Dec 2014

Jaye + Thomas

Bikes, Bookstore and Paris – Two Australians Eloping in France

I don’t know if you remember the wonderful pictures of Marcio and I on our bikes that Dragos and Laura (aka Be Light Photography) took last year? Well, this post inspired Jaye and Thomas to come straight from Australia to have their elopement in Paris, by bike, and have the whole thing covered by the Be Light Photography team. How adorable? I also love that they dropped their initial idea to have a big castle wedding to organize something more intimate and casual that would correspond better to their personalities.

Their day included riding bikes (obviously), stopping by a well-known jewellery to buy Jaye’s wedding ring, and finally eloping at the door of a retro bookstore… and the latter choice was no coincidence: since Jaye and Thomas first met, each month they buy a book for one another. This July they decided to buy it from Paris’ famous Shakespeare and Co bookshop and while there, get married right out the front! Photos by Dragos for Be Light Photography.


The wedding took place on July, 11, 2014 in Paris, France.
What Jaye and I always wanted for our wedding was a mixture of intimacy, uniqueness and plenty of fun – something that reflected our personalities, our relationship and our life more generally.
We started with a grand plan in mind – renting an old Chateaux in the Bordeaux area and throwing a small intimate party long into the night. Imagine if you can: sitting under a big oak tree nestled around some trestle tables, good home made food and plenty of french wine. However, as we started to delve a little further, we discovered that if we were to remain true to ourselves, what we really wanted was something less formal, and more authentic and active. Neither of us are known for being able to sit still or stay in one spot for too long.
Over a weekend, we hatched the plan to celebrate our wedding in Paris. Everything was organised over the net, including our photographer Dragos Ludusan. The day would be typically Parisian from dawn to dusk.
The day played out something like this: Croissants, Pain au Chocolat, Pain Raisin and coffee for breakfast (of course plenty of red wine the night before) followed by a walk to pick up our bikes, where we would ride across Paris for the day, take lunch in a typically french bistro (what else but steak and frites), before getting married in front of Shakespeare and Co bookshop and spending the night opposite the Eiffel Tower. Low key, packed full of highlights and on the go.
Our ride took us to Boucheron Jewellers to pick up Jaye’s wedding ring – a gorgeous experience, in a perfect setting just down rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore. Different, unique and typically French. We rode past too many Paris sights to name them all, but if you can think of one, I bet we rode past it.
A couple of close friends flew from around the globe to join us on our special day. Scott and Kirty are very special to us and we feel blessed that they travelled to Europe from Australia with 9 month old Patrick. Likewise, Tomoko, Simon and Isaac joined us from London for the day.
Everyone got into the spirit of the day, riding through Paris with limited direction, no helmets and sprinkles of rain here and there.
The night ended with a beautifully designed room at the Hotel Sezz, located on the River Seine’s right bank, 900 metres from the Eiffel Tower. It had an amazing bathroom and wonderfully soft and luscious bed.


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Name one thing you regret…

A cliche but true: we honestly don’t regret anything….the day was simple, fun and relaxed. It was better than we had imagined.

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… And one thing that makes you proud.

How everything just came together on the day without being over planned, over thought and without too much fuss! It really was a jam-packed, fun filled day. Even the early morning rain couldn’t hold us back from exploring Paris by bike. Having friends share the day with us also made us very happy.
Last but not least, it was an absolute pleasure to meet and get to know our photographer, Dragos Ludusan. We actually found Dragos through the French Kiss the Bride website and knew straight away that he was the one that we wanted to capture the day, telling the natural story through his lens.  What a great guy – professional, adaptable and all round bloody good photographer! Dragos went with the flow, working with us to beautifully capture the true essence of our special day.



The word of the photographer.

Meeting Jaye & Thomas in Paris was an incredible cultural and photographic experience. I love photographing people to whom I can connect and relate to and who relate really good with each other. I always thought that chemistry is photogenic and I think that this is what makes Thomas & Jaye’s pictures so special. Their elopement in Paris sure was an adventure and I’m always in for adventures!
Aug 2013

Natalia + Nacho

Beautiful Spanish Boho Wedding

I love the simplicity of this wedding in Spain, the beautiful venue allowed this boho couple to get fantastic pictures, of both the evening and of themselves… And honestly, this may be one of the beautifulest dress I’ve ever seen! Photography by Sara Lobla.



Natalia and Nacho live in London, but both grew up in Toledo, Spain, where they decided to have their wedding.

Nacho took me out for a walk in Hyde Park, and we went to a very nice Italian restaurant to have dinner afterwards. When we got back home.. all the stairs were full of candles, creating a hallway to the table of the living room; there, there where even more candles, a flowers bouquet and an amazing box with my gorgeous ring!! Best day ever.. It was totally surprising, and so romantic!
We found the most amazing venue ever in Toledo! We fell in love from the very first moment we saw it with the extraordinary views and the extension of the gardens… It’s a place that offers lots of different possibilities, for different wedding styles.


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Name one thing you regret…

I regret I did not spend more time during the wedding with my husband; we were so preoccupied whether our guests were having a good time that we forgot it was our time to enjoy…


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And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

The happiest thing about all this wedding, with not doubt, was our love and commitment declaration. But after this comes the photographer, Sara Lobla. As everything was going fast that day, I couldn’t visualize well the wedding; people were telling me everything was perfect but I wasn´t sure until I saw the pictures…  Those pictures are going to be the best memories we are going to have about that day and I’m sure when we’ll look at them in 50 years our wedding will come alive again.


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The word of the photographer.

Natalia and Nacho’s wedding was full of magic from the beginning on. As people say sometimes, it was a love at first sight. I remember the Sunday they called me, it was the moment I knew I should photograph that wedding. Natalia and Nacho managed to organize their wedding from London, they prepared a beautiful wedding full of details in a fantastic place, in perfect compliance with their boho lifestyle. I feel blessed to have been there to catch their story with my camera.


Jul 2013

Colin + Brian

When a Broadway Actor and a Broadway Stage Director Get Married; Gay Wedding on an Island!

Colin and Brian both work in theater on Broadway musicals; Brian is a Stage Manager and Colin is a performer.  They met doing a production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas in Boston in 2007 and [their] little “show-mance” turned into a beautiful marriage. I encourage you to take a look at their story: they managed to make everything personal, from the person who’d marry them to their choice of photographer, which I believe is something that makes a difference on the day of your wedding! Actually, one quick look at their pictures may be enough to realize what a great time they had.
Starting today, we’ll also try to include a little something about the wedding from the photographer’s point of view! After all, he/ she’s the one standing by your side the whole day, and I am sure reading some advice from someone going to weddings every week end—who also happens to have a certain knowledge of what makes the memory of such a day look better—is anything but a waste of time! Today, the testimony of the great and super cool photographer of this sweet wedding, Phil Chester, out of the USA!


The wedding took place Wed March 20, 2013 on the island of Curaçao in the southern Caribbean.
We vacationed to the island in 2012 and loved it and always wanted to go back.  We had to legally marry in New York State, and that legal ceremony took place in our apartment in Manhattan on March 11th.  Our best friend Emily became legally ordained in order to officially marry us both in NY and Curacao.  It was so personal and made the experience extra special.  We also had a reception in NYC in April to include our friends/family that couldn’t make it to Curacao.  So technically we had 3 weddings!  Haha.


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Regarding the wedding, name one thing you regret…

We have racked our brains to come up something that we regret, but at the risk of sounding cliche, it really was the perfect day.  The weather was perfect, the photographer was perfect, the location was perfect, virtually every decision we made was exactly what we wanted.  We chose to have one long table to seat the group of 22 people, and the only thing that we should have done that we didn’t was to assign the seats.  With such a small group we didn’t think that was going to be necessary.  And from a personality perspective, it wasn’t necessary.  But people definiltey walked up to the table and sort of “expected” to know where to sit.  But really, that was all I think we misjudged.  No regrets at all.  And what a spectacular day!


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… And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

 The best decision we made in this whole process was hiring Phil Chester as our photographer.  He went to high school in Ohio with a friend of Colin’s that he grew up dancing with in New Hampshire and she recommended him.  Small world!!!  He captured the exact spirit of the event that we wanted.  The whole wedding was completely non-traditional (hello…gay wedding on an island) and it was exactly what we wanted.


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The word of the photographer.
Colin and Brian’s wedding week was such a damn blast to document. We planned two days before the wedding to explore the island together, shooting portraits each of those evenings into the sunset. It’s nice to make time for those portraits if you have the time a day before or after the wedding. It really allows you to relax and play, capturing images that showcase setting/environment, while not being occupied with the wedding day. They planned their wedding day around the light. A photographers dream. Planning their ceremony a couple hours before sunset allowed for amazing lighting, and they also allotted a nice chunk of time for portraits after their ceremony too. Photography was a priority for Colin and Brian, and their laid back personalities, amazing loving energy, and their overall desire to simply HAVE A GOOD DAMN TIME, made for wonderful images.


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