Caroline + Patrik
Caroline and Patrik is a lovely couple from Gothenburg, Sweden. They reached out to me in the beginning of July wishing to elope in Barcelona this August. With just about 1,5 months of time before their big day, we jumped in to the planning immediately.
The day started off at their hotel in the center of Barcelona where I joined them in their room to keep them company. With us was also the hair & makeup artist and photographer. Caroline and Patrik had asked us to do a first look, so we had to make sure they didn’t see each other during the preparations, and we managed to pull it off even if their room only had a semi private space.
The couple left the hotel in separate taxis, destination: Barrio Gótico. Patrik took a taxi with our photographer Nicole, while I accompanied Caroline. They had their first look on a quiet square in the heart of the old town. Not too far away a man was sitting down, playing the flute. And as he saw Caroline approach Patrik who still had his back turned against her he started to play Wagner’s Bridal Chorus which was pure magic. Sometimes the most perfect moments are unplanned and they just happen.
After the emotional first look we continued with a pre-ceremony photo session really capturing the essence of Barcelona, before we transferred to Sitges. After a quick transfer we arrived to Sitges where our officiant Toby was waiting for us. Caroline and Patrik chose to have their ceremony on cliffs by the sea overlooking the beautiful turquoise water and Sitges village. Toby did a great job delivering a very personal, heartfelt and at the same time fun ceremony. The couple had been asked to send Toby personal information about each other, which was hilarious! We finished off the ceremony with a toast of cold cava before moving to Sitges center for more photos. When we finished, their private car picked them up and took them back to Barcelona where they ended the evening at a top restaurant.
Photographer: Nicole Alcalá (The Ivory Roses)
Gissella + Minh
Gissella, Minh and I got to know each other through a Facebook group about destination weddings. They were asking for advice about weddings at certain five star hotel in Barcelona, and we started chatting immediately. Just a few months earlier the couple had to cancel their wedding in the Philippines, but quickly decided that they’d move the wedding to Barcelona instead. The city where they met and got engaged.
The couple lives together in Stockholm, Sweden even though Minh is from Paris, and we started planning their wedding with guests from both Sweden and France. Planning a big wedding in the middle of a pandemic can be challenging, specially when everything is uncertain and you really want to host a big party. The couple made the decision to change plans one last time. This time, to a very intimate celebration at the beach in beautiful Sitges, just a half hour drive south of Barcelona.
The guest list was dramatically reduced, and they invited just their closest friends. And instead of a luxurious hotel wedding in Barcelona we made a 180 degree turn, this time focusing on photography, filming and enjoying their day with their friends. Getting married on a beach in Spain in August can be risky, being the most popular month for holidays for the Spanish.
Since it was going to be a very petit comitè celebration, we decided schedule the ceremony to start 8am. Not the most common time for weddings, but perfect for us. We got to experience a golden sunrise, an almost empty beach and a beautiful ceremony with personal vows. All their friends participated with readings which made it very special. We finished off the ceremony with cava and cake before it was time for Gissella and Minh to continue with their photo session and filming. In the afternoon, they went on a sailboat cruise with their friends and ended the evening at a great, local restaurant in Sitges. I wish them a lifetime of happiness, I already miss our zoom meetings!
Photographer: Andrea Ferrara