The Castillo de Santa Catalina is one of the most popular wedding venues in Malaga. After a recent refurbishment the spaces are beautiful but it is the location and views that make the Castillo a truly amazing space to host your wedding or event.
This spectacular setting overlooking the Mediterranean is steeped in history with the iconic tower and beautiful arches making it a unique space for a wedding.
E & M visit Spain reguarly as have a family apartment here, it was their dream to get married in Malaga. After a bit of venue hunting they fell in love with the Castillo de Santa Catalina and booked it.
Once the venue was chosen they realised they would need help to plan their dream day and we were hired.
I had known E's family previously as we were all baby friends before I moved to Spain!
Getting Wedding Ready at the Castillo de Santa Catalina
The excitement was in the air as the wedding party were getting ready. When we arrived we had to change the table layout and finalize the details.
The gorgeous pink floral arch was being constructed by the girls at Anais Florists and the tables finished with flowers, placecards set into champagne corks E & M had collected!
The signs and stationery had been either hand drawn by Just Peachy with Izzi and some printed here so we collected them on route.
The sky of stars, fairy lights! Had been installed ready for the weekend and the cost had been shared with a wedding the following day so a win, win for both couples!
Hair and make up was by Debra Beauty, based in Malaga and we were wedding ready!
The Ceremony at the Castillo de Santa Catalina
Against the stunning backdrop of the Meditteranean and the ombre pink arch, the wedding ceremony was conducted by Patricia Millon and included a sand ceremony with sand the couple had collected from areas they love, including of course Spain!
We loved the joy of all pink vibes as one thing E loves about Spain is the vibrant pinks of Bougainvillea and wanted the hues of pinks to be their wedding colours.
Cocktails at the Castillo de Santa Catalina
Here in Spain it is normal to have what we call the 'cocktail hour'. It isn't usually cocktails, unless you request a particular drink, it is a selection of wine, cava, juices and water served with canapés on trays by the catering staff. Generally at Spanish weddings no spirits are served until after the meal, you will often see this in restaurants in Spain too, they will drink spirits after a meal.
The cocktail hour is the perfect opportunity for the wedding party photographs and some couple shots.
Love this photo of my friends, the parents!
Jesus, a fabulous Spanish guitarist complimented the Spanish vibes playing during the ceremony and cocktail hour.
The Wedding Reception at the Castillo de Santa Catalina
The ceremony area at the Castillo de Santa Catalina is an elevated area behind the Arabesque arches with amazing views over the bay of Malaga.
Guests were directed to the charming main courtyard for the wedding dinner.
The tables were beautifully decorated with glass and gold charger plates, gold cutlery and stunning pink arrangements created by Anais Florists.
E & M opted for this pretty sweetheart table instead of a top table, facing all their guests.
The Castillo de Santa Catalina has warm tones, the warmer colours always work so well at this venue complimenting the backdrop. All the table names were drinks, Margarita, Espresso Martini, French 75, etc and were aptly designed with E & M photos of them drinking the chosen drinks in various locations.
We did have a bit of a drinks theme going on as the placecards were set into champagne corks they had collected over the years.
Entrance of the Bride and Groom
We always love a good entrance, it is fun for the couple and often overlooked, grab a fab tune and dance your way into your wedding party! E & M did exactly this!
After a wonderful meal with some very funny speeches it was time to start the party and what better than with a champagne tower! The champagne tower was provided by the Castillo de Santa Catalina and it was perfect as E & M didn't want a cake, this was much more up their street!
Success and cheers! The evening celebrations continued with dancing and an open bar. It was the most wonderful wedding, wonderful for me to see so many old friends and faces and no one looked any different!
All these joyful images were taken by The Love Hunters
Florals Anais Floristeria
Music Jesus Gomez and the resident DJ
Celebrant Patricia Millon
Lighting EJ Eventos
Catering Castillo de Santa Catalina
Styling, planning and coordination Reviva Weddings