Love always wins

love-always-wins-2For Sophie and Bart, the decision to marry in Sotogrande was an easy one and they were even able to arrange their wedding to suit the bride’s carefree, bohemian style!

Love At First Sight

We met four years ago in Dubai when I joined the company that Bart was working at. After a lot of sneaky glances at each other and a few dates it was clear to both of us that we were serious about each other. One day early on we stayed in bed all day watching DVDs and I actually called my best friend that night and said I’ve met the man I’m going to marry - and four years later we did!

Childhood Memories

We chose Spain because my parents have had a place in Sotogrande for years. It’s such a magical place; every summer I would spend July and August there as a child and it’s where so many happy memories have been made. When it came to choosing a venue and location we knew right away that Cancha II was the place we wanted to tie the knot. We were look-ing for a more relaxed feel to the 

wedding rather than a very traditional English wedding, although they work fantastically well in their own right. We felt that having the service on the polo fields followed by a meal created the perfect atmosphere we were looking for.

Bohemian Bride

I wanted the bridesmaids’ and my styling to mirror the wedding’s vibe of fun, relaxed and quite bohemian. My wedding dress was the first I tried on – an Alice Temperley design with which I fell in love instantly. To continue the bohemian theme I wore a band of flowers in my hair. I was very lucky that choosing the bridesmaids’ dresses was equally easy; I loved the mint colour and thought it unique. The style of dress I let them all decide for themselves and thankfully with no arguments they all agreed on the strapless one. They all looked beautiful!

love-always-winsDance The Night Away

Nigel from Chez Vous was incred-ible with the entertainment; the company constructed a beautiful stage and seating area, which provided a stunning backdrop for the dancing.  We opted for a contemporary vibe when it came to the music. We started with an amazing band called Legal Aliens who kicked off with some modern pop hits. Following this we had a DJ to play uplifting dance music. A highlight for us was the electric violinist, Quike Navarro, who started playing over the DJ. It really provided an uplifting moment just after the band had kicked the party off. As we’d opted for an evening wedding, to avoid the hottest part of the day, the band kicked off at 11pm and the DJ didn’t stop until 6.30am, so it really was a case of dancing the night away!

Al Fresco Love 

Cancha II incorporates a fantas-tic Argentinian restaurant on the polo fields so we took guidance from the restaurant itself, which advised us that setting up the tables outside would make for a beautiful scene. Again Chez Vous pulled off the lighting perfectly, hanging some stun-ning fairy lights and gorgeous chandeliers from the trees over the tables. Being an Argentin-ian restaurant the steak was a popular choice for our guests; however, the team also made a fantastic herb crusted cod for those who preferred a lighter option. We were so impressed with their presentation and tim-ing, especially considering that they were catering for such a large party.

The Finishing Touches

I think special touches are so important to make a wedding unique, so I organized a couple throughout the night. For in-stance, we played Stevie Won-der’s ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ as we left the ceremony, it was such fun and really got the cele-brations started. I’m very fortunate that my brother is the founder of the amazing organic candle and beauty product company NEOM, so the second touch was to gift all the ladies with a mini set of luxury organic bath oils wrapped with a mint green ribbon - the same co-lour as the bridesmaids’ dresses. Next up, when guests arrived at the wedding they were served tra-ditional pink lemonade in jam jars. I always loved this way of serving drinks and everyone was very keen on these, given how warm the weather was. Our last unique touch was to have empanadas served at 3am, which went down like a house on fire after so much dancing!

Dutch Courage

There were so many wonderful highlights on the day, it would take too long to list them, but a moment I won’t forget was driving to the wedding with my father. We had decided it would be far more relaxing for me to drive to the ceremony with my dad. So we put ribbons on the car and set off with ‘Bailando’ by Enrique Iglesias blar-ing out, as usual, to get us in the mood. En route we passed a little Spanish bar and Dad suggested stopping for a drink, I said, “But Mum told me not to drink before the wedding” and Dad said, “Just don’t tell”. So we stopped and had a glass of rosé with three old Spanish men, who loved the fact that I had come into the bar in my wedding dress! This is such a special memory as it was the last moment I spent with my dad before he gave me away. The minister saying, “You can now kiss the bride” was another moment I will never forget; truly magical.


Message from the Mother of the Bride 

We were so thrilled and delighted with absolutely everything on the day. Nigel was a delight to work with and took all the pressure away, leaving us to relax and just enjoy it. All of his recommenda-tions were absolutely perfect and he delivered a wedding that surpassed our dreams. So for anyone thinking of getting married in this area, our address book is a list of everyone you could possibly need to make your dreams come true. Enjoy your special day!


Sophie‘s Address Book:

Wedding Planner: Nigel Davis, Chez Vous Events,
Photographer: Pierre Richarson:
Venue: Cancha II, Sotogrande.
Flowers: Florium
Minister: Victoria Rhodes, humanist minister. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Cake Maker: Sarah Hudson:
Band: The Legal Aliens This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Electric Violinist: Quike Navarro.
Videographer: Hairdresser: Lucy, +34 608 279 921

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