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Rafa Nadal marries Mery Perelló! Tennis ace ties the knot with his childhood sweetheart

Rafael Nadal has married his partner of 14 years, Mery Perello, at a castle in Majorca on Saturday.

Tennis ace Nadal tied the knot with the 31-year-old insurance worker at British-owned fortress La Fortaleza, with a reported 350 guests invited to a private ceremony, including the former king of Spain.

The bride – also known as Xisca – is believed to have worn a stunning long-sleeved gown designed by internationally acclaimed bridal wear designer Rosa Clará.

Wedded bliss! Rafael Nadal has married his partner of 14 years, Mery Perello, at a castle in Majorca on Saturday (pictured together in 2015) 

According to the Rosa Clará website, Mery’s gown had a jewel neckline, and was made of beautiful Art Deco-inspired French lace with delicate patterning, flower motifs and microbeading on the hand-embroidered fabric.

Juan Carlos I, the king of Spain from 1975 to 2014, was believed to be among those in attendance while the Michelin-star chef, Quique Dacosta, was reportedly in charge of catering.

While he was rumoured to be attending by helicopter, Juan Carlos I of Spain made a relatively more low-key arrival to the ceremony in a Suzuki people carrier.

The former king of Spain, who abdicated the throne five years ago, is a longstanding friend of the tennis ace and warmly greeted crowds with a wave as he was chauffeured to the glamorous event.  

Wedding of the year! Juan Carlos I, the king of Spain from 1975 to 2014, was believed to be among those in attendance while the Michelin-star chef, Quique Dacosta, was reportedly in charge of catering

Wedding of the year! Juan Carlos I, the king of Spain from 1975 to 2014, was believed to be among those in attendance while the Michelin-star chef, Quique Dacosta, was reportedly in charge of catering

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An overwhelming wedding day for all of us! We feel incredibly proud for taking part in such an important day – Mery Perelló and Rafa Nadal’s wedding. We would like to congratulate the gorgeous and unique couple, we wish you the best forever! Rosa Clará is the designer of Mery Perelló’s wedding dress, an exquisitely clean-lined haute couture design. The bodice, with jewel neckline and long sleeves, was made of beautiful Art Deco-inspired French lace with delicate patterning, flower motifs and microbeading on the meticulously hand-embroidered fabric. The ballgown-style skirt, made of silk crepe, featured a weightless detachable train, created in Rosa Clara’s Atelier. The whole process was full of emotions between all of us. We just want to thank the whole family for trusting in us, you’re extraordinary. ___ ¡Hoy es un día muy emocionante para todos nosotros! Nos sentimos enormemente orgullosos por haber formado parte en un día tan especial – la boda de Mery Perelló y Rafa Nadal. Nos encantaría felicitar a la pareja por su matrimonio, ¡los mejores deseos! Rosa Clará es la diseñadora del vestido que lucía Mery Perelló, ¡estaba espectacular! Un elegante y sofisticado diseño de alta costura, de líneas puras y delicadas. El cuerpo, de escote caja y manga larga, está realizado en encaje francés, inspirado en el movimiento artístico Art Déco, compuesto por motivos gráficos y florales. Está bordado a mano, de manera meticulosa con micropedrería incrustada en el dibujo. La falda, de línea evasé, confeccionada en crepe de seda natural, incorpora una ligera sobrecola extraíble. El vestido ha sido elaborado en el Atelier de Rosa Clará con un trabajo de excepcional técnica y artesanía, y muchísimas emociones entre todos nosotros. Queremos agradecer a toda la familia por haber confiado en nosotros, ¡sois extraordinarios! __ #RosaClara #RosaClaraCouture #RafaNadal #Wedding #BridalFashion #RealBride

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Elsewhere, also making a sharp arrival was tennis player Feliciano López, who put on a dapper display in a slick three-piece navy suit as he was joined by his stunning other half, Sandra Gago. 

Sandra looked incredible in a pink floral dress, complete with a green ribbon belt. 

Former Argentinian tennis player Juan Monaco and his girlfriend Diana Arnopoulos cut a stylish figure as they left a hotel in Pollenca to make their way to the nuptials.

Relaxed: While he was rumoured to be attending by helicopter, Juan Carlos I of Spain made a relatively more low-key arrival to the ceremony in a Suzuki people carrier

Greetings! The former king of Spain, who abdicated the throne in 2014, is a longstanding friend of the tennis ace and warmly greeted crowds with a wave as he was chauffeured to the glamorous event

Relaxed: While he was rumoured to be attending by helicopter, Juan Carlos I of Spain made a relatively more low-key arrival to the ceremony in a Suzuki people carrier

Looking good: Former Argentinian tennis player Juan Monaco and his girlfriend Diana Arnopoulos cut a stylish figure as they left a hotel in Pollenca to make their way to the nuptials

Looking good: Former Argentinian tennis player Juan Monaco and his girlfriend Diana Arnopoulos cut a stylish figure as they left a hotel in Pollenca to make their way to the nuptials

Diana looked incredible in a flowing in a printed brown and black dress and dangling double gold hoop earrings. 

Spanish actress Carolina Cerezuela looked sensational in a plunging red satin midi-dress which she teamed with towering silver stilettos, while styling her locks in tumbling blonde locks. 

Founder of Swiss luxury watchmaking brand Richard Mille looked dapper in a slick navy suit as he was seen leaving a hotel in Pollenca, Mallorca.  

Wow: Diana looked incredible in a flowing in a printed brown and black dress and dangling double gold hoop earrings

Pretty: She added to the glamorous look with a tumbling brunette locks

Wow: Diana looked incredible in a flowing in a printed brown and black dress and dangling double gold hoop earrings

Hot couple: Tennis player Feliciano López put on a dapper display in a slick three-piece navy suit as he was joined by his stunning other half, Sandra Gago

Hot couple: Tennis player Feliciano López put on a dapper display in a slick three-piece navy suit as he was joined by his stunning other half, Sandra Gago

Pretty: Sandra looked incredible in a pink floral dress, complete with a green ribbon belt

Pretty: Sandra looked incredible in a pink floral dress, complete with a green ribbon belt

Incredible: Spanish actress Carolina Cerezuela looked sensational in a plunging red satin midi-dress which she teamed with towering silver stilettos, while styling her locks in tumbling blonde locks

Incredible: Spanish actress Carolina Cerezuela looked sensational in a plunging red satin midi-dress which she teamed with towering silver stilettos, while styling her locks in tumbling blonde locks

Incoming! Founder of Swiss luxury watchmaking brand Richard Mille looked dapper in a slick navy suit as he was seen leaving a hotel in Pollenca, Mallorca

Incoming! Founder of Swiss luxury watchmaking brand Richard Mille looked dapper in a slick navy suit as he was seen leaving a hotel in Pollenca, Mallorca

The idyllic, and hugely popular wedding venue owned by Conservative party donor Lord Lupton – is where footballer Gareth Bale tied the knot earlier this year.

Proving to be quite a highly sought out A-list destination, La Fortaleza is also where the acclaimed BBC thriller The Night Manager, starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman, was filmed. 

Rafa has also roped in popular Majorcan chef Macarena de Castro, who will be whetting the appetite of the star-studded crowd at the reception.

Happy: Juan looked impossibly dapper as he arrived at the ceremony with Diana

Happy: Juan looked impossibly dapper as he arrived at the ceremony with Diana

Glam: Diana accessorised her autumnal themed outfit with a pair of statement drop earrings in gold

Glam: Diana accessorised her autumnal themed outfit with a pair of statement drop earrings in gold

Smart: Richard styled his wedding attire with a pair of brown tortoiseshell glasses

Smart: Richard styled his wedding attire with a pair of brown tortoiseshell glasses

Unreal: Retired Spanish tennis player David Ferrer arrived with his stunning wife Marta Tornel

Unreal: Retired Spanish tennis player David Ferrer arrived with his stunning wife Marta Tornel

Impending nuptials: Guests attended Rafa's nuptials to Mery at the British-owned fortress La Fortaleza in Majorca (pictured)

Impending nuptials: Guests attended Rafa’s nuptials to Mery at the British-owned fortress La Fortaleza in Majorca (pictured)

The priest that will marry Rafa and Mery, also known as Xisca, has been named as Tomeu Catala.

Speaking to the island paper Diario de Mallorca earlier this month, Tommy gushed: ‘Everyone of the weddings I have been involved in has been special and this one will be the same. I am just going to marry two people who love each other.’ 

Overlooking the bay of Pollensa in north-east Majorca, La Fortaleza was bought by Lord Lupton in 2011 for £30million, despite the original £75million asking price.

Preparations: The venue owned by Conservative party donor Lord Lupton - which is where footballer Gareth Bale tied the knot earlier this year - also saw a marquee go up on Thursday (Stock image of venue)

Preparations: The venue owned by Conservative party donor Lord Lupton – which is where footballer Gareth Bale tied the knot earlier this year – also saw a marquee go up on Thursday (Stock image of venue) 

History: The original fort, which is now Spain's most expensive property, was built in 1628 to defend Majorca against invaders

History: The original fort, which is now Spain’s most expensive property, was built in 1628 to defend Majorca against invaders

Overhaul: Ahead of Lupton's purchase, the estate has been transformed and expanded to include seven villas complete with 17 en-suite bedrooms, two swimming pools and a helipad

Overhaul: Ahead of Lupton’s purchase, the estate has been transformed and expanded to include seven villas complete with 17 en-suite bedrooms, two swimming pools and a helipad

The original fort, which is now Spain’s most expensive property, was built in 1628 to defend Majorca against invaders. 

Ahead of Lupton’s purchase, the estate has been transformed and expanded to include seven villas complete with 17 en-suite bedrooms, two swimming pools and a helipad.    

Rafa revealed in January that he was engaged to his long-term girlfriend Mery following a 14 year courtship. 

Hello’s sister publication HOLA! revealed that Spanish athlete proposed to Mery in May of 2018 during a romantic trip to Rome.

However, they reported that the couple decided to keep the happy news private for the first eight months of their engagement.

'Going to marry two people who love each other': The priest that will marry Rafa and Mery (pictured in February 2018), also known as Xisca, has been named as Tomeu Catala

‘Going to marry two people who love each other’: The priest that will marry Rafa and Mery (pictured in February 2018), also known as Xisca, has been named as Tomeu Catala

Perello, born Maria Francisca Perello, is an insurance worker and business graduate.

The brunette beauty also serves as a project director for the Rafa Nadal Foundation, the charity he founded almost ten years ago.

Nadal has made no secret of his desire to have children, saying he is a ‘family guy’ and is looking forward to having his own brood in the not too distant future.

But the dedicated sportsman admitted his tennis career has made it difficult to think about starting a family until now.

He said: ‘I would love to have children, boys, girls… I’m a person who loves kids and I’m a family guy.

‘But also I tell you that the reality is, the years keep passing, I would like to start to do all of this when my sporting life determines it.’

Two-time Wimbledon winner Rafa has also roped in popular Majorcan chef Macarena de Castro, who will be whetting the appetite of the star-studded crowd at the reception (pictured at the 2019 US Open)

Two-time Wimbledon winner Rafa has also roped in popular Majorcan chef Macarena de Castro, who will be whetting the appetite of the star-studded crowd at the reception (pictured at the 2019 US Open)

He told Essentially Sports, at the end of last year: ‘I have a girlfriend too and I am not alone to take decisions.(sic)

‘You have to suit situations you know. Having family? I don’t know, things are not easy to be predicted. At this age, I thought that I would have already been a former player and that I would have started a family.’

Mery, who is well-known as an incredibly private person, spoke about her relationship with the tennis champ in 2011. 

She told The Telegraph in a rare interview: ‘Travelling together everywhere, even if I could, would not be good either for him or for me.

‘He needs his space when he is competing, and just the idea of me hanging around waiting on his needs all day wears me out. It would asphyxiate me.

‘And then he would have to be worrying about me … No. If I followed him everywhere, I think there’s a risk we might stop getting along.’

Smitten: Tennis ace Rafa revealed in January that he was engaged to his long-term girlfriend Mery following a 14 year courtship (pictured in 2010)

Smitten: Tennis ace Rafa revealed in January that he was engaged to his long-term girlfriend Mery following a 14 year courtship (pictured in 2010)



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