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Gothic Funeral Vow Renewal in a Spanish Monastery

Andrea and Gabbi met in a job interview (Gabbi interviewed Andrea for a position on the film Shrek!), while living in San Francisco. They fell in love and were married in Sayulita, Mexico in May 2004. In fact they loved it so much they have now lived there for over 11 years! They decided to renew their vows on their 13th wedding anniversary and wanted the celebration to have a dark, gothic, funeral theme. There were just four of them in attendance: The couple and their two children. They also had their friend Jan who performed the ceremony and People True Love Tellers who took the photos and created the video.

“We have always been freaks and I always loved the idea of a black and red wedding gown, and walking down the aisle to Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Rocket Queen,” began Andrea. “At our first wedding, in a beach town overlooking the ocean, wearing white felt more right, but this time we wanted to ignore tradition entirely. We had already done the traditional wedding and so had the freedom to be playful and truly represent ourselves and who we really are. We also loved the idea of this being a funeral for our first 13 years of marriage and the start of a new commitment to each other as a family.”

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Three Cultures Bridal Shoot

Noticing a distinct lack of diversity in the wedding industry, Spanish wedding planners El Día de la Novia wanted to put together a shoot to showcase how different cultures get married. Working with local suppliers, they pulled together very different bridal looks, and I just know you’re going to love these!

“We wanted to do a shoot that was faithful to the personality and culture of three different brides”, they said. “We’d noticed there were many brides who were ‘disguising’ who they really are for their wedding and we wanted to prove that the opposite was possible, and beautiful. Don’t be let down by social pressures, be who you are!”

They shot in El Molino la Flor, a magical estate located in Jimera de Líbar, Málaga. “We wanted to call this shoot THREE CULTURES because it shows African culture, Cuban culture and Celtic culture.”, they continued. “We chose a minimalist and simple decoration but lots of colour.”

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Music-Focused Wedding in Spain with a Bohemian Vibe

Julia and Noel met in 2006 when Julia was living in Seville and Noel had a band based in Barcelona. The band were on tour and Julia went to see them and then they met after the show. Since it was music that brought them together, it naturally played a big part in their wedding, which they described as a being “a little Rock n Roll with a bohemian vibe.”

“Music was such a big focus for us”, began the bride. “We recorded a cover of Ed Sheeran’s Photograph at Noel’s studio which we played this during a slideshow of pictures for our family. We danced to a pre-recorded acoustic version that Noel did of All the Small Things by Blink182. All our friends sang along to it and it was pretty special. Noel also surprised our guests with a live band show with some of his friends right after our first dance during which we both crowd-surfed and I sang live with him, both of which were a first time for me!”

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Chilled Beach Wedding Inspired by Bougenvillia

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Lynne and Callum described their wedding as ‘beachy and chilled’ and were inspired by the colour of pink Bougenvillia flowers, which also reminded them of sunshine, holidays and good times together. They had pink invitations, pink flowers and Lynne wore a non-traditional two-piece with a dip-dyed pink skirt.

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The couple were actually legally married in London beforehand, which took the pressure off. “It was a really relaxed ceremony,” said Lynne, “we had two readings; Mission Beach by Clare Pollard and an excerpt from Hemmingway’s A Farewell to Arms read by two of our best friends. We also got everyone to sing Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles and Is this Love by Bob Marley. The songs were brilliant and it was quite amusing looking at everyone having a sing and a little dance during the ceremony. Walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Callum and all our guests together was my favourite part of the day.”

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Shabby Chic Garden Wedding

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Spanish-born Vero and Agus had been living in London for five years before their wedding so they wanted to bring a bit of ‘Britishness’ into their wedding back home. They chose their venue, Jardín Müller in Granada, because it reminded them of the gardens in the UK.

“Our wedding theme was shabby chic”, said the bride, “and I got a lot of ideas from wedding blogs. I wanted the wedding to be a celebration with family and friends.”

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“On the day, everything was perfect. Time flew from the morning to the night. There were so many unique moments: the time I spent with my sister in the hotel, the arrival to the gardens, that moment when Agus saw me, our proud and happy parents, the excitement, the happiness, the tears… It was a magical day.”

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Alternative Farm House Wedding in Spain

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Zuria and Josu’s rented an old farm house in Northern Spain for their September wedding. They absolutely did not want a traditional day. They served street food, had lots of music and fun things for their guests to do.

“We planned a wedding without no protocol”, said the bride. “We just wanted a party with our loved ones. We looked at lots of weddings online to get ideas but we only picked things we thought would fit our personalities. We really tried to give everything our personal touch and we made the jam jars for flowers, the signs, the stationery and the favours. We brought lots of things from our home for extra decorations too. We wanted our guests to say that we wedding was ‘so us’.”

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The vibe of the wedding was very different to most traditional Spanish weddings, it was very relaxed. “We didn’t want our wedding to feel like it was following a script”, she continued. “We thought that we would enjoy it more if it was just like us hanging around with friends, listening indie music, eating tapas and having fun. We didn’t want anything too formal.”

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