Endless Amour

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David and I are high school sweethearts. When I was 14 my family and I moved to Sotogrande from France. I met David in Sotogrande and we started dating when I was 16. David is from Gibraltar and I am French. We both attended university in different countries and used to meet every summer. We lived together in London for a few years before David proposed in 2009 in Gstaad, Switzerland while on a skiing holiday with friends. This was a very romantic but unusual proposal on a ski-lift with beautiful views of the Swiss Alps. Three years on, David and I are now the proud parents of a one year-old boy called Matthew.

Sotogrande Setting

We wanted to get married in Sotogrande because this is where we met and our story started – and all our friends are from there! We chose the San Roque Club as it is a fantastic and beautiful venue,  a typical Spanish setting with warm colours and a great atmosphere.

Parisian Style

I opted for a simple and elegant dress from Pronovias Paris and added a bolero for the church. I wore pearl earrings and pearls in my hair and added a bow in my hair for the evening, made by a Parisian milliner. I had seven bridesmaids who all live in different countries so I decided it would be easier for them to wear an elegant black dress of their choice. I gave them all a modern pearl necklace with black bows so they all had a matching item, plus a bouquet.

For the ceremony lilies were attached to the pews using white bows and we had also added round bouquets with white flowers at the alter. The ceremony was held in English by a priest from Gibraltar. I was very lucky to have my students from Sotogrande International School Choir sing at the church. Led by Susan McGill, they sang beautifully in both English and French. This was an especially emotional moment for me!

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For the decoration of the venue we choose grey, silver and white to match our wedding invitations. In the centre of each table there was a tall shiny Eiffel Tower decorated with flowers and candles. Each table had different street names from Paris and Gibraltar. As a special touch we added little hearts with the word “Bonheur” pegged on each guest’s glass holding the menu and we also decorated the table with dragées (almonds covered with white sugar and given in France as favours.) The white, grey and silver dragées were in a teardrop shaped box labelled with our names and the date of the wedding.

The guests’ names were displayed on a large white canvas, with a design that matched our bespoke wedding stamps that we had used to send our wedding invitations. We decorated the canvas with black and white photos of Paris and Gibraltar. To co-ordinate and organize the event, we asked our friend Sean Acris to help us with planning.

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The Real Food of Love

Following some original Spanish tapas, which we enjoyed in the courtyard, we moved on to the golf course side of the venue for a unique flamenco horse dancing show. Afterwards we enjoyed a delicious four-course dinner and had ordered vanilla and chocolates cupcakes as our wedding cake. The cupcakes, made by Sarah Hudson of Sarah’s cakes, were displayed on a stand and decorated in white, grey and silver to match our theme. As a special touch we had champagne delivered form France labelled with our names and the wedding date. We also made our own logo where we mixed the outline of the city of Paris with the outline of the rock of Gibraltar. The logo was added on bag holders that we also gave to our guests as favours.

Favourite Moments

Our favourite moment was the ceremony; we loved the atmosphere, the exchange of vows, the choir and the involvement of our ushers and bridesmaids that made our day so special.

The flamenco horse show was a truly unique and unforgettable moment, where David and I had to dance some flamenco with professional dancers and their trained horses.

If I had to do it again, I would change…

I would probably have the dance floor outside in the patio instead of inside the venue. This would have given more space to add chill out areas and candles lights to make it even more magical!

Advice for future brides getting married in Spain

Plenty of time is needed to sort out paperwork especially if you are French, marrying a Gibraltarian and getting married in Spain.

 

Address Book

Wedding Venue: The San Roque Club, San Roque – Spain
Church: Nuestra Señora de la Merced, Sotogrande
Choir: Sotogrande International School Choir, led by Susan McGill
Photographer: Juan Carlos Teuma
Flowers: Florium, Sotogrande
San Roque Flowers: Areka, Pueblo Nuevo
Dress: Pronovias, Paris
Rings: Cohen and Macias Jewelry Shop, Gibraltar
DJ: Nacho, San Roque Club
Cake: Sarah Hudson: Sarah’s Cakes, Sotogrande
Car: Mercedes Benz 500 SL
Hair: Romain Dominique Salon, Panyagua, Sotogrande
Make up: Kate Waldron
Wedding Gift list: Corte Inglés, Marbella
Website: marions-les.com

 
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