Opi, a wedding planner, and Joy Zamora, a wedding photographer, have both played key roles in bringing many mind-blowing celebrations to life. When it came to their time to tie the knot, it’s no surprise that the results were nothing short of magical. And to truly plan a celebration authentic to their love, this couple had no choice but to stretch their one-day wedding into a full weekend affair.
To kick off the weekend the right way, this audacious couple was joined by their guests for an outdoor Indian pre-wedding party at Tambor de Llano. The following day, the same space was transformed into a dreamy venue with cascading orange flowers by Andaluflor and distressed area rugs. The couple added personality with the addition of an arch backdrop they designed together and had hand carved in Morocco. Framing the rolling mountains in the distance, the archway resembled a doorway opening into a new shared experience.
After sealing the deal with a shot of mezcal, the real party began. The reception space was complete with one long banquet-style table that became the focal point. With pops-of-blue dinnerware, dainty floral centerpieces, and rattan pendant lights, the decor beautifully complimented the rural Spanish countryside. From the fashion to the reception tablescape, photographer The Kitcheners captured every detail nature-loving couples have been searching for.
Opi and Joy
Tambor de Llano, Cadiz, Spain
Pre-Wedding Gifts To Kickoff The Day
Over the years, Joy has surprised me countless times with little unexpected gifts. I absolutely love receiving them, but I am not a big gift-giver myself. So for the wedding, I wanted to do something big for him, not only to repay him for all the thoughtful gifts but because he has always pushed me to become the person I dream of being and have the life I dream of having. So I arranged for a Motorbike to be delivered to our wedding venue, and on the morning of our wedding, I blindfolded him and led him to his surprise. He was shocked and so happy. It felt so good to start our day this way.
Loved Ones Showed Up From All Over The World For Their Tambor de Llano Wedding
I have been planning, designing, and coordinating weddings since 2015, and both Joy and I have been part of many love stories and mind-blowing celebrations, but you never quite imagine how your own wedding is going to be. We invited friends and family from all over the world– there were many small groups and clusters, and some guests even came alone. But after a few hours of meeting, it felt like one connected family. We are so proud of how our friends and family showed up for us and gave us all they had. It was beautiful, and we feel very fortunate to have such an incredible tribe.
Advice From The Bride: Everything Happens As It’s Meant To
The whole weekend was memorable, but the one moment that really stood out for us was our entrance into our Indian welcome party. A few hours before the celebrations were due to start, Joy fell quite ill, and a thunderstorm teased the summer sky (the whole event was outdoors). This wasn’t the way it was supposed to be. Now I believe it was. That everything happens as it’s meant to. During the tearful moments walking up the hill to our guests, the dhol drummed through the mountains, and the sky opened up. We were greeted with cheers and an immense amount of joy, something more powerful than we’d ever felt. It was one of the most unforgettable moments of my life. Being enveloped in kisses and hugs from the most amazing humans. It was the first time we had experienced the power of energy–all the love literally gave Joy his health back.
This Nature-Loving Couple Showed Off Their Love For Nature With Hand-Carved Ceremony Decor
Our ceremony was one of the big highlights for us; emotional, fun, and dreamy. We stood in front of a beautiful archway we designed together and had hand carved in Morocco. The arch was placed in front of the most breathtaking backdrop of mountains. We had water with jasmine flowers at our feet and a fire pit (we couldn’t light it because of being in a natural area in the height of summer). The four elements are an important part of our lives, and we wanted them to be a part of our vows.
Sealing The Deal With A Shot Of Mezcal
Our friend Ana Hinojosa, also an incredible wedding photographer, officiated our ceremony in both English and Spanish. After we said our vows, Ana surprised us with a shot of Mezcal, and when we turned to Salud our guests, we saw they all had a shot too. It was an epic moment. A sealing of some sort, and we all got to do it together. It was magic.
Hiring A Trusted Team Of Vendors Was Priority For Their Tambor de Llano Wedding
Hire a team you love and connect with because nothing can go wrong when you have people who have your back. Our videographer, Monika Frias, and photographer, The Kitcheners, created a special moment for us during our first dance. They had all of our guests put their phone lights on, so when we danced to ‘No Stars’ by Rebekah Del Rio, all we could see were stars around us. Thanks to our vendors, it was a magical moment we’ll remember forever.
The Wedding Team:
Photography – The Kitcheners
Event Planning – Open the Door Events
Ceremony + Reception Venue – Tambor de Llano
Floral Design – Andaluflor
Catering – Canela and Clavo
DJ – Aiwaa
Live Music – Abbi Fernandez
Videography – Monika Frias
Invitation Design – Better with Co
Makeup Artist + Hair Stylist – Irene Tavitel
Wedding Dress – Kate Willa
Bridal Accessories – Moonchild Bridal
Groom’s Accessories – Crown of the Vagabond
Rings – Rhodes Wedding Co
Rentals – Be Lounge
Congratulations to Opi and Joy on their Tambor de Llano wedding. And big thanks to photographer The Kitcheners for capturing the full weekend of festivities, planned with intention and a whole lot of love. This celebration will have couples re-evaluating their priorities and breaking free of those traditional wedding boundaries.
If Opi and Joy’s wedding has you feeling inspired to extend your special day into a multi-day wedding weekend, we’ve got the logistics covered. Check out our how-to guide for planning a weekend wedding itinerary packed with Junebug-approved tips and even a sample itinerary.