After deciding to have a destination wedding, consider how will you embrace the local culture in your ceremony. This is especially important if you are inviting guests to a special location — in addition to the beauty of the venue, they will want to explore the tastes and sights of the place!
This spring I photographed a wedding celebration in the Alpjarra hills of Andalusia in southern Spain.
Guests spent the entire weekend at a hotel called Alcazaba de Buquistar, with views of the surrounding mountains:
Upon arrival at the hotel, each guest received a bottle of Garcia de Verdevique red wine to enjoy as an introduction to the local tastes––or to take home as a souvenir. Menus for the weekend consisted of regional specialities, including tortilla espanola (Spanish omlette), morcilla cocida (black pudding), and paella.
The ceremony was held outside following a procession to the wedding site, with its scenic mountain backdrop.
The dance floor took on a Spanish flair thanks to several flamenco dancers and musicians, but there was still time for the father-daughter dance:
The cake had something for everyone: one layer was gluten-free, another nut-free, another vegan, and all three were delicious.
Guests were invited to help make a new constellation of stars by sending these fire-powered floats into the night sky:
For more ideas on entertaining guests in a special location, see the slideshow of the whole weekend. It includes yoga, ham, and hiking!