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Favours for Travel/Destination Wedding

It is often a topic which divides the wedding party, to favour or not to favour. For some of you, you’ll find the dinky gifts are a great way to show your guests thanks for being with you on your big day, and a small way to support the rest of your wedding theme. They can make a beautiful addition to the table and you have the opportunity to enjoy the process of sourcing great gifts for your guests. However there can be nothing worse than spending a great deal of time and money on finding the perfect wedding favour that get left behind once the reception is over. Hopefully I can provide some simple yet effective and fun wedding favours for your perfect destination/travel themed wedding.

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  1. So if you’re looking for something which is packaged for you, where you can have a gorgeous favour just buy ordering online you can get adorable aeroplane bottle openers with map box packaging for £2.20 each, great getting the party started and definitely not being left behind.
  2. If your wedding party has a sweet tooth, a great way to present them is in a miniature travel suitcase, as they are empty you can personalise them for each guest. Perfect as a low cost option for the larger guests list or as a sweet gift for a small reception.
  3. If you’re looking for something which you can DIY a handmade map box with a selection of you and your partners favourite sweet treats. To create an even more personal touch you could make the map on the box one of your most significant locations, such as your first date or the place of your engagement.
  4. A great favour which is a little more alternative is a compass, get a gold and black version on confetti.co.uk. They will definitely be something that your guests will keep and would be a great way to entertain younger guests with activities, such as a short orienteering exercise or a way to create a treasure hunt through the journey.
  5. Another DIY which is travel themed is a vintage suitcase favour box template which can be printed and then made with your own choice of paper, this gives you more flexibility when creating your favours and you would be able to fill them with whatever else you would like. This is also another great suitcase template.
  6. A simple yet effective ideas would be to bake (or ask someone else to bake) some love letter themed cookies, they could also be decorated like globes or aeroplanes
  7. A way to present your suitcases would be to get a small canvas and stand and write that its baggage claim this would keep them off of the tables so that they would be easily taken and you could put every name on different baggage tag.
  8. A favour which not only would never get left behind but also would help to keep your guests safe from the sun, would be pocket suncream. The suncream bottles can be personalised with the couples names and any colour or design that you would want. They also have a carabiner attached so that they can be attached to purses or pockets, you know there’ll be no sun burn at your wedding.
  9. A wedding favour which will bring a little light to your guests would be personalised candles. You can buy clear glass candle holders and then place cheaper candles into them, after this you can wrap a map around the holder, similar to the homemade boxes you could use a map location which is significant to you and your partner.
  10. A wedding favour which will keep your wedding in the mind of your guests for a long time is a compass bottle stopper. This could also be used for any of the leftover drink from the wedding and would be very useful for your guests in the future.
  11. Luggage tag favours are also perfect for a destination wedding as you can give them out at the end of your wedding and your guests will have something to use immediately. You can also add a small thank you onto the suitcase tag. You can also get more personalised tags for

 

Real Life Wedding, Tina and Bruno

We had the pleasure of creating a beautiful range of wedding stationary for the lovely couple, Tina and Bruno as they were married in Provence, France.

Tina commissioned a fab range and we always love seeing pics of our designs used on the day, including one of our super-bespoke Cute Paths, signed by guests that the happy couple can take home to remember the day! How fun!

Have a read of Tina’s memories of their Wedding day and advice for other brides-to-be!

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Names: Tina & Bruno

Wedding Date: 10 September 2016

The Venue: Le Mas De La Rose, Provence, France

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The vision for the day: 

To have…

  • Intimate day, just with our very best friends and immediate family.  We kept our numbers down to 70 guests.
  • Bring the best of British and French cultures to make things a bit different for everyone, for example by mixing languages in our readings at the church, speeches and music selections.
  • Provence wedding – it had been our dream for many years to get married in the South of France. We fell in love with our venue many years before, while visiting the region.
  • Amazing setting, amazing food, great wine – we chose a venue that had their own restaurant – with fresh fruits and vegetables fresh from the garden and local products.

The Planning Process:

  • Pinterest wedding board to gather ideas was pretty key.
  • Plotted decisions and kept to a rough timeline.
  • Visited region twice for church preparations and to meet local suppliers.
  • Gave many people roles in advance (helping with signage and decor on the day) – family and friends played a role in our day.
  • Took 12 months from start to finish.

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The Dress and Accessories:

Dress: Delphine Manivet

Shoes: Sergio Rossi

Headband: Les cerises de mars

Grooms Attire:

Suit and waistcoat: tailored by Faubourg Saint Sulpice

Shoes: Weston

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The Details and Decor:

Theme Casual Chic – touches of bunting, decorated trees with paper flowers, fresh flowers

The Flowers: pink roses and olive leaves

Music and First Dance: A Rhumba to Let’s Marvin Gaye and Get in On – Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor

Entertainment and activities:

Pâte à Swing, Avignon.

Giant wooden garden games and vintage photo booth provided lots of fun throughout the day

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The Food:

Starter : Tartare of cooked and raw vegetables with smoked salmon “macedonia“ way, roasted prawns, fresh herb emulsified vinaigrette

Main Course : Veal with potatoes, homemade olive oil, mushrooms, vegetables from the garden

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The Cake: Macaron Tower – cut to Let There Be Love, by Nat King Cole, along with sparklers for guests.

Stationary: Cute Maps.

Cute Path – timeline of the story of our first years – that our guests were able to sign

Table plan themed in the style of our invites. Table names represented the 8 cities we visited while dating.

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Your Photographer: Artaïs Studio

The Honeymoon: Tullum, Mexico – Jan 2017

Memorable Moments: Driving back from the church in our 1960s Fiat 500

The Best Man’s speech: the Sketch Show meets Euro Trash – portraying the life of the groom and all the English influences that led him to eventually marry an English woman.

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Advice for Other Couples: You can’t plan the best moments but if you fill you day with the people you love dearly then it will be magical. Be prepared to make lots of decisions, it’s very hard in reality to make things simple.

Credits:

The venue: Le Mas De La Rose www.mas-rose.com/fr/hotel-luxe-provence

The car: Fiat 500 Classic www.mariage-en-500.com

Photography: The talented team at www.artais.com

The videographer: Les Films Super vimeo.com/nicolasgodtschalck

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Real Life Wedding, Natasha and Dominic

Oh what a lovely wedding! We love the vibe from Natasha and Dominics fabulous day here at Cute Maps. The theme? Laughter and fun! Below you can read all about their wonderful day and pick up on some great tips preparing for your own. These photos also really highlight the importance and skill of good timing, they really encapsulate the happiness of the day and document the fun moments very well indeed. We hope reading their story make you smile as much as we did!

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Names: Dominic & Natasha

Wedding Date: 10.08.16

The vision for the day: We didn’t really have a particular theme or idea of the exact style we wanted. Honestly, all we wanted was a happy, fun and exciting day filled with laughter. We wanted fun and laughter to be at the forefront of the whole day.

The Planning Process: We decided to have a 2 year engagement and if I were to do it again I would definitely do the same! It gave us a chance to enjoy being engaged and choose suppliers and venues without the need to rush. We loved the process of planning and having friends and family join in with making favours and goodie bags. Obviously it wasn’t all roses and rainbows but even when things went wrong I could see the funny side of it…eventually!

The Venue: We were married at St. Peter’s church in Bridge and then had our reception at Winters Barns in Canterbury.

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The Dress and Accessories: I had a beautiful dress from Teokath in Canterbury, it was gorgeous lace with an Art Deco inspired belt. My favourite detail was the buttons that lined from top to bottom of the dress. I also had a headband that matched my belt which I adored both by Jenny Peckham. Then there were my shoes, gorgeous ivory and gold with a big bow! Irregular choice shoes are always a win in my book!

Grooms Attire: Dom had a gorgeous charcoal grey 3 piece suit by Ted Baker. And because I had vetoed red for the wedding Dom found a way to include it…his shoes!

Beautiful Bridesmaids: My gorgeous girls wore mint green knee length chiffon dresses with a lace bodice and key hole back. I wanted something elegant…but also something they wouldn’t get too hot in for dancing the night away. They had a messy bun to the side, to accent the key hole back.

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Music and First Dance: The incorporation of music in our wedding didn’t just start with our first dance. We had the bridesmaids walk down the aisle to ‘I Can Go The Distance’ from Hercules, I then followed with ‘Tale As Old As Time’ from Beauty and the Beast. While signing the register Dom’s brother played a medley on the piano which included scores from; The Godfather, Game of Thrones, Aladdin and the Lion King. When we left the church we had ‘Accidentally In Love’ ringing out. For our first dance, trying to avoid the overly romantic or teary song choices, we decided on ‘I Wouldn’t Have Nothing If I Didn’t Have You’, but the John Goodman and Billy Crystal version! All these songs, and a few more culminated in a cd for our favour to guests.

The Details and Decor: Other little details we had at the wedding were a photo guest book, pots of sweets, confetti made out of unused invitations which looked great on the tables.

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The Food: Dom wanted everyone to come away full from our wedding, so food was mainly on his planning list! We had a selection of canapés, some of which were chocolate covered strawberries and Dom’s favourite rare roast beef in mini Yorkshire puddings! We then had a 3 course sit down meal, with a Greek mezzo starter as a nod to my dad’s side of the family, followed by roast duck, vegetables and dauphinois potato. My favourite course was dessert, a trio of chocolate brownie, mini cream puff and creme brûlée (divine!). The one thing Dom said we HAD to have was a hog roast in the evening, he wasn’t wrong! Mama Feelgoods were amazing caterers and couldn’t do enough for us.

The Flowers: For our flowers we had an amazing supplier, Louise from confetti connections, who went out of her way to ensure I could have succulents in the bouquets and button holes! We also had roses with them but the whole effect was something natural and countryfied! For our centre pieces we wanted to keep it simple with fishbowls, pillar candles and dusky pink calalillies.

The Cake: The cake is where we had some fun, a little something that had meaning for Dom and myself, but would also be a bit of fun for our guests. With a link to Hawaii and our first date film…Lilo and Stitch, we couldn’t have asked for more from Mama Feelgoods again in this creation.

Your Photographer: Dom and I had emphatically agreed on one thing when it came to our photographer, we didn’t want loads of posed and stiff pictures. We very much liked the style of journalistic, candid pictures. Olly Knight was our perfect match, he was so easy to work with, was incredibly friendly and brilliant to have on the day.

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The Honeymoon: Due to the incredible generosity of our friends and family we have managed to book our honeymoon for Easter 2017. We are heading to San Francisco and Hawaii. We are so excited!

Memorable Moments: There are so many memorable moments from the day, from being hugged so forcefully by my flower girl I landed on the floor, receiving a video when getting ready of the boys jump starting the wedding car, to saying the priests lines as well as my own during the ceremony or when walking in to dinner…tripping on my dress while Dom walked in fist bumping the air! Dom’s most memorable moment was his best man’s speech, he was so nervous and not one for public speaking but everyone was floored, no one more than Dom.

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Advice for Other Couples: The best advice we could give to other couples would be; don’t sweat the small stuff, enjoy every moment of your day and have fun with planning, it doesn’t need to be a stressful affair. Finally if the grooms nervous about giving his speech, do it before dinner, so he can enjoy his wedding meal.

Credits:

Olly Knight (photography) www.ollyknightphotography.co.uk

Confetti Connections (flowers and decor) www.confetticonnections.co.uk

Mama Feelgoods (food and cake) www.mamafeelgoods.com

Thursday Pins

Hope you all had a great bank holiday, it’s a beautiful morning here cool clean air and a bright sunny sky. Below is some mellow cool natural vibes for a chilled out wedding. I love dune-laden coastal beaches, tall soft grass, rocky cliffs and bubbling waves. The dresses were a tricky find, I wanted a soft, simple cut and something that would have a gentle flow to it. The first is by Christy Dawn, the second is a Lela Rose.

As always, track the pics from the Pintrest boards here.

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An Unusual Affair

So the theme today came about after I discovered the amazing venue Aynhoe Park, in Oxfordshire. It’s so packed full of eccentricity and quirks (and lush interiors by Matthew Williamson) that I got to thinking about the more decadent side of the Sixties. There are were some real timeless beauties like Brigitte Bardot and Jane Burkin whose effortless beauty seems as relevant today as they was when they first emerged and loads classic style mixed with young psychedelia I think made for a really fab time in decor and fashion. Below I’ve mixed together some directions that show different designers reinterpreting the vibe in recent years. This is all on the new Pinterest account I set up, so if you want to see the source, have a poke around and you should be able to trace it. I am also going to be championing a lot of Etsy sellers (and cousin sites) as I’m an avid delver into the depths of this online Arts Market and have some real gems I want to share. To get you started is one of my favourites, Purple Fish Bowl that has the butterfly collar featured below among their wares.

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Late Summer Wedding

I know when people think of Summer Weddings, thoughts usually turn to pretty pastels and fresh clean hues, hay bales, bunting, wildflowers and photographs in glowing cornfields. I love it too, but what about another direction? I’m thinking a lush romantic jewel-tone vibe; deep reds, rich purples, golden greens. I imagine that time of year when balmy Summers first ease into Autumn. Leafy forests with dappled light and a cool breeze, the sunshine glistening from the canopy above and the leaves starting to turn from green to gold. With a little moody lighting, colourful prints, comfy cushy seating, you could make a fab romantic magical vibe in the depths of a secluded forest.

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We are really excited to launch our fabulous new Cute Maps website, come have a look at what we’ve done! You’ll find a fresh new interface full of informative links explaining the bespoke services we can offer for your special day. Inside, the streamlined navigation system makes it easier to locate the best design service for your event and descriptions of the range on offer.

If it’s your first time visiting the site, you may like browsing our Gallery. It’s a good way to see the types of designs we have created for previous clients. In our Cute Maps Shop you can also browse the All Products tab. Here it shows all the different types of bespoke products we can create for you, explaining the specifics of the designs and how we work with you to create your ideal design.

Among the changes, the site now also includes a separate page for Business Maps. Here you can see previous projects we have done for businesses making bespoke maps for special events, illustrations to use in their print-based promotions, website illustrations and ‘How to find us’ maps. Cute Maps is also very popular with educational bodies wanting to introduce students and visitors to the campus and nearby sites they’ll want to visit in the local area.

We also offer the option to purchase prints of designs from our archives. This is great for people wanting a keepsake for their family to remember the amazing wedding they’d attended or maybe as a gift to the bride and groom on their anniversary. Cute Maps is able to get the design printed, framed and posted over ready-to-hang for a great personalized gift. You’ve also the option to create a bespoke gift from scratch. A good example is the Cute Path Gift Maps, a highly customized design that illustrates an important journey you want to remember. If you are local to Milton Keynes, you can also pop over to the MK Shop for our most popular collection of gifts, an affordable option for a quality present or keepsake.

There is so much to explore! With a gallery bulging with examples of the seven hundred maps we have created over the years, testimonials from previous clients and clear descriptions of our services, it’s now even easier to make your decision and place an order in confidence.

And of course, if you just fancy a nice blog to read on your lunch break, have a peruse of our Cute Maps Blog right here! We have some really exciting projects in the works that we keep you up-to-date on here, on our Facebook and Twitter pages so it’s easy to keep connected. As you’ll see we share news on recent weddings we feature in and also share staff picks on upcoming trends and festive events!

We really hope you enjoy the new site, make sure to let us know your thoughts!

The British Wedding Awards 2016

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We’re really pleased to announce that Cute Maps  is a finalist  in the 2016 British Wedding Awards! After 5 years and almost 900 maps it would be  amazing  to win this recognition. So if you appreciate our work it would be really appreciated if you could vote for us on the link below before 14th December 2015. Please remember to get to the end of the voting  and fill in your name and email for your vote to count.  Thank you so much!!

http://www.weddingideasmag.com/the-british-wedding-awards-2016/

Launch of the Milton Keynes Cute Shop!

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This week Cute Maps delivers its charming and detailed illustrated map of the city to the MK community and public beyond. This delightful representation of the sites and attractions of this contemporary town is sure to capture the attention of MKphiles and tourists alike. You can view and purchase them through the Cute Maps website http://www.cutemaps.co.uk/product-category/milton-keynes-shop/. The comprehensive design includes landmarks as recent as the Leaping Man Statue to soon-to-be-missed iconic The Point. Stickmen cycle Dansteed Way, wakeboard Willen Lake, fish on Furzton Lake and shear the sheep in the surrounding farmland. The cutting edge architecture of MK Theatre, Intu, Stadium MK & Oxley Park Eco Houses cutely sit amongst the treasured historical landmarks of Bletchley Park, Bradwell Abbey, Walton Hall & Great Linford Manor amongst many, many others.

Milton Keynes is Director Sheree’s home town. Sheree recently relocated back to MK where she felt inspired to create a detailed ‘Cute’ depiction of the visionary city. Milton Keynes is very close to Sheree’s heart and she has loved creating this map! The Milton Keynes ‘Cute Map’ marks Sheree’s first comprehensive map design of a town or city.

The Milton Keynes Cute Map is currently available as an A4 Mounted Print – great wall art for all MKphiles out there! And more practically as a cotton tea towel. These are available to buy at http://www.cutemaps.co.uk/product-category/milton-keynes-shop/ alongside matching note cards, where you can scribble down your messages to friends and loved ones  to  a backdrop of our cute & wonderful Milton Keynes landmarks, and mini framed MK motifs in a brushed silver chunky frame: the cutest of all Milton Keynes collectibles! Available  as single  frames or a set of three landmarks.

I’m sure you’ll agree that they are in fact, very cute indeed! Head over to the shop now to get your hands on your very own MK memento!
http://www.cutemaps.co.uk/product-category/milton-keynes-shop/

 

Real Life Wedding, Becky and Matthew

We hope you enjoy reading about Becky and Matthew’s big day(s!) as much as we did. How wonderful it must have been to get married in sunny Spain first of all, to then come home and do it all again! Becky got to wear her stunning white Mori Lee dress twice, as did her wedding party, ladies in coral, boys in navy, making a gorgeous crisp colour scheme which looks truly fabulous in the sun. I love the detail of Becky’s necklace; she had a bespoke necklace made from the off-cuts of the dress fabric, which created a lovely one off piece and matched the dress beautifully. Cute Maps favourite bits…? Delicious wedding menu, with hog roast for the next day’s pool party to boot! An amazing sounding (and looking) ‘cheese cake’ made up of brie, Manchego, Camembert and Spanish blue cheese, the perfect venue, captured by photographer Paco Montagut in the lovely photos, and of course, the fact that the happy couple got to do it twice! Congratulations to both of you! Read on for more details from the bride herself…

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Matthew & Becky O’Sullivan

Wedding Date
03.07.2014

The vision for the day
Sunshine, Prosecco and love!

The Planning Process
18 months working with Sunshine Weddings Spain

Budget & Venue
£10k budget. Two venues, first venue Hacienda San Jose, La Cala, Mijas Spain and the Cock O’Barton, Barton Road, Malpas.

The Dress and Accessories
My dress was from Mori Lee’s Voyage collection and I had it customised to make it unique. It had a sweetheart neckline with beautiful embellishments under the bust line. The Material was chiffon over satin and it had a tulip train to it. With the cut off material from the dress I had a statement necklace made so that the dress kept its original look.   My shoes were from Faith and were made of ivory satin with similar embellishments as my dress. My veil was medium length and had diamantes along the edge.

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Grooms & Bridesmaids attire
My bridesmaids wore coral pink Sophia Tolli gowns and the boys wore navy blue suits, fitted white shirt with no tie and brown brogues.

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The Readings
We didn’t have any special readings; our Padre (Peter) was fantastic and very entertaining!

Music and First Dance
Our first dance was to Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell “You’re all I need to get by”. Back home we had acoustic guitar playing as people arrived by the wonderfully talented James Ball of The Beardband. Later on he was joined by his friends on the Cajun drum and keyboard and they were fantastic! Everyone loved it!

The Food
Fiesta Sol provided the catering; we had canapés during the cocktail hour, followed by a three course meal of Seafood salad, Filet Steak and a duo of puddings; mango cheesecake and chocolate love cake. The day after the wedding we had a pool party and Fiesta Sol provided us with a hog roast, it was delicious! Back home we provided a mixture of food from pizza slices, crispy beef, Italian salads, potato wedges, chicken drumsticks, homemade coleslaw, olives and whitebait – it was delicious and there was something for everyone.

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The flowers
Provided by Deseos Florist, my bouquet was made up of white peonies, white cala lilies and peach roses. The bridesmaids had white cala lilies. Matt had a white cala lily also and the wedding party all had baby’s breath button holes. On the tables we had a mixture of petals and peach roses.

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The cake
In Spain we had a cheesecake, made up of brie, manchego, camembert and Spanish blue cheese. Back home at the wedding party a family friend made us our three tier wedding cake. It was simply stunning with handcrafted peonies, roses and cala lilies to decorate it.

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Your Photographer
Our photographer was Paco Montagut and he was fantastic. He stayed with us for an extra hour and didn’t charge us for it! He said he wanted to make sure he got all the shots he needed/wanted……… 🙂

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The Details and Décor
The venue in Spain was gorgeous and simply breath-taking so it didn’t need much to decorate it, just a few twinkle lights and candles which added to its rustic charm. I really like the shabby chic, romantic look and so in Spain we had lots of candles and bird cages, lanterns, jam jars and lace! Back home, again the venue was very pretty and so we dressed it up with Cath Kidston bunting, bird cages, lanterns, candelabras and jam jars to recreate the feel of Spain whilst also accommodating a quintessential British summer tea party/fete. To incorporate our Spanish wedding we had a vintage suitcase for our wedding cards/presents. It was very quaint!

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The Honeymoon
After the wedding party back home, Matthew whisked me off to Rome for a minimoon! We were there for 3 nights and it was magical. In November we had the big honeymoon where we went to New York for 3 nights followed by 7 nights in Saint Lucia. It was the best holiday of my life, so far!

Memorable Moments
Being with Matt for 13 years before we got married, I wanted to ensure that we got the most out of our wedding and by having two wedding days/parties really ensured that happened. I mean how many brides get to wear their dress twice and celebrate the whole day all over again? Not only that but all the wedding party wore their outfits again, so it really was like having two wedding days! It was magical and I wish I could do it all again.

Advice for other couples  
Get married in Spain! The Hacienda is simply the most beautiful venue and because we stayed there for 3 nights it really does feel like it’s your own villa. It has such a warm and lovely feeling to it; you know that so many happy memories have been made there and yours will become one of them.

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Credits
Julie Elliot and Scott Gibbons from Sunshine Weddings Spain are diamonds! No query was too much! They truly made the planning of our big day so effortless. www.sunshineweddingsspain.com

The whole team at the Cock O’Barton were fantastic – truly professionals of what they do. www.cobcheshire.com

Tamaryn Treasures for hiring of wedding decorations in the UK, based in Alderley Edge. www.tamaryntreasures.co.uk

Cute Maps for our unique invitations 🙂

Tilly Anna Bridal for the fantastic service me and the girls received.

Paco Montagut for providing us with the most amazing photographs. www.pacomontagut.com

Emma Parry from Tarporley Travel for sorting the hotel in Spain, our minimoon in Rome and our honeymoon in New York and Saint Lucia. We must have driven her insane with all of plans but she was fantastic and sorted everything without a glitch!