A dreamy destination wedding in Marbella: Richard and Natalie

30 Mar 2016

If you're thinking about a wedding abroad, take tips from newlyweds Richard and Natalie who planned their wedding in Finca La Concepcion, Marbella to perfection.

Photography: Kevin Belson

How did you meet?

We met in our hometown Bournemouth on a night out through mutual friends.

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Tell us about the proposal.

Rich proposed on my birthday while we were on holiday, celebrating in Dubai.  The next day we went to the diamond park in Dubai where we designed the engagement ring together.

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What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

We had always planned on getting married abroad and having the whole day outside in the sunshine and Marbella only being a two hour flight from the UK was the perfect place.

After lots of researching online we found Fiesta Sol wedding planners. We flew out to Marbella the month after we got engaged and visited some of their venues. As soon as we saw the Finca we knew it was the place where we wanted to get married. It’s a beautiful secluded Finca surrounded by palm trees only a five minute drive from where we were staying. It was really important to us to have somewhere that was exclusive to us for the entire day where we could carry on the party until the early hours of the morning.

We love travelling to new places, so we incorporated a travel theme into the wedding having personalised passport style invitations and stationary from Ditsy Chic. Our table plan was our favourite countries we have visited together.

The colour scheme was pale blue and white.

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When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?

After visiting lots of different wedding dress shops in London and trying on many different styles, I knew I had finally found the one when my maid of honour Sara shed a tear when she saw me in it and then said, "I’m not leaving this shop until you put a deposit down on that dress!". My dress was from Maggie Sottero, matched with a cathedral veil from Richard Designs and head piece from Jennie Packham. My shoes were from Gina and jewellery from Links of London.

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Where did you find your suits?

My suit and the groomsmen shirts were from Hugo Boss. 

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

The flowers were made up of white and pink roses, white hydrangeas and peonies. They were from Zoe at Flowers Inc who was great, I told her all of my ideas and she created everything exactly how I imagined.

For the table centrepieces I wanted something glamorous to go with the venue; the flowers were designed in tall vases with glass droplets hanging from either side. We also had a flower arch which I designed with the florist that was placed at the front of the house where we said our vows.

I attached my grandmother’s broach which matched the bridesmaid dresses to my bouquet, as my something blue.

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Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

Because we had such a large outdoor space there was lots of room to decorate. The biggest part of the decoration was the tree we ate our wedding breakfast under. We had fairy lights wrapped around the tree and chandeliers hanging from the branches, it really did look spectacular when the sun went down and the lights came on. We used the branch of the tree as a tree of memories where we stuck polaroid photos of our best memories together.

We had a dance floor set up outside with a chill out area next to the bar.  We also had a whisky, port and cigar bar for the men. We had a giant polaroid cut out for the photo booth.

For the favours we had fans for the girls and a small bottle of Jagermeister for the boys.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

Hot! The weather was 30 degrees, even at 5 o’clock when we got married. 

What was your most memorable moment?

Our wedding day really was everything and more we could ever have wished for and we loved the whole day. The fact that all our closest family and friends travelled all the way to Spain to spend the day with us was amazing and we will cherish the memories forever.

The most memorable part for me, apart from saying our vows, was when my bridesmaid Sarah made a surprise announcement on the microphone and got my dad to dance with me to ‘My Girl’. My maid of honour also did an amazing speech that I will never forget.

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Getting married abroad meant a lot of emails back and forth and worrying beforehand about what would happen on the day, as we didn’t really know what to expect until we arrived in Spain and had the rehearsal. Luckily we had an experienced wedding planner who made sure the day ran smoothly.

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What was the most important investment for you? Food, drink, honeymoon?

As all our guests had travelled such a long way to be at our wedding, it was really important for us that everyone had a great day and enjoyed themselves.

Having great food and drink on the day was really important to us. We visited Marbella a couple of months before the wedding and had a day of food tasting so we knew what to expect. We used Fiesta Sol Catering who were excellent and we had a great choice of food which included lobster, steak and a seafood medley with a selection of different desserts. We had mojitos, martinis and prosecco for the cocktail hour and a free bar.

Another important investment for us was making sure we had great photos and a video. We used Kevin and Carol from Kevin Belson Photography for our photos, who flew out to Spain from the UK and they captured the day perfectly. Our videographer was Salvador at Evergreen Malaga who created an amazing video for us.  

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What song did you choose for your first dance?

'Songbird' by Oasis

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

It was a three tier cake made from chocolate and red velvet made by Sweet things by Fi.  The icing was pale blue to go with the wedding theme. We also had mini macaroons, cupcakes and cake pops surrounding the cake. 

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If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

We wouldn’t change a thing.

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

We had a mini moon in Marbella to relax for a few days after our guests had gone home.  A couple of months after the wedding we went to Santorini for a week.

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Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

The day goes so quick, so try to relax and enjoy every second.

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Steal their style:
Photography: Kevin Belson Photography, www.kevinbelson.com
Videographer: Salvador at Evergreen Malaga, www.evergreenmalaga.com
Wedding Planner: Tara at Fiesta Sol, www.fiestasol.com
Catering Fiesta: Sol Catering, www.fiestasol.com
Cake: Sweet things by Fi, www.sweetthingsbyfi.com
DJ: Rob Rocks the House, www.robrocksthehouse.com
Stationery: Ditsy Chic, www.ditsychic.co.uk
Ceremonist: Natasha at Malaga Minister, www.malagaminister.com
Flowers: Zoe at Flowers Inc, www.marbellaflowersandflorist.com
Saxophonist: Roberto, www.robertocantero.com
Venue: Finca La Concepcion, www.fincalaconcepcion.com
Bridesmaids' hair: Mikaela Knops, www.facebook.com/mikaelaknopshair
Accommodation: Villa Diamante, www.theluxuryvillacollection.com

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