A very personal wedding in Mallorca
03 Sep 2019
Nichola Brown and Michael Tame chose to marry in Mallorca, a place that held fond memories for Nichola and where Michael had proposed a year prior
How did you meet?
We met at my best friend Aimee’s birthday meal in South Kensington in London, as she was dating Michael's best friend.
Tell us about the proposal.
Mike proposed to me at our wedding venue Cap Rocat in Mallorca in March 2018 after he told me we were just 'popping in for lunch' which ended up being a overnight stay in the most beautiful suite. Being able to get married there was like a dream come true.
I have been going to Mallorca on holiday every year since I was two-years-old and it is a place of very fond memories and happy times with all my family. We chose Cap Rocat as we instantly fell in love with its tranquil environment, stunning views and original architecture. It was used as a military fortress before becoming a boutique hotel and there really is no other place like it.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
We had a Mediterranean theme and we kept the décor minimal as we did not want to detract from the beautiful surroundings. Olive leaves were used as confetti, which my mum, sister and best friend picked the week before. Our friend, Ed Walker, painted rosè bottles as our table names as Michael had gained the nickname ‘Mr Rosè’. We had olive foliage and candles as centrepieces for our tables and lanterns outside which added to the romantic ambience.
When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?
From the day I started looking for my wedding dress, my eyes were drawn to Caroline Castigiano's dresses. They are modern yet timeless and traditional. I only tried on around six dresses, three of which were Caroline Castigliano.
I felt like a queen on the day and could not stop spinning. It was such a special moment putting my dress on with my mum, nana, sister and bridesman. The dress complemented the venue beautifully and the way the dress moved in the wind was everything I had hoped for and more.
What did the bridesmaids wear?
I had seven bridesmaids and one bridesman: my sister, my cousin, my three best friends from school who I have known since I was 11, and my three closest friends from London who have been such a huge part of mine and Michael's life. My beautiful bridesmaids wore different dresses from the Maids to Measure. The girls all looked stunning.
What did the mother of the bride wear?
A John Charles dress.
Where did you find your suits?
Norton and Townsend
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
The bridesmaids had natural olive and cream peonies for their bouquets and I had a larger bouquet with amnesia roses along with olive and peonies. The ushers had white rose and olive leaf buttonholes and Michael had an amnesia rose and olive.
We had a lot of olive foliage on the tables and we decorated one of the chandeliers in the pavilion with greenery which added to the natural look.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
Our wedding felt so personal:
- My bridesmaid Alex Jagger made our wedding cake
- Another of my bridesmaids, Sarah Pratelli, and Mike Crawshaw sang me down the aisle
- Randolph Turpin who was my bridesman made my bespoke veil with Caroline Castigliano lace and designed all the wedding stationery
- Lucy Tedstone did all the calligraphy for our place names and Ed Walker painted our table names.
It was these personal touches from our closest friends that added to the unique day.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
I felt so excited, I couldn’t believe that this was the moment I had been waiting for. My dad told me to slow down as I think I was practically running to the front.
How did you make the ceremony personal to you?
Toni Pons conducted our ceremony and told our story, which was so personal. We had met with Toni when we were in Mallorca and he spoke with us both separately and asked us questions like ‘why him/her’...he then read our answers out in the ceremony and this made it very special.
What was your most memorable moment?
I will never forget walking around the corner and revealing my dress to my gorgeous bridesmaids and my dad. They all burst into tears, I think this was the moment it became very real. Also, spending time and celebrating our marriage with our closest friends and family was unforgettable, I really savour that time as this won’t happen again.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
Many people said to us that getting married abroad seems like it would be a challenge in itself, however we found the planning relatively stress free. We went over to Mallorca twice in the time we were engaged to plan and do the wedding tasting.
What was the most important investment for you?
We felt that the rosè was very important to us and the music.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
We chose Firestone by Kygo as our first dance and had Danny Mills who played the piano and a local sax player, Ramon, accompany him - he was amazing. We chose the song as we have always loved Kygo and the lyrics ‘We light up the world’ felt very special to us.
Did you have any evening entertainment?
We had a DJ and sax player who play at Nikki Beach in Mallorca, they were out of this world!
Did anything go wrong on the day?
We were behind on timings, which I think is common but it did not matter.
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
I was worried I would be so emotional on the day and sob down the aisle. I wish I had known that I would actually be excited, it was so surreal.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We had two weeks in Mallorca, one week pre-wedding and one week post-wedding with all our family. We had a pre-wedding party on the Thursday night at a big villa which the bridal party had hired and was so much fun. We are planning on going on honeymoon just us over Christmas.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
When I had over a year long engagement I thought it was such a long time to wait. My advice would be to enjoy every second of the lead up and spend it with the most important people in your life. As our celebrant said: "Because if you don’t already know it, this is what life is made of - only moments - so don’t let the present moment slip away".
Steal their style:
Venue: Cap Rocat Hotel
Photography: Light and Lace Photography
Videography: Will Warr
Cake: Alex Jagger London
Calligraphy: Letters from Lucy
Hair and make-up: CJ Beauty and Co
Veil and wedding stationery: Randolph Turpin
Rosè bottle paintings: Ed Walker
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