A wedding at Cugó Gran Menorca

Who Got Married? Pieter and Sofía

Where did they get married?  Cugó Gran Menorca, Mahon, Menorca

When did they get married? September 21, 2019

The background

Miami based Pieter, from Belgium, and his Spanish wife Sofía, who are both corporate lawyers, chose the stunning Cugó Gran Menorca for their intimate, stylish and beautiful wedding last year.

Only 10 months after they started dating Pieter popped the question. When people asked him why he didn’t wait a bit longer, his answer was pretty straightforward: “Why should I wait? I am completely sure that this is what I want.” You can’t argue with that.

The proposal

After spending a few days in Menorca with Sofia’s family the couple headed across to Santorini.

The idea that Pieter might propose during this trip had crossed Sofia’s mind, especially when she found out that Pieter had made a reservation for a romantic sunset cruise in a private catamaran. Sofia really thought that, if he was going to propose, that would be the day! However, Pieter had different plans, and he was not going to wait until the last day of the trip…

One night, while having a late dinner at a restaurant after a long day exploring the island, Pieter suddenly got down on one knee and proposed. When Sofía realised what was going on, she screamed: “What??? This is not supposed to happen today!” Of course, she said yes and, even though she was not “dressed to impress” or aboard a catamaran, it was certainly a surprise, and now they have a great story to tell their friends.

The planning

Sofia was adamant that the wedding had to be in Menorca, the place where she had spent the summers with her family for more than 30 years. “It is our ‘special’ place”, says Sofia. Pieter and Sofía went back to the US and, as they couldn’t get back to Europe for some time, they needed the help of Sofía’s parents to select their wedding venue. There were no big reactions until they saw Cugó Gran. They met with Samuel, Cugó’s director, and made dozens of photos and videos to send to Sofía and Pieter. Sofía’s father told her that night that there was no place in Menorca that could compare to Cugó Gran. So that was it, decision made.

The wedding weekend 

Sofía and Pieter had guests from almost 20 different countries, including Mexico, China, the US and many places in Europe. On the Thursday before the ceremony, the couple organised a big sunset party at the Cova d’en Xoroi, where their guests enjoyed the most amazing sunset.

On Friday morning, people rented boats to discover Menorca’s beaches and were stunned by the beauty of the island. The evening before the wedding, the couple hosted a cocktail party at the terrace of Hotel Port Mahon, overlooking the beautiful harbor. The party lasted until midnight and ended up with everybody dancing salsa.

The couple got married in Santa Maria’s church, in Mahon on the Saturday. Two opera singers who traveled from Miami for the event accompanied the ceremony. Once at Cugó, the guests were received in the balcony with fresh pomada, Mahon’s typical drink. Everyone, including Sofía, was then surprised by a beautiful show which took place during sunset in the gardens, with music and Menorca’s famous horses. Then, there was an elegant cocktail by the pool. Cugó Gran Menorca was beautifully decorated with lanterns and flowers, thanks to the exquisite taste of Marc Begur and Jordi Ferrán. Wanderlust was responsible for the marvelous music that sounded during the reception. The guests then moved to a beautiful tent, were a delicious dinner was served by Catering S’Algar.  After the dinner, Pieter had one last surprise for Sofia: a fireworks display that illuminated Menorca’s sky and started the best party of their lives.

What made it so special as a venue?

“It was truly a dream wedding. Nothing could have been better” says Sofia. “There was no stress because we knew we were hosting our wedding at the No.1 place in Menorca and that we had the best professionals helping us and making sure everything was perfect. Cugó Gran’s quality and service standards are among the highest we have ever experienced. It is definitely one of the world’s top hotels.”

And one we’re incredibly proud of to have as part of Further Afield’s collection of unique, beautiful and quality places to stay – and host your wedding!


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