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Discover the epitome of elegance for your wedding celebration at this remarkable venue in Malaga. Set amidst 40 hectares of natural beauty, this stunning Spanish cortijo offers unparalleled views of the coastline, creating an enchanting ambiance for your special day. Built in 1987, this picturesque retreat is nestled atop a hill, surrounded by scenic mountains that provide an idyllic and secluded setting for couples seeking a serene wedding venue.

Conveniently located just a short 15-minute drive from the Mediterranean coast, this cortijo combines rustic charm with modern amenities, ensuring a seamless and unforgettable experience. Featuring a spacious double room, an inviting informal dining area, a fully equipped kitchen with a charming breakfast nook, as well as five double rooms, a quadruple room, six bathrooms, and a separate house with two bedrooms, kitchen, and living room, this venue caters to every need.

The panoramic sea views add to the allure of this countryside gem, offering guests a tranquil retreat leading up to the big day. Surrounded by lush palm trees, the cortijo boasts a large outdoor swimming pool and two expansive interior patios. The first patio serves as an ideal spot for cocktail hours, while the second, larger patio transforms into a magical dining area, complete with an open bar and a cosy chill-out zone.

Situated on the outskirts of Casares village, just five minutes from Estepona, this property ensures privacy and flexibility, allowing celebrations to continue into the early hours without restriction. From mesmerising fireworks displays to breathtaking aerial photography capturing your most precious moments against a stunning mountain backdrop, this hidden gem promises a wedding experience like no other.

Wedding Ceremony with Breathtaking Sea Views
Wedding ceremony with breathtaking sea views.

Wedding Day Chronicles

At this very venue, Zoe and Clem embarked on their journey of love with an early autumn ceremony. The rustic charm of the venue, coupled with its unparalleled views and a host of wedding-tailored services, set the stage for their unforgettable day last October.

As the morning light filtered through the countryside, the bridal suite buzzed with anticipation. Lorraine, the skilled makeover artist, commenced her artistry, crafting the perfect hair and makeup looks for Zoe and her bridal party. Meanwhile, florist Karen arrived, delivering exquisite bouquets directly to the suite, adorning it with the fragrance of fresh blooms. Simultaneously, the groom awaited the arrival of buttonholes, adding a touch of elegance to his attire.

Amidst the busy preparation, photographer Issy captured the moments, freezing the excitement of the groomsmen as they pinned on boutonnieres. With hair styled, makeup done, and flowers in hand, everything was set for the big day to commence.

bride walking down the outdoor aisle with her mother by her side
The bride walking down the outdoor aisle with her mother by her side.

Welcome

As the afternoon sun reached its peak, guests assembled under the shade of olive trees at the entrance to the traditional cortijo grounds. Welcomed with refreshing sangria, soft drinks, and a stand offering flavoured water infused with lemon and mint or cucumber, they began to mingle.

Against the backdrop of a curated playlist, carefully chosen for the occasion, conversations flowed freely as anticipation built. Then, guided by the melodic strains of Bob Dylan’s timeless classic “Make You Feel My Love,” performed by a family cousin, Matt, on saxophone, the ceremony commenced.

Garden ceremony with blue skies and Mediterranean views.
Garden ceremony with blue skies and Mediterranean views.

The Ceremony

Accompanied by her mother, the bride exuded elegance in a flowing chiffon gown with a snug bodice, making her way to the ceremony area. There, beneath a beautifully adorned wedding arbor, Zoe and Clem exchanged vows, the shimmering Mediterranean sea in the distance providing a picturesque backdrop. The couple was united in matrimony by English-speaking Minister Jeff in a personalised ceremony with sentimental touches. As the sky changed hues, casting a dreamy light, photographer Issy captured the magical moment with skillful precision. Accompanied by the soulful melodies of Matt on saxophone, the ceremony was infused with emotion. With “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley playing during the signing, and “Champs Elysees” by Joe Dessin marking their exit, adding to the romantic atmosphere.

Now as husband and wife, Zoe and Clem walked back up the aisle, amid a shower of delicate white rose petals, to the melodic strains of “Champs Elysees,” joining their guests by the outdoor swimming pool for a celebratory drink.

Beautiful florals and scattered petals adorn the ceremony area.
Beautiful florals and scattered petals adorn the ceremony area.

The Cocktail Hour

Guests savoured a delectable selection of canapés, including mini beef steak on garlic croûte, tangy Thai prawn skewers, smoked salmon wraps, parmesan shortbreads with oven-dried cherry tomatoes and feta, and torched goat cheese tarts with crispy serrano ham and crab apple jelly.

Amid this culinary delight, guests mingled by the poolside, enjoying the upbeat music set provided by family member and saxophonist Matt. Meanwhile, photographer Issy captured more family photos against the stunning backdrop of the changing sky, resulting in memorable images of this special occasion.

The newlyweds' recessional with a celebratory petal shower.
The newlyweds’ recessional with a celebratory petal shower.

The Wedding Breakfast

For nearly a hundred guests, the main course unfolded in a garden surrounded by palm trees and fragrant lavender, offering stunning sea views. Rustic-styled Chiavari chairs adorned the tables, which were meticulously decorated by the talented florist Karen with a personalized flower arrangements.

In this idyllic setting, guests were treated to a selection of tapas for starters, featuring prawn and bacon croquetas, Moroccan lamb and mint empanadas, Spanish cured hams, cheeses, breads, and chorizo and red onion tartlets with tapenade. Following this appetising start, guests enjoyed a choice of traditional Spanish paellas, including mixed, chicken and chorizo, and vegetarian options.

To conclude the feast, guests indulged in wedding cake accompanied by a tea and coffee station. Meanwhile, the newlyweds seized the opportunity for some stunning pre-sunset photos during the golden hour, before the partying kicked-off.

al fresco dining with Mediterranean backdrop
Al fresco dining with Mediterranean backdrop.

Party in the Courtyard

As the meal concluded and the sun dipped below the horizon, the courtyard came alive with the start of the party. Guests gathered to witness the newlyweds’ first dance under a starry sky, to Elton John’s “Your Song,” skillfully performed by the lively Costa del Sol band, Monkey Tennis. With a four-hour open bar in full swing, the band treated guests to a funky two-hour music set, setting the stage for an evening of celebration. Later, DJ Fuller took over, with occasional accompaniment from Matt on sax, keeping the energy high with a lively playlist that had everyone dancing until the early hours of the morning.

Adding to the entertainment, a fun photobooth provided guests with memorable keepsakes of the evening. As the sky began to glow with the first light of dawn, the final transfer departed from the cortijo ensuring all guests reached their respective accommodations safely. Bringing together loved ones from across Europe, the destination wedding in southern Spain provided a picturesque backdrop for Zoe and Clem’s special day, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

A heartfelt thank you to the happy couple for sharing their magical day with everyone. On behalf of the Sunshine team, we extend our best wishes for a future filled with luck, health, and happiness. Special gratitude to Issy for capturing these unforgettable moments in her incredible photos.

Venue Overview

Nestled in the Estepona region of Costa del Sol, along the road to Casares, lies a remarkable Spanish country house boasting breathtaking views of the sea and mountains. Offering ample accommodation and proximity to various hotels, this venue is an ideal choice for weddings and special occasions. With its capacity to host up to 400 guests, Sunshine Weddings can assist in creating unforgettable celebrations. Additionally, noise restrictions are minimal, allowing festivities to extend outdoors until 3 am.

Wedding guests enjoy the meal in front of the elegant cortijo.
Wedding guests enjoy the meal in front of the elegant cortijo.

Accommodation

This splendid Spanish country house features seven double rooms accommodating up to 14 guests. For events, its expansive gardens and courtyards provide ample space to host up to 400 people.

Key Features:

  • Private Villa-style Wedding Venue for up to 400 guests
  • Onsite accommodation available for up to 14 guests
  • Conveniently located near Estepona (Caseres Costa)
  • Permits late-night outdoor parties

Opting for an October wedding in Southern Spain, like Zoe and Clem did, presents several enticing benefits for couples seeking a memorable and picturesque celebration.

  1. Ideal Weather: October in Southern Spain typically offers mild and pleasant weather, with comfortable temperatures and lower chances of extreme heat. This creates a cosy atmosphere for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions.
  2. Beautiful Scenery: The autumn season paints the landscape with rich and vibrant hues, adding a stunning backdrop to your wedding photos. The golden sunlight filtering through the changing leaves creates a romantic ambiance, perfect for capturing timeless moments.
  3. Cost Savings: Off-peak season weddings often come with reduced costs for venues, accommodations, and vendors. Couples can take advantage of discounted rates and special offers, allowing them to allocate their budget more efficiently or splurge on additional elements for their special day.
  4. Availability: With fewer weddings taking place during the off-peak season, couples have greater flexibility and availability when it comes to booking their preferred venues and vendors. This ensures a wider selection of options and the opportunity to secure their dream location without competing with peak season demand.
  5. Intimate Atmosphere: Smaller crowds and fewer tourists during the off-peak season create a more intimate and exclusive atmosphere for your wedding. Guests can enjoy a more personalised experience, and couples can focus on spending quality time with their loved ones without feeling overwhelmed by large crowds.
  6. Extended Celebrations: With daylight hours gradually decreasing in October, couples can take advantage of longer evenings for their celebrations. This allows for extended cocktail hours, outdoor receptions under the stars, and memorable moments that linger well into the night.

Overall, an October wedding in Southern Spain offers couples the perfect blend of favourable weather, stunning scenery, cost savings, and intimate atmosphere, ensuring a truly magical and unforgettable celebration of love.

The bridal couple strike a pose, Malaga mountains framing behind.
The bridal couple strike a pose, Malaga mountains framing behind.

Planning a wedding in Malaga province, with Malaga City just a convenient drive away, provides not only a beautiful backdrop for your special day but also a wealth of activities and attractions for you and your guests to enjoy. Here are some highlights:

  1. Explore Malaga Old Town: Take a leisurely stroll through the charming streets of Malaga’s historic centre. Discover architectural marvels like the Malaga Cathedral, Alcazaba fortress, and the Roman Theatre. Don’t forget to wander through the narrow alleys filled with boutiques, cafes, and tapas bars.
  2. Visit the Picasso Museum: Art enthusiasts will appreciate a visit to the Picasso Museum, located in the heart of the city. Explore the extensive collection of works by the legendary artist Pablo Picasso, who was born in Malaga. The museum is housed in a beautiful 16th-century palace and offers insight into Picasso’s life and artistic evolution.
  3. Relax on Malaga’s Beaches: With its stunning coastline, Malaga and its surrounding areas boast kilometres of sun-kissed sand and beaches, providing the perfect opportunity to unwind and soak up the sun.
  4. Day Trip to Ronda: Embark on a day trip to the picturesque town of Ronda, located about an hour’s drive from Malaga. Marvel at the stunning views of the El Tajo gorge, visit the historic bullring, and explore the charming streets lined with white-washed houses. Ronda offers a romantic and scenic escape from the bustling city.
  5. Enjoy Malaga’s Culinary Scene: Indulge in the flavours of Andalusian cuisine at Malaga’s numerous restaurants and tapas bars. Sample local specialties such as fried fish, gazpacho, and espetos de sardinas (grilled sardines). Don’t miss the opportunity to sip on refreshing glasses of Malaga wine or indulge in sweet treats like churros and chocolate.
  6. Discover Malaga’s Parks and Gardens: Take a break from the urban hustle and bustle by exploring Malaga’s green spaces. Stroll through the lush botanical gardens of Jardin Botanico-Historico La Concepcion or relax in the shade of Parque de Malaga, located next to the port.

Whether you’re interested in history, art, gastronomy, or simply soaking up the Mediterranean atmosphere, Malaga offers something for everyone to enjoy during your wedding festivities.

For more information on planning your dream wedding in Malaga and to explore additional activities and attractions for you and your guests, don’t hesitate to reach out to Sunshine Weddings today. Our experienced team is dedicated to making your special day unforgettable and will be happy to assist you every step of the way. Contact us now to start planning the wedding of your dreams in this beautiful destination.

The first dance, guests watch as couple swing around.
The first dance, guests watch as the newlyweds swing around.