Christine and Xabi married in Lekeitio, a seaside town located in the beautiful Basque Country of Spain’s north coast. Christine, from the US, is a well know blogger in Spain– Xabi’s home country. The couple chose Lekeitio as it was Xabi’s home town. By mixing US and Spanish wedding traditions as well as having their ceremony in Basque, Spanish, and English, they made sure everyone was included. Their ceremony was held in the impressive Lekeitio Basilica, captured by En Route Photography.

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“We got married in Xabier’s beautiful hometown of Lekeitio in Spain, where we were living at the time. It was an easy choice because we knew we didn’t want to plan a wedding in the United States while living in Spain, and Lekeitio as a destination was meaningful to both of us. The Basilica of Lekeitio, where we had the ceremony, was built over the course of the 15th century and has the third-largest altar in Spain after Sevilla and Toledo- which is quite impressive for such a small town! Our ceremony location and venue were right next door to each other, making it really convenient for everyone. Our reception venue was right on the sea and has gorgeous views, so that was another easy decision.  After the reception, we partied all night at the bars along the port, it was an unforgettable day!


The color scheme I went for was peach, blush, cream and gold. When planning, I was always drawn to this particular color combination. In my bouquet I included flowers that had a special meaning to me: roses; for my grandfather’s rose garden, eucalyptus leaves as a reminder of my grandma, who was from Australia, and hydrangeas which my aunt always had in her yard.


We really wanted our wedding to be representative of our two cultures and were proud of the outcome. In Spain, it’s not common to have speeches or bridesmaids/groomsmen, so we made sure to include both. The speeches were, of course, a hit and made everyone cry! Also, the ceremony was in Basque, Spanish, and English so that everyone would understand. I actually said my vows in Basque, and Xabier said his in English. At the ceremony, we also included a Mexican tradition called “El Lasso” as a nod to my father’s culture. A lot of things were very Basque about our wedding too, especially the food! We had a huge 9-course lunch, which is very typical of Basque weddings. We incorporated a lot of little touches like this that made the day an emotional one for everyone. Our advice would be to be present in the moment on your wedding day. It’s so true what everyone says that the day is over before you know it, so soak it all up and enjoy!”

Photographer: En Route Photography | Ceremony: Basilica of Lekeitio | Reception: Hotel Emperatriz Zita | Florist: Lorak Lourdes Flores | Cake: Martina Zuricalday | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride’s Dress: Aire Barcelona | Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew, Nordstrom & Vera Wang for David’s Bridal | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss | Shoes: Moet Bilbao | Bride’s Necklace: Vintage, worn by every female in bride’s family on their wedding day since her great grandmother | Hair Stylist: Peluquería Kris Markina

2 Responses

  1. Cat Gaa

    Planning a wedding that incorporates multiple cultures is daunting, but rewarding! Looks like a beautiful day, C!


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