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Church wedding in Spain | Summer marriage in Nerja


In the heart of Nerja, where the rugged coastline meets the tranquil Mediterranean Sea, stands the 17th-century El Salvador Church—a symbol of tradition and romance. Last summer, on the third of August, this historic church wedding venue witnessed the union of the lovely bridal couple Vivienne and David.

If you’re considering a traditional church wedding and Southern Spain is on your radar, you’re in for a treat. Join us as we explore the charm and allure of a traditional church wedding in Nerja. From the historic backdrop to the picturesque surroundings of this coastal gem, we’ll give you a glimpse of what your dream wedding day could entail. Read on as we guide you through the beauty and romance of a Nerja church wedding.

Church wedding in Spain.
Church wedding in Spain.

Church wedding in Spain – A Picturesque setting in the Heart of Nerja

Nestled between the Paseo del Balcón de Europa and Plaza Cavana, this stunning church offers bridal couples a truly enchanting setting for their special day. Representing the rarity of the three archangels, it provides a glimpse into history and tradition, adding depth to the ceremony’s ambiance. Originally constructed in 1697, with later extensions in the late 18th century, this remarkable venue underwent significant remodelling in 1997, ensuring a blend of heritage and modern comfort. Its central location in the heart of town further enhances its appeal, promising unforgettable moments and picture-perfect opportunities for bridal couples. For Vivienne and David, this local church with its centuries-old charm and picturesque surroundings, provided the perfect backdrop for their wedding day.

Church wedding in Spain | Summer marriage in Nerja
Local church with centuries-old charm.

Summer marriage in Nerja – A Fusion of Tradition and Elegance

The church’s façade, adorned with ceramic tile plaques depicting religious scenes, welcomed guests into its hallowed halls steeped in tradition. Inside, beneath ornate frescoes and murals, the ceremony unfolded seamlessly. The bridal couple had carefully selected musicians to accompany various moments of their wedding day. It all began with the soulful melodies of local violinist Klara, setting the perfect atmosphere as guests took their seats, awaiting the bride’s entrance. Then, Lucy Faye’s classically trained vocals added an extra layer of elegance to the proceedings. Her rendition of Celine Dion’s “Power of Love” marked Vivienne’s breathtaking entrance.

During the ceremony led by Father Masaki, Vivienne and David exchanged vows and rings, surrounded by their loved ones. As they emerged from the church as newly pronounced husband and wife, with “Ho Hey” by Lumineers sung by Lucy, the air was filled with cheers and applause, marking a joyous celebration of their union.

Outside the church, amidst the post-ceremony excitement, guests gathered for a group photo, where local wedding photographer, Issy, was able to capture the love and laughter shared on this special day. Confetti cones were handed out, adding a festive touch to the occasion as friends and family showered the newlyweds with well-wishes and congratulations.

Church wedding in Spain | Summer marriage in Nerja
Bridal party strikes a pose with the azure Mediterranean Sea as their backdrop.

Celebratory drink – A toast to love

Following the traditional church ceremony, guests gathered for celebratory drinks at a charming bar conveniently located near the church. With glasses raised in celebration, they toasted to the newlyweds’ happiness. Meanwhile, a private coach service awaited, ready to transport guests to the next chapter of the festivities. With comfortable seating and scenic views along the route, the coach journey became an extension of the celebration, allowing guests to relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of Nerja as they made their way to the venue.

The Drinks Reception – Amid Rolling Hills and Tropical Gardens

After the heartfelt ceremony at the local church, the festivities continued at a luxury boutique wedding venue nestled in the picturesque Nerja countryside. The wedding party stepped into a world of sunshine, greeted by breathtaking views and a welcomed drink.

Set against the backdrop of rolling hills and tropical gardens, guests enjoyed a selection of refreshing beverages, including soft drinks, beer, wine, red wine, water, and the quintessentially Spanish Tinto de Verano. To complement the drinks, a tempting array of canapés, featuring delicacies such as mango garlic cold soup, chicken gyozas with soy sauce, beef jerky croquettes, marinated chicken brochettes with yakitori, and vegetable samosas with yoghourt cream, were served.

During the cocktail hour, guests mingled and enjoyed the soothing sounds of the Chillandgo duo, who created an atmosphere of relaxed elegance. Meanwhile, Issy captured the moment with a family photo, preserving memories to last a lifetime. Additionally, hand fans were thoughtfully provided to keep everyone cool and comfortable in the warm Andalusian climate.

Church wedding in Spain | Summer marriage in Nerja
Sealed with a kiss, summer wedding in Spain’s Nerja.

The Wedding Breakfast – A Spanish feast

As the sun began to set, guests were invited to take their seats for dinner, which commenced with the all-important speeches. The meal was a culinary journey through Andalusian cuisine, with starters including sea bass loin on a bed of tagliatelle with crab cream and prawns, or vol-au-vent of chicken. For mains, guests could choose between turbot loin with Axarquian pumpkin in sauce and sautéed snow peas, or beef sirloin in its black truffle juice with potato gratin with parmesan and roasted baby vegetables. Dessert delighted the senses with options like chocolate coulant and vanilla ice cream, or raspberry and strawberry mousse with blueberries.

Following the sumptuous meal, sparklers were handed out to guests, adding a touch of dazzle to the night. The party continued outside, with the Jackie Brown Band providing funky music to set the mood. Against the backdrop of twinkling stars and swaying palms, guests danced the night away under the open sky, enjoying a 5-hour open bar and celebrated the newlyweds’ union.

At 10:30 pm, as the Jackie Brown Band finished their set, the party moved inside the salon, where DJ Steve took over the decks with Damian on saxophone, keeping the energy high and the dance floor packed. Late-night snacks of varied bread rolls and Jabugo ham soup saw that guests stayed fueled for the festivities.

As the night came to a close, a private coach service stood ready to transport all guests safely back to their respective accommodations, ensuring that the memories of Vivienne and David’s wedding day would linger long after the last dance.

Church wedding in Spain | Summer marriage in Nerja
The celebration continues surrounded by colonial elegance and rustic charm.


In the heart of the Malaga countryside, amid colonial elegance and rustic charm, Vivienne and David celebrated their love in a traditional Spanish wedding. But the magic of their wedding extended beyond the ceremony itself. Nerja, with its stunning vistas and vibrant culture, provided the perfect backdrop for their celebration. From the majestic Balcón de Europa to the winding streets of the old town, every corner of this coastal paradise offered a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Spanish life.

In the days leading up to the wedding, guests had the opportunity to explore Nerja’s many attractions, from its pristine beaches to its charming cafés and restaurants. For the couple, their wedding in Nerja was more than just a ceremony—it was a celebration of love, tradition, and the timeless beauty of Spain’s southern coast.

We want to extend a sincere thank you to Vivienne and David for trusting us with your special day. We also want to express our gratitude to Issy for capturing the essence of the day through her lens, and to all our providers, from the florist to the DJ, for their hard work and professionalism in making this day truly extraordinary and invaluable in creating unforgettable memories for Vivienne and David.

Church wedding in Spain | Summer marriage in Nerja
The golden hour with sweeping rustic views.


Venue Overview

Step into a world of sunshine at this luxury boutique wedding venue nestled in the heart of the Malaga countryside. Situated in the picturesque Malaga ‘campo’, this country hotel offers the perfect backdrop for couples seeking a romantic setting for their traditional Spanish wedding. Designed to emulate a 19th-century Andalusian finca, the venue invites couples to celebrate over multiple days, making use of its extensive amenities. With 20 elegantly appointed bedrooms boasting canopy beds and chandeliers, guests can indulge in comfort and style throughout their stay.

The colonial-inspired design of the hotel extends to its public areas, where a working fireplace complements French windows that offer views of tropical gardens and rolling hills. Bridal couples have the choice of exchanging vows in the nearby church or amid the hotel’s pretty grounds and tropical gardens, where swaying palms and fragrant flowers create a picturesque backdrop. Many opt to say ‘I do’ beneath the shelter of a small pergola, with mountains and vineyards in the distance.

The venue features a typical Spanish patio at its centre, surrounded by arched columns and featuring a water feature and glass atrium roof—an ideal spot for guests to enjoy a post-ceremonial cocktail before dinner. Outside, guests can enjoy a large pool with views over avocado groves and orange trees, as well as stunning mountainous landscapes.

Bridal couples have the option of hosting their wedding banquet outside beneath the stars on the spacious patio or in the specially designed indoor dining salon. The venue’s chefs take pride in their Andalusian cuisine, crafting exquisite menus featuring the finest local produce. Traditional Spanish recipes receive a modern twist, ensuring a culinary experience that is five-star all the way.

With beaches, the town centre, and a golf course just a short distance away, guests can enjoy the best of the Malaga countryside without being far from essential amenities. This rural country retreat exudes charm and colonial elegance, offering couples the opportunity to create unforgettable memories on their wedding day.

In summary, this luxury boutique wedding venue offers the perfect combination of luxury and country charm, with breathtaking views, elegant accommodations, and exceptional dining experiences. With a maximum capacity of 250 guests and the option for onsite ceremonies, couples can celebrate their special day surrounded by the beauty of the Malaga countryside.

Church wedding in Spain | Summer marriage in Nerja
The sax player provides entertainment during the wedding breakfast.


Exploring Nerja’s Delights Beyond the Wedding Venue

While the wedding venue sets the stage for romance, Nerja itself offers a plethora of opportunities for pre or post-wedding celebrations. Nestled along the southern coast of Spain, this charming town beckons with its narrow streets, bustling markets, and vibrant atmosphere, creating an idyllic backdrop for couples seeking an unforgettable escape.

Amidst Nerja’s labyrinthine streets, guests can wander hand-in-hand, discovering hidden gems at every turn. Whether strolling along the picturesque promenade or browsing quaint shops filled with local treasures, there’s no shortage of enchanting experiences to be had.

For those craving a taste of adventure, Nerja’s natural beauty beckons. The iconic Balcón de Europa, perched atop rugged cliffs overlooking the azure Mediterranean Sea, offers breathtaking panoramic views that are sure to steal hearts. Couples can linger here, savouring the salty sea breeze and watching as the sun dips below the horizon in a blaze of colour.

As night falls, Nerja’s vibrant nightlife comes alive, offering a kaleidoscope of entertainment options for guests of all ages. From cosy tapas bars serving up delectable Spanish delicacies to lively clubs pulsing with music and energy, there’s something to suit every taste.

But Nerja’s allure extends beyond its charming streets and lively atmosphere. For history enthusiasts, the Nerja Caves, discovered in 1959, provide a fascinating glimpse into the town’s ancient past. These subterranean caverns, adorned with intricate stalactite and stalagmite formations, offer a mesmerising underground spectacle that promises to leave a lasting impression.

Exploring the Nerja Caves offers a perfect change of pace after the excitement of the wedding festivities. Guests can embark on a guided tour, marvelling at the natural wonders hidden beneath the earth’s surface and immersing themselves in the rich history and geology of the region.

In short, Nerja’s charm extends far beyond its role as a wedding destination. From its romantic streets and stunning vistas to its rich history and vibrant nightlife, this coastal town offers a wealth of experiences waiting to be discovered. Whether seeking relaxation, adventure, or cultural immersion, Nerja promises to captivate and delight, ensuring that every moment of your wedding celebration is truly unforgettable.

To learn more about the requirements for marrying in a Catholic Church in Spain, as was the case of today’s featured bridal couple, the lovely Vivienne and David, including the seven essential documents needed, please visit our website at the following link: Getting Married in Spain – Sunshine Weddings Spain.

It’s worth noting that a Catholic ceremony in Spain holds validity in any other Catholic country. As your dedicated wedding planners, we’re here to assist you every step of the way. We’ll handle all your paperwork and ensure that your marriage is registered legally at the Spanish Town Hall the day after your church ceremony. With our expertise and support, you can focus on enjoying your special day with peace of mind.

Church wedding in Spain | Summer marriage in Nerja
The first dance and party festivities.