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Child-friendly wedding Spain | Destination church wedding Marbella


A child-friendly wedding is guaranteed to add some priceless laugh-out-loud moments to your special day as we find out in today’s special bridal story featuring the wonderful bridal couple Leona and Stephen, a magician, a soprano singer and plenty of kids in the mix.

Destination church wedding Marbella
Destination church wedding Marbella.

In fact, having kids on your special day has plenty of pros, they are usually the first guest to hit the dance floor, which often encourages adults to join in the fun, and are a great excuse to bring in additional entertainment like magician or stop off for ice cream. But before we go into those details, let’s take it from the top.

Child-friendly wedding Spain | Destination church wedding Marbella
Just Married in Spain.
In an adorable church, built in the 15th century and later expanded in the 18th century, located in the old town of Marbella the fabulous bridal couple, Leona and Stephen, recently tied the knot.

This church, situated in the Barrio Alto, is a popular choice for many Irish couples looking to get married in Spain, as was the case of the Northern Irish couple Leona and Stephen who flew over to Spain for an intimate wedding with all their family and lots of nieces and nephews.

The bride eating ice cream in the sunshine.
On a magnificent spring day at the end of April this year, the lovely bridal couple celebrated an intimate and sunny occasion with their nearest and dearest.

As the wedding guests gathered inside the bridal couple’s chosen wedding ceremony venue, the charming church in Marbella, refreshingly air conditioned, the soprano singer Laura Elen serenaded the guests with her sweet, bright voice.

Quaint little square in old town Marbella.

After some very emotional vows, the Catholic ceremony ended with Leona and Stephen, now as husband and wife, exiting the beautiful church and everyone enjoyed a walk through the old town in the glorious sunshine which, of course, could only lead to one thing, a must stop for ice cream! Which all the children and children at heart particularly enjoyed. There isn’t anything quite like sitting in the sunshine with silky soft ice cream to bring out the inner child. Sticky fingers dealt with and the stroll continued to a quaint little square of the old town to enjoy refreshment drinks.

The newlyweds stop at the pier on the Golden Mile.

From there the wedding guests were transported to the grounds of a typical Spanish hacienda located on a huge 5,250 m2 private estate, built in Mediterranean style with extensive jaw-dropping mountain views, meanwhile the newlyweds stopped off on their way to the villa at the pier on the Golden Mile to have some more amusing snaps taken by the talented Mireia.

The beautiful bride and elegant groom by the Mediterranean in Spain.

Unique and fun photo opportunities which continued when the bridal couple arrived on the grounds of the villa, as there, near a traditional fountain feature in the driveway—adding to the chic elegance and romantic charm of the cortijo—was a vintage retro classic car, specifically a Vintage Sky Cadillac, which made for more fantastic photo opportunities, creating very special images for the couple.

The bridal couple at the grounds of this typical Spanish hacienda.

All the while the guests enjoyed a selection of hot and cold canopies whilst listening to the ambient sound of Spanish guitar at the hands of popular Spanish guitarist, Nano, before they were invited to proceed through to the rear of the villa, where, on a back terrace surrounded by manicured lawns, a rustic yet elegant wedding table had been set-up.

Fun photo opportunities beside a Vintage Sky Cadillac.

There Leona and Stephen, together with their close family and friends, enjoyed a fantastic feast of salmon fish cake or marinated chicken salad with sauteed vegetables on a bed of fresh leaves for starters, followed by a delicious main course of roast chicken breasts stuffed with sun dried tomatoes and basil and sauteed potatoes or peppered sirloin steaks with sauteed potatoes, grilled tomato and mushrooms with pepper sauce, a delectable meal wrapped up with chocolate love cake and ice cream for dessert.

The rustic yet elegant wedding table.

As dessert finished, and the youngsters of the wedding party started to get a bit fidgety, a children’s magician was brought in, which is possibly the most perfect form of entertainment for a wedding reception, especially as (just like the ice cream) the adults seemed to have more fun than the children!

Cheers! The wedding party enjoying the wedding breakfast al fresco.

Following the magic show it was time to party, and with the help of an open bar, a catchy playlist and late night snacks, including some mini hamburgers, the guests danced the night away until close to midnight, ending a magical day in a venue with romantic hideaways at every turn and everything needed for a truly memorable celebration.

And a huge thank you to Leona and Stephen for trusting and sharing your magical day with us. It was a pleasure for us at Sunshine Weddings to help bring this magical wedding together. On behalf of the Sunshine team we wish you both the very best of luck, health and happiness in your future together.
Thank you to Mireia too, for the use of these super fun and incredible images.
An entertaining children’s magician.