Flying over from New York, Jacquie and Mike spent two full days with me, viewing venues all along the coast, before seeing the Resort and falling in love – choosing it for their rustic wedding in Ronda. The villa was exactly the style that they were hoping for, offering stunning views across the mountains and close to the centre of Ronda where all their guests could stay. It was the ideal location for them as they wanted to offer different events to their guests throughout their stay in Spain and we were able to assist in booking sunset boat trips, wine tasting tours and walking tours for them and their guests while they were here.
With only two days in Spain on their viewing trip we also booked in their menu tasting with Fiestasol before we’d even found the venue. The couple wanted traditional Spanish fare for their wedding dinner and chose a tapas sharing starter followed by paella for the main course. Working in hospitality back in New York, Jacquie had a clear idea of what she wanted and Fiestasol were able to deliver.
With the venue and caterers sorted, we then went on to decide which other suppliers they wanted for their wedding in Ronda, booking Ernesto Villalba for photography and Santiago Cayuela for the video.
For the music, they also wanted to incorporate the Spanish feel so we booked Spanish guitarist Pepe for the cocktail, to be joined by two Flamenco dancers as a surprise at the beginning of dinner. DJ Ryan Fuller followed on providing the background music for dinner, turning it up for a full on party once dessert had been eaten.
With a love of music, the couple wanted to have a very fun and musical entrance to dinner – a mash up of their favourite musicians, J-LO & Bruno Mars, which played while they danced their way onto the dancefloor then to their seats, surprising all of their guests!
For the styling, flowers and decoration, they chose a base of blue-ish grey tone which we matched with white and lots of green, along with wooden accents to create a beautiful theme across the whole wedding.
Jacquie wanted a large bouquet and I created a mock up beforehand to make sure it was exactly as she wanted, which luckily it was. We did smaller bouquets for the bridesmaids and kept the rest of the florals to a minimum with lots of greenery added.
The backdrop to the ceremony was the large wooden front door of the house but Jacquie wasn’t keen on the white wall above it. To combat this, we hung a curtain of greenery from the Juliet balcony above and simply added some lanterns to the aisle to add that little something extra.
The signage for the wedding was to be all wooden; so their welcome sign, table plan and table names were all created by our designer Kelly. For the place settings, they wanted to incorporate something Spanish as a favor so we provided mini bottles of olive oil with the guests names on the tags.
Instead of individual arrangements on the tables, and because they were long tables, we added a lush garland of green down the centre, dotted and interspersed with individual white flowers and gold candle holders with grey/blue taper candles. We had a small issue with the wind and trying to get the greenery to stay on the table, but a little ingenuity, a hot glue gun and some fishing wire meant that we could have it all on the tables without a problem in the end.
From the very beginning of our décor discussions, Mike had asked for a whiskey & cigar bar, and almost immediately Jacquie asked me to tell him it wouldn’t be possible. He was obviously a little deflated but unbeknownst to him, Jacquie and I had conspired to create one for him as a surprise. Needless to say he was completely shocked and overwhelmed that Jacquie had done that for him on the day.