If you’re thinking of having your wedding abroad – you need to see Karen & Mark’s special day! This couple certainly know how to throw a fun filled wedding!
How did he ask?
Mark proposed to me on the 23rd December 2016, we were surrounded by our friends, and it came as a total shock! Having been in a relationship with Mark for 8 years I did not expect it all which made the whole experience even better!!
Where was your ceremony?
We got married at The Yacht Club, Cala D’or Mallorca. Set in the marina, it was an amazing chilled vibe which we both wanted for our day. We had 100 guests from all over the world attend and we had a really personal ceremony, ensuring that it was not generic and was very ‘us’.
We had a reading from my sister, which was incredibly heart felt and very meaningful. One of our 2 sons was our ring bearer, the whole ceremony was filled with love and laughter with a relaxed vibe.
Entertainment & Food?
We had a Spanish guitarist playing traditional Spanish songs upon arrival, and to play the service. We had a three course meal as a traditional Spanish fiesta and after the meal we had an Ibizan style saxophonist (May Crix) to do a sunset gig on the terrace, which had people dancing from the start!
What about your bridesmaids?
I had 7 bridesmaids! My sister, my friends and my mum! They all wore different dresses in different pastel colours as they’re all different shapes and sizes. The dresses suited them all individually and made them feel comfortable. They all wore flower crowns which added to the summer boho theme.
I wore an ivory Justin Alexander fishtail dress with an embellished bodice.
With a Cathedral length veil and a silver beaded hair vine!
Any little details?
We went for silk flowers as the price of real flowers abroad are very expensive as they have to be imported! We chose peonies, lavender heads, and hydrangeas.
We had rose gold and silver table runners, on white table cloths. Just keeping it simple!
For our favours we had personalised fans for the women, and sunglasses for the men. We also had carved wooden names for each individual guest as a keep sake. We wanted every one to feel like they were part of the day and they had something to take away with them.
We flew out our team of Kimberley Nash (Hair), Amy Cooper (MUA), Alfie Wright and Craig Featherstone from Clique Visuals (video and photography).
What is the most memorable moment?
When we just took a moment to step back ( which is very hard to do) and just look and take in that you are surrounded by people who are only there for you. It’s a really humbling feeling. Further to this the funniest moment is where the whole bridal party jumped in the pool!!
What do you wish you knew before tying the knot?
Not to be drawn in the wedding politics! Just do what suits you and your partner, it doesn’t matter that great Auntie Doreen doesn’t like the soup or extended family you haven’t seen since your 16th birthday suddenly come out of the woodwork for an invite. Invite people who mean something to you as a couple and your day will be filled with love. Its your wedding you do it your way!
Any advice for future Brides?
What will be, will be! Please don’t sweat the small stuff. When all is done the only thing your guests actually remember is how much of a great time with family and friends they had. ALSO put some chewing gum in 5 minutes before you set off down the aisle and remove it before you go to your ceremony. You will have nice fresh breath and your mouth will not be dry!