A romantic wedding blessing ceremony can take place almost anywhere in Spain and can be as religious or non-religious as the couple wish.
Today’s bridal story takes us to a quaint local church in Mijas, where on a brilliant summer’s day last season, the lovely Sinead and Colum, the protagonists of today’s feature, shared their love with friends and family in a memorable day for all.
Mijas is one of the prettiest villages in Costa del Sol and offers a dream backdrop for a wedding blessing in the sunshine with the ideal setting to create beautiful, lifetime memories.
What’s more, Mijas is brimming with plenty of good restaurants, shops, and beach-front bars and conveniently located at just 20 minutes from Malaga airport.
So it’s easy to see why such an ideal and charming location was Sinead and Colum’s top choice to tie the knot, and here are the highlights of their magical day.
On a glorious day last June, the bridal couple’s wedding guests gathered inside the Mijas church expectant on the arrival of the radiant bride, who, to the classic “Maggie May” by Rod Steward made her grand entrance.
Surrounded by friends and family, many from Ireland and others from as far as Cambodia, the wedding blessing, led by reverend Dr Peter Miln—or Padre Peter as he is affectionately known on the coast—was given.
A touching service that finished with the recessional to “This Will Be an Everlasting Love” by Natalie Cole, before the bridal couple and their wedding guests enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the cobbles streets of this old fishing town, with a few stops on the way enabling the artistic Rebecca Davidson behind the lens to capture some beautiful moments of the newlyweds against a backdrop oozing Spanish ambiance before being transferred by a private coach service to the nearby Hacienda for the party to continue.
As the guests arrived at the grounds of this beautiful Andalusian Hacienda, they were greeted with the ambient sound of local flamenco guitarist Nano and a glass of bubbly.
There, surrounded by lush gardens and fantastic views over the Mijas mountains the guests enjoyed a chill-out moment and some tasty hot and cold canapes including: coriander & jalapeño flatbread with Moroccan Kofta and minted Greek yoghourt, canapé spoons of paprika, garlic and chilli prawns as well as forks of potato and onion tortilla with saffron aioli amongst others.
Between the cocktail and the wedding breakfast, the bridal couple enjoyed a special photo shoot on the grounds of this stunning Hacienda, where the 360-degree views of the Mijas mountains made for a dreamy setting and some photo-album worthy snaps were taken, once more at the hands of the talented and popular destination wedding photographer Rebecca Davidson.
In a charming outdoor space in the rear garden, the guests were invited for an alfresco dining experience with a typical Mediterranean vibe and flavour, with copious amounts of food and drink served including a starter of Thai Chilli and lime chicken wrap, with roasted beets and green salad dressed with spinach salsa or baked salmon parcel with a lemon salsa, followed by mains of serrano wrapped chicken breast stuffed with fruit, pistachios hint of spice in a sweet sherry sauce topped with fried onion or delicious rolled slow cooked Spanish beef “steak” filled with seasonal vegetables in Rioja and confit potatoes. A mouth-watering feast that was finished off with heavenly chocolate mousse with chocolate cap raspberries and a mango coulis.
The dinner was extended to include several highly entertaining speeches and the traditional cake cutting before it was time to hit the dance floor.
The dancing commenced with the newlyweds enjoying their romantic first dance to Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys “Morning Light” in the lower courtyard where enhancing outdoor fairy lights that had been hung above the dance area created a dreamlike setup.
In this same space, DJ Bodas did a superb job of keeping the some 70 wedding guests entertained until the small hours.
A memorable wedding day full of tradition, exquisite food and plenty of love and laughter.