First Wedding Photos

October 31, 2007 By: erik Category: Dancing, Family, Mondragon, Partying, Spain 3,229 views

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This is a “viewer generated content” post. I didn’t take one single photo during my wedding.

The first is my father’s write-up of his trip. He has a tendency to write documents about his vacations. He gets it from his father-in-law. So I guess you can say that blogging runs in my family. The document is 11.5 MB, 31 pages, and full of wonderful pictures. It’s nice to get an American opinion on the events, since my viewpoint is no longer completely naive to Spanish traditions. It’s definitely worth a read.

Wedding in Spain

Click on the image to download the document.

Wedding Guests

This photo came from Jacob’s camera, but he obviously didn’t take it. Click to see identifying notes.

The following photos are by Liz Winfrey. Some of them are so good, I might try to see if I can get them to the wedding photographers to be included in the official album.


Well-groomed groom.


The groom’s parents and grandmother. You can tell where my good looks come from.



Marga’s father escorts her from the car, a spiffy Audi 8, to the church.


Great wrought-iron shadow shot of the church entrance.


Aunt Marga helping place the rings and coins into the baskets for the kids to carry down the aisle.


Marga looking threateningly at the little demon-child that carried the rings while shouting, “This is no wedding! This is not a wedding!” He had to be removed from the church during the service. Whether or not he was executed with Godfather music playing as the priest was speaking, is, as of yet, unconfirmed.


My mother walked me down the aisle.


Continuing down the aisle, trying not to trip and fall.


At the altar, barely visible around Hubber’s big fat bald ‘ploob-smuggling head.


The golden church was quite beautiful.


Awesome fish-eye action looking towards the rear of the church.


Another nice fish-eye shot.


Marga’s sister and cousin performed a Basque “Welcome” dance for us. Neither of the four of us could look at each other directly without crying.


Streamers and rice.



Hey, who invited Uncle Ben!?



Could any photo say “wedding” better than this one? Gorgeous!


Every wedding has one of these children, I think.


Cake chopping. It was harder than it looks.


Husband and wife.


Let the cigar smoking commence!


Puff puff.


Some people make smoking look good. Rachel looks like she stepped out of a Bond movie.

All of Liz’s photos are available for your perusal here: thumbnails or slideshow

And the following photos are from Hubbers:

Hubbers, Rach and Erik

Uh oh, the groom’s been drinking.

Marga and Erik

Oh, wait, it’s okay if the bride is pouring.

Erik and Marga get funky

And we danced all night….

  • Betsy

    That Ploob really got around!

  • simon

    Congratulations again – looks like a hell of a day. You both looked fab (love the red tie).

  • erik

    Betsy: The amazing thing is that neither Marga nor I knew the ‘ploob was around.

    Simon: It’s not a tie. It’s a kerchief. Ties are so late 20th century. The kerchief is the new deal. I just thought I’d give you a heads-up, so you can catch the wave as it’s breaking with the rest of us cool people.

    Thanks though. :-)

  • Michael M.

    Beautiful photos. Congratulations!

  • Heather

    You guys look AMAZING and it looks like ALOT of fun was had! :)

  • jane

    Gorgeous and really, really sweet.

  • hubbers

    Your dad is a blog writer without a blog. You should help Paul out and get him a small to omedium spot in cyberspace. I am a little concerned about his judgement while under the influence. He may be the only person to say I have as a “photogenic friend” and to say I have “good head on his shoulders”.

    Thanks for inviting us to your wedding. It was a beautiful day the three of us had an awesome time :)

  • erik

    Hubbers: I’ve offered my father a WordPress blog a few times, but he really only gets prolific when traveling.

    Don’t worry, as long as you stick close to Rachel, you’ll be the least photogenic member of the couple. That champagne cigar picture could be on a magazine about “How To Party In Style At A Spanish Wedding”.

    Several other yanks came up to me after the wedding and commented on how interesting it was to talk to you. I know that a slurred Kiwi accent is pretty amusing, but judging from the numbers of similar comments, there must have been some worthwhile intellectual content in there too. Glad the three you could attend.

  • Paul

    Carl – I started a blog once. I wrote for a week without publishing. It was a self-imposed test to see if I could blog without discussing the idiocy of my employers (the State of North Carolina). I could not. For the next 2 years at least I must remain blogless in an attempt to continue my current employment situation. Then the gloves will come off and my fingers will fly.

  • Ashley

    Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for the two of you. You guys looked like you have a great time and you both looked absolutely beautiful.

  • Alaskan Uncle Steve

    Paul: And yet here you are, blogging, AND mentioning the idiocy of your mystery employer (i.e., The Great State of North Carolina) …..


    Must we take away your keyboard?