Three Day Wedding Celebration

 

I first met with Lucy and Mark back in 2015 and they had a clear idea of what they wanted for their wedding celebration. Firstly, it was going to be a three day extravaganza and they wanted their guests to be amazed and wowed throughout.

They also had a clear view of the style of venue for their separate events with a Ibiza style white party for the pre-wedding event followed by a full day at a breath-taking venue for the wedding itself. The final day would be at their private villa and would be a relaxed affair with good food, chilled music and laughter.

Once the initial preparations were in place, Lucy & Mark decided to take care of the accommodation for everyone and all guests were able to to spend three nights at the wedding venue, Villa Padierna Palace Hotel. The team and I worked closely with all guests to book their nights at the hotel and transfers from the airport to make their stay as easy as possible, as most guests had not been to the area before.

When a popular airline cancelling flights from London on the day most guests were arriving, we had a little extra stress and a lot of last minute changes trying to get guests and some suppliers moved to different airlines and even different airports so that they could arrive on time. 

As the pre-wedding party was to be a white party event, the obvious choice was the beach club for the Los Monteros Hotel, La Cabane. Guest s arrived to a cocktail reception with hand-picked canapés to suit the drinks in the La Luna terrace of the beach club. We then moved the party to the pool area and guests were wowed with a fire show overlooking the stunning backdrop. Asian style canapés followed with background music provided by a DJ that had flown over from the UK for them especially for the event.

As the night drew in, the party moved inside and guests were welcomed by white party entertainment who gave out the specifically designed gift bags for all guests – including personalised flip flops, power bank chargers, sunglasses and even a personalised, bespoke babygro for the newborn baby attending.

With a dessert bar featuring all white desserts and the DJ cranking up the tunes until midnight, guests partied away to some of their favourite music.

The following morning we were all up early to prepare the details for the wedding including some hidden surprises for guests to be showcased throughout the day.

Lucy walked down the aisle with her father and the adorable bridesmaids and paigeboys plus a surprise entrance from the couple’s dog Honey complete with tutu and the rings.  To amaze the guests we had hidden the singers from The Rat Pack behind the pillars and as the couple were announced as Mr & Mrs for the first time by the lovely Lizzie Marriage, the appeared to sing You’re Just Too Good to be True.

The Rat Pack sang through the cocktail hour and once dinner was complete and the couple had cut the cake (surrounded by Mark’s favourite donuts), the band took to the stage once more with a full eight-piece band for the first dance and more dancing.

With a few children also attending the event, Lucy and Mark wanted to create an area for them to have fun so we transformed one of the banquet rooms at the hotel into a circus fair including games, a bouncy castle, cosy tepee for relaxing and more.

Meanwhile the adults moved inside when DJ Tristan Harper took over the music duties and continued the party to the early hours.

The day after the wedding started later in the afternoon to give guests a chance to relax after the festivities the night before and once guests were taken to Lucy and Mark’s house they could enjoy a relaxed BBQ provided by Gusto Catering and some rejuvenating smoothies and cocktails.

The three day event was a huge success so much so that the couple are thinking of doing it all again to celebrate their anniversary!

 A huge thank you to everyone involved in the celebrations and to the talented Mireia Cordomi who captured it all in pictures.

 

Beautiful Wedding by the Beach

Sophia and David fell in love with Salduna Beach from the first picture they saw and they weren’t disappointed once they saw it in person. With a clear idea of the style of wedding – relaxed, fun and a beautiful wedding by the beach – Salduna seemed to be the perfect option. They are such a fun, relaxed couple that it made the whole planning process very easy and it was very simple to find the suppliers that would work well with the approach to the wedding that they wanted.

The wonderful Liz Wilkinson took them through the ceremony with a short but sweet and touching service on the beach itself, while Mireia Cordomi, as usual, captured the beautiful day in pictures.

Dinner was positioned on the terrace overlooking the beach and we erected a projector screen for the much anticipated speeches – all of which had me crying with laughter! A very sweet touch from the best man was to include videos of all family members and friends that couldn’t attend the wedding which didn’t leave a dry eye in the house.

After dinner when the party began, guests moved inside to start dancing. The couple had brought a DJ with them from the UK as he’d been a friend for years and knew exactly what style of music they would want.

Thank you as always to our wonderful team and suppliers to help make the day a special one!

Rustic Romance at the Monasterio

Ali and James chose April this year to celebrate their wedding at the beautiful Hotel Monasterio de San Martin. Initially a little worried about the weather (the rain in Spain falls mainly… in April!), but the day couldn’t have been brighter or more glorious for them.

With some family heartache in the weeks preceding the wedding, it was lovely to see the couple relax and enjoy their day. Beginning with drinks in the courtyard followed by a heart-warming ceremony presided over by the lovely Natasha Johnson. Both Ali and James had written their own vows and guests both laughed and cried during the ceremony.

After a drinks reception with Spanish guitarist Pepe, guests moved across the hotel to the renovated stable yard where they dined under the fading Spanish sun.

The couple had decided to space out the speeches between courses and what speeches they were. Ali’s father gave a touching tribute to his beautiful daughter while James left no dry eye in the house and then his best woman regaled the guests with stories from his childhood.

It was Ali’s musical mother and siblings who really got the crowd going – firstly with a Disney number (cleverly re-worked to be about the couple) followed by a flash mob including a number of guests in the audience! Needless to say Ali and James were speechless!

DJ Lee was on the decks for the party after dinner, which lasted until the early hours while guests enjoyed sweet churros and savory buns for a late night snack.

The talented Radka Horvath captured the day while Salvador and his team at Evergreen Films caught the magical moments on film.  

 

Once Upon a Time in Marbella

DISNEY WITH A HINT OF OLD HOLLYWOOD COMES TO SPAIN.

It has been said that some weddings stay with you forever, and this unique, beautiful wedding of Lujain and Aimen is definitely one of them.  When Aimen and Lujain first contacted me earlier this year with hope for an August wedding, they had a very clear idea of the celebration they wanted. Hopefully, what we created will ensure this wedding is one that no-one will forget.

Aimen began their wedding story with a proposal at the place where dreams come true, Disneyland, and captured their magical weekend on video to show how their journey began. With a long love of Disney, movies and Star Wars, Lujain was sure to say yes!

Having visited Marbella many times and with guests flying in from various places, they decided it was the ideal location for the wedding celebration; and, as Villa Tiberio has been the firm family favourite for years, the restaurant was the obvious option for the venue.

Once we had secured the services of David de Biasi who took these magnificent photos, EL Zarrio Films who captured the magic on film and a wonderful band who flew in especially from England; our attention then turned to the styling and decoration.

With Disney and hints of old Hollywood as our premise, the team and I began to think of elegant ways to incorporate this fun, quirky theme into the wedding.

Guests were greeted by the charming Maitre’d Jose Antonio as they arrived at the restaurant and made their way down the red carpet complete with our ‘Once Upon a Time’ bespoke sign towards a special movie poster designed for the wedding.

The movie theme continued into the dinner area as the stage and the screen surround were both set to emulate the old cinema feel with red velvet curtains. The couple, both with a background and career in media, created an exceptional movie experience for their guests with a film featuring the two of them on their love story including special surprise vows from Lujain to Aimen.

Lujain’s love of Beauty & the Beast’s rose provided the inspiration for the centrepieces while quotes from their favourite movies were dotted around the venue. A dark and mystical Mirror Mirror from Snow White provided the backdrop to the photobooth area with props from other movies including a special lightsaber, just for Lujain.

An enchanted forest walkway, found in most Disney fairytales, was created for guests when they left with a final farewell and homage to Disney – ‘And They Lived Happily Ever After’.

 

Special thanks to all suppliers for their amazing work on this wedding, including Chez Vous and Liza Mayne and Alex Harrocks for hair and make up.

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Gorgeous Garden Wedding in Sotogrande

A STUNNING CELEBRATION IN THE GARDENS OF A LUXURY VILLA

It was in September last year that Annabel and David first saw Casa Abelia in Sotogrande and instantly fell in love with it. With almost 100 guests, the villa was the ideal size to provide a stunning garden wedding celebration in Sotogrande.

A stylish couple from London, they knew exactly how they wanted the wedding; and we had such fun putting it together for them just a year later, in September this year.

The guests enjoyed a few days of celebrations upon arrival in Spain, with a cocktail welcome reception just two days before the wedding. This was followed by an afternoon of golf for the guys, and pampering for the girls the night before the wedding.

With an afternoon ceremony presided over by the lovely Michelle Hunter, Annabel followed her four bridesmaids and two incredibly cute flower girls down the aisle with her father. After the touching vows and a lovely hand-fasting ceremony, guests then made their way to a secret courtyard for drinks and canapes, while the wedding party stayed behind for photos.

Dinner followed with some emotional and humorous speeches; then guests could not wait to party into the early hours with tunes provided by DJ Fuller.

These wonderful photos were taken by Gert Huygaerts.

 

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Love in the Old Town Marbella

Church Wedding in Spain

Earlier this year, the gorgeous couple Adrienne & James chose the Encarnacion Church in the Old Town Marbella for their beautiful nuptials, with all of their their family and friends by their side. Adrienne chose a fabulous mix of fuschia pink and bright orange for her flowers to offset the rich purple of the bridesmaids dresses, making it truly bright and beautiful.

The superb tones of Amanda Rosa’s voice resonated throughout the church as Adrienne walked up the aisle and an ever-favourite rendition of ‘A Thousand Years’ followed the newlyweds out of the church after saying I Do.

The fabulous Mireia Cordomi captured the love between this party loving couple in the romantic cobble laden streets, before the wedding party all headed back to the exclusive Hotel Don Carlos.

Drinks were served in the gardens of the hotel before the couple, their friends and family headed down to the beach club for dinner listening to the sound of the waves.

DJ Fuller and Leonardo LaPeruta on sax provided the music for the after-party so guests could carry on celebrating with the couple until the very early hours.

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White Wedding Spain

Dreaming of a white wedding in Spain? Look no further for your inspiration…

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Want a Winter Wedding in Marbella, Spain?

Winter Wedding in Spain

Spain is well-known as a dream wedding destination for a number of reasons but mostly because of the weather and the fantastic venues available to couples. However, although a summer wedding is what most bride and grooms-to-be are looking for, we’ve had a few emails lately about a winter wedding in Spain and whether it could be possible?

The answer is, of course, yes!

There are a number of things to consider if you are thinking about having your wedding in Spain during the winter months but you most certainly won’t be disappointed that you chose winter over summer.

Firstly, the main consideration will be the weather. Although we are lucky to enjoy many, many days of sun during winter, there will not be the certainty that you get in the summer so when looking at venues, make sure you choose somewhere with some inside space as well as outdoor space. Even if you are lucky and get a day of full sunshine, the likelihood of it staying warm past 5 or 6pm is slim so you want to make sure that you have space indoors to keep your guests warm.

Secondly, and this will please most of you, you can think a little cheaper for that wedding budget… During winter, many venues reduce their prices, meaning that a winter wedding could cost you a lot less than a summer wedding. Accommodation and flights for your guests will also be cheaper!

Thirdly, there will be more availability. Our venues and suppliers can get booked up very quickly for summer weddings so you often need to leave a lot of time from your engagement to your wedding day. But, if you choose a winter wedding, they will have more availability and you can have a choice of wedding date!

Fourthly, think about your outfits! While a strapless, slim gown is perfect for a summer wedding, you may want to think about something with sleeves or at least consider a stole or jacket for your wedding in winter. Grooms, you’ll be fine and your brides will be happy as you won’t want to take your jacket off at the first available moment due to the summer sun!

And lastly, plan you wedding styling and theme around the time of year that you choose… if you decide to get married near to Christmas, there are a number of fantastic ways to incorporate the holiday season to make your wedding one that guests will never forget.

 

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Romantic and Rustic in Benalmadena

Louise and Simon had a clear view of what they would like their wedding to be like from the very first moment I met them – fun, full of family members and relaxed; and I think that is exactly what we achieved for them. Surrounded by their closest friends and lots of family including some who had travelled from Australia, the extremely happy couple tied the knot under the sun in the stunning surroundings of a private villa in Benalmadena.

With a rustic yet elegant theme, we worked closely with Louise to provide exactly what she wanted and the wonderful photographer Mireia Cordomi was able to catch the magic between the couple and the guests enjoying a truly great wedding.

Entertainer, singer and DJ Ian Preston provided the music for the entire wedding and created a wonderful atmosphere for the ceremony, presided over by the lovely Natasha Johnson, and drinks reception then cranked up the party atmosphere after dinner and had everyone on the dancefloor!

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Beauty and the beach!

Beach Wedding in Spain

Bassel and Cameron were first brought to me by Bassel’s mother, Huda, who I then worked closely with to provide an evening that the newly married couple would never forget. Having married in England, where they reside, meant that many of their family members, who live across the globe in America, Switzerland, and Dubai (to name a few places), could not attend and desperately wished to send the happy couple their kind blessings. This meant that it fell to Huda to organise a family celebration that everyone could attend and she luckily chose Marbella for the location and White Wedding Days for help.

We met at the chosen venue – Las Cuchis, Playa Fantastica – in Puerto Banus some months before the celebration and worked out exactly what both Huda and Bassel and Cameron wanted – something relaxed, elegant, and with a style reminiscent of Mamma Mia’s energy and fun.

Well, we certainly fulfilled the brief as from the minute guests walked in; they were dancing and partying until they had to sit down for dinner. While most guests dined on salt-baked sea bass and seafood paella, there were others who just couldn’t resist the lure of the dancefloor and entertained us all with their energetic dancing.

After a touching tribute to the married couple from Bassel’s sister including a picture slideshow, the guests were once more on the dancefloor until the early hours when they enjoyed sweet treats from Divinas Tartas.

Photos: Radka Horvath

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