Paula Romero Aznar and Héctor González López knew each other for a while before they started dating when she was in university. After nine years and a move to Spain and then Dubai, he proposed on the last morning of a trip to Cordoba. “We had just had breakfast and were walking around the beautiful patios of the hotel, surrounded by water fountains and greenery, when he went down on one knee,” she says. “I did not expect it at all!”
The two decided to get married in Tenerife because Paula’s family is from there, and it’s been the setting for so many of their unforgettable summers and holidays. Since the bride is a designer, she only trusted herself to plan her big day and relied on help from Romulo Leal for florals.
Paula also knew exactly what she was looking for when it came to her wedding dress. She went the custom route with Sole Alonso, and together they created the perfect crêpe, linen, and organza gown. Since weddings in Spain usually start in the afternoon and go until the next morning, the bride made sure her shoes were low and comfortable and found the perfect pair at mint&rose in Madrid.
When it came to beauty, Paula turned to Juan Castañeda to create a natural beauty look and loose ponytail. And while getting ready, she wore a pink Namur Collection look, gifted to her by her close friend, Casilda.
On an August day, everyone gathered in the San Pedro Apóstol Catholic church, situated in a small village facing the ocean. After the short, intimate ceremony, guests were transported to the Jardines de Franchy in La Orotava.
Cocktail hour commenced pool-side and then a traditional Carnival comparsa led everyone to their seats for dinner in the garden. The tables were decorated with a color palette of whites, greens, and blues, and lemons were spaced out to give a touch of freshness to the setting. Then, the newlyweds made their entrance dancing during the last Carnival drum song. “The entrance was a huuuuge, the loud sound of the drums and the comparsa dancing around us while we moved through the tables is a moment we will never forget!” Paula says.
Guests dined on a delicious meal by chef Lucas Gamonal, who merged traditional Canarian ingredients with contemporary cuisine. “During dinner, it is customary in Spain for the bride to give her bouquet to someone who is special to her,” Paula says. “I split mine into four and gave them out to my sister and my three best friends.”
After dinner, everyone got up on their feet for a non-stop dance party until the early hours of the morning. The newlyweds then went on a one-month honeymoon trip to Japan, Vietnam, and Cambodia.