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Catholic church wedding in Marbella | Getting married on the Costa del Sol


Getting married in Marbella offers couples a blend of timeless charm and sun-soaked appeal. Nestled along the stunning coastline of southern Spain, Marbella boasts picturesque landscapes, Mediterranean cuisine, sun-kissed beaches and a rich cultural heritage, making it an ideal destination for couples seeking a romantic and unforgettable wedding experience.

From its historic churches to exclusive event venues, Marbella provides a diverse range of options to suit every couple’s vision for their special day, just as it did for the lovely Maiken and Jun, featured in today’s bridal story set in this amazing location.

Catholic church wedding in Marbella: Gold church altar at the wedding.
Gold church altar at the wedding.
A Prelude by the Sea – Getting married on the Costa del Sol

The festivities began with a lively beach pre-party, kicking off Maiken and Jun’s sun-soaked wedding celebration. With Marbella’s sandy shores and azure waters as the backdrop, guests gathered to enjoy a delightful buffet spread. From crispy fried seafood to succulent chicken wings and a selection of Iberian ham and cheese, it was the perfect way to commence an unforgettable wedding celebration in the sunshine.

Behind the Scenes – Bridal Preparations

As the morning sun gently filled the bridal suite with light, Maiken and her girl gang began their preparations for the big day. With the arrival of a skilled hair and makeup team, the room buzzed with activity. Meanwhile, delicate blooms arrived, from Maiken’s exquisite bouquet to Jun’s elegant buttonhole, adding bursts of colour and fragrance to the space as Maiken prepared to step into the spotlight of her special day.

Catholic church wedding in Marbella.
Catholic church wedding in Marbella.
A Sacred Union – Catholic Church Wedding in Marbella

In the heart of Marbella’s Old Town, Maiken and Jun selected a traditional Catholic church near Orange Square as the sacred venue for their vows. As guests gathered, the church’s historic basilica layout and detailed architecture offered a stunning backdrop for the ceremony. Under the guidance of Father Ernesto Ruiz Canales, the couple exchanged heartfelt vows, surrounded by loved ones. Accompanied by timeless music, including Ave Maria and Fields of Gold, Maiken and Jun took the first steps of their journey together as husband and wife.

Post-Ceremony – Celebratory Drinks at a Nearby Plaza

As the ceremony came to an end, guests spilled out onto the sun-drenched streets of Marbella, where a nearby tapas bar awaited to prolong the celebration. Against the lively backdrop of Orange Square’s bustling energy, glasses clinked in toasts to the newlyweds. Meanwhile, local photographer Issy skillfully captured the precious moments with her lens, from fun family shots to snaps of the newlyweds amid the charming streets of Marbella’s old town. As late afternoon approached and the sun began to dip below the horizon, a private coach whisked guests away to the next chapter of the celebration at an exclusive wedding venue.

Newlyweds exit church amid petal shower
Newlyweds exit the Marbella church amid petal shower.
The Wedding Venue – Surrounded by panoramic views

Surrounded by panoramic views of rolling mountains and the sparkling sea, the bridal couple’s chosen wedding venue offered a picturesque backdrop for the celebrations to continue. Upon arrival at the exclusive Marbella wedding space, guests were warmly welcomed and guided to the drinks reception area. There, they were treated to a selection of beverages including beers, cava, and soft drinks, accompanied by an array of delectable canapés such as mini beef steak on garlic croute with hollandaise sauce or salsa verde, gingered chicken cakes with mango and a coriander mayonnaise, pork brochettes with a whole grain mustard & orange glaze and tiny parmesan & rosemary shortbreads.

Chic al fresco dining: Elegant rustic tablescape
Chic al fresco dining: Elegant rustic tablescape.
The Wedding Breakfast – in a breathtaking amphitheatre

With the drinks reception over, guests were invited to the venue’s pièce de résistance—a breathtaking amphitheatre—for an alfresco wedding breakfast. There guests were treated to a sumptuous BBQ menu, featuring whole entrecote crusted in herbs and sea salt, thinly sliced and served with béarnaise sauce, entraña with salsa chimichurri, and salmon fillets with salsa verde. Accompanying the grilled delights were a variety of salads including shaved cucumber, carrot, white radish salad with a cumin chilli-spiced yoghurt dressing and couscous salad with sultanas & almonds.

After the main course, and just before dessert was served, the all-important speeches began, starting with the father-of-the-bride and continuing with the maid of honour and best man.

For dessert, guests enjoyed a delightful trio consisting of chocolate truffle cake, mojito fruit salad, and white chocolate & raspberry cheesecake. As the sun began to set and the amphitheatre twinkled with warm white lights, signalling the conclusion of the meal, it was time to lace up the dancing shoes and hit the dance floor.

Dusk ambiance: Fairytale lighting with distant sea views.
Dusk ambiance: Fairytale lighting with distant sea views.
Party Time – Dancing Shoes On!

As night fell, guests geared up for a night of dancing. The newlyweds kicked things off with their unforgettable first dance to Rachael Yamagata’s “Something in the Rain”. DJ Steve Altman then kept the party going with a lively music session, spinning tunes from a catchy playlist that had everyone on the dance floor until the early hours, ending a magical day and night full of unforgettable memories.

Nighttime view: Serene and romantic lighting sets the scene as guests enjoy leisurely moments.
Nighttime view: Serene and romantic lighting sets the scene as guests enjoy leisurely moments.
Venue Overview

Situated just a stone’s throw away from Marbella, this exclusive venue offers a perfect blend of modern elegance and authentic Andalusian charm. With stunning sea and mountain views, majestic gardens, and its very own amphitheatre, it provides an idyllic setting for weddings of up to 150 guests. Conveniently located just 5 kilometres from the nearest church, 40 kilometres from the airport, and 10 kilometres from the beach, accessibility is never an issue.

For couples planning a church wedding in Spain, our team offers assistance with all the necessary paperwork and steps involved, for more information on rules and regulations for destination weddings, click here: What You Need For A Church Wedding In Spain

To Maiken and Jun, thank you for choosing us for your special day, and to Issy, for capturing these magical moments.

First dance, sealed with a kiss.
First dance, sealed with a kiss.