November 8, 2009 - Posted by Erin in Travel, Travels in Spain

We’ve managed to secure the date and locations for the big day, which will indeed be going down here in Spain. The ceremony will be taking place at a church right next to Retiro Park, while the reception will be held about 40 minutes northwest of Madrid in a town called Lupiana in the province of Guadalajara.

Last weekend we headed out to the monastery, where the reception will be held, for the second time in order to check it out and start planning more details. It was as beautiful if not more beautiful than I had remembered it. Maybe it was something about the Fall weather – the leaves changing color, the howl of the wind through through the hollowed out church full of trees…it was all very romantic and peaceful.

We first checked out the cloisters where we will be holding dinner. It was rather brisk out, so it was hard to imagine the corridors full of people on a hot Spanish summer night. I did my best though to imagine the warmly lit hallways, the sound of live music and of course lush floral centerpieces that in no will way resemble anything done in Spain. Outside the cloisters is where we will be holding the dancing for the evening. There you will find flower filled gardens and an expansive view of the valley below, which cradles the sweet little Lupiana village. Also on the property of the monastery is an old church, which has long since been destroyed and now has an open roof and is filled with trees and ivy. If you look closely, you can see where old artwork and tapestries might have decorated the cold stone walls.

After wandering aimlessly on the monastery grounds wrapped up in our thoughts of the big day that is just over eight months away, we hopped in the car and headed down the mountainside to the valley below to see the little town of Lupiana. After a quick search online, I’ve discovered that only some 225 people call it home, which was surely no surprise as we clearly received many sideways looks as we walked through the small streets of the town (I’m sure that me being a blond American didn’t blow our cover at all…). I loved the little town though as it had an abundance of darling Spanish grandpas with their messenger caps and canes, sitting on benches just watching the world go by.

Given the miniature size of Lupiana, it was hardly the place to expect to find possible hotels for guests, so we stopped by the city of Guadalajara on the way back home to see what they had to offer. I was admittedly unimpressed by the city, although sure, they did have more hotels. My assumption is that most out-of-towners will stay in Madrid making the journey to and from by using our rented buses. Those from Spain, however, may choose to stay out in Guadalara (I am personally thinking that we will head back into Madrid).

Lots more planning to come! I am very excited to have the opportunity to have a wedding in such a romantic place, but it sure isn’t easy when my family is on the other side of the world. Eight+ months to go….