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Saturday, February 13, 2016

A Bit of Valentine's Sparkle from Spain!

As a complete addict to all things pretty and the fact that this is Valentine's weekend I thought I would wish everyone a fabulous few days and share this gorgeous styled table with you.

For me these images are totally evocative of Valentine's day with one of my favourite colour combos, hot pinks and reds, always makes me happy.

I love seeing these images pop up on my Facebook and Instagram feeds as it reminds me that winter is almost over and we can look forward to sunnier brighter days.

Everyone must be wondering how I can say this when I live in one of the most sunniest countries in the world but trust me tonight is blowing up a storm and I am surrounded by cloud, winds and rain and Spain is apparently being plunged into a cold snap on Sunday which I will try to embrace with a smile!

My weekend won't be about the usual Valentines stuff, it will just be spent with my family, making nice things and memories.

My recently widowed mother will be spoilt with some spring flowers to cheer her up, my gorgeous youngest daughter and I will be spending time together baking some fun Valentine's love cookies and we will just poodle about enjoying each other's company.
I will also be constantly checking my phone and behaving like a cat on a hot tin roof as my eldest daughter is about to present me with my first granddaughter which is really quite nerve racking!

I love this tablescape and I have a confession that I saved these images to my phone a few days ago and despite my best endeavours have not been able to back track to find who to credit them to so please if they are your images do let me know and I can pop a link on this blog post to you.

They are fabulous and I love the floral styling and the accessories, as of course they include a bit of sparkle and sequins which can never do wrong in my eyes!

If you are planning your wedding in southern Spain and wish to hire some sparkle, we do stock a wide range of accessories such as gold and silver sequin table runners, gold and silver tealights, charger plates in some fabulous colours, gorgeous table linens, the list is endless but for now I will leave you to drool over these fabulous florals and wish you all a weekend filled with lots of love and lovely things.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Pantone's Rose Quartz and Serenity Colour for Weddings

We have been watching the wedding colours recently with great interest and dare I say slightly relieved to see the back of the blush!  

I know many brides still love this colour and are sticking with it as it is so perfect for weddings but for us wedding pros we like a change!  

Do bear in mind now we have been doing blush for over 2 years so it is refreshing to see other colours coming into the grand scheme of things and finally taking over.

When Pantone announced the colours of the year as a rose quartz and serenity soft blue, I was at first a bit dubious, I felt they were too reminiscent of the classic boy, girl baby colours but having seen how many designers have interpreted these colours I am beginning to embrace them.

As with all colours you have to be exact, we cannot go too baby pink or too baby blue, they are soft and surreal colours, reflecting the other craze about to hit wedding world by storm of geological rocks and geometric shapes, Edison hanging light bulbs and botanical florals.

Mix these colours with copper geometric shapes and you are bang on in 2016 wedding trends!

All images courtesy of Pinterest.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Sparkly Winter Wedding, Villa El Cid, Marbella

When Elaine and Kevin first contacted us it was to help them style and decorate their wedding day, the rest was pretty much booked from the church ceremony to the cocktail and reception at the villa they had hired for the week and Elaine had been picking my brains during her wedding planning to get some help and direction when she was booking suppliers.

Elaine had some gorgeous ideas for decorating her dream day using purples and deep grape colours mixed with some softer pinks, silvers, lots of sparkle, fairy lights and twinkle, I was in heaven as we worked on the details together and very excited when Elaine finally hired us as knew this would be a beautiful wedding.

Elaine then hit what I call a wedding planning wall.

As we had got on well chatting decoration she then hired us to finish off her planning and oversee the actual wedding day.

We took over her wedding arrangements, which was easy as we already knew all their suppliers, and made sure that every element of her day was covered and finalised so she could relax and enjoy the day.

It started as a typical November day, slightly cloudy, some showers threatening and everyone looking up to the skies all day and checking their weather apps!  We had a touch of rain in the morning but soon the skies cleared and the rest of the day was beautiful.

Elaine and Kevin got themselves ready in different parts of El Cid villa and it was lovely to see them so excited and nervous at the same time.  

The ceremony was quite early for Spanish standards, at 1pm at the Encarnacion Church in the Orange Square, so after a busy morning everyone set off to Marbella for the wedding.

I left my capable team at the villa waving their wands to create Elaine and Kevin's dream day, Pedro Navarro's team were working their magic in the conservatory hanging up white drapes, decorating the tables with some gorgeous florals and hanging beautiful glass bulbs with tealights.  

Everything was being overseen by Rocio making sure each detail was finalised from the addition of our silver charger plates, the chairs decorated with deep grape sashes and secured with diamante brooches, menus set on each place setting and finished off with our grape napkins decorated with diamante napkin rings.

Gusto catering were whipping up a culinary storm in the kitchens ready for when the guests arrived back to the villa starting with a cocktail and canapes and then a fabulous 3 course meal finished off with expresso martinis and a dessert station.

I was overseeing the church ceremony and have to admit I had to walk out during one song as tears welled up, I was thinking of the recent loss of my father, it was an emotional day and a beautiful ceremony.

Afterwards everyone popped into the bar opposite the church for a drink and Elaine and Kevin had some fabulous photos taken around Marbella with Jeremy Standley.

Once back at the villa, the guests were treated to a fantastic reception during the afternoon and evening followed by dancing well into the night with the Midnight Mechanics.

We finalised all Elaine's arrangements after the wedding to make sure her paperwork was registered and she left Spain with her marriage certificate.

Our thanks to Jeremy Standley for sharing such fabulous photos with us and our congratulations to Elaine and Kevin.

Friday, February 5, 2016

A Chic City Wedding in Seville, Spain

After what seems like months of hibernation we are all finally surfacing from Christmas and the arrival of 2016!  

Well, actually, we have not been hibernating at all, our last wedding was November, then a gorgeously romantic secret proposal here in December and since then we have been busy planning and designing our up and coming weddings for 2016 and 2017.

We have some very special weddings booked again this coming year in one of our favourite cities in Spain and even a New Years Eve wedding this year to look forward to!  

Looking back over 2015 we still have quite a few gorgeous weddings to post and are delighted to share one of our fabulous weddings from last September of the lovely Jennifer and David all the way from Dallas, Texas.

Jennifer and David were a small wedding party, flying in from the US, who really wanted to capture the essence of real Spain and create some beautiful memories for themselves and their guests.

Where better than the vibrant, passionate city of Seville for some serious fun, tapas nights and of course a beautiful wedding day.

Isabel worked hard with Jennifer creating a very unusual day for her and her guests, starting with a beautiful ceremony on the rooftop of the Alfonso XIII hotel right in the heart of the city overlooking the fabulous Cathedral de Santa Maria de la Sede.

Once the ceremony was over the guests were taken by horse and carriages for a little city tour and bought to one of the finest restaurants in Seville, the Abades Triana, overlooking the Guadalquivir River that runs through the city.

Jennifer and David's guests were treated to a fabulous cocktail reception and dinner in the cube as the sun set over the river and city.  

It was a very romantic and magical setting.  We decorated the cube with some beautiful floral arrangements in reds, orange and yellow, gold sequin table runners and charger plates finished off with lots of gold tealights.  Truly sparkly!

Each guest place setting had some lovely Spanish favours of infused oils and vinegars from one of our amazing Spanish suppliers and Jennifer had ordered some really pretty menus in navy with gold polka dots.

After the dinner the guests were invited to embark on a boat to sail up the river where they were treated to a cake and dessert bar, dancing, an awesome flamenco show and of course the spectacular views from the river over the city.

Many beautiful memories were created this day in such a fabulous city, our congratulations to Jennifer and David and a big thank you to Jeremy Standley for sharing such fabulous images with us.