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A Premier Wedding Extravaganza

Childhood sweethearts Kelsey and Everton football star Yannick Bolasie celebrated their huge family affair in the quaint town of Casares Spain

Photos by Jeremy Standley

Kelsey originally got in touch with Sunshine Weddings Spain to discuss villa options for her upcoming wedding. Her dream was to find somewhere with a relaxed feel but with enough space outside to accommodate up to 100 guests, who would be travelling from as far as the Congo to enjoy their alfresco wedding celebration. With two children of their own, family was very important to the couple and would be playing play a key part in their special day.

On their first meeting with Sunshine Weddings Spain, Kelsey and Yannick sat down with Scott to go through all the finer details.

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“During the meeting it soon became apparent that Yannick grew up only half a mile away from where I did,” explained Scott. “They had also recently bought a house very close to where my Mum now lives, which meant I was able to pop in and see them on a flying visit to the UK a few months later.”

After visiting a selection of venues and churches, the couple finally decided on a picturesque villa nestled in the valley of Casares which boasted breathtaking views of the mountains. The rustic, open-plan country residence was set on a large plot with lush mature gardens, giving a real taste of the Andalusian countryside; you would never believe that the Costa del Sol is only a 15 minute drive away. It was decided that the immediate family would stay at the villa while the rest of the guests would be able to enjoy a beach-side hotel situated in Estepona.

“That was the easy part,” confessed Scott. “The logistics of getting everyone to this remote cortijo gave the team and myself many sleepless nights and don’t even get me started on trying to transport portaloos into the valley. In the end it took two days and specialist equipment to get them where we wanted them.”

Find out in part two what happened on the day itself.