Abigail & Joe - Crazy for you
A modern day romance
Joe and I met online dating four years ago. He proposed on a beautiful secluded beach in Croatia and I had absolutely no idea it was coming – he did so well.
Celebration in the sun
I have family in southern Spain and have had some wonderful family holidays and many special memories were made there, so it was the ideal place for us to get married. We both knew that we wanted a relaxed, holiday feel and loved the idea of a ceremony outdoors. We wanted our wedding to be more than just a day, we wanted it to be a holiday with our nearest and dearest.
Seeped in history
As soon as we walked into the Finca Monasterio de San Martin, I think we both knew it was ‘the one’. The setting was luxurious but it still had the most beautiful, rustic, laid back feel that perfectly suited the vibe that we wanted. The rooms, gardens and swimming pool were stunning and it was simply perfect. We also loved that we had exclusivity of the venue, that was really important to us.
The perfect fit
I had absolutely no idea what style of dress I wanted. I realized quite early on that fitted dresses suited me more and as soon as I tried on the Drimea dress by Pronovias I fell in love with the figure hugging silhouette and the romance of the tulle skirt. I never thought I wanted a veil but when I tried one on I completely changed my mind. I added an off the shoulder element to the dress and a front slit as I wanted to make the dress unique to my style. I opted for a gorgeous pair of sparkly gold Jimmy Choo sandals. They were a real indulgence but I thought if I can’t wear Jimmy Choo on my wedding day then when can I. In the evening I changed into a simple white dress with a lovely slit and cut-out back by the French designer Rime Arodaky. I love dancing and needed something that I could move in. Plus it is a dress that I will definitely wear again.
We decided on a very pale pink for the bridesmaid dresses. The dresses were from Coast and were super light, perfect for the heat and the multi – way element was perfect for the girls to tie in a way that made them feel most comfortable.
Joe wore a lovely pale grey Reiss suit which he loved and is something that he will wear again.
It’s a glam slam
I always knew that I wanted to have an up-do. I wear my hair up a lot and also wanted to feel comfortable in the heat. Alex created a lovely up-do that had an undone feel to it as I didn't want to look too structured. It lasted through all the dancing and even into the next day. Alex was amazing to have around on the day and also did a beautiful job on my three lovely bridesmaid and the two mums.
For my makeup I wanted a lovely, glowy look with peach-tones. Quite similar to the look that I go for day-to-day but obviously done to a much higher standard than I can achieve myself. Nicola was an absolute joy and understood my skin needs perfectly. I have had terribly sensitive skin in the past and Nicola understood in a way that I don't think anyone else could have done. She was wonderful and made me feel super relaxed and confident.
We kept the décor simple as everything took place outside and the setting itself was so beautiful that it didn’t need much. We had a lovely floral arch for the ceremony and gorgeous green, white and pale pink floral centre pieces for the dinner tables, plus a lovely rustic green foliage for the top table. The umbrella fairly lights for the dinner looked so pretty– I kept looking up at them throughout the night.
We booked the Malaga Minister for the ceremony and I cannot recommend Natasha and her team enough. They enabled us to create a bespoke ceremony that was so personalized and special. We wrote our own vows and even did some marry-oke! It was everything we wanted and more.
Voice of an angel
Georgie O’Neill sang during our ceremony and cocktail hour. She was accompanied by her guitarist and the music they provided was beautiful. Georgie has the most gorgeous voice and I’m so pleased that we chose her! She was really helpful in suggesting music and I loved the playlist that we came up with for the cocktail hour – I ended up dancing to one of my faveourite songs completely spontaneously as I was so happy and I love dancing – couldn’t help myself!
Radka Horvath was our photographer and she was fantastic. We felt at ease with her and loved the relaxed natural feel of her photos. She works with her partner James and that worked brilliantly as we had two photographers so everything was captured perfectly.
My favourite memories...
All of it! I really loved the ceremony as it was super relaxed, personal and unlike any other I had seen before. Joe’s speech was also a big highlight for me – for someone that doesn’t normally do public speaking he was so brilliant and confident,the perfect mix of sentimental and funny. It is something that I will never forget it.
My Address Book
Venue: Finca Monasterio https://www.finca-monasterio.com/
Flowers: Florium Sotogrande https://www.floriumsotogrande.com/
Makeup: Nicola Mcgeorge
Hair: Alex http://alex-bridal.com
Minister: Gayle from Malaga Minister http://www.malagaminister.com/
Cake: Cakes by Paola http://pidipiuma.blogspot.com/
Music: Georgie O’Neill http://www.georgieoneill.com/
DJ: Tristan http://weddingdjmarbella.co.uk/
Videographer: Evergreen http://evergreenmalaga.com
Photographer: Radka Horvath https://www.radkahorvath.com/