Happily Ever After

Happilyeverafter1Daniella and Alex enjoyed a peaceful wedding in the beautiful Kempinski Bahia where they celebrated the princess wedding she had always dreamt of

It was love from the start

We met at work a few years ago and became close friends over a small period of time. As cheesy as it sounds, we both knew we were right for each other from the start. Alex proposed to me last December on a weekend away for his birthday. We had an amazing evening drinking champagne over a lovely meal and spent the rest of the evening on FaceTime sharing our fantastic news with all our family and friends.

Feels like home

Spain, particularly Marbella, is a very important place to both of us. I was born here, however moved back to the UK when I was young. My parents have a holiday home here so I spend a lot of my time travelling back and forth - it feels like a second home to me. Alex has also spent a lot of time here of the years, socially and working, and he loves the lifestyle. There is definitely a possibility that we could move back here one day.

Venue of dreams

The minute we walked in the lobby of the Kempinski Bahia it instantly felt right for both for us. We had visited a few other venues but they all needed us to move the wedding inside for the meal and music which wasn't what we had planned. We wanted to be able to enjoy the location and weather by spending as much time as possible outside, which is why La Cabana restaurant was perfect. The doors were opened up for the meal which gave us a stunning view of the gardens and the beach.

Happilyeverafter2Princess wedding


I had a princess style wedding dress for the ceremony and changed into something lighter for the evening. My main bridesmaid, Ram, wore a pale pink multiway dress and my daughter, Aurelia, wore an ivory princess bridesmaid dress. Our colour theme was ivory and pale pink with hints of gold. We took a ‘less is better’ approach to decorations, however we bought some birdcages and crystal decorations to put on the tables. We used a lot of the hotel’s decorations as we felt it was easier and they really suited the style.

Desirable details

We wanted a Spanish influence in the food and had some lovely canapés which included a delicious prawns pil-pil. For the wedding breakfast we started with a Malaga salad, then moved on to a slow cooked lamb in a filo parcel and a chocolate and raspberry dessert. We didn’t want a traditional wedding cake so instead opted for a giant cupcake with smaller cupcakes surrounding it.

The music throughout the entire day was provided by Zoe Louise who was fantastic! All of the guests commented on how fabulous she was. She create the perfect ambience for each part of the day, from the walk down the aisle to the main party where she had all the guests up and dancing.

Caught on camera 

We chose Julia Roder as our wedding photographer. We saw her work in a previous issue of Confeti and then decided to take a closer look on her website. We loved her style and how she captured a more natural shot. We are over the moon with the photos, they were the icing on the cake!

Moments to cherish

Because of the laws in Spain about getting married, we had to marry in the UK  first. We didn’t make a big thing of this ceremony as we didn’t class it as our ‘real’ wedding. This allowed for Happilyeverafter3the ceremony in Spain to be a lot more intimate and relaxed and we both enjoyed it a lot more. We had spent lots of time with all of our family and friends before the wedding, which made the whole day even more special for us as we were able to sit back and relax whilst our guests carried on enjoying the day.

Our musician was fantastic as well, we danced and partied all night long!

Looking back on it all

I honestly wouldn’t change a thing. It was our dream wedding from start to finish. The location, dress and entertainment were all fantastic. We were also able to enjoy a couple of wind down days at the hotel after the wedding which was lovely.

Wise words

If you are getting married abroad give yourself as much time as you can with your friends and family in the time leading up to the wedding. It gives everyone a chance to get to know each other and we found that it made the day of the main event more enjoyable for everyone.

Daniellas address book:

Photography – Julia Roder    

Make-up – Liza Mayne

Hair – Megan, Golden Tarts

Venue – Kempinski Bahia

Cake – Estepona Cupcakes     

Music – Zoe Louise, zoelouismusic.com

Ceremony – Liz, ceremoniesinspain.com

Flowers – Zoe Strutton, Marbellaflowersandflorist.com

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