Congratulations to our lovely couple Jackie and James who have just had their wedding published in the Spring issue of Confetti Magazine. Here is the wedding day breakdown in Jackies own words of her big day at the Most Popular Beach Wedding Venue in Estepona.
Jackie and James enjoyed an intimate celebration with touches of blue.
A physical attraction
James and I met in 2012 – he was my gym eye-candy! He proposed to me four years later during a weekend visit to Gleneagles Hotel. I thought we were going for a spa break, so it was a total surprise when he went down on one knee in the hotel room before dinner. He had designed the ring himself and it was exactly what I would have chosen myself.
In safe hands
We decided to keep our Marbella wedding intimate, inviting only our immediate family and closest friends. This was made possible by our decision to have a big reception back in Aberdeen for 200 guests. I got in touch with event planners Sunshine Weddings and was immediately drawn in by Scott’s enthusiasm and years of experience. It soon became clear that he could help us create the special day we had in mind. Scott and his team helped immensely, not only with planning the wedding but advising on hotels for us and our guests and other activities to enterian us pre and post the wedding day.
We fell in love with this Beach Restaurant which is situated in one of the most beautiful locations on the Costa del Sol with uninterrupted views of Gibraltar and Africa, and a frontline beach setting. After deciding on the venue for our celebration we needed to find a hotel suitable for ourselves and all our guests to stay. Scott took us to see the Amare Beach Hotel and we were blown away. After a full refurbishment the hotel was now modern and sleek, just what we were looking for. Being located in the centre of old town Marbella, right on the beach, meant it was perfect for the guests to explore the surrounding area.
I tried on around 30 wedding dresses until I found the perfect dress for me. It was very simple, elegant with a diamante waistband – exactly what I wanted. I purchased it at Anna Lihz Bridal Couture, since I met the ladies at a wedding show and, after visiting their shop, fell in love with them; they couldn’t do enough for us. I also bought my bridesmaids’ dresses from there. All three were made to measure and perfect.
Lorraine from Princess Brides looked after my hair and make-up – it was absolutely amazing. I wanted big hair but my make-up to be kept natural with a smoky eye. The final look was gorgeous.
My theme was simple, elegance in the palette of white and royal blue. Our ceremony area was draped in white linen with flowers, the chairs were styled with white flamingo style bows and hand fans and parasols were supplied for the guests. The flowers were designed by Deseos who also arranged our centerpieces. The table plan and name cards were supplied by Michelle from Gorgeous Events Decoration and the LED Giant Balloons were from Balloon Man Spain which really added to the atmosphere when they were lit at dusk.
A family affair
We kept our venue a secret and the first time the guests saw TikiTano was when they stepped off the coach for the wedding. They were then piped into the venue by a piper playing ‘Flower of Scotland’. This was very significant to me as it was played at my father’s funeral and I wanted him to be a part of my special day.
Family is extremely important to us, so they all played a part in our day: my sister and niece were my bridesmaids, my brother-in-law gave me away while my nephew delivered the ‘father of the bride’ speech. Both had very important roles and wore matching kilts. James’s brother wore a navy suit too, as he was our compere.
The ceremony took place outside, in front of the beautifully manicured gardens and was performed by Lizzie Marriage. She was lovely; so helpful and brilliant on the day. We lit a candle in memory of those who were in heaven and our mothers lit candles during the ceremony to symbolize our lives. All our guests remarked that they really enjoyed the ceremony.
Sip sip hooray
For my arrival we had booked Nano, the Spanish guitarist, who continued to play during the cocktail hour. After dinner I had a saxophone player called Damien and singer/DJ Kmiss. I provided paper fans, tissues (for happy tears), bubbles (for after the ceremony) and flipflops for the ladies. Favours were wine charms on the tables for the ladies and mini hip flasks for the men. As a surprise I got my husband a three-litre flask filled with his favourite whisky.
Our photographer was Talia from Thoroughly Gorgeous. Talia was amazing and even came back at sunset for additional photos. We are very pleased with the results.
I struggle to choose a favourite moment as the whole day was so special. Coming around the corner to see all the guests seated and my groom standing waiting for me to walk down the aisle was an amazing feeling. I also loved seeing all the guests interacting and people who had only met in the previous few days laughing and dancing together.