Suzanne & Kevin - Beachside Bliss
From Scotland to Ireland
We actually met in Glasgow, while Suzanne was there for the weekend (Kevin was living there at the time). We clicked straight away, and spent a year doing the long-distance relationship thing, travelling between Limerick & Glasgow every other weekend. Kevin moved to Ireland in 2009, and as they say – the rest is history. We had our son, Olly in 2013, got engaged in 2016 – and married in 2018!
An authentic Spanish touch
Climate was the number one reason we chose Spain for our wedding. We both said we always wanted a beach wedding, and where we could a make a family holiday out of it. We chose Nerja because even though it was a welcome spot for tourists, it still had the traditional Spanish feel about it.
Out to sea
Marinas de Nerja was our perfect location being right on the beach and we were highly recommended it by Sunshine Weddings who understood our brief perfectly. We loved that we were able to have both our ceremony and meal outdoors looking out to the sea. Our first impression of the venue was amazing, it was a really well maintained hotel.
I wore a Stella Yorkdress and the groom and groomsmen wore Next. Our colour scheme was dusty pinks, to line up with the summer season and blue for the men. My flowers incorporated pinks, green & gypsophila for the bridesmaids and flower girls.
We wanted to keep some of the Spanish traditions within our ceremony so we opted for a modern religious ceremony which ticked all the boxes.
For the meal we went for a BBQ option from Marinas de Nerja, this way all our guests were catered for. We also provided an ice-cream cart for the guests during the drinks reception, this went down a treat especially with the kids. The Rivermen provided our entertainment for the entire day and I chose to walk down the aisle to Christina Perri’s 1000 years. Our first dance was to one of my favourite songs; Ed Sheeran’s – Perfect.
Keeping it relaxed
We chose Talia Giraudo from Thoroughly Gorgeousas our photographer, she was great throughout the whole day! We loved the final results, they were very relaxed, exactly what we wanted!
Our favourite wedding moments…
The whole thing! There are too many to choose; it was even more perfect that we expected it was going to be! If I had to choose I would have to say on the morning of the wedding spending this time with my bridal party getting dressed in the room! Plus walking up the aisle with my bridal party and Padre Peter making the whole ceremony witty with his fantastic sense of humour. He made us so relaxed and put us at ease for the whole thing, he even had all the guests laughing!
If I had to do it again…
I wouldn’t change a single thing!!! We’d do it again in the same location, with the same people, using the save wedding planner, florist, priest, etc! It was absolutely perfect! Scott, Carolyn and the team at Sunshine Weddings Spain did an amazing job!
Our advice for future couples…
100% go abroad, in the sun, use a wedding planner (we would highly recommend Sunshine Weddings Spain) – it’s your big day, do what you want to make you happy and don’t worry about trying to please anyone else! Finally, don’t ever worry about the small things, they’ll all fall into place!
Venue: Hotel Marinas de Nerja
Wedding Planner: Sunshine Weddings Spain
Caterer: Hotel Marinas de Nerja
Wedding Cake: Hotel Marinas de Nerja
Flowers:InmaFlorista - Local Florist in Nerja
Hair & Make-up: Lorraine @ princess-bride.co.uk
Photographer: Talia Giraudo@ Thoroughly Gorgeous
Priest: Padre Peter