For a rustic, rural wedding with all the added charm of southern Spain look no further than this Marbella wedding venue.
The villa is a nature-lover’s paradise with great accessibility to all the fun and excitement of the Costa del Sol—but with the peaceful Spanish charm of the mountains.
This quaint Spanish villa has a beautiful driveway through the woods offering an enchanting spirit on arrival, a fairy tale setting filled with pretty enclaves overflowing with beauty. The villa itself, which sleeps up to 20 guests, is an open building made on several levels with a poolside area and a special ceremony space overlooking the sea.
And it was at this parasiadical location the beautiful Irish bridal couple Nikaela and Peter were joined as husband and wife in what was to be our final wedding of the 2021 wedding season.
This particular wedding had been moved four times due to COVID-19 making it all the more special and memorable, but despite the additional strain caused by the pandemic forcing us to continually push the date back, Nikaela and Peter were an absolute joy to work with. In fact, within just twenty four hours of their arrival, they had managed to make friends with all the hotel staff and everyone seemed to love them as much as we did, allowing us to end the 2021 wedding season on a high note.
On a stunning autumn day, the third Thursday of October, it was finally time for the lovely bridal couple Nikaela and Peter to say “I do.”
A day filled with love and laughter which started off with all the guests being transported in four separate shuttle buses to the grounds of this quaint finca full of authentic Spanish ambiance. There, at the top terrace, the guests were offered a choice of refreshing beer, sangria and water as they gathered and mingled to the skilled interpretation of a romantic guitar repertoire at the hands of an accomplished guitarist, David, sounding in the background.
Before the stunning bride made her appearance, all the guests moved to the ceremony space which had been set up in a semi circular grass area, an outdoor setting which provided the ideal canvas in which to immortalise the event with amazing shots taken by the talented Isabel Benchetrit.
With views overlooking the valley down to the sea, and to the sound of John Legend “All of me” the radiant bride glided up the aisle towards the handsome groom who was waiting for her by a beautiful floral arch dressed with an array of elegant white flowers.
There with stunning views to the bay Nikaela and Peter were joined as husband and wife by Peter’s very own aunt, Louise, the celebrant on this joyous occasion.
Once the vows were said and the rings exchanged, the couple, now as husband and wife, walked back down the aisle of the delightful outdoor space to the sound of “Take My Hand” by Picture This, where they joined their guests once again on the top terrace for some refreshments and a great feast of canapés including: gingered chicken cakes, chicken satay pinchitos, tiny parmesan and rosemary shortbreads as well as classic prawn cocktail.
Following on from that the newlyweds enjoyed their photo session with the artistic Isabel Benchetrit as all the guests were invited to be seated by the outdoor swimming pool overlooking the surrounding rustic mountains, where the wedding breakfast was served. A feast of wild mushroom ravioli with a crispy thyme butter and shaved parmesan or cajun grilled chicken with watercress salad and yoghurt dressing as a starter followed by a choice of roast filet of sea bream with basil pine nut pilaf rice and tomato and sweet chilli chutney or braised Moroccan lamb shank with preserved lemons and fruit nut as the main, a delicious meal which was enjoyed by all and finished with a trio of chocolate truffle cake, mojito fruit salad and mini crème brûlée for dessert.
As night fell, an even more romantic scene unfolded with the string fairy lights coming into play adding a touch of magic to the already charming setting and there by the swimming pool the first dance took place to James Arthur’s “Say you won’t let go” cue for the party to get swinging to the catchy playlist at the hands of DJ Fuller.
The guests, an international, fun crowd, enjoyed five hours of open bar and non-stop music, moving into a soundproof party room from 11pm as night settled to finish off a most magical day.
The following day the bridal couple, together with all their guests, met once again at the same villa for a chill-out tapas and paella party. The icing on the cake to end a magical wedding break under the Spanish sunshine, where everyone really enjoyed themselves, while Ireland, their home country, was in lockdown.
A huge thank you to Isabel Benchetrit for the use of these incredible images. And a huge thank you to Nikaela and Peter for sharing their magical day with us. Wishing you well as you embark on this next chapter of life.