If you’re dreaming of having a destination wedding, why not turn your special day into a trip of a lifetime too and tie the knot on one of the heavenly white-sand beaches of the Ecuadorian coast or hold a romantic ceremony overlooking the rainforest, where you’ll feel on top of the world? With year-round sunshine the idyllic Galapagos Islands make a perfect tropical paradise wedding location too!
Sounds utterly sublime doesn’t it? Well it sure is and Terrasenses & Etica Events are a luxury wedding planning boutique that specialise in unique, high-end weddings in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, so they can create a truly flawless day for you and your partner in this stunning part of the world.
We get to see what life is like through a lens as we chat with the incredibly talented Caroline from BlueCicada Photography, a destination wedding photographer based in Kuala Lumpur.
Today’s interview gives an insight into the dreamy job of a destination wedding photographer and Caroline shares her top tips with us on the increasingly popular trend of engagement shoots, finding the right wedding photographer and making your wedding day memorable.
YMTWTM: How did you get started as a photographer?
- Caroline: “I have always been taking photos. A lot! I used a point and shoot camera at first and would play in post processing. I got my first DSLR about five years ago and was shooting in automatic. I very quickly disliked the look that was inflicted by the pop up flash and really wanted to learn more about how to make images from scratch. I attended a course with a professional photographer in Dubai and from there I studied online and practiced a lot. I still do and still learn every day.”
YMTWTM: How would you describe your photography style?
- Caroline: “I like to think that my French-ness is in my photographs – something stylish, classy and timeless. My ultimate photographer idol is Robert Doisneau and what I admire about him mostly is this ability he had, this magic I should say, to capture the special glances between people and compose his photos so well. What’s timeless is the emotions that people feel, the way they look at each other. This is what I see when I have my camera in my hands. I much prefer to create natural looks for my images, I want people to look at their images and say: ‘That’s so me, you have captured us exactly how we are.’ If someone says that to me, I know I have done a good job.”
Sam and Johnny Hocking from Wedding Ceremonies Ibiza are not only musicians who can perform during your Ibiza wedding ceremony and at your reception, they also assist UK couples who would like to marry in a church upon the island. A Catholic Church wedding ceremony is the legally binding way for UK couples to marry in Ibiza (one or both of the couple getting married, must already be baptised Catholic).
You Mean The World To Me caught up with Sam to get her top tips for choosing your big day music and to find out a little bit more about getting married in one of the beautiful churches on the magical White Isle.
Ibiza church weddings:
YMTWTM: What assistance do you offer to UK couples looking to marry in a church in Ibiza?
- Sam: “Firstly we provisionally book the date in our diary so that our services are guaranteed on that day. We then book the church on that day when we are allowed to by the parish priest. If the church does not have an English speaking priest then we engage the services of one for the day. Once the church is booked we will send a checklist for everything that the couples need to do their end and we take care of everything this end. No translating of documents is needed as I help with this as well! During the months leading up to the big day I will guide the couples on how to put together their order of service, helping them to choose readings, psalms and music. I arrange a meeting with the priest and rehearse the whole ceremony with the couple and their wedding party before the day. On the day, my husband and I make sure everything runs smoothly and we also supply the live music in the church. The priests prefer that recorded music is not used and we have been doing the music for wedding ceremonies for over 10 years now. After the wedding I will obtain an International Marriage Certificate from the local registry office and this will be sent on to the couples in the UK. This is very important as the marriage liscence that is signed in church stays in the church!”
YMTWTM: How long before the wedding date do couples need to contact you in order to make the church booking?
- Sam: “Most couples get in contact with me a year before to reserve the date with us. Each parish has its own rules about when they will take a booking. Some of the churches will only confirm six months before the date and others can be booked at the end of the summer (September/October). This rule applies to anyone wanting a church ceremony.”
Remember where you said: “Yes!” or “I do!” or simply the place that you call home, with these handmade, personalised map location gifts from jewellery and accessory designer B You By Bridget.
Not only a perfect personalised gift, these handmade maps would make fantastic wedding favours for your destination wedding too; the cute key rings will hold your guests memories as well as their keys!