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It has been one of a time wedding in Portugal that occurred at the grounds of Tivoli Seteais Palace in Sintra.
The couple had chosen us to be their Portugal wedding photographers, and we couldn´t be more thrilled that we were chosen to attend this happy bunch that came all the way from Brazil to celebrate this romantic Sintra Wedding. Everything was done to perfection, and the couple´s guests not only took with them happy new marriage memories, but also a fabulous impression of the ever so romantic Sintra region of Portugal.
Looking for a great destination location for your wedding that won’t break the bank? Try Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA! Brian C Idocks Photographics is a St. Petersburg, Florida based wedding photographer and we find ourselves working in nearby Clearwater Beach very often. Most of our clients who choose Clearwater Beach as their location for their wedding are not local, however. It might be due to the fact that there are a multitude of beachside resorts for any budget or it might be the first rate white sand beaches that stretch for 2.5 miles. The area offers much more so you and your guests can enjoy a mini vacation along with your wedding celebration. Shopping, restaurants as well as fun activities such as jet ski rentals, boat tours, miniature golf and even a “pirate ship” cruise can be enjoyed during your stay.
Among the various locations in Clearwater Beach for weddings, Hilton Clearwater Beach is one we as professional wedding photographers find ourselves at often. We have photographed couples from all over the world at Hilton Clearwater Beach. Brooke and Jason, a couple from Tennessee, recently held their wedding at Hilton Clearwater Beach and we were honored to be their wedding photographers for the day. This playful couple took full advantage of Clearwater’s beaches, extending their stay to enjoy this special time with family and friends. The Hilton made arrangements for their guests easy as all events could happen conviently in one location, from guest rooms to a seaside ceremony and indoor ballroom reception.
Here are some helpful tips for those who might choose Clearwater Beach, Florida as their destination wedding location:
1) Location! Take your time and research the many venues that are available to you. Make certain that it can support your needs. Does it have enough guest rooms for you available at the time of your event? Do they have parking to accommodate you and your guests? Does the location have a ceremony site that you had in mind, be it beachside, garden courtyard or a nearby church? Is the reception area the style and price range that you have budgeted for and do they include food, drink, linens and any other items that you may require or do they have recommended vendors to provide such for you?
2) Time of the year. Make certain you familiarize yourself with the Sunshine’s state’s weather patterns. Yes, we do have a hurricane season and when planning a wedding during these months, wedding insurance might be worth the investment if postponing is required due to a natural emergency. Some other things to keep in mind is it does rain. We are a sub-tropical location and we stay gorgeous and green due to our hot and wet weather. Always have a plan B so that if it does rain, your day is not completely ruined. Also keep the heat in mind for your and your guests comfort. If an ocean view ceremony and a covered patio reception is your dream wedding, then you might find it more comfortable to plan for an early Spring or Fall wedding.
3) Time of day. We often hear couples dreaming of a sunset ceremony. It is a romantic notion to be sure, but as a professional wedding photographer, I know of the difficulty this timing might provide. Once the sun goes down beyond the horizon it is dark. If you are looking for those romantic couples portraits after the ceremony, as well as formal family portraits and bridal party portraits, then a sunset ceremony would make these occur in the darkness. You would either have to coordinate things so that you did these portraits before hand which would include a first look as these images include the couple as well, or you could work with the timing needs of your photographer and push back your ceremony, in our case, just one hour, to provide for the extra sun light for images after the ceremony. This, in my humble opinion, is the best case scenario as it still gives the ceremony a sunset feel, but leaves sunlight for the formal portraits afterward. It also keeps cost low as you won’t have to add all those extra hours before hand for photography.
Last month I had the chance to shoot Sharon and Luca’s beautiful wedding in Luxembourg. The wedding ceremony took place at the church of Alzingen, and it was followed by an amazing reception at the famous Château des Sept Fontaines, the ancient castle of the Villeroy-and-Bosh family.
Getting ready in Bettembourg
I started the day around noon with the getting ready of the bride & groom in Bettembourg. I quickly shot a portrait of the groom and a few details shots such as cufflinks, and I then moved on to spend more time at the bride’s place. She already had her hair dressed, and I landed right during the make-up session for some candid shots. I also took the time to photograph the wedding rings using my new macro lens.
Next, the bride put her dress on with the help of her mom and bridesmaid. The room was super small, and it was not easy to shoot. I found a nice angle to get an original shot of the dress hanging in front of the wardrobe’s mirror.
Back to the living room, I decided to use my beauty dish to take a nice portrait of the bride on her sofa. It was then time to go to the Hesperange parc for a first-look and a photo-session with the bridal couple.
First-look and portraits in Hesperange
The bride & groom wished to do their portrait photos at the Hesperange parc. I know this parc pretty well since I regularly visit it with my kids. That said, parts in general are not my cup of tea for wedding photos, especially at 2 PM under the bright, harsh light! Obviously, I had brought my ProFoto B2 Kit with the softbox to make the photos more interesting 🙂
The bridal couple had rented a magnificent back-coloured Ford Mustang, so we took a few shots with it before heading to the ceremony at the Alzingen’s church.
A religious ceremony at the Alzingen church
I live very close to this little church, and yet, I had never been in before! Most of the time it is locked out, and I don’t attend mess :p
That said, it is a charming and very bright church, which helped me a lot for the photos of the religious ceremony. I had already shot a ceremony led by this same friendly priest, but it was in another church.
The ceremony ended around 5 PM and then we moved on to the Château des Sept Fontaines, literally the castle of the seven fountains.
The wedding reception at the Château des Sept Fontaines in Luxembourg
This is the castle of the Villeroy-and-Bosh family. It is located near Luxembourg city center, and it is magnificent and very well preserved. Very suitable for wedding receptions indeed!
During the cocktail, we took a lot of fun group shots with the guests. I also took some formal portraits inside the castle to take advantage of its beautiful interior wallpaper.
It then took some detail shots of tables using an off-camera flash with a blue gel to create some more interesting light.
During the dinner, there were some moving speeches followed by an impressive pyrotechnic show in the castle’s courtyard. It was organized by Das Feuertanzwerk Mr. Ingo Schweiger. Use of my flashes was forbidden, I could not even use video lights 🙁 So it was somewhat of a challenge to capture the moments, even at ISO 6400. And focusing was even harder! The show ended with the Sharon and Luca lighting a huge heat with torches!