How many of you have been to Spain? It’s somewhere I’d love to go: for the laid back pace of life, the beautiful countryside and incredible food. I have this ‘thing’ where I’d have to speak a fair bit of Spanish first – it comes from living abroad as a student. But what an amazing country to visit – and how wonderful to have a destination wedding somewhere with such a rich history and culture.
Emily and Gavin were legally married at a registry office in the UK before heading for Spain with friends and family to celebrate in the summer sunshine. Their wedding ceremony was in the evening, with celebrations continuing into the early hours.
Emily’s words of wisdom are beautifully said: “Brides – stop worrying about silly little things, they end up not being very important when you’re there experiencing your special moment!“
Read the full wedding story about halfway down this blog post, and enjoy the images by the very lovely Berkshire wedding photographer Alexis Jaworski. Claire xxx
A beautiful real wedding in Spain – Emily and Gavin
Torres De San Juan, Nerja, Spain.
Alexis Jaworski www.alexisjaworski.com
How would you describe your wedding style?
Elegant & simple with Spanish twist!
A little about the wedding ceremony:
A very simple private ‘legal’ registry signing with only us & two witnesses (bride’s parents) a week before flying to Spain for the formal full wedding blessing which in our eyes was our wedding day!
It was an English vicar who lead the local Nerja Church of England services. It was very hot in July so with Spanish tradition we started the ceremony in the evening at 7pm.
We had a Spanish guitarist & canapés, champagne on arrival etc. The wedding was at a roof top venue overlooking the Spanish village of Nerja with sea & mountain views.
Our formal sit down dinner was around 8.30pm with a typical Spanish four course menu, and a disco below the pool (same vicinity) from 10.30- 4am. We had a local English DJ, who played everything from rat pack to pop to 50’s medleys!
Which readings did you choose?
The reading on ‘marriage’, a sermon was chosen and read by the vicar & a sonnet was written & read by my brother.
Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:
We had an outside ceremony with 70 chairs facing the sea view & an arch of white chiffon, white lilies & roses. Inside we had white crisp tables, orange rose centrepieces, and crystals scattered on all the tables. For favours the women had stone bracelets & men had silver dragees chocolates in a paper coordinated cone.
Invitations and reception stationery:
Our invitations were designed by myself & we had them printed at a local printers. We used our own decorations with simple white ribbon & crystals.
Wedding music and entertainment:
Spanish guitarist, Local DJ, and our own choice of tracks on CD for walking down for the ceremony.
What did you wear?
Gavin, best man, usher & father of the bride wore matching ecru Italian M&S fitted suits, which were half cotton, half linen. The groom wore an orange skinny tie, the rest wore ivory skinny ties.
The bride wore a lace fitted strapless destination type dress with a long lace see through train. The gown was a strapless style with sweet heart neckline & Victorian buttons running down the back. Emily also wore a side encrusted hair piece and ivory satin sling back peep toe heels. Single Pearl drop necklace, diamond & pearl drop earrings.
Memorable wedding day moments:
Walking on to the roof top with my father to his favourite song by Kenny G. The photos being taken up on the tower at the venue while the sun was setting – it was magical.
Wedding day advice:
Savour every single moment as the next day it will all feel like a dream!!!
Oh and brides: stop worrying about silly little things, they end up not being very important when you’re there experiencing your special moment!!
More recommended wedding suppliers:
Horsell bridal room. Beautiful dresses, very helpful & friendly!!