Steph and Neil fulfilled their most cherished dream when they married in Mallorca, Spain. The place is extremely close to the couple’s heart and has always been and looking through these images I can see why. They rented the Valldemossa Hotel for a whole weekend where close family and friends celebrated their marriage which seems like just the most perfect idea. The church wedding took place in Valldemossa Village.
Make sure to take a peep at the video which starts with breathtaking scenes of Mallorca, an iconic introduction to this beautiful destination wedding.
Katie The Bride: The decision for us to get married in Mallorca was an easy one. Spain and its culture have always had a special place in my heart and I lived in Granada, Spain, for a year whilst studying Spanish at University. My parents have a place in Mallorca so I had spent my summers there from being young and since Neil and I have been together, we have had so many amazing holidays there together that it was obvious choice for us.
Once described by Frederic Chopin as the most beautiful place on earth, Valldemossa is a small village nestled into the Tramuntana mountains. It is also the birthplace of Catalina Tomas, the patron saint of Mallorca, whose symbol still adorns the doorways to many residents’ homes to protect them from harm. We instantly fell in love with its cobbled streets and rustic charm and when we found the 13th century Church, the Iglesia de San Bartomeu, we knew we couldn’t get married anywhere else.
Making Our Wedding Personal
As we live in the UK, all of our guests were going to have to travel to be with us on our Big Day. It was really important to us that each guest felt valued and that they understood how much it meant to us that they had all gone to the time and expense of being with us on our Wedding Day. Without them we could never have realised our dream to get married in a place that is so special to us but also being surrounded by those who mean most to us.
I spent months before the wedding going through old photo albums and our family’s photo collections to find photos of us with each of our guests – some were from when we were tiny babies right up to the present day. I created a table plan by finding an ornate white carved wooden plaque which we hung upside down from the inside of the gazebo where we held our drinks reception. Each guest had an envelope with their name on which we hung from ribbons from the plaque. Inside the envelopes (which matched the envelopes they had received the wedding invitations in), there was a card telling them which table they seated at, but behind it was a collection of photos of that guest with the groom or I, held together by ribbon. The looks on their faces as they opened their little parcels at the drinks reception was priceless!
The groom and I also wrote each person a hand-written note which they found on their place setting when they sat down to dinner. The favours were cotton bracelets which each guest had to put on, making a wish whilst doing so. When the bracelet drops off, the wish comes true.
We also wanted to bring in the Spanish tradition of hand-fans, which were used by Spanish women in the 19th Century to communicate with their lovers in secret by using their fan in different ways to convey their messages in a secret code. We had fans personalised with our names and the date of the wedding and each guest was given one as they entered the church.
In the run-up to the wedding I found some gorgeous charms of Santa Catalina, the patron saint of Mallorca, in a boutique in Valldemossa. I bought one for myself and each of the bridesmaids and packaged them up on lace pouches (which I also bought in Valldemossa) for them to open on the day. Inside the pouch I also put a vintage brooch for each bridesmaid – they were all different but they all featured a fan of some description. The charms and the brooches were fastened to their bouquets on the morning of the wedding.
To me, the morning of the wedding was such a special time. I had planned surprises for my parents, my husband-to-be and all of my bridesmaids. I put together a book of photos of me and my parents growing up which I filled with messages and had sent to them on the morning of the wedding along with handkerchiefs which were embroidered with messages from me. I had handbags made (from Etsy) for my mum and each of the bridesmaids which were made from silk in the same colour as their dresses and covered with ivory lace but which were lined individually with a photograph of me and them. I put together a book full of pictures and messages for Neil, called “Reasons I want to marry you” for him to open on the morning of the wedding along with a watch he has always loved which I bought for him as a surprise and had engraved with the wedding date and a message.
My little nephew, Tom, aged 2 and a half, was our page boy and my mum had a little ring-bearer cushion made from the lace from my wedding dress for him to carry down the aisle. He wore a suit from Next which luckily was almost identical to the usher’s suits and I ordered a clip-on bow tie for him from Etsy. He was adorable on the day and was fascinated with my shoes when we were getting ready – so cute!
I adore lace and couldn’t imagine getting married in Spain in a dress that wasn’t lace. I knew I wanted a lace fishtail style but I also wanted something different. I fell in love with my David Tutera gown which had a subtle blush chiffon layer underneath ivory lace and had the most incredible blush pink train with appliqued lace and a lace edging. I could just picture it against the pink sandstone of the Hotel Valldemossa and I loved the fact that the train was detachable so I could have the dramatic dress I wanted for the ceremony without compromising on being comfortable and being able to dance later on. I managed to find the perfect Cathedral veil to go with it by Ritva Westenius which was scattered with almost identical appliqued lace as my train.
I knew I didn’t want traditional bridesmaid dresses and I also liked the idea of each of my bridesmaids having a dress that was a slightly different style to suit their own personalities. Finding the right shade of blush pink that matched my dress was a nightmare but the endless hours of searching paid off and the girls looked stunning in their Watters gowns.
Groom & Ushers’ Suits
Neil has his own tailoring company so fortunately, finding the perfect suits for him and his ushers was probably the most straightforward part of the wedding planning! Neil’s suit was a petrol blue, single-breasted three-piece suit made from a William Halstead mohair and wool mix woven in Huddersfield. He looked so handsome and the colour looked incredible in the bright Mallorcan sunshine. The ushers’ suits were identical but in a slightly darker shade of blue.
The ceremony was at 3pm. Instead of traditional flowers near the altar I wanted to create a bit of a feature as guests entered the Church so we had a ladder with flowers, candles and vintage items I had collected in the run-up to the wedding. The aisle was lined with candles and rose petals and we had a choir, ‘Just Voices’, sing Eva Cassidy’s “Songbird” as I walked down the aisle. The choir sang throughout the ceremony for us as well as we didn’t really want hymns.
After the ceremony, the guests had mini bottles of prosecco waiting for them and personalised confetti cones which I had printed with a logo we had had designed for the wedding and which was on all of our stationery, but instead of confetti the cones were willed with caramelised nuts which I had bought from a local market the previous day.
Outside the church we were met by a Flamenco guitarist who then led us up through the streets of Valldemossa to the Hotel Valldemossa, where we had our reception. It was amazing to see everyone having so much fun as we danced our way through the village!
Colour Scheme, Venue, Décor and Styling
I knew in terms of colours I wanted a fairly neutral palette with a combination of muted shades ranging from creams and taupes to blush pink and with hints of silver. When I found my dress, I decided to bring out more of the blush pink in the décor and styling which also worked perfectly with the faded pink stone of the hotel’s magnificent staircase and balustrades.
Lace also featured heavily in the décor of the day. Running up to the wedding I had found some beautiful lace fans in a shop in Valldemossa. These ended up being the inspiration for our wedding logo which was featured on all of our stationery from the save the dates through to the invitations, menus and order of service.
Our reception venue was a small hotel which had originally belonged to the Monastery in Valldemossa. There were only 16 rooms and we took over the hotel exclusively for 3 days so that it really could feel like home for our family and friends. It was full of hidden terraces and hideaways and we wanted to make the most of every space. We had the drinks reception in a lower terrace which was covered by a large gazebo which meant we could hang the table plan from the centre. It also meant we could hang flowers from the structure which we did over a large table with photos of Neil and I and our parents and family. The only people missing from our wedding were our two black Labradors, Brandon and Buck, who couldn’t come with us, but our guest book was a large framed picture of our dogs in bow ties holding a sign asking everyone to leave a message for their humans, so they were with us in spirit! We had an olive bar and a full ‘jamon serrano’ which was carved for our guests whilst canapes and rose cava was served.
We fell in love with one of the terraces at the hotel which overlooked Valldemossa and the Sierra de Tramuntana. It was totally mis-shapen and had beautiful stone balustrades which had an almost pink hue, and olive trees were growing from the terrace. It had such a charm to it and I loved the idea of combining its rustic beauty with touches of lace, tulle and, of course, some glamourous chandeliers! We hung chandeliers from the olive trees and fairy lights and festoon lights above the terrace. We also hung moss letters from the olive tree behind where Neil and I were sat which we had had made by the florist and which had been hung on the church doors prior to the ceremony. The chairs were all covered in tulle and decorated with olive and eucalyptus branches and I had made cushions embroidered with ‘la novia’ and ‘el novio’ (which means the bride and groom in Spanish) to hang on mine and Neil’s chairs.
I wanted a mis-matched look that created a vibe that was both a rustic and elegant so the tables alternated between tall rustic white candelabras with flowers creeping up the stems and centrepieces littered with a collection of different vases and candles. I spent months leading up to the wedding collecting votives in mercury glass, blush pink and lace printed designs. The tables were covered with ivory lace tablecloths and blush pink chargers. For place settings I had a Spanish artist hand-paint votives with each guest’s name which they could all take home and keep after the day. I scented the day with Jo Malone’s French lime blossom, which was the perfume I wore on the day. Each table had a candle in that scent in the centre and each tablecloth was spritzed with Jo Malone’s ‘Lino Nel Vento’ linen spray. We continued the rustic elegance theme with the wedding cake which was three tiers and covered in rustic icing and which had a cake topper by ‘Better off Wed’ (Etsy) and which was decorated with the beautiful flowers of the day which included garden roses, ranuculus, hydrangea, astilbe and baby’s breath – all in white and muted shades of pink.
For the wedding breakfast we served a selection of tapas to start including Padron peppers, garlic prawns and a shot glass of gazpacho, followed by either roast suckling pig or sea bream accompanied by ‘tumbet’ (a traditional Mallorquian dish made from vegetables, tomatoes and potatoes), and an apple tart for dessert.
After dinner we had speeches on the terrace and then for the next surprise for our guests; the glass elevator ascended to the terrace and out came our saxophonist and one of the singers from our band to get the party started! After getting everybody up dancing on the terrace they led us down to another gorgeous terrace, overlooked by the spot-lit Monastery, where our party was going to be held. We had decorated this terrace with fairy lights strung from the ceiling, pompoms and a huge illuminated ‘LOVE’ sign. An open-air photobooth was set up in the corner with a ribbon garland backdrop (also from Etsy).
Neil and I had our first dance with all of our guests lighting sparklers around us – we could literally feel the heat from them as we danced and it was like being able to physically feel the love of those we care about most. I surprised my dad with the band asking him to come onto the dancefloor for a father/daughter dance to “My Girl” which has always been our song.
Then it was time to party the night away under the Mallorquian stars, with our band, Phunk Phenomena, providing the perfect soundtrack with their amazing voices, bongos and saxophone. We loved that as well as being incredibly talented singers and musicians, they are an interactive band and move around to perform in and amongst the guests on the dancefloor rather than on a stage. We knew it might be an extravagance to fly them out from the UK but we had seen them perform before and we knew we would struggle to find something as unique elsewhere. It was without a doubt the right decision.
Our wedding planner helped us to choose the perfect photographer. We loved Natan’s style from the photos on his website. He seemed to combine an artistic flair that wasn’t there in many of the other photographers with an incredible ability to capture the raw emotion of the day. His photos surpassed all of our expectations.
I found HD Moments by spending hours trawling the internet watching countless trailers on tons of different websites. What I loved about Greg’s films is that exuded artistic flair but still kept all the emotion of the day. When I found myself welling up at the wedding videos on his blog of other people’s weddings who I didn’t even know, I knew I had found the right man for the job! His video from our day has blown us away.
Photography by Natan Fotografia
- Gown David Tutera ‘Vereda’
- Boutique Orchid Designs
- Shoes Rainbow Club Apple blossom’
- Hairpiece: Elibre (via Etsy)
- Bridesmaid dresses Watters
- Veil Ritva Westenius
- Suits Charles Campbell Bespoke Tailoring
- Florist Vanda Flower Studio
- Venue Hotel Valldemossa, Mallorca
- Wedding Planner Mandy Lago, Alago Events
- Stationery Teacake Design
- Entertainment ‘Phunk Phenomena’
- Videographer HD Moments