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Picture Perfect




Let there be



Spain and Gibraltar’s dedicated wedding bible


Winter 2014



Picture Perfect THE CORTIJO




Let there be




Spain and Gibraltar’s dedicated wedding bible

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Features, advice, tips, ideas and suggestions to help arrange THE PERFECT WEDDING IN SPAIN AND GIBRALTAR


Staff PUBLISHER Andy Clark


ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES Gabriel Moya Gonzalez Claire Conway

19 Aisle Style

renowned wedding and events planner Marina Grishko

Oriental inspired Annasul Y gowns

34 Designer Profile

We chat to bridal fashion designer Amanda Wyatt

Cover Stories 22 Bridal Couture

Showcasing the recent collection from fashion house Galia Lahav

50 Let There Be Light

See you and your husband’s name in lights at your wedding with this amazing range of products

84 Picture Perfect

Take a look around our favourite new wedding venue The Cortijo Country Club


13 Confeti Loves

Choose a green and white colour scheme for an elegant big day

16 Theme Your Day

Choose a lilac and gold colour scheme for a stunning wedding celebration

54 ‘8 wedding traditions you can say ‘adios’ to’ The latest feature from celebrant Natasha Johnson

40 Forever Oscar

A tribute to the man who made starlets out of women on the red carpet – Oscar de la Renta

58 ‘Do you Charivari?’

Padre Peter brings us his latest wedding related instalment

42 Get The Look

Recreate the Clooney wedding for your own big day without splashing the cash


46 A Flawless Finish



Makeup artist Liza Mayne tells readers how to stay beautiful from morning till night at your wedding

48 The Test Factor

Read our panel’s views on the latest beauty products



52 Confeti Talks to…

An exclusive interview with


Real Weddings

Finding and celebrating love on the Costa del Sol

Locations Location Location

We fell in love with the Cortijo Country Club and you will too after reading all about it

CONFETI Local News Round up of local wedding news

CONFETI’s Address Book

The best professionals, specialists and services

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Winter Dreams


nce in a lifetime you meet someone who changes everything. The celebration of finding that special person is surely one of your best days ever? All too often brides-to-be get swamped by the ‘wedmin’ and no wonder. Planning, organising and arranging the biggest day of your life in front of just about everyone you care about in the world is no mean feat. The CONFETI team prides itself on being the one-stop wedding guide to ease you through that tumultuous period leading up to the big day. We make it our mission to point you in the right direction, suggesting which colours are a match made in wedding décor heaven, advising you on the best wedding venues along the Coast and putting you in touch with the people who can make your wedding dreams come true.

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The bridal industry grows year on year; comprising thousands of different companies, it is more important than ever that we recommend the best, most reputable people in the business. Marina Grishko could not be further removed from the commission greedy wedding planners that circulate on the Coast. One of the most sought after wedding planners in the world, we whooped with joy at CONFETI headquarters when we heard Marina is now based here in Marbella. Read our interview with the party planner extraordinaire on page 52 to find out why she is the only option if you want a wedding of sheer excellence. Speaking of new additions to the Coast, we had the pleasure of viewing a unique wedding venue for the first time last

month – the Cortijo Country Club. As part of the well-known Cortijo Catering Events group, this fabulous finca is a private haven for the most discerning of brides. Take a look around the place on page 84. This Winter Issue of CONFETI is also peppered with shine and sparkle. World-renowned fashion house Galia Lahav has created a new collection of bridal gowns that lavishly decorate the body with sun kissed lace and endless pearl trains. We feature our favourite dresses from the collection on page 22. We have also fallen in love with Name in Light’s fantastic line of products; inspired by old cinema signs and fairground rides, Name in Lights constructs large stand alone letters containing bulbs to light up the room at your wedding. Be in with the

chance of having your and your new husband’s initials in lights at your wedding for free with a special competition for CONFETI readers. Find out how to enter the prize draw on page 50. Finally, be sure not to miss our selection of Real Weddings from page 62. These brides have walked up the aisle and live to tell the tale; they do so right here in CONFETI and share some words of advice and secret tips in the process. So, soak up all that is on offer in our Winter Issue and remember to get in touch if you need any recommendations or guidance – we are here, after all, to help you to celebrate meeting that one special person.

The Confeti Team


ONFETI loves...

By Amber O’Shaughnessy

These wedding details provide the final touch of panache every bride desires for her big day. The gold and cream colour combo works perfectly for a wedding, the tea lights adding a magical sparkling light to the venue whilst these ‘Eat Me’ and ‘Fizz Clink’ labels would make any dish or drink irresistible.

Starry Eyed


A Loving Lift

Carol Joy London has launched a luxurious anti ageing product, which repairs, strengthens and protects skin. Achieve salon quality results at home with this radiance-enhancing mask. Ideal for complexions lacking vitality, this rich cream quickly nourishes and restores balance to the skin, leaving it brighter, firmer and silky-soft. What better way to prepare for a photo flawless finish for your big day?

This utterly romantic, exquisitely detailed dress will ensure you make an entrance on your big day. With a fitted ivory bodice and semisheer overlay, it offers the form-flattering features of a belted waist tying to a bow at the back, threequarter length sleeves and a boat neckline. A full, layered skirt hangs beautifully to the floor in soft folds. Crystal bead and sequin embellishment covers the whole dress for a multidimensional effect and jewel-like sparkle.

Rosa Vintage Corsage Shoe

Be bold and beautiful at your wedding with these fabulous statement shoes. Inspired by classic vintage fashion, they feature a layered corsage rose with net and tulle petals and a glittery centre at the outside ankle. Made in premium satin with a peep-toe front, low platform for a higher heel, padded lining and adjustable ankle strap.

Love the Skin You’re In

This clinically proven serum empowered by TriEnzyme technology stimulates the skin’s natural cell renewal cycle. AHAs are combined with essential Vitamins A and C, to peel, smooth, tone and moisturise the skin naturally. White Truffle and Amino Acids provide the skin with Anti-Oxidant protection. Include this in your wedding prep skincare routine and you will be positively glowing on your special day.

Stationery Geek


Any wedding planner will tell you that organisation is key when it comes to arranging everything for that special day. So why not splash out on some lovely stationery to make the whole process slightly more pleasant? I love this notebook from the Butterfly Collection at Paperchase and this matching box of pencils. The multi-list book, which ties together with a textured black ribbon, contains an assortment of sticky notes and a ruled tear-off notepad.



ONFETI loves...

Home Is Where the Heart Is

By Amber O’Shaughnessy

Perhaps you’ve opted to have your wedding reception in a marquee - if so, add a statement piece such as this Darcy mirror by Fearne Cotton. Channelling a Parisian style, this item will add a real vintage vibe to your venue. Generously sized, the oval mirror is surrounded by a stunning ornate frame with intricate decorative detail, all finished in a stylish silver colourway.

Luscious Locks

This hair treatment is a unique formula based on the age old benefits of the oil from the fruit of the argan tree. Formulated to nourish and rejuvenate dry and damaged hair, this range of products will make your hair shiny and glossy in time for your big day. The concentrated oil formula will help smooth frizz giving protection and shine to all hair types whilst reducing drying time by up to 50 per cent.

Shine On

This glamorous jewelled box clutch with gold and silver coloured decoration will help you shine on special occasions and especially on your wedding day. The bag has been designed with all-over sparkly gems in an opulent pattern, a glossy ball clasp and satin lining and trim for a touch of luxury.

Belle Époque

Jewellery brand Diamonfire has launched a dazzling new vintage collection, inspired by old cut diamonds and the enduring romance of Belle Epoch jewellery. The range includes this Vintage Cluster pendant and chic Divine Pearl FETI CON -HAVE earrings, which provide the T MUS ultimate finishing touch to your bridal outfit Diamonfire stands out with its high quality designs and attention to detail. Using the highest quality cubic zircona stones that are cut, set and polished to sparkle like real diamonds without the high price tag, Diamonfire is leading the way in alternative diamond jewellery.

Beyond Retro

I also love this this stunning Melrose sofa from the same Home range; I like its clever mix of vintage style and contemporary touches. Again, why not add this piece to your marquee to provide a relaxed yet stylish area for guests to sit once the dancing has taken its toll? The sofa’s clean lines are shown off by the velvety fabric that covers them - and because it comes in the colour choice of mink, black, pink and gorgeous new blue, you’ll have no trouble finding one to blend into your wedding venue decor! 14 CONFETI


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Miss Saigon Style Annasul Y 2015 collection is affectionately inspired by the “Paris of the Orient�, Shanghai, particularly in the early 1930s, incorporating different features and materials to recreate the key elements of the era, namely elegant, romantic, classic and modern.

Stunning trumpet silhouette made of layers of lace flaunts off an hourglass figure.

Flawlessly reflect the personality of a modern bride in this sleeveless mermaid gown, a stylish combination of lace bodice and satin skirt.





nspired by the beautiful, historic town of Harrogate in the north of England, Annalsul Y designs impart an air of vintage demureness, teamed with a hint of modern sensuality. Radiating wedding day joy, Annasul Y designs provide that necessary touch of individuality for brides searching for nontraditional wedding gowns. An innovative use of fabrics and creative beadings help to promote the personality of each bride. A typical Annasul Y bride is not afraid of expressing herself in the most outgoing way. She has a confident sense of style that does not conform to temporary trends. She is always delightful, adventurous and full of life.

A twist to the classic romantic look with the application of tulle layered on lace alongside high-collar for the chic element.

The illusion neckline redefines the classic boat neck, allowing the overall look even sexier in this mermaid silhouette with an all over lace and embroidery.


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This collection by Galia Lahav is inspired by open skies and the union of two people. Through textures of vintage sun-kissed lace and endless ivory trains, an imaginative layering of textures, colours and fabrics illustrates the love story behind the dress. Inspired by sea, sand and mountains, we give you old time romance - and contemporary silhouettes.



The dress is long and tight with a bottom flare. Front detailed with lace cut of triangular shapes. CONFETI 23


Sheer chiffon dress with a sheer back and sleeves. Sleeves decorated with white chiffon buttons displaying beaded crystallised neck and cuffs. Dress has a gold metallic belt defining waistline. High slit on skirt. 24 CONFETI


Entirely covered in a sheer glamorous lace fabric. Body adorned entirely in beaded French lace with accents of pearl and crystal jewels. Open back with sheer details and open v-neck front covered in necklaces. CONFETI 25


Deep v-neck front. The dress is made of a heavy stretch satin with a sheer diamond shape detail in the front and open lower thigh paneling. Sheer heartshaped open back defined with a line of buttons.



Heart shaped open back with large antique lace on the sides giving a skin illusion. Multi-textured train and sexy body hugging silhouette. Enclosed lace at back neckline defining the beautiful opening, which is lined with antique lace as well. CONFETI 27


The color of this dress is a tan dusted ivory with sheer shimmering side panels. It has dramatic oval lace details going all along the sides of the dress and the detachable sleeves. It has a full tulle and lace skirt which is detachable.




Shimmering fabric constructed into a mermaid silhouette. Very deep falling neckline and very low naked back. Sheer detail with super positioning in the lace. Sheer long lace sleeves. Dress made of an antique dusty silver lace fabric.




Exotic bird-like silhouette. It’s a sheer and revealing dress. Back is very low as the sides are completely sheer. Feathery lace detail intertwining up the sides of the dress, sleeves and back. Low v-neck front, lined with buttons throughout. 32 CONFETI CONFETI 33

D esigner P rofile




It was a natural progression for me to become involved in bridal fashion design since... I’m from a bridal family! I was born into it, since both my parents worked in bridal design, manufacturing and retail from the 1960s to the 1990s. My family owned several bridal boutiques across the U.K and a manufacturing business that supplied independent boutiques, both in the U.K and internationally. My daughter is ‘Charlotte Balbier’ and you recently featured her lovely wedding in your magazine. We’re both delighted to be continuing the family tradition of bridal dresses. Both Charlotte Balbier and Amanda Wyatt are huge successes in the UK and internationally and I’m very proud of what we’ve both achieved. I’ve learned a great deal from Charlotte in terms of social media - she is great at tweeting and keeping in touch with her brides.

I specialized in bridal gowns because... Following in my parents’ footsteps was a natural, fulfilling choice. It is a lovely industry to work in, since it is wonderful to be part of a bride’s big day! My parents are trained seamstresses and tailors so they taught me about both the making of the gowns and the commercial side of the business when I was a child. I started working in the business in my teens so I have many years of experience, knowledge and expertise. It’s a delightful and happy industry to work in.

Personally, I’ve forever loved... Chiffon fabrics. I quickly became famous for my soft chiffon gowns and paired-down styling that was considered a breath of fresh air after the 80s ‘frou frou’ gown. Our brand has stuck to this ethos and delivers fresh and modern dresses to brides.


I predict that bridal design in 2015 will feature... Plainer silk dresses with beautiful body shapes. We saw a trend towards ‘less is more’ at Brides The Show in London last week. A bride may be looking for a plainer dress so she can add lots of accessory details. Our ‘Corina’ dress with the lovely boat neckline from the latest ‘Blue Iris’ Collection is an example of this evolving trend.


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My favourite celebrity wedding is... That of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin. The whole wedding was so romantic, with the star-studded guestlist arriving on boats to the ceremony in Venice. Amal Alamuddin looked absolutely stunning throughout the whole run up to the wedding. Venice was such a beautiful setting for a wedding and she looked gorgeous in an off-the-shoulder dress.

When choosing an Amanda Wyatt dress, brides can expect... A great fit. I also love to inject a bit of fun into the bridal gowns. The ‘Primula’ dress in the latest ‘Blue Iris’ Collection is a great example of this. The gown is adorned with lovely chiffon flowers. It also has a detachable chiffon sash so the dress can be worn many different ways.


I would love to dress... Pippa Middleton. She seems a little more adventurous than her sister Kate in terms of the designers she chooses to wear. She is looking rather cosy with her beau Nico Jackson so I am pretty certain an engagement could be on the cards soon! I can see Pippa looking rather fabulous in our Amanda Wyatt ‘Shelly’ dress from the ‘Blue Iris’ Collection. The dress has Art Deco inspired beading with diamante stones that would really give Pippa the WOW factor!

For a destination wedding, I would recommend... A lighter dress with less fabric. From our new collection, the ‘Ashleigh’ dress would be a fabulous choice for a 50s inspired look for the beach. Our ‘Skylark’ with spaghetti straps and chiffon is also a great timeless dress for a beach wedding.


My advice to a bride choosing her gown is...

To buy it 18 to 12 months prior to your wedding. Some gowns can take between three to six months for production and fittings, so avoid unnecessary stress and buy your gown in plenty of time for your wedding. You need to bear in mind that your gown needs to be made and then altered. You may require several fittings and it can be tricky to find the time to schedule these in with busy lifestyles and busy bridal boutiques.

My biggest achievement to date is...

The fact that the Amanda Wyatt brand has been successful in this industry for such a long period. We aspire to create dresses for all ladies of any shape and size so everyone can look fabulous on their bridal day. An Amanda Wyatt bride wants good design, fit, quality craftsmanship and to look and feel gorgeous in her Amanda Wyatt gown and accessories. CONFETI 39

Forever Oscar When news of Oscar de la Renta’s death hit us back in October, the fashion industry mourned the loss of one of its most renowned clothing designers. His gowns forever graced the red carpet as film stars and royalty alike chose to appear in his gowns. We take a look back at the way in which Mr Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo contributed to the world of fashion design right up until he passed away aged 82.

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Best of Bridal Aside from creating gowns for the world’s most prestigious award ceremonies and momentous occasions in world affairs, Oscar de la Renta created numerous collections of bridal dresses. Whether a household name such as George Clooney’s new lady Amal Alamuddin or not, the designer made every woman feel like a princess. His very last

commission was Amal’s gown, which was an off-the-shoulder design with a lace overlay. According to Vogue, the train of Amal’s dress consisted of so much fabric that her 12-year-old flower girl was unable to carry it. The Daily Mail reported that the acclaimed barrister told US Vogue: ‘George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can’t imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress… Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman.’

“Walk like you have three men walking behind you”

“The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness”

“My job as a designer is to make a woman feel her very best” 40 CONFETI

“Be the designer of your own destiny” Fashion Royalty Oscar was one of those people who seemed to have lived a thousand lives, from tales about Marquis de Cuevas’s famous costume ball to Marie-Hélène de Rothschild’s dinners. But how did this man, born in the Dominican Republic, rise to such heights in the fashion world? At the age of 19, Oscar moved to Spain to study painting but spent most of his time sketching dresses. When one of his sketches was published on the cover of Life magazine, he quickly received an invitation to complete an apprenticeship at Balenciaga. Oscar subsequently left Spain to work as a couture assistant at Lanvin in Paris. From 1993 to 2002, de la Renta designed a haute couture collection for Balmain, thus becoming the first Dominican to design for a French couture house. In 2006, he diversified into bridal wear and the rest is history.

Looking Ahead British designer, Peter Copping has since been announced as the label’s new Creative Director. At the helm of Nina Ricci, Copping took the fashion brand into new realms of femininity, playfully distorting fashion staples such as satin blouses, tweed jackets and little black dresses by adding asymmetrical fur collars and lingerie details such as lace trim. Taking the reins at Oscar de la Renta, Copping will showcase his first collection for the haute couture fashion house at New York Fashion Week in February 2015.

Cameron Diaz Annual Academy Awards Oscars Ceremony, Los Angeles Freida Pinto Cannes Film Festival, France

Jessica Biel Valentine’s Day premiere, Los Angeles Anne Hathaway 63rd Annual Tony Awards, New York

Kate Hudson Bride Wars premiere, New York

TOP 5 Oscar de la Renta Red Carpet Gowns



Clooney THE


In what was undoubtedly one of the most talked about celebrity weddings of the year, George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin married in Venice back in September.


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The global film star and his new wife, international human rights lawyer Amal, arrived in the city of love via taxi boat as the world’s press honed in on the dashingly good looking couple ahead of their nuptials. They exchanged vows at the seven-star Aman Canal Grande Hotel before a host of A-Lister guests, including Vogue editor Anna Wintour, U2 frontman Bono, actor Matt Damon and model Cindy Crawford. You may not be able to generate the media whirlwind or glitterati guest list of the Clooney-Alamuddin nuptials, but with our help you will be able to recreate elements of their celebration at your own wedding. 42 CONFETI

Hers: The ‘Encore’ dress from Watters bridal is a modern twist on Amal’s ivory tulle Oscar de la Renta gown. Both feature a linear neckline, which gives structure to each lace gown.


The swept cat-eye design is the ‘in’ shape for eye-wear this season, as displayed so beautifully by the pair worn by Amal in Venice. We love this Chopard frame in both black and burgundy to bring a touch of A-List glamour to your big day.

The Makeup His: In the day after the wedding, Clooney wore a well-tailored grey two-piece suit made by his good friend Giorgio Armani and an ice blue tie. Capture this look without splurging on the price tag with this silver two-button suit and steel blue tie from Formal Tailor.

Personal tips from our very own beauty editor, Liza Mayne. How to recreate Amal’s make up look for your big day: 1. Chanel lumber foundation - This foundation, with its creamy soft finish, has the perfect coverage for a flawless complexion and long lasting wear. Make sure to blend down the neck and dab over the ears. 2. Bobbie Brown Blusher in Pale Pink - This is a fantastic blusher. It allows you to build the colour to your desired intensity and add a soft girly flush to any make-up look. Great for your wedding bridal blush. 3. MAC Lipstick in Hot Gossip – This natural lip matching colour has hints of warm pink. Perfect if you don’t want too overpowering a shade but still a noticeable lip colour. CONFETI 43

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hen it comes to planning a wedding aboard, you already have the confusion of what, when and how regarding flowers, location and photographers. However, one of the biggest concerns for many brides is “Who’s going to do my hair and make-up?” and “How am I going to look?” As with many countries around the world, here in Spain there are countless make-up artists available to assist with your wedding makeup, however I would recommend that you find a trained professional.

This all depends on the personality of the bride. I will always explain the importance of framing an eye with a darker shade, as your eyes will appear more apparent and bigger in the photos. When I first started in the business the trend was for a soft, elegant natural look, however fashion and wedding trends have changed especially here in Spain. Brides are now opting for a more striking & glamorous look. I normally like to do an elegant smoky eye, which ties in with the bride’s individual style, wedding dress, skin and eye colour - these all play a huge part when choosing the right colour eye shadows. I love to make the eye prominent while still keeping it subtle enough that no one could comment “she’s wearing a bit too much make up” - there’s a fine line between the two.

Should you always have a makeup trial if you are getting married in aboard and, if so, why? I think a trial is a great idea, it puts your mind at ease that the look you want will be the look you get on your big day. It is always great to meet the people who will play a part in your day and discuss different option and styles. A trial ensures you have made the right decision. Many people will claim they can do make-up but are not actually a fully trained professional makeup artist. This way having a trial will ensure you are working with somebody capable and that you will be happy with the final look. What foundation would you recommend when getting married in a hot climate like Spain? There are so many products on the market but I predominantly use MAC cosmetics. Depending on the coverage each bride requires I will often use either a tinted moisturiser or a very light foundation as opposed to a “full coverage” foundation which could make them feel more uncomfortable in the heat and make their skin perspire. It is extra important to use a good quality primer and powder, this will ensure your wedding make-up stays on all day and reduces the 46 CONFETI

shine which may be caused by excess perspiration and will reflect in the photography. How do you ensure my wedding make-up will stay on all day and night? Simple - with a great application of make-up, good primers and a face fixer you will have no worries

about your make-up coming off during the proceedings. I like to use primers that helps fix the foundation and on top of this I use MAC HD translucent powder that has a fixing agent ingredient. To finish it all off right at the end, I use MAC Face Fixer - a spray that holds everything in place. I can guarantee that it will last all day and into the early hours of the morning, I have brides who can’t believe how their make-up has stayed on all night. Which look is better natural or glamorous? Is there a particular trend for weddings abroad?

Can a bride request to use her own make-up on her wedding day? I like my brides to feel as comfortable as possible in the make-up they are wearing. If a bride prefers to use their own products, i.e. foundation or a particular eye colour - I am more than happy to do so and will make the necessary recommendations regarding additional, or alternative products, so their make-up looks flawless on their wedding day. Every bride’s vision of what she should look like on her wedding day is her own, with over 10 years in the business, I provide personalised services to give my clients a professional finish every time. Now taking bookings for weddings 2015, contact me on

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FACTOR Our resident beauty expert and four brides-to-be share their views on the hottest products to hit the beauty stands.

Nicola McGeorge, 33, beauty expert, Marbella

1 The Foundation

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick


Kelly Wilson, 25, Nurse, London, UK

Francine du Toit, 19, PA, MijasCosta, Spain

Charmaine Williams, 35, Café owner, Cardiff, UK

Nicola: Get the first details right and everything will fall into place – that’s the theory, anyway! Of course, you need to have the correct tools, so isn’t it wonderful to have the brains at Bobbi Brown to do all the hard graft for us? We are LOVING the reinvention of this rightly famous Foundation Stick and for a number of reasons. Number One: it actually looks like skin and provides seamless coverage. Number Two: it’s a smart foundation and can adjust to the skin’s requirements, providing moisture or matte, as needed. Number Three: it lasts for ages and is hard wearing, reducing oil and shine in the most challenging

Ali Forster, 32, Hair stylist, Basingstoke, UK (but originally from Perth, Australia!)

of conditions. Number Four: it’s small, cute and very portable. Slip this little number into your bridal clutch bag and you’ll look fabulous all day and all night. Francine: I love this foundation so much and what is even better is that it’s so small that it feels like a make-up gadget. Also, because it has a transparent base with skin tone correct pigments, it’s easy to find the exact shade that’s right for you. This is nude foundation at its best – not only does it blend in easily but you will probably forget that you’re wearing it. I know that I did!

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Nicola: A bride’s worst nightmare is walking up the aisle with a face full of pimples, so Murad’s Blackhead & Pore Cleaning Duo should be part of your preparation. This two-step process is designed to reduce blackheads and seal pores against impurities. These two fast-acting products contain ingredients designed to detoxify the skin, extract impurities and excess oil, target sebum oxidation and tighten pores, thereby refining the complexion. The package features a 50ml bottle of blackhead remover and a15ml bottle of pore refining sealer. Get on this programme as soon as you can because it really does work.

Nicola: This was sold to me as the Rolls Royce of liquid primers and I must say that it does an impressive job of illuminating the skin prior to the application of foundation. If you suffer from blotchy skin or redness on the cheek or nose, Le Blanc de Chanel Illuminating Base offers a chance to correct this from the outset. As you might expect from a Chanel product it feels like quality, providing superb coverage and feeling gorgeously soft and silky. Definitely worth adding to your wedding day arsenal.

Ali: I have problems with my skin and breaking out near my big day (especially with all the emotion and stress) was my biggest nightmare. I was worried that, while the product might reduce the chance of zits, it would leave my skin feeling unnaturally tight or even scaly but I needn’t have worried. Job done!

Kelly: I really loved the effect that this product delivered – I swear my skin did really glow after I had used it every day for a few days and had some great comments from my fiancé, family and friends. I didn’t like the presentation so much though – instead of a pump they give you a small spatula, which made it seem a bit like spreading Polyfilla on my face!

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Nicola: I don’t know about you, but I’m not really at my most confident when around hairdryers and, to make it even worse, the ghd AIR® was described to me as a professional dryer, with much more power than the average. Aagh! I kept my poker face on when this intense industry pro was explaining all this to me, but inside I was wondering how I would cope with more power and more features. Well, if you imagined that I would look like a fuzzball after test-driving this magnificent addition to the ghd stable then I am delighted to say that you are so wrong! My hair looked shinier and softer than usual and of frizz there was not a sign. Shame on you, doubters! Charmaine: I am really busy and tend to wash my hair, brush it into place and leave it, so I took some persuading to use a hairdryer again because I haven’t owned one for years. The good news for dryer newbies is that the ghd AIR® is really quick and easy to use and offers salon results, even for someone like me. My hair felt great and had loads more volume than usual – I am genuinely impressed.


Light up your Add extra sparkle to your wedding or special event with this unique range of products from Nombre en Luces. We speak to Marketing Manager, Helen Buteux about the unique line of light up letters. Tell us a little about your product – what is it exactly? We produce a range of freestanding letters and words inset with lights. They are sometimes called marquee letters and are based on old-fashioned cinema, fairground and shop signs. We have updated this idea and brought it to the world of weddings and events. When did you first see the product at a wedding? Were you impressed by what you saw? We saw a photograph in a UK wedding blog about 12 months ago of a bride and groom standing next to their initials in lights. The lights were 5 foot tall (1.5 metres) and the groom had spent some considerable time making them in his garage. Since then we have designed a whole range of letters, styles, sizes, colours, options and materials. What sort of wedding and bride do your products suit in particular? 50 CONFETI

Everyone! For the vintage style wedding our Classic letters (0.75m) come in vintage font with delicate warm glow bulbs. If you want fun, bright and contemporary then choose a Giant letter (1.5m) in modern font with diamante, light scattering feria bulbs, available in white, pink, blue, green – you name it we have the colour to match your wedding! For something more subtle the Dinky range is available either as separate letters or whole words in script font. Battery operated and with twinkling LED fairy lights, they are perfect for walls, tables, hanging from trees even and to hold in photographs. Why do brides like the product so much? There is no better backdrop for photographs than these letters! They add a truly personal touch by using the bride and groom’s initials, names or words that have meaning to them. They

also allow photographers to get wonderfully creative for the wedding album! Do they come only as initials? No – you can have a one piece word in lights in script font – family, love, dance, the bride and groom’s names etc. Our new love heart lights with initials are very beautiful and we are constantly adding to the range. We can make bespoke orders, creating any name as big or as small as you want. Just send us your ‘dream’ and we can make it. We were recently asked for 15 letters spelling out two Russian names in a specific font. Are they only suited to weddings or other events/ occasions? They are suited for any event where you want to make a statement and have great photographic opportunities! We can also make numbers for special birthdays such as 18, 21, 40 etc.

Children love them for parties and they double up as personalised bedroom lights afterwards. The pink perspex letter light is unique. The Dinky words are fabulous as home décor items. The word ‘family’ and large LOVE letters have just been used on a family photo shoot. We have also made logos and bespoke words for corporate events and hotels. We were even asked to make Giant letter lights for a pop star on tour in the UK. Weddings can be a costly affair, how does your product compare price wise to all the other elements of a wedding? Why would you suggest a bride invests in your product before other additional details such as fireworks, entertainment acts etc? Our prices are designed to be affordable for all. The Dinky range starts from €30 to buy

and keep but our main business is the hire of the letters. Two Classic initials with an “&” start from €250 including delivery. Now for the important details: how would they arrive at the wedding – do you deliver? Do you set up the letters? We deliver for free from Sotogrande to Marbella the day before or the day of the wedding. We collect the day after the event. Delivery outside of this area is subject to a small delivery charge.

They are light enough to be easily carried and moved around the wedding venue. English: +34 640 628 641 Spanish +34 722 790 482

All of our lights are tested and packaged for transport and the wedding organiser/photographer can then set them up as they want on site. The Dinky range is battery operated so can be moved anywhere including gardens, trees etc. The Classic and Giant ranges require electricity but the letters clip together so only use one socket for power to them all.

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* A delivery and collection charge of €50 applies to wedding venues outside of the Marbella to Sotogrande stretch



ONFETI talks to...

C Features Editor Amber O’Shaughnessy recently had the privilege of speaking to event planner extraordinaire, Marina Grishko. Having designed and organised elegant and luxurious weddings and other special events around the globe, Marina is now based in Marbella, Spain and continues to deliver a world-class service.

It is lovely finally to meet the lady behind these magical events! How did you discover your talent for organising such affairs? It all began as a kind of hobby, I guess. I would often organise parties for myself or for family and friends. People would always comment on my knack for conjuring up unique ideas for events and my ability to have everything organised no matter the time scale. I would also organise our family holidays rather than go through an outside travel agency so I started to realise that I had quite a skill for this type of thing.


Then I read an article in a newspaper, which spoke about how easy it was to start up an event planning business; it required little initial funding and I noticed that there were very few companies in Russia (where I was living at the time) that delivered top quality events. I organised my first wedding in 2003 and it was a huge success! How did the progression from one wedding in Russia to hosting events all around the world occur? Within two years I had my first international wedding. The wedding took place in Turkey at

an edgy, minimalistic hotel. The entire theme was white; we strictly kept to this colour scheme and the end result was stunning. Still to this day, the hotel has an image from the wedding on its home page. I brought the same high standards of service, excellence and attention to detail to each of my events and soon I was working everywhere from Italy and France to India and Thailand. So you know no bounds in terms of where you will go to arrange an event, but do you have restrictions in terms of the events you take on? Absolutely not, I organise

anything from a Jurassic Park themed children’s party with life size dinosaurs to the most intimate proposal dinner between two lovers. How do you continue to find such unique locations for weddings? I am forever on the hunt for distinctive wedding locations. Travel is so important; wherever I go in the world I dedicate a couple of days to exploring. This way, when I meet with brides to be, I can recommend specific places because I have been there myself. Travel is also crucial because I see the world with different eyes. When I visit a place,

I envisage pink peonies here or a candlelit table centrepiece there and the place comes alive before me. This is very different from viewing a potential venue online through a website. What do all of your events have in common? I always try to incorporate something unusual into the event, no matter how small, just something that your guests have never seen before. For me, my worst nightmare would be to create a wedding that is generic. I make sure I speak regularly with each client so I can find out his or her hopes and desires. I see every single client as an individual, as such I don’t offer ‘packages’ but tailor the event so that my client has the event they have always dreamt of.

time, so I always like to arrange something really WOW. If you do it right, the energy in the room just soars to the level that is normally reached only later on, when the dancing and drinking begins. At one wedding in Lake Como in Italy, we organised doubles for the bride and groom to sail into the venue on a speedboat but fall into the lake as they stepped out of the boat. Every guest in the room looked on horrified until the actual bride and groom walked in from across the terrace to everybody’s delight. It started the wedding on such a high and set the scene for an unforgettable day and night.

The sky really is the limit then! What is the most outrageous request you have had from a bridal couple for their wedding and were you able to arrange it?

At a James Bond themed wedding in Cyprus, we had the bride land for her wedding by helicopter on the helipad that was situated at the end of a pier, whilst the groom swam in from the sea. I gathered all of the guests on a fourth floor balcony of the hotel, giving each of them a pair of binoculars to watch the scene unfold. Again, everybody could not quite believe his or her eyes.

The way the bridal couple arrive at their wedding is one of the most important parts of the event because it is when the guests see the bride and groom for the first

It must be so fantastic to generate such a reaction from the wedding guests! Is this the most rewarding part of the job?

Yes, the best bit is most definitely the wedding day, when I finally get to see my small initial idea grow into one unforgettable event. You obviously have years of event planning experience from your time living in Russia, but what are you hoping to bring to the Costa del Sol? Russians are very particular about their parties and have an eye for the most minute attention to detail and want only the best. My experience in Russia has inspired me to continue in this way. I have spent a lot of time sourcing the right suppliers and finding interesting venues as I only

want to work with the very best people in whichever country I am in. From my years of working with an international clientele, I have suggestions and ideas to suit people of all nationalities. I would invite anyone to come and meet me to discuss their requirements for any kind of event. Also, they can check my website to view my portfolio of events and read my client testimonials. I strive to be the very best at what I do. Event Boutique of Marina Grishko Tel: +34 633 288 143


Natasha Johnson, Humanist Wedding Celebrant and regular contributor to CONFETI Magazine


Wedding Ceremony Traditions


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here is nothing like a wedding to invoke sentiments of tradition, to make us turn to customs of old in order to inject some formality and etiquette into one of the most special days of our lives. And weddings are full of traditions! From the bride wearing something borrowed, something blue, something old and something new, to not seeing her groom on the night before and morning of the wedding, there is a tradition that governs nearly every aspect of the process. However, as we begin to modernise our weddings more and more and look for ways to add new customs and create more personalised


wedding days, many of the traditions of old are beginning to be abandoned and even considered by couples as old fashioned and, in some cases, simply no longer relevant. Natasha Johnson, writer and Humanist celebrant, takes a look at eight ceremony traditions, which - if you wanted to - could easily be left out of your big day.

Walking down the aisle with your father

It may seem quite controversial to start off with a tradition which is quite possibly the most loved and practised of all wedding traditions, yet it is increasingly becoming the case that more and more couples are considering other ways to make their grand ceremonial entrance. There are some brides who will never be swayed on this matter and want nothing more than their fathers to walk them down the aisle and this, of course, is absolutely fine. However, more and more brides like the idea of including their mothers in this special role and so have chosen to make their entrance with both their mums and dads. If you feel that doing this may diminish your father’s role slightly, don’t forget that he will still have his speech, too! Many couples also use this once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter their wedding ceremony together. There is something very symbolic about this, especially as we are now at an age when most couples are already living together before marriage, so why not continue that sentiment with your ceremony entrance and face the walk down the aisle together? There are many alternatives too, such as walking down the aisle with siblings or a close friend or relative with whom you have a special relationship and would love to give the honour of accompanying you down the aisle.

The giving away

This tradition stems from the father-of-the-bride being the head of the household who not only walks his daughter down the aisle but also publicly gives his permission for his daughter to be married. Some of the more traditional brides who have the most traditional ceremonies still like the idea of having a

formal ‘giving away’ process where their fathers stand, make a proclamation and then places their daughters’ hands in their son-in-laws’. As with some of the reasons in point number one, this tradition is one of the oldest and perhaps one of the least relevant, as more and more people recognise that no-one owns anyone and no-one is anyone’s to be given away! For brides and grooms who would feel uncomfortable with this taking place during their ceremony or who feel that its practice has no relevance to them, there are now many alternatives to having just one person give their blessing to the union. Why not have all your friends and family give their blessing to your union en masse? Many celebrants and clergy often ask a public vow of all those present, which is a great way of having your relatives and peers publicly support you. best woman? You need only watch the film My Best Friend’s Wedding to see how amazing (eventually!) Julia Roberts is as her male best friend’s best woman. I have also had ceremonies where daughters, sisters and best friends have served as best women and it has been such a refreshing element to the ceremony. So if the groom’s best friend or special person that they want to represent them on their wedding day is a woman, then go for it!

The groom not looking at his bride walking down the aisle

There is no doubt whatsoever that this tradition is steeped in romance, however in this day and age, there are definitely more reasons why it is nicer for the groom to watch his beautiful bride walk down the aisle than not. I always remember my husband saying to me how special it was for him to see me making my walk down the aisle and I do remember that moment when our eyes met. The walk that a bride makes down the aisle is a pivotal, life-changing moment, so it seems a shame that the groom is destined to be the only one who does not get to see it. Some brides are worried that if their groom turns around

they would be too nervous or they would start crying. However, you will be nervous anyway and more than likely you will be crying too, so I don’t think it would make that much difference! When, at the start of the ceremony, a groom asks me if he should turn around, I always say, “yes”. I love seeing in their eyes how glad they are that they turned around. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the woman you love walking towards you, looking you in the eye and letting you know that you are loved.

Best man? Best woman?

Gone are the days when a best man has to be a man. If the groom’s best friend is a woman, then why not have a

Wedding party - what wedding party?

I am seeing more and more weddings where there is no official wedding party and I must say I rather like it. Although I love the idea of having a wedding party, I think it is important that couples know that having one is very much optional. In talking about the wedding party, I am referring to bridesmaids, flower girls, best man, ushers, groomsmen etc, all of those traditional roles that we give to our closest friends and family. Many couples feel that there are too many special people in their lives and so prefer the idea of not giving any roles to anyone. I have seen grooms carrying their own rings, unofficial ushers showing friends and families to their seats and speeches being requested from CONFETI 55

selected guests, rather than the usual suspects. It is a brave move to do away with your wedding party, but there are so many other great ideas and fun ways to have people help you on your wedding day without giving them an official role or title.

nature. Here is an example of a vow that is similar to the traditional but which has been shaped ever so slightly to be more personal to the couple. Bride do you take Groom to be your wedded husband and to share your life with him? Do you promise to love him, comfort him and honour him in sickness and health, through the good and the bad and through the laughter and the tears, for as

Not facing your friends and family When you get married in a church, it is more than likely that the vicar or priest will ask you to face the altar (and therefore God) throughout, or for most of your ceremony, just as Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge did. This means that for most, if not all, of your ceremony you will have your backs to you guests, unless you have a more modern church ceremony where this is not asked of you. So, if you are not getting married in a church, where there is no altar, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever why you should stand with your backs to loved ones. Considering that one of the reasons why you are getting married is to publicly declare your love to each other, it would seem a shame to declare that love with your backs to your guests. And again, as with all of the ceremony traditions, there are so many great alternatives, including standing side on to your guests or, better still, facing them.

are neither the bride’s nor the groom’s friends, but their joint friends. By doing away with this tradition you can still have close family sitting at the front but one does not need to be so rigid about where they sit and on what side. It is, for example, a nice touch to have both sets of parents sitting at the front together, on the same row and both sets of siblings sitting together too. This tradition is definitely one of the easiest to abandon and with some of the best alternatives.

Pick seats, not sides

A wedding day is about the public union of the couple in question in the presence of their family and friends and one of the traditions most at odds with this is the custom of having your guests separated for the ceremony, to the left and the right. depending on their relationship to the bride or groom. Nowadays, friends and families are so indistinguishable and many couples have very close-knit groups of friends that 56 CONFETI

Saying traditional vows

You will have heard of the following set of wedding vows, or they will sound familiar to you, because they are the most common and traditional. Bride, do you take Groom to be your wedded husband, to live together in marriage? Do you promise to love him comfort him, honour him and keep him, for better or worse, for richer or poorer

in sickness and health? And, forsaking all others, be faithful only to him, so long as you both shall live? Of course, there is nothing wrong with these traditional vows, especially if you feel that they resonate with you and that they represent exactly what you think and feel. However, as these vows are only traditional and not a legal requirement now, more than ever, you have the scope to state vows which are of a more personal

long as you both shall live? Vows form the words with which you pledge your commitment to your loved one, so it is becoming more common to write vows which are personal to you and reflect you and your loved one. Many clergy and wedding celebrants are happy to oblige, so you only need to ask. This list is by no means a conclusive one. There are many more traditions that can be replaced with modern alternatives. Or, perhaps, you may feel there are some traditions on this list that you could not possibly do without on your wedding day. The most important advice that I can give is simply to remember that traditions and customs are not compulsory components of your wedding, so if there is a traditional aspect that you no longer agree with or even perhaps, never ever really understood the point of, then you don’t have to include them in your day.


he famous British satirical magazine “Punch” had as its subtitle “The London Charivari”. It was established in 1841 by Henry Mayhew, and finally closed its doors in 1992. It was in this periodical that the term “cartoon” achieved its modern meaning (as opposed to a mere drawing), but there is nothing particularly funny about the wedding custom known as “Charivari” (or “Shivaree”) from which it derived its name. In its origin it was innocent enough. The word basically means a lot of noise, and in the Middle Ages it was a regular celebratory wedding activity. Gradually, however, it


turned from expressing approval to registering disapproval. The activity became so bad that a 17th century Church Council banned its practice and threatened those who took part in it with excommunication. The Council did not want lay people deciding upon what was or was not socially acceptable. This was the domain of the Church. For example, widows who got married before what was considered an acceptable period after the death of their previous husbands were subjected to a barrage of noise during the night to disturb their newly married bliss. Suspected adulterers were pursued through the streets in a mock “hunt”, which

often ended in physical assault, and blood would be spread upon their doorsteps. Such activities sometimes led to grave disorder. Records exist in the south of France showing that on more than one occasion the victim fired on his accusers, resulting in death. The early French settlers took the practice to north America and Canada. On June 28th, 1683, the people of Quebec carried out a loud and disorderly charivari against the widow of a certain François Vézier and her new husband, for marrying only three weeks after the death of her old one. In north America houses were broken into during the night,

the “happy” couple seized, and carried from their home to be thrown into horse troughs. As time went on, however, the original use of the custom began to re-emerge. Nevertheless, in Tampa in September 1885, when “the wildest and noisiest of all the chivaree (sic) parties in Tampa’s history” lasted until daylight, the music was reportedly “hideous and unearthly beyond description”. And this was in honour of the marriage of James T. Magbee, a radical and popular local Union politician! The practice has thankfully largely died out today, but a remnant remains in the driving through the streets of

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cars sounding their horns, and the tying of tin cans to the rears of vehicles as bride and groom are taken off to their “honeymoon”. This word first appeared in English in 1546, but a dictionary definition of 1552 gives it a rather unfortunate meaning: “Hony mone, a term proverbially applied to such as be newly married, which will not fall out at the first, but th’one loveth the other at the beginning exceedingly, the likelihood of their exceadinge love appearing to aswage, the which time the vulgar people call the hony mone.”—Abcedarium Anglico-Latinum pro Tyrunculis. In other words, the initial first love begins to wane like the phases of the moon, and just as quickly! A kinder explanation of the term dates back to ancient Babylon, where the new father-in-law was expected to assuage his new son-in-law’s thirst with a month’s supply of “honey-beer”. This was certainly a custom amongst the Vikings, where the bride and groom went into hiding for a month or so, often to escape vengeful relatives from whom the groom had abducted the bride. Relatives of the groom kept the couple supplied with mead to keep up their strength. Such abductions took place from time to time throughout the centuries, and one of the main duties of the Best Man was to stand by the groom to keep watch against any last minute attempts to bring the nuptials to a bloody and premature conclusion. Wives and fiancées, of course, formed part of the spoils of war, and even today brides stand on the left arm of the groom to enable him to draw his sword in her defence should the occasion arise. Fortunately today such a need seldom, if ever, arises, but links with the past often survive in wedding rituals. In 1976, Alex

Haley (1921-1992) published “Roots: The Saga of an American Family”, a novel based on his family’s history, starting with the story of Kunta Kinte, his presumed ancestor, who was kidnapped in the Gambia in 1767 and transported to Maryland to be sold as a slave. Slaves were forbidden to marry, but despite the prohibition many did so, and in order to make a public, if illegal, declaration of their new status the groom and bride would jump over a broom. In the book Kunta Kinte and his fiancée follow this custom. The popularity of this book has led to a revival of the practice as a wedding custom amongst some African-Americans in order to show solidarity with their ancestors on the plantations. It is viewed as a painful but significant part of the AfricanAmerican heritage. But strangely, the origin of this custom adopted by slaves in the Deep South is doubtful, although it is true that in Ghana brooms are waved above the heads of newlyweds and their parents to signify the start of a new life. It is surprisingly in Wales that the custom appears to have originated (priodas coes ysgub – broom-stick wedding) and may have arrived with the Romanies in 1579. How the tradition got from Wales to Ghana remains a mystery, unless it be at the hands of some Welsh sailor engaged in the pernicious slave trade out of Bristol. As with all traditions, various meanings have come to be associated with this ceremony. In Christianity the handle of the broom has come to represent God, whilst the bristles represent the family. In Pagan rituals, rather more interestingly, the handle represents a phallus, whilst the bristles represent female energy. If adopted, one should be careful how one explains the ritual to great aunt Jemima…




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and then he asked me to marry him - my response was a mixture of laughter and tears, and of course, I said ‘Yes!’.

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We were young, crazy and care free at 17 years old. We knew of each other through friends and in the few times we would bump into each other I would sometimes get a wink and a smile and he would get a little wave back. Who would have known that 17 years later, I would be married to him! Bhavesh and I met again after some years at a fitness centre and we recognised each other straight away. We started to meet up as friends and realised that we shared the same interests however our friendship drifted slowly

when Jake Our love story began in a queue struck up a conversation Sadly for the cashpoint in London! had as he the timing was terrible, ‘Boys just booked a three-month HowOnly’ trip to South America. complete with ever we kept in touch, bills until Jake phone astronomical (much to send me a plane ticket friends on the the annoyance of his America trip,) and suddenly South holiday became our own romantic

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went to Cuba and that was where Bhavesh proposed to me. We were on a tiny island off the south coast of Cuba and on our last night on the island (we were due to fly to Varadero the next day to continue our holiday), Bhavesh had booked us a table at a restaurant. When we arrived, I was surprised to see that he had arranged for us to dine in a private cabana that was beautifully decorated with candles, flowers and white curtains that were softly blowing in the breeze. During our meal, we were serenaded with beautiful Spanish love songs. At this point he told me that he did this for me

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Two years later, we had been well acquainted with each other’s family and friends and we had been on a few holidays together and we were definitely ready to take the next step in our relationship. It was just a case of him popping the question. Last September we

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apart and we became quite busy in our own lives but we would call each other now and again over the years just to catch up until one day we decided to meet, enjoying each others company so greatly we began to spend more and more time together before falling completely and utterly in love.


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the rest of our and the beginning of in a restaurant lives. Jake proposed a few months in Paris in 2010 then twins hence later I fell pregnant with put on hold our wedding plans got for a little while. 60 CONFETI

because he loved me and he just wanted to say thank you for being such an amazing girlfriend and so I still had no clue what he was about to do. It was after dinner when Bhavesh suggested that we go for a walk on the beach. As we walked towards the sea, I was holding on to him and walking with precaution as it was dark with only the moonlight to guide us, and the deck that led to the rocks above the shore had large enough gaps for my stilettos to become wedged in! When we arrived at the beach, the moonlight hit the waves that were rolling onto the sand - we just stood there in awe of the scenery. We held each other tight and reminisced about the amazing times we had been through together over all the years we had known each other. He then suddenly said, ‘Can you see that?’ I turned around to see what he was pointing at, and as I looked down, a light shone on to the rocks where there was a sign that read, ‘Marry Me?’. I then turned back around to see that Bhavesh had got down on one knee! He told me that he wanted to spend the rest of his life and more with me

was sun, My vision for our wedding I really sea, flowers and glamour. outside, either wanted to get married suron a beach or somewhere in the blooms rounded by beautiful

idea of Initially I had a very different thought years earlier I sunshine. About three how I wanted my wedding, were relaxed Jake and I (newly engaged) I wanted more of a hippy beach as soon as I walking down the Marbella drink at feel to everything but go for a changed. front and decided to saw the venue everything restaurant. perfect but The Marbella Club beach The entire wedding was through the most sentiWe then had a little walk I would have to say the knew the speeches hotel grounds and I instantly of mental moments were that I had found the destination villa, of course, the ceremony. and, private and friends my dreams. The hotel’s Seeing all of our family and holds all that they had Villa del Mar is beautiful together and knowing 1950’s. I could the world of its charm from the all flown in from across parties that they all visualise all the glamorous was amazing. The fact in the past and as much as we that took place there enjoyed themselves my wedding; on the cake. that’s how I visualised did was truly the icing timeless. classic, glamorous and




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We went back to our table where we finished off our champagne, when Bhavesh told me he had another surprise for me! What could possibly be better than this? I thought he may have booked us in for a spa day or he would take me shopping… No. He had booked us both in for a skydive! Fancy being proposed to and then kicked out of a helicopter at 12000 ft... romantic at first, daringly devilish to end.


The wedding planning begun almost immediately after we had returned back to the UK. I had always dreamt of an outdoors wedding, with beautiful scenery and romance. I already knew that this would be the theme throughout. We decided to marry in Spain as we both travelled there often. Spain has always been a destination close to home and close to my heart... the ambience, the people, the laidback attitude, the weather and climate.... we had to get married in Spain!

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morning, the blessing ceremony in the afternoon followed by cocktails and the reception party into the night. All were outdoors, the weather was amazing and all this infused with the surroundings and the ‘buzz’ our guests came with made it truly the best wedding, I myself, had ever been to, and I still can’t believe that it was my own. I knew I wanted a traditional Hindu wedding with a twist of vintage and regal attire. Dianna from Party People and the team at Beau Rivaaaj ensured that the setting was just that and the planning was impeccable. The mandap was decorated with beautiful fabrics and hanging ornaments. It looked exquisite with traditional but subtle colours. The large pillars surrounding the amphitheatre were draped with beautiful images of Lord Ganesh. For the blessing ceremony, Dianna had stripped away the colours and left a beautiful plain white chuppah that was complemented by the surroundings of the Roman Stone amphitheatre. The ivory and soft pink flowers paired with our outfits made a perfect combination against the sunlight and the greenery.

I wanted a wedding with a difAfter the sounds of the Spanference and I loved the idea of ish guitar and a few champagne our closest friends and family all cocktails later, guests were coming to celebrate our wedding ushered to the reception on the abroad and also enjoying a holioutdoor terrace surrounded by day at the same time. We decided olive trees with suspended Chito have a three day event, with the nese lanterns and wicker hearts. Michael and first being the Surprises for our guests, and our Melan night. The two day mendhi ie marri celeb second day was a leisure selves, were ‘wow’ factors starting ration day at ed in a elegant family, friend surro the Crowne Plaza s with flamenco dancing, speeches Estepona and son, with unded by their Dexter. golf and spa in the morning, and performances from our loved a pool party in the afternoon and ones to large glow sticks on our a dinner in the evening and the entrance, a live bongo player over last day wasOUR our big a UK DJ spinning the best beats dayY… STOR - with the Vedic Hindu Micha ceremony and then a firework finale. el and I in the met throug ing and h workliving in Marbella, the Real in Estate secto years ago. r about 8 CONFETI 61 property I was working for developer a for a renow and Micha el company. ned Real Estate He was professiona charming, polite and l, kind way about him, had a very of misch with a hint ief After a few in those blue eyes. each other, years of not seeing each other we bumped into again and meet up decided for coffee to tea, and or hence forth in my case good friend became s. We were ing for differe worknt comp then and anies by we chat, laugh would meet up to woes over , tell each other our a ner. Micha bit of lunch or dinel board and was my sound ing confidante. enjoyed each others We really everything company, plicated. was easy and uncom OUR VISIO One day shortly after one of my Spain holdsN… birthdays, my age and the in our hearts a very special (not telling of cours wedd as we have place e) we met normal and all the ladies ing date, given lived here up both to for many turned out kissed’ and things changed, as real treat our son to be ‘we Dexter was years and and also was born. Michael and Melan proved to a an excell Costa del born in the ent be ie Sol Hospi friends and memento for our sion was tal. Our vito share family. Michael our and this proposed special time wedding 2 month later, on OUR MOST with our s the last loved ones. in our lives day amazing MOMENTS TREASURED we wante We knew cruise holidaof an d to get … beautiful It everyo togeth is hard to ne all er and for ring. It was y, with a select just our neare ful surpri moment a wonderand deare one se st from our st to be wedding even start and before we could as each a part of initiation day and every planning our into marrie I was pregn perfect. the wedd minute was addition, d life and However ing, for some ant. when the churc , who had in yet had the h and Julie- I entered not soprano our darlin pleasure, to meet singer beganAnn our g son. Ave Maria singing my heart also dedic melted. We chose She ated Villa Tiberi ing the recep a song to us location o as our duras tion dinne created such wond it is decorated with a very speci r, which for Micha fountains. erful gardens and al memo el ry A simple the funnie and myself. I think scheme colou r of st mome nt when my pale blue just off-white and mother was had to be was select Flamenco perfectly complemened, which dance and doing her cided he simple and Dexter deted our could elegant grandmothe n´t be withou adorned vision. We t his the main r, ‘Abu’ for moment table with crystals even one so and blue her on the he decided to join place cards chose invitations, dance floor! and a stunn all, having seating Above ing plan in the everyone cherish The pale same hues. we love togeth and blue days ultima er for two whole embellished Spanish fans, tely with our made our ding everyt names wedever wishe hing we could have d for and more.

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Kimberley and Lance celebrated their dream wedding surrounded by their closest family and friends. Flight of Destiny Lance and I met through my father. He was a friend of my father’s and, as far as he was concerned, I was off limits. However, this didn’t stop me and, after a night out in the port on holiday in August 2008, I invited him to visit me back in the UK. Less than a month later, Lance came over for a few days to where I was living in Cheshire. He actually missed his original flight, but I knew it was meant to be, so he had to pay 280€ for a later flight that same day. Lance joked that this would be a story to tell our children when they were older. After visiting Lance in Spain in October and November and after only three months of knowing each other, I decided to quit my job and move to Spain so that we could be together.

Under the stars In March 2011 our gorgeous son, Oliver Daniel, was born. We were a growing family, with George, our fabulous English bulldog and several other pets including goldfish and an African Grey parrot. However it felt like I was waiting forever for Lance to pop the question. He took me to London for my 30th birthday so I became really excited that this was going to be the moment. When he didn’t propose, I have to say I was slightly disappointed but he made up for it by getting down on one knee beside the lake at The Mere, in Cheshire, under the stars - the day after my birthday. It was quite funny as I was so shocked that he had finally done it that he actually had to prompt me for an answer. We knew that we would have quite a long engagement as I wanted

to have another baby before the wedding and I wanted to enjoy the planning of the wedding too. In December 2013 Millie Rose was born and she completed our family. Diamantes and sparkle I had always wanted a traditional English wedding, but decided that with a baby on the way, travelling to England and back and trying to organise a wedding abroad wouldn’t be the easiest option. We had always joked that we would get married one day in TikiTano. When we went to have a look at the place – WOW - we just knew it was perfect! Scarlett was extremely professional and explained that she would fit in with our plans and could do as much or as little as we wanted regarding the organisation of our big day. I had originally wanted to get my dress here in Spain as I thought it would be easier with fittings and also whilst trying to lose my baby weight. But not having my mum and bridesmaid here to help me choose was so difficult, so I booked some appointments at three bridal shops in Norwich. After trying on the third dress in the first shop, I knew I’d found ‘The One’! My fittings were completed at Santos y Eva in Marbella. They were also responsible for organising and fitting the men’s suits and I found them very professional and helpful. I struggled with style for the wedding as there is so much choice out there these days. They say every girl dreams about their wedding day and what it will be


like, but actually I had no idea! I’d always loved pink gerberas, so knew that that would be the main focus. The rest I just wanted to be bold and simple, with lots of diamantes and sparkle. Special mention We would just like to offer a special mention to our good friend Andy Anderson who sadly passed away a few days after our wedding. We feel honoured that he was part of our special day and feel sad that we didn’t have the opportunity to thank him for entertaining us alongside Alicia and Leo. May he Rest in Peace. Favourite moment My absolute favourite moment was arriving at the end of the aisle to find Lance. When he turned to me he was totally surprised by the way I looked. He was so emotional and we felt so in love with each other at that moment. If I had to do it again, I would change… I wouldn’t change a thing about the actual day but the stress beforehand was completely unnecessary, as the day was perfect. So if I could do it again I would definitely relax more. My advice to any brides to be is to RELAX and enjoy the run up to your big day and the actual day, as it goes way too fast and you’ll never get it back again!

Address Book Venue: TikiTano Gibraltar celebration: Sunborn 5 Star Yacht Hotel Photographer: Agata Jensen Photography Dress: Pure Norwich, UK Suits, page boy outfits and dress fitting: Santos y Eva Flowers: Deseos Cake: by Katie at Purple Cakes Hair: by Claire Toni and Guy, Makeup: Nicola McGeorge Golden Tarts Wedding night: Villa Padierna


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Fate may have had a hand in kick-starting their romance, but there was no way that Sophie and Tom were leaving anything to chance when planning their wedding. Crete Expectations We love telling people how we met because it’s a story that reveals fate working at its hardest. Nearly eight years ago I spent a summer season working at a bar in the popular tourist spot of Malia, Crete; little did I know that at that same time Tom was also working in the same place. Small world! After leaving a flat I had rented with friends, I soon caught up with them a few weeks later after moving out to find that someone had moved into my spot. “Whose suitcase is this?” I asked. “Oh, that belongs to a guy called Tom Warren”, they replied. We never crossed paths in Malia even though Tom had moved into my room that I rented before and we had the same group of friends. He always tells me that he was a local in the bar I worked but we just never knew of each other’s existence until six months later, back in Leeds when I met up with my Malia friends, only to find Tom with them. We instantly hit it off and the rest, as they say, is history. Foreign Proposal To mark our sixth anniversary, Tom and I set off for Thailand, a special place for us because it was the location of our first holiday; we had backpacked our way around South-East Asia together. On the day of our anniversary Tom whisked me off to our very own five-star villa, overlooking the sea and, complete with an infinity pool, it was a little piece of heaven. On that evening as we sat by the pool beneath the stars, Tom got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. We finished the night with a candlelit dinner, complete with our own pianist and endless champagne. One thing I’ll never forget is Tom telling me that he wanted to make the proposal one I’d never forget and I really won’t ever forget that. Celebrate in Spanish style We didn’t want a traditional English wedding. Instead we were after a laid back celebration in the sunshine and Spain seemed like the perfect place, because we were guaranteed sun and the flight time isn’t too long from the UK. I have spent a lot of my childhood holidaying on the Andalusian coastline so I knew that Spain would be a hard location to beat.


We hadn’t even seen the venue when I booked it but when I saw the images I just knew it was the villa for our big day. Casa Del Rio is set in the small town of Benahavís and you have to drive right up into the mountains and off a dirt track to find it. The whitewashed villa set against the beautiful lush green trees made for the perfect setting. It’s so secluded and when you stay there you can’t quit believe it’s all for you. Vintage values I opted for a vintage wedding with a colour scheme of blush, dusty blue and white. My dress, by Mori Lee, was a sweetheart neckline fishtail that I teamed with a bespoke headpiece and veil, designed by a celebrity milliner in Melbourne, Australia. Just before dinner I switched the veil to a vintage headpiece from a boutique vintage store called Luella’s Boudoir in Wimbledon Village, London. My flowers were absolutely stunning, a mixture of dusty pink avalanche roses, which were woven into the ceremony setting with petals sprinkled down the aisle and flower mason jars. We only invited 50 guests as we wanted an intimate celebration so we had about four rows of 10 to 15 white chairs with lacing on the back, all set up in a curved shape to face the altar. The altar was styled with a white vintage table, overlooked by an arch made out of white lace. The vintage theme inspired all of our décor, which included bird cages for place holders, bird cake toppers, hanging hearts and birds from the trees and bespoke birdcage for the card holder. My bridesmaids all wore the same foot-long blush maxi dress and their hair was styled into a ‘boho bun’ and completed with a flower crown. Music – and the food of love The food was absolutely sensational, right from the canapés to the midnight snacks. After the ceremony we hosted a canapé and cocktail hour, complete with a vintage lemonade bar and during this time we also had a traditional Spanish guitarist. Traditional order, however, was overturned, as we had our first dance before sitting down for dinner. We compiled a jazz

themed playlist for dinner, after which our DJ blasted music from rock n’ roll to contemporary tunes. For the extra entertainment, we surprised our guests with a salsa show just after dessert; two professional dancers took to the stage and performed some high energy salsa. This was a fantastic ice breaker as they also kicked off an audience participation dance when we hit the dance floor after dinner. I have to give special thanks to my wedding planner, Rachel McFadden of Rachel Rose Weddings. Tom and I were living in Australia when we were on the hunt for a Spanish wedding venue and I knew I had to have a planner as I couldn’t organise it all from the other side of the world. Rachel won me over with her amazing style and décor talent and when I had seen her past weddings I just knew I had to have this lady to help me plan my day. Rachel and her team were exceptional, I didn’t worry about a thing and the whole day was just perfect from start to finish. Favourite Moments There are so many but the stand outs were getting ready with my girls, walking down the aisle and meeting Tom’s eyes for the first time, our personal vows and sharing our celebration with our nearest and dearest.

If I had to do it again, I would change… Bringing out the tequila bar so early but that’s really the only thing. I love rustic themes so if we ever renewed our vows I’d stage it in the style of a woodland wedding, teamed with fairy lights.

Advice for future brides getting married in Spain Book taxis in advance. Because our villa was secluded a lot of the local taxi companies didn’t know where we were, so it made it a little difficult when guests were arriving. Research is key, so make

sure you ask loads of questions about the venue and costs before you book and also choose the right time for the ceremony. We hosted ours at 3.30pm which was a perfect time as the sun had crept behind the trees, so guests were shaded.

Address Book Makeup artist: Liza Mayne, Photographer: Anna Gazda of Limelight, Wedding planner: Rachel Rose Weddings, Hairdresser: Flying Scissors Marbella, Videographer: Evergreen Malaga, Catering: FiestaSol Marbella, DJ & Salsa Dancer: Scarlett Entertainment, Vintage Headpiece: Luella’s Boudoir, Wimbledon London, CONFETI 65

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Barry and Symone chose the most glamorous of Marbella weddings. High School Sweethearts Barry and I met at school when we were just 15 years old and have been together ever since. We were engaged in Barcelona, where Barry popped the question at Castle Montjuic overlooking the city at sunset. He chose that particular spot as he thought it would be quiet and romantic at that time of night. Unfortunately for him it was really busy with tourists and he had to pop the question in front of them all! ‘Wow’ Factor Spanish Wedding We chose Spain as we got engaged there and wanted a wedding that we would always remember. Having the wedding abroad meant that we could have a big family holiday at the same time. We chose Iglesia de la Encarnacion for our ceremony as it had the ‘wow’ factor and we wanted a glam wedding. We visited a number of venues for our reception and originally had our heart set on a villa, but when we saw Finca La Concepcion it blew us away, it was so grand and like nothing we had seen before. I loved the fact that it was very private and that there were no noise restrictions as we love to party!


The themes for the wedding were glamour and elegance. I really wanted to personalise every aspect of our day and give our guests a day they would always remember. Designer Looks I wanted a dress that was dramatic but classy and the Demetrios dress I chose was perfect. I customised it by dropping the waist and reshaping the bust to create a sexier silhouette in the top half of the dress. I wore Badgley Mischka shoes and went for full glam make-up and bouncy hair. My colour scheme for the bridesmaids was white and I chose cocktail dresses for them which I felt worked really well for a Spanish wedding. I bought the dresses online and had the tulle belts made and customised them myself with a diamond brooch. I also bought Indian headpieces which lent an exotic look to the overall outfit. The groom wore a threepiece Kenneth Cole suit in blue and the groomsmen also stuck to that look. My little brothers and cousin stole the show on the day with their outfits: the flower girl’s dress was custom made from a design I had and the page boy looked cute in braces and bow tie.

Personalised Touches My favourite colour is pink so there were a few pink touches including the beautiful pink peony bouquets carried by the bridesmaids, pink ribbons on the ladies’ chairs and pink detail on the menus and tables. The décor at the ceremony was very glam with white candelabra centrepieces, white flower pompoms in the trees, an open-topped canopy marquee with a beautiful big chandelier and lots of crystal details. We had lollipop orders of service which also doubled up as fans to keep our guests cool. Also, there was a ‘Here Comes the Bride’ sign which my little brother carried down the aisle. The table plan had Polaroid selfies of each guest (which I sourced via their Facebook and

Instagram pages) which got a great reaction. The favours were baby pink fans for the ladies, which went down a treat! A Sparkling Celebration Marbella Catering was amazing! We opted for a three-course meal and an open bar in the evening, which guests really appreciated and it was our way of saying thank you. My favourite part of the meal were the Knickerbocker Glory desserts with sparklers. The music on the night was perfect, thanks to DJ Tristan Harper. He was amazing and got everyone on their feet the whole night. Leonardo Puerta also played the saxophone, which added a real upbeat, holiday vibe to the whole evening.

One of my favourite moments from the day was a performance from my papa. He wrote a beautiful song for Barry and I and also surprised everyone with a dance; it was so unexpected but really got the party going. Barry’s dad also sang - he chose ‘Always and Forever’, which was really special. If I had to do it again I would make it to the chapel on time! My dad drove me and got lost and I ended up running through the old town to get to the chapel. My advice for future brides marrying in Spain.. Hire Lisa Franco as your wedding planner and everything else will fall in to place!

Address Book Dress: June brides Glasgow Shoes: badgley mischka Groom: Kenneth Cole Catering: Marbella Catering Makeup: Liza Mayne Ceremony: Iglesia de la Encarnacion Reception: Finca la Concepción Decoration: Michelle Dj: Tristan Harper Saxophone: Leo Wedding planner: Lisa Franco


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Tom and Laura chose Sol Wedding Photography & Film to capture their rustic romance. Rural Charm We chose to get married in Spain as the country has a very special place in our hearts. My parents retired to an olive grove in the Axarquia region and their home is one of our favourite places in the world to unwind and savour each moment at a leisurely pace. Be Wild Tom and I met at a mutual friend’s home as the festivities of the Notting Hill Caribbean Carnival continued outside. It was as though we had known each other for years. We talked all night and haven’t stopped the conversation in the last 10 years. We took each stage of our relationship at a leisurely pace. We moved to Australia after four years of being together and Tom told me he planned to propose a year after settling into Australian life, but it took another year before he spotted the ideal opportunity to pop the question. We got engaged at the end of a beautiful coastal walk just outside Monaco where I used to live when I was young. It was summertime and very hot, even though the sun had started to set. Tom suggested we go for a swim in one of the coves to cool off. I sat on his knee not realising that he was intentionally on one knee as we talked. And then he pulled out the ring and proposed! It was the perfect proposal for us, out in nature and spontaneous. There were only a few other people there. I vaguely remember a woman relaxing on a rock close by with a beaming smile on her face.


Our venue choice was a very considered one. I grew up in Toronto, France, Montreal and the UK and Tom is from the UK; we now live in Sydney, Australia. A destination wedding was definitely on the cards for us because we had family and friends coming from Australia, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Canada and the US. After considering venues in various countries, we had more than enough venues on our favourites list but no firm decision. While visiting my parents in Spain my parents suggested Hotel La Viñuela, a venue close to their home. When we saw the lush beauty of the hotel with that sensational turquoise lake in the background our wedding venue shortlist became irrelevant in an instant. Wind was also a very important consideration for us. The position of Lake Viñuela means that we avoided the winds that you get by the coast that can

make it difficult to hear and feel relaxed in formal wear. Finally, it was important to us that the wedding felt intimate and that meant everything needed to be in one place. Preparation, the ceremony, cocktails, reception and dancing afterwards would all happen in one easy-to-access space where guests would be free to enjoy themselves, but also to pop back to their rooms if they needed to. A Fruitful Affair We didn’t intentionally set out to

have a style other than knowing we wanted everyone to feel relaxed and playful, so we told our guests to wear what they felt comfortable in, whether this was a formal suit with shorts and a hat or a floaty sundress. We love nature and our house is always filled with flowers and brightly coloured fruit and veg from our garden or the local markets, so we added similar splashes of nature’s gifts Spanishstyle. The mothers created piles of oranges, limes, lemons and olive tree branches around the ceremony and reception.

teacher, Nicky Haslam from Ceroc Sydney. Although at the time it was all a blur, the songs now give me chills every time I hear them because of their significance, from the selection process, mixing the sections we wanted into a single track, practising with Nicky at our home in Sydney and then giving it our best go on our wedding day.

Treasured Moments My aunt was our celebrant and she created a colourful sand ceremony just before we exchanged rings. We wanted to involve more of the family in the ceremony and it was a great opportunity to call our parents up from their seats to help pour some of the sand into the glass vase. Tom’s mother is an artist and she painted a tree on canvas for us, which guests added to with colourful finger inks and a little message. Both our sand

ceremony vase and wedding tree, now framed, are treasured reminders of our special wedding day. One of a Kind We chose Greg from Sol Wedding for our Wedding Film DVD and Pierre Richardson (Sol Wedding) for our bridal photography. Greg is so passionate about what he does, he had plenty of ideas about how to create the DVD and, most importantly, we trusted his skill and his integrity.

The Sweetest Memories My less expected favourite moments amongst the many that I predicted were the speeches - my best friend Nancy surprised me with the sweetest, funniest speech! We also enjoyed the best man speech, which we were expecting might leave Tom cooling down from embarrassment in the kitchen fridge but, to our relief, it was heart warming. We also prepared a funny dance routine with the help of our dance

Marrying in Spain Absolutely - go for it. Make allowances for any questions you have to be answered at countryside rather than big city pace and keep an open mind, because there are so many good things about the region. We had fantastic weather, a beautiful fragrant environment, great food and we were able to add in lots of extra features to our wedding because the region offers better value for better quality compared to other Westernised countries.

Address Book Photography: Pierre Richardson for Cinematography: Greg Korvin, Venue: Hotel La ViĂąuela, Dress: Pronovias, Dance Academy: Ceroc Dance,


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Nadia and Nadim brought their families and friends from all over the world for a huge party in the most magical of settings.

Right Time, Right Place It was a real stroke of fate that Nadim and I met each other, since we lived in different countries - me in Russia and he in France. We would never have met if it were not for a New Year’s Eve party in Moscow that we both attended. Nadim was with a childhood friend and I happened to be at the same place with friends, which was most unusual for me as I had always spent New Year’s Eve with my family. It therefore felt like it was meant to be from the start. At exactly twelve midnight Nadim approached me, we got chatting and it carried on from there.

We chose navy blue for all the details, including the dresses of my bridesmaids. I had the idea of placing flowers around their heads and our florist made my dream come true. It looked elegant and romantic. The Power of Love The ceremony was conducted not at the venue’s usual place, but under a beautiful white summer pergola. It looked very romantic. The florist decorated the area with flowers, lots of white materials, elegant chairs and a concertina fan for each guest. Natasha Johnson led the ceremony and it was simple but beautiful – exactly how we wanted it to be. A month before the wedding, Natasha had asked us each separately to write down the meaning of marriage. She read out our definitions during the ceremony, which was a lovely touch. We loved the way Natasha made our ceremony so personal and would recommend her to any brides to be.

Within a year, I moved to Spain to be with Nadim. I was in Prague with my mum celebrating her birthday when Nadim knocked on our hotel door. It was a total surprise to see him standing there. The next morning he proposed, simply and romantically without any tricks or gimmicks. It was one of the happiest days of my life. A Private Oasis Spain was the perfect choice for our wedding; we were living here in Marbella and it gave all of our friends and family an escape from the cold in Russia and elsewhere. We were looking for a venue for about six months but when Nadim brought me to Finca La Conception I was impressed. It had beautiful gardens, huge old trees, and it was super private, so we did not need to worry about neighbours or sound restrictions. Champagne Showers From the start of the planning process, I knew that we needed a buffet rather than a set course menu and, as Nadim is French, he was very specific about the quality of the meat and fish. In terms of a wedding cake, I didn’t want one! I have never eaten a truly 70 CONFETI

delicious wedding cake, I find that they always look beautiful but disappoint on taste. We decided to have lots of different desserts and small cakes so people could enjoy a variety and, instead of cutting a wedding cake, we poured a champagne fountain.

Bold in Blue My dress was by Pronovias and made by the famous Spanish designer, Emanuel Mota. It was exactly how I had dreamed it would be - not too big, comfortable to dance in, handmade and the most delicate shade of ivory.

Shared Memories When we had only just started to plan our wedding day, Nadim and I knew our major priority was to make the day for us and not the way our families wanted to see it. With this in mind, we added lots of personal touches to create a wedding that would be memorable to both my husband and me for years to come. For example, we arrived to the dinner as Pharrell Williams’s ‘Happy’ played in the background, dancing, jumping and bringing everyone to the dance floor as soon as we entered the room. Even my dear parents were on the dance floor until three in the morning! Throughout the evening, our sisters and brothers organised some

Address Book Photography: Owen Farrell, Technical Organisation: Chez Vous, Flowers: Venue: Finca la Concepcion, Dress: Pronovias, Hair: Salon Dessange, Puerto-banus

surprises - Nadim’s sister read a poem of congratulations and then my brother performed an incredible dance with his wife (they are professional ballroom dancers). Before the first dance I surprised my husband with a slide-show of our love story accompanied by music, which he loved. Picture Perfect We were so lucky to have the talented Owen Farrell to capture

our wedding day on camera. Owen and his team, from start to end, were just perfect; they were professional, easy going and produced photos that were beautiful, but most importantly for us, natural. Not once did we hear ‘look this way’ or ‘smile at the camera’, Owen caught our first moments of being married without us even noticing he was there.

When we received the photos only one month after the wedding day, all our friends started to call us asking for the name of the photographer, everyone was so impressed by the quality of the photos and the unique way in which Owen captured the day. I cannot recommend him highly enough. Love Boat My favourite moments were

firstly the ceremony - there was so much love and I remember looking around and seeing all of our guests smiling back at us, happy in the moment. Secondly, following the wedding, we had a boat day with friends and family. There was a DJ, cocktails, a glittering blue sea and everyone laughed from start to finish. It was the perfect end to our fairytale wedding celebration.


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Andy and Helene celebrated their marriage in a vibrant and colourful event, surrounded by their closest family and friends. Caught in the act Andy and I met through mutual friends just before we went to see a gig at the Shepherds Bush Empire. I had a standing ticket downstairs on my own and Andy had an upstairs ticket, but he was so desperate to meet me properly that he jumped down from the balcony! He got caught, was kicked out of the venue and then had to buy another ticket to get back in. He turned up beside me. casual as anything and it wasn’t until a year later that he told me how he had jumped from the balcony. Andy proposed at my mum’s 60th birthday meal in front of our close friends and family. It was quite overwhelming but very romantic. Spontaneous in Love Andy is from New Zealand and I’m from Scotland, but neither of us wanted to get married in the other’s home country. We therefore looked for somewhere on


neutral ground, eventually picking Spain because we love the culture, the food and the guaranteed sunshine (not something you get up in Scotland). We looked for a villa that could accommodate quite a large number of people, as we had guests coming from all over the world. I simply googled “wedding villas in Spain”; the most important thing for us was to find a somewhere with great ambience. I discovered Los Caballos and pretty much booked it the next day. I loved the fact it came with a British wedding planner, as it made the whole process very easy. Gloriously Glamorous Glamour was the overall style of the wedding. I wore a Pronovias Atelier collection gown in a beautiful crepe fabric; I liked the fact that the designer was Spanish. Andy’s suit was tailored Massimo Dutti, so we both wore Spanish brands.

I put my bridesmaids in bright red Lipsy dresses that were bodycon in style and had a big split up the leg; all of them looked amazing and very glam! I tried to use the colours of the Spanish landscape as much as possible, so our wedding colour scheme was bright and vibrant. I didn’t want matching flowers, so I told the florist the colours I wanted - red, coral, peach and pink - rather than specific types, plus I wanted succulents and eucalyptus. An Eye for Detail As the venue was so visually stunning, it didn’t need a lot of additional décor. I asked for the petals of my flowers to be strewn up the aisle and for the table centres to feature big wooden boxes holding my chosen flowers. These looked really amazing and the staff kept moving them around the venue as the party moved location. Aside from that, the wedding planner added some lovely touches, such as a birdcage for the gift cards, a chandelier hanging in the tree above the

ceremony and gorgeous furniture, which she placed around the venue to compliment the overall vibe of the wedding. Food Glorious Food The food was supplied by Sana Catering, who work with the wedding planner. It was superb, the vegetarians amongst our guests said it was the best wedding food they had ever eaten. For mains we chose Seafood Skewers, Honey Chicken and Lamb Cutlets, served with a Thai Noodle Salad, Garden Salad and Mediterranean Potato Salad. For the cake we opted for a real Cheesecake, which we ate as our midnight snack. During the meal, Kiko Madrid performed some music. We found Kiko playing in a restaurant when we came to see the venue initially. He has great energy and plays keyboard and sax. It was lovely to include something we had found ourselves. A Little Magic We selected Christian and Annie as our bridal photographers as we really like the way they pick out little details and small touches

rather than just focusing on group pictures of smiling people. When you are planning a wedding you put so much time into the little touches and it is these small additions that come together to make the whole day so special. Going to so many weddings you see a lot of the same stuff, so if you have something unique or personal, you want that to be represented in your photos and Christian has a wonderful way of capturing objects.

would marry at 2pm, that would buy us a lot more time in the day for the parts that were quite rushed.

All the photos are very natural and really portray the vibe of the day. There are so many of our friends and family looking genuinely happy.

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Favourite Moments I loved the ceremony itself, the speeches, the moments in the field where we got some beautiful portraits and the dancing. Just everything really! Second Time Around The wedding planner was adamant we had to hold the ceremony at 4pm as it would be cooler, but we all agreed that was the hottest time of the day. If we were to do it again, I think we

Word to the Wise I could not imagine getting married without a wedding planner, so if you are going it alone - good luck!

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Zoe and Tom married in the picturesque Tikitano overlooking the open sea

Magic in Paris Tom and I met when we were working together at a special needs school in Cornwall. We became very close friends and only when we had stopped working together did we realise our true feelings for each other. We were together (mostly in London) for four years before he proposed.

silver. He had created the whole thing. He also gave me a leather journal which showed the process of how he had made it. I was overwhelmed to say the least! But it is the most valuable thing I have and ever will have.

Tom surprised me with a trip to Paris. We spent a day walking around and viewing all the sights, including the Eiffel Tower. We walked up the tower and Tom began to feel a little sick from the height and couldn’t continue all the way up. He asked if we could go back later and see the lights with some champagne and we did just that after dinner. He popped the question then, of course! I became very emotional as he explained that it wasn’t just any ring, either; he had actually spent six months designing and making it - panning for the gold and using a christening gift of his from his grandfather to melt for the

Marbella, Marbella I grew up in Marbella and my family still live there, so it has always been home to me. I have attended many weddings in the UK and, as lovely as they’ve all been, it just wasn’t us. We wanted a relaxed vibe with the freedom of the outdoors and picturesque views and the unpredictability of the UK weather meant that it wasn’t an option for us. We decided to view four possible venues here in Marbella. All were very lovely but honestly there was only one favourite - Tikitano.


The very next morning our plans began to take shape.

With the sea, gardens and the privacy of the whole place it was

perfect! Once we had confirmed our choice, we had lots of help, advice and support from the staff and it really couldn’t have been easier. Vintage Romance Meets London Style Having chosen an outdoor beach wedding, I wanted to continue with that relaxed and romantic feel. My dress was a Madeline Gardener (Mori Lee) dress which I bought in London. It was so comfortable (backless with a high neck mesh) that, not only could I move and dance, I could also eat! I had heard so many brides say, “It’s the best you will ever feel” and I now completely understand - it’s true. I chose not to have a veil so that I could show off the back of the dress and instead I wore a crystal hair comb.

My maids were wearing pearl pink strapless dresses with a sweetheart neckline to match the style of mine. Although the wedding was relaxed, I still wanted to have a little bit of formality and a traditional wedding feel, so I asked them if they would wear their hair up; a large flower in their hair helped to retain the beach look. I had four flower girls aged between two and four who wore white Grecian style dresses and little headbands. For the flowers I chose cream and pale pink roses, lillies and gypsophila. I kept the bouquets simple with just the ivory roses However, I customised mine with a small amount of fern and crystal pins. The décor reflected a vintage romantic theme. We made a lot of

our decorations including the table plan, the card box and our name tags, which doubled as favours (a thank you card and a donation to a charity). The venue itself was so stunning that we didn’t overdo our design features. For the ceremony we had a bamboo canopy with our chosen flowers, a white carpet and a beautiful string quartet who played Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D Minor’ as I walked down the aisle. Seeing everyone you love watching you walk towards the man you are spending the rest of your life with is an extremely special moment. We also chose to write our own vows; this was my husband’s request and it took me a while to come round to it, but it just made the whole thing so personal and was definitely one of the highlights. Romantic rose celebration At Tikitano the food was outstanding, so we received only excellent comments. Choosing your wedding meal can be quite tricky, however we kept in mind that it is a long day with lots of drinking, so a good meal is essential. We chose Avocado and Prawns to start, Fillet Steak or Sea Bass as a main and a Pear and Red Wine dessert. We also had a vegetarian option of Goats Cheese Salad to start, followed by a Truffle Sauce Pasta with Tempura Vegetables. Our wedding cake consisted of two tiers - one layer of sponge cake and the other of coffee and walnut. I found the design online and showed it to the cake maker and she was able to make it

Address Book Venue, wedding planner and wedding vendors: Tikitano Florist: Deseos Make up artist: Liza Mayne Hairdresser: Miguel Codina Photographer: Jose - Pixel Band : The Jackie Brown Band Dress: Mori Lee,

exactly as I imagined. It continued the romantic theme and the dusky pink and ivory rose colours. We had a DJ for the first part of the reception and I created the exact playlist, which he was more than happy to play. We had rehearsed a dance routine for our first dance and asked everyone to join in afterwards. Later in the evening, we had the

AMAZING Jackie Brown Band, who had people dancing all night long. We added a few special touches to our wedding such as a cheese tower and crackers as part of the evening snack and later on the beach we had fireworks. We also had a videographer with a drone, who captured the whole essence of the day perfectly. These were things that made the wedding 100 per cent OURS.

Favourite Moments Our best moments definitely have to be saying our own vows in front of our favourite people, the most amazing picturesque views, having a live band and the fireworks on the beach. What Would I Change? Not very much! The weather was perfect, the venue was perfect and the food was outstanding. The hardest part of planning a wedding is working out the timing of everything, as there are only so many hours in a day. We would have perhaps left a longer gap between the ceremony and the reception so that we could have had our photos taken AND seen our guests before having sat down for dinner. Advice For Brides-to-Be Keep it simple! Less is definitely more here, as the views from all of the venues say it all. It is an exciting time and it’s natural that you should want to do everything, but focus on quality and detail rather than quantity. Don’t be afraid of letting the professionals help.


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Love died



Arne and Hilde celebrated a small intímate celebration in Marbella

My Destiny We met through friends when we were very young and dated for a year when we were respectively 18 and 22 years old. Unfortunately our romance didn’t last but I often thought about Arnie and wondered how he was. I later married and life for me went on. However, things didn’t work out as planned and, after being apart for 20 years, we met again. It was like we had never been apart. After a two year romance we went on holiday to Cinque Terra in Italy. One evening, when we were all dressed up for dinner, Arnie said he wanted us to have a picture taken by the sea. To my surprise he suddenly dropped to his knees and proposed. I was so shocked, but YES was the only answer for me. Small and Intimate I had already been married once, so we wanted this wedding to be a small, special and intimate affair with only our closest family and friends present. We needed a venue that was small enough to be intimate but large enough to accommodate our family and 76 CONFETI

The music for the evening was simple. We asked our guests to provide music lists on their mobile phones to be played while we danced and chatted and enjoyed each other’s company, but for our dance we chose ‘How Long Will I Love You’ by Ellie Goulding. Sheila Roberts Photography Sheila was recommended to us by friends who had used her for some family portraits. Even though we didn’t know her it was like having a friend taking our pictures. Sheila made us feel so relaxed and was not at all intrusive, just fun to be around. Favourite moments When we both said “I do” at the altar.

friends. When my husband’s friend suggested that we could borrow this fantastic house in Spain, the decision was easy. It was going to be a family celebration rather than a formal, traditional celebration.

Norwegian Ceremony As this was a small wedding I also wanted the dress to be small and not too fussy. I decided that my bridesmaid should choose what she would most like to wear. I didn’t give

her any instructions, other than I wanted everything to be clean and simple. For the wedding colours I chose white and silver to reflect my dress. We had our ceremony in the Norwegian church in Calahonda. Unlike the family celebrations afterwards, it was a traditional Norwegian ceremony. The priest was fantastic, he made the ceremony so special for us. He even sang some songs. Spanish Tapas As our wedding was in Spain we opted for tapas. This way we could ensure that there would be something for everyone’s taste preferences (allergies, vegetarian, children, etc.). We had a simple and sweet wedding cake shaped as a heart flavoured with chocolate and vanilla.

If I had to do it again, I would change... Maybe my hair - it looked fine but I actually wanted it to be simpler. Advice for future brides getting married in Spain Be specific when ordering and have a trial at the hairdresser to decide how your hair should be.

Address Book Photographer: Sheila Roberts Dress: Tromsø at Brudehuset: Florist: Flor Valentine Hairdresser: The English Cut Location: Private House


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Be Mine

Forever This couple had a rustic-glam wedding after Rob proposed to his wife to be on an aeroplane 36,000 feet in the air

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life Rob: When I was working as a DJ some years ago I spotted Yvonne in the crowd and struck up a conversation with her at the end of the night. There was instant chemistry and we exchanged numbers but I had to put her in my phone as ‘person x’ because I didn’t know her name! High in the Sky Rob: We were on a return flight from New York to Dublin when I popped the question. Having been away for almost a week and having waited for the right moment, it arrived at 36,000 feet in the air. Yvonne was having a little rest when I decided to type some text on her phone. I then gave her a nudge and said that there was a message on her phone to read. When she unlocked the phone it displayed the magic words, “Will you marry me?”; at least I knew she couldn’t do a runner!


Villa d’Amour Rob and Yvonne: We wanted to do something a little different so we decided on a destination wedding. We set about speaking to various wedding planners via Skype and finally chose Lisa Franco at Bella Weddings in Spain. She was very down to earth and knew exactly what we were after. Having had our final Skype call with Lisa, we organised a trip out to Marbella to look a various wedding venues. We were always in love with the idea of having our wedding in the grounds of a private villa and Villa Africa ticked all the boxes and, incidentally, was the last venue we viewed. It gave us the opportunity to have a picturesque location to which we could add all our own personal touches. Once decorated, the venue had a cool shabby chic/festival vibe. Pure Gold Yvonne: Finding my dress was a complete accident - we were actually out bridesmaid dress shopping when I found the dress for my big day. The thought of wearing a gold leaf gown was something different to the norm so that definitely helped me to make the decision. For the bridesmaids I knew the colours I was after, but aside from that I didn’t really mind what the girls wanted. We ended up choosing the two mint green dresses and then we asked a local dressmaker to make two matching baby pink ones. They were stunning.

Rustic Romance Yvonne: As a wedding theme, we wanted to have a fun festival vibe that was romantic at the same time; for example, in the chill-out area we had hay bales covered in fairy lights. We were very happy with how it looked in the end. The day itself honestly couldn’t have run any smoother…until Rob and the groomsmen all decided to join hands and jump into the swimming pool - in their suits. All in the name of fun I guess!

Best Moments Rob: The highlight for me was seeing my beautiful wife-to-be in her wedding dress as she walked up the aisle. Yvonne: My favourite moment was coming down the stairs to see our little boy Alfie all dressed up and waiting for me. We had the great Owen Farrell to capture all of these special moments. We barely knew he was there and the results speak for themselves; the photos are quite simply amazing.

Recommendations Yvonne: I would advise brides-to-be to spend time choosing a wedding planner; Lisa really was our saving grace. Also, have hair and make-up trials to ease your mind. If you’re thinking of a destination wedding give yourself plenty of time and factor in costs associated with a few trips back and forth. Stay calm and have faith in your wedding planner to carry things off with perfection and ease. Stressing out will not achieve anything. Finally, take ten minutes on your own to take it all in it is your day, after all, so enjoy it.

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Rob: In terms of groomswear, I decided I didn’t want anything traditional, since we were going to be in 30 degree heat and I wanted a more modern look. Having looked around on various websites I decided to go for Redherring Suits from Debenhams as they fitted the bill perfectly. We went for slim trousers with scooped waistcoats and a skinny tie along with crisp Jeff Banks white long-sleeved shirts.


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Lauren&Will: A Real ROMANCE Lauren and Will don’t claim to be the most romantic people in the world, but that didn’t mean their wedding wasn’t worth celebrating in style.

Short and Sweet Before you rush for the tissues, this part of our story is short, sweet and to the point. For anyone that doesn’t knows Will and me, we are not a very gushy romantic couple, so we will have to skip the love letters and trips to Venice, Paris or Rome. Will and I met when I came to Spain for a holiday. From the moment we first encountered each other conversation flowed and we felt like we had known each other for years. When I returned to the UK we kept in constant contact by email and, in this way, our relationship grew; I moved to Spain the following year. Since I arrived in Spain we have hardly spent a night apart. We

complement each other perfectly - he is the yin to my yang. I bring a bit of South African crazy into his life and he brings accountant calm to mine. In our first year together we increased our family with the addition of Molly. Apart from changing our lives she brought us even closer together. Molly takes after her dad and is sweet-natured, calm and has a beautiful heart. Last year we increased our family again with the addition of Poppy. She is much more like her mother, unpredictable, goofy and a little crazy.

Our greatest wish for the future is to be able to expand our family (with non-fur children this time!) and share our love, happiness and joy as a family unit. Portuguese Proposal As I have said before Will, bless his heart, is not a very romantic sort of guy but he tries his best. He arranged a holiday to Portugal for us and our two ‘fur children’ and we stayed in a beautiful apartment in Vilamoura. We spent a few days sightseeing and evenings just relaxing. On the morning of our anniversary he came to me got down on one

knee and said, “I didn’t get you a card - I got you this instead!” and pulled out the ring. He asked me to marry him and, of course, I said, “Yes”. Spanish Spectacular Our wedding was at the very beautiful Villa Cano, Marbella. From the moment we walked in we knew this was ‘the place’; with beautiful views in every direction, huge, gorgeous gardens and amazing interiors, for us it was perfection. We have both always loved the beautiful Spanish climate and couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate this special occasion. My dress was inspired by the Israeli designer, Inbal Dror. With plunging backs, daring necklines and sleek silhouettes, her work is truly breathtaking and, as low backs are just coming in for this wedding season, her gowns are a must see. My bridesmaids wore mint green and lace floor length dresses; we loved the classic elegance of the cut and shape. As we wanted a garden wedding, we went with shades of green and pink which provided a great look to the day. We had a beautiful selection of white, green and pink flowers all set in a half water filled vase with a pink rose submerged in the water. To add a bit of sparkle, the bottom of the vase was filled with crystals and a submersible tea light, and crystal detail hanging from the vase. Just stunning! Apart from this our décor was very simple - we mainly used our flowers and lots of fairy lights. The Main Event The ceremony itself was lovely. We held it in the garden of the villa and all of the chairs featured flowers tied on with a green sash and, all lined up, looked stunning. Unfortunately


it had rained very heavily the night before so it was interesting, to say the least, walking on the sodden grass in heels - but this just added to the fun really. Once we got there it was perfect and nothing could have ruined that moment. Our general theme was ‘just have fun’, so we decided that a sit-down, three-course meal was a little formal and restrictive, so we decided to go with a seated starter and a buffet main course. The starters consisted of Sesame coated Chicken Skewers with a Spicy Satay Sauce, Prawn Cocktail, Fresh Tomato Soup and Sesame coated Halloumi Skewers with a Spicy Satay Sauce. The mains were quite plain and simple: guests could choose from Lamb On the Spit, Hog Roast,

Address Book Villa: Barbra, Caterers: Macarena Florist: Tobi, (San Pedro area) Cake: Marbella Cake Designs (based in Benahavis - contact by Facebook or call Jasmin +34 693 864 959) Music: Sam Oliver,

Mixed Paella and Fresh Roasted Salmon and then select their own combination of salads, rice, potatoes and bread to accompany the meat. Our desserts were Baileys Cheesecake, Chocolate Mousse and Lemon Sorbet and all of these went down very well. Party Night We were especially pleased with our choice of musician. Our very talented friend, Sam Oliver, has the most amazing voice and sings a wide range of songs, suitable for all age groups. He sat down with us before and worked out exactly what we were looking for; everyone raved about him after the wedding. Our wedding favours were very simple - we ordered customised wedding love hearts with our names and the wedding date on the “Just Married” wrappers. These were sealed in a gift box with mint green ribbon and a diamanté belt. Instead of a big cupcake tower we decided on one tier for the traditional cutting of the wedding cake with cupcakes below. The rest of the cupcakes were in individual boxes decorated with the same green ribbon and diamanté belt as the favour boxes. We also created a personalised ‘thank you’ sticker for each box. The theme for the cake and cupcake was very simple - each cupcake had a handmade sugar rose and they tasted amazing!

Favourite moments These are very hard to pin down! Our day was filled with our amazing family and friends who had travelled so far to be there, so every moment was just incredible. If I had to pick one though it would have to be watching my dad walk my sister down the aisle. She got married 12 years ago in a very non-fairy tale wedding but the worst part was my dad was in South Africa so couldn’t give her away. We planned the vow renewal in secret for over a year, so to see both their faces and how much it meant to them, that would have to be my favourite moment. If I had to do it again, I would change... I would get a wedding planner – no contest! It was amazing in every way but I think that, with a professional planner in the driving seat, you are able to relax and enjoy it more. Advice for future brides getting married in Spain Plan well ahead of time! Other than that, know that not everything will go as planned but you are the only one who knows every tiny detail. Don’t sweat the small stuff - enjoy your day. It goes past way too fast.

Make up: Liza Hairdresser: Lauren Wilson Photographer: Amanda & Rodolfo Custodio of Custo Photo,



on the beach


estled comfortably between the Mediterranean Sea and its famous La Concha mountain, Marbella is the jewel in the Costa del Sol’s crown and its fantastic micro-climate keeps its temperatures high throughout the year. So, when most brides and grooms choose the Costa del Sol as the location for their big day, what they have in mind is a beach – a great, long strip of sand, preferably accompanied by the sound of gently lapping waves and, if the weather just happens to be fabulous, well...

However, if you want to experience your wedding day by the sea, it does not necessarily follow that you want to abandon all hopes of a grand, luxurious setting and this is why a venue like Beach Club Estrella del Mar could be exactly what you are looking for. The Beach Club Estrella del Mar team has a world of experience of meeting – and exceeding customers’ expectations and specialises in providing a first class service to happy couples. In order to make the process as painless as possible, the team has constructed a package to ensure that clients’ weddings last much

longer than just one day. Couples who employ the services of the beach club will be able to enjoy waking up in the Hotel Estrella del Mar’s bridal suite and being served a special breakfast before enjoying a relaxing thermal circuit courtesy of the five-star facilities in the wonderful hotel. Should the bride and groom be planning a honeymoon – or even just a few days break - after the stress and exhaustion of planning and executing their wedding, they will also be eligible for a free gift of a stay in a Vincci hotel or, alternatively, they can reserve this treat for their first anniversary. The team’s first priority is to offer a fully personalised service so that 82 CONFETI

clients can choose a menu that suits the entire wedding party (including special dietary requirements) and can even decorate the venue to reflect their colour scheme and design ideas. This can range from balloons that can be released by guests to lanterns to guide the party around the lawns at night. Of course, if the wedding party needs accommodation then the Hotel Estrella del Mar is the perfect place to stay, with luxurious rooms and a spa offering a wide range of treatments. If you are looking for a one-stop wedding venue, then Hotel Estrella del Mar and its beach club really do deliver on every front.

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The Cortijo Cat


A private haven of luxury and class for the most discerning of brides.

here are two types of businesses on the Coast: those that come and go within the blink of an eye, neither noticed when they launch nor missed once they disappear and then there is the second type of business - those brands that are reputable, dependable and deliver time and time again. Following the opening of the Cortijo Country Club in October, the Cortijo Catering Events brand has most definitely confirmed its place in the latter of the two categories. As part of Cortijo Catering Events’ ever expanding empire, the team has recently acquired another exciting new project to add to its set of highly successful businesses located on the Costa del Sol. The Cortijo Country Club is an exquisite wedding venue which wins on


the views alone. Perched high above sea level, the Cortijo boasts uninterrupted views of the azure Mediterranean Sea and coastline below. What better place to watch the orange Spanish sun sink in the sky following your wedding celebrations? Here brides are invited to create their own wedding design within the 35000 square metres of beautifully landscaped gardens. The grounds also feature waterfalls, a trickling stream and more than 17,000 varieties of plants, flowers and exotic fruit trees, which make it feel like your very own Garden of Eden. Escape the hullabaloo and enjoy the Coast from an allnew perspective, high up in the rambling hills of Ojen. The finca itself sweeps every guest off their feet with its

rustically romantic appearance and various enclaves and courtyards, which add character to the venue and hark back to the traditional Spanish cortijo layout. Aside from its unparalleled beauty, the Cortijo Country Club also delivers on the convenience aspect; the venue prides itself on possessing all of the crucial facilities that will help make your wedding day a breeze. Private parking, bus services, a ballroom, various ceremonial areas and complete event organisation are all available. This venue is also ideal for conferences, brand/product

launches or filming since, due to its total privacy, you will not be disturbed by third parties, so timing or noise levels will never be an issue. Why not enjoy the full package with the capable CC team and stay at either of their exclusive properties after your big day? Casa Catharina and the Cortijo Club offer fivestar accommodation for your wedding party, ideal if you are looking for your celebrations to continue over several days. New for 2015, the Cortijo Club in Puerto Banus, with its 15 bedrooms, state-of-theart indoor disco and walking



distance to the beach, makes it the perfect party pad. Coritjo Club will also available for weddings and events. Near BenalmĂĄdena, Casa Catharina provides the last word in luxury, boasting a 180-degree panoramic sea view, 10-person Jacuzzi and heated pool. This is also available to hire for weddings.

commented on how refreshing it was to see a venue offering complete freedom of choice. Unlike the restrictions imposed by many of the hotels along the Coast, the Cortijo Country Club provides a dynamic and adaptable space, which can be tailored and transformed to the requirements of each wedding or special event.

At the opening event, the Coast’s wedding elite was in attendance including leading wedding planners, florists and entertainment providers. Following a long wedding season throughout the summer months, many of the most experienced wedding vendors

The event was also a fabulous opportunity for Cortijo Catering Events team to showcase their culinary expertise. Providing full-service catering, Peter Cannon and the rest of the Cortijo team have become renowned for exceptional food, combining innovative cooking

with outstanding service. Inspired by the current trend of fusion food, Cortijo Catering Events specialises in inventive interpretations and modern creations based on the very best traditions of regional and international cuisine. The menus are adapted to suit your palate, the season and chosen theme of your event. For example, a summer wedding perhaps better suits a barbecue style menu whereas brides having a winter wedding may prefer a hog roast. All of their food is prepared from the freshest ingredients, using locally sourced, organic produce. Tasting sessions can

also be arranged to sample the chosen menu and make last minute alterations. Whether the event is a formal Frenchservice dinner, an authentic Spanish style asado, a client luncheon for 10, or a glorious gala for more than 1,000 guests, Cortijo Catering Events has the imagination and expertise to make the event sensational. With the wedding venue and cuisine ticked off, the Cortijo Catering Events team can assist you in all other aspects of your wedding. With over thirty years experience in event planning, the CC team are happy and willing to use their industry know-how to create a day that is unforgettable for

you. Delivering elegant, stylish, glamorous celebrations for savvy, sophisticated couples that demand first class service, you will be delighted with the end result. They strive to be the best at what they do and remove all the stress and worry from the planning of your big day. The Cortijo Catering Events team brings creative flair and impeccable taste to any event and the exciting new Cortijo Country Club venue now provides a space for the magic to unfold. From understated elegance to dramatic and decadent, you are in the very best of hands.


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GRAN HOTEL ELBA Gran Hotel Elba Estepona & Thalasso Spa is a five-star wedding venue with stunning views of the Mediterranean; the team will help you achieve the wedding you have always dreamed of.


ran Hotel Elba Estepona & Thalasso Spa with its beautiful setting and front-line beach location makes it a perfect place to celebrate your special day. The team of professionals at the hotel will take care of every detail, helping and advising you on everything you need, from wedding décor to table layout. There are six banqueting rooms throughout the hotel, each with adaptable facilities to cater for a wedding party of up to 180 diners. If you fancy a celebration outdoors to enjoy the famed Costa del Sol sunshine and warm breeze, why not utilise the terrace and garden area, which can accommodate up to 120 people? Perhaps you have a particular wedding theme? This can also be arranged, incorporating personalised decorations and lighting into the gardens to create the desired atmosphere. You can count on Gran Hotel Elba Estepona & Thalasso Spa to rent antique cars, limousines or buses to transport your guests and the team also has an extensive contacts list of DJs, live bands, children’s entertainers, chocolate fountain and firework display providers to liven up the

party. The hotel will even take care of invitations, wedding favours, bridal photography and everything else you could possibly need. The hotel rooms are spacious, bright and each has a terrace overlooking the sea. The varied dining options, which focus on locally sourced produce, can accommodate special dietary requirements and specific forms of preparation and service. If that’s not enough to persuade you to choose Gran Hotel Elba Estepona & Thalasso Spa as your wedding venue, then cast your eye over the following complimentary additions: * * * * * * * *

Formal menu tasting for six for weddings of 100 guests or more Chair décor ideas Floral decorations on banqueting tables Preparation of garden for civil ceremony Three parking spaces available to wedding party Advice and support throughout the entire event Optional video playback screen and projector Night wedding option available in the suite, with special ‘newlyweds’ package (bridal amenities, bottle of champagne, breakfast in bed and late check-out) * Romantic dinner with tasting menu on the first anniversary of the bridal couple * Special accommodation rate for your guests, subject to availability

Gran Hotel Elba Estepona & Thalasso Spa Crta Estepona-Cádiz, 151. Estepona.


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NEXT DAY INSTALLATION Once deciding to use BWS for your draught products we will arrange to do your install the very next working day.

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uente Romano Beach Resort Marbella has experienced some dramatic changes over the past couple of years and now boasts an array of five-star services for guests and Marbella residents to enjoy all year round. The hotel’s wedding market has also seen some changes, most notably that of Tara Lorimer, Public Relations and Events Manager for Suite, taking over the Weddings at Puente Romano. Last September a cocktail event was held at Del Mar for all of the Coast’s wedding planners and local wedding vendors. Del Mar is a fantastic beach location that offers the perfect wedding venue for up to 150 people on the beach with the beautiful Mediterranean as the backdrop, as the wedding party enjoys dinner and dancing inside Del Mar. On this occasion, all the guests enjoyed fabulous cocktails and canapés from the award-winning hotel with decoration, entertainment and lighting provided by local suppliers. Once the sun set, a display of fire by Nahuel Show led the guests up through the gardens, past the streams, resident swans and into this summer’s hotspot ‘Plaza Village’, where guests enjoyed the last few hours of the summer evening. Tara said, “Del Mar is such an incredible venue to get married, because it’s directly on the beach


with breathtaking views and all the amenities of this wonderful hotel. We wanted to re-introduce the planners along the coast to what Puente Romano can offer, including full kosher services and capacity for large scale weddings and events. 2015 will be a great

year for weddings in Marbella and we hope to create beautiful memories for all of our lovely couples!” For more information about Weddings or events at Puente Romano please contact Tara

on +34 630 962 852 View the Puente Romano wedding brochure at: issuu. com/puenteromano/docs/ weddingbrochure_3





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“If you’re a cool girl and your am to pm wardrobe is simple, paired-down and effortless, what do you then wear to your wedding?”

With lots of twenty somethings struggling to find pieces that really work for them in unstructured shapes with sultry design details, the Maria Senvo brand steps in with a covetable collection that speaks to a New Age bride. This inspirational piece, the Daisy - a hand-beaded, lace playsuit - is a daring experiment in shape and fabric, yet still focuses on the finer points of design, so that the Daisy feels as beautiful to you as it looks to your bridal party. When asked about the inspiration behind the Daisy playsuit from the latest Fifteen Collection, designer Ryan Wilkinson said, “As a young brand with a youthful team we knew, when designing the collection, that we wanted to have some pieces that challenge the norm in bridal fashion. The Daisy playsuit certainly does that, but don’t be fooled by its fashion forward appearance The Daisy is handcrafted and each individual bead is placed by hand, giving the piece that real luxury feel. Working on feedback from our brides-to-be, the Daisy can now also be teamed with a detachable skirt in a choice of soft chiffon or an elegant layered tulle which gives our brides the ideal day-to-night look, without breaking the budget on two gowns.”


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An enchanted setting for the most illustrious of weddings. Set amongst swaying palm trees overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the dreamlike Villa awaits you.

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Confeti Winter 2014  

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