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Dreamy wedding weekend in Mijas | Tradition, romance, and sunshine

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If you’re seeking a rustic wedding venue in the calm Spanish countryside, look no further than today’s feature venue; a ten-bedroom traditional hacienda which offers an idyllic setting for your wedding day amid peace and tranquillity.

Traditional church wedding in Spain.
Traditional church wedding in Spain.

Today’s bridal tale begins in the quaint local church of Mijas. On a brilliant summer’s day last season, Stephanie and Brendan, our featured couple, celebrated their special day in this charming setting.

Mijas, renowned as one of Costa del Sol’s prettiest villages, served as the perfect backdrop for their heartfelt wedding ceremony. Its strategic location, just 20 minutes away from Malaga airport, added practicality to the charm, making it an ideal choice for the couple to exchange their vows.

Stephanie and Brendan’s choice of Mijas as their wedding destination was evident. The village’s allure and convenience made it the top pick for their special day, and here are the highlights of their magical celebration.

The newlyweds exit the church amid a rose petal shower.
The newlyweds exit the church amid a rose petal shower.
The Wedding Ceremony in Mijas Pueblo

The wedding ceremony took place in a quaint local church nestled in the white-washed village of Mijas Pueblo. On a glorious day last July, the bridal couple’s guests gathered inside the Mijas church, eagerly anticipating the arrival of the radiant bride. To the classic tune of “Canon in D,” Stephanie made her grand entrance.

Surrounded by friends and family, the ceremony, officiated by Father Francisco, unfolded. The touching service included the Ave Maria after vows and the exit was set to “Stand by Me.”

After the ceremony, the newlyweds took a leisurely stroll through the cobbled streets of this old fishing town, making several stops along the way allowing the talented photographer, Rebecca Davidson, to capture beautiful moments of the couple against a backdrop oozing Spanish ambiance.

The festivities then continued as the wedding party was transported by a private coach service to a nearby Hacienda, where the celebration continued.

Outdoor wedding feast setting with white tables and chairs.
Outdoor wedding feast setting with white tables and chairs.
The Hacienda nestled in the Entrerrios Mijas hills

Nestled in the scenic Entrerrios Mijas hills, a typical Spanish Hacienda served as a picturesque venue for the celebration. As guests arrived, they were greeted with the ambient sound of local flamenco guitarist Nano and a glass of bubbly.

Amid lush gardens and captivating views of the Mijas mountains, guests enjoyed a chill-out moment and some tasty hot and cold canapes including: Seared beef drizzled with balsamic truffle oil, Melon and jamon skewer, spoons of paprika, garlic and chilli prawns, rosemary skewers of chicken and Manchego cheese croquette amongst others.

During the interval between the cocktail hour and the wedding breakfast, the bridal couple took advantage of the Hacienda’s stunning grounds for a special photo shoot. The 360-degree views of the Mijas mountains provided a picturesque backdrop, capturing photo-album worthy moments taken once more by the talented and popular destination wedding photographer Rebecca Davidson.

The wedding party enjoying the al-fresco dining.
The wedding party enjoying the al-fresco dining.
Al-Fresco Delight by the Turquoise Pool

The wedding breakfast unfolded with al-fresco dining, providing a view of the turquoise swimming pool. There, in the Hacienda’s back garden, guests gathered in the charming outdoor space for a typical Mediterranean feast.

All guests were served cava and water during the speeches, which commenced with a heartfelt moment from the mother-of-the-bride, Bernadette. Following the touching words, a generous array of food and drink was presented, starting with a typical Spanish starter featuring cold and hot tapas, shots of Andalusian gazpacho, classic potato and onion tortilla, little fried green peppers, and beef meatballs in a tomato and white wine sauce. The main course options included fillets of sea bass, warm Catalan vegetable salad, prawn top, and piquillo pepper coulis with confit potatoes, or rolled slow-cooked Spanish beef steak filled with seasonal vegetables in Rioja and confit potatoes. The delectable feast concluded with a shared dessert trio – crema Catalana with a crunchy caramel topping and a white chocolate bar, sweet churros rolled in cinnamon sugar with a hot chocolate sauce for dipping, and a tangy Spanish lemon tart with vanilla crème topped with lemon zest.

The dinner also provided a moment for the bridal couple to slip away for striking pre-sunset photos with Rebecca before it was time to hit the dance floor.

Enchanting outdoor fairy lights create a magical atmosphere.
Enchanting outdoor fairy lights create a magical atmosphere.
Dancing Under the Moonlit Sky

The party began as the newlyweds and their guests kicked off the celebration with an Irish dance, followed by the couple’s romantic first dance to Nat King Cole’s love song. This heartfelt moment unfolded in the lower courtyard, illuminated by enchanting outdoor fairy lights, creating a magical atmosphere.

DJ Bodas took over the space, skillfully entertaining the approximately 100 wedding guests until the early hours, ensuring everyone had a great time dancing and celebrating.

The festivities continued with a BBQ catering event the following day back at the Hacienda, concluding a memorable weekend filled with tradition, exquisite food, and an abundance of love and laughter.

We thank Stephanie and Brendan for sharing their magical day with us. We wish you a long and happy marriage. A huge thanks also to Rebecca Davidson for the use of these stunning images.

The bridal couple enjoy their first dance.
The bridal couple enjoy their first dance.