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Monday, April 4, 2016

Spanish Cocktail White Wine Sangria with Mango

We are often asked for cocktail suggestions for our weddings with a Spanish twist, something a bit different to the popular red sangria, cava and mojitos

 This particular sangria blanca recipe, we found on The Kitchn, is a twist on the southern Spanish classic, Zurra, a white wine based sangria mixed with peaches or nectarines and looks perfect for a hot summers day drink and so pretty.

I cannot wait to try it out but Spain is very seasonal so there are no peaches or nectarines yet here in the shops, therefore we are going to have to be patient and put this on our summer cocktail testing list!

Here is the cocktail recipe for anyone who wishes to try this out!

6 ounces crisp, dry white wine
2 ounces fresh peaches or nectarines, chopped (approximately 1 peach or nectarine)
2 ounces fresh mango, chopped (approximately 1/2 mango)
1 ounce ginger liqueur
1 ounce elderflower liqueur
2 cups ice, preferably crushed
Fresh basil and sliced peaches or nectarines, for garnish

In a blender, combine the white wine, peaches or nectarines, mango, ginger liqueur, and elderflower liqueur. 
Add ice and blend, starting on the lowest setting and increasing to the highest setting. Add more ice if you desire a thicker consistency.
 Pour the cocktail into chilled flutes and garnish with sliced stone fruit and sprigs of fresh basil.
If you can, use crushed ice. Your cocktail will blend easier and make a smoother drink. If you can't find crushed ice, make your own by wrapping ice cubes in a kitchen towel and smashing them with a meat tenderizer or mallet.
Take the time to pre-chill your wine and spirits so the ice remains cold and doesn't quickly dilute the drink when you mix it.
Prefer a less boozy version? Simply add a touch more ice or a handful more fruit.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Botanical Style, Easter Inspiration

I have many blogs and websites I adore and this time of year I relish in actually having the time to study, read and pore over these delightful inspirations.

The Brand Stylist is one of them, I love her simple style and attention to details and would love to attend one of her courses as they seem so well thought through and put together.

As the Botanical style is hugely popular I thought I would share some of the images from this gorgeous website as there is a whole host of lovely Easter floral inspiration which conveys the botanical style that is creeping into wedding and event styling for 2016.

Combinations of the new style copper wire lights, simple glass geometric shapes and the eclectic mix of urban meets nature is a brilliant way of decorating and styling your wedding.

Think brickwork, wooden tables, ferns, in season plants, living twigs and leaves, less florals and more focus placed on glass, structures and simple textures.  

As wedding stylists we love these ideas, one of my favourite looks for our Spanish weddings is a simple white napkin adorned with an olive sprig, it encompasses everything Spanish, such a clean statement when your guests arrive at their tables and so simple it is utterly charming.  

As detailed focused stylists, our role in your wedding is to design the visual aspects of your wedding, by putting together your personal tastes and our distinct eye for beauty.

Our approach is to inspire, excite and guide you along the way so you enjoy planning your wedding. From arranging the composition of your table settings to dreaming up beautiful displays for your favours, our aim is to create lasting memories you and your guests remember for years to come.

We specialise in handmade, sourced and collected unique detailing and dedicate ourselves to your wedding as if it were our own.

I hope you enjoy this Easter inspiration as much as we do.  

For more information about styling your wedding here in Spain do contact us on

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wedding day photography, it's all in the details!

We are often asked if our couples should be thinking about anything else as they lead up to their wedding day and after months and months of planning our advice is really quite simple.... get it photographed!

Many hours have been spent choosing the gorgeous details ready for your special day, there has been a lot of thought, time and effort put into this, you are paying for a photographer for your day so make the most of it, they are there and love photographing your details.

When you look back at your photos 20 years later these details will be the ones that will tell your story over and over again of those personal touches you chose to make your day so special.

Think about how you will present things, perhaps bring some extra accessories with you to help style your photos.  

Here at Reviva we have a pre getting ready photo props box, it includes a pretty vintage mirror, a Spanish fan, sometimes we can make sure there are a few extra flowers ready for the photographs and all it needs is a bit of thought and attention.

We are sharing our pre wedding photo checklist to make sure you get everything photographed at your getting ready location that you can look back on with wonderful memories of all the details you had for your wedding day.


Wedding dress



Love notes or messages to each other

Save the Dates and your Invitations

Veil or Headpiece

Pocket square, buttonhole or watch

Getting ready outfits



Other jewellery

Bridal party gifts

The Men's accessories, cufflinks, belts, ties

Flowers and bouquets

All these images are taken from Reviva Weddings own weddings.  

We have shared many beautiful and hugely memorable days with our couples and we love looking back at the details.

Our big thank you to our talented photographers whom without capturing these intimate moments, we would not have such gorgeous photos to share with you.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Considerations when choosing a wedding venue in Spain

Finding the right wedding venue can be a daunting task, especially when you are trying to get as much information as possible whilst organising a destination wedding in a different country.

Here is a bit of professional advice before you commit to booking a venue here in Spain.

1. Plan B Weather

In the event of high winds or rain does your venue have a back up space?  

If your venue does not have enough space to move an entire wedding inside, i,e, ceremony, dinner and dancing then you must factor in the cost of installing a marquee, perhaps with heating, lighting, etc and do check out the available spaces in your venue to make a wedding work if you cannot host it outside.

You must also factor inside spaces into your arrangements if the venue does not allow music outside after midnight, see no 2.

Do bear in mind this will apply even if your wedding is organised in the summer months, i,e June, July and August as often here we suffer from high winds, particularly if you are planning a beach wedding.  I can recall two weddings we had last year, one in June and one in August where it was blowing a gale.

2. Can you play music outside?

Here I find this is one of the most crucial factors for our couples wishing to host their wedding here in Spain.

Often it is assumed that as we lead a very outdoor Mediterranean lifestyle we can party outside until all hours, but sadly no.  There are very strict noise regulations in place in venues and private villas which are located in built up areas.

Noise has to be kept to a minimum during the evening and after midnight it is forbidden, hence you are going to have to move your party inside.  There are a few venue exceptions but over this past year I have met with many couples who have booked a private villa only to subsequently find out about the music curfews and are faced with having to work around these restrictions for their celebration, which of course they had not anticipated.

Do be careful, many private villas want bookings and are not going to enlighten you with this information until they have received your deposit and you are locked into a rental agreement with them.  Ask them before you book if there are any music restrictions.

3. Decoration of your Spaces

Many of our venues here in Spain are already stunningly beautiful which is a bonus and only require a few elements of decoration to add some style and personalise your wedding.   

However do consider if you are hosting a wedding which has a plan b room that you may need to spend extra on providing some more decor to liven the space up.

4. Catering and a Kitchen at your Venue.

If you have chosen a stunningly remote venue for your wedding do check that there are facilities installed, i,e kitchens and toilets.  It sounds quite a basic thing but if there is not a lot at your venue you are going to have to pay to bring them in, for example mobile kitchens and mobile toilets.  This is quite a cost as off premises caterers will have to build adequate kitchens to cater for your wedding on site.  So do get quotes and check with suppliers how much it is going to cost to bring everyone to your wedding before you commit to your beautiful but secluded venue.

5. Access to the Venue.

You have fallen in love with a venue, it ticks all the boxes and it is set in the stunning hills of Andalucia. You can play music outside all night and it is perfect, it has adequate kitchens and toilets, but it is accessible for all the suppliers who will be arriving to create your event?  
Calculate the amount of suppliers who are going to come to your venue to create your wedding, they arrive in cars!   

You will have catering trucks, coaches or mini buses bringing guests to your venue and all the other suppliers, hair and make up, photographer, videographer, entertainment, wedding planner, etc so do check the access roads are suitable and there is adequate parking available for all the trucks and cars who will be there attending to your event and make sure they can park out of sight.

I hope this helps you with a little bit of advice and of course you can always enlist our pre-wedding consultation service with our expert knowledge before you confirm your perfect venue.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Cake Trend, Drip Cakes, Love them!

This week I was alerted to the latest cake trend by Sweet Things by Fi.  

I had seen a few of this style drip cake starting to pop up on my feeds, one in particular was from the Crumby Bakery based in Godalming, Surrey who shared a rather impressive photo of their drip cakes.

It was beginning to sink in that this was fast becoming the latest trend but nothing confirms it better than our fabulous Fi sending me images of gorgeous cakes in exactly this style and asking me my thoughts.

Now, anyone that knows me understands I am a complete sucker for scoffing cakes, really not fussy what they look like, give me chocolate, vanilla, lemon, every cake is totally welcome but these new style drip cakes are really to die for and absolutely love the rather decadent toppings that are seemingly and effortlessly thrown on the top, which of course we know they are not, they would have been painstakingly designed and put together.

The toppings are just divine and it seems can be anything, from a beautiful display combining fresh fruits, mini macarons and meringues, adding in flowers, chocolate drops, etc, it is really up to the creativeness of each cake maker.

Forget the naked cakes, decadent drip cakes are the big trend this year and we cannot wait to see more designs and creativity as this trend takes the cake world by storm and I cannot wait to eat them!

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.