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Mallorca Wedding at Cap Rocat by Chyna Darner Photography

If there is one thing we love in SMP land, it’s glided glitter. When that lovely piece of glittery gold goodness is in gown form, we are forced to surrender. Surrender to a wedding that makes our glitter loving hearts pitter patter and flutter all at the same time. And when this gorgeous occasion just happens to be in Spain, we are done. Speechless. All we can say is, the full gallery by Chyna Darner Photography is a must see today.

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From Chyna Darner PhotographyThe year was 2008, and the location was The Coyote Ugly Saloon in New York, not a usual hang out for either Greta or Waldo. Greta was living in New York and had friends visiting the Big Apple for the first time, so naturally, she was showing them around town. Waldo was in New York on business with coworkers who wanted to see the famous Coyote Ugly Saloon from the 2000 movie Coyote Ugly. When Waldo walked thru the swinging saloon style doors he locked eyes with Greta, and any doubts that love at first sight existed were left outside. Waldo’s male coworkers unsuccessfully petitioned Greta to dance with them. Then Waldo walked up to Greta, took her hand and led her to the dance floor. She was waiting for him. From that point on, they were almost inseparable. He had to return to London shortly thereafter, but Greta visited him within a week. After a few months of constant flights back and forth, Greta moved back to London. She had been living there the year before while attending fashion design school, but she had transferred to New York to be closer to her friends and family. 

Once Greta was back in London, Waldo was able to introduce her to his family, who mostly live in Sweden. By the time the wedding arrived, Greta had mastered Swedish well enough to give part of her wedding speech in Swedish. 

Once engaged, they decided they needed a neutral ground in Europe to have their wedding. Since Waldo is half Spanish, and the Balleric Islands are so gorgeous it was an easy choice. A destination such as Mallorca would definitely lure her friends and family from the States to attend. The events started Thursday as close friends and family arrived for the rehearsal and family dinner at Cap Rocat. On Friday night there was a pre-wedding meet and greet at Puro Beach, allowing friends and family from different continents to meet one another. The ceremony and reception on Saturday took place at Cap Rocat Hotel (a former military fortress). As a jewelry designer, Greta has a flair for design and created many custom details for the event. This included both of their rings, her earrings and several jewelry pieces worn by guests. The reception events and dancing went on well into Sunday morning.

Wedding Photography: Chyna Darner + Jennifer Low of Chyna Darner Photography / Wedding Venue: Cap Rocat in Mallorca, Spain / Event Coordination: Anfitrian / Event Styling: Greta Nelson-Alvarez (The Bride) / Floral Design + Plants: Floristeria Merce Francia / Wedding Cake + Sweets: Cupcake Sisters / Wedding Invitations + Menus: Monika Day of Paperplain / Singer: David Gee / Saxophone: Anthony Rivers / DJ: Felipe Schiefer (34 601231512) / Wedding Dress: Alison Rodger / Hair + Makeup: Mariella Morreale / Rings: Greta Nelson-Alvarez of Garbo Jewelry (The Bride — garbojewelry@yahoo.com) / Friday Night Cocktail Venue: Puro Beach

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Mallorca Wedding by Nadia Meli

I really, really needed this wedding today.  It’s like a breath of fresh air, so perfectly sweet and serene.  And it’s not just the details, though they are delightful. It’s the blissful look on the faces of the bride and groom, the breezy beaches of Mallorca, Spain and the soft, dreamy photographs by Nadia Meli.  Of course, everything is made even that much more magical because it was all created and prepared by friends, family and loved ones.  Take a little getaway to this majestic destination wedding and chill out for the rest of the day in the full gallery!

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From the Bride… From the very first moments of our relationship we dreamed of a destination wedding on a beach. Independent from each other it was a dream we both had. And when we got engaged, it was clear that we would search for a way to realize our dream.The most important thing to us was that it should be a relaxed wedding. We didn’t want a big and loud wedding, we wanted more of a family party with people who are important to us, who we love and feel familiar with.

When we started to plan the wedding my husband started to look for a wedding planner somewhere on an island. We found Mallorca in Spain and immediately knew this was the right place for us. Then we got in contact with the wedding planner Petra Emmerich of Mallorca Promotion, who helped us find a location, a restaurant and an agency who provided the chairs for the ceremony. We wanted  a restaurant that was close to the beach, so that we could be by the sea for the whole day. Mrs. Emmerich found a bay called Cala Romantica on the eastern side of Mallorca. There is a small beach restaurant there, the Bella Romantica. It was perfect because everything was at the same spot. A few months before the wedding we flew to Mallorca to have a look at the place and talk with the restaurant owner. We were thrilled how perfect everything fit into our initial plans.

I really felt that the day was perfect, just how I wanted it to be all along. Lots of things were made by family or friends. My friend did my hair and my sister and mother in law put up the decorations that I had made on my own over the last year. The aunts of my husband picked wildflowers the same wedding morning, my cousin and friends made some flower bouquets in old brass vases I collected in flea markets in Germany.  My mother and sister dressed me, my brother-in-law and my brother made the music during the ceremony with a bongo and a ukulele. Our pastor, who is a friend, married us. My best friend, who happens to be a great photographer, took these beautiful pictures. My nephews played on the beach or took pictures with cameras we put out on each table. I just loved being surrounded by people who were relaxed and were enjoying themselves.

A very touching moment was when I was finally dressed and all ready and my mom kissed me and looked at me and told me how beautiful I was. Also, when we bowed down on the ceremony and our pastor held his hands over us and prayed for us. It was very important for me to be blessed by God, who gave us this unforgettable day as a present. And, of course, when I sang a song for my husband from the musical “Tarzan” – that really moved me and I loved his reaction.

The perfect ending to this perfect day was when we all danced together into the night. We all just had fun together and everyone was jumping and singing along and laughing. Late at night we drove off to our honeymoon residence, with our hearts full of memories and joy and gratefulness. Everything was just like we dreamed and imagined it before.

Wedding Photography: Nadia Meli / Wedding Planner: Petra Emmerich of Mallorca Promotion / Wedding Ring Designer: Nina Buchmann / Wedding Dress: Atelier Aimee / Bride’s Shoes: Lola Cruz / Bride’s Jewelry: Crystal Treasure Box / Hair: Friend of the Bride / Makeup: The Bride / Wedding Ceremony Location: Cala Romantica, Mallorca / Wedding Reception Location: Bella Romantica, Mallorca / Groom’s Attire: Body Gear + Anson’s / Flowers: Friends of the Bride + Cousin of the Bride

Mallorca, Spain Wedding by Leo Patrone

Hola Mallorca! You are a feast for the eyes indeed, especially when your beauty is captured by the purveyor of fine photography, Leo Patrone. And this bash is so beyond your everyday destination wedding. We could seriously stare at the chandelier clad trees and cheeky signage all live long day. Join us and take a pretty trip to Spain via the gallery.

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Right from the start we knew that we wanted a relaxed wedding with a garden party feel. In the UK we don’t always have the best weather (!) so we knew we should make the most of the Mediterranean climate! We wanted to create a midsummer nights dream atmosphere, so knew that we would need fairy lights and soft lighting around the garden. Initially we had hoped for the wedding breakfast tables to be scattered around the garden, amongst the trees. However, in the days leading up to the wedding it seemed that the British climate had followed us and rain was predicted for our big day…not to be beaten, we hastily arranged for a marquee to be set up in the garden so that our guests could enjoy the wedding breakfast under cover. Thanks to the ingenuity of our caterers, they were able to build the marquee around a 200 year old olive tree in the garden, which was then decorated with love hearts and fairy lights. It really was an amazing feature. As it happens, the sun shone throughout our big day and there wasn’t a rain cloud in sight! It did however help having the marquee as a focal point for the festivities.

We always knew that we didn’t want to be tied to a colour scheme – we didn’t want to detract from all of the beautiful colours and plants in the garden. Instead we opted for muted, antique style colours – for example, my sister Rebecca wore a mink Dessy bridesmaid dress with gold shoes and a dusky pink flower in her hair, and my Kurt Geiger shoes were lilac with a pink trim. The flowers matched this relaxed theme, with lots of pale greens, soft pinks and whites. Our florist Andrew from the Black Rose did an amazing job of creating a ‘just picked from the meadow’ effect for the centre pieces. In the months leading up to the wedding we’d spent weekends gathering antique glass bottles which were then used as vases in the centre of all of the tables. Each table had 5 or 6 bottles of all different heights.

My lovely Dad passed away 3 years ago but it was important to me that he was still part of the day so I set up a table with photographs of members of our family on their wedding days and used different photo frames obtained via antique shops and ebay to display them. It meant so much to be able to look over and see a picture of my Mum and Dad on their own special day, over 30 years earlier.

When our guests were sipping champagne cocktails and eating Mallorcan canapes on the roof terrace immediately after the ceremony they were treated to the sounds of two amazing spanish guitar players who our brother-in-law Kike found performing in the streets of Palma, Mallorca. They really set the tone with their funky take on a classic spanish sound. We decided against having a band or DJ in the evening and instead hired a sound system and hooked up our laptop so that we could play from a pre-prepared play list. Putting the playlist together was actually the hardest part of the wedding preparations! Thankfully the preparation paid off as little did we know we would need enough music to keep our guests dancing until 6am!! After much indecision we eventually chose ‘At Last’ by Etta James as our first dance together as husband and wife.

Photography: Leo Patrone Photography / Dress: Amanda Wakeley from Quello in Kenilworth, Warwickshire / Bride’s shoes: Kurt Geiger / Groom and Best Man suits: Ted Baker / Groom’s shoes: Paul Smith / Bridesmaid dress: Dessy / Bridesmaid shoes: Office / Catering: Tot a Punt Catering in Manacor, Mallorca / Flowers: The Black Rose, Mallorca / Guitar players: amazing street artists from Palma in Mallorca! / Hair: Pula Suites

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