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A tour of the provinces of Andalusia: destination wedding in Malaga

Today we finish our tour of the provinces of Andalusia, providing some ideas for your destination wedding in Malaga and its surroundings.

SIGHTS AND LANDMARKS IN MÁLAGA

The history of the city of Málaga has left numerous sites of archaeological remains that you can visit in many museums.

Strolling through its historic center, you can visit places such as the Roman Theater of the 1st century A.D. and whose remains were discovered in 1951. And also the Alcazaba, an Arab-era fortress built in the 11th century.

Málaga Cathedral is a majestic building whose aesthetic represents the time when it was built, the 15th century. It’s one of the Renaissance jewels of Andalusia.

Another must-see visit is the Picasso Museum where you can see a very interesting selection of the work of this artist.

And don’t forget to take a walk along the most commercial Street of the city, Larios Street, the main Street of the city center and one of the most beautiful streets in Spain.

In addition to visiting the city of Málaga, you can organize visits to charming villages in the province.

Frigiliana for example, is one of the most beautiful white villages with its narrow streets and whitewashed walls. Strolling through this village, you will find hidden corners, houses decorated with pots of various colors and craft shops.

destination wedding Málaga

Visiting Ronda means making a journey back in time, through its Palaces, Roman Theatres, its Arab baths and its caves. This city divided by a natural canyon, the Tajo, and connected by a bridge built in the 18th century, is one of the most picturesque places in Andalusia.

Another essential activity is undoubtedly to walk the Caminito del Rey. A walk of more than 7 kilometers through which you can walk the natural place Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, a canyon with stunning landscapes that will leave you open-mouthed.

Marbella, the jewel of the Costa del Sol, offers many activities of leisure, beach and sun. But also a walk through its historic center reveals the charm of a small typical Andalusian village.

Málaga and the Costa del Sol offer innumerable activities for your guests during their stay for your destination wedding in Andalusia, enjoying in addition to a Mediterranean climate with more than 300 days of sunshine a year.

GASTRONOMY

The gastronomy of the province of Málaga, is very varied, as it offers products from both the sea and the land. You can try fish dishes, especially grilled, and tasty meats and fresh vegetables.

Among the typical dishes we find the cold soups, the ajoblanco, espeto, rabo de Toro a la rondeña, and among the desserts, the torta malagueña.

VENUES FOR YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING IN MÁLAGA

If you would like to get married in the province of Málaga, this area offers different venues for a unique destination wedding.

You can choose castles with sea views or fincas surrounded by beautiful gardens, and with a typical Andalusian air.

boda de destino Málaga

But if you want a more elegant wedding in an extraordinary setting, you can choose venues in Marbella, such as mansions, estates and luxury hotels, or also private clubs for a beach wedding.

boda de destino Málaga

If you choose an amazing villa, you can have accomodation for yourself and your closest relatives.

In these villas you can have a very special and elegant wedding. A fairytale wedding for romantic couples…

As you can see, Andalusia offers a wide variety of venues for weddings of different styles. But always with that special touch that characterizes this land full of history, magic and a lot of charm.

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Doncel y Alcoba / Anna & Mateo

 

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A tour of the provinces of Andalusia: destination weddings in Granada

Today we stroll through the streets of what was the last Nasrid kingdom, through its smell of spices, the charm of its old neighborhoods and the majesty of the Alhambra. And to discover places full of magic, perfect for your destination weddings in Granada.

SIGHTS AND LANDMARKS IN GRANADA

The neighborhoods of Albaycín, Sacromonte and Realejo, represent the essence and the enchantment of this city.

Getting lost walking through its streets, discovering beautiful corners and small squares that appear suddenly, and contemplating the Alhambra from a viewpoint, are just some of the pleasures that Granada offers its visitors.

boda de destino en Granada

In the center of the city we find the symbol of the Christianity of Granada, the Cathedral, built just after the conquest of the city by the Catholic Kings.

Although the initial project was Gothic in style, the new architect Diego de Siloé resumed the construction by modifying the previous idea and creating a fully Renaissance temple.

The Royal Chapel, located right next to the Cathedral, is Gothic style and was built on what was the old main mosque in the city.

The Catholic Kings commissioned its construction as their burial place, demonstrating their special bond with this city. Inside are the remains of Ferdinand of Aragon, Isabella I of Castile, Joanna the Mad, and Philip the Handsome.

Another place to visit during your stay in Granada, is without a doubt La Cartuja, symbol of Spanish Baroque arcitecture.

The Abbey of Sacromonte is an ancient abbey built at the end of the 16th century, after the remains of some martyrs were found and among them those of St. Cecilius. This place can be visited with the holy caves, located below the church.

Visiting Granada means an essential visit to one of the most visited monuments in Spain, the Alhambra. This set of palaces and gardens was built on a hill and began to be royal residence in the mid-13th century. To this fortress, the construction of the palace of Charles V was added after the conquest of the last Nasrid kingdom by the Catholic Kings.

The reddish color of its walls, its strategic position in front of the Albaycín neighborhood, its history and its impressive architecture, make this monument a special place that falls in love with any visitor.

boda de destino en Granada

GASTRONOMY

The gastronomy of Granada is a mixture of Arab and Christian influence. The use of spices combined with the typical products of this province, create a varied and very tasty cuisine.

Typical dishes include habas con jamón, tortilla del Sacromontepapas a lo pobre and olla de San Antón.

During your visit in this city you can taste the piononos, a dessert created in honor of Pope Pius IX, and famous all over the world.

 

VENUES FOR YOUR DESTINATION WEDDINGS IN GRANADA

Venues with amazing views of the Alhambra, can be the perfect setting for your destination weddings in Granada.

The beauty of this fortress as a background and a sunset of reddish colors can witness your “I do”, creating unforgettable moments for the couple and their guests.

Some of these venues represent the essence of neighborhoods such as Sacromonte, with its characteristic caves and terraces that offer the best views of the Alhambra and the city.

boda de destino en Granada

Others, with their gardens and fountains that take us to the Nasrid Granada, offer beautiful views of the Albaycín and the Alhambra, and where you can celebrate weddings in a more elegant style, but always in a typical context of this city.

destination wedding in Granada

A destination wedding in Granada means creating unforgettable memories in a city with enchantment and magic.

In the next few weeks we will continue our route through other provinces of Andalusia.

 

PHOTOGRAPHER: Francisco Montes Jiménez / La Coleccionista / Doncel y Alcoba

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A tour of the provinces of Andalusia: destination weddings in Seville

Today we start a series of posts dedicated to some provinces of Andalusia, in which we talk about their beauty, their history, the most characteristic venues to marry and their gastronomy, so that when choosing the destination for your wedding, you have a range of beautiful options.

Today we talk about the province of Seville, and in the coming weeks, we will continue with Granada, Jaén and Málaga.

The beauty and charm of Seville is evident. Its colors and essence are perceived as soon as you reach the Andalusian capital.

SIGHTS AND LANDMARKS IN SEVILLE

This city offers a large number of monuments through which you can get to the heart of its history and know the different civilizations that lived the city and left their mark on architecture, traditions and gastronomy.

The Cathedral, for example, is the largest Gothic catedral in the world, and is complemented by the Giralda, the Capilla Real and Patio de los Naranjos.

The Giralda that is a bell tower, is an example of the influence of different cultures and styles: Arabic, Christian and the renaissance style.

Another emblematic place of this city is undoubtedly the Real Alcázar. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987, this royal palace was built by the Arabs who used the fortresses as their residences.

It consists of several buildings from different periods and is a perfect blend of Arab and Christian art.

destination weddings in Seville

Another symbol of Seville is the Plaza de España. A unique palace-square in the world. Its shape, its proportions, the canal that extends along the perimeter of the square and the tiled benches representing the provinces of Spain, make this monument a unique and special place for Spanish people and tourists who come from anywhere in the world.

It would take more posts that talk about everything you can find in this magical city and what you can do during your stay. From a walk on the banks of the Guadalquivir to visiting the most authentic neighborhood of Seville, Triana.

But we leave you just a few ideas so that you can start discovering this city and its lifestyle.

GASTRONOMY

Choosing Seville as your destination for your wedding, means offering your guests a typical southern Spanish dining experience.

Indeed, being the capital of Andalusia, Seville collects a great variety of the traditional dishes of all the Andalusian provinces and also using the most typical products of this area. From pork to its legume and vegetables used for the famous Andalusian gazpacho.

VENUES FOR YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING IN SEVILLE

If you are going to choose Seville and its province for your destination wedding in Spain, you will definitely find charming venues that will transmit the true essence of southern Spain.

If you are looking for venues in the center of the city, there are beautiful places with a lot of history where you can organize your wedding. I always recommend that they be charming venues and that best reflect the concept and style of your wedding.

Stately manors of the 19th century, or palaces of Italian-Mudejar Renaissance style, can be the perfect setting for a wedding in the center of Seville.

Another advantage of choosing a venue in the city center, is the ease for your guests to go from their accomodations to the event venue, without having to rent buses and set fixed schedules for their return.

But if you are looking for some venue outside the city where you can live the true essence of Andalusia, you can definitely choose from many Haciendas. These big estates that began to spread between the 14th and 16th century, following the social idea of the “nostalgia of the countryside” typical of the transition to the Renaissance, became big buildings whose main activity was the production of oil. The Hacienda are made up of different houses, the stately, the homes of staff who worked daily in the building and the set of agricultural constructions.

destination weddings in Seville

Without a doubt, entering one of these spaces, i show to travel to another time… The warm colors of these buildings,  their patio and their characteristic facades make each of them a perfect venue for your wedding day.

In addition to the beauty and uniqueness of the venue, the Haciendas do not usually have sound restrictions, as many of them do not have neighbors or homes around them.

A wedding in a Sevillian Hacienda is a unique experience for all your guests who in a single day, will live your wedding with the 5 senses: from its beauty, its gastronomy and even the sound of a flamenco guitar enlivening dinner in an illuminated patio with candles…

We will continue our tour of the provinces of Andalusia in the coming weeks to give more ideas for your destination weddings in south of Spain.

 

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The wedding receptions. Tradition or a big party?

More and more I receive requests from couples who dream of informal weddings and in a relaxed atmosphere.  Most of them come from abroad with the desire to have a wedding in the South of Spain, gathering friends and family at a big party.

A new concept that sees the wedding day as a meeting without much protocol and more relaxed.

So everything changes…Symbolic ceremonies in which emotions, laughter, readings of anecdotes of friends and family, and rituals that represent the union of love, predominate.

And also the banquets are revolutionized!

The traditional wedding that begins with a welcome drink, dinner and ends with dancing and open bar, makes way for a cocktail reception with appetizers and snacks, or a buffet with different food stations that also decorate the space with appetizing tables of cheese, fried fish, breads, and a long etcetera.

bodas informales

bodas informales

In this kind of weddings is very common the show cooking, so paellas, sushi, mexican food and much more, can be cooked at the moment and can be part of this environment more relaxed and with less formalities.

Informal weddings allow guests to interact with each other in a more familiar environment.

What kind of wedding receptions do you prefer? Do you prefer the traditional banquet or an informal party?

 

Photos via Pinterest

 

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5 REASONS TO GET MARRIED IN ANDALUCÍA (SOUTHERN SPAIN)

Why should you choose Southern Spain for your big day?Why is this region so special?

With just 5 reasons, you will decide to get married in Andalucía and have the destination wedding of your dreams.

 

1. DREAMY VENUES

To marry in Spain means to marry surrounded by centuries of history, the magic and mystery of castles, the beauty of historical palaces, “cortijos” and “fincas” that reflect the essence of this land.

Andalucía offers a great variety of venues where you can say “I do” and that will be unforgettable for couples and guests.

The province of Jaén is the land of the olives! You can get married in a castle among the greenery of olive groves or in a charming and renaissance town, like Úbeda and Baeza.

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The remainder of Andalucía offers venues in purely arabic style. The Arab culture influenced for eight centuries not only in architecture, but also in the gastronomy of this region.

The typical gardens of southern Spain, with its fountains and  Arab origin, are a romantic choice for an outdoor wedding.

The farmhouses and estates allow to have an Andalusian-style wedding with their patios, gardens and surrounded by nature.

casarse en España

In Granada places with views to the Alhambra create an unforgettable and unique backdrop.

And if you are looking for venues near the beach, then the provinces of Almería and Málaga will be the perfect location for your big day.

 

2. GASTRONOMY

The Spanish cuisine is, without doubt, a very varied cuisine, thanks to the influence of the conquering peoples and of which later conquers and colonizes.

In particular, the Andalusian gastronomy is very rich and with a lot of tradition. Its dishes preserve the Arab influence and products like olive oil, make the gastronomy of this region one of the most representative in Spain and abroad.

Can you imagine a wedding with Iberian ham, salmorejo, and a big paella?

 

3. THE CLIMATE

Spain enjoys very balanced temperatures typical of the Mediterranean climate.  This makes it one of the warmest areas in Europe.

 

4. WEDDING + HONEYMOON

If you choose to get married in Andalucía, you can enjoy your honeymoon in this beautiful country! Spain offers a variety of landscapes, regions surrounded by nature like Galicia, cosmopolitan cities like Madrid and Barcelona, and charming places like the Alhambra in Granada or the grand Mosque of Cordoba.

You can take advantage of your destination wedding to spend a few days between traditions and history.

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5. COST

Without doubt, getting married in Spain is much more economical than in other European countries.

Especially in Andalucía you can organize a dream wedding without having an excessively high budget.

Only 5 reasons to decide to get married in Andalucía, but they are so important that they will not make you hesitate to choose the land of flamenco and tapas for your big day!

 

Photos by: Doncel y Alcoba / Roxanne Turpen / Anna+Mateo

 

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What are the “Fine art style” weddings?

I admit it! I’m in love with “Fine Art style” weddings and I have a weakness for them.

I know that you are thinking right now…”And what is this???”

Ok, keep calm…In this post I explain everything and I’m sure that after reading and seeing some inspiration photos, you will also want a “Fine Art wedding”.

Also this trend comes from the USA (Obviously!), present in the most famous wedding magazines and blogs for a few years.

The Fine Art style is classic and traditional, where nature and organic elements predominate. It is an elegant, ethereal and romantic style.

The Fine Art weddings are simple and sophisticated. Decoration focuses on pastel colors and organic elements such as foliage, plants, stone or clay vessels, silk or linen fabrics, wood and marble.

boda estilo fine art

Stationery is characterised by an elegant calligraphy and the use of wax seals.

Location is very important. An elegant and historic venue with amazing gardens.

Photography is in pastel colors, images that look like they are out of a story book. They are dreamy, elegant and delicate photos. A photography that captures moments and emotions with extreme sensitivity.

boda estilo fine art

This style is appropriate for couples that are nature inspired, that love details, art and fashion.

Romantic couples with an high sense of beauty.

Now, can you imagine a Fine Art style wedding with an andalusian touch?

Neutral colors, venues with beautiful gardens in Arabic style, a romantic and modern bride, details such as Spanish ceramic tiles, fans and a flamenco show…The result: a dreamy wedding personalized and with soul.

Here you can find a mood board of “Fine art” weddings, to inspire you and you fall in love.

boda estilo fine art

So, do you identify with this style? Tell me if you have fallen in love with the “Fine Art Style” or if you prefer urban, rural or industrial weddings.

Here you can find 2 beautiful shoots for your inspiration:

 

The bridal shower as an alternative to the hen party

If you don’t like the typical hen party, there is a new trend from USA, the bridal shower, an intimate party between friends, relaxed and full of details.

Despedida de soltera

You can organize a week-end in some country house, where you can enjoy unforgettable moments with your friends. Laughters, picnics, dinners on the terrace, a mojito, gifts, surprises, a beauty session and a massage…

There are many ideas to spend a wonderful day or week-end. You can tell moments lived together and roar with laughter remembering funny stories.

Despedida de soltera

You can decorate the space with a style or thematic that reminds you something special, as a trip, a common hobby, or that reflects simply the personality of the bride, using her favorite color in paper garlands, flowers, tablecloths, cushions, etc.

You can create really nice corners with a Candy bar, or an elegant tea table in true english style.

Despedida de soltera

Despedida de soltera

The bridal shower is a very original idea so that the bride can spend a relaxed and different day with her friends before the big day arrives.

Despedida de soltera

 

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Elopement, a new trend in the world of weddings

Every time we hear more the term Elopement that refers to a new trend in the world of weddings.

This trend consists in a choice of the couple to celebrate their wedding alone and possibly out of their city and even outside of their country.

There are couples that want to escape from conventional and to share this intimate moment, without being under the eye of relatives and friends, without any planning and certain amount of expenses for food, wedding car, stationery, and much more.

Elopement Málaga, Andalusia

Elopement Málaga

Only them in a paradisiacal beach a summer afternoon, or in a garden full of flowers in some historical and charming mansion…Only them, their love and their words that will seal that moment forever.

Elopement Andalusia

All that daring and passionate couples that decide to choose this different way to say “Yes, I do”, should know that there are many advantages that make the elopement a simple and fascinating way to replace the traditional wedding:

  • The planning of an elopement is much more simple. It’s mainly about looking for the date that is in the couple interest, and especially, to decide where to realize it. In the elopement, there are very few suppliers involved: a location, an officiant, a photographer, flowers, make up artist, hairdresser and location for a romantic dinner.
  • Therefore the expenses are mínimum unlike the typical wedding.
  • Another advantage is to join the elopement with the honeymoon in some exotic and attractive place.

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Elopement Málaga, Andalusia

Andalusia, with its beaches and cities with history and a lot of charm, is a region which offers many options to celebrate such an important and intimate moment.

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In Granada you can choose gardens with views to the gorgeous and mysterious Alhambra. In the provinces of Almería, Málaga and Cádiz, you can say “Yes, I do” in some beach and under the watchful eye of the sea.

Elopement Málaga

Bodas en Granada, Málaga

Bodas en Granada, Alhambra

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