Sophie and Craig discovered a lush eco-retreat in the semi-desert region of Almería, southern Spain, for their destination wedding. A stunning oasis awash with flowers, olive trees, cactuses, and aloe vera, perched on a hill with beautiful views over the barren landscape.
Within a moment of arriving, the cosy spaces and peaceful patios invite you in and the utter calm that envelopes you is incredible. We instantly knew why it became their chosen venue.
They created a unique wedding that was deeply personal and meaningful to them both. It began with a mix of yoga and meditation, just before breakfast. Followed by a Buddist ceremony, which was short and sweet, due to the intense heat of the day. Guests were then taken on a ‘mindfulness walk’ to an ancient olive tree where they were able to leave well wishes and messages for the bride and groom. It was a day full of rituals and symbolism, where friends and family were encouraged to participate.
In the evening, large colourful paella dishes were carried out and a vegetarian buffet was presented to all the guests. No tables or chairs, no menus or wedding favours cluttered the space, instead Sophie and Craig kept it very simple, and as relaxed as possible. Everybody helped themselves and found a spot to sit around the pool to enjoy their meal as the sun set.
Sophie and Craig opened up the dance floor with an impressive energetic display of swing moves, which undoubtedly set the tone for the night. From that moment on, a vibrant party mood took over. As the party began to get on it’s way, Sophie and Craig decided to make a sudden jump into the pool, which took everybody by surprise. It didn’t take long for the entire wedding party to follow suit, including their parents. The music played on as the party shifted permanently to the pool until the early hours of the morning. It was a euphoric end to what I can only say was one of the most incredible weddings we have ever been part of.
Thank you Sophie and Craig for your enormous generosity and kindness. You certainly know how to throw one incredible party.