Jessica & Joe’s Tropical Casa Del Mar Sitges Wedding Interview with our Bride
Jessica and Joe were the definition of good vibes and their Casa del Mar wedding reflected that in every moment. From the ceremony full of love (and a few tears) to their Brazilian inspired drummer and comedy signs at the sweet buffet with the best cakes by Sibarum. This Sitges tropical wedding was definitely high up on our list of our ALL time favourites. It was a huge pleasure to interview our bride Jessica all the way from New York and hear just what she thought of her totally tropical Sitges wedding…
Describe your Barcelona wedding day in 3 words!
Loving. – So. full. of. love!
That’s 4 words but we love you for it!
What was your favourite memory from your Barcelona wedding?
We both have our own personal favorites, but aside from the fact that we had all of our favorite people in one room that traveled so far to celebrate with us, the Brazilian drummer that created a congo line for our guests from dinner area to the disco area was our favorite! This was amazing and our guests had so much fun.
Why did you chose Barcelona as you wedding destination?
Joe proposed to me in Portugal and we were supposed to continue our engagement trip in Barcelona. Unfortunately, his Grandma passed away right when we were on our way to Spain and we had to cut our trip short. We didn’t get to make it to Barcelona, which was the one city we were super excited to explore. When we were choosing a destination for our wedding we knew it had to be Barcelona, knowing that we would fall in love with it before even going since it is a beautiful international city with so much soul and you can’t beat the great weather. We decided to finish up our engagement trip where we left off!
What did you love most about your wedding dress? How and where did you find it?
I found it at a dress shop in New York City called Lovely Bride. When researching dresses I new I wanted a more bohemian look and this one fit my personality, the venue, wedding and decor all too perfectly. It is from a New Zealand brand called Rue De Seine. I love every single one of their dresses, but I knew this was the one once I tried it on. My dress is called “Poppy Stardust” made for the “free spirited bride.” How perfect! It was light weight, comfortable and everyone kept saying, “this dress is so YOU.”
If you did it all again what might you change?
-Always start getting ready earlier and allow for more time during the day! The earlier the better. We were a little rushed for time and weren’t able to take as many photos before the ceremony/ during cocktail hour.
-I would also probably add on another hour for an after party/ dancing =) or start the wedding an hour earlier so we could spend more time in the dinner area dancing there. Such a beautiful space. Not enough hours in the day!
Tell us about the blooms. What was your favourite thing about your wedding flowers?
They were simple with just the right amount and pop of color we wanted to go with the rest of the decor, bridesmaids dresses, grooms suit and groomsmen bow ties.
They were so beautiful and went with the tropical vibe we were going for. I loved my bouquet, the head table flowers and the ceremony arch flowers! My bouquet was full but still super light weight. I wish I was able to fly it back home!
What is your advice for other couples getting married in Barcelona?
Always allow for more time when getting ready as the bride.
Spend more time making your day unique and special to you and your guests, emphasis on the YOU. That can range from performers (we had a brazilian drummer as we have brazilian heritage), create your own props for a photo booth (made our own head cutouts of ourselves and some of our favorite celebrities), personalized gifts for your parents and others you want to thank (surprised my mom with a pocket square that had a picture of her holding me as a baby), the possibilities are endless. No one remembers the food and drinks as much as they remember a magical experience, make some amazing memories!
Trust your vendors more. It’s easier that way and they know what they are doing! Let them take the lead and listen to their suggestions.
What cultural aspects did you include in your big day?
We included some traditional American wedding customs when it came to the dancing, such as father/ daughter dance, mother/ son dance and the bride and grooms first dance together.
But we really wanted to add some Brazilian flavor to the wedding and thought a Brazilian drummer would be a great addition. The drummer surprised our guests by entering the dance floor after dessert.
We loved dancing with our parents while listening to some of our favorite Brazilian songs while the drummer roamed around getting our guests excited. It was exactly what we wanted. We then started a conga line with the drummer that led all of our guests over to the disco area. This change of scenery and location surprised our guests and they said it was an amazing switch over and idea. One of our all time favorite moments from the wedding!
We’re sad it’s over! It was ALL worth it and the most amazing day!