Shooting My First Wedding: Andrea y Carlos

I’m a sucker for a good love story. Maybe it’s the midday hours watching Spain’s answer to Lifetime: Television for Women, but having been in a relationship for the last 5.5 years, I find myself seeing myself settle down, and for real this time.

I especially love the stories when people have overcome language barriers, visa issues, and the naysayers. When a fellow blogger married her gatidano boyfriend a few years ago, I loved his English vows, claiming that a bilingual relationship is twice as enriching, twice as fun. I wholeheartedly agree. How great is making Thanksgiving for your extended family or teaching one another idioms and swear words?

I’m just one of many who have fallen in love abroad and who fumbled in Spanish for love, so when my friend Andrea called me and asked if I’d be interested in photographing her wedding to her sevillano, Carlos, I jumped at the opportunity. Being another guiri-sevillano couple it was a pleasure to help them capture their special day that was full of laughs and a ton of love. Like the Novio’s family, Carlos’s relatives have really embraced Andi and their bilingual love.

The couple put together their day in just a few shorts weeks, and Andi was quick to recommend a great place to find wedding supplies at wholesale prices. I spent hours researching shots, looking for interesting places around Triana and Plaza de España to take pictures of the pair, and testing lighting in the venue. When I turned in the pen drive with 5.8GB of photos, video and touched up shots, Andrea and Carlos told me that they would be delighted if I shared them. Shooting a couple that was in love and looking forward to their new life in Maine was such a pleasure, and I was flattered that they asked me and Camarón to join in.

I had loads of fun shooting Andrea and Carlos’s wedding, from Andi’s hair appointment into the wee hours of the morning. If you’re looking for someone to shoot special events, get in contact with me at sunshineandsiestas[at]

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About Cat Gaa

As a beef-loving Chicago girl living amongst pigs, bullfighters, and a whole lotta canis, Cat Gaa writes about expat life in Seville, Spain. When not cavorting with adorable Spanish grandpas or struggling with Spanish prepositions, she works in higher education at an American university in Madrid and freelances with other publications, like Rough Guides and The Spain Scoop.


  1. Beautiful shots Cat! How much fun to capture a good friend’s wedding!
    Well done!
    We’re you nervous?
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    • Sunshine and Siestas says:

      SO nervous! Since they’re doing a wedding in the US, I felt a bit calmer knowing that they’d eventually get anything I missed! It did make me feel better to have laid back couple who were eventually like, get yourself a drink and put away your camera!

  2. Great shooting, Cat – I Particularly like the fountain shot!
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  3. They turned out great! Congratulations! I especially love the one with the rainbow in Plaza de España’s fountain and the one of them kissing in the street that’s currently Andrea’s cover photo. Awesome job!
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  4. Great pictures, Cat! I too love bilingual relationships, as you know! :)

    I actually met them in Sevilla! Felicidades Andrea y Carlos!
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  5. These are so pretty, Cat! I would’ve been sooo nervous.

  6. Adorable, bilingual/bicultural couples are the worst. I now feel inadequate with my life.

  7. Beautiful photos and such a creative use of the city as backdrop!
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  8. Amelie88 says:

    These are great pictures! I feel like the entire city of Sevilla is wedding picture worthy, too many places to choose from. Your friends are so lucky to have a talented photographer in their midst.

  9. Sunshine and Siestas says:

    Thank you so much for the love, everyone! I had loads in my favor – great couple (and already knowing them), good weather and the beauty of Seville.

  10. Cat you are so good at this! Another calling! When I get married I am calling you!

  11. Aww, what an honor to document your friend’s day! Love the rainbow in Plaza España!
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  12. Cat, THANK YOU so much. You did such an excellent job. This was the next best thing to being there. You captured the love and beauty. I was in tears looking at them. Not being there was difficult but you made it easier. I am so happy to have Andrea home and can’t wait to have Carlos in our family. Wish you could be here to take the pictures for the wedding here. Take care and good luck. You have a bright future ahead…. Sheila

    • Sunshine and Siestas says:

      It was a pleasure!! Being in a relationship with a Spaniard myself, there are so many moments where I wish I could have my parents close. Enjoy having Andrea home – Carlos will be there before you know it! And thank you so much for the kind words, they mean a lot!!

  13. These are all beautiful! I particularly like the one of the hair accessory and the shoes (unique and creative), and the last one of the lady in the funny glasses (cute).
    Congratulations to Andrea and Carlos :-)
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    • Sunshine and Siestas says:

      La abuela was the best, and this is the only good shot I got of her! She was one to look the other way when I took pictures of her! Thanks so much for the compliment, Gayla!

  14. Great photos Cat! You need to find somebody as good as you to shot at your wedding 😉
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    • Sunshine and Siestas says:

      Thank you, Franca! I sure hope my photographer is better than me – I want to spend the bucks on the photos more than anything!

  15. I shot a couple of weddings a few years ago. That is a very stressful job. I will never do it again. You have a great location over there and that gives you an advantage. During my first trip to Spain, I kept running into wedding photographers during the month of May. I have a photo collection of other peoples weddings now. Plaza España must be the top setting for wedding portraits in Spain.
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  16. GORGEOUS photos! Holy God. They’re actually spectacular. You’ve got the eye 😉
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