“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.” ― Pascal Mercier.
I love this quote about the power of travel, and I’ve always truly believed that the places we go as we grow up become part of us forever, as do we of them. The beautiful Vicky and Tim (who are also WWW readers) chose to celebrate their union in a sun-drenched rustic house in the hills of Spain, with views of the sea and scents of the earth. The bride had once lived in the country, so it was a very meaningful and special choice to invite their loved ones to join them on this adventure.
Rachel from Rachel Rose Weddings helped the couple bring to life a beautifully serene, warm, and timeless aesthetic, with a natural colour palette of greens, browns, and whites – punctuated by bursts of orange, vibrant like the native fruits of Seville. Plentiful white flowers, wild foliage, and elegant olive branches decorated the floral arch for the intimate ceremony, and the tables dotting the alfresco dining area, accented with a delightful stationery suite designed as a homage to their chance meeting in Peru (hello, llamas!). The words of the day were relaxation, beauty, and fun, all to the sounds of a live Spanish guitarist, the sights of the travel-inspired chill areas, and the scent of the Bride’s Nectarine Blossom and Honey perfume by Jo Malone. The day turned to night as the fresh tapas and sizzling paella cooked in the gardens, sparklers twinkled, and the music played on till the early hours – all exquisitely captured by Kino Ortega.
Let’s venture to Spain, shall we?
THE PROPOSAL | We met 5 years ago in Peru – we were on the same tour group doing the Inca Trail. Tim proposed in August 2016 during a romantic picnic on Primrose Hill overlooking London. This was followed by an evening at the theatre and dinner at a Peruvian restaurant.
THE VISION | We wanted a rustic style with splashes of orange influenced by Spanish Seville oranges. We had beautiful white flowers with lots of green foliage and olive branches also featured. We wanted an intimate ceremony with close family and friends, followed by a relaxed dinner and non-stop dancing!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We booked our wedding with Rachel Rose Weddings. Our wedding co-ordinator was Kimberly who was fantastic – she gave us lists of recommended suppliers and we picked from them. It was great because the choice was narrowed down for us. A lot of communication was done via email although we did fly out in January 2017 to see the venue, have a food tasting session and meet our photographer. We didn’t see our cake, stationery or flowers until the wedding day so had to put all our trust in to the suppliers but it was all perfect ! We actually found the planning process fairly easy and stress free.
THE VENUE | Cortijo Pedro Jimenez in Casares, Spain. We really wanted to get married abroad and outside in the sunshine! We chose Spain as Vicky used to live there (in Cadiz) so it is a special place to us. The venue was perfect – a rustic Spanish house in the hills with sea views.
My hair clip was by Alan Hannah (from Debenhams). My perfume was Jo Malone – Nectarine Blossom and Honey because I wanted something light and fruity. My diamond earrings were a surprise present from Tim on the morning of our wedding. My necklace was borrowed from my mum.
FINDING THE DRESS | I got my dress from Mia Sposa in London. I knew I wanted a plain skirt and loved the floaty style. The beading on the front of the top was beautiful and added a bit of sparkle. I loved the lace back too. Basically, the dress had a bit of everything! I think most people would have expected me in a strapless dress so I wanted to go for something a bit different and surprise everyone.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | The suits were from Marks and Spencer. The ties were from Hawes and Curtis. Tim’s belt and shoes were Ted Baker.
My mum walked me down the aisle to One Day Like This by Elbow. We had Luis Fonseca – Spanish guitarist – for the ceremony and cocktail reception. Our first dance was John Legend – All Of Me. We love the words to this song. The band started playing the slow version and then half way through they speeded it up so that everyone else could join us on the dance floor! Cool Fire were the live band and really got the crowd going! We had our own playlist for after the band.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Sara and D (two of my oldest friends from primary school) and Katie my friend from college. Their dresses were sage green multi way dresses as I wanted them to be able to style their dresses in different ways to suit them – they were from The Dainty Yard (on Etsy). They all had different hair styles but they all had gypsophila flowers (from the florist) in their hair.
THE CAKE | Marbella Cake Design. We wanted it to be iced in a ripple effect – simple but beautiful. We chose one chocolate sponge and one orange sponge to tie in with the orange theme throughout. Everyone remarked on how delicious it was!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Kino Ortega. Would definitely recommend Kino – from the first contact we had with him right through to our wedding day and after, he has been nothing but helpful, professional and attentive. On the day he arrived early to take photos of the venue and of us getting ready. I honestly didn’t even know he was there most of the time as he was so discreet and never got in the way. This was the same throughout the whole day. He made sure he knew who the key people in the wedding were and also got some formal group shots that we wanted. He even took us off at sunset to get some bonus photos! He stayed much later than planned and got some great photos of the party. After the wedding he made a beautiful story board on his website which was so special – it even had a description and a song to play while we looked at the photos. We are so happy with the photos, they are really natural – they capture the day perfectly.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We wanted a rustic style with splashes of orange influenced by Spanish Seville oranges. We had beautiful white flowers with lots of green foliage and olive branches also featured. The décor was done by Claire White at Rachel Rose Weddings – we had oranges dotted about, signs, some travel influences like globes and a Moroccan chill out area. We provided fans for the ladies. We had a Peruvian theme for the stationery – the table names were places we’d been to in Peru. And we had llamas on the stationery! For food, in keeping with the Spanish theme, we had tapas to start and paella as main – watching them cook it in front of us was a novelty!
THE HONEYMOON | We spent two weeks in Africa. The first part was safari in Azura Sealous in Sealous National Park, Tanzania. We had a truly amazing time – safari was very special seeing some incredible animals including lions, wild dogs and hippos. Our lodge was on the river and we even had our own private hot tub with a view of the hippos. The second part was in Zawadi Hotel, Zanzibar, for some relaxation and beach time! We have never stayed anywhere like that before – complete luxury with fantastic food and beautiful surroundings.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Walking down the aisle with my mum and seeing Tim waiting for me at the end was very special. I was quite nervous but as soon as I was next to him holding his hand I felt fine! Seeing all our close family and friends watch us get married and knowing they were so happy for us is the best feeling.
I did a surprise speech!! Well it was actually a poem that I had written about all our guests and Tim. The only person that knew about it was our MC (one of Tim’s close friends) but it went down really well! People laughed and cried and I got a big cheer at the end!
We had sparklers which was our photographer’s idea. All our guests had a sparkler and made a walkway for me and Tim to walk down after dinner and before we cut the cake. It was really fun and made for great atmospheric photos!
We danced non-stop, from the moment the band started till about 3.30am! I think if you and your husband are on the dance floor, it encourages others to be there too. I took off my shoes at about 1am so the bottom of my dress got dirty but I didn’t care by that point because I was having so much fun! Your dress can always be dry cleaned – better to relax and enjoy yourself rather than worry about getting your dress dirty!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Kino Ortega
Wedding Planner | Rachel McFadden
Hair | Alex Harrocks
Make-up artist | Charlotte Lothigius
Videographer | Evergreen
Food | Sana Catering
Flowers | Flor Valentin
The Cake | Marbella Cake Design
Thank you so much Vicky and Tim for sharing your beautiful Spanish celebrations with us! Val Xx