Aine and Dean held their Irish wedding extravaganza in a rustic Cortijo in Malaga. Aine shares with us the run-up to the big day.
Our story didn’t start in the most romantic fashion. We first met more than a decade ago at a local nightclub. We eventually decided to go travelling together, exploring much of Asia and then we settled down in Perth for a few years. Dean proposed four years ago in Dubai, on our way home to Ireland.
We were avid travellers, and we knew that we didn’t want to have our wedding in Ireland, so we immediately started discussing different wedding destination options. We had each spent many family holidays on the Costa del Sol over the years and knew we would be guaranteed sunshine for our big day as well as that laid-back holiday vibe we were after.
We fell in love with a charming cortijo (traditional large farmhouse) in Malaga after viewing a wide variety of venues. It has that traditional Spanish feel that our guests probably wouldn’t get to experience if we opted for one of the big modern hotels on the coast. Located in the Axarquía region, with natural surroundings and views toward the sea, the cortijo is a contemporary building reminiscent of an old 19th century Andalusian cottage. I adored the careful combination of Andalusian and colonial styles created using fine materials and with refined interiors. We planned to have all of our wedding outdoors and the cortijo offered a range of different spaces to allow us to do so. The venue also felt very private for us and our guests as it is a small boutique hotel with only 20 rooms, each with a distinct personality.
We worked with Sunshine Weddings from the beginning, from sourcing the venue to all the coordination on the big day. Their assistance was invaluable in sourcing the perfect suppliers to match our vision and being able to communicate clearly with the vendors in Spanish.
My wedding dress was quite modern with large appliqué details. It was two-tone in ivory and gold, with a strapless upper bodice to accommodate the Spanish heat for the day and a corset back detail. For shoes, I kept it very simple, in ivory satin. Comfort was key: I selected block heel shoes so I could last in them all day and still dance the night away. I fell in love with the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses, a delicate mauve with beaded detailing that would sparkle beautifully under the Spanish sun. Dean chose a formal grey suit, opting for the full five-piece, while the groomsmen wore just the waistcoat.
For my hair, Alex create a flawless sleek Hollywood curl do which really suited the glamorous style of the dress. My makeup artist Nicola created a makeup look that was glowy, with brown and golden tones. I wanted to look done but not too done, opting for quite a natural look. Nicola had chosen to use the Mac lip pencil in Spice for my trial, and the girls from work surprised me by gifting me a Tom Ford lipstick which matched the liner perfectly.
Join us next week to find out what was so special about the ceremony and who kept Aine up dancing all night.