Amy and Mauricio take “wedded bliss” to another level; I’m not sure I’ve ever seen bigger wedding day smiles than the pair these two were sporting all day! On hand to capture those luminous ear-to-ear grins and the rest of this gorgeous multi-cultural Santa Carolina Winery wedding, were Chile based destination wedding photographers Kyle Hepp and her husband Seba. They didn’t miss a moment!
The Newlyweds: Amy and Mauricio
Junebug: What were your most important goals in planning your wedding?
Amy: My family is from the US and I live in Santiago, Chile with my husband, so a lot of my planning goals revolved around travel preparations. I also live in a country that has no Michael’s or JoAnn’s, so I opted out of any major DIY endeavor from the beginning. I loved having a bicultural wedding because it gave me free rein to follow, or not follow, the traditions of each country. Our main goal was to show our family and friends a good time, and create a meaningful day that guests from both cultures could relate to.
Junebug: How would you describe your personal wedding style?
Amy and Mauricio: We didn’t have a clear idea from the beginning, but rather let the first major decisions, the dress and the venue, dictate the style. For the venue decorations, we wanted something that worked with the old, brick wine cellar, without being overly rustic. We explained the general feeling that we wanted to the decorator, but the final look for the wedding day was a complete surprise.
Junebug: Where did you hold your wedding and reception, and why?
Amy and Mauricio: We held the ceremony at the chapel at my husband’s university, which was conveniently located just five minutes from the reception venue at the Santa Carolina Winery historic wine cellar. It was the first venue we looked at, and we probably looked at 20 other locations after that, but nothing came close. When we started the wedding planning process we tried to evaluate every option, but as we gained confidence in our decisions, we started going with our first instinct.
Junebug: What were you looking for in a photographer?
Amy and Mauricio: Of course we wanted beautiful photos, but I also thought a lot about the type of people we would want by our side on such an important day. I was nervous about being the center of so much attention, so it was important to find someone who I could relax around.
Junebug: What specifically drew you to Kyle Hepp and her imagery?
Amy and Mauricio: When Mauricio and I started planning the wedding, we both felt that photography should be a priority. It’s cliche, but everything goes by so fast and the photos stay with you forever. I followed Kyle’s blog before I met her and Seba, and I was already convinced that it would be a good match. Kyle and Seba have a distinct style that I love, and I’ve seen the way they invest in themselves and their business to continue evolving and improving as photographers. I think their story is really inspiring, and we were so happy to support their business.
Junebug: What did you enjoy most about working with Kyle and Seba?
Amy and Mauricio: On a personal level we enjoyed having them with us on the big day, and on a business level we had zero worries about them arriving late (they never do), or equipment problems (they have backup). Kyle was great at keeping things moving and working out issues without me even noticing.
The Photographer: Kyle Hepp
Junebug: How did you approach this particular wedding and what did you most want to capture during shooting?
Kyle: Over the past year I’ve gotten to know Amy and Mauricio really well and so felt that photographing them would be even more of a challenge – since I know them I know their nuances and wanted to make sure that all those sweet little things that make them tick as a couple were documented in their wedding photo.
Junebug: What was the most fun part of this wedding for you to photograph?
Kyle: I really loved photographing the ceremony, which was in English and Spanish. Some people get emotional and cry during ceremonies, but Amy and Mauricio couldn’t keep the smiles off their faces the entire time and it was just such a happy event to be a part of.
Junebug: Were there any special photographic requests from the couple that made this wedding especially exciting creatively or personally?
Kyle: They gave us total creative freedom, which is always when we take our best pictures.
Junebug: How did the locations available to you affect the type of images you shot and how you shot them?
Kyle: The winery where they had their reception at was absolutely beautiful but since we had no light by the time we arrived we went straight down into the wine cellar to do some portraits that were more dramatic and moody. I loved the shots we took. Amy and Mauricio were tired by that time and I felt like while we were down there alone with them they were able to recharge their batteries a little bit and get ready for the party.
Junebug: What kind of equipment did you use while shooting this wedding?
Kyle: I shot most of the ceremony with a 5dmk II and the 50mm 1.2 + 24mm t/s. My husband also uses a 5dmk II and shoots almost exclusively during the ceremony with the 135mm so we’re able to get a lot of shots that really complement each other.
Thank you so much Amy and Mauricio for sharing your gorgeous wedding day with us, and thank you Kyle and Seba for your stunning images!