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The Wedding of Billie & Billy in Málaga

Billie & Billy met as teenagers at the family home of Billy (‘boy’ - as he is affectionately known by friends) in Periana where Billie (‘girl’) was visiting on holiday. It may have started as a holiday romance, but it certainly lasted… They remained close once Billie returned to England and with the support of their families maintained their relationship across two countries that included visits. Billy boy credits the invention of the Nokia 3210 in their being able to maintain long distance contact with each other, Billie girl has a slightly more romantic tale.

The support and love of their families was a central theme of the day and the warmth was easy to feel and bear witness to.



We absolutely love the photos guys!!! They are gorgeous!!! The lighting, the backgrounds. Just beautiful.

I get tearful just looking at them, I just love them.

- Billie



Billie & Billy later lived together in rural Greece and Spain before moving to live in London with their Greek rescue dog Nicos who accompanied the best man down the aisle.

Helen and Billie have been friends for some time, although I know them personally through their business as artisanal carpenters and our shared love of alfresco dining that has led to many an evening in Malaga and London sampling wine, tapas and bbq food. I (Sam) do build a surprising number of my relationships through food... indeed during their engagement photo shoot in Malaga city we took a break for tapas!

One of the great things about being a wedding photographers in Malaga is the huge range of venues that we get to discover. Along with the incredible light and views across the region, this has been one of the reasons that we call Spain ‘home’. The raised vantage point from Billy´s family home gave phenomenal views of the rugged landscape of El Cañuelo and Periana across the Sierras de Tejeda and the distant sea view across Vélez-Malaga.

Their wedding day was a true reflection of themselves; relaxed, full of kindness, warmth, great music , food and company. They partied late into the night and enjoyed every moment of their beautiful Malaga wedding day in June. 

The wedding of Billie and Billy was shot on digital and 35mm film cameras. Please see our 35mm film page for more information about how you can incorporate film images into your wedding day.

We hope you enjoy this small glimpse into their beautiful wedding in the hills of Vélez-Malaga.

Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab
Bride’s Shoes: LK Bennett
Groomsmen’s Bow Ties and cufflinks: Crawshaw Carpenters
Location: El Cañuelo, Periana

Katherine and David at The Marbella Club

Villa del Mar is the Marbella Club Hotel’s exclusive wedding venue, a quiet retreat nestled above the edge of the beachfront, incorporating vintage Andalusian external architecture alongside modern interiors, and a private pool with elevated views of the Mediterranean offering sites of the famous Marbella Club Bridge that later hosted their fireworks display. 

It is hard to put into a few short words how beautifully composed the wedding of Katherine and David at The Marbella Club Hotel’s Villa del Mar was, their day was expertly curated by Carla the founder of Tucco Weddings with the entire day being lavishly adorned with florals by Virginia Floristas. As a Marbella wedding photographer the day was truly a visual treat at one of our favourite wedding venues.

Katherine and David had certainly planned a beautiful day, but something that struck a chord with me was how they ensured that they spent time together just to talk and confide in each other. Whilst Helen concentrates on details and ambiance, I spend most of my time watching the couple looking for intimate, joyful and emotional moments...

After their ceremony instead of rushing to their guests, they stayed back, a flute of champagne in hand, they took a seat in the corner and simply talked and admired the ceremony area with the sound of the water features in the background. Only a few hours later they sat in a private garden to spend a few tranquil moments together, it was an endearing sight. That said, I am aware that they partied until the early hours of the next day surrounded by their friends and families.

Their kind and gentle nature could also be seen in the three unsolicited thank you emails that we received from Katherine and David upon receiving their sneak peak gallery and upon receiving their full wedding gallery.

This Marbella Club Hotel wedding was something very special indeed and so were the people involved in the day, it was an honour and a privilege to be a part of their day. We wish Katherine and David every possible happiness in the future. 

Helen and Sam


Email 1:

Hi Helen & Sam,
Thank you so much for the beautiful photos. You both were exceptional and it was a pleasure to share our day with you.

-Katherine upon receipt of their Sneak Peek Images.

Email 2:

Wow!! 
Thank you so much Sam and Helen. Every photo is absolutely beautiful. We are going to take a few days to go through them all.
-Katherine and David upon receiving their full gallery

Email 3:

Honestly we are both still processing how fantastic all the photos are!  So many wonderful moments captured.
-Katherine, ten days after receipt of her gallery

Suppliers:

Planner: Tucco Weddings - https://www.tucco.es/ 

Venue: The Marbella Club Hotel, Villa del Mar - https://www.marbellaclub.com/en/#

Florist: Virginia Florista - http://virginiaflorista.com/en/

Photography: Bloomfield Photography - bloomfieldphoto.com

Video: Ziffir - http://www.ziffir.com.ua/

Stationery: Nulki Nulks https://www.nulkinulks.com/

Rentals: Flordete Boutique, Cashmere Decoracion

Musicians: Naiara Castillejo and String Quartet, The Italian Job and others.

Hair: Alex Bridal - https://www.instagram.com/alexbridal/

MUA: Nicola McGeorge - https://www.instagram.com/nicolamcgeorge/

Cake: Alyson´s Cake http://weddingcakesmarbella.com/

Film lab: Carmencita Film Lab

The Wedding of Valentina and Simon, La Cabane & Los Monteros

These wonderful people flew in from their home in a beautiful part of Southern California to get married at the exclusive La Cabane Beach Club at Los Monteros Hotel. They married just as the summer was ending and the autumn was about to begin; a time that lends itself well to beautiful sunsets and very warm, but not stiflingly hot evenings.

One of the great aspects of getting married in Southern Spain is the weather that accompanies. I believe the Californian, Canadian and Russian guests were all more than pleasantly surprised by the warm evening at an 8.30pm wedding.

One of the other unexpected joys of being a wedding photographer in Southern Spain is the variety of venues; La Cabane is a modern, chic venue with exquisite dining & catering, views of the Mediterranean, pretty Andalusian external architecture mixed with ultra modern internal facilities. It also has the added bonus of attached to a prestigious 5* hotel. It is a very different feel to some of the more rustic, rural mountainous venues only a few minutes away, yet La Cabane has a charm that separates it from other prestigious beach clubs in Marbella. Being a wedding photographer in Spain you have access to this and a wealth of other prestigious venues.

Both Valentina and Simon were lighthearted and kind in their every interaction and have a North American directness that is an endearing mix; I’ve spent a lot of my life in North America so they felt somewhat reminiscent of old friends. Their friends and guests were also friendly, welcoming and highly sociable. After they had finished ‘joining tables’ at dinner, they partied late into the night enjoying the beautiful food and entertainment provided by Los Monteros at La Cabane.


Hair: Alex Bridal Hair and Make Up
Venue: La Cabane - Los Monteros Hotel
Shoes: YSL

The Wedding of Rachel and Luke at The Four Seasons, George V, Paris & The American Cathedral, Paris

Rachel and Luke have a love affair with Paris, not that I blame them for loving one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Rachel like many Americans has loved the city from a young age; it’s a passion that her and Luke have long shared, it is an enchanting city. Having personally spent months of my life there, I cannot say enough about the city, every trip (and every wedding) reminds me why I love it.

We met in London to discuss their wedding day, I knew that they were planning to marry in Paris, but knew little else at that point; it was probably very useful that I had visited the beautiful American Cathedral before and knew Ave. George V just off the Champs Elysees well, I will however acknowledge that I didn’t realise just how beautiful the Four Seasons in Paris is; the penthouse suite was otherworldly and as you can see, it had the most incredible view of the city. To photograph a wedding in Paris is always a fantastic experience, but to be the wedding photographer in the penthouse of George V in Paris is quite something.

The service at The American Cathedral, and the reception at The Four Seasons, Georve V as well the entire day was magical; just as any wedding in Paris should be.

Wedding: American Cathedral, Paris
Reception Venue: Four Seasons, George V, Paris
MUA: Four Seasons Spa, Paris
Dress: Blackburn Bridal, London
Shawl: Anna Campbell, Australia
Bridal shoes: Christian Louboutin

The Andalucian Lakes Styled Shoot, Istan

In order to improve our own work and push our own ideas and practises further we are endlessly researching the work of photographers past and present as well as that of stylists and planners. One thing that we aim to never do is to stand still in our attitude to our work, we never stop trying to improve and hone our craft. 

The workshop was co-created by Laura Charles and Claire White. Already knowing Laura of Reviva Weddings - her reputation as one of the top wedding planners in Spain speaks for itself and is well deserved. She was an architect of the upmarket destination wedding industry in Southern Spain and yet remains one of its’ most prestigious yet contemporary planners.

Claire is the founder of Butler and White. Since arriving on the coast we have closely followed her work and were rightly very excited to work with her.

What we particularly like about both Laura and Claire is that neither of them are willing to stand still despite the successes they have encountered as a byproduct of the love of their trade and craft.

To cut a long story short; upon learning that Laura and Claire were planning this photographic event we ensured that we were the first to sign up; we wanted to grow our own practise, experiences, network and most of all keep out of our comfort zone and experience something new and different.

It was a beautiful event and one of the many ways in which Helen and I are forever looking to constantly improve our practise.

A huge thank you to all of the suppliers involved in making the event such a success:

Models: Isa Vila: @_isavila_ & Kristof Debie: @iamkristofdebie
The Styled Workshop: reviva-weddings.com/workshops/
Concept & Planning: Laura Charles, Reviva Weddings // www.reviva-weddings.com // @revivaweddingsandevents
Styling: Claire White, Butler and White // www.butlerandwhite.com // @clairewhitestylist
Hair & Make Up: Louise Hill // www.louisehairandmakeupartist.com // @louise.e.hill
Bridal Kimono: Show Me Your Mumu // www.showmeyourmumu.com // @showmeyourmumu
Bridal Gown: Inmaculada Garcia Serika // www.inmaculadagarcia.com // @inmaculada_garcia
Flat Pump Shoes: Jose Fina Portugal // https://josefinas.com/ // @josefinasportugal
Brides Veil & Hair Vine: Britten Accessories // www.brittenweddings.com // @brittenweddings
Jewellery: Joyas Que Hablan // www.joyasquehablan.com // @joyasquehablan
Florals: Anais Floristas // www.anaisfloristas.com // @anaisfloristasfuengirola
Furniture Rentals: Noe Eventos // www.noe-events.com @noe.events
Table Stationery: Loupaper Wedding Stationery // www.loupaper.co.uk // @loupaper_
Wedding Cake: Sweet Things by Fi // www.sweetthingsbyfi.com // @sweetthingsofficial
Flat Lay Stationery Suite: Studio By Catarina Zimbarra // www.catarinazimbarra // @studiocatarinazimbarra
Additional Assistance: Jana of Reviva Weddings
Canapes: www.theoutsidekitchen.es / @the_outside_kitchen