Valencia Wedding // Elika & Rick

Valencia wedding


I’ve always loved Spain. As a kid it was a regular holiday destination with my parents. Since then if you throw in city breaks, the islands, a bit of Ibiza clubbing and the fact I now have good friends who live there, all told I’ve been over 30 times. As such it was a great experience to shoot my first destination wedding in Spain last year.

I was made up when Elika & Rick invited me along to their Valencia wedding and it’s fair to say it didn’t disappoint. The actual location was a little way down the coast from Valencia on the outskirts of the pretty fishing town of Denia. For their celebrations they had hired out Hotel Buenavista – a boutique hotel set in beautiful grounds complete with swimming pool and views of sea and mountains.

After my flight rolled in the evening before, I headed straight to meet up with Elika & Rick and most of the guests for a bite to eat and a few drinks at a little restaurant on the edge of Denia marina and immediately knew we were in for a special time together. On the following day the wedding itself was scheduled more into the evening with an outdoor ceremony in the dappled sunlight of the courtyard once the heat of the day had subsided a little. Drinks, tapas and Balaeric tunes round the pool followed on before Elika and Rick got to showcase their considerable salsa skills during their first dance just after night fall. As the light faded, the party got firing and carried on through to the wee hours, culminating with pretty much all the guests ending up in the pool by around 3am. Seriously good times – what a way to throw a wedding!

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  • tobiah commented:

    Absolutely brilliant John. What an awesome wedding!

    on April 5, 2016
  • Yolande De Vries commented:

    Stunning wedding John, such a gorgeous couple and I love the bride’s dress. And EVERY wedding should have a pool!

    on April 5, 2016
  • Anneli Marinovich commented:

    AMAZING set of images John. Love everything about this wedding and you captured it so well.

    on April 5, 2016
  • Gione da Silva commented:

    Really great stuff! Lovely atmosphere and those skin tones are just beautiful! 🙂

    on April 5, 2016
  • melanie o'connor commented:

    Wow! I love how your images told the whole story of a couple of days. Congratulations to the couple and you did a really beautiful job capturing it!!!

    on April 5, 2016
  • Nav commented:

    What a great wedding and images to match! Love the pool shots at the end!

    on April 5, 2016
  • Katy Mutch commented:

    These are amazing John, you were clearly in your element!

    on April 6, 2016
  • Natalie commented:

    What a brilliant wedding!! I love these and love your night lighting! Nx

    on April 7, 2016
  • Albert Palmer commented:

    Ah the light! What a great day – I feel like I was there looking through these! They must be thrilled.

    on April 8, 2016
  • Kristy Field commented:

    Wow, these are excellent. Amazing work, I especially love the night time pool party shots!

    on April 9, 2016
  • Catherine Kerr commented:

    Beautiful work (as usual). The preps and the dancing ones are my faves and they were lucky beans to have you as their wedding photographer.

    on April 9, 2016
  • sally commented:

    What a great set of Images of a fantastic wedding! Love the ending!

    on April 12, 2016
  • Awesome wedding! Great work John

    on April 16, 2016
  • Russ Levi commented:

    Killing it. Just epic, and such amazing lighting for that pool party

    on April 24, 2016
  • Paul Mockford commented:

    Now THAT, was awesome. What a set.. LOVE the lighting on the speeches and the pool..

    on June 30, 2016
  • Mark Charlton commented:

    So many great photographs here. The silhouette shot is amazing and the pool photos are great fun. Fab work.

    on July 18, 2016
  • Ashley Davenport commented:

    Oh my lord!!! This is on another level. Awesome work. What a party!

    on August 3, 2016
  • Another triumph – simply incredible!

    on October 6, 2016
  • Rick Mather commented:

    John, it seems I’ve neglected to comment. Just went back through these and it all came back. To say we were thrilled is an understatement. These photos are too precious for words.
    I also feel that we made a new friend. You are great at what you do mate.

    on January 13, 2017
    • John Hope Photography commented:

      Really touched by your comment Rick. New friends indeed and amazing memories…

      on January 13, 2017
  • Mark Pool commented:

    Great set of wedding photographs.

    on February 15, 2017
  • Paul keppel commented:

    Beautiful Photograph, love the end ones if everyone jumping in the pool, looked a fun wedding to Photograph

    on March 19, 2017
  • Priti commented:

    Oh my god I LOVE these ❤️

    on June 6, 2017
  • Elika commented:

    Hey John, on this special day where Rick & I were able to reflect & remind ourselves of the special moments you beautifully captured for us. I wanted to share how grateful we are of your talents. Even though we are in a new stage of our relationship being able to reflect on this chapter of our lives is a huge gift. Thanks again!

    on August 14, 2020
    • John Hope Photography commented:

      Ah thanks so much for this Elika. Bringing back grat memories. Hope all is well with you!

      on August 22, 2020

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