Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue…
My Wedding in Spain: June 3, 2011
It came so fast! After 6 months of careful planning– finding a nice venue, buying my dress, organizing a menu, searching for flights to Spain for friends and family, and surviving a hair trial gone wrong– the big day was finally here. I was nervous!
The night before I went for a run on the beach alone to reflect and relax. Later, I spent the night at my sister and best friend’s rental condo. Despite having a non-traditional wedding, Ale and I wanted to spend the night apart and see each other for the first time as I walked down the aisle. With butterflies in my stomach, I took a long bath and carefully wrote my bilingual vows.
The wedding ceremony would begin at 7:00 in nearby Chiclana de la Frontera, Cadiz. Momento Andaluz had set up our small event at La Estancia Golf de Novo Sancti Petri, a small Spanish golf club in the middle of nowhere– perfect for a nightlong celebration.
My family and I headed over to our hotel, the beautiful Barceló Sancti Petri, to check-in, get ready, and relax before the big event. We were also meeting my aunt, uncle and cousin who were vacationing in nearby Malaga, and could luckily make the 4 hour drive down to Cadiz.
Soon after checking in, María Benitez arrived and I was officially worry-free. I knew that María– an amazing Spanish wedding photographer– would take care to capture every special moment. And she did…
I chose bright blue shoes for something fun and different, adorning them with sparkly shoe clips. My veil was cream colored lace and absolutely gorgeous, I think I love it more than my dress! Our wedding bands are simple, white gold with a small diamond in the center of mine.
I was so lucky to have my mother-in-law do my hair– although she tugged awfully hard at times. I was nervous but my trust prevailed. I did my own makeup, however!
On the left I read a handwritten letter from my mother. She wished me well on this special day and in the future as a married woman. On the right my niece Bella and I both put on our makeup.
The boys had to get ready too– talk about a transformation, right? Qué guapos!
In the meantime, I continued with my own transformation, and my cutie pie, Bella, snuck in a snack.
On the left, I speak with my grandmother, who couldn’t make it all the way to Spain. She wishes me well. Later, Isabella gives me some advice as well! Ale and his friends finish up their photo shoot before making their way to the golf club. It was almost time!
My mother-in-law and her sister came back to get me dressed looking gorgeous and ever so Spanish!
It was time for the dress.
And then, the painful process of putting in the veil.
Lastly, the blue shoes.
Up and away, into the car we go!
We drove along the bumpy back roads and my excitement and nerves grew with each twist and turn– I don’t like being the center of attention and was about to walk down the aisle with all eyes on me! We had joked about standing everyone up– catching the next Easyjet flight to one of the Spanish islands, eloping, and hiding out there. Maybe it wouldn’t have been such a bad idea…
But suddenly we were there. At first I was confused– the ceremony was supposed to be in the back of the club, I was supposed to have time to re-gloss, breath, and walk when I was ready. But everyone was waiting out front on the lawn; the strong winds had caused the location to change! Too excited to care at that point, I took a few minutes in the car (Ale later informed me that he had begun to worry a little, poor guy!) and finally, stepped out to get married!
Off I go!
Last Time: My Family In Spain
Next Time: The Wedding Ceremony
Photo Credits: All the photos in this post (except Bella putting on makeup) are by María Benitez. You can see more of our wedding pictures by María here, or just wait for the next post in this series!