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A Summer Wedding in the Spanish House Where Salvador Dalí Spent His Teenage Summers

By Shayna Seid | Photography by 

Berta De la Presa

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Wedd Studio by Mireia Casas

Four years after Marta Casas Casals, founder of sugar-free vitamin-powered gummy brand Mims, and Joaquim Guilera Recoder met at a London house party, he proposed to her in Cadaqués, Spain, where they have a beach house and spend the summers. He actually got down on one knee in Cap de Creus, where the 1971 film The Light at the Edge of the World was shot.

Once engaged, the Barcelona-based couple chose to host their summer wedding at El Molí de la Torre—the home where Salvador Dalí spent many summers during his youth—in the municipality of El Far d’Empordà. Marta and Joaquim know the owners, who were so kind to offer the place as a venue. To help plan everything, Marta’s sister, Mireia Casas of Wedd Studio stepped in. “She always does very special and different weddings, and she did an amazing job with this one—especially because during the organization, she was pregnant with her second child,” the bride shares.

For her trip down the aisle, Marta’s wedding dress was designed by Katarina Grey, who also created looks for the bride’s three sisters. Marta completed her ensemble with jewelry from her husband’s family’s company, Recoder Joyeros, and Saint Laurent’s Candy shoes. As a nod to the place they met, florist Mireia Abras created a blooming bridal bouquet with roses from Westminster Abbey.

On the morning-of, Marta got ready with her makeup artist and Salon Toro, who gave the bride a natural beauty look. And Joaquim looked dapper in a bespoke three-piece suit, made by Kathryn Sargent in Mayfair.

On June 25, 2021, guests gathered in Església de Sant Pere in front of the Dalí museum for the ceremony. The space was filled with 200 candles and olive trees to create a romantic ambiance. The couple’s priest was a friend of theirs and very open-minded. Music was very important, as the groom studied violin, so there were 15 musicians from the Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu performing in the church. Both families are heavily musically inclined. Marta’s sister sang “Hallelujah” and “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” and Joaquim’s sisters, Monica and Helena, sang “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”

After exchanging vows and rings, the newlyweds led their loved ones back to the home, where the aperitivo of 12 different canapés, a paella buffet, and live music were waiting. Dinner was a seafood consommé with prawn tartar and beef tenderloin with Cafe de Paris sauce, followed by a desert of mojito sorbet and assorted cakes—all catered by LeChef.

During the meal, Marta and Joaquim gave flowers to their mothers and bottles of Champagne to their fathers to thank them for everything. In keeping with tradition, they also gave little gifts to their favorite unmarried couples, flowers to their single female friends, and fishing rods to their single male friends.

Post-dinner, Joaquim sang the Moulin Rouge version of “Your Song” to his new bride. “It was beautiful, I must say that was the best moment of my life,” Marta recalls. And the couple took to the dance floor for their first dance to Elvis Presley’s cover of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

The couple also prepared more sweets—Taps de Cadaqués, Coca de Sant Joan (a summer solstice traditional desert), and rum el cremat—as friends showered the two in Champagne. The night ended with seemingly endless dancing with BeTuned Company and a fireworks display in the Spanish sky.