Paula and Pere married in a castle dating from the fifteenth century in the Girona region of north-eastern Spain. They always knew they would marry there, as the venue has actually belonged to the bride’s family for 650 years. Since being refurbished, Paula’s family began taking on weddings and events at Cortal Gran and greatly enjoy the wonderful positivity that hosting joyful events such as weddings brings to their home. Paula and Pere’s special day was captured by Manel Tamayo, and Paula has kindly shared their story and lots of their wedding details below. 

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HOW THEY MET

“Pere and I met following what was the trip of our lives. When we  were 18 years old we went Inter-railing around Europe with four of our friends. Pere was a close friend of one of my best friends, with whom I had been planning the trip since we were 16. One day, all of a sudden, Pere decided to join us on our adventure so our common friend introduced us in March 2007. Coincidentally, we had met before, at a birthday dinner, where we sat next to each other, but we didn’t recall that at all until we discovered a photo that caught the moment a year later. We liked each other from the beginning but were too shy to do anything about it. We started seeing each other, with the group and alone with the excuse of preparing the trip. After two weeks and after several surprises, on my 18th birthday everything started. That was nine years ago!

DESTINATION DECISION

We got married at Cortal Gran, a castle from the fifteenth century in Alt Empordà. We got married there because it has been very present in my life- it’s my house. It’s a fortified farmhouse which has been in the family for 650 years and has been refurbished and kept by my father throughout his entire life. I have many memories of my childhood there. In 2000 it was entirely refurbished and we went to live there. In 2011, along with my father, Juan, and Pere, we began to organise weddings and create a project together that we have gradually have been shaping with love and care, until today. We love Cortal Gran and all the energy that comes from the venue. The experiences and joy that inundates us every wedding season makes us very happy. When Pere and I got engaged, there was no doubt we would get married here surrounded by our 255 guests.

THE DETAILS

Our ceremony was held in the Monastery of Sant Miquel de Fluvià. Pere arrived in a Ford Mustang V6 Silver and his mother and brother and I arrived in a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III accompanied by my father and best man, Manu, our unconditional friend. My dress was a Santos couture, I fell in love with it the first time I saw it. The bridal shoes were a gift from my best friend, Amanda, lovely raffia wedges with Swarovski crystals embellishment. I needed shoes that were comfortable to walk on around the gardens of Cortal Gran. The bridal bouquet was from Flors Bahi: peonies, white roses, David Austin roses, brunia and eucalyptus- I wanted a simple bouquet with a romantic air. My earrings were beautiful diamonds given to  by my aunt and godmother- I have a very special connection with her so was very happy to wear them on my special day. I also wore the engagement ring which was made from my grandmother’s diamond ring. Hair and makeup were done by Teresa Snowball, who came for the preparations to Cortal Gran on the wedding day. For my hair-do, I chose a herringbone braid with dry white flowers which matched the wreaths of the witnesses. Pere wore a navy blue Santa Eulalia suit with a grey Hugo Boss vest, his shoes were Lotus and the electric blue bowtie with the cufflinks were a set from Macson. Wedding photographs were taken by Manel Tamayo and Neus Cirera, because we believe that a picture is worth than 1,000 words, but if the photographers take that image with heart, the image conveys infinitely more. We choose them because we loved their style and knew they put all their heart into their work. The video was made by Ensu. We didn’t know Guille but saw some of his work on the internet and decided to meet him. It took only five minutes to realise we wanted to work with him and that he would be able to capture the essence of our day. 

DECOR

The entire planning and decorations were done by Maite Mach. We believe that Maite, Gemma and David transformed Cortal Gran into something much better than we had ever imagined for our day. Love, creativity and effort ruled on September 5th at home. We choose them for their professionalism and the good relationship we have with them for years through Cortal Gran. Flowers and more flowers, cold beer, funny posters, a wedding cake presented on an old iron bed with candles and all kinds of plants, are just some highlights of their beautiful work. While guests dined they transformed the entrance to a nightclub fort with a large chandelier that seems to hang from the sky- it was a lovely surprise for everyone! The decor was wild with a rustic air,  a style that we always liked and in addition, there were many lovely details and surprises for our guests. We wanted candles, so many candles, and Light Events company took care to illuminate every corner to enhance the magic of the day. The seating plan was inspired by places in the world important to us. Stationery, invitations and table names were created by Good Feelings Events.

RECEPTION

The reception dinner was at Cortal Gran and left in the hands of chef Jordi Jacas Moli de l’Escala. The appetiser consisted of ten different buffets, it was like a big charming country market consisting of dishes from fried food, quail eggs with spicy sausage to a sushi bar. The man menu was a light tartare of tomato, avocado and prawns of Palamós, a Broix steak with gratin potato and finally a delicious carrot cake (a specific request, because we are big cake fans). Our mothers offered the small gifts for our guests: apple and cinnamon jams by “Angels Cake” from the mother of the groom and cloth bags of lavender for wardrobes by “Kokini Bikini” from the mother of the bride. The first dance was  “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri as a song that has been very present during the whole process of wedding planning. Vanessa from “Baila tu boda”, helped to prepare a choreography for the bridal dance and we had a great time practicing it as well as performing it on the night.

FAVOURITE MOMENTS

The moment of “I do” surrounded by all our friends and family was very emotional, as were the speeches by Pere’s brothers and our best friend, Amanda, who lives in Singapore and came over especially for the wedding. One of the most touching moments of the day was the speech from my godfather, my unconditional friend. The previous night was also an emotional moment- I together with eight  of my friends slept at Cortal Gran and a surprise concert from William Taylor & Co. started. The band came up all of a sudden during the dinner singing “Forever Young”.  So after that, we were dancing, singing and laughing as if there were nothing else in the world until three a.m. It was a magical moment. For after dinner we prepared a Same Day Edit with Ensu. Everyone was surprised and liked it very much.”

Photography: Manel Tamayo | Submitted By: Classic Wedding Location | Videography: Ensu | Ceremony: Monastery of Sant Miquel de Fluvià | Reception: Cortal Gran | Bride’s Dress: Santos Couture | Planning & Decor: Maite Mach | Bride’s Shoes: Raffia | Hair & Makeup: Teresa Snowball | Groom’s Suit: Santa Eulalia | Groom’s Vest: Hugo Boss | Groom’s Shoes: Lotus | Cufflinks: Macson | Florist: Flors Bahi | Stationery: Good Feelings Events | Candles: Light Events 

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