destination weddings

The Wedding of Billie & Billy in Málaga, Spain

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

The Wedding of Katherine and David at The Marbella Club Hotel - Villa Del Mar

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

How To Get The Most From Your Wedding Photos

We are often asked by our couples what tips we can give to help them prepare for their day. Here are a few ideas that we hope can help on you on your wedding day.

In addition to these ideas, we send all of our couples a PDF help sheet to give them a few more ideas nearer their wedding date in order to get the best out of their wedding photos.

Before your wedding day

Create a mood board…
It can be helpful to consider making a mood board of wedding photos that you like and share them with us. Often we find that you like certain aspects of our work. This can really help us get to know your wishes.

Schedule in the necessary time for each part of your day…
Schedule adequate time for each stage of the day - some people want more photography, some just a little. As long as adequate time is set aside for your photographic wishes then we can make your plans work seamlessly. For example if you would like photos of bridesmaids/groomsmen before the ceremony, schedule a few minutes into your timeline at this and each stage of your day.

Get your hair and makeup artist finished with time to spare…
Consider booking your make up artist about 30 minutes earlier than you think necessary - this prevents us being short of time for pre-ceremony portraits due to hair and makeup over running, which can cause delays throughout your schedule. If you want time for pre-wedding bridal/groom portraits or time for portraits with family or bridesmaids/groomsmen before your ceremony, then allocating time is useful and this is once your H/MUA has finished.

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On your wedding day

You can’t hurry love…
As a bride or bridesmaid when walking down the aisle don’t look down and don’t hurry. Touch and look at each other during your ceremony. Don’t rush your first kiss - go back in for a second! It’s your wedding day, after all.

Live in the moment…
Consider going phone free for the ceremony and group shots. It helps us work more quickly, looks so much better in photographs and encourages your guest to switch off and live in the moment.

A Sunset Photoshoot…
Depending on the time of year there will be different lighting conditions. Consider planning time for a second portrait shoot as a couple just before sunset - if you wish to visit a location please schedule in more time. You can arrange this with us / your wedding planners.

Gather your Loved Ones…
For the group photos try to keep the list small and assign two confident people to gather together family members and friends - they will know key people on the day, saving time.

Make it Visual…
Confetti cannons, sparklers and fireworks are all visually spectacular can all add to the evening entertainment, your first dance and your evening exit.

Try a Pre Wedding (Engagement) Shoot…
Consider a pre-wedding shoot; it gives you a practise run and valuable experience of being in front of the camera along with extra time to discuss your wedding plans. We also offer post-wedding photoshoots that allow us to visit spectacular locations a few days after your wedding.

Find an Expert…
Wedding planners and high-quality vendors will make such a difference. We believe that experience, professionalism, and ambition to provide excellent service set experts apart from other options available. We will happily recommend some excellent wedding planners & stylists to any of our clients. They really are worth their weight in gold and have the ability to create a truly memorable wedding day.

We try and meet all of our couples in person to discuss the unique characteristics of your day. If you want to arrange a meeting with us then drop us an email at info@bloomfieldphoto.com

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 Festival Wedding of Ysella and Nicholas, Devon, July 2018

The sun was setting across Worthy Farm when Nick got down on one knee and asked Ysella to marry him. It therefore came as no surprise to me that Ysella and Nick has chosen a festival theme for their wedding in their native Devon.

Ysella is and Nick are old friends of mine (I lived next door to Ysella at university) who have recently set up their own pop up restaurant, with dreams of making it a full time venture. They are kind, lovable people who are great company and fantastic hosts.

Festivals, fresh food (as demonstrated in their pop up restaurant), long walks, camping, adventures and the South West of England are part of their identity and the things they love. One of the many things that they got so right on their wedding day, is that they reflected who they are in their celebration. It was an emotional, caring and somewhat windy ceremony that got the festival vibe just right.

Their day had everything that a festival should have; live music, fantastic food, vibrant colours, and some phenomenal glamping tents to put your head down at the end of their two day wedding.

Here are a few photos from their day.

The Pre-Shoot of Billie & Billy, Malaga, July 2018

We have known Billie & Billy for several years now; they too are a couple who work together so perhaps we have a deeper understanding of each other than many couples do… it takes a certain person to be able to work with their partner!

Billie & Billy rebuilt our old photo studio and office space to make it safe for our daughter, their skilled carpentry was in keeping with the 400 year old building we set up our company in, so it is no surprise that Billy planned to propose with a self made proposal ring (photographed).  If you followed us on instagram back in 2015 you will have seen their handy work.

When Billie contacted us to photograph their wedding day in Malaga at the place they first met, we welcomed the opportunity to photograph and celebrate with them with open arms.  

It was great to catch up with them, to hear about their engagement in person and eat all of the tapas. We certainly did  eat! 

We really cannot wait to be a part of their beautiful wedding day, and to see all that they have planned for it.

Having a pre wedding photo shoot is a great way to gain confidence in front of the camera and to get to know us, to go to a location that is meaningful to you both. Forget about the cheesy staged shots, let's go to a mountain, beach, landmark or somewhere that just makes you stop and go wow. It's time to relax and have fun in the sun or maybe under the stars... We know that our couples are all different so we try and plan to make things as unique and personal to you as we can.

The Wedding of Andrea and Barry, Marbella, June 2018

We met Andrea and Barry in Nueva Andalusia last year and immediately felt at ease with them. They are kind hearted, relaxed people and we knew that we would get along with them fantastically on their big day.

People often underestimate how important a bond is between themselves and their photographer can be; when you click with someone you feel that you can trust them and the couple felt happy to entrust their wedding day to us.

June is a fantastic month to get married in Spain, it is very hot but not as stifling as July and August can be, and you get the longest days of the year and therefore some of the latest and longest sunsets. You’ll never hear of a photographer complaining about a beach visit for sunset and this wedding was no exception

These are a few of our favourite images from their day. You can find a few others on our galleries.

The Andalucian Lakes Styled Shoot, Istan, April 2018

“Complacency is the forerunner of mediocrity. You can never work too hard on attitudes, effort and technique”  - Don Meyer

The Wedding of Christina & Manjinder, Cobham, March 2018

It was great to fly out to our first British Spring wedding in March for the Wedding of Christina and Manjinder at Great Fosters in Surrey.

Through the moments of the couple getting ready, to the best man Kip practicing his speech to friends and the fantastic drummers in the evening it was a beautiful, heartfelt and memorable day.

Much like the couple themselves, their day exudes memories of warmth, a close-knit family and understated elegance. It was truly a pleasure to be a part of your day and we wish you every happiness in the future.

Venue: Great Fosters, Cobham, Surrey.