The Perfect Little Spanish Church Ceremony

 

 

WEDDING DATE: 10th September 2015

GUEST NUMBERS: 70

Denise and Shane exchanged their vows and became man and wife at Cristo Resusitado, a little Church located in Benalmedena Spain, surrounded by close family and friends. Smoothly transiting to the Sunset Beach Club for the reception, located right on the beach for all the guests to enjoy the magical sunset.

TELL ABOUT YOUR LOVE STORY:

We met when I was 15 & Shane was 17 but it wasn’t until 10 years later that we bumped in to one another on a night out in our home town and we just clicked! A disastrous first date though meant it wasn’t until a couple of months later that we became an item!!

Shane popped the question in the Blue Lagoon in Malta. Such a stunning location and it was a holiday to remember for sure!!

Shane is my perfect match because he really is my best friend! We often joke that if our sexes were reversed we’d be each other!! ha! 🙂

DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING PLANNING PROCESS:

We were engaged for just over 2 years! We decided to move to Perth from Ireland just for a year a couple of months after getting engaged as we wanted to get the travel bug out of our system & nearly 2 years later we are still here! We did hire a wedding planner so that most definitely helped us in the planning of the big day, I created a wedding website which helped us communicate easily with our guests. We did come home for a quick holiday also which allowed us to sort out bits like bridesmaid’s / flower girl dresses, groomsmen & page boy attire. The best decision we made was deciding to have our wedding in Spain. We had fabulous weather and just our close family and friends with us. It was an amazing day!

RECAP YOUR BIG DAY FOR US:

What made me laugh was during the ceremony the priest asked Shane what he liked most about me, Shane being very diplomatic of course answered ‘Everything’ but then the priest asked what don’t you like to which Shane answered ‘ Well she can be a bit hot headed at times!’ that definitely drew a few laughs from our guests & I alike!!

On the day I was quite emotional of course & all of our friends here in Oz who couldn’t be there compiled a video of well wishes for us & my maid of honour showed it to me on the morning of the wedding! It was so lovely. When my Dad saw me for the first time that day he cried which I was not expecting. I’m an only child so I guess walking his little girl up the aisle was always going to be an emotional thing to do 🙂 Walking out of the church holding hands with Shane finally his wife, seeing him look so happy & looking around seeing everyone smiling & laughing will always be a moment I’ll remember.

WHAT ABOUT THE DETAILS?

For myself I liked the idea of Hollywood glam, big waves, bright lips and diamonds. Venue wise (church & reception) I wanted simple so we stayed with a cream & gold theme with flowers, place names, chair bow ties etc.

WHAT WAS YOUR WEDDING DAY BUDGET?

Our wedding day budget (not inc honeymoon) was between 10,000 – 12,000 EURO’s. We saved on the venue and on the fact that we were having it abroad so it was always going to be a relatively small number of guests to cater and pay for! We splurged on the photography as we both felt this was very important and of course our honeymoon as we wanted it to be one to remember! 🙂

WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE A BRIDE AND GROOM PLANNING THEIR WEDDING?

Don’t stress, enjoy the day! Enjoy the build up. I wish I could plan ours again!! I absolutely loved every minute. On the day make a point of sneaking away with your partner for even just 15 mins to embrace your new status!

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO MOST AS MR. & MRS.?

A new start as husband wife, getting to see some more wonderful places in the world together making lots of new memories!

WHAT HAS SURPRISED YOU MOST DURING THE FIRST FEW MONTHS OF MARRIAGE?

The fact that we don’t feel married! Ha ha! Nothing has changed just my last name! 🙂 Still feels extremely odd for both of us to introduce each other as my wife/husband!

PHOTOGRAPHER: Bob Long Photography

WEDDING PLANNER: Celebrations in Spain

WEDDING CAKE: Wedding Cakes in Spain

RECEPTION: Sunset Beach Club

ENTERTAINMENT: Ian Preston Entertainment

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