We used a wedding planner called The Perfect Wedding Company. They were really professional and attentive.
Bernadette and her team made us all feel so special and looked after. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to get married! We made all the travel arrangements separately ourselves as it worked out cheaper that way. The team at The Perfect Wedding Company took care of everything so we could relax and enjoy our day. Everything was planned before we went, which was great as it meant that we could have a stress-free and relaxing holiday.
We had 29 guests at our wedding. For 19 of us we hired a huge private villa, Villa Azul Puerto Rico, which was incredible.
Everyone one else stayed close by. We invited around 100 guests but we knew that there were many people who would not be able to travel for the wedding.
Getting the look
My wedding dress was beautiful. The moment I saw it I knew that it would be the one. I had gone to three shops before the final one and every time I tried the dresses on I thought they were nice but not me. My dress was all lace, no beading or bling, just very simple and beautifully cut. It was from a shop called Silk Bridal in Staffordshire and was by Pronovias.
I accessorised with a long veil – a simple veil with just the added crystals scattered around, which looked beautiful when they caught the sunlight. My earrings were Swarovski – I had brought them before I brought my dress. My bracelet was a 21st birthday present and was very special to me as very close family friends brought it for me. I was so grateful that they travelled all that way to the wedding. I had my hair and make-up done professionally at an incredible salon called Martinica. I was going to do my own make-up but decided I didn’t want the stress on the morning of the wedding, and I wanted to try a different look.
Something Old, Something New?
My Something Old was my underwear – I didn’t want to be uncomfortable on my big day! Something New was my bracelet; Something Borrowed was the only thing I didn’t have, I got too excited and brought everything new; Something Blue was my garter.
Groom & bridesmaids
Warren wore a dark blue suit, simple white shirt and brown shoes. There was no tie or anything formal as it was a very relaxed wedding and it would have been too hot for him! The bridesmaids wore a short, strapless tiffany blue coloured dress with cream sandals. It was very lightweight and relaxed, perfect for a wedding abroad.
The colour Tiffany blue was chosen by our little girl, who was in love with the film Frozen and wanted to look like Queen Elsa on our wedding day. Apart from that we just wanted to make sure we had a very relaxed day. My bouquet was in shades of creams and blues. I had a lot of gypsophila, which I think is beautiful and very simple. For our cake we had a single tiered cake. Our family don’t eat much cake, so it was more symbolic.
Our wedding ceremony took place on Anfi Del Mar’s beautiful Heart Shaped Island in Gran Canaria. It’s nestled between a white Caribbean-style sandy beach and a quaint harbour. It’s just the most amazing setting. The ceremony lasted around 15 minutes; It wasn’t a religious ceremony so we wanted
something short and sweet. Reverend Rock married us, and my wonderful father gave me away.
We had our wedding reception in an amazing setting on the Heart Shaped Island at Anfi Del Mar. The wedding dinner and the evening party all took place looking out over the Atlantic Ocean.
We had a cocktail reception first, which included five different canapes. We then chose a BBQ option for our seated wedding dinner, which was the perfect choice as it came with a selection of meats, salads, potatoes, topped off with the most amazing mini desserts! There was something for everyone and nobody went hungry. The meal included free flowing wine, beer and soft drinks, so our guests were well looked after. We had beautiful centrepieces with long vases and fresh flowers. We also had seashells for place names and postcards for a guest book to keep with the wedding abroad theme. We hired our own music system and danced the night away to our song choices.
We had the perfect photographer, Mette Brandt, who took beautiful photographs. We did feel a bit uncomfortable around the camera at first but Mette soon made us relaxed. The backdrops of the ocean and the island were stunning. Our favourite photo is the one where we are walking, hand-in-hand and looking into each other’s eyes. We both look so happy and natural.
memory is walking down the aisle, just looking at Warren and knowing that I am going to be his wife, and with him for the rest of my life. It made me realise that the whole planning process had been worth it. One of the funniest memories was when the children got so hot that they stripped down to their underwear and played in the sand!
After the wedding, we stayed on at the resort for our honeymoon. Our family and friends stayed with us and shared our honeymoon; it was so lovely to have everyone around!
Our whole wedding, including our honeymoon cost Â£11,000. Our budget was Â£10,000 so, although we were slightly over budget, I think we did well!
The whole day was incredible but my best
Bernadette Garside (Director)
The Perfect Wedding Company Tel: +34 653 642 208 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.perfectweddingcompany.com
Anfi Del Mar, Gran Canaria