Martin and I decided we would like to celebrate our wedding in Barcelona - a Catholic ceremony followed by a private, villa reception.
Almiral de la Font fitted the bill perfectly for us so we happliy shifted slightly south to Sitges, with its stunning beach-side Catholic church, and never looked back... With such amazing venues, a fantastic wedding planner and wonderful friends and family willing to travel overseas for our special day we went on to have our wedding in a place which will remain forever special in our hearts.
Simply put, we could neither have organised nor enjoyed our wedding without Valerie - if you are planning to celebrate your wedding in Barcelona or Sitges hiring this woman should be the first thing you do!
With our wedding being in Sitges, and neither of us Spanish speakers, we understood that we would need the help of someone that knew the local area and spoke Spanish! At first the idea of using a wedding planner seemed a bit extravagant but we soon realised it was a necessity...
Through the planning stages Valerie was amazing and (patiently) took us through a myriad of options in response to all of our requests. She dealt with the church, found us a fantastic English speaking priest, convinced the organist to play a specific piece of music for us, brokered deals with all the suppliers and much much more - all things with which we would have struggled being neither local nor native speakers.
On the actual day Valerie and her assistant surpassed themselves... against all the odds it poured with rain and the contingency plans we had discussed had to be implemented. Our reception was set-up inside (it had been planned outside), the welcome drinks relocated from the pool-side to the morrocan lounge, the bar set up under an awning, tables rolled away to clear a dance floor, transport pushed back, umbrellas found and so on... but none of this was an issue - it was seamless and no-one even realised it was meant to be any other way!
Indeed, as it turned out, everything was just perfect. As my husband said in his speech: "...everyone needs a Valerie in their life"!
Martin and I decided against very formal photography in favour of something more relaxed.
We fell in love with Cathy's stunning documentary style photography, which we viewed online, and booked her! We met a few months before our wedding and were delighted by the sample portfolio she showed us as well as her calm manner - we knew we were in good hands.
On the day itself Cathy was fantastic, thoughtful, obliging, creative, patient, professional, experienced... everything you could possibly want!
The final images have thrilled us - it is so wonderful to have had our amazing wedding day captured so beautifully and uniquely. We will enjoy the images forever.
In describing our perfect venue to our wedding planner we mentioned a rustic villa where we could celebrate our wedding privately with close friends and family... she sent one link and we viewed one venue - Almiral de la Font - it is magical.
We had 70 guests (73 people in total) which was ideal for its size. There is plenty of room to be inside or outside (we planned to be outside but had to be inside owing to rain which actually turned out to be wonderful).
"What a location" was a comment repeated to us frequently, both on the day and ongoing... the views are amazing, the setting stunning and the atmosphere perfectly intimate.
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