After seeing us “in action” at the wedding of luxury wedding florist Paula Rooney, guests Laura and Rene hired us to plan their luxury destination wedding in Spain. We enjoyed an eighteen months planning journey, which ended with the most incredible wedding weekend at Castilla Termal Monasterio de Valbuena, a 12th century Cistercian monastery in central Spain.
Guests invited to the wedding weekend received the most beautiful rose gold invitations designed by Angels Creations and flew to Madrid from all around the world. They were driven through the Spanish countryside to the stunning converted monastery, which is surrounded by grapevines, in a quaint Spanish village in central Spain.
Standing tall above the picturesque landscape, the monastery is an impressive structure, steeped in history with beautiful artwork and intricate carvings – simply the most stunning backdrop for a perfect destination wedding. We hired the monastery exclusively for the weekend and guests enjoyed three days of celebrating.
The celebrations commenced with an informal Spanish themed welcome party, where paella and tapas was served, sangria flowed and Spanish music echoed around the venue.
The wedding day itself was a truly breathtaking day, as you can see below, captured by Vogue wedding films.
Laura was a beautiful and very glamorous bride, (hair by celebrity hairstylist Lara Zee and make up by Katie Hayes) who wore not one, but two designer wedding dresses – Galia La Harv from London bridal boutique, Browns Brides and Zuhair Murad from The Wedding Club, London . A team of beautiful bridesmaids, dressed in couture gowns from Kirsty Doyle and groomsmen looking fabulous in black tie from Prada, made the whole ensemble look as if they had just walked off a Hollywood movie set!
The turrets of the monastery walls were dressed with cascading florals by the Paula Rooney team and were an incredible backdrop for the outside ceremony. The couple stood tall on a circular stage surrounded by garden flowers, after Laura was serenaded down the aisle by her favourite singer, Ashanti.
To stay cool in the blazing afternoon sun, guests were given personalised L&R sunglasses, monogrammed fans and bottles of ice cold water – no detail was left to chance to ensure that guests enjoyed the Spanish sunshine. There was a stunning flower wall for photographs and Champagne flowed during the drinks reception, where guests were wowed by Gloucestershire Magician Richard Parsons.
The cloisters were dressed in the brides favourite colour; stunning shades of pink with gold accessories. On each gold place setting, hired from White House Event crockery, sat designer favours – Chloe perfume for the ladies and Cartier aftershave for the gentlemen. The amazing 9 tier wedding cake sat on a bed on hydrangeas and was a stunning creation by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium
During dinner, MicLowry, made a surprise appearance with an acapella set between courses and then returned later in the evening for the evening party following a performance from Ashanti, Ja Rule and The White Keys, as well as an international DJ from Holland, who kept the party going until the the sun began to rise!
The next day, a farewell white party barbeque was planned by the pool to celebrate the end of a wonderful weekend. There was a sushi table, popcorn, ice cream and dj from late afternoon until the early hours.
The following day, coaches returned guests to the airport, before the happy couple enjoyed a fabulous month long honeymoon in Dubai, Nairobi, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
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