Nicole and Lucas’s Tamarit Castle Wedding in Tarragona, Spain
Where do you have your wedding when you live in Colorado but have family and friends spread out across the country? You meet in the middle and plan a destination wedding where nobody lives — and for Nicole and Lucas, that just-right place was Spain.
An hour outside Barcelona, the seaside town of Tarragona had just ended its busy resort season, leaving the historical city serene. With its Romanesque stonework, dripping ivy, olive trees and views of the Mediterranean, an outdoor Tamarit Castle wedding seemed just the ticket. What could possibly go wrong?
It rained. Hard. And the groom’s parents’ rental car got towed the night before. And one of the makeup artists got into a fistfight at a concert and showed up the morining-of with a black eye. (“You should see the other girl,” she said, somewhat triumphantly.) But even so, they relocated everything indoors and the night went off without a hitch.
Lucas and Nicole personalized their ceremony to celebrate everyone who made the journey: a friend served as officiant, the bride’s brother performed a hand-fasting and the groom’s brother played an original song on the guitar, the rings were passed around for guests to infuse them with good vibes, and both mothers pronounced them husband and wife. There was an insane tapas cocktail hour (four words: roaming fresh oyster shucker) and five-course dinner, the newlyweds cut their wedding cake with a four-foot-long sword, and the DJ cranked it up to 11, leaving nary a butt in their seat.
Perfectly coming together on the other side of the world? Yes — yes indeed.
Tamarit Castle Wedding in Tarragona, Spain
Ceremony at Castle Tamarit
Reception at Castle Tamarit