This Destination Wedding Venue Is Almost As Fabulous As The Bride's Dress

By Parisa

Jose Luis and I met in graduate school in 2007, and although it wasn’t a standard “storybook romance,” it was crazy, fun, and full of travels all over the world. After graduating, unable to merge our career pursuits and our relationship, we headed in different directions — Jose Luis to India and me to NY. We stayed in touch though and after several years apart, we decided to give it another shot, embarking on a challenging, but lovely, long-distance relationship between NY and São Paulo.

Well, that long-distance relationship led to our engagement and my transfer to Brazil, and soon we were planning a wedding. We agreed we wanted a lively Persian Spanish celebration filled with food, alcohol, and lots of dancing.

We chose Barcelona because it is where Jose Luis lived for many years and a perfect destination location for our international guests with delicious food and wine. When visiting venues, we fell in love with the Castell de Sant Marçal for it’s old world beauty, the stunning façade, and beautiful grounds. It was a true “this is the one” moment for both of us!

I stumbled upon Joy Thigpen’s portfolio very early and fell in love with her work instantly. I decided to hire her before I even had the venue and a date set. It felt a bit unorthodox, but we really connected on our approach to style and design, and most importantly, the concept of creating understated elegance. With a sea of endless inspiration, Joy served as my anchor, pulling together my ideas into a cohesive vision, plan, and action, and steered me to excellent vendors, like Bryce Covey, for our photos. Click through and see for yourself.

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