This morning’s wedding comes from a part of the world I didn’t even realise existed! A tiny slither of Northern Morocco, where the Spanish port town of Melilla is located. The wedding is a complete culture fusion, with epic couple shots against the Moorish buildings and landscape and the reception looks like one hell of a party, with Jose the Groom taking to the stage like a rockstar.
Images come from the lovely Jimena at Volvoreta Bodas whose work I adore, she always has such stylish and interesting couples and she has the most infectiously positive manner too. Enjoy this stylish affair, and look out for the gorgeous lace detail on Marina’s dress and the completely adorable flower girls outfits!
The Night Before
Marina The Bride: The night before we met our guests in the GastroBar Cala, a restaurant in the Marina Melilla. It was an outdoor dinner with an informal seating plan with high tables. A great idea to meet with all the guests and share from the first moment all of the emotions we were going through. Everything organised and decorated by Toni, who owns the place.
Our ceremony was at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in the village of Melilla. The decor was done by Raquel Rocío Guevara Artalejo and Events. Music was performed by a family friend on piano and a Soprano. The wedding party was formed by 4 girls and 2 boys, all dressed by Teresayleticia Madrid. The eldest niece took care of the rings.
The most emotional moment of the ceremony: We met in Cadiz where Jose was born, as was our courtship and it is the city where we fell in love, at the exit of the Church we expected, from Cádiz “La Comparsa de Tarifa” who sang us among other the song “All The Kisses’… our song. It was unforgettable. We enjoyed and danced together at the exit of the Church.
Our reception was held at Hotel Tryp, Melilla Port. We had two areas of celebration – an outdoor and an indoor area. We had a live band called Vinyls from Almería. Music entrance to lunch was Pretty Woman BSO.
– Dress Designer: Carmen Maza and Ana Rojas (Sevilla)
– Veil: Mantilla antiquarian Barcelona, given by my brother
– Tiara: Carmen Maza
– Makeup and Hair: Anabel and Rocio Nandez. They are sisters and my confidence stylists Jerez where I work. Melilla brought me to accompany me on the most important day of my life. It was special to be there with me.
– Bouquet: pink gift my friend, I brought it from the florist Areka Sotogrande.
– Something Blue: A bow sewn fabric inside the train of my dress.
– Something Borrowed: my tiara
– Something old: the tiara.
Decoration, between my mother and I, we organised everything, tablecloths, place settings, centrepieces, gifts…we were helped by Rocio Guevara Events and Melilla. For the flower girls we searched in London Portobello Market for vintage gems, and put them in little boxes made by Mamen Bag Accessories Madrid, all hand-painted, they also drew me the centrepieces numbers. We gave bouquets of dried lavender to the ladies. Each marriage in our family, is given a canvas, for us, it was a water-colour illustration of the church, by my Uncles in Sevilla. A nod to my profession, we gave orange bow ties to the men, for the fight against Leukemia Josep Carreras Foundation. In the Arabian corner we had slippers and pashminas in a Moorish style for the guests.
Choice of photo and video and why: Volvoreta Weddings. We found them through wedding blogs and they agreed to meet us and understood us perfectly. The images are so genuine and made us relive every moment of the wedding.
– We set up a Moorish corner, where a morita made henna tattoos guests.
– Jadilla, my nanny (the lady who takes care of me since childhood), marking a dance with the djellaba and making Moruno cry…lol
– Jose, who did not fail to liven up the party from the stage, singing and dancing. Dedicating songs to everyone.
– An unforgettable moment – before we left the banquet after our pictures, we were given a drive for Melilla, dedicating some time to us, talking and laughing together. It was special.
A word of advice for future boyfriends: do not forget the main thing and enjoy from the very start of the preparations. I recommend you find time for you two as a couple on the wedding day, if only 10 minutes, no family, no photos, no one…
At the organisational level, hiring a videographer, because there will be people missing and those memories will always remain in motion.