Exotic Destination Mallorca Wedding at a 17th Century Finca
Mondays can be rough, but today we’re getting our kicks from this destination Mallorca wedding in a 17th century finca. Colorful fruit trees neighbor lush rows of 6000 olive trees in this romantic escape, and it proved to be the perfect locale for Jenn + Marc’s family-style celebration that was all about the love. Can’t say we’d blame you if you shed tears of joy throughout!
Verdant greenery foraged by the bride herself decorates the ceremony + reception, while the heartfelt moments of the day are documented by destination wedding photographer, Elisabetta of Lilly Red Creative.
How snazzy is this polka dot bow tie?! It’s all in the details.
Nature meets design in the thoughtful details curated by Alago Events. We’re loving the laidback ambiance in effect, and admire the way style was never sacrificed for comfort!
From the bride, Jenn: One year prior to our wedding, just after we’d gotten engaged, we were visiting our friends Grason and Lo Ratowsky who had just moved to Mallorca. We were sitting in their backyard when Grason looked at us and said something like, “you two look so happy, you should just get married here”. I think he was half joking but we looked at one another, then back at him, and both said, “OK!”. In the few days that followed we put together a backyard elopement. The magic in the air that day was indescribable, but since it was so spur-of-the-moment, many people important to us weren’t there. That said, we decided to go back the following year, this time with friends and family in tow, and celebrate all over again! As for our venue specifically, I knew the moment I stepped on site. Finca Son Mir was bright and cheerful, it had the right vibe and I knew. The adorable dog who tends to the front entrance was a helpful selling point too 😉
I’ve never been a girly girl. Most days, you’ll find me in jeans and a flannel so wearing a dress puts me somewhat out of my comfort zone. The Daughter of Simone dress was actually one of the first that I had tried on. At the time, it felt too early to commit so I returned it. In the months that followed I went to several bridal shops which helped me QUICKLY discover that route wasn’t for me. I’ve never really understood why people think it’s sane to spend thousands, if not tens of thousands, on something you’ll wear once… Plus they were all so restricting and such a job to move around in. In the end, I re-ordered the D.O.S. dress, and that was “the one”.
Mallorca was our inspiration. No theme necessary, just feel the natural beauty that the island has to offer. We really wanted our wedding to be an experience where we weren’t starved for time or cramming it into a matter of mere hours. By inviting everyone out to Mallorca for the week the celebration extended over multiple days and we got to enjoy the pleasure of everyone’s company that much longer. Some even traveled with us after the wedding, including a couple who got engaged on that very trip!
These ruffly patterned bridesmaid dresses in a daring indigo hue are the perfect contrast to the beige estate.
We pretty did as much DIY as we could. Including trimming our friend’s garden for the majority of the foliage used in our arrangements. We hauled over cars full of greenery from the very same yard we eloped in a year prior and Vanda took it from there.
There were too many priceless moments to choose from. If I had to pick one, it was expressing my vows to Marc. He is my world and it was an honor make a pledge to him in front of our loved ones.
Funny moment: There are chickens that roam wild at the venue and they had a lot to say during the speeches. They kept interrupting whoever had the mic with loud squawks and it made everyone laugh. Being the animal lovers we are it was really quite fitting.
We’d give our hearts gladly to Jenn’s Daughter of Simone gown too. With embroidered lace, scalloped hems and a darling swoop back, less is more in this bohemian bridal look!
Another favorite memory of mine was the sentiment that everyone expressed in support of our marriage. We’ve been together for such a long time that many of these people have known us as a couple for half our lives. The stories they shared about the evolution of our relationship were priceless.
My, are we obsessed with this al fresco setup with long market lights to set the mood. Authentically perfect in every way.
And if you’ve got a weakness for patterned bridesmaid dresses, check the designs out in a recent backyard wedding we shared!
It was the sentiment that poured out of our loved ones in their speeches, congratulatory embraces, etc. Marc’s mother’s speech in particular was very moving — there was not a dry eye in the house. My dad also gave a KILLER toast, and this is sort of a funny story. My dad comes off as a pretty shy person. I had told our wedding planner that I wasn’t expecting my parents to get up in front of the crowd for too long. I think my exact words were, “at most, they’ll probably say, ‘thank you for joining us’ and then sit back down”. Boy was I wrong, my dad absolutely nailed it, he feigned like he had a message from someone who couldn’t be there that day (I was bracing myself for some sob-inducing memorabilia related to one of my passed grandparents), he pulled out a “telegram” and proceeded as such: “Woof, tail wag, tail wag, face lick, woof woof, tail wag…” It was a ‘telegram’ from our beloved dog, Florence. Who, for obvious reasons, we did not fly halfway across the world with us to Mallorca. I laughed so hard I cried and so did everyone else because it’s no secret we are obsessed with our dog.
This sun-bleached estate teems with bubbling fountains, ivy-climbing stairwells, pops of citrus and the sweetest feathered residents we can’t get enough of. So it’s settled. Finca Son Mir is at the top of our Mediterranean bucket list!
They are *literally* the cutest!
A lot goes into planning a wedding, even more so, planning one in another country. Everyone truly went above and beyond and we connected with all of them.
Photography: Lilly Red Creative
Event Planning: Alago Events
Venue: Finca Son Mir
Wedding Dress: Daughter of Simone