Our first wedding of the 2017 season took place in a wonderful finca. Our international couple, Carys and Johan travel the world on cruise ships -she's a dancer and he's a singer. We first met them in early spring last year as they had a brief break before rehearsals began and they fell in love with our beautiful tower mansion venue.
It's a small hotel with 15 rooms nestling among the mountains. At the end of a long driveway approach, a crenellated tower comes into view above a line of palm trees. Two huge stone gateposts lead to a courtyard with an ornate stone fountain splashing cool water and steps lead up to a shady upper terrace. On one side are some of the cosy bedrooms and on the other is a large airy indoor space for the wedding dinner and party.
Steps lead up to a large rooftop terrace with amazing views over the valley – the perfect location for a wedding ceremony. This venue is a great place to gather family and friends for four or five days of preparation, relaxation and celebration!
The wedding flavour was vintage rustic and we set up a large table dressed with leather and wicker suitcases for greetings cards, together with vintage wooden crates dressed with lemons and olive branches and vintage signs to set the scene. Small jam jars of flowers and mirrors swung gently in the trees. Fairy lights were woven into their branches and strings of photographs of the couple on their extensive travels were wound around the trunks.
On the terrace for the ceremony, white wooden chairs and jars of white baby's breath and rose petals lined the aisle. The ceremony area was approached through the beautiful historic interior of the finca, full of antiques, family heirlooms, rich velvet curtains with fringes, ornate gold mirrors and portraits going back four generations.
As the ceremony began, all eyes were on the groom as he began to serenade his bride to the altar with a rendition of Elvis's classic, 'I can't help falling in love with you' and there were more than a few damp eyes in the audience as Carys reached the altar.
After the heartfelt ceremony, cava and canapes were served under the trees with the flower jars and lanterns twinkling among the branches, while our photographer whisked the couple away for photographs in the lovely grounds of the finca.
The wedding dinner was served in the spacious indoor party area with paintings and antiques echoing the vintage theme. The tables were dressed with vintage books and pink and cream floral arrangements.
Afterwards the party began with a live band, friends of the couple from their cruise ship tours, getting things going in in great style. The party spilled out into the courtyard which now had a magical ambience thanks to the fairy lights and lanterns in the trees.