In 2015 I had the privilege to shoot an intimate wedding for a Dutch couple on Ibiza. The location was amazing. The beach, the sea, the pleasant breeze. But it was also very exciting. Getting married abroad does require more planning and it can be unpredictable at times. The fact that the wedding couple said they found me to be a calming presence was the greatest compliment I could receive.
The groom’s shoes
I’m a flexible and experienced traveler. I don’t stress out easily. A good feature to have, it seems. I once had the opportunity to photograph a six-day-long wedding party in Nepal. It was a chaotic, colourful spectacle. A chain of large quantities of food and fascinating rituals.
For example, the bride isn’t allowed to smile during the ceremony in Nepal. She’s leaving her family and should be upset about that. This “sad” ritual is followed up by something which still makes me laugh. The women of the bride’s family steal the groom’s shoes. If he wants to get his bride, he has to buy his shoes back. A noisy and hilarious set of negotiations follows. And then the bride realises: I’m married.
Constantly on the road
It’s amazing to experience different cultures. Not only Hindus, Tibetans, Iranians, Australians and Dutchmen differ. Every family has its own customs and shared memories. As a wedding photographer, I’m constantly on the road — jumping from one culture to another. Yes, this is also why wedding photography isn’t merely a job in my eyes.
Do you have any questions about getting married abroad? I’d be happy to share some suggestions. Please contact me if you’d like to know more about the possibilities and the costs.
Daniël & Chloë