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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pretty Pastel Inspirations

Here in Spain spring arrived finally a few weeks ago and then disappeared again?!  

After a gloriously warm week of Mediterranean spring sunshine the Spanish weather turned back into a rather gloomy, wet and windy week but finally I think we will be able to welcome the spring just in time for Easter.  

Mimosa trees are becoming heavily laden with their fluffy bright yellow blooms which always remind me of those cute Easter chicks decorations and we have wild baby irises popping up which are one of my favourite flowers.

With all these beautiful colours taking hold as spring and Easter arrive we thought we would share some pastel inspirations and prettiness with you.

All images were found on Pinterest and Burnett's Boards.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Spanish Bougainvillea Wedding Inspiration

It has been a while since I have blogged our inspirations and real weddings and cannot believe I have not blogged for an entire month but sometimes life's events take over and things have to take a back seat.

I am still in a strange place having lost my dear father on New Years Eve which has taken up a lot of my energy dealing with my grief and also helping my mother through what has been a horrendous time.

My father was my best friend and meant the world to me, he was a huge support and a fun part of my life both as a young child and as I bought up my beautiful daughters. Without a real man influence in my life, he provided the head of the family role to me and my girls and was always there providing help, guidance and security.

I have spent the past few months coming to terms with the horror, shock and now trying to accept he has gone.  This has taken up a lot of my energy over the past few months hence the reason I have not felt in a good place to be blogging or feel inspired.

But life goes on and my love for weddings and all things Spanish continues along with glitter, candles and fairy lights.  

I so loved this bougainvillea styled wedding featured on Ruffled I wanted to share this with you as this would be perfect to replicate here in Spain.

The concept of the tablescape adorned with candles and bougainvillea is beautiful and the fact is it set by water reflecting the magically created space is just gorgeous.

I still love the Mamma Mia wedding and this for me is just a perfect wedding setting :)

Life goes on and my father would want it to so I will try really hard over the next few months to share my inspirations, mood boards and real weddings with you again and please accept my apologies for my absence from blogging for a while x

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Laughter at La Cabane, Los Monteros Hotel

Here we are still sharing our fabulous weddings from 2014 with you as we chase the photos in!

I don't think I have ever seen so many photos from one wedding so full of smiles and laughter throughout the entire day :)  

When we first met Suzie and Barry we knew their wedding day would be one big party, they were such a sociable, warm and pleasant couple and their parents were all great friends so we could see this was going to be a fabulously fun filled day with a family that loved life and loved celebrating!

Suzie and Barry held their wedding ceremony at the Encarnacion church then transported their guests to the stunning La Cabane Beach Club at Los Monteros hotel for a fabulous wedding reception.

The evening started off with Masquerade, during the dinner, making sure it was going to be a lively evening and they had an amazing fireworks display followed by dancing into the early hours of the morning.

The next day the festivities continued on the beach offering plenty of hangover food and drinks along with some more wonderful entertainment including the Brazilian drummers and dancers.

Our congratulations to Suzie and Barry and our thanks to all the wonderful suppliers involved in creating such a fun filled few days.  

Photos courtesy of David Toms.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Trending Black Wedding Cakes

We thought we would start this week off with our love of black wedding cakes which is taking the wedding cake world by storm at the moment along with beautiful cakes with calligraphy writing on.

The love of using blackboards for wedding signs continues to be used in most of our weddings we create and we have become rather famous for our beautifully handwritten masterpieces thanks to Isabel at Sparkle and Dash who creates all our wonderful handwritten signs, beautifully designed table seating plans and wedding stationery. 

Isabel has now launched her own company, Sparkle and Dash, so do hop over to see more of Izzi's work on her Facebook page.

It seems this trend is not going away and is being incorporated even more into weddings, being translated to cake designs and we love it!

We thought we would share some fabulous black wedding cake inspirations with you taken from Pinterest and also sent to us by Sweet Things by Fi as we work on our wedding designs.  

It takes a brave bride to choose this style cake but what a statement it would make and such fun to style up for your wedding day.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Wedding Celebrations at the Castillo de Santa Catalina, Malaga

Here we are at the beginning of 2015 and already busy planning our weddings for this coming year but are still receiving wonderful photos of our 2014 weddings to share with you.

Lea and Marouen's wedding at the end of September, is one of my favourites from 2014 and they were such a charming, sweet and delightful couple to work with. 

I remember meeting with Lea in Malaga at the beginning of last year and Jess driving Lea around Andalucia as they looked at venues, finally settling on the beautiful Castillo de Santa Catalina for their wedding and the Cortijo Sabila for the pre-wedding paella pool party and base for their wedding preparations.

As their wedding day approached though we were really excited but also frantically checking the weather on every possible available weather app known to mankind as a storm of gigantic proportions had been predicted hitting Malaga around 6pm just as their ceremony was about to start.  I think I was introduced to weather apps I did not know existed this day!

We, as wedding planners, and knowing the huge amount of rain that can literally pour from Spanish skies had sadly resorted to going with plan B to play safe but instead after much consulting, toing and froing and a rather large and elaborate floral arch being moved from inside the venue to outside via a lift and a flight of stairs, plus a little bit of stress, and last minute parasols being hired in, we decided to risk it and continue with plan A.

In the end not one drop of rain reached us as the storm raged out over the sea and a beautiful and fabulous wedding was underway.  We were so lucky but I have never seen so many eyes looking up to the skies and surveying the looming clouds!
The girls got ready at the Cortijo Sabila where they were well and truly looked after by the one of the greatest hosts I know, Yvonne.  Jess was totally in love with Lea's dress and having palpitations over her beautiful Jimmy Choo shoes!   Then the girls left and travelled down to Malaga to the stunning Castillo where Lea and Marouen's beautiful ceremony was conducted on the roof terrace of the Castillo de Santa Catalina by the lovely Natasha.   

We created a floral arch which we think looked lovely despite being moved and broken down to fit into the lift and quickly reassembled!   The aisle on the roof terrace was lined with blossom trees and blush petals and a welcome table was set up displaying the Order of Service booklets we designed, antique pink parasols, personalised fans and confetti.

The cocktail area set in the Castillo's ruins really did not need much decoration as it is so beautiful but we set up a fun area for bling rings and hats and created a lovely table seating plan with different frames set onto a wooden board.

As the evening progressed we have never seen so much dancing under the fairy lights, it was fabulous, the celebrations were well and truly underway.  There was a wonderful flamenco display followed by a delicious meal and a lot of dancing away into the early hours with Tristan the DJ.

The wedding theme was blush and golds, we decorated the venue with lots of lanterns and a large fairy light display hanging down the walls of the venue.  The tables were beautifully sparkly with our gold sequin table runners, blush, pink and peach floral arrangements set into vintage style gold pots surrounded with gold tealights, the whole effect was beautiful and stylish.

Lea and Marouen provided each guest with some very pretty favors of chocolates decorated with blush flowers and a little bag of sugar almonds which were set off perfectly on each place setting which we had styled with our gold charger plates and tied each napkin with a blush ribbon.

Jess and Rocio organised the whole day beautifully and the wedding cake was created by the venue and finished with some lovely gold glitter heart cake topper decorations ordered by Lea as she knew she could not have a wedding without my love of gold glitter!

We hope you enjoy these photos of such a beautiful wedding at the Castillo de Santa Catalina, we have lots of weddings there again this coming year so we are sure this will help many of our couples envisage their own weddings here.

Our thanks to Jess and Rocio for being such fabulous planners, the venue, Joseba Sandoval from Romance Weddings for such wonderful images, Yvonne at the Cortijo Sabila, Natasha the celebrant, Tristan the DJ and of course our congratulations to Lea and Marouen x