Our First Blog Post of the year is an exciting one, finally we have for you all of the beautiful images from our ´Spanish Hill Top Love´ Shoot. The shoot was published back on the 25th August 2015 on the fabulous ´Fab You Bliss Blog´ thank you Stephanie for featuring us not only on your Blog but also in your Top Wedding Inspiration shoots for 2015! It was such a privileged.
This shoot was designed and crafted by myself and Aleksandra Foit from Eloy Muñoz Photography with the support of a wonderful team of very talented people who are still at the very early years of their careers in Weddings in the South of Spain. Special mentions to our amazing photographery team who we can not wait to share so many weddings with this coming year- Eloy Muñoz and Aleksandra Foit.
From the beginning, I was very passionate about the location for this shoot as it was the first Wedding Venue we added to our Wedding Venue Portfolio. When we first arrived to Spain, this venue was instrumental for us to conceive a truly bespoke wedding planning business and to provide a service that could offer brides and grooms beautiful, unique wedding locations, with authenticity and style,… a far cry from the hotel weddings of the Costa del Sol.
My Inspiration for ´Spanish Hill Top Love´ and how it all came about!
I´ve been travelling to Southern Spain ever since my dad moved here in 1994. When I first visited him in Vejer de la Frontera on the Costa de la Luz, I really felt like I had found paradise, far from the busy tourist industry of the Costa del Sol. Little did I know at the time, that high above the Costa del Sol in the Montes de Malaga was also an authentic spanish paradise, El Carligto and The Hunting lodge.
When I discuss with photographers Eloy and Aleksandra about creating a Wedding Shoot that would encompass a traditional Spanish Mountain Backdrop with a boutique element, I thought straight away of no other place. The owners of the venue loved the idea and ´Spanish Hill Top Love´ was born.
The overall theme was going to be Organic Modern Bohemia. Mixing a chic bohemic bride, in an rustic boutique location with the backdrop of the property and landscape, was our main focus, as the beauty was already there. Native plants of Andalucia were going to be essential specially Lavender, the star of this shoot to coincide with our colour theme of Lavender Herbs. Additionally I was keen to incorporate the superb styling of the houses, which is all based on traditional local styles with a very Boutique Look, for example the Cow Hide furniture and original 200 year old solid wood doors!
Most of the florals we collected from the countryside and a few specials blooms were brought in. John, our amazing florist of JW Design, created a look that was elegant but a touch of organic and wild looking. The bouquet, floral crown and beautiful garland were created from olive leaf, eucalyptus, bay leaf, lavender flower and leaf, and rosemary. All this with a touch of larger blooms such as ranuculars and roses in ivory with lavender interspersed. John is an artist, and spent three days creating the organic floral and foliage garland, the perfectly delicate floral crown and the gorgeous bouquet.
The beautiful pintable’s and invitations were created by Lou Rodrigues from Beyond Vintage UK. In keeping with our organic theme, she created a watercolour olive and Lavender wreath look that was carried throughout the different paper elements. The lavender elements was carried throughout the whole shoot, from cake decorations to place settings, the pintable’s of course and all of the florals had a touch of Lavender! What I love most was that the pintable’s look and feel handmade, organic and so personal to our shoot.
Styling and Design
For the Wedding Styling and Design I was aiming for a look that was elegant but with a bohemian feel to it, It was key for me that we really incorporated natural elements of the venue, its décor and its environment. Keeping it local rustic and organic was key. I also incorporated a few unique pieces of my own production for the shoot, such as the rustic looking cakes. Fo the cake table we used a beautiful old Spanish dresser. The Cakes were displayed on elegant cut glass cake stands and the hand iced cupcakes, a buttercream icing coincided with the lavender Herb colour theme. I accessorized the Cake Table with a vintage Mirror sign, some antique heritage pieces from my grandparents and loose flowers. We kept it clean, simple elegant and rustic.
Our wedding table was organic but chic and simple. The main feature being the amazing foliage and floral garland dropping dramatically to the floor with delicate pops of lavender flowers, created by John with utter perfection. We accessorized the rustic look with cut glass drink decanters, silver wear and candles and the pop of the green plates in contrast to my home made hand dip dyed table napkins. To achieve the colour for the napkins, we needed to dip die them three times…. of course turning everything in my kitchen Lavender coloured!
Model and Hair and Make-Up
Our Bride for the day was Maria from DE Management, a beautiful Spanish girl with a totally unique look. 5 ft. 10 inches with blonde hair and soft brown eyes! Her gorgeous long hair and perfect skin worked perfectly for the modern bohemian look we wanted to achieve. Our Makeup artist from Arteness Make-up school kept the look natural, styling her hair with loose curls for the first part of the shoot and later a long side plait to compliment the Floral Crown. Maria had a calm, Smokey look that I really liked in contrasted well with the moody backdrop of the rainy March day! Unusual for Spain but it can happen!
Dress and Accessories
Another crafty moment took over me when I tailored the dress, originally from Bailly Bijoux (a local brand) for the shoot by cutting away huge amounts of fabric and creating a low cut front and backless look. This showcased perfectly the amazing Bohemian jewellery collection from Meriko London (based here in Spain too!). Don´t miss the super cute ear cuffs! and Long drop necklaces and bracelets!
I worked closely with Aleksandra and Eloy from Eloy Muñoz Photography to pull the shoot together, sourcing all of the wonderful local contributors and of course they worked hard to capture the day in a unique way that offers an alternative perspective on a wedding in Spain! Eloy and Aleksandra are International Award Wedding Photographers, based here in Malaga. They are extremely talented and creative, offering an alternative to the everyday wedding photography we see. They specialise in Landscape and Underwater Trash the Dress shoots, but for today we stayed out of the water and captured ´Spanish Hill Top Love´ perfectly.
The Location of this venue is the draw. Perched high on its own hill top with stunning views across to the Mediterranean, sat below a huge mountain, it doesn´t really get more dramatic than that. The properties, an old farm and an old Hunting lodge…Circa 1800´s, have been renovated and restored with style, taste and authenticity. This has to be one of the most unique and stylish properties that offers weddings in Andalucia. Mark and Alan from El Carligto were our hosts for the day, they were the warmest of hosts keeping us fuelled on wonderful food (Culinary expertise is a signature of the property) and of course gorgeous Spanish wine! They have openly shared their wonderful home with us for the day! I totally recommend El Carligto and The Hunting lodge for a fabulously unique boutique wedding in Spain or even just a week long getaway from the stresses and strains of city life! It is a truly a special place; tranquil, luxurious and absolutely authentic Spain! With THE most stunning views in Southern Spain!
Venue- Mark and Alan from El Carligto and The Hunting Lodge- http://www.carligto.com/en/home.html
Photographers- Eloy Muñoz and Aleksandra Foit from Eloy Muñoz Photography – http://eloymunozphotography.com/
Florals- John William JW Designs – https://www.facebook.com/pages/JW-Design/701859096590530?fref=nf
Hair and Make UP- Arteness School of hair and Make Up- http://www.arteness.com/
Maria Our Model- DE Management- http://www.demanagement.es/
Jewellery and Accessories-Meri at Meriko London- http://merikolondon.com/es/
Invitations and Pintable’s- Lou Rodrigues- Beyond Vintage- http://www.beyondvintage.co.uk/
Styling and Design- Lucy Bennett of The Boutique Wedding Co.- https://www.boutiqueweddingsinspain.com/
A huge thank you to the amazing team involved in creating ´Spanish Hill To Love´ and who waited patiently to see their hard work in the press, I feel it was certainly well worth the wait!
There´s plenty more beautiful Wedding Inspiration to come over the next few weeks so please do come back next week!
Pop back soon for more wedding inspiration from us and please feel free to get in touch to talk about ideas for your wedding day!!
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