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Bride preparing for her wedding in San Miguel de Allende. Photograph by Phoebe of Bibi Wedding Photography.                                                     

Bride preparing for her wedding in San Miguel de Allende. Photograph by Phoebe of Bibi Wedding Photography.                                                     

 

 

About Phoebe

Phoebe, of Bibi Wedding Photography, worked as a portrait and wedding photographer in Europe for fifteen years before moving to Mexico. Her work has been published in Vogue and the New York Times Magazine and her portraits have been displayed in the National Portrait Gallery in London. 

Phoebe currently photographs weddings in San Miguel de Allende, the Yucatan and throughout Mexico.

 

 
 
 

Bibi Wedding Photography is named after photography's most memorable muse.

Phoebe is the founder and sole photographer of Bibi Wedding Photography. From a young age Phoebe has been an admirer of the French photographer Jaques Henri Lartigue. The Belle Epoque photographer had several muses but none so memorable as his first love Bibi. Her presence evokes a timeless sense of beauty, joy and celebration of life, qualities that Phoebe has always strived to capture in her own wedding photographs.  
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A wedding near San Miguel de Allende. Photograph by Phoebe of Bibi Wedding Photography.

A wedding near San Miguel de Allende. Photograph by Phoebe of Bibi Wedding Photography.

 
 

My Approach to Wedding Photography

A wedding is not a photoshoot and so I don't treat it as such.  I am a documentary photographer and fifteen years of experience shooting weddings has taught me how to capture the real moments instead of faking them. My aim as a wedding photographer is to get timeless images that are beautiful and meaningful and that will remain so for generations to come. 

I decided I wanted to be a photographer when I was fourteen and photographed my first wedding three years later. It was my cousin's wedding and on the way we got stuck in a solid traffic jam, but my dad, a law abiding soldier, sped up the hard shoulder and managed to get me there just in time. I don't think I exaggerate when I say that this may have affected the rest of my life. I am still proud of the images I shot that day.

I had been working on and off as wedding photographer in the UK and Europe for fifteen years before I moved from London to Mexico. I now live between the two and shoot weddings all around the globe.  The first weddings I photographed in Mexico were huge traditional events with no speeches, five hours of dancing and a constant flow of tequila. But now I shoot many different sorts of weddings here, some smaller occasions in haciendas in Merida, Campeche and around the Yucatan, idyllic beach ceremonies in Tulum and lots of colourful weddings in San Miguel de Allende. Mexico is just bursting with stunning places and it is heaven for me as a wedding photographer. 

 

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A rancho wedding near Mexico City. Photograph by Phoebe of Bibi Wedding Photography.

A rancho wedding near Mexico City. Photograph by Phoebe of Bibi Wedding Photography.

 
We are thrilled beyond belief with your ability to capture, not just the look of the day, but the feelings!
— CLAUDIA AND MARC'S WEDDING WAS AT CASA HYDER IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

 

A wedding procession through the streets of the centre of in San Miguel de Allende.

 

 

 

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Weddings in San Miguel de Allende

The first wedding I photographed in Mexico was in San Miguel de Allende. The ceremony was held in the distinctive pink parish church (known as La Parroquia) and the reception was down the hill in the exquisite Casa Hyder. Central San Miguel is made up of steep cobbled streets lined with old wooden doors that open to beautifully restored houses with courtyards, gardens, shady pools and terraces. Its churches, plazas, gardens and colonial houses are a delight to photograph in and its celebratory atmosphere is unique. I don't think I will ever tire of working in San Miguel.

San Miguel de Allende - My First Wedding Photography Job in Mexico

It is no surprise that it is becoming a hot spot as a wedding destination for foreigners and Mexico City dwellers alike. It has tons of beautifully kept up private houses (many with courtyards and roof terraces) in which to throw a memorable party. The first wedding I photographed in San Miguel de Allende was also the first wedding I had ever photographed in Mexico was an uber-elegant Cuban American event. Every part of the wedding weekend was in central San Miguel, mostly on and around the same couple of streets. The preparations (as well as the pre-wedding portraits the day before) were in one of the aforementioned perfectly maintained colonial houses close to El Jardín, San Miguel’s central square. We shot the main formal shots up on roof terrace amongst the bright pink petals of the potted bougainvillea, nothing quirky, just classic timeless bridal portraits. The dinner the night before the wedding was up the hill in Casa de La Cuesta and it was at this party that I first saw the gorgeous papel picado that is a staple at celebrations in Mexico.   

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE - A PARADISE FOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

It was also at this first wedding that I first saw the idiosyncratic neo-gothic pink ‘Parroquia’ where the ceremony was held. Afterwards, from the church to the superb Casa Hyder, were the reception was held, there was a San Miguel style ‘callejoneada’, in which the wedding party begins with a procession through the cobbled streets, headed by mariachis and mojigangas (huge papier maché and wooden puppets of the bride and groom). These wedding processions are often fuelled by free flowing mescal, helping to get the party under way.  The shots I took on this day are still some of my favourite San Miguel wedding photographs, especially one in which the mariachis’ hats, visible from above in their full glory, walk in a row along a passage way alongside and back up onto the street, the bride and groom slightly out of focus ahead of them.

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE - SO MANY BEAUTIFUL WEDDING VENUES TO CHOOSE FROM

Casa Hyder and the Rosewood are the venues at which I have shot most of the weddings in San Miguel but recently I have started getting more enquiries about weddings at Casa Tortugas, a private house near the centre. In November last year I shot a truly unforgettable wedding there. The bride was a very talented American artist and it was an immaculately planned and designed event, traditional, intimate and full of the loveliest of people.

Even though I do enjoy to photograph big Mexican weddings of five hundred or so guests, perhaps it is these smaller weddings in which people have come from afar and are all close family or friends, that are the ones I feel most akin to.    

February 10th 2017

Just booked another wedding in San Miguel for later this year, very pleased! This one will be a three day event with parties at private houses and the main wedding party at Instituto Allende, very much looking forward to it!

March 1st 2017

And another one booked for May in San Miguel! This couple are getting married at the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende and want to go and take some informal portraits the day before in Charco del Ingeniero which is one of my favourite places - but I've never persuaded anyone to go and take any wedding photographs there before now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

 

A bride gets ready for her wedding in Casa Hyder, San Miguel de Allende.   

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Wedding Venues in San Miguel de Allende

 
 

Rosewood San Miguel de Allende

The Rosewood is unbeatable in terms of service and luxury, the weddings I have photographed here are simply immaculate.

Rosewood San Miguel de Allende
Calle Nemesio Diez 11
Centro
San Miguel de Allende

Tel. 01 415 152 9700

Casa Hyder

I have now photographed five weddings at Casa Hyder in San Miguel and I am beginning to become very familiar with its exquisite hidden corners and bohemian decor. There are many places to take beautiful photographs of the bride and groom, inside and out.

Casa Hyder
Calle Quebrada 83
Centro
San Miguel de Allende

Tel. +52 (415) 154 5944
Cel. +52 (1) 415 151 7658

 

Casa Schuck

I loved the wedding I shot in Casa Shuck - it was sweet and fun and not at all over-the-top. It's a beautiful building with a idyllic fresh pool in the upper courtyard, beside which is the perfect little spot for a wedding ceremony. The roof terrace is a great for evening drinks or a post-ceremony cocktail. 

Casa Schuck
De La Garita 3
Centro
San Miguel de Allende

Mex tel. 01 415 152 6618

 

Hotel Matilda

I've stayed here but and have never shot a wedding here but am putting it in the list as I think it would be a exquisite place for a wedding.

Hotel Matilda
Aldama 53
Centro
San Miguel de Allende

Mex tel. 01 415 152 1015

Instituto Allende

Instituto Allende is a classic. The central courtyard is spacious and majestic and the area at the back has the perfect evening view over central San Miguel and La Parroquia

Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 22
Centro
San Miguel de Allende

tel. +52 (415) 152 0226

Casa Tortugas

I have actually only photographed one wedding at Casa Tortugas but am dying to go back. It is an impressively expansive house set in the very centre of San Miguel and its patios, shaded sitting areas and roof terraces are seemingly endless. If the main wedding party stay here for a few days around the wedding they will always find a place for some peace and quiet if needed. The wedding ceremony I photographed here was held in a smallish garden at the back, looking through an archway to the pool, just stunning.

Casa Tortugas
Calle Hospicio 7
Centro
San Miguel de Allende

tel. +52 (415) 154 9460

 

Casa de la Cuesta

I´ve shot one pre-wedding dinner (I think this is called a 'rehearsal dinner' in America) here and it was just super! I recall some photographs I took shooting down from the upper balcony, through the papel picado onto the party in the courtyard below. It has a kind of impressive and slightly creepy collection of masks if I recall correctly....

Casa de la Cuesta
Cuesta de San José 32
Azteca
San Miguel de Allende

Mex tel. 01 415 154 4324

 
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