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  • Laura Charles

A Magical 3 Day Wedding in Ronda

Updated: Nov 29, 2022

After 6 months of planning the magical adventure of Fabiola and Lincoln's wedding the journey began here in Ronda on a gorgeous August summer evening. Ronda holds a special place in Fabiola and Lincoln's heart as they spent a wonderfully romantic weekend there when they were dating and knew they would return for their wedding bringing all their family and friends.



THE WELCOME EVENING AT LOS PILARES, RONDA


We welcomed guests to one of the most enchanting places I have visited for a long time, Los Pilares. If you haven't visited you must go, it is a little piece of heaven on earth. The quirky setting is full of peacocks strutting their stuff and didn't realise they screamed! Two rather cute fat white ducks huddle together by the pond and this venue has some gorgeous Andalucian hidden nooks and crannies.


Los Pilares was the first location for the celebratory welcome evening. The fantastic catering was provided by the venue, beautifully presented platters of locally produced jamons, manchego cheese, marinated olives and plenty of delicious nibbles.



Fabiola and Lincoln are based in Goa and Portugal, this wedding was a blend of Indian meets Catholic to honour their Indian and Portuguese roots.


THE WEDDING DAY


After a lovely evening wedding preparations were underway. The bridal party and groom's party got ready with their respective families in two beautiful stunning country homes located around Ronda including LA Organic.



CHURCH SERVICE AT THE IGLESIA DE SANTA MARIA, RONDA


The wedding ceremony was held in the beautiful Iglesia de Santa Maria in the heart of Ronda town. The guests gathered at the church ready for the entrance of the bride.


Fabiola's dream was to arrive at the church on a horse, we managed to persuade her a horse and carriage would be more suitable as Spanish horses are known to be a challenge to ride if not experienced.


Fabiola was met by a horse and carriage to take her across the famous Ronda Gorge bridge, past the Parador to the Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor. Despite a stomach churning moment when she appeared around the corner at a lightening speed, it went like a dream!




After a beautiful service and a few photos in the town, we headed off to the wedding reception at The Lodge.


WEDDING RECEPTION THE LODGE IN RONDA


This fabulous romantic setting was ready to greet them along with the most spectacular sunset. The skies were on fire and it looked like something out of the Lion King, we still call this our Lion King wedding!



How amazing was this! Nature at its finest to celebrate this wedding.



As darkness fell the evening celebrations started with a cutting of the cake and a floral pinata filled with petals, which almost knocked the groom out. Every wedding needs this sort of story!



The cake cutting was followed by an hour of delicious canapes and drinks before the guests took to their seats for a meal designed by Lincoln who is a restauranteur and entrepreneur. The food was beautifully executed by Julia at Gusto Catering.


I loved working with Lucinda, Lincoln's sister and also a wedding planner, as she added in perfectly thought out details to make sure her brother's wedding was going to look amazing. Lucinda is also an expert in food and presentation and loved working with her on the food tastings. Her knowledge was impressive.


Gorgeous gold acrylic place names were a lovely touch but the best thing were the table names. They were portraits of the family's beloved dogs with their names etched onto wood. Each table had one of their furry friends names.



After the speeches the party began with music from Moove. This is my first wedding where it finished earlier than planned, the temperatures plummeted and it got chilly, it was August but Ronda has a natural air con system apparently, who knew! Be warned if you are planning a Ronda Wedding, take a wrap.


Everyone was full, danced out and tired after a busy day and were looking forward to the next day's celebrations.


POST WEDDING PAELLA PARTY, RONDA


The final day was a relaxed and informal Spanish paella party with traditional Indian dress. Gusto rocked up to create some glorious show cooking, guests were in their Indian attire and Mooove were there to add the music and more dancing well into the evening.



A wonderful three day event I have so many fond memories of.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the suppliers who worked with me, you were all fantastic. To Lucinda who was such fun to work with and the beautiful Fabiola and Lincoln, I really enjoyed our time together.


Catering Gusto

Photographer Eloy Munoz

Videographer Ivan Budarin




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