Indie Northern Spain Wedding: Carolina + Alberto

spain bride and groom

Here’s some gorgeous inspiration for those of you looking for a short engagement – Carolina + Alberto planned their wedding in just one month! Not their original plan, but due to a new job + upcoming move, a month was all they had, so they made it work. And their wedding was just as sweet + lovely as can be!  Their ceremony was held in a charming, overgrown garden courtyard and a 1930’s style jazz band lead the way as guests paraded through the winding village streets to the reception venue. In Spain, weddings are still largely marked by deep-seated tradition, so Carolina + Alberto’s day was a fun breath of fresh air and is sure to inspire so many couples there (and everywhere!) to put their own personal spin on their celebration! Here’s a bit more from the beautiful bride:

We wanted to make something outdoors, casual, and closer to a friends and family party than to a formal wedding. We also wanted live music to be an important part of the wedding, as going to gigs and festivals is one of our biggest common interests. Also, as I am an architect I’m constantly following blogs on architecture, design, etc. So we got some ideas from them.

Thanks so much to People Producciones for sharing Carolina + Alberto’s gorgeous wedding with us today and congratulations and best wishes to the newlyweds!

spain wedding

haybales

groom

vintage bug


Love, love, love Carolina’s entrance with a VW bug!

Spain first look

spain ceremony

spain ceremony

spain ceremony

spain ceremony


And aren’t these ceremony photos just stunning?!

spain ceremony

musicians

entrance

confetti exit

dancing

parade through the city

parade through the city

parade through the city

There was a parade with a friend of ours' marching band, from the tiny village we got married to the monastery the venue was at. It was sunset and we passed gorgeus crop fields and vineyards.

parade through the city

parade through the city

parade through the city

bride and groom

simple Spain bouquet


It was very important to Carolina + Alberto that friends + family played a big role in their wedding day. Carolina’s dress, which I absolutely adore, was made by a friend and her bouquet + floral crown were designed by a local florist, who also happened to be a good friend of her mother’s!

Spain flower crown bride

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

entrance


The reception was held outdoors under an abundance of string lights and was reminiscent of a family dinner. Such a beautiful setting!

cafe lights

cafe light tent reception

cheers

kiss

cafe light tent

Do not stress out. We had to marry on a Friday because it was the only day available, which is crazy unusual in Spain. People were very supportive about the date and the time constraints. You may be very surprised to find out that your father makes a hell of a wedding planner!

photography: People Producciones // venue + catering: Monasterio del Espino Santa Gadea del Cid, Spain // floral design + hairpieces: Beydol // wedding dress: Clara C. Lear // shoes: &Other stories // hair + makeup: Capelu Peluqueria + Mariángeles Conde // groom suit: Zara, El ganso // paper goods: Israel Cascón, Luis Sierra, Alba GarGon // cake: La Casa del Jamón // music: Spirit Rhythm Band

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DIY Michigan Barn Wedding: Emily + Tyler

bride and groom in a corn field

After starting down the traditional road of wedding planning, Emily + Tyler were beginning to realize that the wedding they were planning simply didn’t feel like ‘them’. They decided to make a total 180, and together they began the process of crafting a day that was relaxed, fun, and full of details that were reflective of their relationship. Once they threw all caution to the wind and started to trust their instincts, their dream wedding really began to take shape!

Admittedly breakfast fanatics, they chose to serve their guests delicious brunch fare and even hired a coffee cart to whip up specialty coffee drinks. For the music, they chose songs Tyler serenaded Emily with while their were dating as well as songs off of their fave movie soundtracks. The two of them spent weeks collecting vintage furniture pieces to decorate the rustic barn so it would feel cozy + unique. Every detail included meant something and all of their hard work DIY-ing virtually everything definitely paid off. Their day was not only extremely beautiful, but it looked like it was a total blast, too!

Big thanks to Caroline + Jayden of Woodnote Photography for the lovely photography and to Emily + Tyler, congratulations on a day that was exactly as you always wanted! :)

first look

Woodnote Photography

first look

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

flower crown

bride and groom


Loving Emily’s sweet flower crown, which she handcrafted along with her fabric flower bouquet.

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bridesmaids


The 11 bridesmaids all chose their own dresses in pretty pastel shades. And Tyler’s crew of groomsmen picked their own attire, too, going for a mix of pieces in neutral hues. The end result was a perfectly mismatched + relaxed look for the bridal party!

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wedding party

barn

musicians

ceremony programs

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony


Emily purchased an adorable $15 (!!) dress from Charlotte Russe  for three reasons: so she would be 100% comfortable all day, so she could really dance at the reception – and, most importantly, so she could sprint back up the aisle with her new hubby and her bridal party once she and Tyler were pronounced husband + wife! Such a fun ceremony exit!!

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

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mug favors

barn entrance

guest book


They chose to service donuts in lieu of wedding cake to keep with their fun brunch theme. I’m sure their guests were thrilled — the donuts look so good!

donut cake

barn reception

first dance

first dance


And their sweet wedding film by Daniel Sather :)

Short engagements are worth it. (Ours was less than 3 months! We got engaged on May 3rd, and married on August 2nd.) Longer engagements don’t guarantee having everything you want (or having less conflict) and having a short one doesn’t mean you have an awful wedding.

On the day of your wedding, soak in every moment. Our first look and first dance were both incredibly sweet and precious because someone told me to cherish the experience and not worry about anything else. I remember closing my eyes during the first dance, forgetting everyone was looking at me and just thinking of how much I love Tyler. It made it less like a performance and made it into a really sweet memory.

photography: Caroline + Jayden of Woodnote Photography // videography: Daniel Sather // venue: Hidden Vineyard, Berrien Springs, Michigan // emily’s dress: Charlotte Russe, $15 // emily’s shoes: Goodwill // emily’s jewelry: her Grandma’s // tyler’s suit: J.Crew, Goodwill // tyler’s shoes: he found them abandoned in an old house // groomsmen’s suits + bridesmaid’s gows: chosen individually // hair, makeup + florals: DIY by Emily // paper goods: Wedding programs designed by Emma Cline (one of the bridesmaids) // wedding favors: mugs from Goodwill, chocolate covered espresso beans from nuts.com // catering: Caitlin’s Catering

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Anne-Claire Brun Photography

Anne Claire Brun Photography

For all of you newly engaged couples looking for a wedding photographer with vintage, romantic aesthetic to capture your big day, allow us to introduce you to the very talented, California-based Anne-Claire Brun! Previously operating out of New York, Anne-Claire has a unique style that is influenced by both her French heritage and experiences in the states. A self-professed lover of exotic locales and beautiful scenery, Anne-Claire is available for worldwide travel and shoots weddings all over the world. And just like us, she is endlessly  inspired by couples who are head over heels in love! Here are a few of our favorite images from Anne-Claire…

Anne Claire Brun Photography

Anne Claire Brun Photography

Anne Claire Brun Photography

Anne Claire Brun Photography

Anne Claire Brun Photography

Anne Claire Brun Photography

Anne Claire Brun Photography

Anne Claire Brun Photography


Gorgeous, right?!

To learn more about Anne-Claire Brun and see more of her beautiful work, head on over to her website!

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