Helena and Felix, from Germany, chose to marry in Barcelona as it was the city they lived in first together. The search for the perfect venue ended when the couple found Masia Ribas just outside of Barcelona- Helena and Felix knew their vision of a vintage glam garden wedding filled with colorful garden flowers could be made real here. Last July they tied the knot under the beautiful and ancient trees surrounded by ninety friends and family. The amazing Gabby from En Route Photography was there to capture their beautiful day.

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HOW THEY MET

“Once upon a time… some eight years ago we both joined a student organization at the University of Cologne. We became really good friends through joint projects like barbecues and study camps. We realized that there was more than just friendship, but did not want to endanger it carelessly. In the end we couldn’t resist each other and soon after we started dating we moved together to Barcelona which sealed our bond even more.

We spent 2014 in Australia and came to Europe for a two week vacation. Of course we also went to Barcelona to reminisce about the old times. For me Barcelona provided the perfect backdrop for a proposal to ask this wonderful woman to marry me. I selected a place where the whole city was at our feet. I lured Helena to Tibidabo mountain overlooking Barcelona and we escaped to the ferris wheel, where I proposed to her and she made me the happiest man on earth.

PICKING THE VENUE

We wanted to celebrate outdoors in a romantic and beautiful garden setting with lots of flowers and lovely old trees. Masia Ribas with its expansive front and back garden and a beautiful old mansion filled with history made it the perfect place we were looking for. The plan for the style was a vintage glam garden wedding inspired by colorful garden flowers, craft paper and natural color tones, and this venue fitted our vision perfectly.

THE CEREMONY

We experienced a true emotional roller coaster ride, from many joyous moments full of fun and laughter to very deep moments when we exchanged vows and when both our bridesmaids and Felix’s brother added some personal notes to the ceremony. It was a truly precious moment getting married underneath the old and beautiful trees of Masia Ribas, listening to the wonderful songs of Sinead and planting an apple tree to signify fertility and beauty.

RECEPTION

First of all we had appetizers in the stunning garden setting. Everything was decorated with personal touches like a tree with pictures from our childhood and our joint journey until this very special day. Our singer Sinead and a guitarist added to this with some laid back music. After the appetizer we had a wonderful dinner in the front of the house. It was such a beautiful, grand setting underneath the trees illuminated with string lighting when it got dark. We were stunned by the multitude of speeches from our family and friends. We wouldn’t have expected that they prepared nine speeches and even a song which they sang for us. It was very touching, emotional and so funny- we couldn’t stop crying and laughing! It was such a perfect and memorable evening.

For the flowers, we absolutely love peonies and had a great mixture of all garden flowers imaginable which fit perfectly into the garden setting. This was the base for all floral arrangements from the bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, buttonholes as well as the other floral decorations on the tables. Jar glasses complemented this garden look perfectly. For the cake, we absolutely love carrot cake with yoghurt frosting, so that decision was very easy for us. Again, it was inspired by our vintage glam garden setting. That is why we chose a white elegant exterior topped off with blackberries. We brought a cute self-made cake topper which we had already used for our small wedding ceremony in Australia. Since we spent the last year in Australia and got married there we brought a memory in the form of a wedding favor “stubby holder” with our wedding design which to keep drinks cool in hot summer months.”

Photography: En Route Photography | Location: Masia Ribas | Videography: Love Me Do Films | Bride’s Gown: Anna Campbell | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride’s Veil: Bride | Jewellery: Samantha Wills | Bridesmaid Gowns: Samantha Rose, Monique Lhuillier, Just Female | Groom’s Suit: Custom tailored | Tie: Sieger | Cufflinks: Montblanc | Groom’s Shoes: Floris van Bommel | Catering: Le Chef | Singer: Sinead Savage | DJ: Jordi Ruiz | Flowers: Gang and the Wool | Wedding Cake: Lolita Bakery | Dessert: Abraham Balaguer and Lolita Bakery | Boat Trip: Catamaran Orsom | Makeup & Hair: Teresa Snowball | Pre-Wedding Get-together: Chiringuito Vai Moana | Balloons: Penguins | Rings: Tiffany | Furniture Rental: Alquiler de Hosteleria | Aperitive & Ceremony Decoration: Bride | Stationery: Bride

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