Havana is a city frozen in time—a relic of tradition and history framed in ornate stone buildings and peeling facades. Its warm, cultured streets are a snapshot of mingling eras: youth and music amidst pastel vintage vehicles. What an absolute dreamland of warmth and love—too perfect for this next Cuba elopement inspiration captured by Anne Rhett! With gorgeous styling courtesy of Designs by Hemingway and some truly stunning gowns by Claire Pettibone, Grace Loves Lace, & Rime Arodaky, it truly embodies the delicate romance of this unique city!
From Anne Rhett Photography:
“These images are the result of a dream come true for me- a styled shoot in Havana, Cuba. Set against a backdrop of old colorful cars and colonial mansions in peeling pastel palettes was the sweetest love affair between Carla and Javier, who actually grew up together in Havana.
The streets of Havana afforded us with many welcome surprises—golden walls, hot blue motorcycles, horse and buggy carts, and wandering street musicians spontaneously stumbling into our scene! One of my favorite spots in our wanderings was La Guarida, where I photographed Carla and Javier on the iconic stairwell beneath painted Revolution-era propaganda. La Guarida is a beautiful space that became an emblem of Havana after a Cuban movie filmed there, Fesa y Chocolat, was nominated for an Oscar.
Another fascinating location featured was the crumbling colonial mansion of Josie Alfonso, the wife of a former Sugar Cane magnate whose land was confiscated by the government after the Revolution. The family was allowed to keep their home, but it has been left largely untouched since the start of the Castro regime in the 1960s, hence the décor and the structure. The grand stairwell was like something out of a dream.”
photographer: Anne Rhett Photography / venue: La Guarida Restaurant in Havana, Cuba & the home of Josie Alonzo in the historic Vedado neigborhood / stylist, planner, & designer: Debbie Hemingway of Designs by Hemingway, Jeannemarie Photography, & Matthew Ree Photography / floral designer: Debbie Hemingway, Designs by Hemingway / dress designer: Claire Pettibone, Grace Loves Lace, Rime Arodaky / hair & makeup: Joyce Connor Makeup / ring: Trumpet & Horn / candles: Creative Candles / ribbons: Silk & Willow / film lab: Richard Photo Lab