Recently we had the pleasure of speaking with wedding stylist, decor, and floral expert, Camy about the unique service she offers to bridal couples who choose to get married in this wonderful part of Spain. With so many options available nowadays when it comes to the adornment and accessorising of a destination wedding venue, it was fascinating to learn more about this creative side of the wedding industry and all of the vision and thought that goes into it.
I’ve been living in Spain for around twenty years. My family came to Marbella from Argentina. I went to university in Madrid, where I studied advertising, and then fashion. Further to this, I was involved in fashion shoots, and, eventually, I returned to the gorgeous Marbella to work in the family fashion business. Creativity has always been in my blood you could say!
I first became involved in the style and decor business within the wedding industry when I met Scott, the owner of Sunshine Weddings Spain. He was actually the wedding planner for my own special day! I had such a definite idea of my style, and the way that I wanted to decorate the venue where we got married, that I provided and carried out all of the styling myself, creating unique pieces. I received some really nice comments from my guests and it got me thinking: perhaps I could do this all the time? I was ready for a brand new adventure and I had done a number of styling, decor and florist courses, so off I went…
The unique twist I bring to bridal couples and their big day is my passion for using sustainable materials wherever possible. I avoid floral foam, for example, as it’s not good for the environment. It may be faster and easier to work with, but I always make my wedding centrepieces using recyclable materials instead. There is definitely a demand for this and couples are becoming increasingly eco-conscious, which is wonderful. The ethos pairs well with earthy, romantic, boho-style weddings in particular, where the emphasis is very much on nature and soft touches. I love incorporating elements of the earth in these styling briefs, and typically I will work with fresh flowers, dried and preserved flowers, and dried palm leaves.
Bridal bouquets can also be preserved in this way, making a beautiful memory of the day. Interestingly, organic bouquets are very popular right now. This means the shape of the bouquet is ‘imperfect’, rather it mimics the flow and colour of nature. I love creating these. Once again, it allows me to fuse dry flowers and dry leaves with fresh flowers and fresh leaves for a striking presentation.
And then we have the backdrops! I have quite an eclectic mix of those in my catalogue of products, and they are all available to rent for the wedding day – everything from shabby chic signage and tables through to elegant decorative pieces, confetti, sparklers, ring toss games, and a perspex boho-luxe collection, which has become a recent wedding trend. Many of my rustic-themed props work brilliantly for beach and inland weddings in particular.
I love working with all my bridal couples, but I have to say, because I am a highly creative person, I just love to work with couples who are willing to take a little risk! It’s great to design something bespoke for them. For example, I have some gorgeous reef and semi-circular backdrops, which symbolise infinity and eternity. It’s lovely to work with couples who choose to incorporate these special meanings into their wedding styling and decoration.
I always advise my brides and grooms to start with the ‘where and when’ aspect of their marriage and venue. It’s important to acknowledge both the time of year of the wedding and the venue type. There’s quite a difference between the flowers available in winter, versus those at one’s disposal in spring. And there’s a huge stylistic difference between a castle and a beach! Then, depending on a couples’ personal style preferences and favourite colours, we can come up with themed ideas. One of my favourite recent weddings was for a couple who were a captain and sailor, so this allowed me to get creative with a nautical theme full of anchors, coral, and various seascape touches in the centrepieces. It’s also great fun to add a couple’s favourite quotes to the signage and this definitely makes a unique talking point for the guests. ‘Bish Bash Bosh‘ is a recent example of that!
My goal is to make every couple feel as if they have my undivided attention. Their wedding day is so special to me and I give my all at every event. You really are only as good as your last job, so it’s important to remember that…
What I am looking forward to most once we have all our freedom back here in Spain is simply seeing families coming together and having fun!
As are we, Camy! A massive thank you for your time and insights and beautiful photos for today’s blog. We can’t wait to work with you at many future wedding celebrations.