Rachael and Mark travelled from Australia to celebrate their wedding in Spain with twenty six guests. Captured by Jessica Quadra, their intimate celebration is beautifully sweet and oh-so-pretty: we love Rachael’s Jennifer Gifford gown, and the couple’s venue choice of Casa Felix in Sitges was impeccable. What an amazing way to celebrate the best day of your life! Thanks so much Rachael and Mark for sharing your story with us below.

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“Mark and I met many years ago through a mutual friend and ran into each other at social events for about four years. In December 2009, at a birthday party we both realised that we really enjoyed each others’ company and started dating. Six weeks later, we purchased a one-way ticket for December 2010 to move to London together for fifteen months. We both loved traveling, London and pretty soon realised that we had met the one and our relationship has been built on our support for each others’ careers, dreams and crazy ideas! Mark proposed in Melbourne in December 2013 after taking me to a Spanish restaurant. He had flowers and chocolates delivered to our apartment which were ready and waiting for our return from lunch where he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. A private and beautiful moment we will both remember forever.


Due to our love of travel and other cultures- especially European, we had talked about eloping pretty seriously before we were engaged. We had somewhat decided that we were going to marry in Spain and spoke to our parents to see if they were able to support us in our decision and if they would accompany us. They were both great and that set the idea in motion. Once we were engaged, we gave a few of our closest friends an invitation to join us in Spain, at Casa Felix, Olivella for our wedding. We were incredibly humbled that we ended up with 26 guests at our special day and many stayed with us for a week in our stunning venue. And as for Spain – well – why not? Great food, wine and weather was the main attraction! The venue in many ways was styling enough – rustic and romantic and as such we tried to stick as much with letting it speak for itself in our style.


Language barrier was clearly one challenge however the lady who owns Casa Felix is British (Jane) and our wonderful photographer Jessica is American who was living in Barcelona with her husband. I found Casa Felix through the FlyAwayBride blog (thank you!) and Jess through wedding photographer blogs. We then decided to enlist the assistance of a wedding planner so that on the day we could be stress free. We used Philippa Events who organised our caterer (Sensacions Catering), our styling and flowers through the use of Pinterest boards, celebrant, hair and makeup, our videographer (Raul Dela Morena), our Spanish guitarist for the ceremony and cava and canapes and our DJ for the after party! Nothing was too hard for her and she was fantastic to work with!


Mark and I are so incredibly fortunate to have shared our day with many of our closest friends and family. My sister Leisa, was my maid of honour and Murray (friend and room mate since Uni) was Mark’s best man who both made every effort to ensure that our day was stress-free and easy. We only asked them to stand beside us a couple of months before the wedding so as to not put pressure on them to need to be there before they’d decided for themselves. As such, we were happy for them to wear whatever they had planned on the wedding day so they didn’t need to go to the expense of a new suit/dress. The morning of the wedding the boys went into Sitges for a brunch and the girls stayed at the masia and had wine and cheese and manicures. At 4:30pm it was time to walk to the courtyard for the ceremony and it was a blinding 36 degrees! When I got to the top of the stairs and saw Mark, nothing else mattered and it was only us (and the sun!) for 15 minutes until we read each other our handwritten vows and said ‘I do’. The food and wine pairings matched by Josep from Sensacions was exceptional and the open bar after dinner really got the party started. We danced until 3am and then all sat in the pool chatting and cooling off until 4am. Our gorgeous photographer Jessica, who moved back to the States the week after our wedding and Raul, our videographer, who both made us feel at ease instantly, captured all our moments so perfectly on the day – the love, joy and laughter that was experienced by everyone is seen so clearly in their beautiful work.


The most memorable moment was arriving at Casa Felix, just the two of us on the day we were to check in and met Jane who showed us around. We were both completely stunned at how beautiful the masia was, and how lucky we were to be able to spend a week there, and to be married in such an exquisite setting. The best decision we made was enlisting a wedding planner so that any little hiccups were not the problem of anyone who was a guest at the wedding. On the day itself, the most memorable moment was sitting down to the most amazing food prepared by Josep and his team with our nearest and dearest to celebrate… and that we did until 4am. We have no regrets at all! Be selfish – your wedding day should be about the two of you, and not pleasing anyone else so make the day completely and utterly yours – and it will be unforgettable!”

Photographer: Jessica Quadra | Wedding Planner: Philippa Events | Venue: Casa Felix | Videographer: Raul de la Morena | Cake: Catering Sensacions | Stationery: DIY by Bride on Zazzle | Wedding Dress: Jennifer Gifford Designs | Bride’s Shoes: Jo Mercer | Bridesmaids: Zimmerman | Groom’s Suit: Pal Zileri | Groom’s Shoes: Ted Baker | Bride’s Jewellery: Kate Ketzal | Hair Stylist: Michael Mawson | Celebrant: Xavier Ortiz

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  1. Jessica Quadra Photography

    I love this couple and it was so fun to hear the details about this day. It really was such a laid back and beautiful wedding. Definitely sounds like they got what they’d set out for! Honored to have been a part of it.


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