Kamis, 30 Juni 2011

A Black Wall for a Devine Art Gallery Feature

Introducing the darling gallery wall of Alania from Live Creating Yourself. Its a brave move to go for black as a wall colour but it works perfectly as a backdrop for her little gallery of art. Would you dare to do a black wall?

Rabu, 29 Juni 2011

The New Way To Do Wedding Lanterns

Controversial statement: The standard lantern has had its day.  Bride's I am talking to are after something that hasn't been done to death.  So the challenge now is to take your chinese lantern and customise it to create a unique and special touch. For our wedding we stuck paper squares and mini paper flowers to give a fresh feel. Then, we installed some battery operated fairy lights so as the sun dipped the lanterns glowed.  They gave a beautiful mood and looked super special.  PS - For other lantern and pom pom ideas check out here, here and here

Selasa, 28 Juni 2011

Another testimonial :)

As we finish our busy June we are getting so many thank you cards and emails we are delighted to have created such special days for our clients and most of our weddings will be uploaded onto the blog when we receive the photos but here is a lovely testimonial received today from one of my bride´s mother. It was a gorgeous wedding at the Finca de la Concepcion for Chris and Faye and our congratulations goes out to this charming family whose day we shared with many fabulous details created over the past year.

Hi Laura

I just wanted to thank you for making Chris and Faye´s day so amazing! The sheer beauty of everything you created took my breath away, especially the beautiful flowers. So many people have complimented on the decor saying they had never seen such uniqueness. All the hard work paid off and it was a pleasure dealing with you, exchanging all the emails, ideas and finishing touches. Also a big thank you to Anoulka, I know she contributed to a large part of the creativity!

Thank you so much for all that you did to make the day so memorable, it was everything that Chris and Faye wanted and so much more.

Lynn x

Fabulous photos to follow soon ;)

Delightful Shabby Chic Style Wedding in Benahavis, Marbella, Andalucia

Rachel first contacted me at the beginning of this year as she was setting up a company specialising in villas for wedding particularly around the Benahavis area and was also planning her own wedding.

It was at this time she found the fabulous Cortijo de los Cabellos and started her unenviable project of updating this venue.

Talk about a busy lifestyle, having just had a little girl that has just turned one, Rachel seems to grab both horns and get on with it with the most amazing sense of energy, style and taste, and I am thrilled to have got to know her over the past 6 months and do admire her artistic eye.

Nothing surprised me when I showed up to do the twinkly bits at her wedding to see her in her bikini and sarong bustling around and doing the last minute touches to her own wedding day, is was beautiful and she had emailed me a few times to ask my advice, in particular the last few touches of adding the fresh green to the blue colour scheme she already had in place.

The end result as you can see was beautiful and so shabby chic, so much style had been bought into her wedding from the bowls of granny smith apples to the fabulous cupcakes by Lola´s cupcakes to the charming bowls of turquoise heart shaped chocolates and the beautiful birdcages she had created.

In fact the list is endless, there were die for table covers in a pale blue rose organza, another detail queen for me to revel in which was fabulous!
We love the photos taken by Anna of this glorious day and all the lovely details to share with you of Rachel´s hard work and our twinkling bits! I think there will be a job here for Rachel should she decide she wishes to use her skills, but she did email me thanking us for our input and also mentioned she had no idea how I did this day in day out with the heat!! There is a magic wand waving all the time here on the Costa del Sol albeit I get hot!

Anna, thank you for the lovely gift but still cannot bring myself to test it until I have a clear week!

Live Creating Yourself Room Tour

Oooooo. Isn't this space divine? Its from Live Creating Yourself, a blog I am so loving at the moment. The thing that catches my eye is how the simple colour palate creates a huge impact. The space feels light, bright and sophisticated. For more of the house go on over here.

Senin, 27 Juni 2011

A Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding

I'm so excited to show you today's wedding from Grey Likes Weddings. This sweet vintage inspired afternoon affair for Channi and Jeff featured a band, caricatures and vintage cars. Oh and did I mention a striped bow tie? So sharp!  It give's a Great Gatsby inspired vibe for me and I'm loving it.

Sabtu, 25 Juni 2011

Giselle in Ireland.

Rionnach sent me these lovely photos of her April wedding in Ireland. The bride wore "Giselle" (with a dear little pink cardigan). Isn't she gorgeous?

Giselle in Ireland.

Rionnach sent me these lovely photos of her April wedding in Ireland. The bride wore "Giselle" (with a dear little pink cardigan). Isn't she gorgeous?

Jumat, 24 Juni 2011

Reviva Weddings Planning Service

Reviva Weddings was set up by me at the end of 2007 and it filled a huge gap here in the market specialising in styling weddings and events offering a complete service including decorations, linens, flowers, stationery and all the lovely accessories it takes to make a special day perfect.

What makes us different? We are not florists that also do funerals and deliver flowers and leave, we specialise in weddings and events and are with you throughout your planning and helping you to create your individual style. No wedding is the same, every special day is unique to that couple and reflects their personalities, their dreams and of course their union as a couple which is a very special moment.

It is this high level of service that lead Reviva onto planning weddings, and it all started with the Los Monteros hotel shutting suddenly. Because I was working closely with some of our brides there to create their dream days it was me they turned to when this disaster happened asking me to find them new venues and desperate for help. I am a creative person and did not trust myself to become a ´planner´so I asked Carla, who is hugely organised and efficient to help me and the rest is history.

Carla took over the weddings and reorganised them all with a huge success and since this day she has been by my side eversince as the extremely organised and super efficient wedding planner managing many weddings for Reviva and I don´t think there is a better wedding planner on the coast here than Carla, albeit she can be quite bossy with me now and tells me off when I am slacking on the paperwork!

I know most of our suppliers here all say the same thing and rave about her which is lovely.

As this side of our business was launched two years ago, I think it confused some of our clients as we are of course still known as the wedding decorators, but to the delight of our suppliers and our very happy clients over the past two years, we are growing at a super fast rate and overseeing some lovely weddings with our planning and coordination services which Carla now heads up full time. We have even being booked to fly up to Barcelona to manage weddings there which has been interesting, very exciting and very successful.

Carla and I, together, are quite a formidable team and are completely devoted to creating our stunning weddings here with our fantastic team behind us and word is spreading fast! We both have extremely high standards and this is obvious in the weddings we create and manage.

We have received a lovely testimonial from Fady and Antonia who had organised most of their wedding here in Elviria at the end of May but just wanted a few loose ends tied up and someone there on the day. It was a stunning wedding set in a private villa with some fabulous suppliers such as Roberto Silvosa and these fabulous photos from Anna Gazda.

We do not tie our clients into any other services, including our decorations, and are happy to be the planners for the day, Fady and Antonia were already thrilled with their chosen florist and had all their details already organised, and seeing Roberto´s work and the result you have to agree was stunningly beautiful.

Here is their testimonial about Carla´s services for their day.

We are so glad we had Carla as our wedding planner, she is utterly reliable and dependable and always responding quickly and thoroughly to our requests. She has many contacts so finding a band or a photographer is trouble free. Most importantly she is really lovely and flexible, making organising our wedding hassle free, personal and as pleasant as possible! Even if you can manage without a wedding planner to help you organise your wedding, I would really recommend having someone like Carla there on the day itself, she took all the hassle out of being the host, from dealing with suppliers, managing timings and sorting out the inevitable unexpected issues. It meant we could just really enjoy our wedding day and not worry about a thing

Marled Jumper Love

I am so into jumpers right now it's not even funny. I wake up every morning thinking okay today I'm going to wear a dress or at least something half way formal .... but I can't. Those little sneaky jumpers start calling me and poof I've got another pants and jeans outfit on! I'm loving these marled jumpers from Honestly WTF. The blue one is from Zara! Hmmmm maybe I need another jumper......

Source: Honestly WTF

A Beautiful Wedding and Candy at Cortijo Bravo Hotel, Velez Malaga

As our weddings started to get well and truly underway in May, we were very excited about decorating Michelle and Andrew´s wedding at the Cortijo Bravo Hotel in Velez Malaga. It is a beautiful venue and a fairly new one for us to decorate which is always exciting as we like a challenge so we did head off earlier this year to take a good look around this hotel to see what we would create for our weddings booked here this year.

Michelle and Andrew´s wedding started with a beautiful church ceremony in Nerja and then back to the Cortijo for a wonderful night of festivities and entertainments organised by Moira at Perfect Spanish Weddings.

The venue do supply some flowers so we woofed (I love this word!) everything up by supplying glassware which we filled with water, pink crystals and floating candles and then added in the pink roses we had ordered from the hotel, we also bought our mirrors and finished the centrepieces off with tealights and scattered the tables with crystals.

Peonies are delightful at this time of year and perfect for huge fluffy balls of loveliness, we created Michelle´s bouquet with ivory peonies and the bridesmaids in a fabulous combination of pink. They were delightful and huge! We were not allowed to decorate the pew ends at the church with our bows, which was disappointing but soon made use of them back at the venue by using them on the orange trees on the terrace so all was not lost!

Our highlight was the Candy Bar, there was a big clap all round from us and the staff, at the hotel, when we switched the fairy lights on, I think they were wondering what we were up to and it looked fabulous. Anoulka had done a fabulous job creating all the candy bar signs and Jeremy and Rob did get a look in later in the night when no one was watching!

We love the photos of the terrace that we decorated with lanterns, fairy lights and candles. It was a gorgeous wedding and lots of fun was had with the photo booth supplied by Jeremy, a gorgeous wedding cake from Fi, and dancing all night with fantastic music, lights and sounds from Rob the DJ. The A team were out in full force and here is our lovely email from Michelle and Andrew that was posted on our Facebook page

Hi Laura, sorry it has taken so long but I just had to thank you for helping me create my dream wedding. Your attention to detail goes way beyond what I had even imagined and it was only when I looked back at Jeremy´s photos I could see the extent that you and your team went to. Thoroughly breathtaking. The flowers were amazing and just what we discussed and of course all my guests are still talking about the sweet table (can I add they lasted the whole week we were here in Spain) such a treat. You were like my fairy godmother that waved her magic wand and made all my dreams come true, once again thank you so much, Michelle and Andrew xxx

Our thanks to Jeremy again for sending me these photos so we can share these fabulous photos of our work with you