Cartagena de Indias – Colombia – Best Wedding place?
A perfect wedding day on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Warm colored streets, chic rooftop bars to watch the sunset, idyllic island tours and salsa clubs serving mojitos, margaritas, and breathtaking tequilas, Cartagena, Colombia, is the perfect place to party and it’s easy to see why more and more wedding destinations are choosing this place.
Cartagena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A colonial architecture, infrastructures, hotels, rooftops suitable for welcome cocktails. Beautiful church and cathedral. And a sense of security and quality of life in the center of the citadel. In short, I know now why Tatiana and her mom from ccc Event Planning insisted so much on the fact that it would be a magical wedding.
I had the chance to meet Tatiana during a beautiful wedding in Saint Tropez. The bride had Latino origins and she came with her to give a Latino touch to her wedding.
ZOOM on CCC EVENT PLANNING Wedding Event Planner between Miami and Cartagena
Based in Cartagena, Colombia and Miami, USA, CCC Event Planning is an international Wedding and Events Planning company with over 30 years in the industry.
Specialized in high-end destination weddings around the world, CCC Events is managed by Carmen and Tatiana, a power mother-daughter duo. Their impeccable logistic skills, creativity and attention to detail has been their trademark. Their work has been recognized in many magazines and publications such as Brides, Ocean Drive Magazine, Hola and Grace Ormond Weddings.
CCC Event Planning has produced hundreds of weddings and events that range from festivals, government events, tournaments and private parties for celebrities like Sofia Vergara, Marc Anthony, Juanes, Fonseca & many other VIPs.
Welcome diner – Chic Rooftop and Cartagena by night
First contact with our bride and groom in the heart of the old colonial city welcomed by a troupe of dancers under the drums and the latino tunes. The occasion of a nice cocktail on one of the many superb rooftop of the city with a perfect view on the modern and ancient city.
Wedding Day – Santa Clara Sofitel Legend Cartagena
The Sofitel Legend Santa Clara is one of the most emblematic and luxurious hotels in Cartagena. Modernity and old walls, huge colonial halls, sumptuous terraces to welcome your guests, superb suites, the hotel Santa Clara is a place of reception impossible to circumvent for the marriages. The reception hall is an old chapel of the XVII° Century. And when you open the door, you can only be impressed.
Even when I fly, I always travel with a kit of accessories in order to stage the wedding cardboard, shoes, jewelry.
This explains why I was able to coordinate with the fabulous team at CCC Event Planning to take advantage of the bride and groom’s preparation time to stage some things in “Flat Lays”.
Usually I work with two photographers, but on this wedding I was alone. Despite this, I wanted to keep a rhythm in the images to give the feeling that the wedding preparation was happening at the same time as if I had two photographers. I always do this in weddings. My first goal is to make important images for the bride and groom, to capture the emotional moments, the portraits of the guests, the family. And I add my touch by pacing the images with an editorial style. It’s not easy but it’s what characterizes my approach the most. To have a magazine rendering at all times while covering the key images of a wedding.
Wedding Ceremony – Catedral de Santa Catalina de Alejandria – Cartagena de Indias
The advantage of the American culture is that two days before we did the rehearsals with the wedding planner agency and the family in the beautiful Santa Catalina Cathedral. The particularity of Colombia is that weddings are done at night, in the evening because it is less hot. For me, I admit it’s another way of working because I like so much the natural light, and in the south of France, in summer it’s dark at 9pm, not at 6pm.
The beautiful wedding ceremony took place in this cathedral, a key and historical monument in the center of Cartagena.
An antique car typical of the clichés that one would have of Havana was waiting for the bride and groom at the exit. This gave us time to take some night pictures before joining a procession under the drums and dancers in traditional dresses to welcome the guests at the Welcome Cocktails on the large terrace with sea view of the Santa Clara Legends Sofitel hotel.
Wedding Cocktail – Hotel Santa Clara Legends Sofitel – Cartagena de Indias
The Santa Clara Hotel Spa Terrace is the perfect place for a welcome cocktail. A view of the ocean, the pool in the background, fireworks, a perfect moment before the evening’s festivities
Wedding Evening – Hotel Santa Clara Legends Sofitel – Cartagena de Indias
Here we are in the Grand Ballroom, the former chapel of the cloister of the Order of St. Clare, impresses with its historical aspect, the charm of this large room transports us into a refined and sophisticated atmosphere.
Carnaval, Samba & Tequila
A crazy atmosphere, an incredible DJ, Samba dancers… in short, images of a magical wedding evening… The proof in pictures..
LAST DAY – BRUNCH BEACH PARTY
if one day you come to cartagena, it’s a must to visit the famous white sand beaches “Playa Blanca” of Baru, Isla Rosas
The last day ended under the clouds and the sun which competed the sky. The music, the coconuts, the “Arepa”, the coral, the turquoise water at 30°C, the sun setting… Welcome to paradise, this was a wedding in Colombia
WEDDING SUPPLIERS CREDITS:
Ellen & Jorge’s Cartagena Wedding
Key Vendor’s List
Traditional, classic, timeless Old World charm.
Planning, Design, logistics and Coordination:
CCC Event Planning
Catedral de Cartagena
Hotel Sofite Legend Santa Clara
Dancers and drummers:
Lighting and Sound:
Elsy de Figueroa
Hair & Makeup:
Diego Moya Salon