Ana + Sam’s Granada, Nicaragua Wedding Photography

This was a really special wedding.  Ana and Sam recently moved to Nicaragua from San Francisco, so at least a third of the 320 guests traveled down from the U.S. to attend.  Ana and Sam got ready in the colonial town of Granada, then traveled separately about a half-hour to Ana’s father’s coffee plantation at the base of the dormant Volcan Mombacho.  If a gorgeous scene arises in your mind, then that’s about right.  The long driveway to Hacienda La Esperanza weaves up the mountain through a banana and avocado plantation and the road is lined with palms and cacao trees.  All of the flowers for the ceremony, reception, and cake room were sourced on the property, as well!

This was the largest and longest wedding I have photographed.  My second shooter, Mauricio, and I were there for 18 hours!  It was also one of the most beautiful and flawlessly executed.  The coordinator, Doris, pulled it off so well my mouth was a little agape all evening.  Both the ceremony and reception were held on the same large concrete pad which is normally used for drying coffee beans in the hot sun.  The cake room was unbelievable and every detail outside was attended to,  including lighting the entire reception area and the edges of the surrounding forest. The dancing was kept alive all night by DJ Lloyd, who was described to me as “the best DJ in Nicaragua”.

One of the things I miss in many traditional religious ceremonies is that couples don’t have a chance to use their own words, such as handwritten vows.  So I am a big fan of their officiant, Dana Corsello, who provided a twist in that she had both Ana and Sam write her “Love Letters” about each other and she then read excerpts from those letters.  It was a very nice touch, one that created both some laughter (every ceremony should have humor!) and some really sweet moments.  Please enjoy the slideshow and some of my favorite images below!

 

 

Photo by Mauricio Arias

Photo by Mauricio Arias

Photo by Mauricio Arias

Photo by Mauricio Arias

Photo by Mauricio Arias

Photo by Mauricio Arias

Photo by Mauricio Arias

Photo by Mauricio Arias

Photo by Mauricio Arias

Photo by Mauricio Arias

Photo by Mauricio Arias

Photo by Mauricio Arias

 

Vendors:

Venue: Hacienda La Esperanza

Coordinator: Doris Cisnes

Decorator: Cuthbert Moncada of Mia Flower

Hair: Courtney Pittler

Makeup: Jackie Garcia

Dress: LOHO Bride, designer Suzanne Harward

Men’s Wear: Tom Ford

Florals: All flowers sourced from Hacienda La Esperanza

Catering: Azafran

DJ: DJ Lloyd

Officiant: Dana Corsello

Second Photographer: Mauricio Arias

Third and Fourth Photographers: Emmanuel and Oscar

 

3 Comments On This Topic
  1. Richard Rymland
    February 20, 2018

    Beautiful. The love shows thru. It was a treat to see , and my congratulations go to SAM and Anna , and the warmth of the moment.

    Long life full of happiness and kindness.

  2. Fotograf Wroclaw
    February 20, 2018

    Lovely work!

  3. Taz
    February 20, 2018

    Wow, these photos are so lovely! Amazing storytelling style of work!