One of the coolest things about eloping is that you + your love can venture to more remote places, in lieu of finding a venue that accommodates a large party. So, say you found abandoned marble quarries in Spain — you could say your vows there! At least that was the case for Lucy + Liam!
L+L told the event design team at A Través del Espejo that they really love the Japanese idea of wabi-sabi, and all that comes within its artistic aesthetic. Wabi-sabi loosely translates to simplicity and modesty while appreciating time and how it is ever fleeting. When this idea is applied, aesthetically speaking, it encourages one to embrace the lopsided imperfections, and seek out things that are simple, modest, and authentic. Wabi-sabi is all about seeing the beauty in the tattered imperfections.
So, the abandoned marble quarry in Valencia, Spain was just that: dilapidated, natural, and unconventional. To complement the vast marble slabs, the team designed unstructured floral compositions and utilized a ton of natural materials — making sure everything remained authentic.
Now, darling readers, Spain is calling! Let’s venture to the marble slabs in the shots captured by Carlos Lucca!
The quarry, very close to the sea, was abandoned in the ’80s because the marble was not pure enough and contained many fossil remains… which is perfect for the wabi-sabi ideal! It’s all about focusing on finding the beauty within the imperfections and accepting the cycle of growth and decay. Which is a pretty beautiful thing to highlight when entering into a lifelong commitment, don’t you think?
Liam donned an understated and cool gray suit from Snobiliaire — perfect for the natural surroundings.
We haven’t seen many dresses like this two-piece beauty by Maria Luisa Rabell… but we certainly hope to see more! The team tells us: When we showed Lucy this dress, she didn’t have a doubt, she loved it. The blouse is made of soft tulle, while the skirt is composed by of cotton and layers of tulle fishnet layers.
Since L+L wanted a minimalistic style while focusing on the natural materials, the team designed a simple color palette of blues, blacks, browns, and grays, with just a pop of color from the bride’s bouquet.
The Striking Florals
After meeting with the couple, their designer investigated more about the wabi-sabi movement and created a mood board that encompassed the feeling + fundamental aspects: simplicity, natural essence, contact with nature, prime materials, and moody colors…
And what resulted was nothing short of EXTRAORDINARY. Flores La Tartana went wild with the texture, making sure everything kept that untamed sort of beauty, while creating a floral backdrop that fit the color palette.
Diggin’ Lucy’s loose bun + natural makeup done by Nacho Sanz (Oui Novias)! Exquisitely beautiful but with a casual ease, no?
The Marvelous Marble Backdrop
How cool is this place?!
Want to create a similar look? Here are a few of our picks:
The Sweetheart Table
With a focus on beauty in the imperfections + in the natural details, the team crafted an understated, yet elegant table for the sweethearts.
Marble candles, of course!!
Keeping things simple, Dulce Roseta crafted these dainty desserts. And don’t they look delish?!
Lucy said the most impactful moment was the first dance as husband and wife. She forgot everything else and felt just her husband with her, like there was nothing and no one else in the world.
Are you marveling over this location + the monotone color palette as much as us? Congratulations, you two!!
And, if you’re wanting to venture to Spain for just a bit longer, take a peek at this clip from Jose Botella Films:
photography: CARLOS LUCCA // event design: A través del espejo // planning: A través del espejo // florals: Flores La Tartana // wedding dress: Maria Lluisa Rabell by Lola Verdú // hair stylist: Nacho Sanz (Oui Novias) // makeup artist: Nacho Sanz (Oui Novias) // groom attire: SnobiIiaire // videography: Jose Botella Films // paper goods: Una cassa en la lunna // calligraphy: Una cassa en la lunna // cake: Dulce Roseta // desserts: Dulce Roseta // sylist: Rosalia Quirante