Wedding In Spain

January 30, 2013 • LifeSpainTravel

you may know by now that i’m getting hitched in spain this year. we always knew we wanted a wedding abroad, since we love to travel and dreamed about getting married in the sun. if you’ve been to belgium, you know there’s no way to guarantee any kind of weather over there. besides, we don’t even live there anymore, so it just made sense to start looking for a cool destination.

our first thought was to go a little crazy and do the whole thing at the ace hotel in palm springs, as that’s where he asked me and it’s just such a good location for a wedding (in fact, the night he proposed, another wedding was taking place there!) but though we did want our wedding to be intimate, we knew moving it to the united states was going to prevent a lot of our friends and family from joining us.

so i started ransacking my brain in search of a good alternative, and i suddenly remembered a hotel i had seen on one of my favorite travel blogs. aire de bardenas has everything we love: good food, fantastic architecture and cool design, a truly romantic patio… and as it turns out, a location in the middle of the spanish dessert that is not all that different from the californian landscapes we’ve come to love. the boyfriend and i both love spain and try to go there at least once a year to visit our dear friends who live in the spanish pyrenees. we have lots of fond memories of roadtrips going there, and finding aire de bardenas really felt like something clicked.

i did some more research about getting married in spain (okay, a lot of research), and i came across two other places that look like they would be incredible wedding locations. i thought i’d share these with you, in case you have the same appetite for design and sunshine and, you know, are planning to have a dream wedding somewhere, some time.

// 1 //the sant francesc church in santpedor

we’re not going for a church wedding, but if we were, this is the only church i’ve seen so far that would suit us. it was renovated (and so much more) by architect david closes. images by jordi surroca, via designmilk

// 2 //hotel consolacion in teruel

having your wedding in a hotel takes away so much stress – everything you need is already there. the remote location and cool design of consolacion and its proximity to the gorgeous natural park alto tajo in guadalajara are what make this a dream wedding location, in my opinion. images by consolacion, via petitepassport

Aire De Bardenas

July 19, 2012 • DesignLifeSpainTravel

i’m actually not quite done telling you guys about our trip to california, but i already wanted to share our experience at aire de bardenas in spain last week. we were visiting friends in the pyrenees and made a short two-day trip to the tudela area to stay at this hotel. i can’t really describe it, but if i had to try, it would go like this: think design container camp in the middle of nowhere (and that nowhere actually looks a lot like california!)

we really liked our airy room with a little garden and the interiors of the hotel (except for the restaurant – a little too dark and overwhelming for us), but we especially loved the outside spaces like the patio, veggie garden, industrial swimming pool and the patch of trees smack in the middle of the little domain. if i were planning a wedding, i could definitely see it happening here. oh, wait a second. :)

during the day it was nearly too hot for the gap shorts and madewell top i was wearing, but by night it cooled off enough to wear my club monaco striped sweater


Filter through posts by category.

The Road Less Taken

Travel through posts by city.


my name is stephanie duval, and i am a storyteller. this blog is where i share my favorite stories about design, travel, fashion and the nice things in life.


site by —
matthias deckx