Plaza de España, Seville

Some of my oldest friends just got married in Seville.

Isn’t that the best?

When friends fall in love. It skips so much of what dating has become, there are no games, no playing hard to get, no-one pretends to be something they’re not – only to end up disappointing each other, they go into it with their eyes wide open, they see each other for who they truly are and take them as they are.

Of course the stakes are high.

If it doesn’t work out you don’t just lose a lover, you lose a friend, and those are valuable.

But as with all risks, the bigger the stakes the bigger the pay off!

When it works, it works.

And to be on the sidelines watching it all come together is pretty special too. Especially when it involves a wedding!

The celebrations began with a brunch to welcome everyone to the city.

We could have had a nice little lie in, maybe read the papers in bed, but with a city out there just begging to be explored, I couldn’t let it go to waste!

We dressed for the party but left early to watch the sun rise over Plaza de España.

A little keen, we arrived before the sun and waited patiently for it to peek over the building tops.

It wasn’t long before the square started to glow,

bathing the surrounding towers in gold.

And the sun burst above the rooftops, glittering through the bell tower and bringing the square to life.

Off the shoulder striped dress

Chosen from Avenue 32’s beautifully curated “wedding guest” selection – I’ve popped a few more picks below

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Pom-pom basket bag

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Embroidered flats

If you’re headed to a day wedding or event this summer, I can’t recommend a beautiful pair of flats enough.

You never know how long you’ll be standing for, whether it’ll be on grass, how far you’ll have to walk.

And you can always re-style them with jeans and a tee when you’re off duty agin! (As I did here.)

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The ceramics at Plaza de España are enough to make even the most hardened of traveller weak at the knees.

The square is the size of 5 football pitches, and plastered with azulejos – traditional painted tiles.

As someone who obsesses over all things blue and white, and is having something of a yellow moment, I was like a pig faced with a vast and very muddy puddle.

During the day the square fills ups quickly and is one of the most visited spots in the city.

Particularly during Holy Week when the whole world flocks to Spain.

But if you go early enough, you can have the place to yourself.

Only shared with a few of the cab drivers, polishing up for a busy day ahead.

The edge of the square is lined with ceramic alcoves, each dedicated to a different Spanish province.

Be sure to stroll along the edge and choose your favourite.

Peer over the pretty porcelain bridges, while people swan about on rented boats beneath you.

And buy a fan to keep you cool as things start to heat up!

All tiled out and with the square warming and crowding up, we set off.

Just a couple of wedding guests, off to watch a Civil Seville Ceremony.

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