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From the event planner, Mery:

Barbara and Emanuele are an Italian couple who decided to get married in Spain to have a dream destination wedding. When I got their mail where they told me the idea they had for their big day, I admit that for me it was a challenge and also a great dream to plan something so special for two people who came from my land, Italy.

From day one, they told me clearly that what they wanted was a very romantic, intimate and special thing in a remote place, outside the big cities and surrounded by nature…they wanted a fairytale wedding. In my search to find a perfect location for them, I looked around many beautiful places in Spain, until I found a little gem hidden in a village in the province of Jaén (Southern Spain), surrounded by olive trees, elegant and stately, the “Castillo de Canena”. The province of Jaén is a noble and simple land, with an amazing cultural heritage and where the history, the archaeology, legends, and customs, make you revive the legacy of other cultures. And it was this place of other times, the scene chosen for this intimate destination wedding, in which only the closest family members participated. The bride and groom took advantage of this special day to bring together the two families and share together the pure love of this lovely couple.

The Castillo de Canena is a 16th-century castle of Renaissance style. It belonged to Francisco de Los Cobos and now it is owned by the family producing one of the best extra virgin olive oils. And here, in this treasure hidden among a sea of olives, the magic started…

Emanuele, with a suit by Andrea Versali for Monteleonesposi, got ready in one of the castle’s suites. Barbara was in the suite of the tower keep and she wore a dress by Monteleonesposi in collaboration with Donatella Piccarreta and Cotin Sposa. She completed her look with some amazing shoes by Sophia Webster. Her makeup was natural and in warm colors by Sophie Makeup. And the romantic hairstyle with waves and a braid was by Lola Cabezas. The ceremony was in the beautiful patio, where a string quartet accompanied the most emotional moments. And as if by magic, the bells of the village sounded right after the “Yes I do” to crown that special moment.

The floral decoration was by the magical hands of Siloh Floral Artistry, a flower artist, with an exquisite taste and that turns any place into a dream. She created for the altar, an arch that covered a part of the columns with greenery and roses in cream and ivory colors. The florals were naturally complemented with the architecture of the arches, the columns and floors. So she created a refined, romantic and fine art style. The beautiful bridal bouquet with an organic and natural shape, feminine and with soft colors, had a raw silk sandstone ribbon.

After the ceremony, the couple and their guests went to the terrace where there was a gorgeous table under a pergola and with views of the village and the green of the olive trees. The organic and romantic table centerpieces in cream, ivory and rose tones, were mixed with sand-colored candles and brass tea light holders. The couple wanted to give an Andalusian touch giving each guest an hand-painted tile in vivid colors.

The string quartet of the agency 12Palmas was entertaining the dinner that was in charge of Catering Delicias. A delicious chocolate cake with cream cheese and berries covered by fondant and decorated with natural flowers was by Velvet Marbella.

After a dance under the stars to the rhythm of “Summertime”, a flamenco show closed that magical night. Every moment, every detail and every emotion were captured by Doncel y Alcoba, who through their photographs transmit their passion for telling stories and express emotions. It was definitely a unique intimate wedding, special and unforgettable.

Photography Doncel y Alcoba | Event Planning Mery Liccardi | Floral Design Siloh Floral Artistry | Groom’s Suit Andrea Versali for Monteleone Sposi |Dress Monteleone Sposi | Bride’s Shoes Sophia Webster | Hair Lola Cabezas | Makeup Sophie Makeup | Venue Castillo de Canena | Catering Catering Delicias | Cake Velvet Marbella | Music 12Palmas | Wedding Favors La Alboreá 


From the photographer, Hannah:

We wanted every moment of this editorial to tell a story —inviting the viewer to enter into the intimate moments a bride experiences on her wedding day. Refined, organic, intentional, and minimalistic are perfect words to describe this editorial. Inspired by the simplicity and elegance of minimalist style, this collaboration combined a mid-century modern aesthetic with the influence of Japanese minimalism.

Minimalism invites us to pare down a design concept to its truest essentials: is there anything to be added? Is there anything to be taken away? It asks us to carefully consider each element of a design with thoughtful intention—ensuring that every detail is purposeful to the story we tell.

Simplicity draws attention to beauty without distraction. For example, a gown’s simple silhouette draws focus to the bride’s natural features. A single iris highlights the delicacy of a single bloom. Tea poured from an earthenware pot invites a guest to share a ritual act of welcome. Our imagery reinforces this by featuring a simple color palette: white and ivory tones, accompanied by lush greens, soft textiles, and wood textures.

With every element designed with intention, a space of organic tranquility is created —a space every bride ought to experience on her treasured wedding day.

Photography Hannah Haston Photography | Event Design Olive Grove Design | Dress Alexandra Grecco from Lovely Bride | Hair & Makeup Natalia Issa | Venue Sixy Five Hundred | Model Morgan Moore with Dragon Fly Agency | Ring The True Gem Company | Jewelry Lietofiore | Calligraphy Sarah Ann Design | Ribbon Frou Frou Chic | Paper Floral The Lovely Ave

From the event designer, Alise:
The West Coast of Ireland has held a special place in Morgan and Wesley’s relationship for a long time. Wesley grew up spending a lot of time in Doonbeg with his family and soon after he met Morgan, she started accompanying him there as well. He proposed the previous year in the exact spot where the held their ceremony on this summer. One hundred guests traveled from the US to witness their vows overlooking the Atlantic. They did not want to impose on the natural beauty of the landscape, so their altar space was a floral installation created in shape of an asymmetrical half moon. The Irish Blessing was officiated by an eccentric and cool Irish monad proved to be one of the most memorable parts of their wedding day.

After the ceremony, the guests were then greeted inside the Lodge with a cozy fire, champagne, Guinness and oysters. Once the bell rang for dinner, their guests made their way down the pebbled pathway to the marquee which overlooked the beautiful dunes. The marquee and tables were decorated in a modern, yet ethereal palette of neutrals offset by vibrant, earthy greens, with hints of slate grey and blues throughout. The couple’s vision for the wedding was modern elegance meets the wild and rugged west Irish coast. We drew inspiration from the natural landscape and colors and textures found there. Organic and textural design elements were featured in their stationery, flowers and table designs to compliment this aesthetic.

Photography Taylor and Porter | Event Design Alise Taggart Events & Design | Floral Design The Informal Florist | Skirt Pronovias, Corset Top Martina Liama | Veil Jennifer Leigh Couture Veils | Pantsuit Alexia Maria | Hair Glen Cullen | Makeup Kathryn O’Neill | Venue The Lodge at Doonbeg | Officiant Dara Molloy | Calligraphy Bohemian Ink | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musicians Bow Musique | Band & DJ Jo Petit Band | Rentals Gotcha Covered | Favors Turf Scented Candles with custom designed match boxes The Bearded Candle Makers | Videographer Cinematic Tide | Lighting Creative Event Lighting | Ceremony Sound System Hear It