Selasa, 31 Agustus 2010

Nuala in Honeychurch.

Engaging: Lora + Bryce

We haven't had the chance to meet Bryce & Lora, yet in person, because we have a long distance relationship going on with them right now : ) Regardless, we are so excited that their October wedding is coming up shortly!

We've had a blast putting together all the details for their big day and can't wait to share it with you! Wanna hint at what to expect? Lora is sporting the gorgeous aqua color that we will be incorporating into elements of the wedding.....

How sweet are these two? It's astounding that Kamee June took all these incredible shots in just twenty minutes! We are excited to see what she will capture on their wedding day : )

Doggy Photo Booths

Tee hee hee! Sharon Montrose has an uber cool job. She does doggy photo booths! How sweet is that? I'd love to send the Bo Bo for a little photographic session!

Senin, 30 Agustus 2010

Suppliers in Marbella for Weddings

Whilst on my last post I mention the A team of weddings, there are a huge amount of fabulous suppliers here in Marbella that were not involved in our last weekend, but nevertheless are fantastic, and we use and work with them all the time.

There are too many to mention really, from amazing photographers, caterers, cake makers, entertainment and music, the list is endless. 

The suppliers that spring to mind, who I love, are the fabulous Ian Preston, DJ, and a wonderful toastmaster and Fi our slightly mad cake maker :) Mark for his die for cupcakes, Rosemary for her beautiful traditional wedding cakes and Cornel Catering.

We will eventually cover them all within this blog as we do work with many more.

Simply stylish weekend

We have just had the most amazing weekend with four fabulously stylish weddings all over Andalucia.  I have to admit it has been hard work with the temperatures here in the south of spain reaching the late 40's, as we have been enduring a heatwave in Spain, and trust me a heatwave in Spain means hot!

We have plodded along slowly, giving ourselves enough time to make sure we have created these beautiful days for our delightful brides.

I am still amazed as to how gorgeous all our brides have all looked despite the heat!

The professional photos will follow but having decided to buy a decent digital camera, combined with a talented daughter Maddie, here are some of our snapshots of the weekend.

We started on Saturday with a long drive up to Las Cabezas de San Juan, near Seville, for the beautiful wedding of Claire and Rob in the Hacienda San Rafael

There are times when you meet some people and you walk away feeling they have enriched your life and Anthony, the proprietor at the Hacienda is one of them.

Anthony is truly the most enchanting host you could ever wish to meet, a most interesting and lovely character with such a family history that I really would love to hear more about, and I am sure I will as this venue is truly fantastic but perhaps not at the end of August!!!

We have another wedding there next weekend as well so hoping it will be cooler for Imogen!

Carla was, in the meantime, with Julia and Jamie in Frigiliana, looking after them with a lovely ceremony in the church at Frigiliana, followed by a reception at the beautiful Cortijo Bravo in Velez Malaga, photos to come soon as Jeremy and Jenny were photographing this fabulous wedding.

We drove back on Saturday night, from Seville, past a huge, raging forest fire in Sotogrande.  We had to be back in order we were ready for the wonderfully stylish wedding of Michelle and Harry at the Cortijo de la Perdiz the next day. 

Michelle was a fantastically creative bride and had incorporated many, very personal ideas for her wedding including cute labels dotted around the foliage, with love quotes on, to get her guests in the mood :)  A wishing tree, plus fabulous favours and gifts on the tables for all her guests including some diamante napkin rings, heart shaped placecard holders and heart shaped favour boxes filled with sweets. 

 Michelle had even designed her own wedding dress, photos above, which was so Audrey style, she looked beautiful.  Her amazing hair and make up was created by the hugely talented Kathryn Parr.

Heather from Fiestasol was the wedding planner for the day.  Heather, I absolutely love, as she is just so charming, along with her professional catering team she had again organised this wedding to perfection. 

Lizzie Marriage, to my delight, appeared as she was officiating this wedding, Lizzie is the most delightful character who makes a room or a garden light up.   She and I were chatting crystals and she, I have to say, and I hope she does not mind, said the most loveliest thing to me, that no one here does weddings like you do, they are so stylish with such beautiful attention to details, I was really taken back. 

Today was onto the Villa Bancales, one of my favourite venues, as it is so unshowy, unlike many Marbella villas, for the lovely wedding of Bonnie and Bryan. 

Bonnie, I have to day to date, was one of our most laid back brides, she was certainly not going to get stressed in any shape or form about anything and looked amazing today. 

Bonnie, without realising it, had booked what we call the A team, mostly on line, and just needed someone to oversee the day so Carla from Reviva Weddings was on hand to make sure it all ran smoothly, Heather and her fabulous catering, Jeremy and Jenny taking the photos, us creating the flowers and decoration, Matt on guitar, Rob Rocks the House as the DJ, and the lovely Natasha officiating the wedding ceremony.

Most of the A team were out tonight making sure Bonnie has the most perfect day.

A long hot weekend but thorougly enjoyed it and an even busier weekend to look forward too next weekend, just hoping the heat dies down! 

One note though from Reviva to all brides is please do make sure you have not missed any of the men out with the buttonholes.

I have had so many last minute panics this weekend it is really quite alarming, we have had two fathers of the brides forgotten, plus even a groom, so please do double check this, as although it might seem small in the grand plan, on the actual day it can become upsetting for all involved, as of course everyone is hugely important on such a special day.

I did not like seeing the father's of the brides, this weekend, asking where their buttonholes were...when there were none booked.

Luckily we were able to quickly resolve these both times but there maybe a time when we won't be able to, so check and double check as you get nearer to the day that everyone is accounted for.

We will be back with some fabulous photos of this weekend plus of course some of our July weddings that we are currently waiting for photos of.  

Ashley Meaders I Love You

Often its finding the little spaces to bring to life that make a venue special. Take this Ashley Meaders number, she has such a knack with creating happy warm spaces!

Source: RP Scissors

Minggu, 29 Agustus 2010

The Best Engagement Shoot I've Seen

Lovely friends, I'd like to introduce you to Danni & Nicholas' engagement shoot. Oh yes, how cute is this? The big A and I are thinking about our engagement shoot at the moment and we lurved this spread. Its cute, its a little bit arty and there is no smell of cheesiness! Go Danni & Nicholas.

Jumat, 27 Agustus 2010

We don't just do weddings!

Whilst Reviva Weddings are obviously associated with planning, styling and creating fabulous weddings, we are stylists for all occasions and often turn our hands to other celebrations.

Last night was no exception and we were hired by a family vacating here in a private villa situated in the Marbella Club.

Our brief was to descend upon the villa last night whilst the family were out having a celebration dinner at the fabulous restaurant Babilonia at Olivia Valere, and turn the villa into a beautifully decorated birthday surprise for when the mother returned with her family.

I have to confess we felt like stalkers creeping in at 10pm and within 2 hours the transformation was completed!

We had completely decorated the villa with flowers, lanterns and candles and fabulous balloon displays.

Here is the text message we received in the early hours of this morning after the family had returned.

Hello Laura!  Thank you so much for the lovely decoration.  My mother was overwhelmed with joy when we got back home.   The flowers, candles and balloons are amazing!  Thank you, the both of you, for this breathtaking setting.

This is unforgettable birthday and I shall definitely be contacting you for any future events.

I hope to see you again real soon.

I could never do this solo so a huge thank you to my fantastic team of professionals, Loraine for the fabulous flowers and to Silvia for the wonderful balloons :)  I was playing the skivvy, sweeping up and fetching and carrying :) 

Rabu, 25 Agustus 2010

Anna Gazda Photography

I get contacted a lot by suppliers offering their services to us. 
I am also astounded by how many hugely talented people there are out there offering such a diverse range of goods and services to the event and wedding industry here in Spain and have made friends with some really lovely, professional characters who I work with to create events and weddings.

I do sometimes wonder who else is lurking out there ready to launch their business and their skills ands it is a joy to find dedicated and talented people. 
There are some that stand out though from the crowd, dare I say.

I was recently contacted by Anna, who introduced her photography business to us. 
I read her email and then took a look at her website and was completely taken back by her fantastic photography. 

I think an artist, in the real sense, can spot another creatively minded person straight away, this was one of those moments.  I see many people trying to enter the creative world, but they just don't have the artistic brain, skill or talent to pull it off.  To be honest I am not sure why they bother, they are up against stiff competition!

Anna is a professional wedding photographer and a member of WPJA, who currently lives in Frigiliana near Nerja and is covering Andalucia and Spain.

Again I am humbled, Anna is Polish but speaks English, French and get this Chinese!  Plus updating her spanish.....could we shoot her!

Anna's work can be seen on her website or her blog at

A hugely, creative fantastic photographer that I hope we will definitely see more of over the next year as she establishes her business here in Spain.

Floored yet again by Preston Bailey!

Preston Bailey has recently changed their website and now have a fantastic new blog as well, a must daily read for anyone in the event and design industry.   I was floored by this fantastic wedding, truly on an amazing scale!

I have also noticed as I browse through the most amazing venue decoration photos that lighting plays a huge key factor in all his events.

Feature on Utterly Engaged.

 Online bridal magazine Utterly Engaged did a nice little profile of me in their latest issue. See the whole article here.

Take One Smog Shop as a Wedding Venue

Interesting venues are fun aren't they? Why have a party or wedding in a run of your mill function centre when you could could do so much more. Take Christie and Jamie, they've had their wedding at a smog shop, yes a smog shop! As RP Scissors pointed out they've done a great job of softening the industrial space. Clever Cookies!

Source: RP Scissors

a kiss is still a kiss

Okay, with the craziness of wedding season we must admit we are busy playing catch up with all the absolutely fun weddings we still have to share with you from this year BUT we have every good intention to be caught up soon! Rachelle & Scott were married in January and we thought it was about time to feature some of the details that went into making this affair so one of a kind!

Rachelle & Scott approached us with lots of ideas and wanted to incorporate elements such as pearls, jazz music, and classic films into their big day. Naturally, we went in the direction of old Hollywood glam and were inspired by films such as, The Great Gatsby and Casablanca. However, we wanted to infuse the vintage theme with a fun, modern twist, so we chose a bright color palette and customized details to offset the classically romantic vibe.

Rachelle's mother, Donna Anderson, is one crafty lady! Not only is she the owner of the fabulous, A Dressy Ocassion, but she also took on the task of making all the beautiful table runners and napkins herself. The gorgeous damask fabric was imported from Asia and was used throughout the wedding in unexpected places.

In keeping with the Casablanca feel, we incorporated the famous line "a kiss is still a kiss," into the graphic elements of the wedding. Which were designed by the fabulously talented, Cortney Scowby, of Brightly Designed. She also created little cards with sweet quotes about love & kisses that we placed on the tables for guests to read throughout the night.

For favors the guests received delicious little Hershey kisses cookies! Who doesn't love a good kiss?

Amorology also created a custom candy bar station just for the wedding. We filled the candy bar with all types of goodies like chocolate candy kisses in every flavor, cherry jellybeans, red vines, hot tamales, blue rock candy and of course chocolate smooches!

Flowers played a huge part in adding a classic element of old Hollywood romance and Allyson of Heritage flowers did a stellar job creating wildly, romantic flowers for the wedding. We worked with Allyson very closely to find the perfect flowers in just the perfect shades of red. We were so thrilled with the outcome of all her hard work! We also added a little bit of playfulness to the flowers with the giant pearls that were peeking out of the arrangements.

We love LOVE loved the cake that Davlyn of Flour and Flower Designs created for Rachelle & Scott! She created a custom stencil to match the damask print and copied the design on to different tiers of the cake. The cake was actually a cheesecake cake and it was so delicious!!

We created the custom cake box for the wedding and we also hung all the pretty paper lanterns above to showcase the cake in all it's glory : )

The guests had so much fun in front of this customized photo backdrop that we designed and created from left over fabric. It made for some super cute photo ops : )

It was so great having Jamie Hammond there to capture all the beautiful details and also Benny Ek, who created a lovely video for the couple. Without their hard work we could never have all these beautiful memories documented. Many happy wishes and kisses to Rachelle and Scott!