Monday, May 21, 2012

{Real Global Wedding} Bohemian Celebration in Madrid

Happy Monday de Lovelies! I know, I know, it has been a while since I last posted but I have a REALLY good reason. My husband and I were moving all the way across the country, from Boston to Los Angeles. We drove 4,358 miles and boy, are we tired. Needless to say posting from the road was a little difficult. But what I DID do was score this awesome bohemian wedding from photographer Gonzalo Manera and I am so peed in my pants excited to bring it to you today! I hope this Real Wedding Monday Eye Candy starts your week off on the right foot!

Welcome to bohemian Madrid, a stunning city perfectly suited for the destination wedding of Gonzalo and Bianca, a fun loving, world traveling couple who were less interested in the fancy and more inclined toward the memorable. Designed by Marta Machin at Marlett, a boutique wedding design company in Madrid, I can only say this wedding celebrates everything that makes this couple unique and perfect, right down to the framed family pictures and eclectic travel theme! I am SO loving the lounge feel she pulled off right in the garden! 

Marta shared her thoughts with Ruffled blog, which is where I first saw this wedding: Bianca and Gonzalo are a very special couple, when I met them I immediately fell in love with their easy going, worldly traveled vibe. They wanted a wedding that was a garden party, to be surrounded with close family and friends, celebrate their love and dance ’til dawn. Their wedding was also a goodbye party, after the celebration they would start their two year honeymoon around the world. (Right now they are in China after having traveled to Africa, Australia, Borneo, the Philippines and Bali.)

Marta: They wanted a relaxed celebration, with just a cocktails and no formal dinner. Since helm oaks are very typical in this part of Spain we chose to use them as the anchor points for the different stages of the wedding, from the ceremony to the dance floor.

The wedding was not a big wedding in Spain, but still 120 relatives and friends gathered together under helm oaks at dusk to see the couple get married in a heirloom bench, surrounded by old family portraits, and in front of a XVIII century desk (loaned by the groom’s mother) filled with flowers. The location of the ceremony was chosen because of its ideal surroundings, but also because the light at the time of the ceremony would be ideal.

Marta: The ceremony was very emotional, the groom gave a speech that spoke of traveling, his love of Bianca and their goodbyes to their family. It was sweet, personal and touching. I cried like when watching a good romantic movie, the air was filled with dense emotions and happiness.

The bride wore a dress designed by her sister (a fashion stylist) and a friend, with fabrics brought from Philippines (their mother is Filipino) The dress was beautiful beyond words, and suited her like a glove. (The fall, the movement of the gown was amazing, it was the perfect dress, vintage inspired but timeless) The groom wore a custom made suit with a bow tie and his best man, his brother, was also another example of sartorial excellence. She walked the aisle to “Heartbeats” from José González.

Marta: The rest of the wedding would not disappoint. The decor graduated from a more romantic approach (the ceremony) to the more exotic and wild bedroom under the tree. Guests could pick up food and drinks and sit in these areas to chat and relax, later on, late at night, when everything was lit by candles and string lights, they would also enjoy sitting down after dancing and talking with their friends.

Marta: The couple asked me to create chill out spots inspired by their love of traveling, but also kind of nostalgic of their childhood. I chose to recreate a fabric fort and an exotic bedroom with elements from all over the world.

My all time favorite element! Don't you just want to snuggle inside and giggle with your sweetie?

Wedding Vendors (Madrid, Spain): Wedding Venue: Groom’s Parents’ Home / Photographer and Videographer: Gonzalo Manera / Wedding Design: Marta Machin at Marlett / Wedding Dress: bespoke / Wedding Flowers: Vinca per Vinca / Wedding Caterer: Pipiripao

I am head over heels in love with this wedding; it makes my heart sing because it is exactly what a wedding should be: full of personality and sentimental statements, made up of momentos honoring the past and moments to hold onto for the future. Congratulations Bianca and Gonzalo and many safe journeys!  What a thrilling way to spend the first year of marriage!

Thank you  to Gonzalo Manera for letting us share his amazing work with you de Lovely Affair readers and to Marta Machin at Marlett for designing an absolutely stunning event.

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Happy rest of the week,

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