Thursday 18 June 2015

A Mountain-View Wedding with Vintage Pink Louboutins - The Reception

Clouds of baby's breathy, bridesmaids in blush, and the prettiest lace wedding gown you've ever seen. This stunning big day is going to seriously float your boat. Xenia and Jeff live in Hong Kong, but they planned their destination wedding in Spain, at the beautiful La Garriga de Castelladral. You're going to love their sweet, romantic style - from the gorgeous miniature roses bridal bouquet, to the red velvet wedding cake - yum! Enjoy these beautiful shots by wedding photographer,  Noemi Jariod, and don't miss the Getting Ready and Ceremony pictures. For more details about Xenia's wedding decisions and suppliers, be sure to check out her brilliant blog Olivia's Choice - it's a great read!

We got married on October 6th at La Garriga de Castelladral, in inner Catalonia. Since we didn't want a religious ceremony but a civil one, it was a must for us to find a venue that offered this service in the prettiest possible way. This is the main reason we fell in love with the venue. 

La Garriga de Castelladral has breathtaking views to the Montserrat mountains. We held our civil ceremony on the terrace, and it was more we ever could have wished for. Regarding the decoration, all I knew was I wanted it to be sweet, just like I am!

My photographer was Noemi Jariod, the most talented wedding photographer I’ve ever met. I’m so lucky to have met her through La Garriga de Castelladral, I’m SO in love with my pictures!

I wanted our wedding to have a sweet, pretty theme, with white and pink being the main colours of our decoration. My dress had a pretty pink ribbon in keeping with that colour palette.

My florist was La Flor, in Manresa, the town next to La Garriga de Castelladral. I desperately wanted pink peonies for my bouquet, it’s something I’ve always known, but in October, peonies were just a no-no. Admittedly, I was sad, but my florist came up with a gorgeous pink pitimini roses bouquet that I loved.

I chose baby's breath for my bridesmaids, and for the rest of our wedding flowers. Also, the white of the little flowers was the perfect match for the pink bridesmaids dresses, while my pink rose bouquet perfectly matched my white wedding gown. We complemented each other!

I bought my dress in Guangzhou, China. We were living in Hong Kong at the time, and I knew wedding dresses were a steal in China, so I made up my mind to buy there. We spent several days looking around until we found the one. I got it at Knightly Bridal, a Chinese brand with amazing designs. 

I chose my bridesmaid’s outfits, which I got tailor-made in China as well. They were pretty pale pink long dresses, I absolutely loved them!

My husband got his outfit tailor-made in Shenzhen, the Chinese city that borders with Hong Kong. He designed the whole thing by himself and I was so impressed with the result! 

We chose a black tie theme for our wedding, so all the ushers dressed in black and white, with bow ties!

We had a couple of DIY projects. We made and set up all the pom-poms that decorated our photo booth by ourselves.

I absolutely loved our caterers, who came from a restaurant called To+. Shortly after our wedding, chef David García won the Top Chef program in Spain. He's really talented, everything was beyond delicious.

I chose for my favourite cake: Red Velvet! Of course you couldn’t see that from the outside, because it was a 4-tiered white cake with pink decoration, but Red Velvet it was! We ate it on the following day for breakfast.

I designed the wedding invitations myself with Adobe Illustrator, which was quite a challenge for me since I was just a beginner! 

We had little iced biscuits as our place-markers. The doubled up as sweet treat favours.

I loved planning our wedding! Jeff proposed in October 2012, so we had a whole year to plan our big day. I know some couples like hiring wedding planners, but for us it was a definite no-no.

My advice to brides planning their wedding? Start as soon as possible! Have ideas and things in mind even before he pops the question!

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