Jorge and Shuyi's Rustic Wedding in Spain - Part 2

There was just too much pretty in Jorge and Shuyi's wedding for us to share in one post so without further ado, here is part 2 of their rustic celebration complete with magical fireworks, fabulous gift bar and beaming guests who danced the night away!

What was the theme/style/color palette of your wedding?
"I wanted a neutral, rustic palette to match the special venue we were in but I would say our wedding planners, Araventum, took whatever I had in mind and brought it to life beyond my wildest imagination. One of the things I loved best about our wedding was the beautiful decor they had done for us. The colour palette I was going for was white, beige, and a muted champagne that complemented the orange greenery of the wedding site." ~ Shuyi

How did you decorate your venues? Did you undertake any DIY projects?
"We found Araventum through my sister-in-law, because they planned her wedding in April (She got married 3 months before us so Jorge's parents really had a hell of a year!) They were wonderful; they really listened to what I wanted and then executed it in the best way possible. They really got what I was going for and had impeccable taste so everything turned out even better than I had initially imagined.

I worked with a lot of my wonderful vendors via email, from the design of our wedding invitations, wedding favours, to the shipment of a lot of things from the USA to add little personal touches to our wedding. My favourite wedding website was BHLDN. I bought tons of stuff from there, like the most amazing wedding fans. I was also the one who thought of the cheesy titles on our customised matchstick boxes. (laughs) They were a lot of work and it wasn't easy to get them past customs." ~ Shuyi

What sort of wedding favors did you opt for, and why?
"The gift bar was my masterpiece! I tried to choose wedding favours that I would have wanted for myself. I wanted the favours to be pretty and practical, so that people could actually use or eat them so they didn’t sit around gathering dust.

For the ladies, I ordered soaps that were lavender scented, as a nice reminder of our hilarious engagement in Provence. The label actually says, in Spanish, "From where the groom proposed". I also ordered orange scented lip balms that were very tasty. The vendor was a lovely lady in Segovia named Paula who has this cute little shop called "Olivia Soaps".

For the men, I ordered chocolates in pretty orange packaging as well as customised matchstick boxes, so they could smoke their cigars and cigarettes in style. In the end, the men and women took whatever caught their fancy and the gift bar was emptied in seconds as everyone got so excited about it. Operation Gift Bar was a success!

Araventum also provided pashmina wraps for the party bar in case the night got chilly and ballet flats for our guests to dance the night away. Spanish weddings normally end very late and ours ended at 6.30 am the next day." ~ Shuyi

Any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms to-be?
"The decoration bit was nice but what made our wedding really, really special was how so many of our friends and family flew from all parts of the world and even all parts of Spain just to be with us on our special day. We made a wooden sign to commemorate this fact. So many people gave speeches and participated in the ceremony and that made our wedding day a beautiful memory for all of us: I will never forget my best friend Tarn singing our favourite song, “Love Theme” from Cinema Paradiso. I would recommend making your friends part of the day's program - whether it be through speeches, songs, or being witnesses as bridesmaids and groomsmen, etc." ~ Shuyi


{View Part 1 of Jorge and Shuyi's wedding here.}


Congratulations on your marriage Jorge and Shuyi! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!




Vendor Information
Number of guests: 250
Photography: Jimena Roquero 
Venue: Alqueria de Mascaros, Spain 
Wedding Gown: Nacho Aguayo 
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo 
Groom’s Suit: Pal Zileri 
Groom’s Cufflinks: Cartier (a gift from Shuyi’s sister) 
Groom’s Shoes: George’s 
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Self sourced 
Groomsmen’s Suits/Chaques: All their own 
Hair and makeup: Maria Pilar and Alfredo’s (a local hairdresser which Shuyi’s mother-in-law goes to) 
Wedding Planning, Styling, Florals & Décor: Araventum 
Cake and Catering: Grupo Peñalen 
Wedding Favours: Orange scented lip balms from Olivia Soaps, chocolates from Dolfin, and customised matchboxes from Etsy 
Pashmina Wraps & Ballet Flats: Araventum 
Invitations and Welcome Kit: Swiss Cottage Design
Calligraphy: A small, charming studio in Madrid run by a husband and wife pair 
Wedding fans: BHLDN
iPhone Polaroids: Printic