LOVER’S LANE | SANTI AND JOSEFINA16 Jul 2021
Santi and Josefina (or Chusi to her friends…) have THE most beautiful and romantic love story, and we are here for it. Actually, we WERE there for it, helping them make the most of their special day with our KataLane tipi, furniture and lighting.
The Argentinian lovers were married at the stunning Berry Hill property on the banks of the Hawkesbury River in NSW, which was the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous and intimate wedding.
Come and take a trip down Lover’s Lane with Santi and Josefina.
Hi guys. So, we’d like to take you right back to the beginning and ask how and where you two met.
We met almost 11 years ago. When you finish high school in Argentina, you go with your class on an end of high school trip. Travel agencies arrange these kinds of trips, so you usually end up going to the same place and hotel as other schools. Both mine and Santi’s school decided to go with the same travel agency to Brazil in the same week.
My seat on the flight was in front of Santi’s, and he started talking to me right away. When we arrived at the hotel, he invited me and my friends to a party before we all went to a nightclub. After that first night, we stayed pretty close for the rest of the trip and one month after coming back home, he asked me to be his girlfriend.
Do you have any funny, interesting or surprising stories when you were getting to know each other?
I am very particular with the food I eat, but the first year we were together, every time I went to his parents’ house (where he used to live), I was so nervous that I ate everything they gave me, even if I didn’t like it. It took a while until Santi realised I couldn’t eat most of the food they were giving me, so he started eating everything on my plate without his parents knowing.
If we were flies on the wall at your wedding proposal, what would we have seen?
It was Easter last year. Santi had been planning his proposal for some time, and his idea was to take me on a camping trip (because we both like to be outdoors), but then COVID hit, and his plans were ruined. The jeweller told Santi that he had the ring at his place, and since he lived nearby, he asked Santi if he wanted to come and pick it up. So he decided to use the excuse of an Easter egg hunt to propose to me.
That day, when he got home from surfing, he said he wanted to arrange an egg hunt for me because all his family was doing it back home. He arranged everything and put clues at every step. When I got to the last spot, the note said, “Yes or no?” but I couldn’t see the ring box because it was brown (the same colour as the wood on our deck), so I didn’t see it. I looked at him, not understanding his question, and he was very nervous and told me, “Look harder, Josefina,” until I finally saw it, and I started jumping.
You were married at Berry Hill – can you tell us why you chose this particular venue? Did you stay there on your wedding night? If so, what did you love about the accommodation?
We were supposed to get married in Argentina in February this year, but because of COVID, we weren’t allowed to travel. When we realised we wouldn’t be going, we pushed the wedding to October, but then we realised we couldn’t travel then either! We were tired of waiting; we wanted to get married! So, we came up with the idea of doing something small here with our closest friends, and we started looking for places.
Javi (who works at KataLane) told us about Berry Hill, and because he took some photos there, he was able to show us the place. As soon as we saw it, we were in love with it. Everything was perfect.
We stayed there the night before and on the wedding night with our closest friends, and it was perfect. The house has everything you need, and the rooms are a dream come true, the decoration couldn’t be more on point. We liked it so much that we wanted to stay longer or rent the house for a long weekend with friends to chill and just enjoy the place.
What was the style of wedding you were looking for? Was there a theme? And Josefina, can we talk about your gorgeous dress?
Given the space has this rustic kind of vibe, we decided to use that to our advantage and work with this style.
We planned the wedding in 3 weeks, and although I was getting a dress made for my Argentinian wedding, it wasn’t going to be ready in time, so I bought a wedding dress online. I went onto the Net-a-Porter website, which has amazing high-end gowns, and when I saw this dress, I really liked it. I wasn’t sure which size would fit me best, so I bought two different sizes and returned the one that didn’t work.
Which KataLane marquee did you choose, and what drew you to this one? Which furniture and decorations did you decide on?
We had one of the Katalane tipis, and it was amazing!
I looked for simple decorations and furniture in neutral colours that suited our style. I knew that I wanted everything to be very well illuminated, so candles and festoon lights were a key part of the decoration.
Who was there to celebrate with you? How many guests did you have?
Obviously, we didn’t have our families and friends from Argentina (although they did join the celebration because we did an Instagram LIVE so that they could be a part of it). We invited our closest friends and had 55 guests in total.
Did everything go to plan on the day? Or were there a few ‘unexpected moments’?
There was one unexpected moment. I was checking the weather all week, and it was not supposed to rain; it was supposed to be sunny, and all morning, the weather was beautiful. We had the ceremony near the river, and as soon as we finished (literally 10 seconds after we walked down the aisle), it started pouring. It rained for 20 minutes, which was kind of a disaster because we had to move all the outdoor furniture inside the tipi, but after that, the sun came out again. We were able to do our photos, and we took the furniture out again, and everyone really enjoyed the rest of the day. The plus side is we have some fantastic photos running under the rain!
Do you have a favourite memory from your special day?
At one point in the night, both Santi and I walked away from the tipi and just watched everybody enjoying our wedding and having fun, and we talked about how crazy it was that all these people were there for us. We were living our dream, something that we had wanted for a long time, and it was amazing to see that we weren’t the only ones enjoying our dream; we were with our loved ones, and they were happy to be there with us. It was nice to take the time to appreciate everything that was happening to us.
Thank you, Santi and Josefina, for sharing your ‘Historia de amor’ with us!
If you are thinking of hiring a marquee for your own special day, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to help you create the wedding of your dreams so that you too can take a trip down Lover’s Lane.