Cartagena is a magical place. Cobblestone streets, warm colorful walls, wooden balconies and carved doorways dripping with fragrant flowers. It's a perfect backdrop for a romantic wedding. This gorgeous couple was a fusion of the traditional and the modern and sexy appeal of Cartagena. Jorge sported a classic white tux coat with black lapels and suspenders, while Sarah floated on a cloud of tulle.

The clean, modern decor the couple chose for their Cartagena wedding - lucite chairs, mounded greenery and white florals, and colorful lighting was the perfect compliment to the old world vibe of the Casa Pestagua. The ceremony took place as the sun set, and family wrapped around them in the glow of the golden room. And later, all of the guests lit and held a candle and whispered prayers for the couple over the flickering flames, a common Columbian wedding tradition. After vows and a joyous exit, the wedding crowd spilled outside where drummers and dancers marched and danced through the streets.

The party later at the Casa Pestagua went on into the evening, with the spectacular dance skills of their friends and family on the dancefloor. Professional dancers exploding with energy came to dance with the guests for the hora loca, a wild hour of dancing, masks, props, and pure bliss. It's a tradition I hope to see at more weddings.

Other stunning options for getting married in Cartagena
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena
El Marqués Hotel Boutique
Casa de Alba Hotel Boutique

Casa Pestagua and its sister hotel Casa Pombo, and Casa del Conde de Pestagua are sparkling icons in the Cartagena wedding scene. They are where old world meets the new. Sarah and Jorge's chic, intimate, and romantic wedding embrace the aged beauty and intimate warmth of Cartagena nights.

CLASSIC COLOMBIAN destination WEDDING AT CASA PESTAGUA

“The day you sent our photos to me, I sat in my living room and cried. It’s like you shoot glitter out of your camera. You felt like part of our story and made so much sense. You are our people.”

"It's like instead of photographing our wedding, you painted it.”

KELSEY + FOSTER

"I wanted a piece I could hang on our living room wall that would stop people in their tracks, draw them into the scene, and then leave them saying "wow that's you guys." Leah is an artist. She has an eye for beauty and originality that is profound. The tenderness and humanity of what she captured in our photo album is nothing short of extraordinary. Her work 100% speaks for itself, but the experience of working with Leah goes far beyond the masterpieces she creates."

“I searched high and low for Leah. I didn't just want a photographer. I wanted an artist.”

EMILY + DEVON

Every photo she took of my wedding was described by everyone as an “art piece” they would see in a magazine. Beyond her work, Leah made our day so happy and eased my stress. She made the day magical and fun with her warm soul!

“Beyond her work, Leah made our day so happy and eased my stress.”

sARA + AMIR

that's how much of a legend she is. Leah did our wedding in Sonoma. It's hard to articulate how much she means to us – but know that she exceeded every expectation we had and has become a lifelong confidant in the process. She gets that you want something different. She gets that you can't explain what that is. I trust her to chronicle the rest of my life! Every second of our time together was positive-- her energy is infectious and she captures moments that you don't even realize existed until you see them through her lens. Leah is the most talented photographer I have ever seen. Hire her! You'll never look back.

“I wanted to work with Leah before I was even engaged!”

Kelsey + Foster

I will openly admit that when my husband and I got the images back from Leah we cried re-living the day through her pictures. They are that incredible. Leah is super fun and can easily handle a large crowd. She will be out on the dance floor in-the-mix getting great photos, she clearly loves her job. Of all the vendors you hire, the photographer is the person you interact with the most, and Leah has such a bright and lovely way about her it was just like having another friend there.

“ She was able to capture the essence and the emotion of our wedding.”

EMMA + TOM

She will distill what makes you unique and through seeming alchemy generate not just incredible images, but an experience that is magical. After finding your narrative, she will create the world you have only glimpsed in your dreams. Her work is art. You and everyone else will love to look at it for that reason. More than that, she is an incredible person and you too will find yourself transformed by the process.

“If art transforms, then working with Leah is just that--transformative. ”

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Everything my team does is in duplicate. Our cameras write on two cards, the images are then backed up onto an external hard-drive and those are stored in separate places. Once we're home those images are transferred to my hard drives and the images are not removed from their external cards or drives until they are delivered to you. Two copies of your files are always available until that time.

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What is your photo style? 

Yes! I typically like to arrive two days prior to the wedding to acclimate to the local time zone, and to scout your locations in advance. Photographing events with you prior to the ceremony is a great way for your guests to feel at-home with me on the wedding day and day-after photos, such as scenic portraits or brunches round out the photo narrative of your adventure nicely.

Do you do day-before or day-after events for destination weddings?

For destination weddings, you want to make sure you have at lease one hour for couples portraits. We want to take advantage of the beauty of the space and location you've chosen, and also have time to visit multiple spots if desired. 

How long should we plan to take couples portraits?

Absolutely. Every destination wedding couple gets one complimentary hour for wedding portraits the next day. But you should especially consider these if you don't have enough time on the wedding day for portraits, you'd like photos in a more scenic location that is further away from your venues,  or you'd like to try something different and unique, like renting a vespa, a helicopter ride, scuba photos etc. 

Should we do a day-after photo shoot in our wedding clothes?

L Hewitt Photography is based in the DC region, but we serve clients all around the world. Your custom-package will be my standard rate plus the cost of travel and reasonable accommodations. If you're working at an all-inclusive resort, many have fees associated with bringing another photographer in, so you may want to get in touch with your coordinator. 

Are there any additional fees for destination weddings?

A FEW OF OUR MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SHOOTING destination weddings

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A fusion of natural motion, organic moments, and composed shots with the aim of flattering images that bring out the best of your personality and style.  My presence is light, easy-going, and fun - like an old friend - a trusted compliment to your destination wedding activities and events. Capturing your images with discretion and grace is my role, and yours is enjoy your wedding day fully.

An artist, adventurer, & storyteller.

I’m Leah, and I live in a garden house on a hill.  I was raised abroad as a diplomat’s daughter and adventure is my heritage. I see myself as an ambassador of life. I love catching films in independent theaters, trying new foods, exploring old cities and dark forests, and so much more.  I’m passionate about stories, art, life, and photography. I want you to be too.

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