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Granada, Spain Destination Wedding From Jeremy Standley Photography

Ever since my little sister journeyed off to Spain to spend a week frolicking through the countryside, I’ve had this European paradise on the very top of my bucket list.  I am fully convinced that it’s the kind of place you just HAVE to visit at least once… and saying “I do” amongst its awesomeness?  Even better. Especially when it’s a day as sweet as this affair from Jeremy Standley Photography, an intimate gem of a wedding set against a breathtaking La Alhambra backdrop with enough beauty to last a lifetime.  (I am not kidding.) Prepare to get your pretty on (there’s a lot of it) and see it all here.

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From Jeremy Standley PhotographyShawna and Mike wanted a small wedding with their closest family and friends. This multicultural couple chose The Alhambra in Granada, Spain as the perfect representation of how different cultures can create something incomprehensibly beautiful and strong enough to withstand the ages. Shawna wanted to create an intimate environment with a rustic feel. She accomplished this using twine, lanterns, flowers and herbs, along with mercury glass candle holders hanging from the trees that perfectly complemented the natural atmosphere.

One of the funniest moments Shawna remembers was when she changed out of her crystal Jimmy Choos into her beat up Birkenstocks to walk down to the Alhambra with Mike. “They were so comfortable that I kept them on for the rest of the night. I literally wore my wedding shoes for less than an hour.”

She also never expected to be staying up late on her wedding night. Her party of just over 30 guests surprised her, however, and danced until the wee hours of the morning. At one point Mike dipped her down and she could see the stars out of the glass atrium. “I felt like the luckiest girl in the world,” said Shawna.

The couple has lots of advice for future destination brides: first, visit locations as an in-person visit is priceless. Also, a wedding planner is a must. There are many practical details that will need to be sorted out and you will need someone on the ground to help out with those details. Shawna encourages brides to use Pinterest to create picture boards for your wedding planner as you won’t have the luxury of multiple visits to flower shops and bakeries, so it is really important that you can clearly communicate what you want as easily and visually as possible. She also highly recommends scheduling activities for your guests. One of the best things they did was plan a walking tour of Granada with their entire group. It was casual and relaxed and everyone got to know each other before the wedding, just the way they had hoped and planned.

Photography: Jeremy Standley Photography | Wedding Planner: AWOL (A Wedding of a Lifetime) Granada Weddings | Location: La Alhambra | Wedding Venue: Parador de Granada | Accomodations & After Party: Portago Suites | Blessing Minister: Mark Fury | Floral Design: Floresteria Nerine | Guitarist: Mark Shurey of El Pimientito

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Barcelona, Spain Bridal Shoot from Sansaara Photography

This bridal session is like the prettiest thing I have ever seen.  And I am not kidding.  It’s a breathtaking Barcelona backdrop meets a stunning Santos Costura gown meets some crazy gorgeous stylings from Belle & Chic… and you know what?  It’s all kinds of amazing.  The kind of amazing that will make you want to grab your honey, fly to Spain and shoot some serious pretty with the oh-so-talented Sansaara Photography.  See it all right here in the full gallery.

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From Sansaara Photography… The location of this bridal shoot was the historic Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, Spain. Esther Friedrich of Belle and Chic assisted on the shoot. The dress was made by rising Catalan haute couture designer Santos Costura. The styling was kept fairly clean and simple given the location, making the bride the main focus of the images.

Photography: Bijal and A.Y. Shah of Sansaara Photography | Production Assistance + Styling: Esther Friedrich of Belle & Chic | Wedding Dress: Santos Costura | Hair + Makeup: Meritxell Seva

Ibiza, Spain Engagement Session from Be Light Photography

If you haven’t already dreamt of running off to the pretty little island of Ibiza and frolicking through the breathtaking streets with your honey, this beautiful engagement shoot captured by Be Light Photography will most definitely convince  you.  A mesmerizing look at one of the world’s most enchanting locales, it happens to be the perfect backdrop for two sweeties in love… which is exactly why this darling duo was engaged to be married amongst all the Ibiza lovely and now happily call it home. Join me in soaking in their sweet e-session and click here for sooo much more.

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From the Bride… Ibiza is an amazing place. Even though it is a small island, it will always have a special place in our hearts. In the old center of the white island of Ibiza is Dalt Vila citadel. The citadel is surrounded by blue seas and has many narrow streets, white houses and little bits of color. This is the place where we took the first step in our life together as a family: the proposal. The sweet island of Ibiza is also our home now, this is why we chose it for the photo shooting made by Dragos and Laura. This shooting is a special memory that will remain so vivid in our hearts, like everything on this island full of life. Thank you, Dragos and Laura!

Wedding Photography: Be Light Photography | Location: Dalt Vila Citadel in Ibiza, Spain | Dress: La Donna | Shoes: Matilde