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A Colourful Spanish Mountain Wedding

Christina and Kevin’s had dreamed  of a Colourful Spanish Mountain Wedding! Fuente Del Sol in Malaga made the perfect backdrop for their dream day. With epic breathtaking views all the way to Malaga and the sea, they were sure their guests would be wowed!!

Christina’s wedding vision was colourful and fun, the flowers were bright and so beautiful, mixed in with decor elements with a rustic vibe, the wedding had a modern feel!

Family and Friends travelled to Spain from all around the world to celebrate across 3 days! All staying at this fabulous venue. Here they could enjoy a choice of 2 pools and the Spa, in between the wedding welcome Paella and wedding day and of course relaxing in the sunshine!

Here is what Christina and Kevin had to say

Our Wedding Day in Spain was honestly the best day of our lives, and so much of that is down to Lucy and Jesus – they planned a day that absolutely catered to our personalities and which completely surpassed our expectations. The decision of who to choose as a wedding planner is possibly the most important decision you’ll make when planning a wedding abroad, however it was probably one of our easiest! After our first consultation with Lucy, we felt very assured that she knew exactly what we wanted and how to make it happen. She really took the time, not only to understand what we wanted for our wedding, but also to understand who we were as people, what we were like as a couple and about out tastes generally. During the planning process, they really did go over and above to make sure every detail was just as we wanted it. They also have an extensive network of people who they trust and enjoy working with. Everyone involved in our wedding was fantastic and had only good things to say about working with Lucy and Jesus. Lucy was also great when it came to styling ideas, and we really valued her opinion on aspects which we hadn’t even considered! The day itself was beautifully relaxed and just perfect for us. It went so smoothly, however we knew that this was no accident and that Lucy and Jesus were working so hard behind the scenes. So many of our guests commented on how great and approachable our planners were, and we genuinely felt very lucky to have them on board. We would absolutely recommend The Boutique Wedding Co. to anyone wanting to get married in the beautiful Andalucia region. Lucy and Jesus both work so hard and have so much dedication to what they do. They’re great people, always enthusiastic and positive, and as well as making sure you have a great time on your Wedding Day, they will also endeavour to make the planning process enjoyable and stress-free too! Thank you both so so much!

Thank you so much to Radka Horvath for the amazing Images.

 

Modern Organic Spanish Cortijo Wedding

I am so proud to present this beautiful Modern Organic Spanish Cortijo Wedding! 2018 has been an epic year of weddings for us so far! We have broadened our network and have some fabulous images to showcase from a wider variety of Wedding Photographers! Every wedding that we Plan and Design is created with our Bride and Grooms, ultimately the look and style of the Wedding is down to them, we are simply there to inspire, encourage, carry out the research, be the designer and the creative hands that bring their dreams to life.

Sometimes our Brides and Grooms like similar styles but ultimately every wedding is designed to be personal and unique to them as a couple! This is how we work and this is what we love to do! Each Wedding is the signature personality of each one of our brides and grooms!

So to start of the year we worked on a beautiful modern organic Spanish Cortijo Wedding with Becky and Ben and oh yes, wasn’t it a day to remember for eternity!! Ben and  Becky were a joy to work with, we planned for 18 months, finally working on the design of their wedding at the start of this year. Bringing all of their super cool ideas together on the day was so much fun and the results were just fabulous! Thank you to Serafin Castillo for capturing the Wedding so perfectly!

 

A Spanish Castle Wedding

A trip back to almost 1 year ago for the Wedding of Hilary and Kieren  in Malaga! We helped bring to life their dream of a wedding in Spain. Just 1 of the 3 Weddings they had across the globe!!

We first met Hilary and Kieren on warm Autumn day in 2016. Our first port of call was a Malaga Wedding Venue and from here we visited Wedding Venues along the Costa del sol and on to the Costa de la Luz. After lunch in Jerez (an amazing lunch at one of our secret favourite places to take clients), our day ended with Coffee in Vejer de la Frontera with views across to the Sierra de Cadiz. We always try to guess which weddign Venues the clients will go for and in truth this time we got it completely wrong! When they confirmed a Castle in Malaga we were shocked but delighted to as its a Wedding Venue that we love and know works really well. Great food, efficient and great service and do die for  views of the sea!!

So from confirming one of our favourite Venues on to their wedding planning. Our first step is always to confirm key suppliers, those that get booked up early. We understand that in the UK or the US you have endless quality suppliers available to you, but here in Spain the community to serve an English speaking audience is much smaller so we have to work quickly and efficiently. We have spent the past, almost 5 years vetting and qualifying wedding vendors to work out the quality, reliability, who are the long stayers! After all you don’t want to book a Vendor who then moves back to the UK! One of the benefits of being so involved with the wedding community here, is that we are able to share knowledge between us and therefore if there are any problems with any vendors we are informed by our colleagues right away, we can share experiences and recommended to each other suppliers that are amazing and well worth booking!

So, Key suppliers all booked we then start to organise the couples next Spain Visit. To avoid you having to spend all of your wedding Budget visiting us multiple times, we always recommend 2 visits in total. One for Venue search and one for Menu Tasting, Hair and Make up trial, meeting the wedding celebrant etc… Most of the wedding co-ordination is done over email and you will meet most people such as Photographers, Videographers, DJ’s on email, if you require a Video call then that can be arranged but it isn’t always necessary. One of the main benefits of hiring a wedding planner is that you can reply on us to do all of the leg work, all communication, booking of the suppliers, wedding day briefing etc..

From this stage onward we start to finalise all wedding details, work with you on Designing your wedding day and finally arriving at your wedding day fully prepared and ready to create the best day of your lives!!

Here’s what Hilary and Kieren had to say about us:

You know you have picked the best wedding planner when friends and family ask how you’ve appeared so calm throughout the planning of the wedding and on the day… Well let me tell you about the Boutique Wedding Co.

When looking for a wedding planner, you hope for quality service, a good network, and knowledge. With the Boutique Wedding Co. they surpassed every expectation and more. Their level of service has been unparalleled, they listened intently to our vision and used their inherently creative dispositions and passion to really ensure every detail was thoroughly thought through. Our wedding was beautiful.

Their network of contacts was so impressive, we were never left wanting for choices. Even when asking for something a little random and left-field, the Boutique Wedding Co. have done it before and have exactly the right contact in mind. Our guests are still talking about how special our catering and music was!

As local experts in Spain, they know exactly what needs to be considered and by when. When it comes to accommodation, organising pre-wedding dinners and transport their expertise made this a seamless and stress-free process.

The Boutique Wedding Co. were excellent, an embodiment of a professional and personal service. To truly understand this, let me share a small exert of our day:

It was an August morning in Spain and we had planned an almost entirely outdoors event. Despite over a decade of scorching hot sun during this month of the year; as we peeled back the curtains – nothing but cloudy skies were in sight. A quick message from Lucy read: “Happy wedding morning! Looking forward to the wonderful day ahead!” – not a mention of the grim skyline. What I didn’t know at the time was that Lucy and Jesus were furiously brainstorming back-up plans should the threatening sky unleash. As the morning turned to afternoon, the weather had not improved. Whilst my bridesmaids and I were busy getting ready, Lucy had already racked up 10,000 steps on her fitness tracker and had been navigating the army of vendors that had arrived – sorting various pieces out whilst keeping everything undercover. All the while, keeping me calm and ensuring that the day was going to be great. The rain continued. When Lucy had to broach the subject of the weather – she did so with grace and reassurance – not any easy conversation to have with clients. We had decided to keep it outside. Once we had made that decision, not once did Lucy try to talk us out of it or make us feel nervous. She was soothing and comforting. As it happened, shortly after we made the decision to stay outside, the rain stopped. Whilst the weather was calm, my nerves were not. As I became increasingly nervous – Lucy was there on hand reassuring me. Whilst this would usually be the role of the bridesmaids or mother of the bride, Lucy was truly the expert – without her, I wouldn’t have had any mascara left on. Needless to say the rest of the day was a success, truly a testament to the Boutique Wedding Co. – Thank you so much for creating the most memorable day of our lives.

Thank you to Eloy and Aleks for the Beautiful Images!

 

Wedding in the Mountains of Malaga

Balder and Elise had dreamed of getting married in Spain, and after a great adventure from coast to coast, and mountain to beach, they finally decided to do it in the Mountains of Malaga!

Our Malaga Mountain Resort offered them everything they were looking for. Amazing landscape views, pure mountain air, as well as an exclusive hotel to welcome all their friends and family for partying and enjoying without disturbances of the outside world. And all that with style, comfort and authenticity. The wedding was fantastic. Everyone was so relax and integrated in the overall theme of the wedding, which is usually what happens when everyone sleep at the same place for a couple of nights.

The wedding day ran smoothly for everyone. After welcoming everyone to the ceremony with a lemonade glass, we were witnesses of a private and very personal ritual, where their family had a important role. Afterwards drinks and canapes to accompany all the excitement of the moment. Dinner was relaxed and magical. Everyone felt as being part of a fairy tale.  After enjoying a nice meal from typical Andalusian cuisine, came the time for the surprises. Friends shows with dance, singing and plenty of laugh. From that moment on, the wedding exploded into a party and old and young joined in with passion and joy.

Our job was done! Our couple, Elise and Balder had enjoyed every little bit of it and you could tell without doubt based on their big smiles. Another happy wedding with The Boutique Wedding Co.

Thank you Mirera Cordomi for the Fabulous photographs!

What Elise and Balder had to say !

Lucy and Jesus helped us to plan and organize our wedding this past September, and we really couldn’t recommend them enough. The day exceeded our expectations on so many fronts, and we couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out. Lucy did a fantastic job in terms of capturing the look and feel that we were going for, and they both made sure that every last detail was taken care. On the day of, they quietly ran around and made sure that everything went according to plan (without anyone noticing), which allowed us to genuinely relax and enjoy our day with our friends and family and not worry about anything. We really did have the most amazing day!

 

Wedding in Sevilla

Patricia and Kc’s wedding in Seville was a truly international wedding with family members and friends travelling from all across the globe. From the United States to the Philippines and everywhere in between! This sweet and loving couple enjoyed a wedding day full of some many wildly different elements. Staying at the Hotel Alfonso Xiii in Seville they had a luxurious prep day, relaxing in the refines of this beautiful luxury hotel. At 4 pm they were whizzed away to their Catholic Church Ceremony, which featured a number of Philippino Catholic traditions. From Seville City Centre the whole wedding party were transported south to the magical Hacienda, a traditional, authentic, rustic Hacienda close to Seville.

It was mid October and by the time they arrived at the Hacienda the Sun was starting to set, this was the first moment they had ever seen the Hacienda and thankfully they loved it! They enjoyed their cocktail as the sun went down, basking in the warmth of this Autumn evening and enjoying the beautiful facade and maze of rooms that makes up this mystically beautiful Hacienda.  As night fell we moved through to dinner, a 2 level garden adorned with lots of beautiful trees sparkle with lanterns and fairy lights, the hundreds of candles and lights we had put in place, started to come to life and it looked like a scene from A midsummer’s nights dream!

Dinner was a delicious feast of Spanish fare (chosen by us for our bride and groom), with fun games and belly laugh speeches the evening party moved on and for teh first time ever, we got to experience Philippino line dancing! So much fun!!

Thanks to Mireia Cordomi for the lovely images and everlasting memories!

Dear Lucy and Jesus,

We wanted to wish you all the best in this coming year and thank you again for your help with our wedding. Though we are a bit removed from the big day, we wanted to take the time to really express our gratitude. From our first Skype call, you eased our worries about long distance planning and gave us confidence. You immediately showed a vested interest in us, who we were, and the kind of wedding we wanted. Because of this, our wedding truly reflected us and exceeded what we envisioned. Thank you for the months of planning and fitting our busy schedules into your even busier ones. Thank you for helping make our big day as special and as memorable as it was. We could not have done it without you both. We wish you the best of luck in your weddings this year, though we are sure you won’t need it.

All the best Tricia and KC

A Mismatched Magical Vibe

For our last wedding of 2017 we had the most fabulous time planning Helen and Joe’s dream wedding day at Hacienda Los Angeles, near to Seville. There vision was to create a mismatched magical vibe and I can positively say, together we brought this dream to life and rocked it till 5am! What a supremely cool wedding day this super lovely couple created!! It was a real high to end the year and we felt truly privileged to have been a part of it!

Getting Married in Spain is all about the overall experience…not just that one day, its about the buzz and happiness of sharing your wedding weekend with you nearest and dearest family and friends away from home, so you can create something even more unique and special. We have selected an edit of Helen and Joe’s fabulous wedding images shot by the amamzing Matt Porteous form Studio M at Hacienda Los Angeles near to Seville. These images tell the story perfectly. Photos Courtesy/Copyright of Matt Porteous Styling: The Boutique Wedding Co

 

Andalusian Cortijo Wedding

Elle and Adam Chose to marry in a magical Andalusian Cortijo near to Arcos. Their wedding was intimate, personal, sentimental and fun! Late September makes for a beautiful time to get married here in Spain, temperatures have dropped a little but its still warm enough to enjoy some pool time! Thank you to Keisy and Rocky for the fabulous photos and Flowers from Flores La Boheme.

Elle and Adams beautiful rustic and organic Andalusian Cortijo Wedding was a pleasure to work on an create! As with all of our clients, we helped Elle and Adam to find their dream wedding Venue. They chose Cortijo Arcos, a favourite for us and a venue we have been working with for 4 years now. When they first saw the venue they were completely blown away by the orange and olive groves, stunning Andalusian courtyards and the huge swimming pool. The owner of Fain loves animals, it is certainly a huge part of the charm of the wedding venue. Meeting the mini piglets was probably what sealed it for them as well as the delicious canapes we had the opportunity to try on our venue tour!!

The whole look of their wedding day was created with an organic feel. We wanted to keep everything looking very natural and fuss free. Tons of fresh eucalyptus and Olive, mixed with delicate white flowers weaved between. Plenty of fairy lights, candles and overhead festoons bought the dinner to life.

From the Bride and Groom:

Lucy and Jesus from The Boutique Wedding Co organised our wedding at Fain Viejo in September 2017. Having them both there to plan, organise and look after all of the tiny details took the pressure off us so much and allowed us to be able to focus on having a great time with our guests. We’ve had so many people commenting to us that it was the most beautiful, fun and smoothly organised wedding they have ever been too – we have Lucy and Jesus to thank so much for that! It was great to see all of the details come to together and we were really happy with everything looked and felt. Thank you!

Thank you so much to the fabulous Keisy and Rocky for the amazing Images!

 

A Romantic Castillo Wedding

When any couple dreams of a wedding in Spain, I honestly believe that the idea of a Romantic Castillo Wedding just can not be beat! Castillo Malaga works so well for destination weddings in Spain for so many reasons. From Location and ease to beauty and the great food and drink they provide. We love weddings at Castillo and they can work so well for big or small groups!

So before you see their wedding Video, a little bit about our adorable couple. Rebecca grew up in Canada and Kevin in Ireland, they met whilst Kevin was working in Toronto, Canada. Like many of our couples, they decided to travel to Spain for their wedding out of a love of the warm weather, the food and the fabulous culture. It also makes a great neutral location for the two families to come together from across the globe!

From The Bride and Groom:

We would recommend Lucy and Jesus from The Boutique Wedding Co. without hesitation to anyone wanting to plan a wedding in Spain!

They are true professionals and experts in what they do. From the very first phone call until post-wedding follow-ups, the pride and individual care Lucy and Jesus have for each wedding is remarkable and consistent! Lucy’s passion and talent for her work is apparent and infectious. From the very beginning, she took time to listen to us, and she knew the right questions to ask to shape our various ideas into one cohesive concept. All this was done, even before we signed on as clients! Lucy gave honest feedback on our requests, so we could start coming up with a real and workable plan for our special day. Lucy’s honesty confirmed to us that she was genuinely interested in helping bring our big day into reality. We were excited when we made the final decision to work with this team and didn’t regret our decision for a second.

Throughout the planning, Lucy and Jesus managed to make the process fun, while staying organized and on top of details we didn’t know existed. We’ve heard horror stories about couples spending months or years consumed by wedding planning mayhem, but Lucy worked through any minor detail or glitch gracefully and professionally. She kept us up to date on and involved in planning progress, answered all our emails quickly and provided endless suggestions for the most minute details. All of which made our wedding truly unique. Lucy and Jesus are well connected with great vendors and other industry professionals (e.g. hair/makeup, music, flowers, video) and they matched us with the right people to suit our style and wedding.

While our ceremony/reception setting was gorgeous, Lucy and Jesus’ eye for style and design took everything to a completely new level. No photos could ever truly capture how magical everything looked. We put our trust in their guidance and expertise, and it completely paid off. In addition to all the hard work they put into the planning, Lucy and Jesus absolutely shone when it comes to “Day-of” coordination. Nearly all our guests commented that our planners were on the go, organized and pleasant/professional from start til finish. As a couple, we enjoyed our wedding so much more, knowing that our guests were well looked after. The whole day went off without a hitch and we can honestly say that we could not have done it without such a great team. Lucy and Jesus helped us organize an utterly spectacular day which has provided us and our families with happy memories for years to come.

With Love Rebecca and Kevin x

Thank you to Salvador and his fabulous Team at Evergreen Malaga for the Video! If you would liike to know more about us helping you organise your dream wedding in a Castle in Spain, please contact us!

 

 

A Seville Cortijo for a Destination Wedding

Happy Easter Weekend to you all and what better way to celebrate than to share with you this Blog post ‘A Seville Cortijo for a Destination Wedding’. This fun and colourful Wedding full of love and laughter will brighten your slightly cloudy Easter weekend!

The day you get engaged is a day many of your dreams come true, you have found your true love, the person that fills your heart and soul. From this day forward your life with be lived, loved and celebrated together! Planning your wedding is all about realising your dreams, and when we begin the planning process with you, we work hard to discover what those dreams look like and how we can help you make them real! So when we met Jess and Nathaniel we did our research and discovered that a Seville Cortijo for their destination wedding was completely what their dream was about! The traditional and charming, culturally rich and historical, the heat, the food, the passion…this is Seville, this is Spain and this is why so many of our clients come here to get married! An experience out of the ordinary, a wedding with style and uniqueness, a wedding menu that offers experience, inspiration, excitement and above all a day that says it is yours. Not copied not duplicated, as unique to you as your finger prints!

I loved this wedding from start to finish. To begin with, Jess and Nate are funny and sweet and kind people, I knew right away it would be a positive planning experience with lots of laughs. They dreamed of a relaxed day, personalised; a genuinely heartfelt and enjoyable celebration of their love. It was all about the very closest family, friends and pets…yes, they wanted to bring their little dog along too! I am mad about dogs so could not wait to finally have one at one of our weddings and oh what a cutie little Pickle was!

Mid August in Seville could have been unbearably hot, but luckily we were blessed with a beautiful summers day! Our Venue, has beautiful gardens that offer so much natural shade so even in the August sun you cool always find a cool spot to relax, which is a blessing for any wedding in Spain. The day went perfectly, with a pre-planned schedule for breakfast and Pool attendance the Bride and Groom managed to not cross paths until the key moment of the day! The ceremony, conducted by the fabulous Kurt, was personal, unique and fun, everyone was encouraged to get involved with lead to tears of joy and laughter!

We celebrated their cocktail reception across the two inner courtyards, kept cool by the fountains and greenery; adorned with tropical plants and orange trees the space is tranquil and beautiful! Adding some Spanish spice, we organised a spectacular flamenco show to entertain guests throughout the hour whilst they sipped on their ‘Tinto de Verano’.  A spectacular dinner of Spanish Paella followed with tables adorned with gold teapots jars and candles, topped off with rich coral flowers! The colours were spectacular. The dinner came to a close with some serious belly laughs and the speeches and everyone moved across for the party! A seriously fabulous time was had by all and most important of all Nate and Jess did not stop smiling!

Here’s what our groom had to say:

Creation of the most perfect experience, with wonderful memories that will stay with us for a lifetime. I honestly couldn’t put in to words how Lucy and Jesus made our wedding the most magical, enjoyable and memorable time we could have ever wished for. Every detail was perfect, the engagement process was about getting to know what we are like as people and then through their many years of expertise they channelled that into our crafting our special day. With recommendations, insights on vendors and their pros and cons we couldn’t have wished to be more informed about which choice to make. There is plenty to think about when organising a wedding, but their easy step by step guide meant there was never a need to worry unnecessarily about what to do next or if we had missed something. To use another Company in Spain to organise your wedding would be to do your lifelong memory a disservice. Our guests are still talking about how much they enjoyed our wedding still, so its not just our word that they are superheroes. 10 stars!

Thank you so much to Eloy and Aleksandra from Eloy Muñoz Photography for the gorgeous images.

 

 

Cortijo Destination Wedding

With every client that enquires with us, each Wedding Planning Brief is different. Amanda and Jason were looking for a unique and fun Cortijo Destination Wedding.

Their destination Wedding Weekend was a truly international event. Planned across 3 continents no less and guests from all around the world. What better wedding venue for an international and eclectic couple than the diverse and beautiful Cortijo Fain Viejo. This unique Spanish Cortijo has over 500 years of history behind it, from superstitious tales to its early Arab Origins, it is an interesting and delightful destination for a Wedding in Spain.

We started their wedding weekend with some fun Games and Challenges for the Groom, a Traditional Chinese Tea ceremony celebrated with a fantastic Tapas and Paella dinner with bespoke Sherry station by the Pool and a Flamenco extravaganza !

Saturday was the day for their White Wedding. A relaxed affair with lots of cute Spanish elements, plush florals and hundreds of candles. Complimented by amazing food, a simple white cake decorated with natural flowers and a Ferrero Rocher Tower! All in all these elements perfected their dream of a perfect wedding weekend in Spain!

A few words from Amanda and Jason- Having Lucy and Jesus at The Boutique Wedding Co plan our wedding in Spain this past May was undoubtedly the best decision we made. Lucy was the first and last wedding planner to whom we spoke. From the first introductory Skype call to the last chat before we flew out to Spain for the festivities, Lucy was unwavering in her enthusiasm and commitment in planning the wedding of our dreams.

Throughout the 9 months leading up to the wedding, my husband and I were in different countries more often than not, and Lucy always accommodated our ridiculous tri-continent time zone differences (US, Europe and Asia) for our monthly calls. No questions were too many and no details were too small for them during the planning stages – Lucy and Jesus were truly incredibly patient and helpful. Their vendor, decor, and general recommendations were spot on – whether it be in choosing a DJ, finding the best bodega for sherry tasting or picking the color of straws. We trusted in their taste wholly and unconditionally – and our wedding turned out to be everything and more!!

For both days of our wedding festivities, we can truly say we had no worries whatsoever. The events ran without any hiccups (if there were, we certainly had no idea and that is a testament to Lucy and Jesus’ work!) and all the details came together beautifully. Our friends and family have told us many times over how wonderful the wedding was and how they all loved Lucy!

We are forever grateful to Lucy and Jesus for giving us such a lovely wedding & creating such wonderful memories. We cannot recommend them enough, and one needs to look no further if planning a wedding in the south of Spain! They are simply the best!!

Thank you so very much Lucy and Jesus! xx

Thank you to Serafin Castillo for the wonderful Wedding Images!

Marbella Villa Wedding

Alina and Andre travelled all the way from Chicago for their Wedding in Spain. Alina being of Russian heritage and Andre being of Spanish/Romanian heritage, meant that most of their wedding party would be travelling in from around the globe! I worked closely with Alina and Andre to assist them with finding their dream Wedding Venue. We spent a fun day out visiting some of the most beautiful Wedding Villas along the Costa Del Sol. Like many of our couples they settled on the first Venue we had seen. A beautiful Spanish Villa, nestled in to the Benahavis countryside.

The Wedding villa that Alina and Andre chose, is a traditional style white washed villa with stylish green painted windows and doors. The inside has a high quality luxurious feel to it and Spanish simplicity. The house has many beautiful terraces where they were able to enjoy the time between their wedding events. The vast lawn at the front of the house, allows all the space you could possibly need for your dream Wedding. The spectacular views and the natural beauty of the valley, provide a splendid back drop for your Wedding Day and the multitude of beautiful trees offers natural shade. Choosing this gorgeous villa was an easy decision for them as they wanted to be close to Puerto Banus, where most of their friends and family would be staying but also be able to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside.

We planned a two day wedding event for Alina and Andre, Sunday saw them welcome all of their guests with an informal Barbecue and on Monday we held their wedding day! As the Villa is a 7 day rental only, they had plenty of time to relax with their family and friends for a few days after all of the fun and activity of their wedding days. Alina and Andre wanted a wedding that was elegant and romantic, with soft feminine colours!

What Alina and Andre had to say :

When we decided to get married in Spain our friends & family said we were crazy. However, since our first consultation skype with Lucy we knew that we will be taken care of and that our wedding will be perfect. Truthfully, planning a wedding abroad is hard. Different time zone, different language, and different currency. Lucy made it so easy. I have to admit that we were not worried about a thing, as Lucy has so many ideas & plans, along with phenomenal taste, and a great amount of experience. All the vendors that she recommended were great – we really enjoyed working with every single one of them. Our wedding & welcome party were absolutely amazing! Better than we could ever imagine, and our parents & friends are still talking about it. We were so lucky to find Lucy & Jesus, thank you! PS: A lot of our friends are thinking about destination weddings, and we always suggest the south of Spain & Boutique Wedding Co.

Thank you to Radka and James from Radka Horvath Photography for the Fabulous Images!

A Glamorous Cortijo Wedding

For their Wedding in Spain, Saskia and Sam had dreamed of a glamorous Cortijo Wedding! When they first got in touch, they described their dream wedding!

‘A rustic spanish ‘fiesta’ in a picturesque, refined hacienda or cortijo. A sensory sensation where we can enjoy great, authentic spanish cuisine, good wine, great music. As the sun goes down the venue twinkles from the gentle glow of lights and lanterns and the smell of dama de noche fills the air. Guests are entertained by spanish guitar and flamenco dancing, before a dj gets the party started.’

Its always funny to look back 2 years on a first enquiry, remembering the conversations with the clients over the 18 months of planning, the styling and design discussions and of course how it all turned out on their wedding day. I have to say Saskia and Sam’s days was nothing short of the dream they had from the beginning!

I am proud to say we certainly hit the nail on the head! Saskia works for Bobby Brown Make-up and manages Bridal Events herself, her standards are pretty high, because her knowledge and experience was like our own! It was such fun to bounce ideas off each other, working out how we could implement their dream in the spaces provided at their wedding venue in an innovative and original way!

As with many Brides these days Saskia wanted to have a lot of input on her wedding design and styling. She produced the beautiful guest name cards, wedding table plan and wedding menus! We are always really happy to create these personal touches for you, its what we specialise in, but if you are crafty yourself and would like to get involved then we also greatly encourage this. It is after all your wedding day.

The stylish decor ideas mixed with the incredible outfits of this gorgeous couple really made for one of my favourite weddings for 2018!

Here’s what Saskia and Sam had to say :

Working with Lucy and Jesus was the best decision we made throughout our wedding process. Our wedding was more magical than we could have hoped, and the dream of a ‘colourful spanish fiesta’ was truly surpassed. All of the guests were blown away by the thought and detail that had gone into every touch, and so many told us it was the best wedding they had ever been to. Lucy and Jesus have so much passion for what they do, are a joy to work with and will care about your big day just as much as you do.

Saskia and Sam’s wedding Photographer on the day was Mireia Cordomi– Mireia has a wonderful relaxed style and likes to have a bit of fun with the Bride and Groom which always results in gorgeous portrait images. Thanks to Mireia for sharing her work with us.

If you are dreaming of a Spanish Cortijo Wedding like Saskia and Sam’s please do get in touch. We love what we do and would love nothing more than to help bring your dream to life too!

A Spanish Villa Wedding

I am so excited to finally be sharing the incredible images of Anna and Chads Spanish Villa Wedding in Spain! This was a dream wedding to create and not only for the absolutely fabulous clients who were super nice and also such a beautiful pair!

When we first came to work with Anna and Chad they were dreaming of a Spanish Villa wedding in the South of Spain. They also wanted to be able to party late, host a large number of people and have no sound or time restrictions. For me, instantly one of my favourite Wedding Venues came to mind! There are very few Villas where you can actually host weddings without sound restrictions these days, so this one is a great find! A beautiful countryside wedding villa, tucked away in the picturesque Ronda hills. A place where you can truly relax and enjoy with your family and friends for a 3 day wedding event.

Anna herself has Spanish and Gibraltarian family so being in close proximity for them was very important. Having been bought up in Australia and currently living in London, Anna and Chad had an incredibly diverse guest list with 130 people travelling from Spain, the UK, Australia and beyond! We had many different people to consider and also travelling such a long way, we needed to guarantee an experience that was hassle free and easy, with plenty of accommodation close by so they could all spend as much time together as possible and we also had to accommodate a complex menu choice that would suit the Kosher side of the family as well.

This extravagant 3 day wedding was so much fun from start to finish! Starting their wedding weekend with an amazing sunset canape reception in an ancient Palace, overlooking the famous Ronda ‘El Tajo’ Gorge, accompanied by a Spanish guitar. There wedding day began with everyone relaxing by the huge swimming pool or hanging out on the beautiful terrace. At this venue, the views are some of the best in Andalucia so its all about sitting back relaxing and enjoying this incredible space.

Once hair and make up arrived the atmosphere heated up and the girls cracked on with the champagne!  I personally don’t think a wedding day should be spent any other way. Anna was a picture of elegance in her beautiful gown and her bridesmaids were all dressed in gorgeous blue cocktail dresses. The ceremony took place in the shade of a huge weeping willow tree, providing natural shade to those lucky enough. With the sun setting the cocktails commenced and the views of Ronda old town were the unforgettable backdrop to this wedding reception.

With dusk creeping in, we moved across to the dinner area. A beautifully manicured garden space. edged by century olive trees. The table set up consisted of 3 huge tables 40 people long! decorated down the centre with plush garlands of Eucalyptus, olive, hydrangeas and David Austen roses. Overhead, we had arranged for some fabulous bare bulb lights to be strung. The speeches were both sentimental and fun, heartfelt and jovial! The July Full moon shone over the wedding guests as darkness came and it was time to hit the dance floor! It was  a fun filled and colourful wedding day, followed on Sunday by a recovery Paella! It was truly incredible, a weekend to remember for eternity!

From the very beginning I knew that Anna and Chads Wedding Vision would be incredible and it was nothing less than that!

What Our Bride and Groom had to Say!

If you are having a wedding in the south of Spain you have to speak to the Boutique Wedding Co. Lucy and Jesus take the time to get to know you as a couple and design a wedding to suit the couple. They provide open, honest communication throughout the process and make planning the special day easy and allowed us to enjoy the whole experience. They have fantastic taste and style, but more importantly they can adapt to suit your requirements. The personal approach that they take helps to make you feel at ease and you can tell they genuinely care about the couple and making sure they have the best day possible.

Thank you to Eloy and Alexandra form Eloy Munoz Photography for the beautiful images! If you would like to talk about panning your Spanish Villa Wedding in Spain, please do get in touch via our CONTACTS page here.

The Role of a Wedding Planner

Let’s Talk Weddings –Let me tell you all about the role of a Wedding Planner and how to differentiate between Wedding Planning Services that are on offer to you…

Before I even start, I would like to highlight that not every wedding planner does the same job or offers the same service, so looking at what each one if offering  you, what experience they have and what ‘Value’ they can add to their service is key to making the right choice.

The role of a wedding planner is that of someone who helps couples to plan and organise all the aspects that take place during their wedding day. A professional, experienced individual who does this activity as a full-time vocation for a respectable fee, and has the know-how to understand the elements and dynamics of the wedding industry because they are a crucial part of it. This know-how and experience, allows them to offer their clients, the best possible advice and they are crucial when helping them to take decisions about their wedding planning or solving any issues if they arise, in an experienced and professional manner.

With this in mind, we can start to see the values that differentiate between a professional wedding planner with knowledge, skills, relationships and experience from an individual who claims to be a wedding planner, is a venue manager or offers to plan your wedding free of charge. Most likely they only do it occasionally, perhaps as a part time job or a hobby, they know little about the wedding industry or anyone who works within it, they will offer limited skills and lack experience outside of their comfort zone.

Frequently these ‘wedding planners’, will offer their services for a fraction of an industry standard fee. Such low fees would only make sense in the following scenarios. A) The individual either does not have the knowledge and needs to learn from mistakes, so they charge a lower fee or do not know what they should be charging. B) The individual does so many weddings a year (more than 25/30) to add up to a living salary, they therefore can only offer you a very limited time to plan your wedding as they are so busy with so many couples. C) This individual gets paid indirectly through commissions that you pay when contracting vendor services (without disclosing this to you!)

Often these ‘wedding planners’ offer you their planning services at a very low rate or free of charge, the reality may be that their real job is actually a venue manager, a caterer, a photographer or wedding celebrant, just to mention some examples. C) Stills applies here.

If you think you are getting a great deal, having someone plan your wedding for almost nothing or free of charge, the reality is, you may be paying them more than you think and really not gettiong a good deal at all. Think again and consider what a planner with unbiased contacts and knowledge could do for you!

If you still don’t see it, let me explain, it is like when you are building a house, instead of contracting a professional architect to advise on the build, it is like letting the person that sells you the central heating to do it instead!

Moving on, wedding planners are therefore professionals and they have knowledge. So let’s summarize what kind of knowledge am I refering to.

Professional Wedding Planners know venues, catering companies, photographers, musicians, furniture contractors, lighting specialists, Hair and Make Up Porfessionals … and every other professional that will make weddings a great event.

And this knowledge is built not on what is found on google, but through face to face relationships, based on experience from previous weddings, on connections with other wedding professionals. A full-time wedding planner makes an effort to meet other professionals in the industry, so she/ he can gain knowledge that benefits their clients. This knowledge affects directly the quality of the wedding itself, so it is very important to add time and effort to it. And it is not a part time job.

In addition to quality, it also affects budget. Knowing who is who in this industry allows weddings planners to differentiate between services that to the untrained eyes seems similar, but in reality, they are not.

Wedding planners have skills and experience to plan and coordinate your Wedding and create the best day possible!! We have explained how important knowledge is, however without skills to apply this knowledge, it is somehow useless.

How can a wedding planner, help their client to work out the weddings elements when from the beginning, the creation of an idea, their already lack the skills to apply that knowledge. How can she implement those plans without the skilled hand to create or to visualize the elements of the plan?

Experience is another tricky one.  Skills without experience, is a long shot that might work but might as well not work, and let’s be honest how many weddings are you going to have in your life.

Weddings can be stressful environments to work at. Everyone knows that. You’ve got a dozen professionals trying to carry out their job, with a space and time limitation, maintain a high pace during lots of hours and their absolute conviction that their job is the most important one. You’ve got also unpredictable elements, such as wind, rain, or heat. Or much more predictable such as delays, drunk people, or uncontrolled emotions, …

In this environment experience of your wedding planner  is essential, otherwise your wedding planner will be part of the chaos, instead of the coordinator and the person to calm the air and resolve any problems. A wedding planner is a manager that enables people to work together for the best outcome, not someone who affects the overall mood of the wedding with authority and stress.

If  you are unsure whether your wedding planner has experience or not, compare their rates with other wedding planning professionals. The less they charge, it is likely the less experience they have. Let’s be honest a pair of cheap shoes will hurt your feet. A bad wedding planner could ruin your wedding day!

Inexperienced wedding planners charge low fees in order to gain weddings, and subsequently, experience. They do everything for a single fee, including aspects that do not have much to do with your wedding day.

They can’t charge normal fees because they are not consolidated wedding planner yet. Experienced wedding planners charge more or less the same. They know how many hours wedding planning involves, and they are serious professionals who are passionate about their jobs.

So now you know why there is such different range of prices for wedding planning services, fooling yourself is no longer an option.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

Jesus!

Spanish Flamenco Wedding in Vejer de la Frontera

For  Hannah and Phill we created a most memorable Spanish flamenco Wedding in Vejer de la Frontera. When we first met Hannah and Phill, we were straight away convinced that their wedding was not going to be like any other wedding we had done before. Hannah was not the typical bride in any way. She had not thought about her wedding before. She had no wedding scrap book to share. Having a wedding had only occurred to her after Phill proposed to her!

So, when it happened, she was extremely happy and excited to set about planning an unconventional wedding that would be completely unique and alternative! ‘A huge Party!’ in her own words! Fortunately she liked our style and we were the designated wedding planners. The final result was a beautiful Spanish flamenco wedding in Vejer de la Frontera, a very famous hill top white village.

Hannah and Phill both work in the Fashion Industry, she is a Fashion Editor and he a Fashion Photographer! With their high standards of style, you could say we had a big challenge ahead of us but in actual fact it was the complete opposite.

Hannah’s vision was to create A ‘Slim Aarons’ vibe for her wedding. Luckily, we were huge Slim Aarons fans ourselves. I personally used to follow this photography from the 60’s at the beginning of my photography career. She also wanted the wedding to be almost Kitsch, 60’s and 70’s influence, incorporating a Spanish Flamenco Wedding feel or Spanish Folklore touch to the whole theme. Merging these elements with the stunning views of Vejer de la Frontera as a background resulted as one the highlights of the year.  They had an absolute marvellous day in the sun, with their family and friends, and memories will last forever.

When our job was done and we left the venue, the full moon was hanging above us smiling happily. But not as much as our wedding couple, on that romantic summer night. It had been a magical wedding day and we could not go to sleep without celebrating a bit ourselves 😉

On Sunday we had arranged for Hannah and Phill to have a recovery wedding barbecue, surrounded for another epic day by their closest and dearest friends and family! With the incredible views and back drop of Vejer de La Frontera and great food supplied by our favourite caterer, Hannah and Phill could not have been happier!

Thanks Hannah and Phill for entrusting us with your Wedding in Spain!

A few words from Hannah-

‘Our wedding blew my expectations out of the water—it was so fun and so perfectly arranged for everyone’s enjoyment that we had many friends and family members telling us in all honesty it was the best wedding they had ever experienced. I was on such a high throughout our 3 day-long extravaganza that I spent most of the following day crying that it was over, and feeling desperate to relive it again—and this, coming from someone who was never, ever bothered about even having a wedding, is pretty major.’

 

Thank you to Aleksandra and Eloy from Eloy Munoz Photography for the beautiful images!

To find out more about how we can help you create a completely unique wedding in Spain, please get in touch with us via our Contacts Page.

We’ll be back soon

Lucy x

 

Elegant Wedding in Arcos de la Frontera

Krista and Graeme planned a sophisticated, authentic and elegant Wedding here in Spain last June. They wanted to create a wedding day that would be fun, romantic and memorable!

A charming international couple who reside in London, Krista and Graeme were hosting a Wedding with guests travelling from all corners of the world! It was a fantastic opportunity for them to spend 3 days surrounded by their closest friends and family, in the warmth of the early June Spanish sunshine! We helped them to find their dream wedding venue; a beautiful rustic Cortijo, in the heart of the Andalucian countryside, A place that enchants every couple we take there! Planning and executing their wedding elements was great fun and a fabulous success, from the garden wedding ceremony surrounded by nature, to the Spanish courtyard cocktail reception with the backdrop of fuschia pink bougainvillea, an intimate dinner among the Olive and Lemon trees under festoon lights, to the wedding party in the old olive mill till the early hours of the morning. together we created a wedding dream that they will remember for eternity!

A few words from our Bride-The Boutique Wedding Co. planned our wedding which was held in Southern Spain in June 2017. We approached them 12 months before our event date for a comprehensive search and source assignment as we didn’t know much about venues or how to approach it given we live in the U.K. Lucy provided us with a very detailed search outcome for venues across the region. She was concise and offered great insight into the venue, catering, accommodation, DJ’s, bands, decor, flowers and so much more. She was attentive, patient, caring and professional through our engagement and the numerous Skype calls we had leading up to our day. She handled all sourcing and procurement across all aspects of our day and was always available for a chat or questions. Our day was nothing short of spectacular and Lucy surpassed our expectations on all levels. She teams up with her husband Jesus and they make a fantastic partnership together. They both arrived early to set up proceedings and ensured the whole day worked in symphony and to military precision. We couldn’t recommend Lucy and Jesus enough, they are the gold standard of wedding planning in the region, full of passion and the perfect partner in reaching your matrimonial Spanish wedding dreams!

Thank you so much!

Krista and Graeme

Thank you so much to Eloy and Aleksandra for shooting the Wedding of Krista and Graeme so perfectly! You can see more of their work here- Eloy Munoz Photography