“OMG WE LOVE THEM!!! JUST INCREDIBLE! I HAVE A HUNDRED FAVOURITES ALREADY! GOING TO LOOK AT ALL OF THEM AGAIN NOW! SO FANTASTIC”
I remember when Stefanie and Avnish got in touch with me asking if I would be interested in going to Malta to photograph their destination wedding. It was April 2013 and their Maltese wedding seemed like a lifetime away, well just over a year. Now as I sit here writing this blog I am reminded how quickly a year goes. As a destination wedding photographer I am humbled when asked to fly to another country to photograph a wedding. Of course it’s an amazing feeling being asked to shoot a UK wedding too and even after 200 weddings I still get a buzz when a client confirms the booking. Make no mistake, destination wedding photography is not easy, and whilst it appears glamorous lugging that much equipment through the airport, working in extreme temperatures………………….. oh who am I kidding, destination weddings are awesome. If you’re thinking about getting married abroad, do it… the hotter the better and you can always cool off in the sea and believe me I will be next to you photographing it. Stef and Avnish chose Malta for their wedding as it’s where Stef and her family are from, so it was right to have the wedding on this beautiful golden island. Myself and my assistant (Richard Purvis) arrived in Malta a couple of days before the wedding, this gave us contingency if there were any flight issues, which as it happens could have been as the lovely French Air Traffic Controllers were on strike. Fortunately this didn’t impact us and we made it without delay. Stef was getting ready in Sliema, which was about a 20 minute drive from my hotel in Golden Sands. Rich and I arrived early and treated ourselves to a coffee before going to see Stef and the bridal party. The mood was calm and relaxed in the apartment which allowed me to get some natural photos of the girls getting ready. I know that Stef was keen on having some fashion inspired wedding photos so we decided to head out to the harbour for photos, using the stunning views of the Capital Valetta as the background. Personally I love dramatic wedding photos and I’m inspired by fashion photography which is one of the reasons Stef and Avnish asked me to photograph their wedding. The deep blue skies, the white buildings and the turquoise sea was perfect for my style of wedding photography. A 20 minute drive to Zebbug Parish Church for the ceremony and wow, what a church. The present church was built in 1632 and was dedicated to Philip of Agira. We then all made our way to Castello Zamittello in Mgarr for the wedding reception. Castello Zamittello is a genuine 17th century Castle. As the sun was setting and the sky had gone a deep rich blue, the castle was lit up, the guests were enjoying their dinner with the tables lit by candlelight and music playing in the background I remember thinking that this has to be perfect for any bride and groom. The evening was topped by a dramatic firework display which begun during their first dance, watched by their friends and family. Thank you to Stef and Avnish for inviting me to this wonderful Island and asking me to photograph their wedding. Also a massive thanks to my assistant/second shooter and great friend Richard Purvis for coming to Malta and helping me deliver these photos.