All the way from Belfast

June 20, 2018 1:35 pm

We originally met Brendan and Jean on our stand whilst participating at the Wedding Journal Show in Belfast in January 2016.  The couple were very interested in getting married away and were keen to learn about Malta being a potential destination.  After exchanging a few ideas in person, we sent them our proposal and the idea was sold: a church wedding followed by an intimate reception dinner at a nearby restaurant with magnificent sea views all around.

The couple had never been to Malta so Brendan decided to visit for a few days with his dad and that’s when we took him to see the church and restaurant we had proposed.  The idea then felt more realistic and going back to Belfast, Brendan could recount first hand experience to hisbride.

Over the course of the next few months we started initial planning but most of it was decided when we met again in Belfast in January this year.  Again we were attending the Wedding Journal Show in Belfast but decided to take the opportunity and met Brendan & Jean over coffee after hours.

Come September everyone was getting more excited especially as the couple and their guests arrived in Malta.  The entire wedding party, consisting of around 40 people, were based in the St. Paul’s Bay area, mainly Bugibba and Qawra, close to all amenities and fantastic beaches of the North.

As customary towards the start of their Malta visit, our staff accompanied Brendan and Jean to the church and registry offices to check paperwork.  Once this was sorted, some other minimal errands followed – visiting the church and restaurant to discuss final set up and logistics and sorting out men’s attire.  As Brendan had opted to rent his suit as well as groomsmen attire locally, they were taken for a final fitting to our vendor.

The big day was finally here and Thursday the 14th of September bustled with excitement.  Whilst the bride started with hair and make up preparations earlier in the day, the men were a little more relaxed and enjoyed a few beers by the pool until it was time to start getting ready.

Wedding party flowers were delivered to the hotel early afternoon: a beautiful array of neutral colours ranging from white to cream to complement the pastel sage green bridesmaid dresses.

All preparations came to an end towards 4pm in time for transportation to church.  Guests were picked up from various locations and transferred to St. Paul’s Shipwreck Church in Bugibba where they were greeted by the handsome groom and his groomsmen, smartly dressed in their navy blue three piece suits.

Jean shone in her floor-length ivory bridal gown adorned with a silver applique detail running up the one side and complemented by ivory shoes and a long cathedral veil that hung low from her hair.  She departed her hotel and drove towards church in a classic vintage limo accompanied by her dad and bridesmaids.

The couple chose to have the photographer starting her services directly from church so we ensured that Brendan had a few photos taken with his groomsmen before the bride’s arrival.  Then the photographer was ready to capture the bride’s arrival in style just before everything was ready for the church ceremony to commence.

Although the bride is always in the spotlight, especially whilst walking down the aisle, in this wedding little Ella, the flowergirl and Jean’s almost 3 year old niece stole the show, dressed in her cute little dress and holding tight to the flower basket with petals that the florist prepared and walking first towards the excited groom.

It was a beautiful ceremony from beginning to end.  The size of the church was just right for the intimate size of the group; the guitarist provided some beautiful background music throughout the celebration and Fr. Dione, the priest who officiated mass did a great job to capture everyone’s attention and portray the couple’s love to each other and the true meaning of the occasion.

A glass of bubbly was served on the church steps to toast the newlyweds before proceeding for some photos at the nearby jetty to capture a stunning backdrop over St. Paul’s Islands in the near distance.  We then escorted the guests to the Tarragon Restaurant, located just across the road, whilst the newlyweds spent some time alone with the photographer for their first husband-and-wife shots.

The evening proceeded without a glitch and everyone had a fabulous time, enjoying a scrumptious meal as the award-winning Tarragon Restaurant always promises, lots of wine and cheers.  The group had the restaurant’s private room on the first floor reserved for them, giving them complete privacy and guaranteeing a fantastic evening overall.

The celebration continued the following day when the couple had planned a relaxing day at the beach for their guests.  Transportation was organised from the respective hotels towards one of Malta’s most beautiful beaches in the far North of the island where they had a reserved area with sunbeds and umbrellas for complete comfort.  Everyone was free to enjoy the afternoon engaging in various activities like sand play, water sports and swimming.  Late lunch was also included and the group enjoyed a summery pasta buffet on the beach terrace.

Brendan and Jean were a true pleasure to work with whilst planning their wedding in Malta.  The islands shall have a special sentiment in their lives forever but will also reflect special memories of a beautiful day to their guests, especially since most of them had never visited the islands before.