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A vintage travel-themed destination wedding in Spain

A vintage travel-themed destination wedding in Spain

Written by Katie Byrne

Gemma and James exchanged their vows against a stunning backdrop of flowers and retro-inspired details


Gemma Colao, 34, a fashion designer, and James Bagley, 36, head of marketing, held both their ceremony and reception at Cortijo Pedro Jimenez, Spain.

Budget: £30,000

We met online – when we had our first date James was doing Movember and he had the biggest moustache! Despite me hating moustaches, we had an amazing night and I thought he was incredible. 

Our theme was vintage travel. It seemed obvious – James is Australian, I’m English, we both love to travel and have both lived abroad – and we were getting married in Spain!

Our guests came from all over the world; Australia, America, Dubai, Japan, France, Germany, Austria, Canada and the UK. Cortijo Pedro Jemenez was perfect for us as its traditional Spanish look and feel was just what we wanted.

We never left the venue, but it felt like we were in different environments. Our ceremony was on the lawn behind the Cortijo with amazing views down the rolling hills to the sea. Next was canapés and cocktails in the central courtyard, before heading to the pool lawn for dinner, speeches and dancing! 

I collect postcards from our travels, so I made up packs of postcards with Par Avion ribbon and miniature plane charms. Each table had a selection for people to write messages for us on.

I made the confetti cones out of photocopies of old maps and I made a mock passport for our guests that acted as a programme of the day. 

I can’t pick a favourite moment, as there were so many! From my dad’s face when he first saw me in my dress, to the speeches, getting ready with my mum and sister and to having some bubbly with my bridesmaids before the ceremony. I also loved our first dance. Everyone was up for dancing and the dance floor was packed all night.

We went to bed at around 2am. My sister and brother-in-law had arranged for a bottle of fizz to be delivered to our room, which was lovely. 

My tip for brides-to-be: Make sure both you and your husband have two people with you – one to keep you calm and one to sort any last minute bits. On the day just let it all go and love every second!

Steal their style!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Radka Horvath FLORIST: FlorValentin VENUE: Cortijo Pedro Jimenez PLANNER: Rachel Rose Weddings CELEBRANT: Natasha Johnson DRESS: Justin Alexander HEADPIECE: Halo & Co BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Dessy GROOMSWEAR: Richard James CAKE: Sweet Things by Fi STATIONERY: Anoulka at Nulki Nulks Stationery and The Bee Knees Ltd

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