In the past few years, the term “vintage” has seen an inflationary use in the context of weddings, so I generally shy away from it. But these amazing Spain nuptials from Jessica Quadra Photography are vintage-inspired in the truest sense of the word – from the bride’s bespoke wedding gown, made of antique lace her mother had collected, to the table décor with vintage ceramics sourced from the family’s home and old books from an aunt’s private library. Infused with history and tradition, Maria and Alejandro’s wedding is probably one of the most personalized and bespoke affairs that has ever graced these pages.
Maria’s mother collected tons of antique lace from around Barcelona and they later searched for a dress designer who could work well with the lace. They chose Acuña y Trujillo in Madrid. Maria described the location of the venue (Alejandro’s family’s estate), the atmosphere and the overall mood they were going for. She felt they were on the same page from the beginning and she couldn’t have been happier. They decided on a 17th century-inspired brocade fabric for the dress. The top half of the dress is made from the lace her mother collected. They gave the skirt a sort of organic volume so that Maria could move about easily.
Maria wore her grandmother’s wedding veil and hairpiece. The veil is a lightweight silk tulle. The hairpiece is a small wax crown adorned with fabric roses in a pale pink, a bit faded from age. This was her something borrowed. For the shoes, she wanted something Art Nouveau-inspired, so she had them custom-made, matching the pale pink of her grandmother’s hairpiece. All jewellery Maria wore were heirloom pieces from either her’s or Alejandro’s family.
Maria’s friends and sister offered to help her with all the flower arrangements. The idea was simple: Since a lot of the wedding was to be held in the garden, the idea was to have arrangements that looked like they could have been picked from the garden. They wanted something that looked very natural.
For the centerpieces, they chose hydrangeas since those were also planted in the garden already. They also collected vintage pitchers and ceramics from the home to use as vases. The girls put the centerpieces together the night before. They also stacked old books that her aunt, a historian, has collected over the years.
Photography: Jessica Quadra Photography // Venue: Private Estate in Girona // Florals: bride’s sister and friends // Bouquet: Flores Navarro // Catering: Restaurant Pont Vell (They don’t typically do private events, however, they have had a relationship with the family for years and made an exception) // Invitations & stationery: the bride // Bride’s dress: bespoke from Acuña y Trujillo, Madrid // Bride’s veil, hairpiece and jewellery: heirloom // Bride’s shoes: Custom from Franjul