Marisa McGarry, 28, married Mark Watts, 28, at Santo Domingo de Guzmán, Bornos, followed by a reception at Cortijo Faín Viejo in Arcos de la Frontera, Spain, on 24th September 2016. She says:

It was the dramatic location of Arcos de la Frontera, carved into a cliff face, that first stole our hearts. Then we discovered Faín Viejo. Well, I actually cried while visiting because it was just so perfect.

Our decorations followed the theme of travel and discovery. Christopher Columbus's second voyage set sail from Cádiz on our wedding day in 1493, and with family and friends coming from all over the world, this motif struck us as very appropriate! 

My dress was a stunning gown from Kiwi designer Rue de Seine. I adored its delicate cotton hand-embroidery, and I had it altered to have an open back and a waist belt, which made it more personal to me. 

I wanted our flowers to have a relaxed, rustic and natural look, so it would feel as if someone had just run through a meadow and grabbed them. I chose some bright colour pops of pink and orange to stand out against the whitewashed town and to encapsulate Spain's colourful culture. 

Our confetti was a really personal touch. I made it using petals I had kept from every bunch of flowers Mark had ever bought me! 

My top tip: Help your guests 'acclimatise' to your chosen country before the big day: we made welcome packs and organised tapas and a flamenco show accompanied by local sherry. 

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