Rural Spanish wedding

I like to think I build up a good relationship with all my clients. The majority Im still in touch with which is a good sign. Sometimes though, I think people are put into our life for a reason. This is what happened with Daniel and Charlotte, or Laurel and Hardy as I secretly think of them as.

“ We would like to get married in La Rioja” was the first email I received from Mr Clackett almost 2 years ago. “Sorry, I only work in the Malaga region” was my reply . “What have you got for us then?” Was Daniel´s reply. And this was the start of a relationship that turned into friendship that I hope will last a very long time.

Dan and Char as their friends know them (yep me included) had their wedding in Spain in April of this year in Costa del Sol´s equivilent of La Rioja – a rural boutique hotel in the mountains of Gaucin, far away from the tourists and sea but many many miles away from La Rioja!

Charlotte and Dan were, and still are an inspiration to me personally. They are the epiphany of what soul mates are. Not only were they in love, they were completely in sinc and bloody hilarious at the same time. My stomach ached when I was around them from lauging so hard. I would have paid money to see these two in action. Looking at their wedding photos reminded me of how happy this man and woman were and still are.

Laughing aside, when Charlotte declared Dan cries at Masterchef, I knew the wedding day was going to be emotional. And emotional it certainly was. The only dry eyes in the house were the minister´s, Kevin Williams . How he kept it together I have no idea – I think he must be made of stone .  I did not shed a silent tear, but sobbed my heart out instead.

Char and Dan are the most generous and sensitive people I have met in a long time. They will always have a special place in my heart. They gave their guests (and me) memories that will last a life time.  On a cold winter night in Marbella, looking at their photos has warmed me up.

Thanks to the suppliers involved at this wedding and thanks to David Toms for capturing the day so well.  The day was full of emotions and David managed to get that in his photos.

Mr and Mrs Clackett – I love you, but I have a confession, I accidentally smashed the “I love spreadsheets” mug you gave me :( DOH

 
 
 
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Sneek Peek of Symone and Barry´s wedding :)

The fact that Symone and Barry were a stunning couple having their wedding in a stunning venue, I knew their photos would be awesome, but adding this amazing photographer into the mix WOW Nani Del Perez is AMAZING! I cant wait to see all the photos! Massive congratulations to the gorgeous Symone and Barry xx

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Gay Wedding in Spain

 

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Back in 2012, I was contacted by Brian and Phil to help them organise their gay wedding in Spain. I have to say I was very excited at the propect of having a gay wedding as it would be my first, although 2014 seemed an eternity away!

Brian and Phil came out to view potential wedding venues in Spain, but I knew finding them their ideal venue would be tough as their idea of a perfect venue was a french castle in France LOL Where was I going to find a french castle in Spain?!? It actually took 2 trips to Spain before they found their dream venue which was a very spanish rural hotel in Gaucin. It suited them perfectly.

The last 2 years flew by and on 21st June 2014 Brian and Phil tied the knot infront of their friends and family.

Guests were treated to neon coloured sunglasses in their wedding colours of fucshia, orange and yellow, Atunes singers during the drinks reception and a major party after dinner.

Brian and Phil will always have a special place in my heart. Congratulations boys :) xx

A massive thanks to Kris McGuirk for capturing these beautiful images.

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Indian wedding in Marbella

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Well 2014 wedding season is in full swing now and between weddings, client meetings and my kids, I dont have time to go to the loo let alone blog :(

It feels like at least a year ago, but it was only 2 months ago that Anjum and Spencer celebrated their Indian wedding in Marbella. The location for their wedding was a private luxury villa on the outskirts of Marbella and their guests were treated to authentic Indian food for their reception.

Anjum looked absolutely amazing in her Indian saree which had thousands of diamontes on and she lierally twinked as she walked down the aisle to her handsome husband Spencer :) Anjum changed into a traditional wedding dress for the evening and she looked just as beautiful. For me, what made Anjum even more amazing is that she truely didnt know how beautiful she was!

It was my first time working with Jeremy Standley and Ruth and it was so nice and easy to work with them. Thanks so much Jeremy and Ruth for these amazing photos :)

Thanks also to Lyndsey Cavanagh and Vera for making Anjum look amazeballs.

And of course to my partner in wedding crime Gorgeous Event Decoration Michelle for making this pretty in pink wedding look gorgeous. Not forgetting Karen  from Deseos for the BEAUTIFUL bridal flowers and arch.

x

A very Spanish Irish Wedding

Dont get me wrong, I love all sorts of wedding themes and decoration – vintage, bling, beach themes, pretty in pink….. but there is nothing I like more than a Spanish themed wedding. How cool that you bring your guests to Spain and give them a taste of REAL Spain. This is exactly what Deirdre and Connor did last September. Dee and Connor had a hard time finding a venue that ticked all the boxes for them, but when I took them to a Cortijo near Marbella, they knew they had their venue.

Their guests were treated to spanish “gypsy king” style gutairists during their drinks reception, a surprise horse show, flamenco show (which I personally always look forward to watching), cigar bar, sunglasses, band, great food, lots of drink and sunshine! Ahhh perfect……. x

Blessing Ceremonies in Spain

Every wedding season is always very different. This year the season started alot earlier in the year.  Last year, La Encarnacion Church in Marbella Old Town was my second home, and this year the trend seems to be swaying away from church weddings.  This season, I only have a hand full of church weddings and the majority of couples have opted for a blessing ceremony at the venue.
Logistically, blessings are much easier for me as guests are all in the same venue all day and I dont have to try and prize drinks out of guests hands outside the church and bribe them to get on the bus. I have to admit that I have had to lie and tell some guests there were drinks waiting for them on the coach to get them to move LOL
With blessing ceremonies, there are no restrictions on timings and what kind of music you can have during the ceremony like you would have in a church either!  You can include different elements to a blessing ceremony like a sand ceremony, where there are two glass containers each containing a different coloured sand that is poured by the bride and groom into another glass container. The mixing of the sands signifies “two becoming one” as the grains of sand can never be separated.
Its also makes a lovely photo to have your wedding outside :)

Beach wedding in Marbella

Its my first Saturday off since the beginning of January and I could definately get used to this.  I went to watch my son play football this morning, then went to the market, had lunch, cleaned my house and its only 5pm :)  So I thought I would post some photos of Aisling and Jonathans beach wedding.
I think this wedding is what most couples imagine a wedding in Spain to be like!
Beach weddings are gorgeous, but I wouldnt recommend them in peak summer months as you might end up with random guys in speedos in your wedding photos LOL
Aisling and Jonathan´s wedding was in the middle of September 2013 and there wasnt a sausage on the beach.
I hope you like them xx.

Beach wedding in Marbella

Its my first Saturday off since the beginning of January and I could definately get used to this.  I went to watch my son play football this morning, then went to the market, had lunch, cleaned my house and its only 5pm :)  So I thought I would post some photos of Aisling and Jonathans beach wedding. 
 
I think this wedding is what most couples imagine a wedding in Spain to be like! 
 
Beach weddings are gorgeous, but I wouldnt recommend them in peak summer months as you might end up with random guys in speedos in your wedding photos LOL 
 
Aisling and Jonathan´s wedding was in the middle of September 2013 and there wasnt a sausage on the beach. 
 
I hope you like them xx.

Wedding in Spain

2014 wedding season starts for me in a month, quite an start early this year, and I just don’t know where the time has gone. I haven’t even been able to blog about all my lovely 2014 brides and grooms yet! 
 
As the time draws closer for weddings to start, and my sleep is filled with wedding nightmares, it not only calms me but also reassures me to look at past wedding photos. Photos like the ones in this blog remind me exactly what all these sleepless nights, worry, stress and taking it out on my kids is all about :)  
 
August 17th 2014 saw the wedding of the the lovely Louise and Thomas. 
 
It was a beautiful sunny day and the kind of weather people expect for a wedding in Spain. 
 
Louise and Thomas tied the knot in the ever popular church of La Encarnacion in Marbella Old Town and their guests were treated to a reception in the fabulous Don Pepe hotel. 
 
Today, I was asked by a potential client “Why would I pay a wedding planner when the venue offers a free wedding planner?”  There are several reasons why a good wedding planner is worth her/his weight in gold and I shall blog about this another day, but looking at these wedding photos reminded me of something – Louise wasn’t happy with her first hair trial and did not have time to have another trial before she went back to Ireland and would only be back in Spain a couple of days before the wedding. So Jane, the lovely hairdresser, did another trial for Louise ON ME. I sent Louise the photos of my hair trial (which she liked),  and I think this spared her from months of fretting and worrying about her hair. I think its safe to say a venue wedding planner wouldn’t have done that. Come to think of it, I don’t think any wedding planner would do that! 
 
Louise and Thomas thank you for having me. xx

Things your wedding planner would NEVER tell you!

I came across this article in Readers Digest and it made me smile, because I can relate to every single point :) 
 
I still cry at weddings.
Being part of the family for that short amount of time is truly rewarding. It’s when I’m sent baby photos that I know I had a real impact on a couple.
I feel like a therapist
when I am forced to step in to help with family drama. My insight is to be polite and respectful. Often, meddlesome people just want to be heard out. Since I’m an independent third party, I’m able to bring neutrality to emotionally charged situations.
If I’m doing my job
right you don’t end up with Bridezillas.
Sisters are tough to work with.
Often the Maid of Honor takes her role very seriously and doesn’t trust my capabilities. I take it in stride but have sometimes been forced to take sisters aside. By the end of the night, we’re friends!
While occasionally glamorous,
the reality of this career is you need to be a business person, a therapist, an artist, a mediator, and a psychic!
Your parents are paying?
I hope you understand you may not get what you want!
Make sure the things you spend money on can be reused.
Don’t have bride and groom etched on your flutes and toasting glasses. The same rule applies to serving pieces. If you must get something engraved, make it your initials, and then you have an heirloom.
We are quick on our feet.
I had a situation once where the florist forgot one of the Bridesmaids bouquets. Within minutes I had one ready for her by gathering some flowers from the centerpiece arrangements and ribbon that I had in my emergency kit.
Stay focused on the big picture.
It’s easy to micromanage all of the details at the expense of the big picture. As long as people marry for the right reasons, the details of wedding planning are really secondary. Don’t make decisions to please or impress others.
You get what you pay for.
The biggest mistake you can make is choosing the cheapest vendors in the hopes of saving money. Really research your vendors, because you truly get what you pay for.
I wish you’d respond to my emails
as quickly as you expect me to reply to yours.
If you’ve been engaged for a week
and your wedding planning organizer is thicker than mine (which usually contains paperwork for the five or six weddings I’m currently planning,) then I automatically tell you that I’m booked on your date… and your backup date.
Do you really want to do this?
Sometimes I get a gut feeling about a couple and really want to say head to counseling or put the wedding on hold.
I’ll go to great lengths to make sure your wedding is perfect.
Your wedding is my job and I’ll do everything I can to make it memorable, including walking miles to a florist in Jamaica to correct the $700 bouquet that arrived to you spray-painted purple.
We don’t wear headsets and heels.
We know the importance of comfortable shoes. People envision The Wedding Planner and think this job is all about glitz and glamour. We’re not Jennifer Lopez.
Just because you planned your own destination wedding…
doesn’t mean you can do my job better than I can. Yes, you may have found lower rates on Orbitz, but you don’t have access to the contract and package perks that I’m able to offer to my brides.
You’ve only known each other for 4 months?!
Can I get 100% upfront?
I do manual labor and other dreadful tasks.
I cannot even tell you how many times I’ve been on my hands and knees, sweating. I sometimes have to count the napkins and linens before they go back to the rental company. I’m talking dirty, smelly napkins, with food, gum and whatever else is on them. Talk about gross!
Flowers cost a great deal of money.
For the most part, they are flown around the world to their end user. Their prices are affected by jet fuel costs, inclement weather and by the fact that they’re living things that are not manufactured by machines and simply “cranked out.” Likewise, they don’t jump into their vases!
You can always elope!
It’s never too late to run away and have a relaxing wedding. You’ll have great memories to share with your friends and family once you’re home.
This is a full time job,
but on the big day we are steaming the bridal gown, pinning boutonnieres, making sure that the timelines are being met, making sure there are no spots on the glasses or silverware, allowing gum to be spit out in our hands before the ceremony, dealing with any situations that arise, and the list goes on!