Last week we met Danielle and Simon, one of our couples who chose to have a rustic wedding in Mijas during June. Today it gets emotional as Danielle recalls their intimate ceremony and Simon’s secret surprise for the reception.
We didn’t want to have any obvious themes, choosing to keep it very neutral. The colour palette was cream, green with a touch of silver here and there. My flowers were all cream hydrangeas, gladioli, roses, and I had a complementing floral arch. (Read more about Wedding Flowers) Blackboards with personalised messages written in chalk were scattered around the venue, accessorised with rattan hearts or vases of flowers. For the evening, chandeliers and fairy light curtains lit up the venue, adding a romantic ambiance. We also had our initials in lights next to the dance floor.
The ceremony was very intimate and full of emotion. I don’t think there was a dry eye – it was happy tears all around. I held it together very well I think, though I did get a little overwhelmed when my family came in to see me before I walked down the aisle. Jeff our minister was just great. He mentioned my dad at the beginning, which got me started again with the tears, but I managed to pull it back and I enjoyed the whole ceremony. We had two readings, one by my best friend Corrine and one by Simon’s bother Christian, which were both beautiful.
For the wedding breakfast guests enjoyed golden breadcrumb-coated brie cheese topped with applesauce to start, or spicy prawns pil-pil with smoked paprika dip. Well,when in Spain. For mains there was a choice of rack of lamb with herby roasted crust and spinach, red wine jus and potato gratin or fillets of sea bass, warm Catalan vegetable salad, prawn top with crispy onions and piquillo pepper coulis with sauteed potatoes. For the vegetarians: they feasted on roasted Mediterranean vegetables with piquillo pepper coulis and confit potatoes, with a crumbled feta cheese topping. We finished off with summer fruits and strawberry vol-au-vent with vanilla crème topped with macaroon and red berry coulis. The wedding cake was three tiers, a semi-naked cake with white roses and some foliage, which gave it a rustic feel. Each layer was a different flavour, with carrot and vanilla, and the bottom tier was vanilla raspberry with lemon butter cream and lemon curd, so there was something for everyone.
The music was fantastic. Mayte and Emi’sang through the welcome drinks, the ceremony and the evening meal. Then we turned it up a notch with DJ Fuller,’ Roberto on the ax and Quike on the violin. The atmosphere was unreal.
We chose Sophie Dunne Photography. She flew from the UK to Spain for our wedding. I already knew her and I am so glad we asked her as she made me feel at ease whilst I was getting ready, and she helped wherever she could. She took such incredible photos. She is brilliant and a gorgeous girl, too!
My favourite moment was when Simon sang to me with Mayte, at dinner in front of everyone. He sang Shallow from “A Star is Born”. It was a complete surprise and it was just so beautiful. He has such an amazing voice – I am a very lucky woman.
I have to say that I loved every single minute of it, from the ceremony to our first dance, to dancing like I have never danced before. We seriously had the time of our lives, the venue was stunning and we were surrounded by everyone we love so very much.