I traveled to Spain.
From the minute my plane touched down I was overwhelmed with excitement, nervousness, and curiosity. An adventure was before me along with an outstanding privilege to photograph Steve and Mercedes’ Sevilla, Spain wedding.
Mercedes along with her sister and Mother spent the afternoon getting ready in the bridal suite of the beautiful Hisperia Sevilla while Steven got dressed and ready a couple of floors below them. Tradition was very important and pronounced during the day; they decided not to see each other until the ceremony.
Dressed in her intricately designed gown and cathedral veil from The Wedding Tree Mercedes arrived to the ceremony in a 1940’s European car. As you’ll see in the photos below, she made an absolutely stunning bride.
Because there were guests in attendance who spoke solely English and others who only spoke Spanish, the couple had their readings and vows in both languages. It was a true example of how two cultures can come together and become one family, something I wasn’t expecting and was very touched by.
While the guests headed to the reception for wine, tapas, and dancing, Mercedes and Steven took me to one of the most magical places I have ever seen: Plaza de Espana. We captured some romantic nighttime photos lit by the lampposts along the walkways. Photographing at the plaza was an experience that I will never forget – both because it was challenging and so incredibly inspiring.
The evening continued with dancing, drinking, and the merging of two families. Whether or not the families spoke the same language made no difference. There was an abundance of love for the married couple in the room, and that was enough to tie everyone together.
Steven and Mercedes, I could never thank you enough for inviting me to photograph your love story. I love both of you very much, and it was a true honor to be there for you and with you. Being your friend is so rewarding; I cannot wait to see your love and family grow in the years to come.