Chemistry of Love

ChemistryofLove1Sarah and William celebrated their marriage in the beautiful countryside of Casares at El Cortijo Pedro Jimenez

The first sparks

In 2005 when Will and I were in our twenties, we both made the decision to return to university to study medicine. We had just started a pre-medical course and I was already beginning to feel a bit daunted and wasn’t sure if I would ever get into medical school, so was considering leaving. The next day I sat next to Will in the library and let’s just say my decision was put on hold a little while longer! Ten years later, we are both doctors in Edinburgh and I have that day to thank for both my future husband and my medical career.

A setting by the sea

My aunt owns a house in Mijas Pueblo and for the past 15 years my family and I have spent most of our summer holidays over in Spain. Then in July, Will and I got engaged over there and we realised that a beautiful outdoor ceremony in the sunshine suited us perfectly.

The idea of arranging a wedding abroad, however, made me feel a bit anxious so I was thrilled to find Rachel’s website which displayed the most stunning collection of weddings. Her galleries created a vision for me that was exactly what I was looking for, but could never have achieved myself. The fantastic reviews she had received from previous couples showed her dedication and willingness to create something that was unique and beautiful for each couple - I knew instantly that we were in safe hands.

Location location location

We wanted a large villa in a beautiful setting, which was secluded enough to allow the music to be played into the early hours of the morning. This was exactly what El Cortijo Pedro Jimenez had to offer. Surrounded by the Spanish countryside with stunning sea views and without a neighbour in sight, it was everything that we had been hoping for.

ChemistryofLove2Classic and elegant

The colour scheme for the decorations and table accessories were gentle blush pink and cream with touches of gold, which created a classic and elegant feel. For the flowers I decided to add in a splash of contrasting vibrant pinks and purples to reflect the warm Spanish climate. 

We wanted an elegant black-tie summer garden party with a touch of Great Gatsby style. The dress code was tuxedo for gentlemen and summer evening gowns for the ladies.

I was thrilled when I found a wedding dress that suited the theme so perfectly. I wore a backless fit-and-flare gown that kept me cool in the hot Spanish sun, whilst the beautiful beading complimented our Art Deco theme. The bridesmaid dresses were blush pink with delicate beading and illusion straps ,which tuned in perfectly with the style of my wedding dress and were also dresses the girls could wear again at future black tie events.


Special touches

The music for the ceremony and reception drinks in the courtyard was elegantly played by a string quartet. We then had a DJ for the after party who kept the dance floor going all night long.

One of Will’s school friends, Tim, very kindly agreed to act as a compere for the evening. It was a formal touch, but as he’s a light-hearted chap, he also kept our guests thoroughly entertained between speeches, and put his own personal touch on the events throughout the day. 

The day before the wedding we hosted an informal ‘welcome drinks’ on the lawn, which allowed guests to meet and get to know each other in a relaxed environment before the main event. This turned out to have another advantage as it allowed guests to find their way to the wedding venue in advance and avoid anyone getting lost on the day!

The dinner was a formal sit down meal consisting of traditional Spanish combinations such as lemon chicken with spiced rice and prawns with mango, chilli and lime sauce. We then had some of our old favourites, such as profiteroles,, for dessert.

The day after the wedding we hosted a paella pool party as a fun and fantastic way to finish off the celebrations and say farewell to all of our lovely guests.

Snap happy

We had seen some of Radka’s wedding photos on Rachel’s website. I loved the beautiful use of lighting and the way she captured the atmosphere in her photos, so much so that our final wedding date was decided by Radka’s availability! She did not disappoint and we are absolutely thrilled with the final results of our photographs.


ChemistryofLove3The best bits

 The moment we spoke our vows, standing on the hilltop looking out at the breathtaking sea views, my veil blowing in the wind, surrounded by all our loved ones - this was such an emotional moment.

Being announced as ‘Mr and Mrs Oliver’ to our guests and then entering the garden to see the smiling faces of all our friends and family was also a magical moment. Our guests had made such an effort to come and celebrate our wedding with us, which made it even more special to have them all there to welcome us into our new lives as a married couple.

Will’s expression when he turned around to see me as I walked down the aisle is also a memory I will cherish forever.



 We had a week before to relax and prepare for the wedding, however we then only had two days after the ceremony before we returned to the UK, which, although being over the moon with happiness, left Will and I exhausted. We now see why couples choose to go on their honeymoon immediately after the wedding!


Dear future couples

 Try not to let your nerves overwhelm you and take your time during the wedding ceremony. Don’t rush walking down the aisle or saying your vows, instead look around you and really take in everything that is happening during that special moment.

On the day relax, keep calm and remember to enjoy yourselves and have fun! Of course, it really helps if you have a fabulous, attentive and organised wedding planner like we did with Rachel.

Sarahs Address Book:

Wedding venue: El Cortijo Pedro Jimenez, Casares

Wedding Planner & Stylist: Rachel Rose Weddings,

Florist: Flor Valentin,

Stationary: Anoulka,

Photographer: Radka Horvath,

String quartet: Naiara Castillejo,

DJ: Alex George, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Catering: Sana Catering,

Wedding cake: Fiona Dodson,

Wedding dress: Essense of Australia from Diane Honeyman Boutique

Bridesmaid dresses: Adrianna Papell

Groom & Groomsmen’s tuxedos: Moss Bros Hire

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