When Deirdre and Robert decided to wed in San Sebastián on the northern coast of Spain, they called on the talents of Lisa Vorce and Mindy Rice to create an intimate destination wedding for them and their 40 guests. The couple entrusted Lisa and Mindy with all of the design decisions, and the result was nothing short of delightful. Photos by the always talented Aaron Delesie.

Welcome bags included local treats and splits of champagne.

Exiting the Basilica, Deirdre and Robert were greeted by Basque dancers who did several traditional dances in their honor: “It felt like we had stepped back in time!”

The dinner reception was held in an historic Gastronomic Society just around the corner from the church. Says planner, Lisa Vorce, “Gastronomic Societies are an institution unique to the Basque country, and particularly to San Sebastián. Historically, they were a place where men would gather to cook, eat, drink and discuss all things related to cooking, eating, and drinking! It wasn’t until recently that women have been allowed to join as well. This was the first wedding hosted in this particular gastronomic society, and I can’t believe our local contacts were able to get us in.”

“Designing tabletops on the spot with Mindy [Rice] is quite magical,” says Lisa. “We never know which direction we’re going to go in. There’s always that one thing that dictates the design, and part of the excitement is finding that one thing. In San Sebastián it was the miniature kumquat trees from the local nursery. They were absolute perfection, and we knew we had to have them on the tables. From there, Mindy sourced fresh herbs, seasonal fruits, and flowers from local growers to create the stunning tablescapes.”

From Deirdre and Robert…

Why did you choose San Sebastian for your wedding? We traveled to San Sebastián together three years ago and loved it – it’s a city that has the charm of an ancient Spanish town, steeped in history, yet also provides the benefits you desire from a cosmopolitan Riviera destination. The food is spectacular, with more Michelin-rated restaurants per capita than Paris. All of this, coupled with the fact that San Sebastián has some of the best beaches in all of Spain, made it an ideal place for our destination wedding.

What was your favorite part of the day? Receiving what felt like a blessing from the entire city – when we exited the church we were greeted by over 200 locals, a traditional basque dancing troupe that performed an authentic wedding celebration dance (called the Jota), and even by an 80 year old woman who pulled us aside during the festivities to hold our hands and give us her blessing in Basque.

What is your advice to other brides? Realize that every detail of your wedding preparation is something to savor, from hair and makeup to putting on your dress. They’re are also beautiful and fun memories of the wedding day, so don’t rush through them or stress. Oh, and don’t forget to eat something during the day while you are getting ready!



Photography: Aaron Delesie / Ceremony venue: Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro in San Sebastián, Spain / Reception venue: Cofradía Vasca de Gastronomía / Planning, design: Lisa Vorce / Flowers, design: Mindy Rice / Bride’s dress and veil: Melissa Sweet / Bride’s shoes: Valentino / Flowers: Mindy Rice / Stationery: Papel Paper & Press / Groom’s suit: Canali / Groom’s cufflinks: Tiffany & Co.


See lots more gorgeous photos from Deirdre and Robert’s wedding over on Aaron Delesie’s blog!

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  1. Megan Clouse (Cardigan)

    Simply stunning!

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  2. People St. Clair

    This wedding is gorgeous. I loved all of the wonderful details.

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  3. Reese | JAF Gifts

    Gotta love those welcome bags! :) The photos are amazing, well-done! And best wishes to the happy couple! ?

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  4. Kellee & The lover.ly Team

    Absolutely in love with this wedding! San Sebastian looks like the perfect place! Love the invite, gorgeous center pieces and welcome bags…

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  5. Kamie

    Amazingly gorgeous! Love all the details!!

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  6. Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie

    So incredibly stunning as always!



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  7. Cocroft & Delbridge

    I am absolutely enamored with this wedding. Each picture is more stunning than the last…thank you so much for sharing!

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  8. Chloe

    Every, single time I see one of Aaron Delesie’s weddings, I feel like I should go back to school and learn everything all over again. Just sheer beauty as always. I also love San Sebastien.

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    • Jennifer Delesie

      What a wonderful compliment. Aaron is so flattered!

  9. Kate

    Such a dream team (and totally romantic locale)! Love this so much! xo

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  10. Shay

    Jaw droppingly beautiful. It looks like a royal wedding! That shot of them at the alter is amazing.

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  11. Shasta

    You know, I’ve always dreamed of visiting San Sebastian – its so lovely to see pictures of it through this wedding. Thank you so much for the treat!

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  12. Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza)

    Now THIS is a to-die-for destination wedding!!! Love every detail that was so beautifully styled and yet seems effortless and natural. So inspiring!

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  13. Andrea

    oh! this brought a tear to my eye! We also got married in Donostia-San Sebastian! Actually, in that building on the first photo! Beautiful wedding, very natural and romantic…

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  14. suann | simplesong

    this is so, so lovely.

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  15. gabe aceves

    i love this wedding and the photography. so classic and amazing!

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  16. Robert London

    So jealous – so were those guys dancing hired or just joined in?

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  17. Lauren Brady

    Love the centerpieces! So rich!

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  18. Tessa Woolf

    San Sebastian is my absolute favorite city in the world! This destination wedding is my dream wedding come true. Does a ceremony location get any more beautiful than the old basilica? Magnifico! Congratulations Aaron and Delesie!

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  19. Emma

    absolutely beautiful – its exactly what we would like.
    Did you have a specific wedding planner to help you with everything?

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  20. Elizabeth

    Stunning! Does anyone know where to find the welcome bag (or similar)?

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  21. Tammie


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  22. nadiya

    wow! your wedding is my absolute dream!! how on earth did you secure such a beautiful church??

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  23. Elle

    I too love San Sebastián! How much does a wedding like this cost?

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    • sanseeventos

      Hi Elle!

      I’m a wedding planner in San Sebastian. If you would like to know more about the city, venues, churches…and how much could it all cost, just contact me at info@sanseeventos.com. I’d be glad to tell you :)

  24. Latoya

    I’m not sjre exactly why but this website is loading vety slow for me.
    Is anyone else having this prolem orr is it a issue on my end?
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  25. Renee

    Beautiful wedding! Question… Where did you get the fans?

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  26. Stephen & Jane

    Thinking of getting married abroad. Spent time in San Sebastián and really liked it. Would be interested getting married there. Could you help us.

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