BLOOMING LOVE: A ROMANTIC ELOPEMENT WEDDING IN BARCELONA

BLOOMING LOVE: A ROMANTIC ELOPEMENT WEDDING IN BARCELONA

What happens when two people, two souls meet? What happens when you let yourself go and allow love and complicity to lead the way?

When I see Veronica and Pablo, these two unknowns come to my mind. A beautiful and complicit couple. A fireproof couple, because they are fire; the fire of a sweet candle, that illuminates and calms us.

The answers to these two unknowns are clear. The union of these two beautiful people results in the same element, infinite love and the desire to spend the rest of their lives together.

“blooming love is a tribute to all those couples who start a new path and embrace their new life together

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“The floral decoration,

bouquet, and stationery framed

veronica and Pablo’s story”

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A winter weather took over the autumn of Barcelona in the last weeks of November 2019. Rainy and cold days were set aside to celebrate the promise of love made by two people in love and newly engaged. Veronica, with an elegant style and a heart of gold has sworn eternal love to Pablo, a noble and funny soul.

With the nature of Barcelona as a background, we wanted to show that true love exists and that finding it is not a task of titans, as new technologies and social networks make it look to new generations.

Veronica and Pablo are engaged and plan to hold a legal ceremony next year, but this ceremony has been the prelude, their most intimate moment to say yes; yes, to wake up together every morning, to overcome the adversities that come with the years, but above all to live and treasure all the beautiful moments that await them. The location is a place well known to the lovely couple and they wanted to feel welcomed by a family atmosphere and that fills them with good memories as a couple.

“Their complicity and their

glances were all they need

to make this day memorable”

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The bridal look was built by the talented Nina Prat, which shows the natural beauty of the Veronica, framed by the magical and natural environment of Barcelona’s surroundings.

Inku atelier‘s dress was the canvas that perfectly combined with the simplicity and naturalness of Veronica. Her ethereal designs and the atmosphere of this photoshoot were captured by the talented photographer Claudia Corvi.

The organization and table decoration were in charge of Cristina Claro Events which was complemented by the beautiful invitations and minutes of Laia Brunet. The floral decoration and altar decoration was beautifully designed and made by Gloria Molina.

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3 WAYS TO PLAN A SUSTAINABLE AND SUPPORTIVE WEDDING

3 WAYS TO PLAN A SUSTAINABLE AND SUPPORTIVE WEDDING

The world is changing and we are increasingly getting involved in making it a better place to live. There are people who are trying to reduce their ecological footprint and others who have decided to volunteer for the well-being of some of the most disadvantaged people and communities.

That is why I have 3 options that can print in your wedding those values that define you and making it a sustainable and supportive wedding.

1. Wedding favors:

As guests, we often receive gifts prepared with a lot of affection by the bride and groom, but that in reality, they may have little use on a daily basis and end up soraged in some place of our homes.

In May I attended a super special event, @eventoslazossolidarios. During the event, they explained their proposal for all those couples who want to have a solidary wedding. This year they support #PielDeMariposa, an association that was born to help, train and accompany both families and professionals related to this disease; cataloged as  rare and incurable. You can allocate part of the budget that is normally used in wedding favors to this cause,  and through the solidarity cards that Samikay has designed,  you can communicate your guests that in this wedding they are also helping.

Photographs by Marie Marry Me

2. Guest of Honor:

You can symbolically add one more guest, and the cost that this action represts can be donated on the cause of your preference.

You don’t need to set up a place at the ceremony or at the table, just  communicate to your guests that you have one more guest who will be helped in the way you have decided.

Photograph by Lanty at Unsplash

3. Honeymoon:

Travelling to an all-inclusive hotel, to a paradisiacal beach and being pampered may not be an ideal honeymoon for many couples.There are other alternatives in which, without so many luxuries, you can leave a possitive impact on the community you visit.

On this occasion I wanted to mention Nomad Republic, who are a travel agency that organize volunteering trips in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Portugal. Leaving more than 50% of the cost of  the trip on an economic impact for the community and the project you’ve decided to support.

As a volunteering activity, you will be working for the community or environment in which the project is developed. Among some of their projects are teaching English to children in Bali, assisting in the preservation of a protected species (rich coast turtles, Elephants in Thailand or the Iberian wolf in Portugal) or assisting in the preservation of the jaguar’s habitat in Yucatan, México.

If  you still want the whole honeymoon experience, after completing the project, you could alternatively plan the ideal honeymoon, extending your stay to enjoy the beaches of México, Thailand or Costa Rica, to name a few..

Photographs from the Nomad Republic website

I hope it has helped you to get  ideas to have a sustainable and  supportive wedding .

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A DRESS FOR EACH BRIDE BY MAGGIE SOTTERO IN VALMONT BARCELONA BRIDAL FASHION WEEK 2019

A DRESS FOR EACH BRIDE BY MAGGIE SOTTERO IN VALMONT BARCELONA BRIDAL FASHION WEEK 2019

I have attended Valmont Barcelona Bridal Week this year and it was amazing. I have seen more wedding dresses that in my entire life, they had more than 22 000 gowns and 35 fashion shows. There were wedding dresses for each bride in the world and it was a dream.

There are brands that made their fashion show an actual show, decorating and  adapting the runway to their concept and their new collection; but there was one fashion show that took my heart. They made me feel more than excitement and admiration for being witnessing all these brands and what they have to offer to my brides, they made me feel joy, hope and happiness.

To stand up and keep my attention they needed gorgeous dresses, smiling models and Liris Crosse. With her attitude in her catwalks she told us “Girl, Maggie Sottero have you covered”, or at least that is what I perceived.

There are different kind of bodies out there. More curves, less curves, tall figures and petite gals and I love a brand that can see that.

As she said “plus means more”, more of her and more of us. 

 

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INSPIRATION – ODE TO SPRING

INSPIRATION – ODE TO SPRING

We live in a society that continuously overload us information.When routines keeps us trapped and we can’t  elbow our way and set us free, or at least it seems to.

Any excuse is perfecto to go out, move our legs and get a bit of sunbeam (blessed sun) and fuel our bodies with the much-desired vitamin D, which recently discovered is so important. After all “you don’t know what you have until you see it lost”, or insufficient in my case.

That’s why I wanted to take advantage of the first rays of spring, the morning breeze that permeates the lawn and prepare a brunch with a decoration that invites us to stay forever. In an environment that relaxes us on its own, with a delicious meal and the company of that person that makes that suddenly, any problem that is on my horizon look small, my dear husband.

Photography – Laia Cantenys

Decoration and styling – Cristina Claro Events

In one of those days where nothing pleases me more than taking off my shoes and feel the nature on my feet. On one of those days where I just want to fill my glass of wine and toast for the future that begin in the next second and in the second after that. In one of those days where I like to dream about what I would do if I won the lottery and the thousand original ways in which my husband would notify me of this event (who else has dreamed about that?)

This can be also your elopement wedding or destination wedding in one of the beautifuls places that Catalonia and Spain have for you.

I hope this post took you with me and I would love to know what you do when you are in your relax moment. What do you think?, what do you enjoy the most?

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ARE YOU FRAIGHTENED ABOUT A DESTINATION WEDDING?

ARE YOU FRAIGHTENED ABOUT A DESTINATION WEDDING?

It’s been a while since you met him, he smiled at you and that made you blush; there he was, him and his sheepish look.

And now you are here, figuring out if you made the right decision of flying away from home and get married in the city of your dreams; in that city to which you feel bonded, happy and glowing. As a person that got married in a destination wedding and help happy couples from around the globe to have their dreamed wedding, I can tell you that is always a good idea and there is no reason to be worried about as long as you make the following tips yours.

1.  Local supports – should you hire a wedding planner?

 

Photography by Kobu Agency on unsplash

There are some venues and hotels that have a wedding planner as a part of the team and services they offer in their property, but you must know that everything that is not related to what is about to happen in their property is out of their scope. Imagine that you’re having an issue with your wedding dress a couples of days before the wedding, a wedding planner can help you and guide you to solve this issue, or maybe you’re getting married in a religious ceremony, the coordination of the ceremony is also the wedding planner responsibility.

If you do not know anyone in the city of your destination, you should get a friend which in this case will be your wedding planner, a person that you have decided and have trusted in her/him to help you not only in the venue and party, but also to help you with all the troubleshooting before and during the event. This will be the person that will build the perfect team for your wedding.

2.   Finding the perfect venue – should you go for your favorite destination?

Photography by Gabriel Silverio on unsplash

Maybe you’re doubting in between getting married in a near country or getting married in a faraway destination. In order to decide your destination you will have to follow your heart and consider the kind of travel in regards the traveling time that your guest will be willing to do.

If you expect most people to travel for only for the weekend of your wedding, choose a nearest location, maybe under half a day’s flying time from where your guests will be traveling. The more direct the flights are, the better a location will be for your guests, maybe you expect to have guests that can only travel for a weekend, and this is something that should be considered.

Remember that is you and your loved ones, people will be traveling no matter where your wedding is held, your guests may find your destination wedding as an opportunity to travel abroad into a county that they probably would choose for a trip for their own.

3.  Legal or symbolic ceremony – which option should I go for?

Photography by Anthont Delanoix on unsplash

If you are planning to have a religious ceremony, you must consider that depends on the religion institution, you will probably need to get the approval and permissions from them in order to get married abroad, a lot of paperwork and bureaucracy will have to be followed. You will also have to consider that in some countries, a religious ceremony is not valid for legal purposes, so you will must celebrate a civil service back home.

 4.   Customs & flying with the dress – what should I consider?

I recommend you to travel with just the necessary wedding items from home and always in a carry one or the luggage that always travel with you (bag, backpack, etc.)

Shipping outside your country is not the best idea for the things that matter for your wedding day. Check- in luggage and packages can get lost as they’re no longer with you, it’s better to have your wedding items with you and pay the airline baggage fees if necessary. The good news is that you are traveling with friends and family and they can help you distribute your items to reduce these fees.

Another thing that has to be considered is that the majority of the airlines are prepared for this situations and you can have your wedding dress or suit hanged on the plane, but unfortunately there are some airlines that not consider this, so you must double check this prior taking your flight so you can be prepare for this.

Now you’re ready, ready for walking on the aisle and find him, find his sheepish look that made you fall in love in the first place, cheers!

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