Montreal – Quebec, Canada.
Eliza + Seth
Ruined Church Wedding in Guatemala
Eliza and Seth’s relation withstood the 2 years Seth was away doing a bike trip from Alaska to Argentina… They decided to get married after his return, and naturally chose a town Seth had travelled through during his trip, which happened to be Antigua in Guatemala… And what a perfect choice! I love when brides and grooms put a lot of effort into creating a cosy atmosphere for their wedding, but when the place already has as much natural character as the ruined church of San Jose el Viejo, a few candles and flowers are just what’s needed for a unique result! And don’t you love the pictures of the bride getting ready on the roofs? All photos are quite exceptional; they were taken by Davina + Daniel, a photographer duo based in Montreal, Canada and New-York City, USA.
Seth and I made a great team for the planning process. He was the numbers guy and I was on the aesthetics. We wanted a classic, romantic wedding. Our venue, San Jose el Viejo, was built in the 1700’s, so all we really needed were candles and flowers to make our vision come to life. Having 100 of our favorite people celebrating with us is what really made it the night/weekend of our lives.
Name one thing you regret…
I regret not taking off my high heels (emphasis on the HIGH) earlier than I did! My big toe was numb for two weeks after the wedding. Other than that, everything was perfect.
And one thing you’re really happy about. proud of.
I can’t name just one. We could not be happier with our choice of location. Antigua was the perfect backdrop for our festivities. Our friends and family made the wedding what it was- magical. Aaaand of course, our photographers Davina and Daniel blew our minds with the most beautiful photos we could have ever dreamed of.
The word of the photographers.
Fate can be a funny thing. Eliza and Seth met a few years ago, just as Seth was preparing to embark on the journey of a lifetime: a two year bicycle trip from Alaska to Argentina. With timing this unfortunate, one might think that this relationship just wasn’t meant to be, yet something kept these two interested in each other during that entire time, and they picked things up again upon Seth’s return… for good!
Eliza had clearly left a lasting impression, and so did the town of La Antigua, Guatemala, which Seth visited during his trip. When he and Eliza decided to tie the knot, a destination wedding was a must and Antigua was at the top of the list. The pair told us that they solidified that choice when they saw images from Kristiaan and Lionel’s wedding which we photographed two years ago. This magical little town was one of our favorite locations in the world, and we were thrilled that Eliza and Seth wanted us to return to document their turn at the altar.
There wedding brought about a most impressive turnout considering the distant location, with close to a hundred friends and family enthusiastically joining in on the celebrations. With the romantic, candlelit ruins of San Jose El Viejo as a backdrop for both the ceremony and reception, everyone in attendance was simply blown away by the beauty of it all. We were able to incorporate even more of Antigua when we explored the town with Eliza and Seth the next day for their day-after portrait session. They were complete troopers, posing in the street as hundreds of locals and tourists peered on curiously, or kicking dust around on the mountain after sunset. We rely so heavily on the keenness and patience of our couples to pull off these fun portraits, and we could not have asked for more willing participants than Eliza and Seth.
We had an absolute blast with these two and we look forward to a growing friendship with them. A huge thank-you to them for their trust and enthusiasm in the photography process, and an equally huge thank-you to our associate Adam for coming along with us and giving us an extra set of eyes (and arms!) to help this pregnant photographer out!