One of our beautiful brides, Jennifer, takes us through the laid-back special day she and Charlie had at a luxury beach club wedding venue in Estepona.
Charlie and I met on our first day at the same University halls in Manchester, when we moved in. We were only 19 years old. A relationship quickly built that took us through our uni days and a year of a long distance relationship before he joined me in in the south where we set up home.
Christmas 2016 we took the trip of a lifetime to Bali, traveling around the country and the nearby islands. Whilst we were in Ubud, Charlie arranged a sunrise trek up a private mountain in the Batur range. This was a Christmas present, so I didn’t suspect a thing or get involved with the organising, as I usually would. We were picked up from our accommodation by two guides at 2:30am and driven to our starting point for a quick coffee before beginning our trek. When we finally reached the top, we watched the sunrise over the mountain range and valley. It was so beautiful and serene. A local family living on the mountain brought us hot coffee and our guides provided breakfast for us while we enjoyed the view.
After we had soaked up the scenery, one guide said he would like to bless the mountain at the small alter, for providing us with such a clear day. This was not unusual as Balinese people are very spiritual. He asked Charlie and me to stand next to each other and close our eyes whilst he recited the prayers. It was only when I felt Charlie move from next to me that I suddenly realised what could be happening and my heart started beating very fast. When I opened my eyes, Charlie was down on one knee in front of me and the guides had a banner, homemade by their wives, that read “will you marry me?” I cried and said yes, of course! The local villagers came and congratulated us. They were very excited because we were the first people to get engaged on that spot.
Because we got engaged in Bali, we spent the next week or so enjoying the tropical beaches, and we fell in love with the relaxed atmosphere, with feeling the sand between our toes in the evening sun. Of course, we couldn’t expect all of our guests to travel half way around the world, but Charlie’s mum owned an apartment in Estepona, Spain. Charlie spent his childhood holidays there and for the last seven or so years I had been going out regularly as well and we had some lovely memories from the area. The more we talked about it, the more we fell in love with the idea of having our most special day on the beaches of Spain.
We had the amazing Sunshine Weddings Spain plan our day. We chose them after an intensive google search, reading lots of reviews and testimonials. From the moment we had initial contact, we were confident they knew what they were doing. This was confirmed once we met Scott and he ran through everything with us in so much detail, taking all the pressure off planning our big day, but still very much having us involved in the process.
They also helped us with the beach party we had the next day. We had a great shaded area with plenty of sunbeds reserved and coupons so each guest could have a cocktail, on us, upon arrival.
For our wedding venue we opted for a luxury beach club, which we knew from our many visits to Estepona. The amazing standard of the food and service with equally impressive views ticked all the right boxes. We also really liked the open plan feeling of the venue.
We wanted a very relaxed vibe as we were getting married on the beach and having our wedding meal and dancing outdoors. Because of this, I was initially looking at very boho dresses, but soon found that the style didn’t suit my shape at all. I then decided to try on anything and everything and my dress ended up being something I never would have thought of. My dress was a Maggie Sorretto dress called Auburn. It was more traditional than I had expected, but still had a very unique twist. My shoes were simple white shoes from New Look as I knew they would be kicked off on the sand. Charlie’s suit was amazing, a soft pink suit from Reiss with an open collar white shirt and of course it was topped off with his Raybans.
Our bridesmaids were in pale summer yellow, full length, light floaty dresses and the groomsmen were in taupe trousers and open collar white shirts. It was all very relaxed but everyone looked super smart.
I have naturally curly hair and don’t wear a huge amount of makeup, but am partial to a bold lip. My main objective was to make sure I looked like myself, just the best version of me. I didn’t want to look back at photographs in the future and not recognise myself. I grew my hair very long and kept my curls, with a half-up-half down feel. My hairstylist, Alex, plaited my hair around my head with a delicate gold and pearl wire accessory tucked around the plaits. For my makeup I followed all of my makeup artists, Nicola’s strict instructions to keep my skin hydrated and not burnt whilst in the sun in the days beforehand, so I would have good skin for my base. My makeup was glowy and natural with a striking blue-based red lip to give a real sense of occasion. Alex and Nicola did an amazing job, not only on me but also on my bridesmaids and mother and sister of the groom.