My dear friend Amanda got married in Salamanca, Spain in August. It was such a beautiful wedding! Of course they had their own photographer because I was invited as a guest . . . but you know me. I couldn't not bring my camera. So I snapped photos whenever I could -- as she was getting ready, as the wedding was being set up, as Diego & Amanda hugged and kissed wedding guests afterward. Here are some of my favorites. (Even though this wasn't an official "shoot," I still think it's worth posting, since it was on-location!)
|Castillo de Buen Amor, near Salamanca, Spain|
What I learned:
*It's impossible to be a wedding guest and photographer at the same time. I would have liked to just be the photographer, honestly (even though I did have fun as a guest!).
*Emotion tends to surface at weddings. Be there to capture it.
*Sometimes casual moments make the best photos. Some of my favorites are of the most casual moments, like this series where Amanda is preparing to put on the veil. I can't even remember what she was talking about in the moment. But her personality comes through so wonderfully; her expressions convey an innocence and beauty I had never before seen in her.
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In and around the castle . . .
|Some outside shots of the castle. . . fun!!|
|(That's my mom in the pool.)|
|The courtyard & balcony from the ground floor|
|The second floor balcony, looking out toward the courtyard.|
|A secret stairway leads to another hotel room|
|A perfectly placed table decoration|
|A salon inside, complete with abundant antiques|
|The "cocktail hour" the night before the wedding|
The wedding day . . .
Ah, yes . . . the hair!
The make up . . . the jewelry . . .
|The program and favor . . . a little fan wrapped in Spain's colors with a red carnation|
|. . . and the lovely bride and groom, Amanda & Diego!|