It wasn’t going to be easy bringing together their 85 guests from China, Russia, Germany – and plenty of places in between. Nancy and Anton knew that would be a very special occasion and it would need a very special location. Their choice, a finca hotel, just 20 minutes from Palma looks like a mini-castle complete with its own ivy-covered mini-tower with battlements and roof terrace, set in lush countryside. It also has 15 comfortable rooms and suites and a large pool so it was the perfect place for them to gather their family and friends to celebrate their wedding.
On the wedding day, as guests relaxed by the pool, the hotel was transformed with a special Chinese entrance, a ceremony area on the rooftop terrace and rustic dinner tables set out under the trees on the lawn. The entrance courtyard with its elaborate carved fountain was decorated with ivy and fresh lemons and the water station was set up there with refreshing lemonade and cava.
While Anton got ready in the fairytale top tower room, Nancy and her bridesmaids were given special access to prepare in the finca owner’s private suite, full of antique furniture and rich tapestries.
For celebrant Jonas, there was a little more preparation than usual. In the weeks before the wedding, he had been brushing up on a few Russian phrases. And then he had tackled some Chinese sentences too so as to be able to welcome all the guests in their own language.
Nancy’s bridal bouquet combined pure white peonies and blush dolomite roses with blush pink spray roses and gypsophila, tied with white silk ribbon. The two flower girls had baskets of white and yellow rose petals while the groom and groomsmen had yellow ties and braces and buttonholes of freesias and roses. In China, yellow signifies good luck and prosperity.
In the ceremony area, the large circular pergola had been decorated with pampas grass and foliage.There were white benches for the guests and amazing mountain views in all directions.
Celebrant Jonas welcomed the guests in four languages and the ceremony began.
After the ceremony, the couple made their way happily down the aisle to the sound of Luis Fonsi’s Despacito as the guests blew bubbles from tiny bottles. On the roof terrace, cava and canapes were served with a Spanish theme: cold cuts and cheeses and bite-sized chorizo tortilla.
Meanwhile, in the courtyard, the dinner tables looked colourful with blue-green underplates and blue glasses Centrepieces of candles were surrounded by ivy and flowers and the place names were written in gold on slices of polished blue stone.
The wedding menu was truly international, beginning with Peruvian sea bass ceviche and Mexican guacamole with green banana chips, Israeli hummus with falafel and pomegranate, Greek pitta break with tzatziki dip.
There were also live food stations serving main courses from the grill. Steaks, salmon teriyaki, smoked ribs, organic chicken were accompanied by Mexican quinoa salad with mango, tomato and avocado and Indian pineapple and sweet potato salad with tikka masala and coriander. Dessert was chocolate and olive oil truffle spoons with sea salt and bubble tea was served with dessert.
After this, the party began in the spacious indoor area with games, a photobooth for dressing up and guest selfies and a change of dress for Nancy into a traditional Chinese red dress.
Later still, at the end of the night, guests were, happily, just a few metres away from their comfortable beds.
Photos by Thomas Engstrom
Wedding by Mallorca Wedding Planners