Writing about the preparations for my Spanish wedding has been fun and easy, but how could I possibly capture the magic of my wedding day in a simple blog post? Well, luckily, I have María Benitez's amazing wedding photography to help. Here are some highlights of my special day that I would like to share with the world-- all credit goes to María for the amazing pictures.
We left off with me stepping out of the car, and being quite surprised to see my guests on the front lawn of the golf club, instead of in the backyard garden. The change was made due to the day's strong winds, and, luckily, I was too excited to really notice anyway! Here, my father walks me down the aisle.
The flower girls were Ale's niece, Elisa, and my niece, Isabella. Elisa did her job like a pro, while Bella decided to throw a fit when she realized that she had to leave the pretty flower petals on the ground (she wanted to pick them back up). She was whisked away where she sobbed and sobbed!
We had asked Ale's friend Enrique to do the ceremony, which was quite a strange request in Spain! But since the Spanish wedding wasn't actually our legal wedding (we were legally married at the US wedding in July) we preferred to have a friend do the ceremony as opposed to a stranger provided by the venue. It was a great choice and Enrique gave a lovely speech and ceremony. Ale and I listened carefully, laughing and (nearly) crying throughout.
Although Alejandro and I managed to keep our eyes dry, our parents were seen shedding a few tears!
I preferred laughing to crying-- but I can't remember what made me smile here. Don't you just love the reflection of the lace?
Now, it was time for our vows. Ale had insisted that we write our own-- I wasn't so sure at first. But in the end it really made things extra special, and I'm glad we did it. Another thing I wasn't expecting, however, was to say my vows from behind the podium! I figured we would stay standing where we were. It was a little surreal in the moment, but I had to quickly get over my stage fright. Ale read his vows first, in Spanish and then in English. I read mine next, mixing parts in Spanish and other parts in English.
After the vows came the rings and, finally, the kiss! It wasn't our legal wedding day, but emotionally, we were married! The next few minutes are a blur, as we walked down the aisle, pelted by rice and shouts of "Qué vivan los novios!". It was beautiful.
As we were off taking some pictures, our guests we enjoying hors d'oeuvres outside and the patio was all set up for dinner.
After we had sampled some appetizers and had a glass of wine, Ale completely surprised me by playing the piano. He is a classically trained pianist, but after giving it up years ago he barely ever plays, and I'd only heard him once or twice before. It was the best surprise!
Now, it was time for the night to begin. Ale and I made our way to our sweetheart table (a great solution for cross cultural weddings where communication between families could be difficult). Champagne was popped and dinner was served.
As people were finishing their dessert, we passed out the detalles, our wedding favors. In Spain it is customary to pass them out personally during the dinner.
Next, I surprised my father with a birthday cake, as it was his birthday that day! I couldn't forget about him. Jaque's Cakes made us an adorable cake, with Ale, my Dad, and I on top!
It was around 12:30 a.m. already, but the party couldn't officially start until we had our first dance. The weather had turned chilly (atypical for June) so we made the last minute decision to move the party inside. Despite it being different than what we had planned, the small inside dining room made everything feel even more intimate and fun.
Then, it was time for some fun. The DJ started playing some dance tunes and the bar opened-- many cubatas (mixed drinks) were poured! María captured some of the craziness before leaving us to dance until early morning, but I'm just going to say one last thing-- I changed shoes!
And before I knew it, the sun was about to rise and our big day had come and gone. It was truly bittersweet. One year later I'm happy to be able to share these special moments and beautiful pictures with anyone reading here. I hope you've enjoyed my wedding story!