When Ashleigh first got in touch with me from New York, she had already booked the Finca and church in preparation for their wedding in Spain.
The catering was also confirmed but Ashleigh had hit the proverbial ´wedding wall´as I like to call it. Still required was all the furniture, glassware, linens and decoration plus someone to pull it all together and oversee the day.
I love a challenge and thought how lovely, a beautiful Finca near Iznajar in the middle of June, perfect weather and a stunning location. This wedding has now gone into my top ten hottest weddings ever as the heatwave we suffered in June drove the temperatures up to the mid forties! Never have I been so hot without air con to dash into!
I had already visited this Finca once for my pre wedding reccie and was met at the bottom of the hill by the charming Diana who was catering. After whizzing up tracks behind her, we arrived at the Finca, had a good look around, I worked out what was needed in terms of furniture and equipment and managed to negotiate my way back down to the main road without getting lost 🙂
I decided to go the day before to the wedding to get everything prepared, oversee the delivery of the furniture and catering supplies and of course to finally meet Ashleigh and Joseph.
I also needed to check out the church to make sure we could get near it to decorate it, as often these churches are in the middle of the towns on a hill with inaccessible roads leading up to them of which I have been stuck in many. I also wanted to meet the priest who had decided in his infinite wisdom to try to charge our couple over 1600 euros, we think he was saving for a cruise but we had managed to negotiate the price down after reporting the exorbitant charge so wanted to be nice to him having ruined his chances of Greek Island hopping.
So off I trot into the Andalucian hills and guess what I got lost! Now I have driven all over Spain and negotiated many remote areas but this defeated me entirely having visited it once. After taking directions from the pink haired neighbour and an hour of driving around tracks that all looked the same I headed back down to the main road and a vision of Ashleigh in a BMW appeared, I was saved! Never take directions from anyone with pink hair!
Finally settled at the Finca, I whatsapped all the suppliers the exact location to make sure they did not suffer the same fate as me. I checked all the fridges were delivered, made sure all the booze was being chilled, unpacked everything and waited for the furniture and catering delivery…..and waited, and waited….I was assured they would be there within the hour so took myself off into the local town of Iznajar to check out the church.
On route across the spectacular bridge to Iznajar I get a call from a delivery driver, I was expecting a delivery at my house at this time as well, so whatsapped this driver the location of my home. An hour later in the tiny pueblo where I live a load of parasols, chairs, tables and catering equipment were being unloaded into my garden?! It was only my little girl that clicked this was for mummy´s wedding in Iznajar! After a few swear words were muttered under my breath, followed by a lot of giggling at the irony of it all, everything was repacked back into the lorry and due for delivery to the venue the next morning. Not quite going according to plan but we were still ahead of the game. I did not sleep that well knowing the road to the Finca was narrow at the best of times with some sharp bends and not having much faith now in the competence of the delivery driver carefully created a load of satellite images with arrows pointing in the right direction and highlighting potentially impossible bends.
So back up the next day armed with flowers and cakes, as the heat was rising fiercely we set everything up in time and I got to the church with an inch either side of my car to decorate it.
What a fabulous crowd and a lovely wedding, despite the heat and everyone asking me how I worked in such temperatures, it was a truly amazing day.
After a beautiful church service, that did not cost 1650 euros, everyone came back to the Finca, without getting lost, and enjoyed a cocktail hour entertained by Joseph´s brother and his band who were brilliant. Dinner was provided by Diana and her team from Whereevernext Catering and all the cakes and cheeses were provided by moi!
We used a pretty rustic olive theme for the stationery, paddle fans, order of service booklets, place cards and favour tags and I created the sign to correspond with the olive theme. I decorated the courtyard with loads of fairy lights and lanterns, it was a really magical and a beautifully typically Spanish style rustic wedding.
A congratulations to Ashleigh and Joseph, we wish them many fabulous memories of their time here in Spain and hope they have cooled down a bit!
These lovely images were taken by Eloy and Aleksandra at Eloy Munoz Photography