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 Baker, Entertainment 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.