A cream and gold fairytale wedding at Son Marroig, Mallorca

29 Mar 2019

Despite the July heat, Lisa Watson and Christopher Adamson’s guests loved the couple's outdoor ceremony

How did you meet?

We met in Mallorca – Chris has a sailing business there, Mezzo Magic, and I have a friend living there. Chris and my friend have known each other for years but I had never met Chris. I went on holiday there and the rest is history, it was love at first sight.

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Tell us about the proposal.

Chris surprised me with a trip to Paris, my favourite city, to see Beyoncé, my favourite artist. He booked the hotel Le Meurice, which was always my favourite. He reserved the presidential suite and filled it with my favourite flowers, roses, and champagne. I hate public things so the proposal was intimate and romantic.

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What was the theme for the day?

The theme was fairytale and the colour scheme was cream and gold. All the invitations, food menus, favour boxes, favour gifts and seating plan were cream and featured our gold logo. 

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What venue did you choose?

Son Marroig, Mallorca. We chose Mallorca as we both live and work there, and met on the island in Sóller.  Our work meant that we were always at Sa Foradada, so this location seemed perfect as a special place for us. It also has a special history and the views are really romantic and beautiful.

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Did you hire a wedding planner? 

Yes, from a company called Moments In Mallorca. Aida did everything to make sure we both had the perfect wedding, right from reserving the venue to searching for the perfect décor, ensuring it was exactly how we wanted it to be while helping us relax throughout the planning process. Sarah and Maria also helped a lot with décor and organisation. 

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

Since I was a young girl I have always loved the brand Berta. I made sure The Wedding Club in Birmingham stocked Berta so I could try on this particular design, as it was the only one I was interested in. I only tried a few dresses as I knew this was the dress before even trying it on. It was the first one I tried on and within 15 minutes it was all arranged. It did seem a shame not to try more of the beautiful dresses there, even just for fun…

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What did the bridesmaids wear?

I had five bridesmaids. Four have been my best friends since I was a little girl and one was my older sister. They all wore beautiful dresses by Maids to Measure in the colour cream soda. They all wore the same colour dress but in different styles to suit their frame. I wanted them to feel as beautiful as I did in my wedding dress. 

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Where did you find your suits?

Moss Bros. 

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What did the mother of the bride wear? 

A cream feather floor-length skirt with a crisp white shirt and pearl jewellery. The outfit was inspired by a feature in Vogue and we had made the outfit made by a dress designer.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

I’m a big flower fan. I wanted this to be the main décor along with candles, all in white and cream. We chose roses, orchids and hydrangeas. For the ceremony, we had flowers in cream urns and for the entrance and canapé area we had flowers in glass vases. In the dining area, we had a rose and hydrangea flower wall. We had a four-metre trailing flower arrangement on the head table.  

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Tell us about the details of the day.

  • Favours were a big feature. The women received a candle personalised with our logo. They were made by Sandy Bay London and came in personalised boxes. The men received a shot glass with our logo and a small bottle of alcohol, again presented in the personalised favour boxes. The canapé napkins even had our logo on. 

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  • We had personalised fans made for all the guests. As it was July, we had lace umbrellas for the ladies and hats for the men to keep them cool in the heat. 
  • We love Polaroid pictures, so we set up a Polaroid corner for guests to come and take pictures to stick in the guestbook. This was set up with candles and flowers.
  • Each dinner table had large chandeliers above it and we had a large flower wall.
  • Sparklers were handed out when the live music began too. 
  • To keep with the fairytale theme, we placed small silver carriages around the venue and on the tables and filled them with roses and pearls. 

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

Like it was a dream. It was very hot too. I was nervous as I hate being the centre of attention.  

How did you make the ceremony personal to you?

I walked down the aisle to John Legend’s All of You. We both love this song. My best friend Helen also did a reading which she wrote especially, it was so beautiful.

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What was your most memorable moment?

There were so many. I loved Helen’s reading. Seeing the venue looking exactly as I’d dreamed it would was amazing too. The venue is a monastery and is usually open to the public as a museum, so when hiring it you have to fill the space with all your own décor.

Another highlight has to be one of Chris’ best men. He is in a band and he did his speech with a guitar. 

Having a drone was also special – as the venue is amazing, we needed aerial images to soak it all up.

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Having people travel from all over. Since the wedding was abroad we had to make sure everyone was OK to travel and stay. We made it a four-day celebration so that guests could have a holiday too. Many of them live in Mallorca but we also had family and friends from England. 

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What was the most important investment for you?

We wanted to make sure our guests had the best time. Having the perfect food was important to us. British chef Marc Fosh was our caterer, producing excellent Michelin-starred cuisine.

We also made sure the music was to everyone's tastes. We even flew a band over from Scotland, The Sinderins. 

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Did you having any evening entertainment? 

We had Pa Amb Oli  and The Sinderins. From midnight, we moved to a cave with a live DJ until 3am. We also had The Alp collective. The singer’s voice is a dream and she sang while I walked down the aisle and during the canapés.

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Was there anything you wish you’d known before?

Everything - I was clueless. Thank goodness for the wedding planner as we would never have known where to start.

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

No, we have a charter company in Mallorca. July is a very busy for us – even having the wedding then was crazy. We went straight back to work on the Monday. Chris had a long charter to Ibiza with clients on our Sunseeker yacht and I manage the business so I was in Mallorca. Our low season is winter, so we went to America for our honeymoon. 

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

Don’t get stressed out and don’t let it make you crazy. At the end of the day it will be what it is and the main thing is to enjoy the process so you can take in the big day as it goes so quickly. I arranged all the little things a year in advance and had all the décor all arranged with the planner which made everything very smooth when it came to the actual date. Do not get stressed about table plans – all the guests are excited and happy, so they will be happy to sit anywhere. 

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Steal their style:

Invitations and stationery: Angel Creations
Wedding planner: Moments 
Photography: Fonteyne & Co
Videography: HUMà06
Dress: The Wedding Club
Bridesmaids' dresses: Maids to Measure
Candles: Sandy Bay London
Bands: Sinderins, Pa Amb Oli, ALP Collective
Catering: Marc Fosh
Hairdresser: David Glover
Make-up: Louise Brown and Ana Coya
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Rings: Tiffany and Co

Lisa and Christopher feature in the 2019 edition of Yorkshire Bride which you can read online. For more destination wedding inspiration, click here.

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