May is a wonderful month for weddings in southern Spain and one couple made the most of the hot spring sunshine by choosing a romantic castle wedding overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean in Malaga for the setting of their celebrant lead wedding ceremony.
When I arrived at Castillo de Santa Catalina the air was already heavy with the fragrance of spring herbs and flowers warmed by the sun. As a wedding celebrant it was my first ceremony at this breathtaking location high above the sparkling Mediterranean and I am delighted to say it has turned out to be the first of many!
The venue is an extraordinary fusion of old and new. As an early 19th Century Moorish inspired mansion inextricably linked to the 17th Century fortress city, Castillo de Santa Catalina now offers the ambiance of an historical palace with the comforts of a top quality modern hotel. It is a truly romantic castle venue.
UK couple, Ricky and Hope chose to shelter their guests from the heat of the afternoon sunshine and make the most of the cool yet opulent interior design of the duck egg blue ballroom for their traditional symbolic wedding ceremony. This was followed by an outside reception in the crenelated grounds of the castle gardens with fabulous views over Malaga bay below.
Ricky and Hope chose a traditional wedding ceremony with personal dedications and readings by family members, a ring exchange and certificate signing. It was a beautiful symbolic blessing of the marriage of these two beautiful people, punctuated with laughter and giggles throughout as captured by the lens of the awesome Jeremy Standley Photography
As their wedding officiant, the most poignant memory of the day for me, was when I guided the couple to take a freeze-frame moment, forget the venue, their guests and everything leading up to their wedding day – to gaze into each other’s eyes and say their vows. Their look of intimacy gave me goose-bumps.
After the wedding, I commented to a celebrant colleague that with such a good looking couple in the most awesome of settings with a rock-god of a photographer, it was like being part of a styled magazine shoot, only real life! Being a wedding celebrant has to be the best job in the world!
Debbie Skyrme is passionate about raising the profile of Spain as a destination wedding location. She is a former UK Deputy Superintendent Registrar who now officiates bilingual symbolic wedding ceremonies in the Spanish sunshine.See Debbie's profile here
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