Anette & Idriss - When a man loved a woman
Idriss and I met at a boutique I was managing at the time in Marbella. I remember when he walked in thinking to myself “look at that smile!”. He asked me if I was free to go out for dinner after I finished work and said “yes” – of course. After 2.5 years of a long distance relationship we flew to Miami where Idriss arranged for us to have dinner at “Gianni’s” at the Versace Mansion. Then he got down one knee in front of the fountain and asked me to marry him
Wild and wonderful
Our wedding venue Finca la Concepcion is breathtakingly beautiful. You have a multitude of spacious green areas which give you a blank canvas to create the bespoke wedding of your dreams.. The surrounding flowers and foliage are traditionally Andalucian and this was important for us as wanted our guests to enjoy everything in nature that Southern Spain has to offer.
Help is at hand
Si! Quiero by Sira Antequera was our wedding planner and from the beginning to the end of the whole wedding they were just amazing. They really understand what type of style and ambiance we wanted for our big day. Sira and her team are all very professional which made the whole process so much easier.
Staying true to who you are
For my dress I went for a Pronovias, ivory, off the shoulder, mermaid dress with a mid-length train. My veil was embroidered with flowers to match the pattern on the dress. When it came to my wedding shoes, I just wanted a comfy nude sandal with a bit of heel which would allow me to party through the whole night. Idriss wore a midnight blue tuxedo which was made bespoke by Castanier Paris in London.
I wanted to stay true to myself with the hair and makeup styling and opted for a rather natural but polished look. My makeup artist Nicola McGeorge created a light smokey eye which she paired with flawless glowing skin and a nude lip. My hair was softly curled and put into a half-up do.
At first blush
We didn’t have a specific theme, but our style I would say was romantic - with soft hues, delicate lighting and a touch of Moroccan influence, (Idriss is from Moroccan and wanted to incorporate this into the wedding styling.) We also hired bellydancers to entertain our guests so they could experience the fun Moroccan vibe. This got myself and many of the guests up dancing, creating a wonderful atmosphere.
We used white and blush throughout most of our décor. The dining area was set up under a huge, very old tree, which was dressed with fairy lights creating that much wanted fairytale effect. All tables were candle lit and dressed with rose gold candle holders and various sized vases filled with mixture of white and blush floral arrangements. We also used fresh roses to decorate our delicious, three tier, white fondant, ruffled mango mouse cake. It looked spectacular.
Our ceremony began just as the sun started to go down, so we were blessed with beautiful clear skies and dappled light peeking through the palm trees. To say it looked dreamy would be an understatement. Idriss walked down with his mother to “Viva la vida – Coldplay” played on violin and cello, while my entrance with my mother was to “Love me like you do – Ellie Gouding”. Fran Santos our celebrant made the ceremony fun, engaging and light hearted which is what we were looking for. We walked back up the aisle as husband and wife to “Sky full of stars – Coldplay” and guests showered us with white rose petals.
We chose “La Vie en Rose” by Andrea Bocelli ft. Edith Piaf for our first dance and then opened up the dance floor with the band “Who Killed the DJ.” This really put all our guests in a party mood. The music was varied from Moroccan/Arabic to Argentinian tango, which was important to represent us. There really was something for everyone.
Keeping it natural
We chose Eloy Muñoz for our photography as their work is very natural and all about capturing the real emotions of the day. We didn’t want the photos to seem staged. When we look at all the photos from our wedding day we just go “wow” to each one of them.
My wedding day highlights…
I had several great moments throughout the day but my favourite had to be when I was walking down the aisle, I looked up at Idriss and all I could see was this big bright smile.
My Address Book
Wedding planner: Si! Quiero by Sira Antequera
Dress: Pronovias (Dria)
Makeup: Nicola McGeorge
Hair: Julija Karpenko
Flowers: Virginia Florista
Music: Who Killed the DJ
Cake: The Sugar Passion
Minister: Fran Santos
Venue: Finca la Concepcion
Photographer: Eloy Muñoz