The intimate wedding of Leo and Owen in Cantabria
October is the month to continue updating the portfolio and show you how the wedding season has gone this year. Last week I told you all about Northern Serenity styled shoot and today it is the turn of the bereziwedding of Leo and Owen, who came from England last June 25, to get married in the idyllic village of Potes (Cantabria).
There were just three months left for the wedding when Leo and Owen contacted me to help them with their big day planning and decoration. Leo is from Valladolid and Owen from Leamington Spa, both live in England and soon realized that although they wanted to make a very intimate and warm wedding, it was difficult for them to organize it all from there.
The wedding planning
Although it was a wedding of few guests, it was very important for Leo and Owen that day was special and their guests felt pampered. As wedding planner, I was in charge of the decoration and overall planning of the wedding, contacting suppliers, visiting the place of celebration and helping the bride and groom with other issues so that they could live in peace and with illusion all the preparations.
The chosen place was El Jisu Hotel, which is under the foothills of Picos de Europa, in Camaleño, a village located a few kilometers from Potes. Edith and Nisio run this family hotel, ideal for spending a quiet weekend or celebrating an intimate wedding. The bride and groom loved it because it is surrounded by nature and they wanted to have a relaxed and out of protocols wedding, a slow wedding.
The wedding decoration
I outlined a decoration on the couple’s favorite colors, white and mauve. We welcomed guests with two types of very fresh lemonade and placed the ceremony in the garden, dominated by a large arch of flowers and the Picos de Europa, as incomparable background. In addition, there was a corner so that each guest could leave a few lines of memory to the couple on a card which showed an alpaca drawn by the couple, an animal the loved. In fact, Leo prepared two mini stich alpacas to place the rings.
The banquet was held under the imposing wooden porch outside the Jisu. We decorated it with ferns and on the long table, we put a big green flowers tablecoth with various flower arrangements, that the girls from Fiore has prepared. As the couple love succulents and cactuses, a trend that has stuck strong this year at weddings, we placed hanging terrariums on the banquet table. Succulents even appeared on the bride’s bouquet, made by Fiore, which also had beautiful roses and evergreen in violet tone.
And who said that dessert at a wedding must always be sweet? Leo and Owen, cheese lovers, had clear they wanted a cake of cheeses to do the traditional cake cutting. So we got to work with the search of cheeses, which should fit in different sizes to achieve an upward structure.
After the banquet, the couple and their guests spent a relaxing evening in the living room of the house with good background music, coffee, drinks and sweets from Valladolid and England, that the couple had brought and we put them on two trays.
Behind the camera that day, Carlos, from Caliq, who came with all his enthusiasm from Oviedo to Potes, to portray the pictures of such an important day.
All meetings with Leo and Owen had been virtual (blessed Skype!), so it was very exciting to meet them on the wedding day and accompany them, coordinating all the details, helping Leo with her dress, greeting guests … I cannot stop THANKING them for trusting on me and treating me so warmly, they and their relatives. Oh! and my lovely berezicouple also had the detail of sending me a thank you postcard a few weeks later, a tradition in British weddings.