Sunshine Weddings Spain works with a number of wedding officiators and today we are really pleased to introduce our bridal couples to Kevin, whose celebrant expertise and style makes him one of the Costa del Sol’s most sought after wedding celebrants. A true joy to work with:
After holidaying on the Costa del Sol for over 25 years and enjoying winter golf breaks in the late 1990’s, we decided to buy a holiday property here, and in 2004 we took the decision to buy a villa and move here permanently.
Previously in the UK I was a registrar conducting mainly weddings at the splendid and magnificent stately homes and hotels of Cheshire. During my time there I conducted a wedding of over 300 guests, thankfully everything went to plan! Bank holiday weekends were always busy with sometimes up to 14 ceremonies.
Once we moved to Spain I had the pleasure of being asked to conduct the ceremony of a friend’s daughter. Little did I know what that would lead to… The phone started ringing and I have never looked back. It has certainly kept me busy.
Although my average wedding is between 80/100 guests, I have always enjoyed the small intimate ceremonies the most.
When I look back over the years that I have been officiating, I would guesstimate that I have probably done well over 1000 ceremonies, each one individual and unique to the couple.
To help couples with planning and nerves, I always like to either meet up with them approximately 3 months before the big day, or alternatively via Skype or FaceTime. That way I get to know a little about them, their lives, and the personal touches that they wish to include in their ceremony. More importantly, they get to know me, so I am not a stranger on the day of their wedding.
I would say that my style is warm, friendly, relaxed and flexible; my priority being that the couples enjoy their ceremonies. I have received many positive testimonials over the years.
I always encourage couples to write their own vows and help them by providing some suggestions and ideas.
It is also important for couples to include enhancements such as blending of sand, lighting of candles, rose ceremony, and blessing of hands, as this is their special personal time. It helps them to include their children. Readings also form an integral part.
If the venue is available the day before I always like to have a rehearsal with the bride and groom and participating family members. This helps to put everyone at ease: they know what to do and where to go and it helps enormously with their nerves…
Part of my job is also to coordinate with the photographer, music provider, and obviously the wedding coordinator.
I have a collection of ties obtained over the years, and try and coordinate with the colour scheme of the day. Just another attention to detail.
I have many special memories including marrying footballers and local celebrities, and more recently, a number of same sex couples. I have made many friends over the years. Dogs have featured largely in ceremonies – as well as rings being delivered by an Eagle Owl, which didn’t quite go to plan!
I still follow many of my couples’ lives via social media, and often meet up with some of them when they come out to Spain for anniversaries and holidays.
Yes, I have made many friends during my time as a celebrant in Spain, and although we are facing difficult times at the moment, I hope we soon return to happier times.
A big thank you to Kevin for today’s super informative and fascinating feature. We can’t wait to celebrate more bridal couples’ wedding days with him in the coming season.