A Fairy Tale Castle Wedding in Spain

For anyone in search of that Fairy Tale Castle feeling for their Wedding , Castillo Santa Catalina in Malaga is just the place.

Joyce and Fernando flew all the way with their family and friends from Los Angeles to celebrate the most heart felt beautiful wedding. It was September last year, and we, The Boutique Wedding Co had the pleasure of being their wedding planners in Spain!

The whole evening was magical.  The couple, two sincerely kind and sweet human beings came together in love under the warm Spanish September skies.

Their friends and family were witnesses of all the beauty. And the day is now part of their memories forever. The day when Fernando and Joyce declare their love.

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Photo by Eloy Munoz Photography

Andreas Holm was our Wedding photographer and he captured some truly stunning images of our gorgeous couple! The Castillo is a beautiful venue that makes a stunning backdrop to a Wedding in Spain. In truth it´s an ideal venue for a Small or Large group but due to supplements and Minimum numbers most of our couples choose to marry there on a week day, additionally it is for one day only!!

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Joyce visited all the way from Los Angeles with her friend to come and select her wedding Venue. As she works for an international beauty brand she was able to travel with work and take a few days for herself and the venue search! Convenience of location really drove her decision on Castillo and with the old part of the Castillo being so charming, Fernando her groom was guaranteed to love it!

Joyce and Fernando were visiting with a big group of friends and Family so Jesus arranged for a Tour to Ronda for them, which he ran himself! We also arranged for a rehearsal dinner at El Pimpi. This is a must for most of our clients marrying in Malaga and it never fails to impress.

 

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Their Wedding day started at 6pm with a meaningful, heartfelt ceremony conducted by a friend of theirs in the old part of the Castillo. Joyce arrived in the most beautiful elegant gown, truly stunning! Afterwards, drinks and canapes were served whilst Joyce and Fernando snuck of with Andreas Holm to capture some amazing Wedding Images!

 

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The Dinner was a lovely relaxed affair with short but sweet, speeches slotted between courses. After a quick dress change Joyce and Fernando were ready for their first dance and an hour of Cuban Salsa dancing, to start their party!

Thank you so much to everyone who was involved in the successful creation of Joyce and Fernando´s very special wedding day! A special thank you to Andreas Holm Photography for sharing his gorgeous images with us!

The Dream Team for Joyce and Fernando´s Wedding are listed below:

Photography- Andreas Holm Photography

Ceremony and Cocktail Music by Matt Mcgurk

The Flowers by Susana Sanchez

Hair By Alex Harrocks

Make Up By Georgina of Bridal beauty Bloom

Wedding Planning, Styling and Design was by The Boutique Wedding Co. Team- Lucy, Jesus and Jessie.

See you again soon!

Lucy  and Jesus x

 

 

 

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A Heart Felt Thank You

It isn´t  every week that we receive a Heart Felt Thank You note that is worthy of its own Blog Post, but this week is very special. Nicole and John contacted us around 16 months ago, we worked closely with them for over a year to bring to life their dream day. The only difference was, we never met in person and they had never been to Malaga or seen the Venue we had selected for them. This whole experience required a huge amount of trust, reassurance and Friendship built via Skype. Please read below the kindest words from Nicole and John, obviously I felt very emotional reading this. Its not everyday that clients touch your heart like this kind and sweet couple.

Dearest Lucy,

I hope you are both well and crushing the rest of this wedding season!  I just wanted to reach out with an true letter of thanks for all you did for us on what was the best day of both our lives.  It was beyond magical and carried us higher than we could even dream.  Every single person walked away from our wedding saying it was the best wedding they’d ever been to because of you and Jesus’ tireless work and commitment.  I could never thank you enough for crafting the most important and perfect day of our lives, it truly was everything we hoped for.

Below I have written a review for you to use on our experience with The Boutique Wedding Co.  I’m happy to post it to facebook/tripadvisor/any other blog, website or social media you would like.

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Review for Lucy Bennett:

**To be used by Boutique Wedding Company’s direction & discretion**

My husband and I were married in Malaga, Spain in late May of 2016 and hired The Boutique Wedding Co. as our international coordinators approximately one year prior.  I do not know where to begin or how to describe my experience with Lucy and Jesus (founders and primary coordinators).  I am not one to typically write reviews, but with Lucy I find myself wishing there was something even more I could do to honor her hard work and dedication to our day.  5 stars doesn’t adequately reflect the passion and commitment she shows her clients.  Below I’ve given a few of hundreds of reasons why the Boutique Wedding Company should be the first choice for any bride looking to get married in Spain:

1) The Planning

To be completely honest, I’d be shocked if you didn’t hire Lucy after a single skype interview; it takes one call to fall completely in love with her!  She is genuinely sweet, professional, and has this wonderful energy and fervor when she talks about what she does.  It is immediately apparent that she loves working in weddings and wants her brides to feel the same.  From the beginning, my husband and I felt very comfortable with Lucy.  She made us feel absolutely confident in her ability to structure and organize what felt like an overwhelming barrage of details and considerations by creating detailed spreadsheets and breakdowns of what to expect in the months to come.  She provided up-to-date budgeting lists and kept track of all deposits and monies to be paid.

Living in the U.S. and attempting to plan a wedding in Spain is daunting to say the least.  I was so worried we wouldn’t be able to find a planner willing or able to accommodate time differences, venue searches and tastings over email, and then there’s a trust factor of “will I actually get what I think I’m getting based on photos alone?”.  With Lucy, this was a complete non-issue.  She was up early and stayed up late to accommodate important calls; giving an incredible amount of her free time to be open and flexible with our schedules.  Every email was responded to promptly and as completely as possible.  There was never a moment where we doubted her suggestions or worried we were getting taken advantage of.  In fact, every great decision made for our wedding was her suggestion!  Our photographers, band, venues, transportation, entertainment, everything she recommended in those decision making processes ended up being the absolute best choice for what we wanted.

It was beyond impressive to see the dedication and commitment Lucy had to us for over a year!  Countless skype calls, emails and pinterest pins and she never once appeared or acted annoyed, bothered or disinterested.  She was so enthusiastic throughout the entire process, even my husband was getting excited talking about table settings!  Looking back, Lucy took all the anxiety, fear and stress out of the planning process. Conversations were fun and became one of the highlights of our weekends–we would even have little champagne brunches after to celebrate another great call.  I can honestly say that thanks to Lucy, I absolutely enjoyed and will miss planning my wedding, something every bride wants to think after her wedding but rarely does!

2) Styling & Decor

This is a biggie to me as I work in a similar field to event planning and design and have admittedly unrealistic expectations as far as aesthetic goes.  I am a bit of a perfectionist and went into this wedding wanting it to be an effortlessly romantic, organic wedding with the perfect Spanish backdrop.  Again, this was challenging given the abundance of beauty in Spain and the added worry of international planning.  I didn’t know if anyone in Spain would have the eye for what I was wanting or be able to execute my vision at the level I was really looking for.  And once again, this was a complete non-issue with Lucy.  From her site and blog alone, it is obvious her taste and ability to digest inspiration is impeccable.  We immediately found our venue in her website suggestions and things started falling into place easily after that.

Lucy has such an elevated aesthetic and knows all the current trends for event styling and decor; she was un-phased by even the craziest suggestions and had ideas for our every whim, never saying something wasn’t possible without offering a solution.  She is crafty and works with everything and anything at her disposal.  She will scour hundreds of pins and work with you as much as you want in every detail and decision until you feel 100% confident.  I was very impressed with her ability to navigate the intricacies of Spain and our expectations coming from the U.S. where we have hundreds of blogs devoted to any and every kind of wedding imaginable.  Ingenuity and creativity are her strengths for sure and she will be the first to admit that; even at the expense of her own time!

I will never forget the feeling of walking through my wedding reception after our ceremony and seeing everything we’d dreamed up and been inspired to do come to life in the most magical way possible.  Nothing was half done, nothing was missing; every sign and light and flower was exactly as we’d planned.  Even details I couldn’t imagine were there!  We had a Moroccan chill out area with a projector of old black and white movies–she brought in wrapped blankets with notes for guests to use them.  There was a color we had to drop from the scheme because it was difficult to source; surprise, surprise, on the day of the wedding there it was in small tea light vases and decor pieces scattered throughout the reception!  Surprise and delight are the best adjectives to describe the way we felt walking away from a wedding we expected to be amazing–it was truly beyond what we even asked for.

3) The Experience

This is where Lucy and Jesus really shine.  The wedding planning is fun, the execution is amazing and the result is a dream.  However, as far as service, flexibility and overall customer experience–I can’t imagine any wedding planning company being better than The Boutique Wedding Co.  My husband and I went into this experience really wanting to listen to our gut and while this could have led to utter disaster, hiring Lucy made that an impossibility.  She and Jesus are unique in their field in so many ways and are able to offer an intimate, curated experience.  They take the time to really get to know you and your lives together; they appreciate what’s unique and special in each couple and cater themselves completely to that couple’s needs.  There are hiccups and road blocks in every wedding but Lucy would do everything in her power to protect our experience.  She maneuvered and fought for the bigs and found the perfect compromises for the smalls.  If we felt concerned, cautious or couldn’t make a decision, she would set up a call and leave us wondering what we were ever worried about!

All in all,my husband and I along with every guest in attendance walked away knowing we’d experienced something truly amazing with memories that would last a lifetime and we have Lucy and The Boutique Wedding Co. to thank for it.  Thank you Lucy and Jesus (and team) for your countless hours, emails, calls and hard work; you gave us a magical experience that will carry us through a lifetime together!

I hope this shows in some small way how much we adore you Lucy.  We are here for anything and everything you ever need–please count us as friends and know we will be back within the next few years!

Thank you to John and Nicole for taking the time to Thank us in such an incredible way! We give our heart and soul to our clients across the year and on the Wedding days and a thanks like this makes all that hard work so very worth it!

We will so miss our monthly Skype calls with you!

Lucy and Jesus xxx

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800 Blush Roses for Donnette and Nicholas

Our last Wedding of the year last year,  took us all the way up to the mountains that surrounds Malaga for the Wedding of Donnette and Nicholas. The wedding took place across 2 houses, El Carligto and Casa Wills.  Perched high on a ´Loma´in the middle of the Montes de Malaga stand these two amazing properties.

El Carligo had been the very first property we added to our Wedding Venue list 3 years ago when we launched our business! When we discovered this secret hideaway, the owners Mark and Alan were delightful and keen to extend the capabilities of this luxury holiday Villa. We knew we could help them and within 6 months we had a Wedding booked with them. Donnette and Nicholas were the first couple that we had showed the houses too and they were smitten right away.

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Initially Donnette and Nicholas came to us asking for a Villa on the Costa Del Sol. As the ´Costa del Sol´is not really our specialty (as you know we are much more lost in the mountains, far away secret wedding venue type wedding planners!!) . So I asked them lots of questions about what would really make their dream Wedding Venue.  In actual fact from the briefing, their dream venue was more lost in the mountains than Costa beach front so I knew we could help them!

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Don and Nick Wedding by Eloy Munoz Photography – The Boutique Wedding Co.

To satisfy their first requests (private Villas not far form Marbella and the Costa del sol) we showed them a few Villas hidden away near to Marbella, Casares and Istan.  None of these properties really ticked the box for them, nothing blew them away. Luckily we knew we had this gem saved for the last.  Off we drove an hour away form the costs to this tiny cliff top. When we describe the venue as ´lost in the mountains´you have to believe us it really is ´LOST´in the mountains. After many a dirt track and bumpy,  bendy road  we arrived.  Donnette and Nicholas were instantly in love!! The Mountains high above us, the sea in the far distance, the silence and tranquility. They knew right away that this was their dream Wedding Venue.  And we had found it for them!!

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18 months on and over 100 hours of wedding planning later, we finally arrived to the wedding day. From the original plan of only using El Carltigo to expanding up to a house 1 KM away for the ceremony and the Cocktail and Dinner. Casa Wills, is another stunning property. Owned by the family of Mark and Alan, the house has a special style and with views across to Lake Vinuela and the Mediterranean Sea the situation cannot really be beaten!

The ceremony was truly remarkable. An arch with over 800 Roses created by Susana Sanchez. A carpet of Petals laid thickly  by myself. The setting was perfect. Natasha, Malaga Minister Conducted a  heartfelt, family focused and sentimental. Donnette and Nicholas are true friends and that really showed through in the beautiful ceremony!

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The style of the venue merges perfectly with the theme of the Wedding. Donnette Chose the colours Blush Pink, White and Emerald Green. I designed the individual decor pieces, flowers and signs to complement this. Donnette had a clear vision of the colours and style. As always we worked closely with the bride and groom to bring their personal vision to life.  Always with a touch of our own creativity and hard work sourcing all of the important elements that would make it special. I worked especially hard on creating beautiful bespoke signage for the couple. Their welcome sign was hand painted and all of the signs weer designed and handwritten by me. They were keen for a really rustic authentic feel. To achieve this, I insisted on hiring Pedro Navarro´s wooden tables and Cross backed chairs. To  finish of the rustic look in an elegant way we hired the soft pink napkins!

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The floral´s were immense, Susana Sanchez came all the way from Fuengirola with a giant floral Arch and almost 800 Roses! From the aisle pedestals to the table centers Susana captured the feeling of what Donnette had dreamed of perfectly! She really brought to life the elegant rustic feel that we were after!

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Donnette is a Music teacher, a singer and a Musician so having a quality musical line up was a really important factor. We started of with a small simple wedding brief and ended up with a huge musical production!! For the Ceremony we had Quike Navarro and his String Quartet. The Cocktail time was serenaded by the magical Spanish guitar of Matt McGurk, don´t let the name fool you he really plays the spanish guitar like a native. Matt also arranged for a fantastic Flamenco Extravaganza for after Dinner. The night time party kept the house pumping with awesome sounds from DJ Scott MacNaughton!

Food is really important to Donnette and Nicholas; he proposed in a Michelin Star restaurant and these guys love to eat out in London’s best restaurants all the time so we knew we had to find them the best of the best! Luckily, the in-house chef at El Carligto is somewhat of a foodie superstar.  We had the pleasure to taste the wonders of his cooking at his own Casa Rural – Cortijo Juan Salvador!!  The couple wanted traditional food so David put a special touch to some Tapas Canapes and starters and then a fabulous chicken Paella as the main course!

To accompany the Flamenco show we served Cava and Cake, the cake, macaroons and Cup cakes were created by Omaya from Cake Couture Marbella, the cake table designed by myself! For the boys I styled and designed Nicks Sherry Station, with a beautiful rustic table and  lots of manly elements!

Thank you so much to everyone who was involved in the successful creation of Donnette and Nicholas very special wedding day! A special thank you to Aleksandra and Eloy from Eloy Muñoz Photography for sharing their gorgeous images with us!

The Dream Team for Donnette and Nicks Wedding are listed below:

Photography- Eloy Muñoz Photogrpahy

Ceremony  Music by Quike Navarro and his string Quartet

Cocktail Music by Matt Mcgurk

Evening Entertainment by Matt McGurk and his Flamenco Crew

Nightime Party- DJ Scott MacNaughton

Tables and Chairs – Pedro Navarro

The Cakes and Macaroons by Omaya at Cake Couture Marbella

The Flowers by Susana Sanchez

The Catering was David Palacios from Cortijo Juan Salvador

Cocktail Bar and Waiter by Marbella Parties

The Ceremony was performed by Natasha- Malaga Minister

The Venue – El Carligto and Casa Wills

Wedding Planning, Styling and Design was by The Boutique Wedding Co. Team- Lucy, Jesus and Lara.

See you again soon!

Lucy  and Jesus x
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