Karen & Tony - Young Love

Childhood sweethearts

We met when we were teenagers at our local nightclub. It was just a bit of fun when we started going out but over the months it developed into something more and into a relationship we saw going somewhere. We’re still going strong 12 years later and can now call ourselves husband and wife.


Feels like home

We always wanted to get married in the sun as we have done a fair bit of travelling. We both love Spain and decided it was suitable for us and for our friends and family to get to. It was very handy for flights from Ireland as it had at least 10 flights a week so it didn’t put people under pressure and they could choose how many days they wanted to attend. Spain is a beautiful country and having visited our location we picked for our wedding a few times beforehand we just fell in love with it even more. The weather was a big factor for us as we wanted to get married in the sun and also the picturesque scenes sold it for us. Mijas Pueblo is stunning and the views up there were like nothing we had seen before in Spain.  The streets are so quaint and very Spanish which we loved. We both loved La Cala de Mijas, where our reception was held, as it’s like a village and on the beach front and very family orientated . The culture is completely different compared to home as it has a very relaxed vibe and everyone just goes with the flow with no added pressure and stress free. We could both easily move to that part of Spain as it’s very family orientated and has the culture that we love and we feel very at home there. The English is very good in that part of Spain and everyone was so friendly that we came across throughout the whole planning process for the wedding. 


Falling in love 

I visited the venue in March 2017 with my mum and dad (hubby-to-be couldn’t get it off work) and one of the Sunshine Weddings’ team. I’ll admit when we pulled up outside it I was thinking, “oh my god, what’s this?!”… as it was just a grey wall with a big door. But I was open minded. I’ll never forget the moment the doorbell was rang and a lovely woman Anna came and greeted us (the proprietor of the property). I just remember her opening the door and all I could see was the blue sunny sky and the ocean and waves. I instantly fell in love and I still remember the butterflies I got in my stomach. I hardly looked behind me to see if my mum and dad was still following me as I just kept walking barely being able to believe what I was seeing and that I felt I found my dream wedding location! In my head I had a picture of what I wanted for my big day and I knew that I found what I was looking for. I was busy taking pictures and couldn’t wait to show my partner Tony to see what he thought. He loved it but he was just happy that I was happy so would have gone with whatever I decided!


All the details…

My wedding dress is definitely not something that I thought I would have chosen. I thought I would have gone for something in plain silk but always liked the idea of backless as I was going to be in the sun and wanted something cool. I like a very relaxed look but also something a bit different. I had one day out dress shopping and was recommended a bridal boutique that a few brides I know found there dresses in. I tried on the first dress and hated it instantly thinking this is going to be a long day. When the bridal consultant brought in the second dress I wasn’t too keen as it was a lace pattern but backless with a lovely beaded strap details, I tried it on and felt so good about myself and couldn’t believe I loved the lace pattern. I remember pulling back the curtain and my mum and godmother both being speechless and loving it. I always have that saying in my head “when you know you know" and I knew I was going to say yes to the dress. My headpiece was very simple with beads and pearls and lovely flowers very in keeping with my Spanish wedding. For my wedding shoes I wanted something I would wear again. I fell in love with a pair of pale blue (my something blue) Dune London sandals with a pearl heel. I hadn’t a clue what colour I wanted for the bridesmaids but started gearing towards pastel colours and I in particular liked lilac, but I struggled to find what I had in mind. I didn’t want long dresses and wanted something different such as two piece sets. I decided on mint green. I picked for two off the girls a lovely skirt and top combo and the chief bridesmaid had a dress with the exact same matching top detail. My flowers were cream roses and lilies. My flowers for the venue I left up to Anna the owner of the restaurant and told her my colour scheme.  She used nice simple vases with one flower in each which suited the whole theme of our wedding. For the venue we went very simple as I wanted the venue and views to speak for themselves. We had flowers on the tables with fairy lights for night time and a K and T for the top table with a very special remembrance bouquet of flowers and candle for my sister Terri (My only sibling) placed firmly at the top table where she would have been by my side throughout the whole journey alongside a photo of her, a very special request that I wanted from the start of my wedding planning journey. Anna had the venue looking stunning alongside the help of Louise from Sunshine Weddings. I still got that butterfly feeling in my stomach whenever I walked into the venue before the wedding and I still do now, after the wedding, when we have visited. 


All we could wish for…

The food was absolutely stunning and I knew from our food tasting that we definitely made the correct choice for the wedding. For starter we had the most amazing Caesar salad and then for main course we chose tenderloin beef with seasonal vegetables and potatoes with a mushroom sauce. It was beautiful. The presentation was 10 out of 10. For the entrance to the venue we had 5 hot and 5 cold canapes which the guests all seemed to like and fitted in well with the Spanish style and what you would expect from a wedding abroad, which is very different from your traditional Irish wedding. All the feedback from our guests was amazing with everyone saying that the food was exceptional. For music we were recommended “DJ Scott” ( he was Irish) which suited us perfectly. He got in touch with us and we went through with him what kind of music we liked. My cake was simply stunning and organised by Anna. Tony and I put our trust in the wedding planner and Anna to deliver exactly what we wanted for our dream wedding and whoah they did that and more. I still can’t believe we had a wedding like we did and can only describe it as a fairy tale. I can’t recommend the planners enough and Anna for her fabulous venue. We choose Talia from Thoroughly Gorgeous for our photography on the recommendation of Scott as I told him we wanted very natural photos and a relaxed vibe. We are both delighted with how well they turned out and you wouldn’t have really known Talia was there just snapping away in the background. 


My favourite moment…

Was walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Tony look at me the way he did with a tear in his eye, it was just a great feeling. Tony has also said that his favourite moment of the day was me walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing me. 


If I had to do it again I would change…

Nothing… it was definitely the best day ever and wouldn’t change a thing! 


My advice for future brides is…

Not to stress and enjoy the whole process as you only do it once and if there is something you want, don’t stop until you get it.  Oh and use Sunshine Weddings to plan the day as they really are the best and totally looked after us from start to finish, especially Pamela who I was in contact with the most and feel so lost now! Thank you to Scott for have the best team and to Louise for helping make sure the whole day went as smooth as it did. 

Address Book:

Venue: Avanto La Cala De Mijas 

Wedding Planner: Sunshine Weddings Spain 

Caterer: Avanto 

Wedding Cake: Avanto 

Flowers: Shona Stevenson Bunches Flowers 

Wedding Dress: Perfect Day Bridal Lurgan 

Hair & Make-up: Terri o’Reilly 

Photographer: Talia from Thoroughly Gorgeous 

Music: Terri O’Reilly, Demain saxophone player and DJ Scott