Daiquiri’s And Flamenco In Beautiful Barcelona.

Daiquiri's-And-Flamenco-In-Beautiful-Barcelona

If the title of this wedding hasn’t got your heart pumping already then honestly folks what the heck is wrong with you!

I promise you what you’re about to see is truly epic. This folks is how to do a super cool, super chic, city wedding.

Cheryl and Brooke married in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona at Santa Anna church and then whizzed off on Trixi bikes afterwards to their favourite champagne bar to celebrate. I’m told by David from Modern Vintage Weddings that they and their wedding party just rocked up in ten of these bikes and ordered 30 bottles of Champagne before heading to Hotel Mercer for dinner by Barcelona’s best chef.

How insanely rock and roll is that?

There are so many things I love about this wedding that I’d be here until Midnight listing them all for you but I will say that Cheryl’s headpiece is perhaps the most beautiful hair accessory I’ve seen this year and I absolutely most definitely need a gold lead embellished cake in my life.

Cheryl and Brooke…take it away!

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Cheryl The Bride: Having our wedding in the beautiful Barcelona was a no-brainer for us – we fell in love with the city after our first Valentine’s getaway together seven ago and have visited many times since. We knew that the historical gothic architecture would make the perfect backdrop for our small, intimate ceremony and for our guests who had not had the pleasure of visiting the city before, we knew it would be a weekend they would remember.

My husband visited the city with his best man a few months before the wedding to scope out venues for the ceremony and reception. He did a wonderful job and he found one of the oldest Churches in the city, Santa Anna. With its tranquil cloister and interior steeped in history it was absolutely perfect. I later learned that we visited this very same church seven years earlier on our Valentine’s trip and we have photos of us together in the grounds! (He remembered!)

We held the reception in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter at the beautiful Mercer – designed by Spanish architect Raphael Moneo. The hotel incorporates part of the Roman walls of the ancient city of Barcino, some of which date back to the 1st century A.D. The hotelwas amazing and the staff were so helpful; nothing was too much trouble for them.

Most of the gothic quarter is pedestrianised so when we stepped out of Santa Anna as husband and wife, there was only one mode of transport that would do to take us and our thirty guests back to El Born – a fleet of Barcelona’s famous trixi bikes! It was a real show stopper and we felt like celebrities as we weaved in and out of the crowds on Plaça Nova, all cheering and waving as we rode past.

Our first stop on the way back from the church was La Vinya Del Señor, a delightful al fresco wine bar which sits cosily opposite Santa Maria Del Mar Cathedral. With its street performers and bustling atmosphere it really got the party started! After a good few bottles of local cava we made it back to the Mercer for canapés, wine and more Cava followed by a delicious three course meal. After we had finished eating and the speeches were over we took our guests to the lift which accessed the rooftop bar and pool area. We had arranged for an acoustic spanish guitarist to play Flamenco style music while the bartenders made sure that we had a constant supply of mojitos and strawberry daiquiri’s (our favourites) late into the night!

Looking back at the pictures of the day, we really do feel blessed. We not only had the most beautiful wedding but our photographers managed to effortlessly capture the essence of the day in those shots. We personally loved David‘s own creative photography and wanted him to have a lot of freedom with our wedding pics – we really clicked and just had 100% faith in him. My biggest worry for the wedding, before I’d booked anyone, was the photography – I am so fussy! You want those pictures to evoke the feelings you had at that moment and David and Mark have done that exceptionally.

Our first top tip for any couples thinking of getting married abroad is to find a photographer whose own personal projects you like if you cant make up your mind simply from looking through their wedding work – you have to remember a lot of couples impose their own set of do’s and don’ts on the day and so the work may not fully represent the photographer usual style or vision.

Our second tip is to get a local wedding planner. Even if you speak the language, the chances are you won’t have the local knowledge and connections which are so important, its definitely worth finding the extra money in your budget.

And lastly, relax. What will be will be. There’s no point getting stressed about things that you forgot to pack or the weather. Focus on your friends, family and the person standing opposite you at the altar.


Photography by Modern Vintage Weddings
Champagne Bar La Vinya Del Senyor | Reception Venue Mercer Hotel | Dress ‘Regency’ Dress by Suzanne Neville | Shoes Jimmy Choo | Groom’s outfit Reiss | Transport Trixi Bikes | Wedding Planner Gemma Sala at Your Barcelona Wedding | Bridal Boutique The Mews | Florist Plantas y Flores | Headpiece | ‘Valentine’ by Jenny Packham | Flower girl outfit John Lewis.

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24 thoughts on “Daiquiri’s And Flamenco In Beautiful Barcelona.

  1. Your wedding is absolutely stunning! You look so beautiful and utterly happy! Just wondering where you got your veil? I’m looking for one and this is absolutely beautiful

    1. Sorry for the late response , the veil is from the Mews bridal shop in Bristol , hope that helps . Brooke

  2. Ooh this wedding has got my heart thumping! I also have massive love and affection for Barcelona – it’s where I got engaged – and this wedding just oozes the amazing gothic fiesta feel of the city. It looks like such a sophisticated yet super fun wedding! Plus, that Suzanne Neville dress looks absolutely STUNNING on Cheryl and that headpiece matches the lace perfectly. Just gorgeous. x x

  3. What a gorgeous city wedding, so romantic! The photos could fool you into thinking Cheryl and Brooke’s wedding took years of planning, when it appears from Cheryl’s write up that this wasn’t so – only finding the venue for the ceremony a few months before! Cheryl’s dress is dreamy, I love the style from the back – definitely one to add to pinterest! Thanks for sharing xx

  4. Gosh I LOVE this!! The whole thing screams romance and warmth. The photography is absolutely beautiful and Cheryl looks breathtaking! That dress and veil – wow! x

  5. Oh sweet lord. Yesterday I was blown away but this is sensational. A stunning dress, a stunning couple, a b-e-a-utiful bouquet and that cake!! If only I were cool enough to hop over to Barcelona,get hitched in a gothic church, hire a taxi bike thing, pop in to a local wine bar and then party on a roof top. Seriously classy photography too. Evocative and magical xxx

  6. Beautiful wedding I’ve been to Barcelona twice, once for a day trip and then for a week 4 years later. To find those lovely places and the flowers just wonderful. If I wasn’t having Spring flowers I think I’d go for those colours.

  7. Oh my. I love Wednesday’s destination weddings! This one is breathtaking. I’m getting married in Granada, Spain in June and if it’s half as beautiful as this one then I’ll be a very happy bride. Stunning! X

  8. I love the vintage style of photography, such a beautiful city wedding! The bride looks gorgeous! Her hairstyle is really relaxed but still looks chic. Fits perfectly with her makeup and style of dress. Lovely x

  9. Ahh – how cool?!! I think this is my fav RMW wedding ever. I know. Big statement, but I seriously love it for exuding such simplicity and style. Well done Brooke for nailing those venues in such a short space of time – and Cheryl – you are effortlessly cool and hot at the same time – i think that’s a science breakthrough 🙂

    Felicitacions!!!
    xxx

  10. Ditto….this is my favourite wedding in almost a year of faithful reading of RMW! Such style and such love in all of the photographs. To me, this is a perfect wedding!

  11. Thanks everyone for your kind comments !!! Obviously I’m biased but the day was perfect ! I’m a lucky man ! Big thanks to all of our guests and to everyone who helped. If anyone has any questions about getting married in Spain feel free to post them here and we will try to help- it took around a year to get everything together.

    Brooke

  12. WAAAAAH! Can there be more weddings in Barcelona please? What a simply gorgeous setting! Love the architecture, the colour scheme and the beautifulness. The photography suits the wedding so perfectly. Great job! What an amazing place to get married. Huge congrats to Cheryl and Brooke!

  13. wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww. this wedding is incredible. Everything is just amazing. I hope my wedding will be as good as yours next summer…. Next month i’m comin to bcn to celebrate my engagement with all my friends !!! Can’t wait !!

  14. Your wedding looks like such a cool & relaxed day! Perfect! Me & my fiancé go to Barcelona every year, & would love to get married there next year. Just wondered if you had trouble finding a church that had an English speaking priest?

  15. Wow! You guys show the world that you can have your wedding however you want it! Barcelona is beautiful! Nevertheless, I can defintely recommend stunning Valencia too for your wedding! It is hip and happening! And it is the sunniest city of Spain. Yep, I live there 🙂

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