Eliza + Seth

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.

Their 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!

As always, you can view a set of our personal favorite images by scrolling through the images above (some photos are by Adam Kealing).

Kristiaan + Lionel

From inside the stunning candlelit ruins of San Jose el Viejo, on the night of her wedding, Kristiaan told her guests that she and Lionel chose La Antigua, Guatemala because they wanted their guests to have an experience. I can't think of a better way of describing this wedding... what an experience it was. Daniel and I spent 3 whole weeks in Guatemala, first taking a Spanish class (y nuestro Espanol es mucho mejor ahora!) and then just taking in this incredible place. Slowly but surely, Kristiaan, Lionel and their wedding guests started to arrive. With every new arrival, the group got better and better; their families warm and welcoming, their friends an absolute blast. And Kristiaan and Lionel, well, we just adore them (they are also wedding photographers so they are obviously good people!). By the end of it, we had several sincere invitations to family dinners and one honorary adoption from Kristiaan's mom (hi mama Karen!).

To kick off their five day wedding experience, Kristiaan and Lionel organized The Amazing Race Antigua, a treasure hunt around the city. Daniel is proud to say that he led his team to victory (I'm still bitter about my  team's loss...) and the event certainly brought everyone closer together, competitive spirits and all (I am perhaps referring to myself a little...). The eve of the wedding day began with an early morning volcano hike and ended with a salsa dance party with entertainment by Ignacio Perez Borrel, one of the original members of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club. After the wedding we followed Kristiaan, Lionel, and a few of their close friends to beautiful Lake Atitlan where we explored remote villages, feasted on homemade meals, and napped in hammocks overlooking the vast lake.

But also, of course, there was the wedding day. Filled to the brim with joy, love, and beauty, it was impossible not to get completely immersed in it all. We were spoiled with the magical combination of emotion and stunning location. La Antigua is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful places we have ever visited... so much so that I can't find the words to do it or this wedding justice, so have a glimpse at their full slideshow instead, by clicking HERE.