Destination weddings are my favourite things & it has always been my future goal to predominately end up shooting them. They are stressful cause the pressure is up even more than normal due to getting there without any delays & with all your kit etc, but once you’ve done it a couple of times & once you’re there - it’s so worth it.
I first met Jack whilst Rob & I were working on another wedding last year. Jack was running the photo-booth helping out a friend, & as I walked past he asked for a business card saying he was getting married in Majorca. I was excited but honestly didn’t think much of it as I give my cards out all the time. A couple of weeks later I received an email from Francesca & we arranged a call to chat about their intimate wedding in Majorca. I was aware I had a few more weddings that week (didn’t really figure out it was four until later on) but I really wanted to shoot this wedding so thought I would take on the workload challenge. This meant that we couldn’t arrive in Majorca until the night before the wedding, & I have to admit once I saw the cute man who looked like Super Mario waiting for us at our reception desk, I nearly cried with relief that we could get to bed! The following morning Rob & I walked to Francesca & Jack’s hotel, where they were spending the morning getting ready before their intimate ceremony in the gardens by the pool. I straight away knew we were all going to get along & it was a rather busy morning with me going between the two rooms either side of the hotel so I could capture both Bride & Groom prep, as Rob was filming. As Rob must come with me for all destination weddings they booked him to also film the ceremony & speeches, but as there were only twenty guests I knew I would be fully capable of shooting alone, so Rob kept filming all day.
The ceremony was relaxed & incredibly intimate in front of their closest family & friends. We then spent time taking lots of family photos under the palm trees which I was very grateful for as we had the midday harsh sun to battle with! We then all moved to a terrace in the hotel for drinks, wedding cake & a lot of singing along on the piano! It was a lovely atmosphere & we both felt very grateful to be there. I got chatting to Jack’s family & soon discovered they knew of my Grandad, & they ended up phoning a guy who was very good friends with him & I got very emotional. Sounds cheesy but I felt like I was ‘meant to be’ their photographer even more! During this incredibly relaxed drinks reception, I spent time taking shots of the boys, Fran & Jack, & a few more groups. It was so refreshing being able to work in such a relaxed environment without checking my watch every five minutes & having to work very fast. What was also refreshing was the fact everyone was really up for having their photo taken. I already knew this would be the case, as they had chosen to fly us all that way for something so intimate, so I knew whenever I asked they would more than likely agree. It was lovely for me to watch people having fun & finding enjoyment out of being photographed, as I’m used to being told it’s something people dread. This was especially the case with the bridal party & groomsmen who by the end of the night really took on board my GQ instructions & I think really believed that’s what the shoot was for - just brilliant.
Anyway. After a few hours at the hotel, we all jumped in taxis to a gorgeous restaurant Sa Punta by the sea. As soon as we walked through the gate I was blown away by the intimate setting in a gorgeous meddeterrain style. We did more photos on the rocks with the stunning views, a little confetti line & then Jack did a lovely relaxed speech with everyone just standing around him. This was great for me as I could move around capturing close up emotion without getting in the way! They all then sat down to eat, whilst Rob & I had our own table where we were lucky to have the most beautiful meal overlooking the sea. Although we were flying home the next morning, this moment gave us a very mini holiday experience. Fran’s Dad then did a surprise speech which meant Rob & I dashing around the corner just in time shouting “WAIT”, by this time we felt like part of the team so they all made a joke “call yourself professionals” but obviously waited for us to quickly get the cameras ready. I was then watching the light like a hawk & suddenly realised it was moving very fast. We quickly grabbed Jack & Fran to take them back to the rocks by the sea, just in time to get the last minutes of the most gorgeous golden hour! A lesson to always just go for it if you see the light, because if we would’ve waited another five minutes, we probably would’ve missed it!
We then did the last remaining GQ shots, & then the groomsmen kindly did an iPhone shoot of Rob & me asking us to “kiss, look at each other” - giving us a taste of our own medicine! So funny & also brilliant. We then grabbed a G&T, even though I couldn’t drink, & stayed for a little chat with everyone before heading back to our apartment. It was in this time I discovered how it really was meant to be that I was their photographer. As I mentioned at the start, Jack got my card when we met at another wedding, I assumed he went home & gave it to Fran, but he didn’t. Apparently a few days after that, Fran told Jack she had found a photographer (me) & asked him to look at my website with her. “Hold on” he thought, & then pulled my card out of his wallet. Now if that isn’t meant to be - I don’t know what is!
Rob & I then flew home the following morning in time for another wedding the day after. Although this week should’ve been immensely stressful for me, I absolutely loved this wedding & everyone there. It re-enforced my love for the job & the kind of photographer I want to be, & proved that your clients can make or break your working experience. I’m so lucky to work with the best people.
I have to thank Fran, Jack & their friends & family again, for flying us out there & including us in such an intimate & special day. The following Saturday they were back in England ready for their wedding reception party with everyone back home. Fran messaged me asking if we would like to go as guests, not photographers, however we had another wedding, but I can’t tell you how much this meant to us & we would absolutely have loved to celebrate with them properly.
Here’s a few images from their very special day including Rob's trailer of their film at the bottom.