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Friday, June 28, 2013

A Bold Colourful Mediterranean Inspiration

Patience is a virtue and I have lots of it thank goodness.

My family might disagree with me when I cannot find things as this is my pet hate and my patience usually goes flying out the window at a very fast rate if I cannot find something, I hold my hands up, it is a red flag to a bull!

However I love nothing better and more therapeutic than designing and planning our weddings and events, quietly watching fashion trends and bringing new and fresh styles to my business.  I love a challenge and could not bear to be turning out the same well versed styles time and time again.

I approach each wedding as a new challenging, creative project and love playing around with ideas and thinking out of the box styling for our weddings with suggestions our clients have not thought about.  I prefer to be a leader rather than led and always have which is why I have worked in the design industry now for nearly 30 years, quite an achievement :)

I was thrilled last week, having finally managed to hit the shops, how the Ikat tribal prints were everywhere.  

Having foreseen this way back and blogged that this was a new fashion and we would see this in the 2013 and 2014 wedding trends, it was lovely to see that my predictions were spot on and tribal fabrics, bright colours and the ethnic style is now everywhere in the fashion industry which will of course filter into the interior and wedding trends.  

Now back to patience, I am patiently waiting for our summer to heat up, we have had a strange year with an unusually chilly May and June and strong winds, not my favourite weather. 

I am also now waiting patiently to see images of our fabulous weddings we have created over the past month to share with you. 

Patience required again as we are re-branding the business to move it forward, we have reshuffled and I have some fabulous designers now working with me along with enthusiastic fresh talent in the events industry, if I could wave my famous magic wand faster I would but all good things come to those that wait!

So in the meantime as I design and create and inspire myself I thought it would be lovely to share these warm Mediterranean colours with you of a shoot featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs.

We love the warm sunshine colours, the gorgeous tropical florals and the Spanish influences from the use of the crockery to the cute door knobs, which I seem to buy in abundance here from Zara home. I have a drawer full of pretty door knobs and handles, perhaps my other obsession as well as cushions and candles :)!

To see more of this fabulous Mediterranean photo shoot and the talented vendors involved do pop over to Elizabeth Anne Designs.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Guess where we are featured! In Style Me Pretty Little Black Book

Many moons ago when I started Reviva Weddings I spent hours scouring the websites for inspiration and fabulous ideas, I fell upon many beautifully created websites sharing love for all things weddings and styling.

One of the first websites, I recall, was the Knot followed closely by Martha Stewart Weddings.   

Snippet and Ink had some beautiful inspiration boards and as I worked on my own business I often browsed the internet looking for the latest wedding trends and fashion.  

I soon recognised some of the Wedding World Web leaders as being Junebug Weddings and Style Me Pretty and never in a million years did I think I would ever achieve being accepted and featured on both these amazing websites as one of their recommended Destination Wedding Planners and Designers.

My love of all things Spain, combined with my professional design and styling skills, I am fortunate to have created an amazing business whilst bringing up my smallest daughter and juggling two teenage daughters, which I am hugely proud of, delivering beautiful weddings to our wonderful clients time and time again.

So after many years of hard work, I am known for burning the midnight oil, I am thrilled to have achieved so much and absolutely love what I do.

Plus I am also known for scoffing wedding cake samples, trying to steal cupcakes, standing on my soapbox about commissions in wedding world, earned the honorary title of the Fairy Godmother of the Costa Del Sol who waves her magic wand hence my magic sparkles on our Blog that follow the cursor, surviving on less sleep than Maggie Thatcher and drinking coffee until it comes out my ears :)

I am now delighted to have Reviva recognised as one of the most creative and innovative Wedding Designers and Planners in Spain.

We are squeaking with excitement to be featured in Style Me Pretty´s family on their Little Black Book as recommended Wedding Planners and Stylists here in Spain.

I would also like to thank our team who have supported me and helped me to get where we are today, including Carla, Isabel, Loraine and Anoulka, an amazing array of hugely talented girls who are all passionate as I am about weddings, along with the fabulous suppliers, venues and photographers we have the pleasure of working with, without whom we could not create our weddings and showcase our hard work.

 And last but of course the most important, all the beautiful brides and their handsome grooms and lovely families who have trusted us to create their magical days.

I sound like I am standing on the stage for an Oscar, but we are proud of our achievements however will not cry or waffle on about our families!

The images on this post are a sneak peek from a beautiful wedding we planned and styled at the iconic Marbella Club two weeks ago, more to come on this wedding and our thanks to Agata Jensen Photography for a sneak peek of this beautiful wedding :)

Friday, June 14, 2013

A Stunning Beach Wedding in Cadiz by Joseba Sandoval Photography

We love this submission from the talented photographer Joseba Sandoval and are hugely excited to be working with Joseba later this year.

The beautiful setting of Rocio and Ezequiel´s was in San Lucar de Barrameda just near Cadiz on the Costa de la Luz.  

This gorgeous couple rented a private villa for their wedding and all the guests were asked to dress in an Ibicenco look, for us English speakers this means the fabulous hippy chic white Ibiza style!

Living in Spain, I love the beach, and this ticks all the boxes for me and we are delighted to share these gorgeous photos with you.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Sparkly Sneak Preview of our Stunning Marbella Club Wedding :)

We knew we would eventually sneak the sparkle and glitter in somewhere in our 2013 weddings and here is a preview of a wedding we planned and designed this weekend at the prestigious Marbella Club.

Ingrid and Hugo invited their friends and family here from Holland to celebrate their wedding and we organised a 3 day event including a welcome dinner at the Gran Gatsby restaurant and a post wedding beach lunch at the Trocadero beach in Marbella.

We loved designing and creating the wedding details including our stylish table seating plan set into a white vintage style frame embellished with simple green bows with table names and placecards to match.

 Pretty accessories and florals adorned this wedding from the personalised fans decorated with green ribbons and white paper vintage style roses, gorgeous florals from Virginia florists, fresh green chair decoration, chill outs in silvers and whites with a few silver sequins thrown in all made for a beautifully stylish wedding.

There was lots of romance and glamour combined with a beautiful palette of whites, silvers and fresh greens along with many fun parts to the day which we will share with you soon including a midnight white balloon send off with sparklers.

Our thanks to Agata Jensen photography for such gorgeous sneak peek images.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Gorgeous Wedding Details at the Hacienda San Rafael, Seville

We have been delighted, in the past few weeks, to head up to Seville to one of our favourite venues, the Hacienda San Rafael, to plan and style a few gorgeous weddings at this heavenly hideaway.

Margot and Sergy´s wedding was a wonderful fusion of oriental and Russian influences, including a tea ceremony and we designed and created many fabulous details to bring these elements into the wedding day.

 Creating beautiful hand folded paper origami hearts, paddle fans, paper parasols, pretty confetti cones, our famous blackboard signage, table seating plans hanging from the trees and of course gorgeous florals including different pastel coloured posies for the bridesmaids.

To bring the Spanish influence into the wedding Margot´s friend, Clara, created a design for Spanish ceramic tiles which we had created by a local artist, it was such a pretty idea and they were displayed on the tables along with an ad lib card and set off with the paper origami hearts, a mix that worked beautifully on each place setting.

The planning involved in orchestrating this wonderful weekend by Carla, for Margot and Sergy involved the couple organising a pre wedding trip to a local jamon producer for their guests, where they could see the jamons being made and visit the shop, a pre wedding bridal shower spa party in Seville and organising all the transport and accommodation arrangements for the guests to ensure a smooth running event.

It was an amazing weekend culminating in a fun filled wedding day full of delightful details.  We were thrilled to receive this email from Margot and Sergy so soon after their wonderful time here.

Hi Carla & Laura,

We are finally back in London, and still daydreaming about our wedding just a few days ago.
We would like to thank you both for doing such an amazing job - we really cannot describe the feeling we had during and after the wedding. It really was the best weekend we have ever had in our lives - so much happiness and joy, and just seeing all our friends and family together. We felt truly blessed.

It could not have happened without your professionalism and expertise. I hope you enjoyed it just as much as we did, I am sure there were quite a few stressful moments but everyone was complimenting on how great you were. I hope it was worthwhile for you too picking us as clients!

Thank you once again.

Sergy & Margot

The actual photographs will be posted as soon as we receive them but as we had created so many beautiful details and stationery I organised Marea from Lucky Girl Photography to come with us and take some photographs of our work and you can hop over to Marea´s blog to see more of this stunning venue and her fabulous work :)

The beautiful wedding cake was created by Sweet Things by Fi.

We have also been sent a short video by Ensu which is beautiful, to see the video click on this link.