First photos: Rafael Nadal’s bride is dazzling in classic lace wedding dress

Rafa Nadal married his long-term partner Mery Perello in Mallorca. Source: Getty.

Tennis great Rafael Nadal has married his long-term partner Mery Perello in a beautiful ceremony in Mallorca, with the first photos showing a glimpse of the bride’s very classic look for the big day.

The stunning bride, 31, looked incredible in a dazzling bespoke gown by Spanish designer Rosa Clara, opting for a natural look with her hair down in loose curls and minimal make-up for the ceremony. The long-sleeved number clung to her figure, with lace sleeves and a sweeping plain white skirt.

Posing arm in arm with her sports star husband, 33, Mery flashed a beaming smile as she held hands with the dashing groom, who opted for a grey tux for the big day. The pair stood in front of a beautiful backdrop at La Fortaleza, with the sea and mountains behind them.

Designer Clara has since revealed the bride chose two dresses for the day and had a hand in designing them both right the way through. Sharing a sketch of the second dress on Instagram, she described the creation of the floor-length reception dress, which appeared completely backless with “scalloped flower motifs and transparent microbeading”.

Bride Mery Perello looked beautiful in the Rosa Clara lace dress. Source: Getty.
Bride Mery Perello looked beautiful in the Rosa Clara lace dress. Source: Getty.

“We are incredibly happy to share beautiful moments of the design process for Mery Perello’s second wedding dress! An absolute gem, she looked admirable,” she said.

“The creation, made of Chantilly lace, featured scalloped flower motifs and transparent microbeading on the meticulously hand-embroidered fabric, enhancing the sense of romance and giving the lace an ethereal and strikingly elegant sparkle extending across almost the entire dress. The subtly alluring halter neckline combined beautifully with the expansive open back to bring the bride’s powerful sensual femininity to the fore.

Rafa Nadal and his new wife Mery posed in a sweet embrace in front of the Mallorca backdrop. Source: Getty.
Rafa Nadal and his new wife Mery posed in a sweet embrace in front of the Mallorca backdrop. Source: Getty.

“The overall effect was beautifully finished with a sophisticated dropped back hem to create an exquisitely refined silhouette. The exceptionally crafted gown was made in the Rosa Clará Atelier, an unforgettable design process, incredible team work and endless commitment. Thank you!”

Clara also dressed Mery’s mother Maria Pascual, as well as Rafael’s mother Ana María Parera and sister Maribel Nadal, all from her cocktail dress collection. Maribel opted for a striking red gown for her brother’s nuptials.

Designer Rosa Clara shared the sketches of Mery Perello's second wedding dress. Source: Instagram/Rosa Clara.
Designer Rosa Clara shared the sketches of Mery Perello’s second wedding dress. Source: Instagram/Rosa Clara.

Sharing a moving message to the couple online, Clara wrote: “We barely have words to describe such a charming and fascinating couple. Congratulations for your beautiful love, for your exquisite wedding day and for your endless happiness, we wish you all the best, now, and forever.

“Once more, thank you for trusting in us and for giving us the opportunity to take part in such an important and special day, it has been a pleasure and a once in a lifetime experience to work with you and to get to know. Mery, you looked incredibly elegant and delightful, a unique bride!”

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We are incredibly happy to share beautiful moments of the design process for Mery Perello’s second wedding dress! An absolute gem, she looked admirable. The creation, made of Chantilly lace, featured scalloped flower motifs and transparent microbeading on the meticulously hand-embroidered fabric, enhancing the sense of romance and giving the lace an ethereal and strikingly elegant sparkle extending across almost the entire dress. The subtly alluring halter neckline combined beautifully with the expansive open back to bring the bride's powerful sensual femininity to the fore. The overall effect was beautifully finished with a sophisticated dropped back hem to create an exquisitely refined silhouette. The exceptionally crafted gown was made in the Rosa Clará Atelier, an unforgettable design process, incredible team work and endless commitment. Thank you! __ Estamos increíblemente felices por compartir algunos momentos vividos durante el proceso de diseño del segundo vestido para la boda de Mery Perelló. ¡Estaba admirable! El diseño, elaborado con chantilly francés, está compuesto por motivos florales creando múltiples ondas orgánicas meticulosamente bordadas a mano con micropedrería transparente incrustada en el encaje lo que potencia el trabajo romántico que crea la multionda, dotando así al tejido de un poderoso brillo elegante y etéreo que acompaña en este caso a la totalidad del vestido. El escote halter, sensual y elegante, insinúa y combina a la perfección con la gran espalda abierta donde enfatiza el poder de la sensualidad femenina. El vestido se cierra y se eleva con un sofisticado arrastre, mostrando así una delicada y elegante silueta. El vestido, asimismo, ha sido elaborado en el Atelier de Rosa Clará con un inolvidable trabajo en equipo e insuperable técnica. ¡Gracias! #RosaClara #RosaClaraCouture#RafaNadal #MeryPerello #Wedding #BridalFashion#RealBride

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Rafa and his new wife have been dating for 14 years, with the tennis ace confirming they were engaged earlier this year. He appeared on the front cover of Hello! magazine’s sister publication HOLA! alongside his stunning other half in January, with the publication claiming he proposed to Mery – who is also known as Xisca – in May last year in Rome. Mery, whose full name Maria Francisca Perello, is an insurance worker who is only rarely seen at her fiance’s major matches and tournaments around the world, often choosing to support him from home.

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