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Making Dreams Come True in Marbella

January 23rd, 2018 Posted by Beach Weddings, Beach Weddings in Marbella, Churches in Marbella, Destination Weddings, Elegant Weddings in Spain, Fairy Godmother of the Costa Del Sol, Fairytale Weddings, Florists in Marbella, Getting Married in Marbella, Getting Married in Spain, Gorgeous Table Settings, Making memories, Marbella, Marbella Weddings, Mediterranean weddings, My Inspirations, My life, Paperwork for Weddings in Spain, People we love, Pink Weddings, Planning a Destination Wedding, Romantic Weddings in Spain, Spanish Weddings, Styling Weddings in Spain, Uncategorized, Venues, Weather in Marbella, Wedding Cakes in Spain, Wedding Ceremonies in Spain, Wedding Dresses in Spain, Wedding Flowers Marbella, wedding planners Marbella, Wedding Planners Spain, Wedding Planning service, Wedding Suppliers on the Costa Del Sol, Wedding venues in Marbella, Wedding Venues in Spain, Wedding Venues Marbella, Weddings for physically challenged people in Marbella, Weddings in Andalucia, Weddings in Marbella, Weddings in Spain 0 thoughts on “Making Dreams Come True in Marbella”

I don´t really know where to start with this epic wedding so I will start at the beginning!

Mary first got in contact with me in June 2016.  I had been recommended to her by a great Irish Photographer and Videographer, Dougie Farrell from Silverscreen Weddings,  thanks Dougie, I still owe you a drink!!!

Being half Irish and having organised over 100 Irish weddings here in Spain, I was rather intrigued by Mary´s enquiry as she then explained to me her fiancee was wheelchair bound, so a challenge was set for me, and I love a challenge!

I have to be honest, this was the first wedding in over 10 years of being in business, where I had to consider a disability, so the search was on to find suitable venues which were wheelchair friendly and as it was going to be a Catholic church wedding, we also had to check out all the churches and see which ones offered easy access for wheelchairs.

Once I had gathered all the information that Mary and Marc needed they flew out to visit our final list of venues and churches and to make sure everything was accessible for Marc.  The only criteria Mary really had was something with a view of the beach and more modern rather than rustic, we always knew rustic was never going to work.

Their venue viewing visit duly arrived, I was so excited to meet with them having got to know them by email and phone calls and was intrigued as to which venue they would settle on.  After completing their venue tour with the help of a fabulous taxi driver, Diego, who had an wheelchair adapted car, they finally settled on the Melia Don Pepe Hotel as Mary and Marc adore the town of Marbella and had fallen in love with the venue.

The Melia Don Pepe is located on Marbella´s promenade which Marc found really easy to negotiate, and it is full of fabulous restaurants, beaches and hotels, it was the ideal location to base their wedding and to have other pre and post wedding get togethers.

I too love the Melia, it reminds me of when I was a child and my parents used to take me swimming there in the winter as it was the only heated pool at that time in Marbella, as well as the Marbella Club, so I have fond childhood memories of this hotel!

Now I am talking a long time ago as I am not a millennial!  The 5 Star Melia Don Pepe for me is quintessentially the old stylish Marbella, hugely popular with the upper class Spanish holidaying in Marbella and has a wonderful old world Marbella charm about it and the location is perfect for anyone wanting to stay in the actual town of Marbella.

So the venue was chosen, the date was set and after Mary and Marc had tested out the Encarnacion Church in the beautiful Old Town of Marbella to make sure Marc could access it we were ready to roll and plan the rest of their wedding.

I do have some very funny stories about this wedding as we had the second visit and our subsequent emails I got to know them so much better. From Marc getting very sloshed at the food tasting, as he was not used to drinking wine, which we still giggle about, to his 16 hour open bar demand!!!  The whole wedding planning process was just hilarious, fun and we became good friends leading up to their wedding.

So Mary and Marc finally arrived for their dream day and firstly stayed at the beautiful Amare Hotel, which Mary had also fallen in love with having stayed there on their previous trip.  They then transferred to the Melia for their wedding and all their guests started to arrive.  It was an exciting time and I was feeling rather nervous and emotional as so wanted everything to be perfect, I knew I was going to cry!

After a beautiful ceremony, where I did shed a tear albeit you can catch a glimpse of me smiling as Mary entered the church, it was a perfect day however in the afternoon the winds picked up and it was blowing an absolute gale.  This is quite common here particularly in June and September, which strangely enough are our busiest months but as always with the weather it is hit and miss.

We had to call a meeting as to whether to move the wedding inside or remain positive the winds would die down, as they often do here at sunset, and keep the wedding outside.  In the end we decided that the Irish did not come here to go inside so we kept the wedding outside and thankfully the gale force winds dropped ready for the evening 🙂

I cannot describe this wedding really apart from what a ball everyone had.  Mary and Marc had the best wedding ever and everyone had the most fabulous time, from a lovely cocktail in the gardens to a dinner overlooking the Mediterranean with, as you can imagine, some very heart felt speeches finishing with dancing later inside, the 16 hour open bar, a hugely popular donut wall and selfie mirror.

Mary and I are still in touch and remain good friends.

I feel very privileged to have created their dream day in Marbella and feel we were meant to meet.

Mary is such a kind, warm person and along with Marc, has been through more than we can even begin to imagine, it is not often you meet people that change your lives for the better and knowing what hoops these two soul mates have jumped through to get to this day is truly humbling.  I think the photos sum up the strength and determination these two share to enjoy life to the full and loved catching Mary stuffing a Burger King before her wedding!!

My thank you to all the suppliers involved including Regina at the hotel, Louise for hair and make up, Mary´s stunning dress was from Eliza Jane Howell from Frilly Frocks, the gorgeous shoes were from Ted BakerEntertainment by The Rivermen, Tristan with his Selfie Mirror, and of course to Salvador at Evergreen Bodas for these lovely images capturing such a special day.

Finding the Perfect Wedding Venue in Spain Part One!

December 29th, 2017 Posted by About Us, Caterers, Catering for Weddings, Churches, Destination Weddings, Fairy godmother of weddings, Fairy Lights for Decoration, Hacienda Weddings in Spain, Helpful Hints for Weddings, Hidden costs of weddings abroad, Life in Spain, Making memories, Mediterranean weddings, My life, Olive themed wedding, Our Weddings, Planning a Destination Wedding, Romantic Weddings in Spain, Running a business in Spain, Spain, Spanish Drinks for Weddings, Spanish Flowers for weddings, Spanish food, spanish wedding themes, Spanish Weddings, Styling Weddings, Styling Weddings in Spain, Table Settings, Tapas, Useful Information, Venues, Wedding Budgets, wedding planners Marbella, Wedding Planners Spain, Wedding Planning service, Wedding Stylists Spain, Wedding Suppliers on the Costa Del Sol, Wedding Venues in Spain, Wedding Venues Marbella, Weddings in Andalucia, weddings in private villas, Weddings in Spain 0 thoughts on “Finding the Perfect Wedding Venue in Spain Part One!”

During the Christmas and New Year holiday many couples will become engaged and start thinking about perhaps hosting a destination wedding.

Over the past 10 years Spain has seen a huge increase in destination weddings for a number of reasons. (more…)

Stunning Stylish Wedding in Sitges

November 26th, 2017 Posted by Autumn Style, Autumn Wedding Ideas, Bouquets, Bridal Hair and Make up Barcelona, Delightful details, Destination Weddings, Elegant Weddings in Spain, Exclusive Wedding Venues Spain, Fairytale Weddings, Getting Married in Spain, Golds, Luxury Weddings in Spain, Making memories, Mediterranean weddings, Planning a Destination Wedding, Red and Gold Wedding Inspirations, Reviva Weddings Exclusive Weddings, Romantic Weddings in Spain, Spain, Spanish Flowers for weddings, Spanish food, Spanish Wedding Stationery, spanish wedding themes, Spanish Weddings, Styling Weddings in Spain, Stylish Weddings in Spain, Stylists for Weddings in Spain, Table Settings, Themes for weddings, Venues, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Cakes in Spain, Wedding Ceremonies in Spain, Wedding Colours, Wedding Dresses in Spain, Wedding Flowers, Wedding Flowers Spain, Wedding Photographers, Wedding Photographers in Spain, Wedding Planners in Barcelona, Wedding Planning service, Wedding Signs Spain, Wedding Stationery Spain, Wedding Stylists Spain, Weddings in Barcelona, weddings in private villas, Weddings in Spain, Wine Themed wedding 0 thoughts on “Stunning Stylish Wedding in Sitges”

Last October I was contacted by the most charming Mother of the Bride about hosting her daughter´s wedding here in Spain.  The family live in Canada but the grooms family are based in Sitges, so this was the area they wished to host their family wedding. (more…)

Magic in Mijas

November 20th, 2017 Posted by About Us, Blush for Weddings, Bouquets, Bridal Hair and Make Up Marbella, Bridesmaids colours, Bridesmaids Ideas, Catering for Weddings, celebrity events, Cool Wedding Ideas, Delightful details, Destination Weddings, Fairy Godmother of the Costa Del Sol, Fairy godmother of weddings, Fairytale Weddings, Getting Married in Marbella, Getting Married in Spain, Glitter, Gold Sequins for weddings, Latest Bridal Fashions, Marbella Weddings, Mediterranean weddings, Our Weddings, People we love, Pink Weddings, Planning a Destination Wedding, Reviva Weddings Exclusive Weddings, Romantic Weddings in Spain, Rose Gold Wedding Inspiration, Sequins for Weddings, Spanish Weddings, Sparkle and Shimmer, Styling Weddings, Styling Weddings in Spain, Stylish Weddings in Spain, Stylists for Weddings in Spain, Stylists for Weddings in the UK, Table Settings, Useful Information, Venues, Weddding Photographers in Spain, Wedding Ceremonies in Spain, Wedding Colours, Wedding Dresses in Spain, Wedding Flowers, Wedding Flowers Marbella, Wedding Flowers Spain, Wedding Photographers, Wedding Photographers in Spain, wedding planners Marbella, Wedding Planners Spain, Wedding Planning service, Wedding props Marbella, Wedding Stylists, Wedding Stylists Spain, Wedding Suppliers on the Costa Del Sol, Wedding venues in Marbella, Wedding Venues in Spain, Wedding Venues Marbella, Weddings in Andalucia, Weddings in Marbella, Weddings in Spain 2 thoughts on “Magic in Mijas”

Nestled in the hills between Mijas and Fuengirola with stunning views over the coastline, is the location of an extremely popular restaurant which has been running for years, the Valparaiso.

Since 1984 Valparaiso´s charismatic owner, Raffaele, has welcomed hundreds of famous people to his establishment and as you enter you are whipped back in time to the glamour of the 80´s and 90´s.

The walls of the reception are adorned with framed photos of famous faces who have frequented this restaurant from James Hunt, the racing driver, to Cilla Black and more recently the Beckhams.  There are so many famous faces it is really quite a sight to see.

The charming restaurateur, Raffaele, works his magic to make sure visiting his restaurant is a romantic experience and always hands out red roses to the ladies, me included!  Often during planning this wedding I rocked out of there with a red rose between my teeth!

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A Mamma Mia Style Wedding!

October 7th, 2017 Posted by About me, About Us, Beach Weddings, Beach Weddings in Marbella, Caterers, Catering for Weddings, Cocktails for Weddings, Delightful details, Destination Weddings, Elegant Weddings in Spain, Fairy Godmother of the Costa Del Sol, Fairy godmother of weddings, Fairy Lights for Decoration, Florists in Marbella, Getting Married in Marbella, Getting Married in Spain, Gorgeous Table Settings, Lanterns and Candles, Mediterranean weddings, My life, Olive themed wedding, People we love, Planning a Destination Wedding, Romantic Weddings in Spain, Spain, Spanish Drinks for Weddings, Spanish food, Spanish Weddings, Sparkle and Shimmer, Styling Weddings, Styling Weddings in Spain, Stylish Weddings in Spain, Stylists for Weddings in Spain, Table Settings, Tapas, Venues, Weather in Marbella, Weddding Photographers in Spain, Wedding Ceremonies in Spain, Wedding Flowers Marbella, Wedding Flowers Spain, Wedding Photographers, Wedding Photographers in Spain, wedding planners Marbella, Wedding Planning service, Wedding Signs Spain, Wedding Stylists, Wedding Stylists Spain, Wedding venues in Marbella, Wedding Venues in Spain, Wedding Venues Marbella, weddings in private villas, Weddings in Ronda, Weddings in Spain 0 thoughts on “A Mamma Mia Style Wedding!”

Earlier this year I was contacted by Paul and Joy, an utterly charming couple looking to host their wedding in Spain with their family and a couple of close friends.

Paul and Joy had already booked a stunning villa in Ronda for the week of their wedding but were set on a beach blessing and then wanted to head up to the hills for a Mamma Mia style dinner party with plenty of good food and wines at their villa.

After we met for a coffee, they were sold and so was I!

During our meeting I suggested a few beach venues that I thought would fit their criteria perfectly.  They took down the details and directions and spent the rest of their holiday having a nosey, some lovely laid back beach lunches and checking out my suggestions!
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Rocking in Barcelona!

October 6th, 2017 Posted by About Us, City Weddings in Spain, Cocktails for Weddings, Confetti for Weddings, Cool Wedding Ideas, Destination Weddings, Fairy godmother of weddings, Getting Married in Spain, Grooms, Guest Book ideas, Our Weddings, People we love, Planning a Destination Wedding, Retro Style Weddings, Reviva Weddings Exclusive Weddings, Same sex weddings, Spanish Weddings, Styling Weddings in Spain, Stylish Weddings in Spain, Sweet and treat tables for weddings, Venues, Wedding Ceremonies in Spain, Wedding Planners in Barcelona, Wedding Planners Spain, Wedding Planning service, Wedding Signs Spain, Wedding Stationery, Wedding Stationery Spain, Wedding Stylists, Wedding Stylists Spain, Weddings in Barcelona, Weddings in Spain, Weddings in Stiges 0 thoughts on “Rocking in Barcelona!”

Well what can I say about these two!  Matt and Jason, brilliant fun, awesome was another word thrown around a lot and we loved every minute of planning their wedding in Barcelona!

Right from day one, I knew this was going to be a very special and fun wedding.

After presenting different venues then narrowing them down to the final choices,  Matt and Jason flew out to view their wedding venues with Petra, they knew instantly the Torres del Leones was the perfect venue and worked with their envisaged wedding style.

I first met Matt and Jason in person at their food tasting a few months later,  from that day on I knew this was going to be a wedding filled with humour.
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A Princess and her Castle in Carmona

September 27th, 2017 Posted by About me, About Us, Accessories for your Wedding, Blush for Weddings, Bouquets, Candy Bars in Marbella, Castle weddings in Spain, City Weddings in Spain, Delightful details, desert tables, Destination Weddings, Elegant Weddings in Spain, Exclusive Wedding Venues Spain, Extraordinary Inspirations, Fabulous Florals, Fairy Godmother of the Costa Del Sol, Fairy godmother of weddings, Fairytale Weddings, Gorgeous Table Settings, Guest Book ideas, Ideas for Weddings, Inspirations, Luxury Weddings in Spain, Pink, Pink Weddings, Planning a Destination Wedding, Reviva Weddings Exclusive Weddings, Romantic Weddings in Spain, Rose Gold Wedding Inspiration, Sequins for Weddings, Spanish Weddings, Sparkle and Shimmer, Styling Weddings, Styling Weddings in Spain, Stylish Weddings in Spain, Stylists for Weddings in Spain, Sweet and treat tables for weddings, Table Settings, Uncategorized, Venues, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Cakes in Spain, Wedding Colours, Wedding Decorations, Wedding Flowers Spain, Wedding Stylists, Wedding Stylists Spain, Weddings in Andalucia, Weddings in Carmona, Weddings in Seville, Weddings in Spain 0 thoughts on “A Princess and her Castle in Carmona”

I can never contain my excitement when we receive professional photos of our work 🙂

Marijana contacted me last year to hire us for the styling and decoration of her wedding to the rather dashing Roberto.

Now this wedding was going to be held in a fabulous Castle in Carmona.  I was sold!

Carmona is one of my favourite towns in Spain so I jumped at the chance to organise another visit to this magical town and, a bonus, spend time here creating a beautiful wedding.  This town holds such a special place in my heart as I was fortunate enough to take my beloved father there for his 80th birthday weekend, not knowing he would never make his 81st, special times and wonderful memories.

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Rustic Romance in the Hills of Andalucia

August 5th, 2017 Posted by About Us, Accessories for your Wedding, Bouquets, Bridal Hair and Make Up Marbella, Caterers, Catering for Weddings, Churches, Cocktails for Weddings, Confetti for Weddings, Cool Wedding Ideas, Delightful details, desert tables, Destination Weddings, Eco Friendly Weddings, Exclusive Wedding Venues Spain, Fairy Lights for Decoration, Getting Married in Spain, Hacienda Weddings in Spain, Lanterns and Candles, Life in Spain, Mediterranean weddings, Olive themed wedding, Planning a Destination Wedding, Romantic Weddings in Spain, Spanish Wedding Stationery, Spanish Wedding Stationery in Marbella, spanish wedding themes, Spanish Weddings, Styling Weddings, Styling Weddings in Spain, Stylists for Weddings in Spain, Table Settings, Tapas, Venues, Vintage Spanish style, Wedding Ceremonies in Spain, Wedding Decorations, Wedding Photographers in Spain, Wedding Planners Spain, Wedding Planning service, Wedding Stationery, Wedding Stationery Marbella, Wedding Stationery Spain, Wedding Stylists, Wedding Stylists Spain, Wedding Venues in Spain, Weddings in Andalucia, weddings in private villas, Weddings in Spain 2 thoughts on “Rustic Romance in the Hills of Andalucia”

When Ashleigh first got in touch with me from New York, she had already booked the Finca and church in preparation for their wedding in Spain.

The catering was also confirmed but Ashleigh had hit the proverbial ´wedding wall´as I like to call it.  Still required was all the furniture, glassware, linens and decoration plus someone to pull it all together and oversee the day.

I love a challenge and thought how lovely, a beautiful Finca near Iznajar in the middle of June, perfect weather and a stunning location.  This wedding has now gone into my top ten hottest weddings ever as the heatwave we suffered in June drove the temperatures up to the mid forties!  Never have I been so hot without air con to dash into!

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A Guide to Real Life Working Inspiration Boards for your Wedding

June 24th, 2017 Posted by About me, About Us, Beach Weddings, Beach Weddings in Marbella, Blogging, Botanical Weddings, Bouquets, Churches in Marbella, Cool Wedding Ideas, Cultural Weddings in Spain, Delightful details, Destination Weddings, Elegant Weddings in Spain, Exclusive Wedding Venues Spain, Fairy Godmother of the Costa Del Sol, Fairy godmother of weddings, Fairytale Weddings, Florists in Marbella, Getting Married in Marbella, Getting Married in Spain, Gin Bars for Weddings, Gin Palaces for Weddings, Gorgeous Table Settings, Helpful Hints for Weddings, Ideas for Weddings, Inspiration Boards, Inspirations, Luxury Weddings in Marbella, Luxury Weddings in Spain, Marbella, Marbella Weddings, Mediterranean weddings, My Inspirations, My life, Planning a Destination Wedding, spanish wedding themes, Spanish Weddings, Styling Weddings in Spain, Stylish Weddings in Spain, Stylists for Weddings in Spain, Stylists for Weddings in the UK, Table Settings, Themes for weddings, Useful Information, Wedding Colours, Wedding Flowers, Wedding Flowers Marbella, wedding planners Marbella, Wedding Planners Spain, Wedding Planning service, Wedding props Marbella, Wedding Stationery, Wedding Stationery Marbella, Wedding Stationery Spain, Wedding Stylists, Wedding Stylists Spain, Wedding Trends for 2017, Wedding venues in Marbella, Wedding Venues in Spain, Wedding Venues Marbella, Wedding World Unveiled, Weddings in Marbella 0 thoughts on “A Guide to Real Life Working Inspiration Boards for your Wedding”

As many of our followers know we are not just Wedding Planners with excel spreadsheets, although of course we have these and like to make them look pretty 🙂

With a background in interior design and retail merchandising, I am an experienced wedding stylist and I work with our clients to ensure their imagination is perfectly translated in preparation for their day.  I don’t just turn our clients over to a florist and other suppliers to pull off a look in the hope you will get the dream day you imagined.

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How to handle a hot wedding!

June 18th, 2017 Posted by About me, About Us, Churches, Churches in Marbella, City Weddings in Spain, Cultural Weddings in Spain, Fairy Godmother of the Costa Del Sol, Fairy godmother of weddings, Getting Married in Marbella, Getting Married in Spain, Helpful Hints for Weddings, Life in Spain, Luxury Weddings in Marbella, Luxury Weddings in Spain, Marbella, Marbella Weddings, Mediterranean weddings, Planning a Destination Wedding, Romantic Weddings in Spain, Running a business in Spain, Spanish Drinks for Weddings, Spanish Flowers for weddings, Spanish Weddings, Useful Information, Weather in Marbella, Wedding Flowers Spain, Wedding Planners in Barcelona, wedding planners Marbella, Wedding Planners Spain, Wedding Planning service, Wedding Venues in Spain, Weddings in Malaga, Weddings in Marbella, weddings in private villas, Weddings in Ronda, Weddings in Seville, Weddings in Sotogrande, Weddings in Spain 0 thoughts on “How to handle a hot wedding!”

This past week Spain has had a heatwave, which is unusual for the middle of June, but temperatures have risen to the 40’s inland and over 30 on the coast.  This, my lovelies, is shade temperature 🙂

Many of my past clients have said to me “don’t worry we have nothing but clouds and rain here and are looking forward to seeing some sunshine and blue skies”.

Well this ain’t pleasant sunshine and blue skies, this is searingly fierce heat, it is like being locked in a sauna for the day!

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