WE love a wedding here at The Women’s Society so when it came to Victoria’s wedding we were all very excited. We couldn’t possibly keep all this excitement to ourselves so we wanted to share some of the gorgeous details of Victoria and Matthew’s special day on our lovely blog. So here’s a little look inside Victoria’s wedding…
“I met Matthew 3 years ago and last May he proposed(!) so that’s when the wedding planning began. There’s so much to think about, add that to running a business and I knew I was taking on a big challenge. Initially I was looking at venues in the UK but it didn’t feel right; I always pictured myself getting married abroad (although Matthew thought it was unfair to ask people to travel abroad for the big day). I took a trip to Spain anyway and found a beautiful castle in the Spanish Hills, Castell D’Emporda, as soon as I saw it I knew instantly it was perfect. I booked the venue straight away, the quickest booking they’d ever had! I couldn’t resist the place, the castle speaks for itself – full of exquisite architecture, attention to detail throughout and beautifully situated in the Catalonia Landscape with dream views.”
History of Castell D’Emporda:
- 1301 The earliest document in which Castell d’Empordà is mentioned dates back to March 18th, 1301.
- 1413 The Margarit family acquires the castle by a marriage union.
- 1494 Pere Margarit, a captain sailing under the flag of Christopher Columbus, discovers Isla Margarita.
- 1600 The chapel of Maria del Remei, meaning ‘remedy’ and referring to her healing power, is constructed adjacent to the castle. Up to this day, this sacred place is celebrated by the local people every year on the second Sunday of October.
- 1973 Salvador Dalí wants to buy the castle for his wife Gala, paying for it with his art. But the owner, Pedro Arpa, preferred cash. Instead Dalí bought Pubol’s Castle.
- 1999 Already abandoned for more than 18 years the castle falls into the caring hands of Albert Diks and Margo Vereijken, founders of the present hotel-restaurant Castell d’Empordà.
“The hotel we stayed in was in the Emporda Region halfway between Barcelona and the French border, just a few kilometres away from the gorgeous Costa Brava beaches. An area I’ve visited every summer since I was a baby with family and friends. It was only natural to come back here, where so many happy memories were created and new ones will be made. Albert Diks created a luxury boutique hotel complementing the old features of the castle, full of preserved Romanic architecture, thick stone walls and high ceilings. Contrasting this with a contemporary touch, the hotel combines modern artistic taste with classic beauty. A perfect combination and ideal for our wedding. The food was incredible, classical dishes using local, fresh, seasonal products.”
“When we sent the invitations out, we were over the moon with the amount of friends and family who wanted to share our special day with us, people were willing to travel to our wedding location from as far as the United States. We were so touched.”
“The wedding turned out to be better than I ever could have imagined, taking place on a lovely summer evening the ceremony was set to start at 6pm but was slightly pushed back due to rain clouds. Initially we had planned to tie the knot outside but decided to hold the ceremony in the tiny castle Chapel instead. It was so pretty, full of twinkly candles and a floral arch, the space was so intimate it felt like we were in a film. All the guests huddled in down the aisles and up on the balcony to watch us exchange vows, which we had written ourselves and the whole experience was incredible, it all worked out for the best.”
“Following on from exchanging our vows in the chapel we celebrated with Cava and appetisers outside in the gardens with the sounds of traditional Spanish Guitar. We went on to have dinner then lots of dancing in the Cave until 3am with a band from Barcelona. I’m still on cloud nine, it was such a wonderful day and the perfect celebration.”
“My dress was an Italian design, Enzoani, and my Veil from The Dress Room, Hertford. My Sister Sophy, Faith, (who I co-founded the boutique with) and my two best friends from school Lisa and Marie (who you may recognise as models for the shop at fashion shows) were my beautiful bridesmaids, they wore dresses in mint and blush which looked feminine and stylish.” Hair and make up by Teresa Snowball, Barcelona.
“It was fantastic to have our friends Murley & Maples photograph the occasion, they knew most of the wedding party as well as the style I like so it was great working with them. We would highly recommend them and they love a foreign wedding!”
We have lots of requests for wedding outfits at The Women’s Society so we had to share some of the outfits from Victoria’s big day…
- My Mum wore Gina Bacconi & Bourne Shoes & Bag,
- Jane wore the Bourne Leena Lemon dress and Andrew (our photographers) matched his bow tie to her dress,
- Best Man’s wife wore the Bourne Roxy Neon Sequin Dress,
- Sara Bracken wore the Darling London Aoifie Cream Maxi,
- Jackie Rossiter wore our Ted Baker Tuliaa Floral Skater Dress,
“Both Matthew and I were truly touched and very grateful to everyone who came and shared this wonderful experience with us. This was such a special day and we will be talking about it for years and years to come… love is in the air!”