A sublime spring wedding in a spectacular mountain resort located on the outskirts of the breathtaking mediaeval village of Ronda, a pretty pueblo with spectacular views, historic bridges and tasty tapas…
Ronda is a mountaintop city in Spain’s Malaga province that’s set dramatically above a deep gorge and is a must-see when visiting Andalucia, what’s more, it makes a magical backdrop and perfect location for a fairytale wedding in southern Spain.
And it’s an absolute joy to share with readers of our bridal stories, the wedding of the beautiful Jewish-Canadian couple Kate and Lorne, who last spring said “I do” at a spectacular private wedding venue in the heart of the heavenly mountain setting of Ronda.
Today’s bridal story takes place at a picturesque villa strategically located at only 58 kilometres from Marbella, and is one of the most beautiful properties we have showcased. The drive to the venue itself, flanked by majestic olive trees leading up to the traditional white Spanish hacienda, is just one of a long list of WOW factor extras that really set the finca, nestled in an area peppered by walkways, creeks, and typical Spanish campo, apart.
There, on the lush gardens, the guests were offered a welcome drink as they gathered and mingled to the skilled interpretation of a romantic guitar repertoire at the hands of an accomplished flamenco guitarist, Nano, sounding in the background.
Before the stunning bride made her appearance, all the guests moved to the ceremony space which had been set up on the far side of the villa’s private aqua-blue infinity pool. There by a large oak tree a beautiful chuppah—one of the most dramatic symbols in a traditional Jewish Wedding—dripping with flowers proudly stood, and provided the ideal canvas in which to immortalise the event with amazing shots taken by the team at Balance Photography led by the talented wedding photographer Racheal.
With sweeping views across the rolling hills of Ronda, and to the sound of Danny Worsnop’s version of “Fly Me to the Moon” the radiant bride glided down the aisle towards the handsome groom who was waiting for her under the beautiful wedding canopy that had been decorated with an array of elegant white flowers.
There, under the chuppah and surrounded by an intimate group of some thirty guests, the kiddushin (betrothal ceremony), officiated by Rabbi Haim, took place joining Kate and Lorne as husband and wife in an uplifting and joyous Jewish wedding rite.
To the sound of “The Artist In The Ambulance” by Thrice the wedding guests exited the ceremony area whilst the newlyweds enjoyed a private moment before joining the wedding party once again.
The cocktail hour took place in a typical Spanish terrace located in the grounds of the villa where all the guests were offered a choice of cava, beers, soft drinks, water and speciality cocktails of Margarita and classic whiskey sour as well as a great feast of canapés including: Ronda goats cheese crostini with cardamom caramelised red apple & chilli honey, Iberian pata negra jamon crostini with tomato purée and extra virgin olive oil as well as sautéed king prawn and cherry tomato mini skewers.
Following on from the cocktail hour, the newlyweds enjoyed their photo session with the artistic Rachel as all the guests, taking advantage of the balmy spring evening, were invited to be seated by the side lawn for an alfresco wedding breakfast.
The evening celebrations continued with a traditional flamenco show as Kate and Lorne’s guests enjoyed the outdoor wedding meal on long trestle tables dressed in elegant white linen with rustic placemats. A delicious meal that started with some tasty tapas including: Roast aubergines with a lime yogurt, sweet onions & roasted almonds, especially for the vegan guests, as others enjoyed sweet and spicy beef chorizos braised in white wine and basil leaves as well as seared red tuna loin over Salmorejo and caramelised onions.
A delicious range of tapas which was followed by a choice of three types of typical Spanish paella: seafoot, meat and vegan, from a live paella station. Plated dessert of chocolate ganache cake with a Chilled Dulce de Leche Soup & Almond Crocanti was then served as the finishing touch to the enjoyable meal savoured with plenty of bubbly.
As the sky turned a striking tint of deep violet, the most stunning of twilight settings emerged over the happy couple and their guests who were invited to the dance floor. There the first dance took place to Danny Worsnop “Best Bad Habit” cue for the party to get swinging to the catchy playlist at the hands of DJ Fuller, the icing on the cake to a day among nature and a night full of magic.