There are many beautiful venues in Marbella and we are fortunate to have worked in almost all of them during our 11 years of creating weddings.
This venue, however, was on my wedding bucket list, I have visited it many times, at first when it was called Silks, and then finally it was taken over by the Trocadero Group who have created such a unique space.
Think of laid-back colonial style with a safari theme, dark woods, beautiful furnishings, cosy corners for the winter with log fires and a stunning setting on the beach surrounded by palm trees.
When Jill first contacted me, she explained her sister had previously married in Marbella so her venue was already ticked off the list, Jill was trying to find her own unique space that she and Tim could stamp their personalities on. As a couple who had travelled extensively they loved the idea of incorporating this theme into their wedding. Their romance was even long distance as they fell in love whilst Tim was living in Australia! I love Jeremys comment in his blog post about Jill and Tim that Tim was the bloke that had travelled the furthest for Jill´s sister’s wedding!
After much venue hunting, Jill and Tim arrived to visit the few venues we had narrowed down, one visit to the Trocadero Arena for a Gin & Tonic and they fell totally in love. Everything about this venue ticked all their boxes, the decor, the quirkiness, the stunning beach setting and the high standard of service and catering. I received the first of many giant bear hugs from Tim that day!
Jill and Tim also adore Marbella old town and had already booked their wedding ceremony at the beautiful Encarnacion Church where her sister married.
With the two important items ticked off their list, we were ready to help them plan the rest of their wedding.
Jill had a clear idea of what she wanted and had two suppliers she wanted to book, Jeremy Standley for the photography and Ian Preston for entertainment. Luckily they were both available as they get booked up so far in advance.
On a beautiful June morning, Jill started her day in a charming private townhouse, only a 2-minute stroll from the church.
Jill had two trials before her wedding day and did not fall in love with the first trial who was someone she had found. I urged Jill to give Louise a whirl and she was delighted, I met with Jill the evening after her trial with Louise for a G&T in Marbella, she was glowing and on cloud nine to have found the perfect hair and makeup artist for her day.
Guests gathered in front of the church at La Muralla and waited for the wedding party to arrive. There was an excitement in the air as Tim and his grooms party arrived and everyone entered the church to be serenaded by the beautiful sounds of Naiara the violinist.
The bridesmaids wore a primrose yellow and Virginia Florist created really pretty springlike bouquets. Jill wanted a delicate style for her bouquet, we named it the Kate and Pippa bouquet!
A beautiful mix of freesia, irises, baby button chrysanthemums and craspedias in soft yellows and blues complimented the dresses perfectly.
There had been a few upsets during Jill and Tim´s wedding planning journey which made this wedding even more special that finally, everyone was there and able to join them. It was such a beautiful ceremony, I was feeling emotional as Jill arrived at the church looking so happy and radiant. Sometimes you really do get to know your clients so well they become friends. As the ceremony was early by Spanish standards Jill and Tim had a few hours to treat their guests to some canapes and drinks in the Old Town before they could head to the venue.
It was a great idea and meant they could soak up some more of the atmosphere before leaving for the evening. The week they got married was the Marbella feria, so it was even more buzzing than usual despite the fact I could not park for love or money when I came to see Jill and just had to wait in the end for her at the church!
Many restaurants and beach clubs do not host weddings until the evening here so this is always worth bearing in mind when booking your wedding and checking what time you can access the venue.
When it was time to leave Jill and Tim were whisked off in a cool vintage Jaguar and their guests were escorted to waiting coaches.
After just a slow 15 minute journey, along the coastline, the guests were transported to this beautiful setting on the beach for the evening, it was just a dream, stunning blue sea, skies and a tropical paradise.
We added in simple elements to the existing decor, complimenting the style of the venue.
Fun gold safari animals were dotted around burnt orange candles in glassware, we used tropical leaves and succulents in glass baubles to add some fun to the tables, Jill provided flip-flops for the beach which we placed into raffia weave baskets.
Jill and Tim´s table seating plan continued with the safari theme and their guest book was a vintage world map, we pinned it to a cork board so every guest could sign it then it was rolled back up to be taken home and framed.
Both Jill and I became incredibly excited when she ordered gold safari animal cocktail sticks, they were just so cute and we styled them in a woven heart shaped basket with tropical leaves, it looked amazing!
The wedding cake was a delicious lemon and blueberry buttercream style created by Alyson. We used some succulents and more of our gold sprayed safari animals to decorate it and Jill bought the sparkly gold glitter personalised cake topper. We had to get some sparkle in somewhere!
After a beautifully presented meal by Trocadero followed the speeches and some very funny moments. The allotted time of 20 minutes ran into an hour and a half!!! Ian did a brilliant job of entertaining the guests and getting the party started along with Tim´s brother! He is now on my list as a wedding extra, just hilarious and if ever anyone needed a party guest this would be your man!
As the sun set and the party started, we set up a cigar bar and a Gin and Tonic station, Jill and Tim´s favourite drink.
The evening was just amazing, a beautiful first dance overlooked by the tiger on the wall, a fabulous bouquet toss and much laughter and merriment into the small hours!
We are still in touch and Jill recently left this lovely review on our Facebook page, I love the fact that every image of Jill and Tim´s wedding they are just beaming from ear to ear!
They say to be a successful wedding planner you need to be creative, attentive and patient. Laura and her Reviva Team were this, and so much more.
I have sat down to write this review on numerous occasions, but I have struggled to convey with words the amount of dedication Laura embraced us with.
We had quite a long lead time ahead of our wedding with a few bumps along the way, it was a demanding task but Laura was there for every step of our journey. Her support was endless and not once did she say “no” or “not possible”.
From the countless emails we shared to late night WhatsApp’s, I truly feel that to Laura, we were more than clients, we had become very close friends. The feeling was mutual.
We had a little difficulty finding the right venue but the moment we visited Trocadero Arena I knew it was to be our place. Laura embraced the unique safari theme in the resort and wove our detail seamlessly into the Trocadero’s surroundings. She and her team took our ideas and made them a reality and created the most special memories to last a lifetime.
I simply could not recommend Reviva enough, a high-end, high-quality, efficient service that goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Laura, Elizabeth and Jana, thank you for everything you did for Tim and I, wedding planning and beyond.
All our love, Jill & Tim xx
Our biggest congratulations to Jill and Tim and we know they have walked away with the most fabulous memories and images for years to come.
Thank you to all our suppliers whom we could not do our job without them and to Jeremy Standley for sharing these beautiful images with us.