I had the honor of meeting Hope and Sena early last year. After a few exchange of emails they had decided to come to Malta and see for themselves whether our little island was really the destination of their choice for their wedding.
We immediately hit it off and like the bride and groom are meant for each other, so is the wedding planner with the couple. It is a fact that chemistry plays an important role. We went to see 3 venues and Hope and Sena fell in love with the gorgeous Limestone Heritage situated in the Village of Siggiewi. A food tasting was organised with Island Caterers and the menu, although altered slightly for the wedding to highlight the summer months was an exceptional one. A 4 course plated meal with the starter being a light antipasto salad with with Parmesan balsamic, a citrus sorbet, game supreme stuffed with spinach farce mash with carrot crisps, wrapped green beans and a Champagne sauce for mains and a raspberry chocolate Mousse with a confit of forest fruit and dark chocolate tart, served with vanilla Anglaise as the wedding’s dessert together with coffee and chocolate truffles.
Photography is a very important pint for the couple, so for this we had a trial shoot organised for them in the silent city of Mdina. Needless to say that to our delight, Hope and Sena decided that Malta was indeed the country for their destination wedding and so they set their hearts on the 26th August 2017.
A year went by very quickly and last weekend we oranised what was for us a lovely wedding for a lovely couple whom we will treasure for a very long time.
Since Hope is a professional baker in London (“Vanilla Orchid Bakery”) it was very important for her to do her very own cake. And with plenty of courage she shipped it to Malta and put it together on the day in the morning. A gorgeous 8 tiered cake designed to reflect and complement the rest of the theme colours, a blend of blush, berry and gold.
On the other-hand Sena is a professional tailor (“Morts and More”) so he took care of getting their 6 groomsmen looking very sharp in their tailored deep blue suits and berry ties and of course himself wearing a modern version deep blue and black double-breasted one of a kind suit, complete with a crisp white shirt and black bow tie.
All the hair and make up was being done back at the Corinthia San Gorg in St. Julian’s whilst the boys rented an apartment close by the hotel. Our photographer and Vidiographer started shooting the boys followed by the ladies and the bride as well as the respective parents. It is tradition that the bride and groom meet before the wedding ceremony and exchange gifts, and this is what they did in the lobby of the Hotel just before they left with their weddings cars to the venue.
All the guests (90 in total) arrived at Limestone just a bit before the couple. With the groomsmen and bridesmaids walking down the aisle to Nobody greater by Vashawn Mitchell. It was Hope’s turn to be reunited with Sena and she walked down to Hallelujah by Cece Winans.
The minister celebrated a very personal and intimate ceremony with a blessing on the couple at the end of the religious ceremony. At the end the couple walked back up the isle this time to a celebration of white confetti and a huge applause by their guests and the music to Sunshine of my life by Stevie Wonder.
Right after the ceremony all guests where guided to a second garden within the venue to enjoy a nice refreshing welcome drink and canapes pre ordered by the couple. In turn Hope and Sena had another photoshoot scheduled for them, this time not far from the venue in the quaint village of Siggiewi. Withing this time we had just 40 minute to re design the area where the ceremony took place into an elegant setting of round tables and a large rectangular top table, gold chiavari chairs, berry table numbers, flower center pieces, candles, glass candelabras and personalised menus for all the guests. By the time the couple got back from the shoot and the guests got back from the welcome drink reception everything was ready to start the wedding dinner.
Towards the end of the dinner, some humorous speeches took place and it was then time to invite everyone for the cake cutting, just so the guests could admire Hope’s work of art from a closer angle.
Right after the cake cutting, it was time for some dancing. The couple opened the dance floor with their first dance to “The point of it all” by Anthony Hamilton, sparklers where distributed and the setting was just right for the song played. After the first dance, the DJ made sure to have the right playlist to get the crowd going, and at no point was the dance floor half empty! Hope changed into a gorgeous tight fit black sequenced dress which she could move and dance better in.
With an open bar right till the very end every was sure to enjoy themselves. At 1.30 am, guests were escorted to their respective coaches to take them back to the different Hotels, but not before grabbing a bag of candy from the candy bar, another touch of fun which reflects this beautiful couple.
This was indeed one wedding to remember!