Two years ago we photographed our first wedding abroad in Bulgaria (which was Andy & Kate’s). We were delighted to be asked to return by Michael & Sam to cover their wedding in the Kempinski Hotel in Bansko, Bulgaria.
Michael and the guys got ready in an apartment opposite the hotel.
Here are the guys giving their best ‘Blue Steel’.
And here they are after being told that actually it looked more like ‘Apache’. (You have to see Ben Stiller’s ‘Zoolander’ to get the reference.)
Meanwhile, the bride Samantha was getting ready in the hotel.
As the guys were also to go from the hotel to go to the ceremony, Sam had to make sure the coast was clear.
Michael and Sam had a handfasting ceremony up on the mountainside.
This part of Bulgaria is incredibly beautiful and it was wonderful to see the ceremony with a mountains as a backdrop. The rainclouds you see in the distance did bring the rain but it didn’t stop everybody from enjoying setting.
As all the guests were arranged in a circle, it made for some shots you can’t normally get during the ceremony.
As a surprise, the couple had arranged for a horse drawn cart to take them to the reception.
Where we got the couple to practise their first dance in front of the Pirin Mountains.
The speeches were hilarious and suitably embarrasing for Michael.
This is Sam’s version of ‘trash the dress’: Get everyone else’s outfit wet while they protect her beautiful Vera Wang dress!!
Michael and Sam’s first dance was by far the very best we’ve ever seen. Their friends sang and played guitar while the couple twirled, spun and generally wowed their guests. There was hardly a dry eye in the house, including many of the guys (Richard assures me he hid behind his camera to take a photograph, but I’m not sure I believe him!!).
The sunset was stunning.
Followed by an amazing firework display: