Some weddings are impossible to describe… IMPOSSIBLE… especially without total cliches and words of absolute admiration. I love it when I fall in love with a bride through her first email, and Liza was just like that… love at first email, and it only got better from there. After an amazing brunch date and very long emails the wedding day has finally come and it was much better than I could have ever expected (and I expected a lot). Not only was Liza drop dead gorgeous we had such a great time photographing her getting ready that at one point I almost wasn´t able to photograph anymore from laughing too hard. SO SPECIAL. And because I cannot do it any other way… the venue was amazing, their families a bliss, the ceremony tear wrenching and their photo shoot… we did´t only shoot around the venue but we even nipped away to the magical coastal town of Calella de Palafrugell as it was their dream to shoot at the Costa Brava, the place they met at 8 years ago… and from here on, I´ll let Liza tell you a bit more about themselves and their beautiful day:
How did you choose your wedding and reception venues?
Our guests are spread around the globe (the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia), so we couldnt just invite everyone for dinner or one day event! We needed a place where we could all spend some time together , therefore, villa was a great option. The location was easy – we are sooo much in love with Spain (have been to Spain at least one time every single year since we met), particularly Costa Brava, its small beaches, Spanish food. To narrow it down, we wanted to have a wedding somewhere close to Lloret de Mar where we met. Weeks after searching we came across Mas Torroella and just literally FELL IN LOVE! The masia was just perfect in every respect – secluded, surrounded by greenery, flowers, beautifully decorated, large enough to accommodate most of our guests (plus nearby hotel). In addition, it had many facilities for our small nieces and for all the adults to ensure a great time together. It was also close to beautiful beaches of Calella de Palafrugell. Silvia (the owner) was just so fantastic too, so we made our mind very quickly.
Where did you get your dress and how did you choose it?
I never liked big wedding dresses and I wanted something I could feel light enough to dance, have fun and not to feel restricted during the day. In addition, we planned a beach photoshoot, so flowing, simple dress was something I was looking for. Where I would one day get my wedding dress was decided long time ago when my best friend from childhood, Victoria Kapriz, started studying fashion design in Italy – she said she really wanted to make the dress for me (how lucky am I??). I did my research, sourced all the fabrics, flower motifs, decorative accessories in the UK, Victoria produced the dress for me in Warsaw. Personalised dress sewed by my best friend`s hands – what could be more special?
What inspired your colour palette?
We wanted to have an intimate ceremony and a cosy, family-feel dinner surrounded by our loved one. We both love whites, rustic styles and simplicity. I love field flowers. Greenery of the villa`s surroundings, plants and flowers on the grounds added to a perfect romantic, rustic style of the wedding. We didnt have any particular theme/colour palette in mind – everything fitted together naturally.
Nothing but simple and natural look. I wear minimal make-up on a daily basis, so I didnt want to look any different on the wedding day – Philipp is used to me this way, why to change it all of a sudden for a wedding day? I have very straight hair and there is not much I can do with them – they wouldnt even curl… So just a nice blow-dry with some volume was an ideal look. It turned out exactly how I wanted and it seemed Philipp was pleased too 🙂
How did you decorate your venue?
We hired a local florist who decorated the ceremony, reception and dinner area with flowers in clear glass vases, creating a very natural look. The main colour was white, including crispy white linen, napkins, sofas, candles, etc. We also used white tulle for ceremony altar and dinner area which was beautifully flowing and fitted perfectly to the surroundings.
What were some of the challenges of organising a destination wedding?
We faced many challenges on the way, but were very lucky to have worked with such professional, caring and accommodating vendors, starting with Gabby (En Route :)) to the owner of the villa to priest, catering company, florist, etc. All of them were trying to help as much as they could, answering our endless questions, contributing to our decisions, assisting with any additional queries and all together helping to create a perfect running order of the day. Lucky enough all of them spoke perfect English which definitely eased the process, however, bringing everything together was a huge challenge, especially distantly! Secondly, the logistics of having all of our guests arriving from 5 different countries on the same day was stressful as we needed to make sure everyone knew how to find the villa/hotel (the villa is situated in the middle of nowhere!), our wedding website was definitely of a great help here! Finally, keeping a constant track of all the costs was exhausting.