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Rustic wedding venue in Spain | Boutique farmhouse wedding venue Malaga


Step into the charm of an old Andalusian farmhouse, tucked away amidst avocado and citrus groves, just a short drive from Nerja. This boutique-style hotel offers a serene setting for your wedding day.

Imagine exchanging vows on a terrace with panoramic views of the countryside, followed by a modern celebration in a private area away from the main hotel. Later, enjoy drinks and dinner on the spacious terrace, boasting stunning vistas in every direction. Inside, a chic circular bar area offers the same picturesque views.

This is Spain at its most captivating, where your love story finds its perfect beginning.

Today, we delve into the rustic allure of an old Andalusian farmhouse wedding venue, nestled amidst subtropical trees. Join us as we reminisce about Vivian and Michael’s beautiful day in the sun…

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An outdoor wedding ceremony framed by the picturesque expanse of rolling Spanish countryside.

Welcome – A Rustic Wedding Venue in Spain

The wedding unfolded under the open sky, amid the serene ambiance of the countryside estate’s subtropical garden. There, guests found themselves surrounded by the simple yet elegant backdrop of nature, which provided a sense of seclusion and tranquillity. Against this setting, guests mingled and savoured refreshing drinks while the soothing melodies of a Spanish guitarist filled the air, setting a relaxed and ambient tone for the day. Eventually, with the sun high in the cloudless blue sky, guests were guided to the designated ceremony area, where the heartfelt union of Vivian and Michael awaited.

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Surrounded by loved ones and lush greenery, the couple exchange their vows.

The Ceremony – A Boutique Farmhouse Wedding Venue

Accompanied by the timeless melody of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley, the bride, radiant in her white gown, gracefully made her entrance. With every step, anticipation filled the air as she approached her groom, who stood awaiting her beneath the charming garden gazebo. The intimate ceremony, led by the local English-speaking minister Gareth, unfolded amidst the lush greenery, creating a picturesque backdrop for the exchange of vows. Throughout the ceremony, the talented Spanish guitarist, Nano, serenaded the couple, adding a touch of romance to the moment.

As the ceremony ended, emotions ran high, and guests were touched by the heartfelt union. The joyful atmosphere peaked with the upbeat melody of “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles, marking the start of a new chapter for Vivian and Michael as they walked back up the aisle as husband and wife. Surrounded by bubbles blown by loved ones, the couple joined their guests for a celebratory drink.

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Newlyweds recess under the radiant sunshine and rustic vistas, while guests blow bubbles in celebration.

The Cocktail Hour – in a charming Andalusian-style terrace

After the ceremony, guests savored canapés and drinks on a charming Andalusian-style terrace, enveloped by graceful arched columns and a serene water feature, offering an idyllic setting for unwinding with post-ceremony cocktails prior to dinner. The canapes served featured delectable dishes such as salmorejo of roasted vegetables with quail egg and chives, avocado hummus with beet sprouts and chia seeds, spicy salmon tartar with shichimi togarashi and piña colada, crispy prawns with red curry and sweet chili, and vegetable samosas with yoghurt cream, all passed around for guests to enjoy. Meanwhile, the wedding party was treated to an upbeat live guitar set by a local flamenco artist, adding to the lively atmosphere.

During this time, the newlyweds seized the opportunity for a pre-sunset photo shoot, guided by the immensely talented Isabel Benchetrit. Against the soft, hazy Spanish sunset lighting, Issy captured truly enchanting moments and heartwarming exchanges, preserving the magic of the occasion in every frame.

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Top table elegantly adorned with lush greenery and chic white decor.

The Wedding Breakfast – A Feast of Traditional Spanish Cuisine

Guests were then escorted to the far side of the salon terrace, where they were treated to a hearty feast of traditional Spanish cuisine. The starters included pink “gazpachuelo” of hake and prawns scented with manzanilla wine, setting the tone for a flavorful dining experience. For the main course, guests had the option of indulging in grilled iberian pork with manteca colorá and red miso, or potato gratin with parmesan, or young goat leg of canillas in its juice in wood oven, accompanied by the savory potato gratin with parmesan. Dessert offerings included mille feuille with soft pastry cream or grandmother’s cake with pastry cream, with a vegetarian option available for those who preferred a meat-free meal.

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Candy/Popcorn Cart, featuring sweets, nuts, popcorn, donut-style confections, lollipops, and 11kg of cake.

The Party – In An Idyllic Garden Setting

In this idyllic setting, heartfelt, memorable, and light-hearted wedding speeches echoed through the air, creating cherished moments captured by Issy. As the speeches concluded, it was time to kick off the festivities on the dance floor, beginning with the couple’s first dance to the soulful tune of “Beyond” by Leon Bridges.

The enchanting day drew to a close with a lively night of dancing to the couple’s curated playlist. Adding to the celebratory atmosphere was a Candy/Popcorn Cart featuring an array of treats such as sweets, nuts, popcorn, donut-type sweets, lollipops, and an impressive 11kg cake.

It was a truly magical day filled with sunshine, history, and charm, where guests revelled under the blue skies, indulged in amazing food, and shared plenty of laughter and joy. This Spanish wedding celebration epitomised warmth, tradition, and unforgettable moments that will be cherished for years to come.

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Sealed with a kiss against a dreamy, hazy dusk countryside backdrop.

Venue Overview

Nestled in the picturesque foothills of Velez Malaga, on the eastern edge of the Malaga coastline, lies a captivating Spanish cortijo that beckons as an enchanting setting for weddings and special occasions. Evoking the charm of a 19th-century Andalusian cottage, this boutique hotel offers a serene escape amidst natural beauty, promising privacy and tranquillity that rivals the allure of beachside venues.

This rustic retreat presents an appealing alternative for those seeking an extraordinary wedding experience, with fewer constraints on timing, noise, and entertainment. Recently refurbished, the venue boasts a splendid new ceremony area and various enhancements, ensuring an exceptional setting for your celebration.

Conveniently situated near Lake Viñuela and a mere 25 minutes from Nerja, the cortijo offers a seamless blend of luxury and rustic charm, ideal for hosting traditional Spanish weddings or multi-day celebrations. Boasting 20 elegantly appointed bedrooms, the hotel provides comfort and style, with canopy beds, chandeliers, and modern amenities ensuring a delightful stay for guests.

Inside the hotel, guests are greeted by a contemporary all-white interior, exuding elegance and sophistication. French windows overlook tropical gardens and rolling hills, complemented by a working fireplace that adds to the ambiance. Bridal couples have the choice of exchanging vows in the nearby church or amidst the hotel’s picturesque grounds, with options ranging from a pergola ceremony to a typical Spanish patio setting.

Outside, a spacious pool area offers breathtaking views of avocado groves and orange trees, set against a backdrop of majestic mountains. Couples can opt for an alfresco banquet under the stars on the expansive patio or dine indoors in the specially designed dining salon. The venue’s chefs take pride in crafting exquisite Andalusian cuisine, blending traditional recipes with modern flair to create culinary delights that captivate the senses.

With its proximity to beaches, town centre, and golf courses, guests can enjoy a diverse range of activities while relishing the tranquillity of the countryside. Whether basking in colonial elegance or savouring the flavours of Andalusia, this rustic retreat promises an unforgettable wedding experience amidst the scenic splendour of the Malaga countryside.

With an array of double rooms, including traditional, select, and Junior Suites, the hotel offers a blend of Andalusian heritage and 19th-century Malaga romance. With spacious halls, terraces, gardens, and a pool, the venue provides an idyllic setting for celebrating love amidst spectacular surroundings. With Sunshine Weddings overseeing all arrangements and providing exceptional services and entertainment, couples can rest assured that their special day will be nothing short of magical.

Located close to Nerja, the venue also offers the option for Catholic ceremonies at Nerja’s charming church, adding to its allure as a dream wedding destination. With Malaga Airport within a 40-45 minute drive and various amenities nearby, including shopping malls, cinemas, and aqua parks, the cortijo ensures a seamless and unforgettable celebration for couples and their loved ones.

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Bridal couple strike a pose outside the charming 19th-century boutique hotel, epitomizing timeless elegance amidst rustic beauty.

Lake Viñuela

Within easy reach of the cortijo lies the picturesque Lake Viñuela, offering a tranquil escape amidst the stunning Andalusian landscape. Surrounded by rolling hills and verdant countryside, this idyllic lake provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities and leisurely pursuits.

For the bridal couple seeking moments of serenity amidst the hustle and bustle of wedding festivities, Lake Viñuela offers a peaceful retreat. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll along the lakeshore, a romantic picnic by the water’s edge, or a scenic boat ride to soak in the breathtaking views, the lake provides ample opportunities for quiet relaxation and cherished moments together.

For adventurous guests looking to explore the natural beauty of the region, Lake Viñuela offers a host of outdoor activities. From kayaking and paddleboarding to fishing and hiking along the surrounding trails, there’s something for everyone to enjoy amidst the tranquil waters and lush landscapes.

Additionally, the shores of Lake Viñuela provide a picturesque setting for pre-wedding photo shoots, capturing the beauty of the Andalusian countryside and creating lasting memories against the backdrop of shimmering waters and majestic mountains.

After a day of exploration or relaxation by the lake, guests can return to the cortijo refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to continue celebrating the joyous occasion surrounded by the warmth and beauty of the Malaga countryside.

Located just a stone’s throw away from the cortijo lies the historic town of Velez Malaga, a captivating destination that offers a blend of history, culture, and authentic Andalusian charm. Nestled amidst the rolling hills of the Malaga countryside, Velez Malaga invites the bridal couple and their wedding guests to embark on a journey of discovery through its picturesque streets and centuries-old landmarks.

History buffs will find much to admire in Velez Malaga’s rich architectural heritage, which reflects the town’s storied past. Dominating the skyline is the majestic fortress of La Fortaleza, a testament to Velez Malaga’s strategic importance throughout the centuries. From its imposing walls, visitors can enjoy sweeping views of the surrounding countryside and the shimmering Mediterranean Sea beyond.

Wandering through the winding alleys of the old town, guests will encounter a treasure trove of hidden gems, including charming squares, historic churches, and stately mansions adorned with intricate wrought-iron balconies. The town’s numerous museums offer fascinating insights into Velez Malaga’s cultural heritage, showcasing everything from Roman artefacts to contemporary art exhibitions.

No visit to Velez Malaga would be complete without sampling its renowned culinary delights. From traditional tapas bars serving up Andalusian classics to innovative restaurants showcasing the region’s bounty of fresh seafood and produce, the town is a gastronomic paradise waiting to be explored. Foodies can also immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of the local markets, where they can sample an array of artisanal cheeses, cured meats, and other gourmet delights.

Throughout the year, Velez Malaga comes alive with a vibrant calendar of festivals and events that celebrate the town’s cultural traditions and heritage. From the colourful Feria de San Miguel towards the end of the summer, to the solemn Semana Santa processions, visitors can experience the passion and vibrancy of Andalusian culture firsthand.

In addition to its cultural attractions, Velez Malaga offers practical amenities and conveniences for wedding guests, including shopping centres, cinemas, and recreational facilities. Whether strolling through its charming streets, exploring its historic landmarks, or savouring its culinary delights, Velez Malaga promises an unforgettable experience for all who visit.

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As dusk settles, the newlyweds share their first dance on the outdoor terrace, surrounded by the warm glow of twilight as guests look on.