Hot wedding colours for 2018

We loved reading this article in The Knot, so wanted to share it with you…What fantastic colour combos.

Vintage Wedding Color Palettes We Love

Check out the hottest vintage wedding color combos that we’re obsessed with right now.
by Vi-An Nguyen
  1. Bronze + Forest Green + Black

    Good for: Vintage winter weddings

    Tips for pulling it off: Winter colors can be more than just red and green. Try this grown-up version with rich bronze, deep forest green and chic black for a formal look that’s anything but Christmas-y.

    Clockwise from top left: Next Exit Photography, Freed Photography, Michael Oppenheim Photography, Kristen Taylor Photography, Antonis Achilleos, Bella Grace Studios, Allan Zepeda Photography, Paige Elizabeth Photography, Images By Berit, Angela Stott Photography, Todd France Photography

  2. Mint + Seafoam Green + Salmon Pink

    Good for: Vintage backyard weddings

    Tips for pulling it off: Keep pastel colors from fading away by incorporating texture and pattern. Think: intricate florals, Kraft paper and twine twine and antique typography.

    Clockwise from top left: The Schultzes, Jasmine Star Photography, Orange Passion Photography, Julia Newman Photography, Clayton Austin, Andrea Polito Photography, Kamp Photography

  3. Rust + Copper + Aqua

    Good for: Vintage fall weddings

    Tips for pulling it off: Prevent rust and copper details from looking muddy by mixing in a bright, fresh color like aqua.

    Clockwise from top left: Kamp Photography, Aruna B. Photography, Our Labor of Love, Mary Ellen Bartley, Kristen Edwards Photography, Flory Photo, Verité Boutique Photograhers, The Nichols, SMS Photography

  4. Wine + Mauve + Blush

    Good for: Vintage garden weddings

    Tips for pulling it off: Dress up this feminine color palette with crystal or pearl details, or dress it down with rustic fabrics like burlap and faded handkerchiefs.

    Clockwise from top left: Marie Labbancz Photography, Antonis Achilleos, Jen Kroll Photography, Leigh Miller Photography, Justin and Mary Marantz, Dan & Anne Almasy, Simon Yao Studio

  5. Orange + Cream + Steel

    Good for: Vintage beach weddings

    Tips for pulling it off: Play around with various shades of orange, but keep the look slightly faded to maintain the vintage feel. Use steel accents for contrast.

    Clockwise from top left: Abby Rose Photo, E Photography, The Schultzes, Our Labor of Love, Joanne Bartone Photography, One Thousandwords Photography, Shelby Leigh Photography, Julia Vandenoever Photography, CHRISSY ALBRIGHT Photography

  6. Lilac + Butter Yellow + Mauve

    Good for: Vintage garden weddings

    Tips for pulling it off: Soft shades of lilac and buttery yellow will add a subtle romance to your big day, and a rosy mauve will up the sophistication factor. Incorporate floral prints and flower arrangements to capture a garden feel no matter where your wedding takes place.

    Clockwise from top left: Kate Mathis, Harrison Studio, Kella MacPhee Photojournalist, dMdC Photography, Jeremy Lawson Photography, Strut Photography, Ryan Phillips Photography, Love Life Images, Kamp Photography, Camilla Pucholt Photography

  7. Khaki + Blush

    Good for: Romantic, classic weddings

    Tips for pulling it off: It’s hard to beat the softness of blush when your goal is romance, and khaki keeps the pink from seeming too sweet. A few pops of a deeper pink, like fuchsia, in the centerpieces can add depth and sophistication.

    Clockwise from left: HinkleyPhoto, Jessica Johnston Photography, Brett Matthews Photography, Next Exit Photography, Melia Sorenson, Lucida Photography, Ling Photography, Photobolic, Artful Weddings, Antonis Achilleos

  8. Maroon + Apple Green

    Good for: Lush outdoor weddings

    Tips for pulling it off: Deep red and bright, crisp green complement each other naturally, but be careful to avoid an unintentional Christmas theme. Choose one as the dominant hue, and use the other as an accent.

    Clockwise from left: Lauren Brooks Photography, Bryan Johnson, Open Light Studio, Antonis Achilleos, Laura Ivanova Photography, Alea Moore Photography, Studio 306 Photography, Mary Basnight Photography, John Arcara Photography, Mark Romine Photography, Ann Hamilton Photographer

  9. Gray + Sage

    Good for: Earthy outdoor weddings

    Tips for pulling it off: Pairing mossy green with neutral gray is seriously grown-up and sophisticated. Add touches of silver — in the guys’ ties or the table runners, for example — to give this quiet palette some sparkle.

    Clockwise from left: Davina Palik of Davina+Daniel, Our Labor of Love, Nathaniel Edmunds Photography, Sofia Negron Photography, Cheyenne Schultz Photography, Antonis Achilleos, Courtney Matevey of Green Apple Photo, Delaforce Photographers, Wendy Maclaurin Richardson Photography

  10. Gold + Light Blue

    Good for: Formal daytime weddings

    Tips for pulling it off: These two lights make an unexpected pairing that’s oh-so-chic and totally of-the-moment while still having a vintage vibe. Keep gold accents simple to avoid any hints of gaudiness.

    Clockwise from left: mkPhotography, Shawna Noel Photography, Betsey Holley Photography, Ron B. Wilson Photography, Photography by Verdi, Limelight Photography, Next Exit Photography, Allyson Magda Photography, Freed Photography, Christian Oth Studio

  11. Chocolate + Mocha + Cream

    Good for: Outdoor fall weddings

    Tips for pulling it off: Deep and rich, this sumptuous trio works in laid-back settings as well as formal affairs, and what it lacks in brightness it makes up for in sophistication. Layering decor elements — a chocolate tablecloth with a mocha runner topped with cream flowers, for example — will bring out the palette’s complexity.

    Clockwise from left: Love Life Images, KimAnne Photography, Ray Anthony Photography, Jennifer Davis Photography, Gene Higa Photography, Kathy Blanchard Photography, Dreamtime Images, James Christianson, KingenSmith, Katie Moos Photography

  12. Turquoise + Moss + Apricot

    Good for: Rustic outdoor weddings

    Tips for pulling it off: Turquoise and moss read totally rustic, but apricot adds a splash of vibrancy and interest. Choose an earthy setting at sunset to show off these hues best.

    Clockwise from left: Angela Stott Photography, Antonis Achilleos, Aaron Lockwood Photography, EyeSpy Photography, Claudia Kronenberg Photography, Cliff Brunk Photography, iKLiKphoto, Andrew McCaul Photography, Kris Drake Photography

  13. Cantaloupe + Honeydew + Pistachio

    Good for: Rustic fall weddings

    Tips for pulling it off: This brighter take on the typical fall colors of red, orange and moss green adds instant energy. Choose neutrals thoughtfully — these colors pair better with natural tans and browns than stark black and white.

    Clockwise from left: Gaston Photography, Weddings by Pamela, Audrey Hannah Photo, Studio Julie, Blue World Studios, Ron B. Wilson Photography, Red Ribbon Studio, Jenica Johnson Photography, Janie Osborne Photography, Blink Photographic

  14. Willow + Powder + Eggshell

    Good for: Bright garden weddings

    Tips for pulling it off: Evoke a light spring morning with this lofty-feeling trio. Accent your decor with wooden touches — in the chairs or table numbers, for example — to keep everything looking natural.

    Clockwise from left: Kris Drake Photography, Jayd Gardina Photography, Abby Jiu Photography, Abby Jiu Photography, Antonis Achilleos, K. Holly Photography, Lisa Franchot Photography, Erin Hearts Court, Sarah DiCicco Photography, Emilie Inc.

  15. Midnight + Storm + Vintage Rose

    Good for: Formal vintage weddings

    Tips for pulling it off: Vintage affairs don’t have to be casual. Amp up the drama with this deep, old-world-inspired combo that’ll look as great on wedding attire as it will in flowers.

    Clockwise from left: Rachael Grace Photography, Graddy Photography, BKB Photography, Simply Bloom Photography, Judy Eliyas & Studio 925, Luna Photo, Casa de la Vista, Andrea Hallgren Photography, Antonis Achilleos, Kristen Taylor Photography

  16. Beryl + Stone + Honey

    Good for: Laid-back nostalgic weddings

    Tips for pulling it off: Send your guests back to the good old days with this thoughtful combo. Vintage furniture, wildflower arrangements and a casual attitude will finish the look.

    Clockwise from left: Crystal Genes Photography, Our Labor of Love

  17. Turquoise + Azure + Peach

    Good for: Relaxed garden weddings

    Tips for pulling it off: We love this combo for its fresh, happy vibe and vintage appeal. Keep floral arrangements loose and natural and choose a laid-back look for you and your guy to make this trio look its best.

    Clockwise from left: Leigh Miller Photography, Orange Turtle Photography, Julia Newman Photography, Rachael Grace Photography, 509 Photo, Tec Petaja, Brandon Kidd Photography, Marie Labbancz Photography, Antonis Achilleos, Karen Cunningham Photography, Jasmine Star Photography

  18. Mint + Rose + Sand

    Good for: Soft garden weddings

    Tips for pulling it off: This combo brings out the refined side of vintage style. Lace accents and formal place settings of polished silver and white dishware will fit right in.

    Photos: Megan Thiele Studios

  19. Light Olive + Tangerine + Aubergine

    Good for: Fall garden weddings

    Tips for pulling it off: Rich and earthy, this combo calls for natural decor like piles of pumpkins and squash, wildflower centerpieces and rustic stationery design.

    Photos by: Robert Sukrachand Photography

  20. Navy + Olive + Peach

    Good for: Rustic outdoor weddings

    Tips for pulling it off: Choose a woodsy venue and you’ll have the advantage of a space that complements this palette perfectly. For your reception, pitch a tent with open sides for a rain plan that doesn’t block the view.

    Clockwise from left: Orange Passion Photography, Mary Wyar Photography

Luxury Beach Hotel Venue

Luxury Beach Hotel Venue

Luxury Beach Hotel with SPA Mijas Costa.















This luxury hotel has 50 exceptional and rooms, most of which are Ocean-Front Mini-Suites offering stunning views of this spectacular Spanish coastline.  Also, for those who prefer to self-cater, they have 15 beautifully appointed south-facing studio apartments offering a little privacy, away from the main hotel.  And don’t forget the four Penthouse Suites – they are just stunning!  The ‘jewel in the crown’ at El Oceano really is our new Penthouses.  Constructed in 2016, they are four spectacular, private Penthouses, all with uninterrupted sea views.

Ceremony venue: Waterfront terrace hire €2000 + 10% IVA  or Polynesian Pool Bar hire €1500 + 10% IVA(for up to 30 guests)

Maximum capacity: 120

Cocktail hour: Canapés from €9pp – drinks packages are separate 

Dinner: 3 course dinner not including drinks €60pp

  • Sample Wedding Menu

  • To start

    Home-Made Smooth Chicken Liver Parfait. Served with tomato chutney and rustic bread.
    Roulade of Salmon. With fresh herbs & mixed leaves.
    Warm Goat’s Cheese Tartlette. Served with apple & honey dressing on a bed of French leaves or stilton with caramelised red onion.
    Leek & Cheese Parcel. With compote of tomato & chive sauce.
    Prawn Filo Parcels. On a bed of glazed leeks & crème prawn sauce.
    Martini of Foie. With caramelised apple, carpe diem jelly & toasted brioche.
  • Main Courses

    Breast of Chicken Supreme. Marinated in truffle oil served with fondant potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a wild mushroom supreme sauce.
    Pan Fried Fillet of Beef. With a port emulsion, fondant potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
    Roast Salmon. With tomato crumble, herb mash & a cream lemon chive sauce.
    Rack of Lamb. With a tarragon crust, leek & spring onion mash and a sage jus.
    Beef Wellington. Prime Fillet of Steak topped with Pate, encrusted in puff pastry, served with a medley of vegetables with a black truffle sauce.

  • Desserts

    Cylinder of Dark Chocolate. Filled with a peach compote, white chocolate mousse & fresh berries.
    Oven Baked Chocolate Fondant. With raspberry coulis & ice cream.
    Oceano Eton Mess. With fresh fruit & cream, jelly and meringue.
    Baileys Creme Brûlée. Served with vanilla ice-cream.
    Strawberries & Cream. Or honeycomb ice cream.

  • Sample Wedding Menu Extras

  • Served Before Starter

    Soup served Cappucino-Style
    Tomato with Black Olive Caviar
    Pea Soup with Basil Cream and Crispy Serrano
    Cream of Asparagus
    French Onion

  • Served between Starter & Main Course

    Champagne & Lemon Sorbet.

  • Canapes

    Cuchara of Black Pudding & Tomato Compote
    Tartlet of White Crab, Mayo & hint of Lime
    Roulade of Smoked Salmon and Chive Cream
    Miniardise of Liver Parfait
    Mini Burger on Toasted Bread
    Marble of Foie Gras on Toasted Bread


Choice of In house entertainment may be included depending on the date of your wedding

Live music ends at midnight and bar closes at 1.30am

Accommodation: 50 rooms (under 14 year olds not permitted)

Discounted rates for wedding guests

Minimum stay during high season 3 nights  

Contact us today for more information and a no obligation quote.

Wedding Cake Traditions

Wedding Cake Traditions

Cake traditions have come a long way since Ancient Roman times when a groom would break a loaf of bread over his bride’s head for good luck .

Here are 5 cake traditions  you and your partner can include in your wedding.


It used to be only the bride who cut the wedding cake but today its normal for both partners share in the cake-cutting ritual. Family, friends and photographers  look forward to the moment the couple joins hands around the knife.


The second act of the traditional cake cutting ceremony is when the bride and groom feed each other a small bite of cake. This can be very romantic and sweet, symbolizing a commitment to provide for one another and a show of love and affection.

 Saving the Top Tier

Most couples cannot resist saving the top tier of their wedding cake to eat on their first anniversary or a christening ceremony. In the past, christenings were often within a year of the wedding so this made perfect sense. Now, most couples are more likely to create a small cake eating ceremony around their first anniversary.


In medieval times, bakers would stack individual cake layers as high as possible for a couple’s wedding dessert. The newlyweds’ fate was then put to the ultimate test when the couple had to kiss over the towering layers. If successful, the couple was guaranteed a prosperous life together. Today, tiered wedding cakes are extremely popular.

Sleeping With Piece of Cake Under the Pillow

It is thought that a person sleeping with a piece of wedding cake under their pillow will dream of their future partner that night. This custom dates back almost 300 years and is often practically combined with wedding favors being tiny, perfect replicas of the wedding cake.








Exclusive new venue, fully refurbished venue with wonderful sea and mountain views

No restriction on start time.

Ceremony in the garden overlooking the sea.

Dinner can be taken outside or inside.

Music outside till midnight and then continue to celebrate until the early hours in the gorgeous party room with glass doors open.

In house catering from €90 + IVA to include cocktail hour, dinner with drinks, wedding cake, 4 hours’ open bar and late snacks. Selection of menus available.

There is no accommodation but as you are only 5 minutes from Marbella there are plenty hotels in the area to suit all budgets

Please contact us today for a no obligation quote.

Wedding Photography Styles

Wedding Photography Styles

Wedding photography styles fall into three main categories. Reportage, contemporary and traditional wedding photography.

When choosing your photographer (big decision) have a look at all the styles and decide which one suits you.

Photographers  sometimes combine styles for better coverage.


Also know as  journalistic or documentary wedding photography.

This style of photography is quite new to wedding photography. It has become  popular in the recent years. It is a natural approach from the photographer who follows the couple and the guests throughout the day while recording the events of the wedding as they happen.

The main goal  is to make a story out of the wedding by capturing natural  moments rather than poses.  Many wedding photographers accommodate formal shots as well.


Also known as fashion or editorial

Contemporary wedding photography is  inspired by editorial fashion photography. The emphasis is on creating visually interesting images. Although shots are set up, they are less formal or rigid. The photographer aims to find interesting spots as a backdrop and uses or creates strong light effects and unusual angles.


Also known as  classic wedding photography.

Traditional wedding photography was the only style in fashion until digital cameras came along. Carefully posed shots of groups ranging from the whole wedding party to just the wedding couple themselves.

Traditional wedding photographers rarely capture candid moments, they usually concentrate on the key moments and group shots only and they shoot a set list of photographs.

Wedding Veils

Wedding Veils


Are you planning on wearing a traditional wedding veil?

We thought it might be fun to find out why we wear them. The truth is, it seems no one is entirely sure.

Veils have been around in various different cultures for many many years. They have gone through peaks and troughs of popularity and have taken on many different forms and colours.

We have found some theories on why brides wear them..what do you think, true or not?


 Keeping Evil Spirits away

Wedding veils started in Roman times, when brides were covered from head to toe in a massive red veil called ‘flammeum’. Romans were scared of evil spirits so they thought that making it look like the bride was on fire this would scare the spirits off.


Secret identity

In early weddings when marriages were arranged  through families, with the bride given away in exchange for money and goods. The fathers giving away their daughters wanted to hide their face until the last possible minute, so that a less attractive bride wouldn’t void the agreement.


Runaway bride

Veils and trains were used to weigh down the bride and stop them from running away when they met their new husband for the first time.




Symbol of purity and virginity

Not much more to say on this one 🙂



Gift wrapped

Tradition is that the father of the bride lowers the veil on his daughter’s face, in order to ‘gift’ her to her new husband. Once they’re about to get married, the husband lifts the veil symbolising ownership of his bride.




Love is blind

In the Jewish faith, veils act as a public display that the groom isn’t just marrying his bride because of how she looks.



Charity Wedding Favours

Charity Wedding Favours

A lot of couples ask us are wedding favours necessary, are they a waste of money, do guests really want or expect them?

Well, if you are looking for a fabulous alternative to tradition, how about Charity wedding favours? 

They are a great way of supporting the brilliant charities doing amazing work all over the world and we love the idea of being able to give your guests a little gift without being wasteful.

In lieu of a traditional one, your guests receive a favour explaining that a  donation has been made in their name to the charity you have chosen.
Here are a small selection of charities you may like to consider:

Cancer Support and Research Charities 




Cancer Research UK develop new treatments for cancer. Minimum donation of £2.00 per guest.

Macmillan Cancer Support works to improve the lives of people affected by cancer

Marie Curie provides help and care for people living with any terminal illness

Breast Cancer Now works to stop breast cancer for good. Suggested minimum £1 donation per pin


UK Health Charities






The British Heart Foundation is the UK’s number one heart charity.

The Alzheimer’s Society helps to care for people affected by dementia today and find a cure for tomorrow.

Mind mental health charity


Children’s Charities






The NSPCC is the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands There is a suggested donation of £2 per favour.
Martin House Children’s Hospice provide family led care for children with life-limiting conditions


Humanitarian Crisis Charities





Unicef are the world’s leading children organisation in the UK and around the globe providing humanitarian assistance.


Animal Charities







RSPCA are the oldest welfare charity around and the first to introduce a law to protect animals.

World Animal Protection work the world over to protect animals in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and Latin America. The suggested donation for each favour is £2.


Confetti Alternatives

Confetti Alternatives

We love weddings and one of our favourite parts of the day is the waving off from the ceremony, throwing confetti on the newlyweds.

Confetti often gets overlooked in the planning or is seen as old fashioned but it is making a comeback. Whilst the traditional paper variety may not be welcome at some venues, there are some great alternatives that you could consider.

Here are our favourites:


A twist on traditional confetti, how about throwing a little bit of glitter and sparkle with cute foil hearts (or hundreds of other shapes)




Paper Planes

One of the funniest ideas, sure to amuse both old and young is to go old school with paper planes.

Handy for cleaning up afterwards, you could even write a message on them for your guests.





Who can resist the fun of blowing bubbles! Just a word of warning though – bubble liquid stains delicates so keep a safe distance from the over-enthusiastic guests.




Perfect if you don’t want to make to much of a mess why not have a balloon exit – just make sure you have your balloons filled with helium so they float.





Twirling Ribbons

Get your guests to wave their happiness for the married couple with pretty ribbon wands




Tinkling Bells

Probably the cutest of all the confetti alternatives, imagine the chimes of tiny tinkling bells to ring in the newly weds




Lavender Confetti

For more natural confetti alternatives lavender seeds top the list. Not only eco-friendly, it smells great too! It blows away in the wind, leaving no mess.




Not only eco friendly, but wildlife friendly, congratulate the love birds by tossing bird seed.






Golden Leaves

Leaves, who would have thought it!? Eco friendly and free! Great idea for an Autumn wedding.

Exclusive venue

Exclusive venue

Are you looking for a venue with total privacy? Then this exquisite exclusive venue could be the one for you.

It boasts a fairy tale view of exquisite sunsets and the deep blue Mediterranean Sea. Surrounded by 35,000 square metres of private landscaped gardens and courtyards.
This unique venue allows you to create your own wedding design. The estate has all the facilities you could ever need to make your event one to remember.
The garden terrace sits 400 metres above sea level, offering breathtaking views. Waterfalls, a gently flowing stream and more than 17,000 varieties of plants, flowers and fruit trees, along with sweeping natural vistas, create the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony or event.
It is always hired on an exclusive basis and outdoor music can be played with no time limit.
The venue has lighting throughout the gardens for maximum effect at night
Bathrooms are attended throughout event.

Catering starts from €70pp + IVA to include cocktail hour, buffet style dinner with drinks, tables, chairs, crockery, cutlery, glassware and wait staff.

There is no accommodation but as you are only 10 minutes from Marbella there are plenty hotels in the area to suit all budgets.

Parking for 200 cars – maximum size of bus 36 seater due to width of access road.

Rental prices start from €3,500 + IVA (Mon- Thurs) to €5,000 + IVA Saturday

Contact us today and let’s start planning.


Beautiful beach club wedding venues

Beautiful beach club wedding venues

With the fabulous climate, the beautiful sandy beaches and the stunning wedding venues,  Marbella is an ideal place to tie the knot!
As wedding planners living in Marbella, its very easy to take all this for granted. Sometimes, we just have to sit back and really appreciate the beauty around starting with these 3 fabulous beach clubs.


La Cabane – Marbella 

La Cabane is the beach club of the 5 star Los Monteros Hotel in Marbella. With stunning views of the Mediterranean, a beautiful pool area ideal for dining around and a large indoor room to  party in. This is an amazing venue for larger weddings. There is a maximum seating capacity of 120 for the ceremony overlooking the sea though the venue can cater for parties of 200+. 

Due to the popularity of the beach club with hotel residents and locals alike, this venue is only available for weddings from 8pm earliest in the summer months and from 6pm the rest of the year



Puro Beach 

Puro Beach is a beach club located between Marbella and Estepona where you can enjoy your wedding ceremony on the beach. You can then celebrate until the early hours with your guests. Whether you are looking for exclusivity or private areas for smaller wedding parties, this venue is definitely one to consider if you are looking for a beachside venue

Packages include cocktail hour, 3 course dinner with wine followed by a 2 hour open bar.





Estrella del Mar – Marbella

Estrella del Mar is the beach club of the 5 star Vincci Hotel in Elviria, on the outskirts of Marbella.It’s overlooking the sea with direct access to the beach. This venue could be perfect for those looking for beach wedding without having to walk on the sand.

The gardens and pool area are perfect for your ceremony offering the sea views many couples crave. It’s large covered terrace offers shade while you enjoy your wedding breakfast with your guests. There is a large indoor room leading off the terrace that can easily accommodate a party for over 100 where you can continue with music until the early hours.

With accommodation available for you and your guests in the Vincci Hotel a short walk away, and a fabulous Spa on site this venue offers real 5 star luxury at very reasonable rates.