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Monday, July 27, 2015

Style and Glamour in Beautiful Barcelona

What a busy wedding season we have had so far for 2015 and finally we are beginning to receive photos of our fabulous couples on their wedding days.

We always squeak with excitement when we receive photos and it is a very rewarding time as we see the final results of what can be over a year of planning and designing.

Maui and Tom are a busy, professional couple who live in Barcelona and contacted us last July as they searched for a wedding planner to help them organise their dream day.  Having interviewed a few wedding planners, in Barcelona, they opted for Reviva Weddings and then we started the search for their perfect venue.

After a narrowing down and venue visits Maui and Tom settled on the stunning Castell de Tamarit, just outside Tarragona overlooking the Mediterranean and with it's own beautiful private chapel located within the grounds of the castle.

Whilst Castell de Tamarit has it's own fabulous in house planner Tom and Maui needed help with all the other aspects of organising their wedding day that was not provided by the venue.  Petra worked seamlessly booking the priest and organising the paperwork, to wedding dress shopping and fittings, suit shopping, hen party, rehearsal dinner, dance classes, organising local accommodation for their guests and all the elements that go into achieving a perfect day.

And what a perfect day it was, Maui's style was a sophisticated, elegant glamour so she opted for tall white and green martini arrangements and plenty of silver sparkle to style her day including table names in diamante frames, and Maui provided some lovely favours and details to compliment her wedding day.

The ceremony was conducted in the on site chapel and beautifully decorated by Atmosfera Barcelona and accompanied by a string trio and soprano.  Cocktails followed overlooking the Mediterranean followed by a delicious dinner inside the Castell and of course lots of partying until the early hours!

I would like to thank Petra for her hard work and seamless planning as she worked with Maui and Tom and also to Isabel who flew to Barcelona to assist on the day and of course our congratulations to Maui and Tom and hope you both have a fabulous honeymoon.

Hi Laura

We had a fantastic wedding. It truly was the happiest day of both our lives. All our friends were impressed with the ceremony, the venue, the food, the reception, the booze, the music, and the beach party was awesome. We all ended up in the water at 5am! No better way to cap off the night. 

Also, big thanks to Isabel for stitching up my torn wedding dress! That dress was a magnet for everything thorny! 

Thanks for everything!  Maui

and here is our testimonial from Tom
Great job (understatement)!

Flowers by Atmosfera Barcelona
Hair and make up by Nikoleta
Photographer Andrea Ferrara

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Spanish Fiesta Style Wedding

We love any Spanish Inspired shoot so I was delighted to see this pop up this morning from Burnett's Boards, Spanish Fiesta Wedding Ideas so had to share!

This lovely shoot is described perfectly as paying homage to romantic summer days with a Spanish inspired colour palette and props, we love the vibrant colours and eclectic mix of accessories.

To see the whole shoot do pop over to Burnett's Boards.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Bridal tips - Are you up to Speed with the Wedding Social Media?!

My life is weddings... bride chats, chatting about flowers, decoration, timings of the day, food, drinks, entertainment, you name it we chat about it!

So unsurprisingly we are what we like to think, up to speed, with all the latest wedding technology that is out there.

I am lucky I have 3 daughters who make sure I am completely up to speed!

So thankfully I am able to chat hashtags, Instagram, have you got your Wedpics account set up, do you wish us to promote your Instagram wedding hashtag, Wedpics photo app ID, Appy Couple, etc and surprisingly many of my brides have not heard of these.

I was chatting to one of my brides about her wedding and I suggested the Wedpics website, she had not heard of it and thought it was a great idea so is currently setting up her account ready for her wedding in a few weeks.

It is these times which allow me to ruffle and plump up my wedding peacock feathers and feel slightly more ahead on the teccie front!  Well I like to think so!  But it made me realise this blog post could be useful to many brides about to host their wedding.

So have you got your Instagram wedding hashtag ready?

Have you set up your Wedpics account ready for your guests to download all their photos and videos to your dedicated wedding Wedpic account?

If you have just started your wedding planning, have you set up your Appy Couple wedding website?!!

If you haven't, do, they are great fun and a brilliant way of sharing your wedding details and all your photos on one social media site so go and check them out.

If you are planning your wedding in Spain we also have a useful information guide so do contact us if you would like this to share on your wedding website.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Olives and Oleander in Olvera

What a fabulous few months we have had travelling around Andalucia to create some truly amazing weddings and memories for our wonderful couples.  

Ches first emailed me last year and said she wanted to hold her wedding at her mother's house in Olvera, between Ronda and Seville.  I of course immediately took on the challenge as can never resist these ones and off we shot to Olvera to do a reccie.  

Actually I cannot use the expression 'shot' as it took me a good few hours to get there but it was so worth it with such spectacular, stunning views across the Sierra de Lijar and La Harinas mountains.  

Since then I have travelled up a different route every time, not quite sure how this happened, but one took me over 3 hours but it was very picturesque!

We rallied up our most stalwartly suppliers for this task to set up camp in Olvera to create this fabulous wedding for Ches and Scott.  What fun we had!

We arrived the day before just as the heatwave started and checked into the most charming tiny Airbnb house in the town which rather invoked some curiosity amongst the locals as we landed complete with wedding paraphernalia of ribbons, baskets, lanterns and vintage furniture!   We were talk of the town by breakfast on the day of the wedding and all the locals knew about La Boda de Extranjeros.

We particularly drew attention to ourselves when I took a wrong turn out the town and found myself completely wedged in a narrow street, a wing mirror and wheel arch less and a few scrapes later I was out the rather alarming predicament of streets becoming so narrow you held your breath in the hope the car would shrink but sadly it got a bit of damage.  It is not the first time and won't be the last but just pleased I don't drive an expensive car!

We set too early knowing it was going to get shockingly hot and put together all the finishing touches to the day.  Many things such as the flowers could not be put out until the cocktail was underway and we created the cheese wedding tower too at the last minute due to the heat, never have I had to stand in a fridge as often as I could to admire the cupcakes!

Ches's mother had been busy too creating all sorts of wonderful things for the wedding including having a gazebo built, making confetti cones, ordering in haystacks and assembling a very quaint, eclectic mix of furniture, throws and cushions to create a really cool chill out. 

Aunt had been drafted in to make the cupcakes, it did of course help she was a professional baker and gradually the whole day came together with some wonderful suppliers such as the local Spanish guitarist and flamenco dancers all showing up to create a fabulous evening.

We would like to thank the suppliers who enabled us to do this wedding, Julia and her fabulous team from Gusto Catering providing some very mouthwatering food.  Silvia from Marbella Parties setting up all the lighting and background stuff, as I call it, from catering marquees to parasols and to Agata Jensen for these rather cool images.

One comment that summed the wedding up from a guest, as she launched herself upon me, was it was effing awesome as they rocked into the night with DJ Godoy!

Our congratulations to Ches and Scott and thank you to everyone who played a part in this effing awesome wedding!