A Span­ish Af­fair

CLARE CUR­RAN AND CRAIG HOLBROOK DATE OF WED­DING: SEPTEM­BER 17 2016 LO­CA­TION: PALAFRUGELL, SPAIN

Emirates Bride - - REAL-LIFE/WEDDING -

Their Story

It was love at first sight when Clare and Craig met in the UK, 13 years ago. The pair were smit­ten from the mo­ment they met, and knew from the very be­gin­ning that theirs was a love that would last.

It was whilst on hol­i­day in Dubai in 2014 that Craig sur­prised Clare by drop­ping to one knee to pop the ques­tion. Clare had treated Craig to a week-long trip to cel­e­brate his 30th birth­day but lit­tle did she know, the birth­day boy had plans of his own.

The pro­posal took place dur­ing a ro­man­tic pri­vate can­dlelit din­ner, by the wa­ter’s edge at Anan­tara The Palm Dubai Re­sort, and the cou­ple im­me­di­ately knew that they would tie the knot in Spain – as the very first coun­try they vis­ited to­gether it holds a spe­cial place in their hearts.

Clare’s Top Tips

1. GIVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER AN AD­VANCE SHOT LIST OF THE ALL THE KEY PEO­PLE YOU’D LIKE A PHOTO WITH, SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO TRY AND RE­MEM­BER ON THE DAY IT­SELF.

2. DON’T STRESS. NO MAT­TER WHAT IT WILL BE THE MOST IN­CRED­I­BLE DAY OF YOUR LIFE. IT RAINED ON MY WED­DING DAY WHICH MEANT WE HAD TO MOVE THE LO­CA­TION OF THE CEREMONY INDOORS WHICH, LOOK­ING BACK, WAS THE MOST PER­FECT AND IN­TI­MATE SET­TING. I ALSO GOT LOST ON OUR WED­DING DAY AND WAS TWO HOURS LATE TO MY OWN CEREMONY! BUT ALL OF THESE EVENTS MADE IT THE MOST SPE­CIAL AND ME­MORABLE DAY OF OUR LIVES.

3. WRITE YOUR OWN VOWS, IT FELT SO PER­SONAL AND EN­ABLED OUR GUESTS TO SHARE OUR LOVE STORY. WE ALSO THREW IN A FEW JOKES TO KEEP IT LIGHT-HEARTED.

The Wed­ding

Venue/lo­ca­tion: Mas Tor­roella Lux­ury Villa & Spa in Palafrugell, Spain. “It was the per­fect set­ting and re­ally suited our style,” says Clare.

Num­ber of guests: 86 Theme: “We wanted a modern, ro­man­tic theme in keep­ing with the in­cred­i­ble 14th cen­tury venue. We had nat­u­ral green fo­liage, white roses and fairy lights through­out the space to make it feel re­ally mag­i­cal.” Clare ex­plains.

Dress: Clare wanted an non-tra­di­tional gown with­out lace or heavy em­bel­lish­ment. Af­ter a huge search and the re­turn of the first op­tion she pur­chased (be­cause it wasn’t quite right), she in­stantly fell head over heels for a min­i­mal­is­tic Stella McCart­ney gown the mo­ment she saw it. “Af­ter the wed­ding, I had the train re­moved so I could en­joy wear­ing the dress again.”

Veil: The Bridal Show­room. “I orig­i­nally planned to skip the veil, the idea of it seemed too for­mal for the stylish look I was go­ing for, but my mother per­suaded me to go for it. A de­ci­sion I’m glad I made, it re­ally made me feel like a bride.” says Clare.

Shoes: Fore­go­ing tra­di­tional bridal shoes, Clare wore white leather stud and tas­sel san­dals by Aquaz­zura from Har­vey Ni­chols-Dubai – and has loved be­ing able to wear them since, re­mind­ing her of the spe­cial day each time she slips them on.

Make-up: Louise Mad­di­son and Zoe Cashin. Two of Clare’s bridesmaids are make-up artists so they were able to give the bride ex­actly the look she’d dreamed of. A modern smoky eye paired with a nude lip. Wed­ding rings: Hand­made at Cara Jew­ellers in Dubai. Clare ac­tu­ally added di­a­monds to the band of her en­gage­ment ring and then had the wed­ding ring made to match. Craig had a sim­ple yet modern matte wed­ding band.

Bridesmaids: The six bridesmaids wore black strap­less dresses from Bri­tish la­bel Whis­tles. Clare saw them on sale about a year be­fore the wed­ding and im­me­di­ately knew they would suit the girls’ style. She quickly snapped them up at a bar­gain price (ap­prox Dhs130 each).

Flow­ers: Clare’s bou­quet was cre­ated from fresh long stem white roses, and the bridesmaids car­ried sim­i­lar ar­range­ments.

Mu­sic: A sax­o­phon­ist at the ceremony, and a DJ ac­com­pa­nied by the sax player in the evening. The cou­ple re­quested that the DJ start the party with house mu­sic, then switch to well-known clas­sics later on – which got ev­ery­one on their feet ‘til the early hours of the morn­ing.

First dance: The new­ly­weds shared their first dance to Adorne by Amer­i­can R&B artist Miguel – a song they chose be­cause it holds a spe­cial place in their hearts, re­mind­ing the cou­ple of a trip to LA.

Pho­tog­ra­phy: Sil­via Foz – dis­cov­ered on so­cial me­dia and cho­sen for her quirky pho­tog­ra­phy style.

Videog­ra­phy: Shoot Me Now Films. The cou­ple fell in love with the cin­e­matic style and vin­tage feel of the videog­ra­phers’ port­fo­lio.

Food: Gas­con Cater­ing. Guests en­joyed a de­li­cious feast of lo­cal tapas to share for starters, fol­lowed by paella for the main course in keep­ing with the tra­di­tional cui­sine of the re­gion.

Cake: Gas­con Cater­ing. The wed­ding cake was served as dessert. Guests also in­dulged in tra­di­tional Span­ish Chur­ros with choco­late sauce later on in the evening.

Unique touches: “Our seat­ing plan and table names paid homage to our lives in Dubai (where we now live).” says Clare.

Honey­moon: Af­ter the wed­ding, the cou­ple flew to Ibiza with their clos­est friends. “Ibiza was our ‘buddy-moon’ dream. Ro­man­tic scenery, de­li­cious food and an en­tire is­land de­voted to re­lax­ation and good times – we couldn’t think of a bet­ter way to cel­e­brate our wed­ding than with our best friends. We’re also plan­ning a trip to the South of France, just the two of us this year”.

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