Gorgeous new venue

Gorgeous new venue

Finca Canastero is a gorgeous new venue for us.

Finca Canastero is a lovely finca set in gardens high in the hills above Marbella. With breathtaking views of the coast below as well as the countryside all around, this is a beautiful location to celebrate your wedding.

Suitable for weddings of up to around 60-80 guests there are 2 bedrooms included in the rental for the night of the wedding. Ideal for the ceremony is a little bullring which can be decorated giving a real feeling of being in Spain. There is a large terrace to enjoy the cocktails before dinner in the gardens around the pool.

With outdoor music permitted until 2am there is no need to cut the party short!

Marbella is a 10 minute drive away with plenty of hotels for your guests to choose from.

For details of availability and prices please contact us today.


Beautiful new venue

Beautiful new venue

Finca Santa Sofia is a rural venue outside of Malaga perfect for celebrating your wedding.

The finca has 6 bedrooms sleeping 12 or for a small supplement, 13 guests.

Accommodation on the wedding night is included in the rental cost.

The gardens can hold banquets for 225 guests but the layout of the grounds are also perfect for smaller weddings.

There is a Bedouin tent in the gardens with a late music license which also holds up to 250 to sit for dinner if needed.

As you rent this venue for the day and night of the wedding there is no restriction on the time for your ceremony although in the height of summer a late afternoon/early evening ceremony time is always recommended for everyone’s comfort and so you can benefit from the beautiful lighting included in the rental cost.

For more details of availability and pricing please contact us today


Beautiful Castle Venue

Beautiful Castle Venue

If you would like a beautiful, unique, historical setting for your big day, then look no further!


Castillo de Santa Catalina is a palace of Moorish revival style, built in 1932, ordered by Martinez Manuel Loring, Count of Mieres. The palace was built by the French and Levard Lahalle architects and is integrally linked with the ancient fortress city, ordered by King Philip IV in 1624.

From its historical beginnings, Castillo de Santa Catalina has now become a hotel maintaining the luxury of a stately palace.

This historic hotel has been refined to provide suitable and comfortable accommodation for its guests, with all the comfort and luxury of a modern hotel.

The hotel opened in 2006 has two junior suites and six deluxe rooms.

Each room has been individually designed with its own style and personality.

The hotel also features beautiful spaces and meeting rooms for unique celebrations, social and corporate events.

The hotel stands majestically overlooking the bay of Malaga. With its gardens and terraces, fabulous views and spectacular rooms, Castillo de Santa Catalina is  unique venue for your celebration.

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


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.

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. www.giftshop.cancerresearchuk.org

Macmillan Cancer Support works to improve the lives of people affected by cancer www.macmillan.org.uk

Marie Curie provides help and care for people living with any terminal illness www.shop.mariecurie.org.uk

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


UK Health Charities






The British Heart Foundation is the UK’s number one heart charity. giftshop.bhf.org.uk

The Alzheimer’s Society helps to care for people affected by dementia today and find a cure for tomorrow. https://shop.alzheimers.org.uk

Mind mental health charity www.mind.org.uk


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. www.nspcc.org.uk
Martin House Children’s Hospice provide family led care for children with life-limiting conditions www.martinhouse.org.uk


Humanitarian Crisis Charities





Unicef are the world’s leading children organisation in the UK and around the globe providing humanitarian assistance. www.shop.unicef.org.uk


Animal Charities







RSPCA are the oldest welfare charity around and the first to introduce a law to protect animals. www.shop.rspca.org.uk

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. www.worldanimalprotection.org.uk


Dydd Santes Dwynwen hapus ~ Happy Saint Dwynwen’s Day

Dydd Santes Dwynwen hapus ~ Happy Saint Dwynwen’s Day

Dydd Santes Dwynwen hapus ~ Happy Saint Dwynwen’s Day
Dydd Santes Dwynwen (Welsh for St Dwynwen’s Day) is considered to be the Welsh equivalent to Valentine’s Day and is celebrated on 25th January every year. It celebrates Dwynwen: the Welsh saint of lovers.

Dwynwen was the prettiest of King Brychan Brycheiniog’s 24 daughters. She fell in love with a local lad called Maelon Dafodrill, but King Brychan had already arranged for her to marry another prince. Maelon took the news badly, so the distraught Dwynwen fled to the woods to weep, and begged God to help her. She was visited by an angel who gave her a sweet potion to help her forget Maelon, and turned him into a block of ice.

God then granted Dwynwen three wishes. Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed; second, that God help all true lovers; and third, that she should never marry. In gratitude, Dwynwen became a nun, setting up a convent on Llanddwyn Island, a beautiful little spot on Anglesey. Her name means, ‘she who leads a blessed life’.

Incidentally, as well as being the Welsh patron saint of lovers, she’s also the patron saint of sick animals. So if your budgie’s unwell, try praying to St Dwynwen before calling the vet.

Think beach wedding!

Think beach wedding!

Yes, we know it’s the week before Christmas. Yes, we know it’s cold, damp and miserable…it’s the  ideal time to think beach wedding, we feel!

Imagine marrying your true love on a beautiful golden beach with the ocean lapping at your feet and the sun just setting. You are looking and feeling amazing in your dream dress and shoes…shoes??

This is a beach wedding..time to go native.

Well, you could go for a flip flop but it’s not the most elegant of looks, and don’t even get me started on crocs!

If you feel barefoot is not for you then there are some amazingly gorgeous alternatives to dress your toes on your big day.


15590078_10154860299324516_6590505845541332059_n How about these gorgeous boho beach anklets (available to buy from gypsylovinlight)




bf27-white-flower-barefoot-sandals_1024x1024 A pretty silk flower (from Catherine Cole Studio) comes in white and ivory and also in small sizes for flower girls




sj15-barefoot-sandals-_royal_blue_1024x1024 If you fancy something with a little more bling then these sapphire blue rhinestone and pearl barefoot sandals will fit the bill and can double as you “something blue” (Catherine Cole Studio)


original_amira-barefoot-bridal-sandalsHandmade champagne Swarovski crystals and tiny rice pearls, very delicate and a definite keepsake (by PS with love)