I simply don’t have adequate words to introduce this next wedding. The images by Jimena Roquero are too good, the scenery too beautiful, and the couple too gorgeous for me to give it the credit it deserves. A Spanish fairytale with Italian touches and a bride dressed in breathtaking Alma Aguilar…and that’s only the beginning. Get swept away by the unbelievable romance and beauty of every.single.image in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… Mario, my now-husband, secretly planned a trip to Venice with  my entire family as his accomplice. He proposed aboard a Venetian gondola, under the Bridge of Sighs, and we spent two magical days filled with Italian food, drinks and gelato. As you can imagine, I said yes! Italy, and especially our romantic weekend in Venice, was a great source of inspiration for our wedding. We chose the Palacio de Moratalla in Hornachuelos, Córdoba, Spain, as our venue because it reminded us of the old Tuscan villas. The catering was held by Bodegas Campos, who came up with an Italian menu (the exact same dishes Mario and I had the night we got engaged!). We also had a very special toast with bellinis, the Venetian cocktail par excellence that is composed of champagne and peach juice. The festive lighting was also inspired by the Italian restaurants at night. As for my gown, I was determined to be dressed by Alma Aguilar, so I picked one of her 2012 bridal collection designs. For the ceremony, we chose a very special location surrounded by wildlife, the little village of San Calixto, in the Hornachuelos mountains, where a cloister is located.

My favorite moment of the the night was, without a doubt, the toast and the speeches. Remembering old anecdotes of our relationship with our guests was funny yet moving, which inevitably brought that moment of laughs and tears I will remember forever! One of the things the guests certainly appreciated was the little tourist train we provided to get to the cocktail area, located at the front of the palace. During the cocktail hour, they were also able to get some “antipasti,” typical Italian appetizers.

Paloma Recio, from El Puentecillo de Cordoba, was in charge of the table decoration and flower arrangements, made out of daisies, candles and vintage lanterns. She also set up a spot with two of our parents’ old typewriters as guestbooks. We had always known what our first dance song would be — we knew it had to be the Beatles and it had to be played live! We brought in a band called Los Escarabajos; they specialize in Beatles covers. We also hung a disco ball, danced and sang to the most famous Beatles songs with our guests while enjoying gin and tonics at the open bar!

Wedding Photography: Jimena Roquero / Ceremony: San Calixto, Cordoba, Spain / Reception: Palacio de Moratalla in Hornachuelos, Cordoba, Spain / Floral Design: El Puentecillo / Catering: Bodegas Campos / Music: Los Escarabajos / Lighting: Atmosphera Eventos / Wedding Dress: Alma Aguilar / Bride’s Shoes: Pretty Ballerinas / Groom’s Suit: Lander Urquijo

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