Ronda wedding magic
This beautiful country town just over half an hour inland from Marbella somehow forms the perfect backdrop for a wedding. Not surprisingly, it’s a popular wedding destination, and not just with local couples. Luke and Marie Clare chose Ronda as the setting for their spring wedding, and the friends and family who travelled with them soon saw why.
Picture this: crowds gathering outside a pretty old whitewash and stone church in the gorgeous historic quarter of Ronda. The spring weather is sunny but not too hot to wilt the flowers in the groomsmen’s buttonholes or the glow on the ladies’ faces. Bright colours abound and offset the clear white of the bride’s dress as she enters the scene. Needless to say, it was a beautiful moment, and one where I was hard-pressed to keep up with all the fantastical visuals that were coming my way – but I think I managed.
After the wedding ceremony in the cooling air of that very pretty church the party set off for the reception venue, while the couple strolled through the cobbled streets towards the famous mirador, or outlook point that offers a fantastic view of the surrounding fields and hills that lie below the rock outcrop that Ronda is built on. They made a particularly attractive picture and I was in my element photographing them against what is a truly memorable backdrop.
Next we were off to the wedding reception, held at the lovely Cortijo Molino de Arco down in the green valley. From this charming rustic venue in its rural setting we now looked up to Ronda, enjoying a reverse view that is actually just as impressive. Here I have to mention Scott Gibbons of Sunshine Weddings Spain, who always manages to mix creativity with efficiency so that all the couple have to worry about it looking good and having fun, and they did.
Marie Clare looked lovely, her hair had been done by celebrity stylist Barbara, and under the charge of DJ Rob Humphriesthe tone was set for a party that lasted till late.