Granada Spain Wedding Alhambra
Granada Spain Wedding Alhambra de Granada
I’ve known Anika for almost twenty years. We met a lifetime ago in a small acting class on the east side of Austin. Each week, as we progressed through our Meisner studies, we would bare our souls to each other. There were moments of intense laughter, sadness, anger, joy – every emotion you could imagine – we shared them all. Out of this class was born a fierce, long-lasting friendship. We’ve both been through so many changes. There have been days where I know we have both questioned whether or not true love was possible. It is if you wait for the right person to come along. Hold fast to what you want in life and you will find it.
Ok – so that’s all the gushy backstory…let’s go back to about a year ago when Anika let me know she was having a “small, beautiful wedding in Spain” and hoped I might be able to come. When she decided to have me photograph her dream wedding, I was over the moon. Two weeks before the big day, I learned there would be a reality TV crew on site…”just a couple of people”. I cocked my head to the side as I read that last text message. I knew better than to think a reality tv show would only send a cameraman or two, and I was right.
The day of the event brought a rain storm at a venue with no real rain plan and about 8 TV crew members with full on ESPN-like camera gear, producers with clip boards and a few boisterous reality tv contestants. I will not lie – this was by far the most challenging experience I’ve ever faced in my 10 years photographing weddings. I had to fight for position, battle weather all while doing my best to capture my friend taking the next step with her love. Choking back tears behind my camera, I listened as Anika talked about how despite knowing that love was possible for others, she never really believed it was possible for her – until she met Joaquin. Their love affair began the old fashioned way,. They wrote many long letter by mail before they ever even met face to face.
Three years later I found myself in Spain knowing that both of our lives were going down new and exciting paths. The rest, as they say, is history. Congratulations, Anika and Joaquin. May your love continue to grow and your lives flourish in your new home in Spain, and may you think of your time at the Alhambra fondly.
Bride’s Getting Ready Location: Hotel Casa 1800 Granada
Make Up: Bride’s step-daughter, Claudia
Granada Spain Wedding Alhambra Venue: Parador de Granada
Coordination: AWOL Granada
One of these days I will blog about our experiences in Spain including our trip to Granada, Ronda, Zahara and Malaga.
If you’ve made it this far, please be sure to watch the wedding film teaser at the beginning of the post. Click on the image of the Alhambra to play the wedding video! To book us for your destination wedding, please contact us for more information about wedding photography and wedding videography.