a great time photographing the Ben and Karen for their romantic portraits in the surrounding Tarifa countryside. It’s not often as a wedding photographer in Spain that you are surrounded by so many cows, but it was hilarious and I think the fun we had is really evident in the photography. Not many bridal couples can say they had such a great backdrop for their photos!
Following the ceremony, the celebrations were held in Tangana Beach – a typical surf shack chiringuito on the beach. But even though the venue was relaxed and informal, it was luxury all the way with Goyo Catering’s array of mouthwatering dishes and canapés.
As the day turned to dusk, the trees were lit up in fairy lights and guests danced the night away to the sound of the waves. Another impeccably organized wedding by the wonderful Jolanda at Tarifa Events, and another amazing wedding in Tarifa…my favourite boho retreat! You can see more of this amazing couple in the prewedding session we did in Tarifa here.
PREWEDDING IN TARIFA
To me, being a fine art photographer means one thing – when the mood takes you to create, you create! And that is what I do. When I feel that the light is perfect, the landscape magical or someone has that certain twinkle in their eye, I have to capture it; I have to make that moment last forever. And when I do, the pictures are guaranteed to turn out beautiful. This is my prewedding in Tarifa.
This is what happened when I met up with one of my lovely bridal couples Ben and Karen to discuss their June wedding in Tarifa. The sun was shining, the sea was sparkling and the sand was an unusual golden yellow so I jumped up and said ‘guys, we need to take some pictures.’ And it’s that spontaneity that gets the best results.
It’s moments like these, when a couple gets the opportunity to connect with me their wedding photographer, where I know that come their wedding day every picture is going to be a winner.
Ben and Karen were game for a laugh and agreed to take part in my impromptu prewedding shoot. So there we were having our lunch and chat on the beach, the relentless Tarifa wind whipping up a frenzy and the waves crashing around us, when I took off my jumper and said to Karen ‘put this on, it matches the landscape.’ She laughed and we headed out to the shore to start our photography session.
I was so happy with the images because they captured the mood of that afternoon. Karen and Ben are a couple so much in love and were really excited about their up-coming nuptials. They chose me to be their wedding photographer in Spain because they knew that my romantic approach and documentary-style photography would suit their special day and their personalities…and you can see through our impromptu photo session just how well we complement each other.
The images came out relaxed and playful. You can practically feel the sun on your shoulders and hear the sound of the waves crashing as you look at the couple, their arms wrapped around each other, smiling as if they are the only ones in the world.
I had such a fantastic day with Ben and Karen, and I am so happy that I listened to my instincts as a wedding photographer and took the opportunity to shoot this happy couple on such a beautiful afternoon. And I’m even more excited about getting the chance to do it all again in June on their wedding day!!