Every wedding season is a new beginning for me, and 2015 was a fantastic year as not only did I get to meet some fabulous brides but I also got to work alongside some great Wedding Planners that I had never worked with before – one of which was Dyana at The Weddings Company who organised Zara and Nigel’s wedding at the Rancho Ingles.
The Rancho Ingles is easily one of my favourite Andalucian venues…my idea of wedding heaven. A picturesque old Andalucian ranch located in the mountains of Malaga, the finca is a fantastic mix of rustic touches and old Spanish charm – set among rolling hills and olive groves. My favourite kind of boho wedding venue!
Working with Dyana and her assistant Amanda is a dream. Organised, professional, fun and never taking their eye of the ball, weddings with them always go smoothly. So when I met the wonderful bridal couple Zara and Nigel from London, such a happy and chilled pair, I knew this wedding was going to great. And it was!
I always take photos of my brides and grooms as they get ready, and I loved Nigel’s typically London well cut navy suit teamed with casual loafers – but it was Zara that really blew me away. She wore a pair of Vivienne Westwood shoes complete with angel wings, which were utterly amazing. And as if they weren’t enough, her white sparking art deco- inspired gown with capped sleeves was given a quirky twist and accessorised by a spectacular golden diamante headrest, a nod at her Indian ancestry. The complete look was breathtaking.
The couple married in the Rancho Ingles’ luscious gardens beneath a pretty pergola, decorated in the same colours as the bride’s bouquet, with dark blue and white wild flowers. The guests sat on simple wooden chairs and after the ceremony were led to the gardens where they enjoyed drinks in the warm summer sun and amazing Spanish canapés.
It was so much fun taking the romantic couple shots of Nigel and Zara. Not only were they such an incredibly warm and friendly couple, but the venue itself has so many picturesque corners and hidden nooks – it really did lend itself well to the laid back charm of this couple’s wedding.
Guests enjoyed their informal buffet dinner beneath the sparkling fairy lights in the Rancho Ingles’ patio gardens. The speeches were fantastic, as was the amazing cream sponge wedding cake – carrying on the informal rustic wedding style.
The crickets sang as the sun set, a warm Andalucian summer breeze blew and guests mingled and enjoyed the balmy night before ending a fantastic day with dancing and plenty of laughter.
I am really looking forward to getting the opportunity to revisit the Rancho Ingles wedding venue again this 2016 season and of course working with The Weddings Company and Dyana again. If Zara and Nigel’s wedding was anything to go by, my next Spanish rustic boho wedding is going to be amazing. I can’t wait!
Spanish inspiration wedding
What do you imagine when someone says the words ‘Spanish inspiration wedding’?
Mountains and red roses? Beach and sangria?
Well a wedding in Spain needn´t be tacky or obvious, in fact when I discussed this very theme with renown Spanish planners Caprichia Weddings & Occasions and the exceptional Marbella-based caterers Goyo they came up with a concept that blew me away. In fact the look was so original and breathtakingly romantic that I was itching to get started shooting their fantastic ideas.
Our recreation took place in a gorgeous finca in Marbella. We wanted the inspirational shoot to feature the things that make Spain great, the things that unite a family and add sunshine to people’s lives…so the styling heavily featured local food, Spanish flowers and a bit of a to the days of old.
The bride, her hair in a latin-style up do, wore an elegant yet simple dress and shoes by Spanish designer Juana Martín. The addition of the shawl, complete with bright red roses, brought together the fabulous ceremonial surrounding of simple wooden chairs and earthenware pots of geraniums and ferns.
What says ‘Spain’ better than eating beneath the fragrant branches of orange trees? We set up the aged wooden table, with authentically worn mis-matched chairs, by a pretty pond surrounded by trees. The linen runners and tall candles added a touch of chic to the rustic surroundings. And of course the flowers, by Marbella-based talented florist VG Florista, were the bright splash of colour needed to complete the romantic scene. She used an eye-catching mix of red, pink and cerise carnations and bougainvillea mixed with roses, eucalyptus and grasses to bring a feeling of the outdoors to the table.
The sun shone down on us as we set up food tables nearby for guests to enjoy after the reception.
As the planners creatively laid out the fare, all you could hear was the distant hum of bees and the occasional chirp of the cicadas. And what a selection of local produce!
Instead of a traditional wedding cake (who wants their buttercream icing melting in the sun?) we opted for a magnificent cheese tower. The table was a treat for the eyes full of locally sourced cheese such as Manchego, Valdeon Blue, Mahon, Tetilla and light goat’s cheeses. We used traditional hand-painted ceramic bowls and antique wooden furniture to bring the indoors out – along with bright spots of colour through the use of Spanish fruits such as grapes, passion fruit and berries.
Beside the cheese we set out the bread and olive oil – Spain’s staple diet. The bread had been baked especially for us that morning by Goyo and his team, and the scent of it along with the marinated olives and herbs was amazing. The concept was that guests would be encouraged to pick at the food as they mingled with one another, Spanish style (no need for the formality of plates and cutlery). A dip of the organic bread into the dark green oil, cold pressed from the Andalucian mountains, followed by your own mini paper cone filled with cured Jamón pieces and cubes of local chorizo and salchichon cured sausages. This was accompanied by ripe cherry tomatoes, still on their vine, and of course plenty of wine!
Lastly (and perhaps the most anticipated) was the dessert table. Goyo had really outdone himself here with his creative interpretation of the traditional Spanish treat – Churros. These long fried donuts are covered in sugar and normally eaten for breakfast with a silkily dark chocolate drink. Goyo transformed this dish into mini shot glasses complete with diced donuts to dip inside. Along with them were a selection of Spanish pastries and turron (an almond-based delicacy)….a sweets table for proper gastronomical grown-ups.
We hope you have enjoyed our interpretation of a true traditional Spanish rustic wedding. Because, like anything of importance in Spain – as long as your surroundings are stunning, the food the best you can get and the sun shining – then you will have a day to remember!
Spanish inspiration wedding
Makeup: Rafaela Makeup