This mornings sunshine filled Mallorcan wedding will appeal to your inner Princess – Heather’s tulle gown is the stuff of little girls dreams – and she’s happy to report that wearing it made her feel like she was in a fairytale. Which as far as I’m concerned is exactly how you should feel on your wedding day! I love her delicate rose gold jewellery too, the perfect touch of colour which is reflected in the decor as well – those flower vases are just gorgeous.
And wait until you see the venue – getting married outside underneath gorgeous foliage and the warm Spanish sun must be absolute heaven!
Heather The Bride: I had always wanted a big dress and that’s certainly what I got. I also knew I definitely wanted tulle. I love how soft and feminine it can look but also how it gives any dress a little bit of wow factor. When I first discovered Tara Keely I knew I would end up wearing one of their dresses. Unfortunately in Northern Ireland there wasn’t a huge number of bridal shops which stocked her designs. So I was so happy when I discovered Petticoat Lane and the dress I ended up wearing. The second I put it on I knew it was the one. Both my mum and best friend cried. I loved the classic shape and simplicity of the dress but also how breathtaking the layers of tulle made it. The tulle also made it light which was important for a destination wedding. I added the bow to the back after seeing some ideas on Pinterest. I wanted to build on the beautiful layers and simplicity with my veil which was elbow length with just a little sparkle. My shoes were an easy choice. The day my mum and I went shopping for them they were the first pair I tried on. The bows on the front were a perfect match for my dress and I knew I couldn’t go wrong with Jenny Packham. I honestly felt like I was in a fairytale wearing my dress. It was a fun dress to wear and I felt very beautiful in it!
Richard The Groom: Having always been a fan of J Crew, Remus Uomo was not actually my first choice. However, I had a very specific shade of blue in mind and knew that I also wanted a waistcoat. Whereas the shirt and tie were very easily sourced with the classic look I was going for, it was extremely difficult to track down the shade of blue that wasn’t simply navy and certainly wasn’t light blue. I was also keen for the suit to have a linen-like feel and yet stay sharp throughout a long day in the sun. My watch was a beautiful gift from my wife-to-be and toned in perfectly with the suit and the rose gold of her engagement ring. My fragrance of choice for the day was Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet.
Mallorca had always held a very special place, close to mine and Richards hearts. It was the first holiday we took together and has been our happy place. We knew very quickly that this would be where we got married and so made plans to head there for a serious road trip across the whole island to find out dream venue. Whereas La Granja was always at the forefront of both our minds we wanted to exhaust all options for our big day. We rented a car and spent a week travelling around the island. In the end there was no choice anyway – it was always La Granja. We both loved how authentic and rustic the venue was. The sweep of the mountains into the cocoon of the La Granja grounds simply serves to intensify the tranquility. It truly was a fairytale come true. I had been to La Granja 15 years previous on a family holiday with my parents. It was a stop-off on a day trip we took. My mother made a comment about it being the perfect place for a wedding and my father had made a joke about ‘Maybe someday Heather will get married here’ it had always stuck in my mind and I think we shocked them when we told them were we planned to wed. A real life fairytale! We were married in the gardens, had our drinks reception in the lemon grove, dinner in the restaurant and dancing below festoon lighting in the inner courtyard!
Our venue was so beautiful in itself, with its luscious green gardens, lemon groves and beautiful terracotta brickwork that we wanted to work in harmony with it when choosing our colour scheme and decoration. White hand made bunting (by the bride’s friend Suzy) and little white hearts hanging from the trees worked well in the bright sunshine. Given the simple elegance of the venue, decoration was kept to a minimum. However, it was nice to be able to add a few personal touches here and there.
Top of my list for our wedding even in the early stages of planning was festoon lighting. I love the soft hue it creates and the party atmosphere. We had these strung across the inner courtyard where we danced the night away! The lights along with the venue’s wall torches just made the venue as magical in the evening as it was during the day.
I had always loved Peonies. They are soft and feminine and come in the most stunning colours. Working via email with my florist, due to being in different countries, I was amazed on the morning of the wedding when she got it so perfect. Soft hues of peach and pink peonies and rose peonies mixed with white freesias and leafy greens. They were hand tied tied with soft ribbon. The men wore white freesias as their buttonhole. We had bouquets made for the ceremony which acted as tie backs for the draping back drop and our centrepieces in beautiful bronze vases matched these too. For the place settings I included a little olive tree sprig for a little touch of the med.
I knew early on I wanted my bridesmaids to wear blush pink. However, when we began dress shopping I soon discovered that maybe blush pink wasn’t going to be the most flattering for them all. I wanted them to look and feel stunning so we started looking into other soft pastel shades. It was only by chance we came across their stunning and elegant Ted Baker dresses. Although technically blush the dresses are more of a peachy hue and the warm colour flattered the girls! With the simplicity of their dresses we went for a little more bling in their rose gold and diamanté Jenny Packham earrings.
For Richard and I the ceremony and the words we would share were the most important part of the day. We wanted it to be meaningful and the promises we made to one another to be true. I walked down the aisle to ‘Happy Ever After in Your Eyes’ by Ben Harper – a special song for us both. Walking down the aisle with my Dad will be a moment I never forget. I’m so glad I got to take that walk with him, holding tight to his arm. Walking down the beautiful arbour and spying all of our friends and family waiting made for me made me truly happy and of course seeing Richard at the end. During our ceremony we had three readings, one biblical and two literary. Richard and I are both English teachers and we wanted to bring our love of literature into the ceremony. Our readings were Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 and an extract from Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables ‘The Future Belongs to Hearts’ The most memorable moment was when the minister announced us as man and wife, we kissed and walked out past our guests and a spray of confetti to the folksy and upbeat tune of Shovel and Rope’s ‘Mary-Ann and One Eyed Dan’. We led our guests up through the gardens to the lemon grove for cocktails and canapés as the music rang out.
For guests arriving and during our cocktail hour we had a traditional Spanish guitarist serenade our friends and family. It just set the tone for the day perfectly. In the evening we had a great DJ who played all our favourite songs as we danced and drank under the stars and festoon lighting til the early hours. After the dinner we walked down the steps into the little courtyard for our first dance. We danced to ‘when the devil is all around’ by Shovels and Rope. I was so glad Richard braved the first dance to allow my fairytale to be complete. I also danced with my dad to Frank Sinatra’s ‘You make me feel so Young’ we had agreed to this before the big day and it was a special moment.
This was a decision we found difficult as the menu at La Granja was so good. We started with a Goats Cheese Salad, followed by a fish course which was Tuna Steak. Our main was a beautiful fillet of beef. And the meal was finished off with a Raspberry Sorbet with a white chocolate soup. Each course was complemented with a local Mallorcan wine. We also had a variety of delicious tapas style canapés during our cocktail hour. Our cake was a naked cake covered in peonies and fresh seasonal berries.
Right from our first meeting with Sandra Manas, 6 months previous, we were impressed with her professionalism, warm demeanour and her impressive photography. Throughout the day itself we both felt completely at ease working with Sandra and she was quick to tune into our personalities. At times she felt more like a guest as she eased her way through the wedding, carefully selecting the right angles and shots. Ultimately we were both very pleased at having Sandra as our photographer. As for the photos themselves we were literally blown away. Sandra captured the essence of our personalities and the feel of our whole day from start to finish.
The feedback from our guests over the last few weeks as we have returned home have been amazing! Two comments have stood out over the last few week as I’ve heard it again and again and I think it will lead on to some advice for other brides…
1. ‘Your wedding was so guest friendly – we were made to feel like an important part of your big day.’ We wanted guests to feel that way. We did everything we could from organising coach transport to and from our venue, to having an open bar to ensuring we spoke, drank and danced with everyone at our wedding, to make everyone feel like we wanted them there. We even had little heel protectors for the ladies shoes during the garden ceremony! We were so grateful and amazed that we had 60 guests make the huge effort to travel to Mallorca with us. We wanted to make sure it was worth their while. We felt very loved and supported and we wanted them to feel that way too. If you are planning a destination wedding and want all your loved ones to attend, make it as easy for them as possible and once they do make that decision to go, make sure you appreciate the huge effort they have made to be there for you!
2. ‘You looked so happy – you never stopped smiling’ Our smiles were genuine – we had the best day of our lives! I never stopped to consider anything being wrong or different to how I imagined or gave much thought to the details once the day began. From the morning of the wedding, I was calm, excited and blissfully happy. I was marrying my best friend surrounded by friends and family and suddenly nothing else mattered. I’m sure everything wasn’t perfect but I honestly couldn’t tell you if it was or not. Who cares if the minister loses her place during the ceremony or the table centres aren’t quite as big as you imagined? We had the day we had dreamed of and loved every second. My biggest piece of advice for the day would be to forget all the planning, relax, be present and to enjoy every single moment. You’ll never get those moments and chance to make precious memories again. Have a ball! We did!