Magical wedding in La Cartuja de Ara Christi

Can you imagine your wedding day in a Carthusian monastery? Well, it’s possible or else, what would we tell the couple in today’s article. They celebrated a spectacular wedding in the rooms of Ara Christi.

A Charterhouse built in 1585 by Fray Antonio Ortiz, sent by the Roig family of Valencia and which today has become a majestic Charterhouse. This place is very popular among the couples, who wish to marry, either civil or religious, because among its premises is a church, gardens, cloisters, halls, garden, dance area and stable.

When you celebrate your wedding in the Carthusian Monastery of Ara Christi, just 20 kilometers from Valencia, you will be able to accommodate up to 3,000 people in the garden and up to 500 indoors,

La Cartuja also has the old Casa del Prior, which offers rooms and all accommodation services for the bride, groom and guests.

At the wedding, the gastronomy was Valencian. What is more Valencian than a paella? But don’t panic, because there were also menus for hypertensive people, diabetics, vegans and vegetarians, they even presented the wedding cake!

Also, a very original element were the wedding invitations, as well as the complementary elements, made by María Elena, from Tuinvi, a graphic design studio. They were made of handcrafted and digital techniques such as watercolor, textures and grammages, among others.

The envelopes were red with a white handwriting, a botanical-inspired design with a flower pattern on the inside of the envelope as well as on the top of the invitation, while the bottom was a simple calligraphy.

These invitations were accompanied by complements such as white ribbons, floral seals and tassels on the envelopes, which were closed with white wax, as in the past.

These details were also found on the chairs of the couple, from which they hung a poster with the illustration of the characteristic flower of the invitation, a red tassel, and two white fabric ties.

As for the floral decoration, the touch of color was put by Laura Ris with her artisan flowers that began in 1964, the third generation with 20 years of experience already.

This decoration was made of a great variety of colors and types of flowers in blue, rose, burgundy and dark yellow accompanied by large green leaves.

These same flowers were entangled in large circles of flowers that hung in the air, as well as in the centerpieces of tables and in the bride’s bouquet, whose stems were closed in a wide strip of burgundy color.

Ceibo was the rental company of furniture and all kinds of elements that created the atmosphere, through wooden chairs of different styles, white cushions, different tablecloths between tables, and so on.

The tableware was gold together with glassware and porcelain. From the same gold were the candle holders and lanterns that were arranged by the tables, which were numbered with glass frames with the illustration of the flower that appeared in the invitations, as well as in the napkins.

Valerio Luna was the bridal firm in charge of dressing the bride, a designer who launches a collection dedicated exclusively to women who have dresses full of feelings that tell a story.

Elegance and simplicity in its lines, chantillí, gauze, tules and creps decorated with small applications of rhinestones that decorate the necklines of the back and the openings of the skirts. This is how the dresses of Valerio Luna are composed.

Specifically, our bride wore the CALIFA model, with a deep plunge neckline, crepe close to the silhouette and sleeves finished in ruffles and feathers. If there is an element that stands out above any, it’s the flower formed by petals with crystal’s ornaments crowned on one shoulder.

The back, completely outside, was only formed by a thin row of buttons that was closing the dress. It is worth mentioning the elegant tail finished off with even more flounces.

The makeup and hairstyle of the bride were realized by Chicherka, a makeup artist based in Valence who carried out a semi-collection of waves through all her blond hair, which left some fine loose fringes on both sides of the face.

The makeup was composed of shades of grey and silver with some brightness and smoky eyes with illumination in the corner. The lips, in pink tones, were very natural in order to be able to kiss his fiancé on the big day.

The groom stood out for his elegance and his exclusivity, with a design by Garrido Ceremonia, a firm with more than 50 years of dedication to making suits for the most emblematic and important events in life.

He stood out with a blue navy jacket suit with paisley print, a print of Persian origin which takes the form of a curved tear or a large comma. The lapels of the jacket were in black tone, to set with the pants, which accompanied with a white shirt and a bow tie in the blue navy of the jacket. 

The wedding was planned by Natalia Ortiz, the wedding planner, who didn’t leave any detail in the hands of Ekatarina and her fantastic photographs.

The 8 best places to get married in Spain

Spain is a popular choice for couples who are planning where to have their wedding, why? The climate is perfect for a wedding, the choice of Mediterranean food can be enjoyed by anyone, and, as we will focus on in this article, there is a vast choice of location for your wedding.

Legalities

First and foremost, however, there are a few legal requirements to address. Firstly, to marry in Spain, one of you must have lived there for a minimum of two years, and you must be over the age of 18.

Want help? Here we are!

Planning a wedding in Spain may seem like a complicated task, but do not worry, an increasingly common idea is to hire a wedding planner to make the process stress-free and simple. To know in depth the advantages of hiring a wedding planner, you can visit this blog.

At Weddings and Events by Natalia Ortiz, we have the privilege of providing a wedding planner who has exceptional knowledge in the area of planning weddings in Spain thanks to many years’ experience in doing so. If you want to get in touch, you can write to us at info@svadbavispanii.ru

Location options

Let’s start with the 8 best places to get married in Spain, with examples!

Churches

First, let’s begin with a classic choice: a Church. If you are looking to celebrate a religious wedding, Spain is the perfect country. Due to its long history of religious traditions, there is a huge choice of beautiful churches at your disposal.

One of our favourite churches is the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona. It is located in the district of La Ribera, in the middle of Barcelona and has a gothic Catalan style, with high ceilings and narrow stain-glass windows. It is famous for being featured in various novels, such as Thesaurus Ombres a Barcelona, by Africa Ragel.

Church in Spain

Church in Spain
Santa María del Mar en Barcelona. Pics web www.santamariadelmarbarcelona.org

If you wish to see more options of churches in Spain, you can see this blog of ours.

Castles

Getting married in a castle is perfect for those who dream of a fairytale wedding. It is guaranteed to be a unique, regal experience, and here is a few of our favourite castles:

Castle Buen Amor, Salamanca. This special castle has a long history, and has been renovated to accommodate special weddings. For more information on Castle Buen Amor, please see our article all about it.

Wedding in medieval castle Buen Amor
Tatiana and Thomy. Photography: Buenas Photos / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz

XIII century castle in Catalonia. This castle is located in the mountains, which provide a beautiful backdrop for your wedding and can host up to 200 people.

Wedding in Girona
Angelina and Sergei. Photography: Aljosa Petric / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz

Castle of Viñuelas. This castle is in Soto de Viñuelas, a protected, natural area in Madrid and can host up to 1000 guests!

Photography: Aljosa Petric
Villas

A more modern choice of location is a villa, where, if you wish, you can have a ceremony, reception, and accommodate your guests all in one place! Spain has a variety of villas of all sizes, facilities, and price to meet your desires. For example, one of our favourites is Villa Los Flamingos, which is situated between Marbella and Estepona, and can host up to 20 people.

Beaches

If you’re looking for a romantic setting for your wedding, why not choose one of Spain’s many beautiful golden beaches? The ambiance of a beach ceremony is simply stunning, and, secondly, there is bound to be a large choice of activities there if you’re planning your wedding over a few days.

Elopement in Barcelona
Photography: Ginger’s eyes / Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz
Restaurants

You and your partner may have a passion for food! If so, a restaurant is a perfect location for your big day. Restaurants typically have unique personalities and, of course, you need not worry about the quality of food at a restaurant.

Hotels

Another popular choice for couples is to get married in a hotel. As well as being potentially very beautiful places to get married, hotels are a popular choice due to their convenience. If your guests aren’t local to the area where your wedding will take place, they will need somewhere to stay, so where better than a hotel? Furthermore, you can celebrate your whole wedding, from ceremony to reception in a wedding, so no extra transport will be needed – a perfect choice for convenience!

Wedding in San Sebastián
Wedding planner: Weddings and Events by Natalia Ortiz/ Photography: Buenas Photos

Here, we comprised a list of advantages of getting married in a hotel.

Mountains

Mountains provide an extremely picturesque backdrop for your wedding. If you admire the indisputable beauty of nature, a wedding located in the mountains could be the option for you.

wedding in Asturias
Kaci and Dave. Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz / Photography: Buenas Photos
Islands

Finally, there are many islands which belong to Spain, such as the Balearics, which can provide a perfect location for your wedding. A popular choice is Mallorca, due to its warm climate. Moreover, its airport makes it possible to fly there from almost anywhere! Additionally, celebrating your wedding on an island gives you the chance to celebrate your honeymoon in a wonderful location without having to travel anywhere else after your wedding.

Wedding in volcanic beach
Carolina and Ivan. Wedding planner: Weddings and events by Natalia Ortiz / Photography: Kseniya Bunets Photography

If you wish to know more about the best places to get married in Spain, we have lots more information so you can write to us at info@svadbavispanii.ru. We look forward to hearing from you!

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