Georgia & Joel - It takes two
Sharing the love
We always knew we wanted to get married abroad. We hated the idea that London weddings generally only last for one day, whereas a destination wedding meant that our guests could join us for a long weekend wedding.
After our engagement party in June 2017 we jetted off to Mallorca to look for venues, but none of the venues really stood out enough for us. We then discussed the option of Marbella as we had both been holidaying there from a very young age. Joel’s grandparents moved to Marbella over 30 years ago and my grandma also has a place there, where she spends 6 months of the year. The connection for both our families was the deciding factor.
We knew we wanted a venue with beautiful views of the ocean. After visiting venue after venue we finally came across La Cabane and were simply overwhelmed by the stunning back drop of the beach and the Mediterranean sea. Having exclusivity was really important for us and the idea of having so many options of areas in the venue to choose from was ideal. We loved the idea of having the ceremony in one area, the dinner in another and the evening party in a totally different space.
Meant to be
During our first visit to La Cabane we got chatting to another couple and it turned out that they had also got married there, a year ago to the day. They immediately recommended their wedding planner, Dyana from Optimum weddings. Although we know Marbella quite well, we knew we wouldn’t be able to get out to Spain as often as we would have liked so having a wedding planner was really important for us. Optimum weddings were amazing from start to finish. I was probably one of the more fussier brides, as I am quite a perfectionist and even the small details mean so much to me, but this didn’t stop them from doing an amazing job. We are so grateful for all their hard work and for putting up with all the 24/7 whatsapps and Facetime calls. Their professionalism on the day was clear for everyone to see. They even stayed until the 3am finish. We made friends for life.
I visited many wedding dress shops all over London before I found ‘the dress’. I had NO clue what style I was after but being in the fashion industry, I knew the type of fabrics I preferred. I almost gave up but thankfully made an appointment at Angelica Bridal in Islington and finally found my dream dress. My dress was a Liz Martinez, (a French/Israeli designer,) who definitely focuses on using beautiful fabrics and attention to detail.
I really wanted the bridesmaid dresses to be in white, so I searched and searched until I finally found one they all loved from ASOS. They happened to look a lot like my wedding dress which Is the thing I loved most about them. Our bridesmaids were a big part of our special day so why not?
Time to dazzle
I knew I didn’t want my hair all up, but having such long hair I thought it would be sensible to keep it off my face in the heat. My hairstylist, Emma tried a variety of different styles and in the end I went for something quite subtle but with detail at the back. I had gypsophila woven into the plaits, as did the bridesmaids to continue the theme. Emma was just so lovely to be around on the morning of the wedding. She is the just nicest person and I couldn’t recommend her enough.
I wasn’t sure how I wanted my make up, but my makeup artist Nicola McGeorge made the whole process so easy. I told her the things I liked and left it to her. I absolutely loved my make-up. She was the most calming person to be around and she is so knowledgeable and listens to exactly what you want. I opted for quite soft make up, as my dress was quite detailed. I felt didn’t need anything too heavy, especially with the heat, but I still wanted to look made up. The humidity on the day was unbearable but my make-up didn’t move at all. We absolutely loved our make-up and we all had so many compliments. I highly recommend Nicola to anyone looking for wedding make up.
We used Unique by Roberto Silvosa as our florist and wow! They are so more than just florists. They are so creative and their work is more like a piece of art. All the flowers we chose were unstructured looking without being too over the top. Our Chuppah was so breathtaking and I loved the addition of real berries in the bouquets.
A Twist on tradition
Quike Navarro played the violin during the ceremony as we wanted something really emotional for the walk down the aisle and felt that the violin would really set the mood. Joel and his parents walked down to Perfect by Ed Sheeran, while I chose A Thousand Years by Christina Perri for myself and my parents.
Recipe for success
We put a lot of planning into the food. We wanted to keep the Spanish theme throughout so we chose lots of Tapas style canapés for the reception including patatas alioli, gazpacho, croquettes and tortilla.
For the sit down meal we chose a smoked salmon salad to start, then Rotena (local fish) for main, on a bed of dauphinoise potatoes and for dessert we went with chocolate fondant and ice cream. During the dancing later in the evening mini hot dogs and mini pizzas were brought out to keep the guests energy going. Everyone is still raving about the food.
Create your own magic
I love adding a personal touch and spent months deciding and researching for ways to personalize our special day. For the ceremony I made mini tissue boxes with our names on which said ‘For your happy tears.’ Fans were also handed out to the guests with our logo on. For after dinner, mini packets of polos with our names on were placed on all the tables. Other personal touches included white suede kippahs for the men to cover their heads during the ceremony and for the ladies there were flip flops. I personalized them all by adding a hand written tag onto each of them with a little personal message for each guest. Little details like this mean so much to me so I wanted to add in as many as possible!
The music was amazing. 2 True Entertainment are a soul and Motown band headed up by Mike and Simone. They were so helpful and let us come and watch them playing at different venues before playing at our wedding. Quike played the violin for the crazy Jewish music and also in between Mike and Simone’s sets. He really did keep the party going all night!.
We will never forget...
Our amazing wedding week, with friends flying out every day leading up to the wedding. This was so special.
We understood it was a big ask for people to take time off of work etc. but we were so so grateful for everyone who made it to Spain to celebrate with us.
We had been advised by lots of friends, on the day to take a step back and just look at everyone who had made it there just for us, and we did just that. This was our favourite moment and at this point we felt so much love.
My Address Book
Wedding planner: Optimum Weddings
Photographer: The Love Hunters
Dress: Liz Martinez
Makeup : Nicola McGeorge (@nicolamcgeorge)
Hair : Emma Zamboglou (@hairbyemmazee)
Flowers: Unique By Roberto Silvosa
Minister: Rabbi Mendy Atta
Cake: Los Monterosi
Music: Quike Navarro, 2 True Entertainment
Venue: Los Monteros, La Cabane