Wow, what a whirlwind few weeks it has been! Only just now have I had chance to write up my wedding post but I hope you’re all as excited to read it as I am to be finally writing it!!
21st June 2016 seemed to take forever, and yet just seconds to finally arrive, but once it did it could not have been a more perfect day. We were married at La Ermita/El Mirador, Marina Rubicon, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote! The week leading up to the big day was quite possibly the windiest I have ever known the island to be. However, on the morning of the wedding it was so calm, not a cloud in the sky and a scorching 30°c.
‘The dress’ is kind of a story in itself (you can read more about that here!) But after finding a gown I liked but didn’t love, I knew i’d have to make some adjustments to it before I would love it! I chose the gown because it went so well with my bridesmaid dresses which I had already chosen! The gown I chose was Y11633 by Sophia Tolli however I felt that it was too full in the skirt, the straps were too wide for my frame and the back was quite high so I wanted it to be lowered a little. Sam set to work and the gown soon began to take shape and I fell more and more in love with it as the weeks went on! The final touch was to add a beautiful lace train from a Blue by Enzoani gown. It was perfect and I thoroughly enjoyed wearing it! My shoes were by Benjamin Adams of Paradox London! And they were SO comfortable!
My bridesmaids dresses were by Dessy in Windsor Blue. Having originally set my heart on Rose or Blush I spotted this colour in the shop one day and just fell in love. Both of my bridesmaids have lovely blue eyes and this colour just suited them perfectly! I got my daughters dresses from Next and my seamstress made them sashes to match the adults.
I did my own make up for the day, but my hair was done by a fantastic hairdresser called Tena based in Lanzarote… Loved her!! The wedding morning went by so quickly but we had so much fun! It was really relaxed and before I knew it, the time had come to leave for the church!
We explored the possibility of fresh flowers for our wedding day however, as Lanzarote is an island and very little grows there due to its volcanic landscape, the choice was limited and I knew they would probably not last too well. Sam (our seamstress) offered to make the flower arrangements for us using artificial flowers. She did everything from the bouquets to the table decorations. She used the best quality flowers she could get hold of from Country Baskets and we took them out to Lanzarote with us in our suitcases. No one noticed that they were artificial until we told them and the best thing about it is my bouquet, Phil’s button hole and the girls arrangements now sit proudly in our living room! A perfect souvenir of our special day!
I found the whole service so emotional! Phil looked the most handsome I had ever seen him and I was just so, so happy. From the church we went to a nearby tapas bar where a Spanish guitarist performed to create an authentic Spanish atmosphere! Photographs followed in the courtyard, and by this time it really was pretty hot… The poor guys were melting in their suits!
After the photographs we went on to our reception venue, El Mirador, where we enjoyed a drinks reception of sangria and the smooth sounds of the saxophonist playing. This was followed by our wedding breakfast and the speeches, and then my dad got up to sing which was unexpected, but amazing! Our wedding had a butterfly theme as butterflies have such a special meaning to us… As does travel. Our table names were destinations we have visited together over the years!
After dinner, Phil and I left our guests for an hour to head up to our favourite beach Playa De Papagayo. It was here that we had some portraits taken just as the sun was setting. We were thrilled with the results! Our photographer was Frank Wood Photography. I had very little involvement in choosing the photographer or videographer as this is Phil’s area of expertise being a wedding photographer himself. Frank is a photographer admired by Phil and when we asked him to come over to Lanzarote he was more than happy to oblige! We were thrilled with the results and can’t thank him enough. Our video is by Perfect Moments Films, we are yet to receive it but we will share it on social media when we do!
When we returned to our reception the party was in full swing and it was straight into the first dance. Our song was Paradise by Coldplay. This is ‘our song’ and we first heard it while travelling Australia, New Zealand and Fiji back in 2011. It was the obvious choice and we’d also had an acoustic version played as we left the church earlier in the day!
We were thrilled with the way our day turned out and couldn’t have done it without the help of our wedding planners, Hayley and Sue from Rocks and Roses. Honestly, we can not thank them enough for helping us make our dream a reality.
Taking your wedding abroad, you never know how many of your loved ones will be able to make it and you take the chance that some of your nearest and dearest may not be able to come for various reasons. Sadly some of our most treasured family and friends couldn’t be there, but we hope that they can share it through our memories, photographs and our video.
Thank you to everyone who did come out to our special place with us. There are no words to tell you how grateful we are for each and every one of you and we will treasure that day in our hearts forever!
My Top Tips for Brides to Be
Now that I am on the other side of wedding dress shopping I definitely have a new found respect for each and every bride who walks through our door! It’s so hard choosing your gown, quite scary too really! My top tips would be, have an open mind, bring only a couple of trusted guests with you (I did most of my trying on alone – too many opinions was confusing me) Know your price-point and don’t over shop (I tried on too many and it made it so much harder)
And most of all… Enjoy it xx