A Beautiful Church Wedding and Romantic Reception in Mallorca

Instagram may not be a traditional dating app, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t helped people find love. In August of 2015, Anthony Brahimsha commented on Mariana Pagán’s photo of her pup, Bauer, and a connection was made. “We lived in Rhode Island at the time, and with such a small state, it’s no surprise that we had a number of friends in common,” says Mariana. After a few weeks of exchanging DMs, they met for their first date. “Anthony won me a goldfish at trivia night, and while the goldfish didn’t live very long, our connection did,” Mariana remembers. “I knew he was the one all along.” A year later, while on a trip to Scottsdale, Anthony used the guise of a desert picnic to propose, and Mariana said yes.

The pair spent just shy of a year planning their June 21, 2017, wedding, leaving the U.S. to head to Mallorca to make it official. “My family is from Mallorca, and we wanted to celebrate our wedding somewhere we could always return to in the future,” she says. They selected Iglesia Santa Margalida, a 13th century church filled with old world romance, followed by Agroturismo Finca Fangar, a gorgeous inn with a stone courtyard begging to be transformed for an elegant dinner. Working with Carmen Alvarez from Majorca Weddings, the pair opted for a silver, charcoal, and white palette, but really focused on candlelight to create a dramatic atmosphere. The photographs, by Sara Lobla, are so dreamy so keep reading for more!

Mariana paired her engagement ring with deep red nails, a rose gold bangle, and dramatic silver statement earrings from Oscar de la Renta.

“I thought I wanted to wear lace, but it wasn’t until I tried on a Romona Keveza gown that I realized I wanted something more simple,” says the bride. The gown she selected featured a sleek silhouette, a flowing overskirt, and a metallic silver belt at the waist.

Anthony donned a custom midnight blue tuxedo, paired with cufflinks and a silver bracelet given to him by the bride.

Mariana and her father made the walk to the church together, with her veil flowing behind her. “My bouquet was all sea holly and greenery, and it kissed the floor as I walked,” she says of the trailing design.

The couple exchanged Roman Catholic vows at an altar filled with candlelight. “Anthony met our officiant 15 years prior, when he was the chaplain at Anthony’s high school,” says Mariana of the meaningful inclusion. “They have gone on a number of pilgrimages to help Christian refugees in Europe and Syria.”

The kiss!

Guests tossed confetti as the newlyweds made their way to their getaway car, a sleek silver convertible.

The couple posed for post-ceremony portraits before joining their guests.

Guests found their table assignments on their way into the reception, where a Cuban live band was playing.

Dinner took place at Agroturismo Finca Fangar, where candle-lit tables were set up inside the picturesque stone courtyard.

Inside the courtyard, tables were draped with white linens. “Instead of flowers, we had thousands of candles in a variety of sizes staggered throughout the tables, casting a warm glow over the space,” says Mariana. The candlelight cast shadows on draping bougainvillea as the sun set.

The Spanish dinner menu included cortador de jamones (freshly sliced Serrano ham), followed by cool summer salads and fresh fish—and lots of wine, of course! Instead of a wedding cake, the couple offered Syrian delicacies in honor of the groom’s heritage, along with frosé!

“We took a few minutes to step away from the celebration and watch the evening unfold before us,” says Mariana. “We really cherish that time we had together, and were able to take a mental picture of it all.”

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