In part 3 Jessica shares her favourite moments during her big day at our Hacienda Wedding Venue in Spain…
THE FOOD OF LOVE
Laurence and I are huge foodies, so our main focus was the food and drink. We visited the area a few times before the wedding and tried some great wines before finally deciding on a traditional Spanish Verdejo and Rioja for the table. We felt it was important to try everything before we served it to our friends and family. We went all out for the food – serving the Hacienda’s Oro menu of Gambas Pil Pil, Fillet of Beef or Seabass in a Pepper Coulis and a trio of desserts including Churros, Spanish Lemon Tart and Strawberry Pavlova. We wanted amazing food that had plenty of Spanish influence and, again, something people don’t normally have in weddings in the UK. Our wedding cake was white chocolate and raspberry and chocolate fudge, with a buttercream frosting and was delicious.
Our wedding favours were extra special as they were hand made by our friends after our original favours were lost. They made heart shaped Welsh cakes as a little nod to my home back in’the UK. We enlisted DJ Fuller'(a crazy, friendly, lovely guy) to compile our playlist for us and we still can’t believe the energy he created on the dance floor! My bridesmaids also surprised us with an early wedding gift of Nano, a Spanish guitarist, to play at the drinks reception and ceremony; absolutely stunning and a perfect addition to the day.
We chose Talia Giraudo as our photographer because we just loved her portfolio. She manages to capture the quiet moments and those expressions and actions that aren’t posed which are often the most real and memorable on the wedding day. There is a ‘no fuss’ element to her editing and the photos are natural, clean and elegant. As a person she was incredible too – so friendly and likeable it actually felt like she was part of the wedding party!
We had some really special surprise speeches during the day: one from my uncle on behalf of my late grandfather and one from a groomsman who wrote his ceremony reading from scratch – it was hilarious and incredibly moving at the same time, completely unique and we loved it. Another favourite moment was when ‘Despacito’ was played (an emerging theme of the wedding it seemed) and EVERYONE started busting some serious moves on the dance floor – it was electric!