Love In Paradise

Loveinparadise1With elegance and sparkles, Kathrine and Eystein exchanged vows on the beautiful beach setting of El Oceano Beach Hotel

Flying High

We both used to work in aviation and came in contact with each other through mutual friends. We first met at a crew gathering and it was love at first sight! We both worked similar jobs and had flexible working hours allowing us to spend a lot of time together over the first few months. With our common passion for flying, our first date was magical, flying over the city of Stavanger, Norway, in a small airplane piloted by my now husband, Eystein.

Love under the sun

Both Katherine and I share a number of wonderful childhood memories on holidays in and around Marbella and absolutely love the area. With Kathrine's family owning an apartment in La Cala and both of us having come from a cold and wet city in Norway, the guarantee of sunshine and warm weather quickly made Spain the obvious choice of location for us.

The ideal venue

Perfectly located along the beautiful beach of La Cala, El Oceano offered us every-thing we were looking for. The interior and style of the venue worked wonderfully with our planned wedding theme and all research we found highly recommended the food and service. All these aspects made this the perfect venue for our special day.

Touch of Pink

The wedding theme was white and gold with a touch of pink - the dinner booklet, menu, name tags, church booklet, invitations and thank you cards were all printed white with a gold font. The church was elegantly decorated with pew bows and the table centre pieces were a beautiful mix of white and pink roses.

My wedding dress was a dreamy Demetrios white dress with swarovski crystal detail and a matching veil. The touch of pink came in the bouquet which were pink Austin roses. My two bridesmaids were then dressed the opposite to me, in pink dresses holding bouquets of white flowers.

Loveinparadise2Those Little Details

When the guests arrived at the church they were presented with personalised water bottles and fans. During the reception canap├ęs and appetisers were served followed by a sit down 3 course meal which included a Roulade of Salmon to start, Rack of Lamb for the main and an oven baked chocolate fondant for dessert. The cake was a 3 tier chocolate cake with buttercream, beautifully decorated with real flowers to match those of my bouquet.

Our guests held sparklers whilst Can't Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley played in the background to set the magical screen of our first dance.

A fantastic addition we had was a photo stand for guests to use a polaroid camera and props to take fun selfies and write a greeting in our guestbook which created a lovely and valuable memory for us to take home. We also had a disposable camera assigned to each table during the meal to capture the mood of all our guests along with a tiny gift box for each guest which held a personalised love quote and mini per-sonalised love heart candy inside.

Capture The Love

We chose Pierre Richardson to do our wedding photography. We were thoroughly satisfied with his work and the end results and we highly recommend him to others.

For our wedding video we chose Evergreen. We have not yet received the video, however the samples we saw looked amazing and we can't wait to see the end product.

Both Pierre and Evergreen were extremely professional and remained anonymous throughout the whole day.

Magical Moments

We both agreed that one of our favourite moments were when I walked down the aisle and Eystein saw me for the first time - it was both emotional and beautiful.

Our first dance was also a moment to remember. The excitement to actually perform the dance and the proud feeling we received came as a surprise to us. We were both very nervous as we didn't have any time to practise beforehand, however despite this, it came out much better than expected.

If I could do it again...

I would have to do the impossible task of changing to the season of peonies. They are my absolute favourite flower. When we decided on the wedding date, it never crossed my mind that it wouldn't be possible to have peonies in August!

Plan plan plan!

My advice to all future couples getting married is to be organised and have timelines. Do your own research and use wedding magazines for inspiration and advise. Priori-tise what is important to you and where you want to spend your money. Don't get caught up in all the craziness of planning - remember what it's really all about!

Last but not least, when your day finally arrives try to relax and breathe. Be your own guest at your wedding and let the bridesmaids and best man do all the work for you.


Kathrine's Address book:

Wedding Planner: Spanish Wedding Planner

Caterer: El Oceano Beach Hotel

Photographer: Pierre Richardson

Video: Salvadorm at Evergreen

Make-Up & Hair: Lorraine at Princess Bride

Music: Dj Tristan

Clothes: Demetrios Dress for the Bride and Tiger of Sweden suit for the Groom

Blessing: Norwegian Church, Calahonda

Flowers: Shona Stevenson at Bunches, Mijas

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