Bibi Cristina, 34, married Borja Canadell, 34, at the Flowers by Bornay greenhouse in Barcelona, Spain, on 3rd November, 2018. She says:
Florist Flowers by Bornay's greenhouse was the only wedding venue we considered. It was love at first sight. We wanted to create a quiet paradise inside the city of Barcelona, surrounded by our closest friends in a really relaxed environment. Where we held the ceremony was decorated with pampas grass and cactuses, while the reception area was inspired by tropical jungle. Exotic plants including Kentia palms, strelitzias (Bird of Paradise) and scheffleras up to three-metres high invaded different 'chill out' spaces. Production expert Alex Permanyer covered the ceiling with a network of little lights that hung from beam to beam, creating a starry sky above us.
In keeping with the botanical theme of our day, we gifted everyone different tropical plants, each of them with a special meaning, as favours. We also wrote a few words to each person on rustic paper tags that were attached. I gave my bridal bouquet, which was created by Flowers by Bornay, to my best friend. Filled with succulents, green hydrangea and protea, it, too, tied in with our greenhouse setting beautifully.
Even if you think you're doing something simple, a wedding requires so much organisation, from finding and liaising with suppliers to tying up final details on the day itself – and in the few days that follow. Having the support of our planner, Claudia Cañas from INCC Weddings, in the process was definitely what enabled us to enjoy ourselves at 200%! Her honesty, transparency and professionalism gave us complete confidence that everything she'd deliver would be perfect, so we could just sit back, relax and enjoy the whole experience. I couldn't recommend hiring a wedding planner more!
One of the things Claudia helped me with was the hunt for a wedding dress. She recommended lots of designers that she thought I'd like based on my tastes. I was not looking for something conventional; I wanted a bespoke design that would reflect my personality and in which I could feel totally myself on the special day. In the end, I chose atelier Carolina Otaduy to make my outfit.
I took Carolina a sketch of an haute couture dress I loved and proposed to make a similar design. In the end we created a drop-waist mini dress in a special cotton guipure fabric, which had a long detachable train (fastened with hidden brackets) in the same material. This meant I was able to wear the little boho-chic dress on its own for the reception. It was such a nice process being present during all the phases of making it: from the selection of the fabric to the fittings. We had about four or five meetings before my dress was finished and I thought, 'This is me'.