Stephanie and Juan returned last summer to the city where they met to celebrate their marriage with friends and family. They wanted somewhere modern and easily accessible for guests and so chose the Hotel Arts Barcelona. The views of the city and beach from the 41st floor of the hotel are jaw dropping. Oh and check out their unique cake- half ornate cream, half decadent chocolate: we’ve never seen one like it before. In fact, this wedding is pretty amazing in all respects! Gabby from En Route worked her usual magic in capturing it all.

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HOW THEY MET

Juan and I met in Barcelona, Spain the summer of 2010. I came to fulfil a Teaching Internship for my Undergraduate Degree. We met at his church where I had been attending during my stay. We had great chemistry instantly. After weeks of hanging out, I returned to California, and we began to maintain a long-distance relationship. In December of 2012 he came to visit me (not for the first time) and after spending New Year’s Eve together in San Francisco, he proposed to me at my house in front of the fire as we watched the last ten seconds of the Times Square Ball Drop. It was very romantic. He told me he had been nervous all day, but I hadn’t noticed!

CHOOSING A WEDDING DESTINATION

We were married at Hotel Arts in Barcelona. A wedding in Barcelona was the most natural choice; we met there, his family was there, and our mutual friends were there. It also made the most sense as we were going to live in Europe. After researching online I chose Hotel Arts: I wanted a modern setting and an easily accessible location for our guests.

PLANNING

During the wedding planning process I was in California, Juan was living in Nice, France, and the wedding was to be held Spain! It was no small task – bit of a planning triangle! Obviously, it would have been utterly impossible without the internet. We don’t regret not using a planner. Juan and I worked together as a great team. But to be fair, having a total of only 30 guests made things much easier. We wanted easy, relaxed, and pretty. After hearing our ideas, the florist at Hotel Arts (who is awesome, by the way!) presented us with decoration options and it was easy to choose. Juan is an artist and he created some nice things – one being the thumbprint tree for the guests.

BEST DECISION & MOMENT

We agree that the best decision was to have a small wedding- it made everything more enjoyable. And I love that we chose to get married on the 41st floor of the hotel. The views were stunning! One of Juan’s favourite moments was watching my Dad and I do our secret handshake which our videographer captured! And I cherished the moments alone with my new husband on the ceremony room balcony. The only thing we regret is not having much time together before the wedding. We arrived to Barcelona (from California and Nice) only one week before the wedding.. oops. Perhaps a wedding planner would have steered us away from that decision!

Photography: En Route Photography | Videography: OnedayOnesong- Vídeo Nupcial | Reception, Catering, Cake & Flowers: Hotel Arts Barcelona | Wedding Celebrant: Pastor David Barcelo | Stationery: DIY & Cards & Pockets | Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Suit: Zara | Hair & Makeup: Teresa Snowball

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