Read what the happy couples ARE saying ...

Lisa, Paul & Ruby 23rd April 2014

Hi Marcella, How I miss our emails:( Yes, Paul sent us the link & OMG they are spectacular! We are in a state of shock at how well we both look!!!;) On a serious note they are truly out of this world! Our day was so so special & we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you done for us! I actually have tears in my eyes writing this as I'm sad that it's over but overwhelmed with the beautiful memories we have! The word around town is that there never has been a wedding like it! A lady approached my sister Fiona in Spar today to say that she heard it was the best organised wedding ever! Our guests are still talking & those who were invited but didn't attend are sorry now!! From the moment we met you in the Coffee shop in Bangor we knew you were for us! I knew Marcella, from your own style & elegance that our wedding would replicate all you personify! We had no problem leaving everything in your capable hands & we never feared once that something wouldn't be right! The morning of the wedding was so relaxed & I'm not sure if I would have been so relaxed if you weren't around!! There is nothing I could fault on the day & guests are also raving about the music in the church which again you put together for us!! We genuinely thank you so much for making our day so special! It was so personal to us & we couldn't have done it without you! You are amazing at what you do, you made us feel like we were the only couple ever to get married!! Lots of love x

2nd thank you…
As I'm writing this I'm half wishing this was the start of it all again and we were back organizing it all from the beginning and having that amazing day to enjoy again and there isn't a single thing we would have changed, it was perfection, you are truly amazing at what you do, I could never have imagined our day to have been so special and memorable and your team are so professional and made us feel so much at ease! It's a great testimony for you when not a week goes by since the wedding 7 months ago where someone hasn't mentioned something about that brilliant week! There are friends of ours that have been back since on holidays they had such a great time and more have booked for next year to go back. Once again Marcella thank you for making our wedding day the most amazing ever, it was like a dream. Hope to chat to you again soon.
Love from Mayo,
Paul, Lisa and Ruby .

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Michelle & Kieran 21 April 2014

"Hi Marcella, just wanted to leave you a quick message on behalf of myself and Kieran, Thank you so so much for the most perfect and relaxed wedding day! It could not have been done without you and your team, you are always a pleasure to deal with and we will never forget your attention to detail which made it all the more special for us both! Thank you for everything, we couldn't be happier to have planned our wedding through you and your team!

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Rhiannon & Richard 26th May 2014

Hi Marcella Well we are back on UK soil and wanted to send you a little note to thank you again for everything you and your fabulous team did to make our wedding the happiest and most wonderful day of our lives. We could not have asked for a better day and we are eternally grateful to you, Fr John, Jo, Maria, Paul, Ricardo, Adolfo & everyone else who helped. So many of our guests have told us it was the best wedding they have ever been to and although we are slightly biased, we couldn't agree more!!! Thank you again, keep in touch as we'll be back in Rafol in no time. Hope the rest of your wedding season goes well, we'll never forget you!

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Nat & Grant 26th May 2014

To Marcella, Graham & team,
We are back from our lovely honeymoon in Calpe & still completely buzzing from the wedding.
Our wedding day was absolutely perfect, better than we ever imagined it would be.
Thank you for all of your help, advice & patience throughout.
The flowers, venue, cake, photography (this was really fun by the way Jola - thank you), the service throughout, everything was wonderful! And a big "Thank You" to Marcella for finding us the perfect venue for our day and pulling it all together.
You've given us the most beautiful memories of the beginning of our future together, we are so happy.
Thank you & God Bless.
Nat & Grant x x x

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Kate & Declan 19th June 2014

Marcella, I don't even know where to begin in thanking you for what was the best day of our lives! You and your team are just flawless, professional, and out of this world! Every little detail was five million times more spectacular than what we ever could have dreamed of. We will never be able to thank you enough and we will never forget you for what you did for us!

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Karen & Jason 25th June 2014

Marcella
I didn't want today to pass without writing to you on my return to say a massive ,Thank you, from both Jason and myself for a memorable and 1st class wedding which I know would never have been possible without everything you did for us.
You have been great, I would recommend you and your services to anyone , including that of the the services you arranged....video, flowers, photos, DJ, fireworks and of course the hotel.
I cried as I left today and Jason promised that we will return soon, so maybe see you in Calpe in the not so distant future so we can buy you a glass of bubbles .....
Thanks again
Karen (and Jason)xxxx

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Elizabeth & Barry 17th July 2014

Marcella. Marcella, Marcella, where do I start!!! Thank you is honestly not enough to say you and your team gave myself and Barry the most amazingly magical out of this world wedding day!!! You are one in a million and I Just can't explain how thankful we are you yourself, Heidi,Jo,Graham,Paul&Jola,Ricardo, Daryl an a special shout out to the amazing Sergio an all the staff at the solymar our guests had the most amazing day and we are on cloud 9 this morning!!!! Your a special lady Marcella Doran and we will never be able to thank you enough or ever ever forget you!!!!! love you so so much beauty and I'm going to miss our emails but I will forever be checking in with you xxxxxxxx

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Clare & Jimmy 24th July 2014

How can I find the words and where do I even begin to start to thank you Yourdreamweddinginspain Marcella, for all your support and kindness over the last 12 months. From day 1 you have been a wonderful friend and have been there for me every step of the way to make the 24th of July the best day of my life. You really are an amazing lady. Your team make everything so special, the flowers were so beautiful Heidi Francis ( thank you for all your suggestions) The food was amazing Victoria El Paraiso Reeley ( so many people commented on how beautiful the desserts were) the music was fantastic Darrell Clayton ( I wonder how many other guests gave you 47 song requests lol) the band were amazing and everyone said it was one of the best weddings they had ever been to. Once again thank you all so much xxxxxxx

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Elliott & Jay 16th August 2014

Hi Marcella,

We're back in the UK now, awaiting our taxi to head off to our Honeymoon - we literally can't wait but mostly because we are still buzzing from our wedding day.

We wanted to thank you for keeping us calm especially me, I know working with a perfectionist groom for the first time probably wasn't easy at all - We would never have been able to achieve such a memorable day with you and your partner.

Thank you to Janet for an especially gorgeous tasting cake that looked amazing, the heart I requested in the middle certainly added a special jazz. But also for accommodating my mum who was allergic to butter.

Thank you to Heidi who made my Wife jump for joy when she saw her bouquet, she couldn't believe how Heidi had literally recreated a computerised example we had sent over. The little miss piggy flowers were magical and the centre bowls were the subtle class we wanted.

Thank you to Maria and Jo for making my Wife look like a Disney Princess for the wedding. Jay was always concerned about how she was going to look and I think the two of them did an outstanding job because as she walked down the aisle - she was literally glowing.

Thank you to Lee for doing our blessing, he was extremely professional and our guests described his voice as "so sexy, they would let him read their bed time stories any day" HA!

Thank you to Paul & Ricardo, so organised and again the professionalism was class... they worked the wedding seamlessly without us even realising they were there. We cannot wait to see the finished articles.

Thank you to Darrell and his team, they brought everyone to life on the dance floor. At first everyone was apprehensive about the Greek dance but once finished, they couldn't stop telling me how much fun it was. The wedding was only small but all my guests felt the music was the icing on the cake with perfect variety.

So, for the whole of your team - we literally couldn't have asked for anymore and now the day will live in our hearts for the rest of our lives.

For anyone else who sees this, I couldn't think of a better group to recommend for your wedding day.

Cheers to happy memories. x

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Gemma & Trevor 5th September 2014

To Marcella, the miracle worker, we couldn't have done this without you. You are amazing xx massive thank you to you and your team. To Paul & Jola, we had such fun with the photos, you made it so easy and you made everyone so relaxed, can't wait to see them now xx Talented Heidi , everything you did was just fab! the winery garden looked out of this world, it was everything I had imagined and more, all the fine details did not go unnoticed x Darrell & Strickland, You made the Party happen it was brilliant !!! Last but not least the added extra was the TPL its obvious from the pics everyone had a blast and loved it, the star of the show , we've yet to look through our guestbook yet, can't wait!

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Carmel & James 22nd September 2014

Hi Marcella, we have settled back to normality here in Mayo after our fantastic holiday & amazing wedding in Calpe... James & I cannot thank you enough for organising such an unforgettable day for us! From start to finish we had a ball and all of our guests really enjoyed it too. Special thanks also to joe & Maria who made me look fab (not an easy task ;-)) and to Heidi who got the flowers so right they were perfect. Also thanks to Ricardo for the acting lessons & to the Paul & Yola who made us feel so relaxed and who took the most amazing photos. We would also like to thank grand hotel sol y mar for the amazing food and anyone else who we may have forgotten thank you all so much! We are trying to convince our friends to
Get married in Spain now just do we can go back!! Thanks again xxxxxxxx

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Sarah & Kevin 2nd October 2014

Marcella,
I just want to take this time to send you an email. We are a month married and could not be happier.
I want to thank you for all the help and support that you have given Kevin and I over the last year. You have truly being an Angel. I am so glad that we trusted you 100% and booked everyone through you.
The hair & make up was exceptional, I never realised how good looking my bridesmaid were before hand and the girls added to our day as they were so funny. Our singer Valentina was out of this world, she made our ceremony so personal and special to us, people are still commenting on how fantastic she was.
Photography by Paul & Jola was amazing. We have just received our photographs and now have the hardest job ever to pick out our wedding album. They photos are amazing, both Paul and Jola blended into the wedding and took some amazing shots. True masterpieces.
Our band Strikland and Dj Daryl were both amazing and added to the fun atmosphere we had in the venue. I have never danced so much in my life.
To Adolfo and El Poblet catering an extra special thank you. He catered for our guests in a way I have never seen before and helped tailor a wedding menu specifically for us. He is a true gentleman and has a great team of staff around him.
Heidi our florist made the venue look so good, unfortunately we weren't blessed with the best weather but it did not matter one bit and I am so glad that we moved the meal inside. She organised things outside her remit, things that she didn't need to do and for this we are so thankful. You are a genius Heidi and a lady.
Fr John was also a great choice, he again made our ceremony so personal and we were so happy to have him join us at the meal. A very very nice man. He put us at ease straight away when we got to the church and helped us through the whole ceremony and nothing fazed him.
Casa Santonja was beautiful and all the photos around it are stunning. We weren't blessed with the best day but it did not matter in the slightest. The indoor option is truly magnificent and I think we would have used it regardless of the weather.
Last but not least to our beautiful and outstanding wedding planner Marcella. Without her our day would not have been possible. She took care of everything and worked so hard behind the scenes so that everything went to plan. I would like to thank you personally for making our wedding day the best day of our lives. You honesty don't know how much stress you took away from me, I knew I could trust you 100% so I was able to relax and trust your judgement. You did not steer us wrong. You have a fantastic team around you and to be honest people who don't trust you are fools.
Thank you again for everything Marcella and hopefully we'll meet you some day when you are back in Ireland.
Sarah & Kevin xxxx

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Clare & Joe – 24th September 2013

"Marcella you need to change your name... It should be BEYOND your dream wedding in Spain! Thank you for the most perfect day of our lives, it was above and beyond everything we could have wished for and was all thanks to you! Literally all of the guests couldn't stop complimenting every single detail... Your team are amazing and we can't wait for the album and video now, it will be another excuse for a party :) Thanks so much Marcella, it was really what dreams are made of xxxxx"

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April & Dave. 22nd September 2013

Hi Marcella, Well we are now back at home and back at work….. like we never left!! It’s very sad! So, where to start…. Well it was an amazing experience….. I can’t stop looking at the photos that are on facebook – all of which have been saved to my phone. I can’t wait to see Paul’s photo’s.. They will be gorgeous.. The ceremony was just amazing, I’ve just emailed Malcolm to thank him – I get goose bumps every time I think about it and cry my eyes out listening back to the music!! The setting was perfect – the old town, the blue sky & blue sea, the music, singing & readings – it was totally stunning & amazing…… it was the standout part of the whole day for me. Then the winery, the canapés, the meal, the wine, the setting, the table settings… everything was stunning and all our guests were blown away by the whole day and the whole experience. You have an amazing team of people, Paul & his wife were fab, Jo was brilliant (I’ve read her book), Heidi – I loved the flowers – and looking back on the photos the flowers look even better, Malcolm put us at total ease, the caterers was so nice the day we went for the menu tasting and the whole meal & drinks the day of the wedding – everything was fabulous. The band were brilliant & Darrell was so nice also.. So thanks for everything that you did for us, it was great working with you and you are a marvellous woman, I don’t know how you do it…….. I wish you the very best with your future wedding planning, and hope that you get to enjoy a well deserved break sometime soon. All the best xxx

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Sinead & Danny, 13th October 2012

Hi Marcella,
Hope that you are doing well and have rested yourself. Firstly I have to thank you from the bottom of my heart making my day the best day any girl could ever ask for. You are truly brilliant. You are so fantastic with what you are doing.

Your choice of people that work with you are wonderful from hair and makeup and photos videos and flowers everything that you done for us was so so perfect. The hotel was so wonderful not just on the day but for the whole week I could not fault it at all, The rooms and bridal suite were fantastic. The food on the wedding day was out of this world and all my 20+ guests (lol) loved it. The dj was the best I have ever heard and many of my guests said it was the best wedding that they have ever been to and that is all thanks to you Marcella.

You are one in a million Marcella and myself and Danny are so glad to have met you and once again I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Nicola & Dave, 12th October 2012

Hi Marcella!

I hope all is well with you and you are starting to get a well deserved break from all the "summer" weddings!

Myself and Dave just wanted to formally thank you again for everything and for making our day run so smoothly. You are an absolute pleasure to deal with and a total professional, we enjoyed evey minute of our wedding day and night and indeed the 2 weeks in Calpe.

Everyone had a fantastic time and we're all having serious withdrawal symptoms from the great weather, food etc..

So thanks again!

Best wishes,
Nicola & Dave xx

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John & Jane, 31st August 2012 Marcella,

All of our guests have now returned to the UK, and we are also back home now.
It is an opportunity for Jane and I to send you a message of thanks to you and your team for providing us with such a fantastic and memorable day for Victoria and Darren’s wedding.
The day ran completely to plan, from one memorable moment to the next. Your leadership and the team that you have assembled assured us of a perfect day.
Some of our guests described the day as ‘One that we shall remember for the rest of our lives’, ‘It was like a fairy-tale’, and ‘ I feel that I have been part of a movie’.
Without exception, everyone remarked that they had never experienced such a wonderful wedding.
We are currently suffering the anti- climax after such a great day, and we almost wish that we had another wedding to plan so as to experience again the ‘high’ that we did last week.
If in a small way we can help you or your team by providing an occasional testimonial or reference, then please feel free to ask us.

Thank you once again for such an enjoyable and unforgettable day.

Kindest Regards
John & Jane xx

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Mari & Peter, 2nd July 2012 Hi Marcella,

How are you keeping? Are you still going strong with the weddings or is it winding down yet..?!

Well the madness of this summer has come to an end now and I'm back to work, and I just wanted to sit down and write you a proper thank you.

I don't really know where to begin... Let me just say that on 2 July this summer we had the most fantastic, memorable and magical wedding that we could ever have hoped for, and we owe it all to you.

When we first went over and met you in Calpe last year, we knew straight away that this was the place for our wedding, and that it would be in safe hands with you!! You were so generous with your time, bringing us around to all the different locations, and when you showed us Puerto Blanco we were so thrilled at having found such a beautiful venue for our reception...It was exactly what we'd wanted... And the gorgeous old church in La Nucia with its stone steps was exactly what I'd envisaged when I imagined a wedding in Spain!
We would never have found these places if it wasn't for you, and our base location in Calpe was absolutely brilliant... We knew it would be perfect for our guests!

And so from then on, as the planning of our wedding unfolded over the following year, you were always so efficient and reliable, giving us guidance and help and answering all of our questions... Any time I had a query about anything such as paperwork etc. you always had the answer for me straight away, and made everything seem so simple and straightforward...
Any time I felt a bit stressed during the planning, I just remembered that everything was in your capable hands! :-)

When the time finally came this summer and we headed back over to Calpe with all of our wedding paraphernalia (lots of it!), you met us the next day and went through everything that would happen on the wedding day, including the ceremony, and you took charge of all those little final arrangements and made us feel so relaxed about everything and assured us that everything was all in order... :-)

Then as for the day itself.. well it all just ran like clockwork, as you were there every step of the way to coordinate everything.. And what a fantastic day it was!!
Everything was so perfect...The weather was gorgeous... the guests got to sit out and have a drink at the little tapas bar across from the church before the wedding... the ceremony was beautiful... and Heidi had decorated the church so well with the lovely flowers and lanterns... After the ceremony Paul and Jola took us off for our photos and we went to some amazing locations which were such beautiful settings for wedding photos.. It was all like a dream!!
After that it was on to Puerto Blanco for the reception, and the venue was just stunning. You were there again looking after everything and coordinating the whole evening.. and it was just a brilliant night! Our guests are still talking about what a great wedding it was!

Your team were absolutely amazing.... Maria and Jo did such a great job on our hair, make up, tans etc... The lads also really enjoyed their hot towel shave treatments from Harri!... Heidi did a beautiful job with our bouquets, the church and the venue table centrepieces... Fr. John was so nice and laid back... Paul & Jola were brilliant and really put us at ease for the photos (which turned out gorgeous, by the way.. - getting the album soon!)... Ricardo our videographer was excellent, so professional and dedicated, can't wait for the DVD!... The meal at Puerto Blanco was delicious, and such great service there - thanks to Patrick and staff... The cake by Jo'an & Linda was really lovely - they made us exactly what we wanted and it looked amazing... The band Strikland were absolutely brilliant! Our guests are still talking about how great they were, and they had everyone up dancing the whole time - we were really impressed by their performance... And finally Darrell the DJ was excellent and really kept the night going after Strikland had finished!

But our biggest thanks has to go to you Marcella for pulling the whole thing together. You gave us the wedding of our dreams, and we really cannot thank you enough. It was just an amazing day and we'll have such great memories of it always.

Our guests had an absolute ball in Calpe for the week, and we are so glad that we chose to get married there!!

So Marcella, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us such an amazing wedding.

You are so dedicated to what you do, so professional, and just a fantastic person. We hope we'll see you again... we'll have to go back to Calpe sometime for a holiday!

Take care of yourself...

Lots of love always,

Mari & Peter xxxxx

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Lorna & Colm, 7th October 2011

Hi Marcella

I never got to write you properly to thank you for the most beautiful special day of our lives.

From start to finish the day couldn’t of gone better. Everyone still talks about it. It was so special having all of our family and closest friends there for that period of time it will probably never happen again! We will treasure the memories forever and ever!

Jo and Maria did the most wonderful job even my sister who got married in February had her hair and make up done but said it was nothing compared to they way Jo and Maria had done hers! That’s no mean feat for a bride to admit! She wanted to fly them over! As I always say Marcella only has the best! It lasted all day and my eyelashes were perfect for the night after too! My mum and sisters still had theirs too! I have never had GHD curls last the whole day and night (definitely the not so wee hours of the morning!) and I spent the whole night on the dance floor and my hair (and makeup) was perfect I have photos to prove it!! I would recommend any bride getting the tan and exfoliation from Maria she is amazing and your skin just glows……

Heidi did a wonderful job on the flowers, she is so creative and totally got what I wanted – shabby chic - we through up some great ideas together! loved my lavender place names with the brown tags, lanterns in the church and of course the tablepieces and not forgetting the beautiful bouquets and my lovely flowergirls crown of flowers!

The cake was out of this world! The attention to detail was unbelievable - Vanessa even had a little feather on the mini me to match my head piece! Everyone commented on it. I didn’t mind not getting to taste before hand as I knew it would be divine just wished I had the whole flavour as orange conitreau! It was so delicious we enjoyed it at the pool the next afternoon!

Fr John did a really beautiful ceremony my cousin was saying he should record childrens books for a living he has the most wonderful calm soothing voice, and is a lovely man.

The Church music was wonderful, her voice was just stunning! Spine tingling! Everyone commented on it listening back to it on the DVD it really set a beautiful atmosphere, perfect!

Loved loved loved the photos, Paul and Jola are both really talented photographers and beautiful people! It was like we knew them forever! We got some amazing shots in the old town. I still have to put a storybook album together but cannot wait to get started on that!

Daryl the DJ (hope that’s how you spell it) was so lovely he came up and introduced himself to me and my family and later on I saw him about to start all spruced up in a suit! I thought that was lovely even though what he was wearing before was fine!! He was kept busy but kept the best tunes coming I remember him playing Rhiannas new one (We Found love) except I didn’t even hear it yet it was literally just out that past week! Hot off the press !!

Strikland were fantastic kept us dancing all night and as you said somethings happen for a reason and we couldn’t of been happier with Niamh!

I just emailed Ricardo to say thanks as you know……Colm didn’t want a DVD but is so unbelievably glad we did. To any of the future Altea brides honestly girls get it! You put so much into the day its beautiful to have it all captured in such a romantic special detailed and beautiful way. Ricardo is really the best there is. Its like watching a film all the things I didn’t notice I did then just seeing everyone so relaxed ….I love the way he put the ceremony on a separate DVD and a lovely edited version in the main DVD friends and family commented on how wonderful that was too! Oh good we don’t have to fast forward! Nice eh?!! The day goes by so quick we can forever go back in our hearts but its just extra special to have it all on film forever (its blu ray so forever it is!!)!

Finally the biggest thanks goes to you our Marcella. You are so talented at what you do as I said some people never find their calling in life but you wonderful Marcella have. You make peoples dreams come true. You made ours. It was so wonderful knowing you were there all along making sure everything went smoothly. I’m sure you have done this hundreds of times but you made us feel like we were the first! All the emails, all the questions, the lovely champagne and other surprises you did on the day….no stone was left unturned. You go above and beyond and that and the wonderful people you have working with you, is why you are the best in the business I defy anyone else to take that title.

You are amazing and we love you lots and will always be forever grateful for giving us the best day of our lives.

Do pass this on and my details to any other bride that might have questions I would be happy to speak to them!

Lorna and Colm
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Denise & Brian, 28th September 2011

Our wedding was in the beautiful Costa Blanca Region in a little town called Altea. We had the most fantastic day that i have dreamed about for a long time and i just want to share it with you all.

We arrived in Alicante airport on Friday 23rd Sept. All our family and friends were coming on the Sunday/Monday so it was just us and 1 of my aunts and uncles. I was so excited. After having a manic week at home of ironing shirts/collecting dresses/packing it was so exciting to be eventually on the plane with my hubby to be! When we first arrived it was raining - I couldn’t believe it. Obviously me being pessimistic feared the worst but it was only spits and the weather right up and including our special day was just bliss. Blue skies and temperatures soaring near 30 every day. We soon settled in to sun, sea and bliss. We were staying in the town of Calpe just 15 mins away from Altea town. The reason for this was that it was just a bit livelier for our wild guests!! Calpe is beautiful but a lot more built up with a gorgeous beach/shops/restaurant and also includes a beautiful old town.

We met up with our wedding planner Marcella on the Saturday. She excited us even more. We were sitting in the gorgeous Sol Y Mar hotel in Calpe looking out over the beach having a chilled out drink. Marcella calmly went through the whole process of the day from start to finish. She couldn’t have made me any calmer. I am a total stress ball so it takes someone to make me this relaxed! She went through from when the hairdresser and beautician arriving to my room the morning of the wedding, to the flowers, timings of bus etc. At this stage of it everything was arranged anyway as I had been in constant contact with Marcella and she had all the best suppliers so it was just a few last minute preps at this stage. She stood us up and made us practice our vows - it was so lovely and made it all feel so real. Any questions I had she had the answer at the tip of her tongue - of course she has probably heard everything 1000 times before! There was no stone she left unturned. She also went through the exact routine of the ceremony and we went to the hotel were we were having the reception to go through our table plans etc and iron all little details out. That evening myself and hubby to be were relieved that all was in order.

For the next few days we just relaxed by the gorgeous pool at the hotel and greeted all our guests that arrived. All our guests apart from a few stayed in the Sol Y Mar Calpe with a lot staying in their apartments. My guests could not get over the apartments. They were huge and so so modern. Everyone was delighted and no bad reports at all. Of course I had all these really nice cocktail bars and restaurants picked out in the town, but to my despair, there was an Irish pub right beside the hotel and this is where my party pretty much retired for the whole week!! I didn’t mind at all though as the atmosphere was just great. The barmen went to so many lengths for us putting banners up the day before and day after the wedding. They were delighted just to get the business. I have to admit in the day or 2 before the wedding I did, through my own fault, get fairly stressed and emotional. When I look back now I am not sure why or what about, but I was a bride, and well I just wanted everything to be so perfect!

The night before the wedding we had a few sociable altogether in the Irish pub. Of course I was keeping to tradition and my Mum and Dad made sure I was out of there by midnight. It was great fun. My sister (bridesmaid) stayed with me that night. Didn’t sleep a wink and woke up at one stage and thought it was lashing rain. But no when we did get up it was a picture perfect day. I agreed with my hubby that I would be back in my room for 10.00 am as he as staying in the hotel too. So I went to breakfast with all my family. Then back to the room to start the preparations! The hairdresser and beautician arrived at the hotel shortly after. I was pacing the apartment while all the girls and mums got their bits done. Jo our hairdresser had brought extra girls with her for the guests to get their hairs done in a separate apartment - it was excellent to have this service that we had everything come to us in the hotel and didn’t have to rush around to them! One of best friends who were moving to Australia that day gave me a surprise phone call to wish me good luck and of course that set me off! But Marcella was up shortly after to give me a hug and calm me down in hand with a bottle of Cava! Yum! So after the girls and Mums were done my prep work started for hair and makeup. I felt like an age and didn’t know quite how I would look after it was all completed but I have to say that I was gob smacked at the results they were able to achieve but for me, my bridesmaids and my Mum. My Mum wouldn’t be used to all this treatment so she was delighted. My hair was exactly how I wanted and she added in extensions to give it that volume. I was delighted with my make up also - both of them did trials on before also.

In between all this commotion - Heidi the flower lady had arrived up with my flowers - which were absolutely gorgeous - every little detail was just amazing. Then the photographer arrived later and started picturing little details like my dress, the rings, my little flower girl etc. At about 2.45 I could hear this big bus taking off down on the street and had suddenly realized it was my hubby to be and all my guests taking off for the church! I was too busy thinking about myself!!! Marcella had planned to take them all up to the village where the church was, which was La Nucia in Altea Hills. Up there she had organized that the little pub across from the church was reserved for the guests to have a chilled out drink before the ceremony at 4pm! They loved it!! They also had little Spanish drummer boys playing while walking down the cobbled streets!

So I was all ready to go - it was a bit of a tight squeeze in the end for time and well my poor mum and bridesmaids got the brunt of it when they were trying to lace up my dress telling them to hurry up!! In the end I actually ended up being a bit early and the car had to wait up the hill before going in. I loved my car - I was unsure about whether to spend money on this but in the end went for the old Rolls Royce - it was everything I ever dreamed of and was so special going up with Daddy in it. The chauffer was the nicest man ever and made us feel so relaxed. The views were so amazing on the way up the mountain with the breeze in our hair. When we got to the church the little drummer boys kicked off again to let the guys in the church know I was there! I felt so special, this whole build up was for us!! My ma was there outside to give me a hug before going in. As I walked up the grand steps to the church I soaked it all in. Marcella was standing there to give me a hug and fix my dress as I had such a long trail and was all pleated so needed to sit just right. She guided the bridesmaids and us exactly when to walk. It just felt amazing - walking down with my dad to Songbird by Eva Cassidy sang by the gorgeous Sophie - again supplied by Marcella. When I got to the top I was just shaking. But he was just as nervous too. He put his arm round me and held my hand the whole time. I just couldn’t believe our time was here. Lighting the candles was a bit of a disaster! I could not hold my hand still that my Dad had to come up and help me!! The music was just divine throughout and it was just so nice to hear all the songs we had chosen sang so beautifully. So we got hitched, had a big smooch and were so happy!! My favourite part was walking back down the aisle as the guests were blowing out bubbles and clapping. Then when were outside all celebrating Marcella let off these bangers and everyone was so excited!! It was great. We took a bunch of pics of course as the steps outside the church were just divine. Everyone ventured back to the pub for one in the meantime. We took off in the car before everyone to get some pics in Altea town. The photographers - Schillings Photography were the nicest couple ever. She kept telling me how beautiful I was and they were so easy with us. The great thing was that I didn’t feel that hot in my dress at all and we had to climb some hills!! We then ventured up the Villa Gadea were everyone was waiting for us. They were enjoying the cocktail reception outside when we were introduced. Everyone kept saying to us how they could not get over how beautiful the place was. It was superb - looking out over the Sea with the gorgeous gardens of the hotel. Everything I could have wished for. That was when I was glad that we stayed somewhere else from where we were having the reception from as it leaves an element of surprise there.

Around 7.30 pm we sat down for our meal. Everyone enjoyed and the wine was flowing. We then had the speeches after which was great fun. Then the party began. The DJ came on first so we could do our first dance. We danced to "It Feel Like Home to Me" from the Notebook and My Sisters Keeper. It was amazing and Marcella let off steamers and smoke. Everyone else joined in for a few more slow ones and then the Band started - Stickland plus an Irish girl called Niamh. They were just fantastic - they even played Irish songs, such as Irish Rover, Galway girl. The craic was just flowing - i even produced some Irish dancing!

At 12pm we had to move in doors to the banquet room although we would have just loved to have stayed outside but rules are rules. The DJ started and we danced and laughed to the wee hours. We did the whole removal of garter, cutting of cake and throwing of bouquet. Marcella knew when to call for everything. DJ Darrell was great, he played all requests and kept the party upbeat although many were smokers and sat outside!

Eventually at 3am we started to dwindle. Myself and my new hubby were staying in the Villa Gadea and everyone else was going back to Calpe.It was lovely to have the honeymoon suite there. Marcella had the room organized lovely with my bouquets on the bed with flower petals everywhere. We had strawberries and chocolate (yum) and Cava and had our own Jacuzzi outside. It was bliss.

So that was my experience in a nutshell! I really had the most amazing day. Without our wedding planner Marcella we could not have done it. But she and her suppliers could not have made it any easier for us. For any of you picturing and wishing for a dream wedding in Spain I would urge you all to follow your dream as I got everything out of my day that I ever wanted. The only regret I have is that I stressed for no reason at all! So just relax and enjoy it all. Marcella if you are reading this thank you so much for being such a wonderful person and listening to me for the last year to ensure my day went perfect. xx

As posted on www.weddingonline.ie

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Rebecca & Tim, 17th September 2011

Hey Marcella

Just wanted to send you a quick mail to say again a massive thanks to you for everything. The wedding day was just absolutely fantastic, even better than we could have imagined. From start to finish it ran so smoothly and everything was so chilled out and relaxing. The team you have working with you are great I have to say, so professional. Everyone was in awe of Sophie in the church, it all sounded amazing,we didnt get a chance to even set eyes on her so if you could pass on thanks on a fabulous job to her from us. And to everyone else who made the day so memorable and amazing! We were on cloud 9 all day and all the guests just had a brilliant time, the best wedding ever according to most which we dont doubt!! Thanks again to you Marcella and you never know we might be out there again with some of our friends soon!

Take care xx

Rebecca and Tim

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Denise & Colin, 1st July 2011

Hi Marcella,

Hope all is well. I’m sure you’re flat out at the moment with the Mayo wedding.

We watched the wedding video last night and it was brilliant. I’m sure you hear it all the time but I wish I could go back do it again!

Anyway, I’m just dropping you a quick line to let you know how delighted we both are that we got married with you as our wedding planner. It was just such a fantastic time and I can tell you that if everyone over here ran their business as professionally as you do, the economy would be booming again!! I think the wedding DVD really brought it home how super a time it was.

I have been at loads of social events recently and am banging on about 'Your Dream Wedding in Spain' to whoever will listen to me. My chiropractor told me today she was considering Lanzorate but I’m going to work on her next week and at least get her in contact.

So that’s it, I hope business is going well, married life is going great and thank you one last time for doing such a wonderful job.

Talk soon

Colin Teahon, Director
Snap Mayo, Unit 12, N5 Business Park, Moneen, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

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Edel & Peter, 27th May 2011

Hey Marcella,

I hope you are well. I have finally gotten time to sit down and write you an email after digesting all the craziness over the past few weeks!

I can't tell you how pleased Peter and I are with how everything went, we just keep saying how absolutely perfect everything was and we can't believe that there is nothing we would have changed about the day. Having you there to make sure it all goes smoothly was a god send. I can't imagine how nervous I would have been if I had to deal with all of that myself :) And I really enjoyed your little surprises throughout the day. I swear everyone thought they were back in belfast when they heard the fire crackers go off haha some of them actually ran for cover!!! lol it was very funny.

Jo and Maria are absolute beauty geniuses! I can't tell you how much I was impressed with Maria's makeup skills. I originally planned to do my own and changed my mind. I'm so glad I did as she just made me look amazing! My mum had major reservations about getting her makeup done, and even she was very impressed!! She's a hard woman to please. Jo has opened up new possibilities for me with the hair extensions haha it's amazing that you can just show her a pic and she does the job :)

Paul and Jolanta were amazing, I think it says a lot that a photographer can make you feel very comfortable and not feel stupid for "posing". We had a great day with them, they are really lovely people. We're so happy with the photos that they have taken and all our friends and family keep saying they look like something from a bridal magazine.

The winery is such a great place to have a wedding; I just loved wondering around with my cava soaking up the atmosphere with the Spanish guitarists. The service and food provided by Christina and Co was second to none, all of our guests were so impressed with everything. I really want to send them a small gift, but I'm not sure what to get.

Of course the music throughout the day was brilliant and it was very nice of Strikland to let us have a spot while they were on their break :) Again everyone commented about how good they were.

Everyone is still talking about the wedding and saying it's the best they have ever been to and that it will be hard for anyone to beat it! That's exactly the kind of comments I wanted to hear :) You should definitely be very proud of the work you do. To each couple, their wedding day is so important to them, you can see how much I'd built it up in my own head, and it all centres around hoping everything goes ok. Your experience and ideas are what makes the weddings so amazing. And most couples have never done a wedding before, so they don't really know what works and what doesn't. Without you, we never would have found our dream venue and your great suppliers. We managed to have an amazing day without going over board on budget.

I really want to visit El Xato again and this time manage to eat everything on my plate!!

Thanks again for everything and replying to millions of emails, your quick response to small queries really does help with a brides sanity! lol

Good luck for the rest of your weddings this season :)

Edel and Peter xxx. (Wedding Journal Online)

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Gemma & Ken, 2nd May 2011

Marcella We just wanted to thank you for everything you did for us from the moment we met you. I can honestly say with hand on heart that I wasn't at all stressed or worried about our day knowing it was all in your capable hands. I can relate to brides that have said they day flies by because I can't believe how fast it went, from the morning getting ready to the ceremony itself to the dinner & reception. I am sad its over now!!

I want you to pass on our sincere appreciation to all your suppliers.....
Jo - what a lady, an incredible professional full of love and laughter, she would put anyone at ease. She has a friend for life with my sister Aishling!!!!!
Maria - All I can say is I put all my trust in her, I know she felt a little overwhelmed with the amount of information my gang thought they knew about make up but I just let her do her thing and looking back now she got it spot on.
Fr. John & Fr. Juan - they delivered a memorable and beautiful mass that we will keep in our hearts for the rest of our lives. Fr. Juan nearly had me in A&E when he was looking through our files but how nice of him to say how beautiful I looked.
Passion Doble & Sophies - For all our guests and ourselves they were one of the best parts of the day. I think they had everyone in tears with the beautiful music they performed in the church, they really were exactly what I wanted and gave me goose pimples going up the isle. They are fantastic artists.
Spanish Guitarists & Fan Fair - well I think these guys started off the day so well and prepared guests for what was to come. I was as cool as a cucumber until I got out of the car at the church & the lads started playing, I couldn't control my emtions and ended up walking up the isle like a blubbering idiot!!!! The spanish guitartists at the hotel were a great for getting people talking and mingling. Great fun.
Coach Transfer - I hear there was great banter on the bus going to and from the church, I can't say thank you enough for him making the pit stop at Benidorm to pick up some of our guests.
Heidi - All I can say is WOW WOW WOW, she didn't half disappoint. Everyone was raving about our flowers and centre pieces, she did an AMAZING job and I even managed to bring my own bouquet home to treasure forever. The colours and arrangement was exactly how I had imagined it and she went over and beyond to deliver.
Vanessa - Well I think everyone will talk about that cake for a very long time. I am sooooo happy I decided to go with something quirky as I believe a beautiful tradional cake will soon be forgotten. Ken couldn't believe his surprise and it was worth all the secrets. The cake was brilliant to look at but nicer to eat, I managed to get some cake back to Ireland aswell!!!!!
Strikland - they were amazing, I was worried the atmosphere wouldn't be like a wedding at home with so little guests but those guys are tru professionals, they just got the party started and it never stopped!!! Would go see them gig the next time we are over.
DJ - For the life of me I can't remember his name which upsets me because he really was a character, I enjoyed him so much and if any of your brides want a recommendation I couldn't fault him. He played everything and even sang - great character, a great find.
Paul & Yolanda - well what can I say about these guys. They made our day. We can't wait to see their shots and get our hands on our book. They are both so professional but they treated us like friends. No-one felt uncomfortable around them and they were not intrusive of our day at all. I can't say enough nice things about them they are one in a million (well two I suppose!!!!) and they will both remain in our hearts for a very long time.
Emma & staff - everything about the day went so well, the drinks flowed & the wine never stopped!!! The food was cooked to perfection and I cannot fault one aspect of the day. I know we were hoping to eat outside but believe me when I say there was nothing better than having the reception drinks outside and moving the party inside. I really appreciate how much Emma, the waiting staff, drinks staff and the Maitre D did for us, first class service.

And finally to you Marcella, our dream wedding planner. I think you were the key that brought our whole day together. You were amazing and I can't speak highly enough of you. All our guests are still talking about you and how brilliant you were on the day. You are a true diamond, a professional and to me a great friend. I felt so at ease knowing you were looking after us, so much so I believe I gave up contacting you as the wedding drew close!!! We will never forget you Marcella and want to send all our friends and family to you to arrange their weddings!!!! Although then ours wouldn't be the "wedding of the year" as one guest commented - poor Kate Midleton eh, little did she know a small Cork wedding in Altea would out do hers!!!!! If you ever want to use us as reference or would like us to write a testimonial for your website all you need to do is ask, I believe we are forever in debt to you for making our dreams come true.

So with all that said, I can't wait to come back and visit Altea and you and Emma again. I miss you all so much and its been no more than a week since we left the shores!!!!

Keep in touch
Gemma & Ken Ince xoxox

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Sharon & Warren, 30th April 2011

Hello Marcella,

My apologies for getting in touch sooner, it has just been mental since we got back from Spain and my dream wedding which I will never forget. We have had stag parties, a hen night and my niece first holy communion all in a week and a half. So married life has been brilliant so far, I cant believe it was 2 weeks already on Saturday... So I will say all my thank yous now when I have a wee minute.

Firstly I cannot Thank You Marcella enough, without your help it would have been so stressful and such an amount of work especially when Warren and I never got over to you once. I am so grateful and happy that we decided to go with Our dream Wedding in Spain and felt immediately that you were the wedding planner for us. I would highly recommend any couple to place all their trust in you, as they will not be let down. In fact you will exceed all their expections as you did with myself and Warren. It was so lovely to be greeted by a friendly face when we got their and at once things where set out, appointments made and tours of all our venues before the big day.

My wedding day could not have gone smoother and it really was the happiest of our lives. You were brilliant at organizing everyone and everything. A lot of our guests made the comment of how professional you were and really nice to deal with. Of course I could not sing your praises any higher than I was already doing and our guest could not get over the fact that we had never met you before and the fact we had never visited Caple. Again I told then that it was all down to you and how well you had got to know us and all through email and 1 or 2 phone calls. BRILLIANT is all I can say. Just a final wee thanks to you for making Our day so special and I did not have to think of anything only enjoy yourself and make the most of it- very sound advice that you reminded me of that morning.

I know you have a wonderful team around you, but I would like you to pass on my thanks to all involved. So I will just mention them individually. Firstly Sergio and the hotel, well the wow factor was certainly present and we where delighted when Sergio immediately came out to greet us. He is just a gas character and made us feel very welcome. All of our guests are still talking about the hotel and the apartments and what a wonderful venue it was. They especially liked the Champagne Bar. It was also great to get the suite on the morning to get ready in style. Thanks to Gemma for looking after the room bookings and my lovely wedding dress.

Now on the Day, Maira and Jo what a great duo. Firstly our hair and make up trial they were so nice and very professional. My hair and make up on the day was perfect and they really did make me look a million dollars. My make up was still perfect at 6am the next day. The girls really did do a fantastic job on both mothers and on my bridesmaid Derval. People nearly didn't recognize her.

Lesley our photographer was just deadly all day. I cant say enough good things about her. Immediately she started at 11am and never stopped until well after mid night. The first day we met her for the pre-weeding shoot we just clicked immediately. Lesley understood that myself and warren were definitely not used to posing in front of a camera and was able to coordinate our awkward limbs. I must say by the middle of our wedding day we were posing like naturals for Lesley and we had great craic and fun all day with her. A massive thanks to Lesley as she presented us with our prints of our wedding day afew days later and also a beautiful case with all in cd format. Lesley was only meant to print 30 for us but she ended up giving us nearly all the shots of the day. I cant thank her enough for this, it was such a lovely gift and they way they were laid out in different montages and backgrounds behind the photos... AMAZING
Again all my guests commented on the good job she did, so you can tell Lesley I will be back for my Demi Moore shot !!

Heidi - well my God my flowers were just fabulous, sure I nearly started crying again when I saw them for the first time. This was a particularly hard job for you to capture the idea that I had in my head as we never met once, only on the day when you dropped in my bouquet. Everyone again said how beautiful they were and the church was just gorgeous. Even the lanterns were so ambient.

Vanessa and my delicious and wonderful Wonky cake. It was such a pity i never got to meet the artist because that is exactly what Vanessa is.. I nearly dropped when I saw it first when walking into the banquet hall for our reception as this was the first I had seen of it. I think everyone heard the little squeal from me as I laid eyes on it. Again all my family and guest said it was amazing and it tasted as good as it looked. So thank you so much Vanessa and I think the hotel are holding on to it for photos and demonstrations to other couples of what is on offer.

I cannot forget the lovely man that married us, Father John. A big thank you for putting me and Warren at ease straight away and for the wonderful service you give us. We will always have fond memories as the Church part was really special and important to us.

This bring me on to our lovely church music and I dont think there was a dry eye in the church. It was just so special and again more great comments from all our guests. Thanks to Sophie and Pasion Double .

I think that is it Marcella, sorry it is probably the longest email you have ever got but just wanted to say Thanks to all for being part of our special day.. Did I say the Red convertible was just class too and the driver was lovely...

All the best now and always

Sharon and Warren XXX

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Tony & Maeve Dunne, 3rd October 2010

Hi Marcella,

Well, we have finally come back down to earth and reality after a fabulous few weeks!! All that planning and organising paid off and became one of the best experiences Maeve and I (and a large percentage of our friends and family!) have ever had!!

We all had the best time ever over in Calpe/Altea and it was great to see 2 families who had not really met before and 2 sets of friends who had never met to share such fun and laughter and become such good friends in such a short space of time!

We could not have asked for more! And this in the main comes down to one person.. you, Marcella!!

We could not have asked for a better, more competent person to have co-ordinated our big day and you did just that. Everything seemed to go so smoothly and we felt like it was all as much of a surprise to us as it was our guests! We are so glad we decided to go abroad to get married, so glad we picked Spain and so glad Google had you ranked as number 1 for “wedding planner spain”!! ?

We hope the day was not too stressful for you (as I know trying to get a big gang of Irish out of pubs is difficult!) and that you enjoyed it too. Could you pass on our sincere thanks to Jo, Vicky and anyone else involved who contributed to our day (I have contacted Fr John, Heidi and Guy as well as Emma and Sergio direct to say thanks but am sure there are many others like Strikland, DJ, Fireworks guys, Spanish Guitarists and Drummer/Piper!!)

We would love to stay in touch with you and any time you are back in Ireland (with our without your family) we would love to have you down to us in Kerry.

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Tony & Maeve Dunne, 3rd October 2010

Hi Marcella,

Well, we have finally come back down to earth and reality after a fabulous few weeks!! All that planning and organising paid off and became one of the best experiences Maeve and I (and a large percentage of our friends and family!) have ever had!!

We all had the best time ever over in Calpe/Altea and it was great to see 2 families who had not really met before and 2 sets of friends who had never met to share such fun and laughter and become such good friends in such a short space of time!

We could not have asked for more! And this in the main comes down to one person.. you, Marcella!!

We could not have asked for a better, more competent person to have co-ordinated our big day and you did just that. Everything seemed to go so smoothly and we felt like it was all as much of a surprise to us as it was our guests! We are so glad we decided to go abroad to get married, so glad we picked Spain and so glad Google had you ranked as number 1 for “wedding planner spain”!! ?

We hope the day was not too stressful for you (as I know trying to get a big gang of Irish out of pubs is difficult!) and that you enjoyed it too. Could you pass on our sincere thanks to Jo, Vicky and anyone else involved who contributed to our day (I have contacted Fr John, Heidi and Guy as well as Emma and Sergio direct to say thanks but am sure there are many others like Strikland, DJ, Fireworks guys, Spanish Guitarists and Drummer/Piper!!)

We would love to stay in touch with you and any time you are back in Ireland (with our without your family) we would love to have you down to us in Kerry.

Kind Regards,

Tony & Maeve Dunne!

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Karen & Gaetan, 1st October 2010

Hi honey,

Well, we are home :( would have loved a few more days relaxing by the pool but at least we have the honey moon in 7 weeks :) I just want to thank you again for everything, you were an absolute star from start to finish, I didnt have anything to worry or stress about.

Each and every one of your team, Jo, Maria, Heidi, Vanessa, Strikland, Darryl, Nacho and Ana, the 2 Sophies, all the musicians, and everyone else I havent mentioned were so professional and we were 100% delighted with each and every one of them. And then there was Vicky, she was so brillant, the BBQ, the way she stepped in for you, and even then on the day, a star!

But the biggest thank you is of course for you, seriously, from myself and Gaetan you made everything so easy and ensured that our wedding day was the best day of our lives. I had to be dragged to bed as I didnt want it to end :) You were a dream to work with :)

Hope we can keep in touch,

Love Karen and Gaetan xxxxxxx

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Lise & Mark, 4th September 2010

Hi Marcella, So Sorry I’m only emailing you now!! Finally back to normal after our beautiful honeymoon. Hope all is well with you?

Just want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us the wedding of our dreams! I know I’ve said it to you before but I knew from the first email you sent me that you were the wedding planner forus! You always go over and above the call of duty and do such a fantastic job and use a brilliant crew of people.

We had such a wonderful few days. Everyone was amazed by Solymar and the drinks reception in the Champagne Bar. The Wedding Day was like nothing they’ve been to before and everyone wanted to stay longer!And those that could stay around for the pool party had a ball and loved the BBQ! Most of them are planning on going back next year for our one year anniversary!Heidi as I knew did such a lovely job with the flowers! My bouquet was stunning and we loved our flower covered pagoda.

Paul’s pictures are absolutely stunning! Delighted with them! Now we have the daunting task of cutting them down but I want all the pics in the album! Would recommend him for every Wedding!!

Casa Vital looked fantastic and Åge did a great job! Everyone thought Altea was the most beautiful place and wanted to spend more time wandering around. So glad you brought us down to show us the view from Åge’s on our first visit which meant we could have such a unique ceremony setting :)

Jo did a brill job with the hair and the bridesmaids were delighted! They looked gorgeous!

But most of all giant hugs and kisses to the best wedding planner in the world!! You completely took all the stress of the wedding away from me because I knew you would do the best job possible!

Thank you again! Lots of love,

Lise & Mark

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Petrie & David, 23rd July 2010

Hi Marcella,

We are just after going through our wedding photo's sent over from Leslie remembering our lovely wedding. We meant to send this weeks ago but things have been hectic as you can imagine.

We would just like to thank you again for such a fantastic and memorable day. You, Leslie, Emma and all your team were a pleasure to work with and a big thanks to everyone again for all the help they gave us.

Our guests are still talking about the fantastic day they had and how amazing you were. We would all love to return there someday. You always put us at ease and were a pure lady to us.

Wishing you all the best in the future,

Lots of love, Petrie & David.

P.S. hope your finger has recovered!!

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Ciara & Leigh, 17th July 2010

Hi Marcella,

Hope you are keeping well and that you are not too burnt out yet with all the weddings!!

We are back from the honeymoon a week today and what a long week it has been between hospitals and hosital appointments. The only good thing is that they are all still raving about the wedding and you, especially my mum, I think she has half of Sligo told about how good you were. Everyone had an absolute ball at the wedding and reckon it was the best wedding they were ever at..

While we were away I know I only sent short emails, but I just really want to thank you again for all you did for us not only on the day of the wedding but over the whole six months that we were planning it. I could not have dreamed of a better day and to have everyone enjoy it as much as us was an added bonus.

I know there were alot of things I would have missed out on, but everyone was telling me how good you were on the bus and thank you for the baskets for the fans and hankies. I also want to say thanks so much for all the little extras you added to the wedding yourself like the bangers outside the church (although I dont think Fr. Michael appreciated them as much as we did!!) and the ballons with the wishes on them was such a nice touch.

Everyone was blown away with the music in the church, I would actually love to sit in on another wedding that she sings at to be able to listen to her again!! Although I think my brother was taking a bit of a video so I am looking forward to seeing that.

Also organsing the band for outside when we hadnt even asked you to was brilliant, it would have been a killer to go inside at that stage and to add to it she was brilliant and had everyone up dancing all night, I would have loved for her to have been able to play on for another couple of hours.

Leigh was saying to me that you organised the cake yourself which I hadnt realised, so I owe you for that!!

Also the flowers were so lovely, Heidi did such a good job on them, mine was just fab, it was a shame that the ones for the table wouldnt stay up with the wind as they looked great on the tables, but I tell you I was glad of that bit of wind when we sat down to eat!!

And the fireworks, what can I say!! They were brilliant so happy we got the biggest package, they were well worth it.

The only thing I regret now is not taking your advice on the video because I would love a look back on the day now, but at the time people kept saying to us not too bother that you never look at them (Im sorry I listened to them now!!)

Also can you say thanks to Maria for me, she was brilliant the morning of the wedding and so lovely, she was even helping with my dress when we were leaving the hotel room. She did a great job on the makeup, someone even said to me down at the other bar at about 4.30 in the morning that I looked as good then as I did when I walked into the church, the makeup didnt bug an inch!

Finally the photos, Paul and wife did such a brilliant job on them, they are just stunning and to add to it they were so lovely the day of the wedding always smiling and so polite. Leigh and myself just have to sit down and decide which ones we want for the album which is going to be impossible as they are all fab.

After this email I suppose I will have no reason to be emailing you again, which is sad because you feel like a real friend after the wedding, you are such a lovely person, so professional and so kind, you did over and above what we asked for the wedding and for that I will be forever grateful.

Best wishes to you and your family.

Take Care, Ciara & Leigh xxx

PS I think we are going to back to Altea next year so if we do I will let you know maybe there may be a wedding that we could gate crash...

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Maria & Billy, 16th July 2010

Hi all,

I know how hard it is at the beginning when trying to plan your wedding and you don't know where to start!! It is hard to figure out who to trust on net when you have never met any of the people in these companies - so I decided to go with the reviews on weddings online.ie. Marcella had rave reviews so I contacted her. From the first email she was professional to the last!

Advice: go with whatever Marcella says!! I know its hard to entrust such an important day in someone elses hands but I wish I had gone with Marcella more easily. She will not let you down. I have no affiliation with Marcella and will gain nothing by writing this. This forum was invaluable to me when I was planning my wedding so its payback time! All the reviews speak for themselves.

Marcella charges a reasonable rate and we thought she did such an amazing job we gave extra money. I am sure there are a lot of couples who do this as you will be absolutely blown away by the service Marcella gives. She leaves no stone unturned!! Sounds terrible to say but Marcella has something perhaps not all wedding planners have - class! She has very elegant classy taste. ZERO tack!! Marcella has a great sense of style, colours, what works etc! You know your in good hands with her and she knows exactly what you need. She expects a lot of her team and they deliver. I most especially reccommend her photographer Lesley. Lesley is talented and puts you at ease in front of the camera. I was a very nervous bride and Lesley was so nice to me and calmed me.Also the local pipers at church were a great idea as well as 1950's convertible red buick!!!

It is HOT HOT HOT in Spain in July and we had a heat wave!!! It didn't bother me but just be prepared! I wore a light weight short vintage 50's dress. It was so comfortable on the day with the heat. Also a parasol helped plus it loooks nice in the photos!

If you need any help or advice feel free to contact me or request me as a friend on facebook ( Maria Murphy)to see our wedding pics. Also we designed this website to help our guests. Feel free to use any of the info in it. http://www.momentville.com/mariaandbilly

Marcella has gotten two weddings from our wedding - people at ours recommending to their friends and people who saw our pictures on facebook. Our guests had a great time and are still talking about it. Altea is an amazing destination and you can really push the boat out for your guests. Most of our guests commented on how reasonable Villa Gadea was to stay in for a 5 star hotel and how inexpensive food and drinks were in the old town of Altea. I think this meant a lot to people cause they really had given up a lot just to celebrate our wedding!! e.g annual leave, babysitters, nannies, flights etc We were also able to host a free bar and tapas party the night after the wedding for a fraction of the cost it would cost here in Ireland. You will probably not save any money on the wedding day but your money seems to go alot further! e.g 5 star hotel, fabulous setting, beach, sunshine, need I say more!!!!

Hope this helps xxx

As posted on www.weddingonline.ie by Maria & Billy

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James & Kirsty (Simpson!!!) 29th May 2010

Hola,

Hope all went well with your wedding yesterday and you get chance for a bit of a relax today!! We will speak again very soon but in the meantime, thank you so much for giving us the most amazing wedding we could have ever hoped for.
Never in my wildest dreams did i realise how I would feel on the day and you made that possible! We love you dearly!!

James and Kirsty (Simpson!!!!) xxxx

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Katie & Mark, 21st May 2010

Hello my love

How are you??????

Oh Marcella, almost 4 weeks on and we are still talking about the wedding!!!! Never mind Mark and I and our families raving about it, apparently it has been the talk of Castlebar for the last 3 weeks! Seriously, Mum and Dad were inundated by people asking about it and there were a lot of photographs in circulation in town by the time we came back. The colours and the style were amazing and as my parents said, you could not even attempt to describe it to someone, they had to experience it.

The overall consensus was......"best wedding ever"....."fairytale"........."super chic and stylish". Thank you.. thank you so so much!

Chat soon

Katie & Mark
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25th September 2009

Hello my dear,

Thanks so much for that, we had such a lovely honeymoon, but you are right I am a bit depressed, when I was leaving Spain I really started missing everyone and it was sad knowing that we wouldn’t have this moment again but we are back to reality but it’s not too bad because we have started to renovate the house (always planning something).

Can I just tell you that myself and Matt had the time of our lives, I never imagined that the wedding we had would have been possible certainly not if we stayed in Ireland it was so emotional and full of love that it will stay with a lot of us for a long time to come. You and the team are angels sent from heaven to make peoples dreams come true and we completely love you for it. The gift from the team has pride of place on our mantelpiece I wish you, your family and the team all the success and happiness for the future, Keep in touch and God bless you.

Lots of love your friends always

Orla & Matt

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Ciara & Karl, 16th September 2009

Hi Marcella,

Just a word of heart felt thanks on all your help & organisation for our wedding (its a little delayed but some of us had to spend the last few weeks on a beach in Hawaii :-)!!!! eventually got some good weather too!!!)

Karl & I would just like to thank you and all your team for their work to make our wedding day so special. We've home a few days & people are still talking about it. My parents are delighted they've had so many comments about it since we were away. Your team are only brilliant! Everyone loved the splashes too! Really got the crowd going & they didnt stop till well after 4am, typical olde sing song.

And now to you especially, Id just like to say a particular thank you , for not just the day but for everything since we first made contact. Your support throughout the year was unbelievable. Thank you so so much. We had the best day of your lives & you made it happen. :-)

Thanks

Ciara & Karl xxxx

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Therese & Mark, 3rd September 2009

Hi Marcella,

We just want to say a huge thank you to you and your team for all the help and work you have done over the last while. You helped to make our day so special and I can't thank you enough!!!!

Back to work today and its so hard to be back. We'd prefer to be in Spain definetly.

Again a big thank you from the both of us!!

Therese and Mark xxxxx

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Patrick & Theresa, 19th June 2009

Hi Marcella

Just got back yesterday. Had a great time.

Just wanted to say thanks for everything. You make it all so easy and took away any stresses we might of had. We had an absolutely wonderful day and wouldn't change a thing or do anything differently. Our families and friends all loved Altea and had great time at the wedding.

The food at CDM was delicious and the staff there were lovely and so helpful, The Splashes were brilliant and got everyone up dancing. Niamh has some voice. Heidi did a fantastic job with the flowers, the church and CDM looked beautiful and I really loved my bouquet. Jo did a fab job with the girls and my hair. It was still pretty intact the next morning!. I just checked out the photos on Lesley's website and they turned out brilliant too. It was great having a photographer who was so nice and friendly and she put all the guests and ourselves at ease.

The bangers at the church was a great idea. Patrick and I laughed so much at the fright everyone got when they went off.

We would have no hesitations in recommending you and your excellent team.

Thanks again

Patrick and Teresa

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Elaine & John, 30th May 2009

Greetings from Snowy Canada!! Its bucketing down snow here- its so pretty!

So I was onto Ricardo there- he is just finishing up our Wedding DVD Anyways, I suppose once we have the DVD, that will be our last official dealing with you. Thank you again for all your help to make our wedding so fantastic. Everyone still raves on about it and it really was a dream day/ week in Spain. It was the stuff of fairytales and its all thanks to you!
As I said before, feel free to contact me at any time if you wish me to recommend your business to anyone or just to give your couples advice or an account of how things worked out for us, and I'd be more than happy to do so.

Signing of... (you are finally rid of us!!)

Elaine & John

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Lizzie & Demot Molloy, 6th May 2009

Hi Marcella,

Getting into married life and having a ball!

Marcella, we can't thank you and the girls enough for giving us such a fantastic wedding day. Every single detail of the day was covered to such perfection and in such a professional way. My Nana recons that you should be given the Victoria Cross for organising the two of us and 128 of our mad families and friends!!

Since we came home from Spain everyone has been talking about the day, even people who weren't there! Every single element was so perfect, like a magazine wedding but soo much better!

Heidi's flowers were just so beautiful, she just knew exactly what would suit us. The colours were stunnning and they are the first thing that people who see the pics have been commenting on. The little lanterns and petals up the ailse were, such a beautiful finishing touch, I just can't describe how much I loved everything.

As for vanessa's cake, WOW. It was so cool, the firework on the top really made it, usually wedding cakes look great but doesn't taste to good but not Vanessa's- It was gorgeous. I had really left the design quite open for vanessa I didn't know what to expect. We were blown away. She really gives her idol "Peggy Portion" a run for her money!!!

Sophie and Pasion Doble really made the ceremony, their music was magical and really moved our guests. Dermot and I were so sorry that we never got an opportunity to thank them in person for giving our wedding ceremony a fairytale atmosphere. Darrel and the Splashes were just fab in the evening, once everyone got onto the dancefloor they didn't leave. We danced all night and had such a great time. Darrell judged the crowds taste in music perfectly and had the perfect mix of everything, he finished off with Queen's classic, Bohemian Rhapsody. I'll never forget it!!!!

Jo and Maria were brilliant, patient and proffessional, they managed to make quite and unruly bunch look pretty glamorous on the day!! Jo is hillarious.

Your house keeper (Jackie I think) was really lovely, she kept us all calm, made us feel really comfortable and made a great cupppa!

I can't forget Lesley, she was brilliant, kept us moving on time on the day and made us all feel really comfortable and relaxed. We've heard so many nightmare stories about wedding photographers but lesly is totally different and she let us enjoy have the time of our lives with minimum interference but with maximum outcome.

God there are so many little things to thank you for. Agreeing to take us on in the first place, putting up with my brutal communication and procrastination. The fire crackers outside the church, scary but really cool. Apparently you were a great tour guide for our guests who knew more about the area than we did!! The lovely pressie that you gave us which has pride of place on our new mantle piece. Thank you to Lee and your boys for letting us use your beautiful home that just must be filled with such love from all the emotions that it soaks up.

We really have a Special thankyou for Fr Pablo for letting us use his beautifull church for our special occasion and for all the lovely people of Alcalai who let us invade thier village and take over the bar for a life changing couple of hours. Your Village will always hold a special place in our hearts. Everyday I remember somthing different, another detail about the wedding. It really was, as promised, Our Dream Wedding in Spain.

Thankyou Marcella, from the very bottom of our hearts,

All our love,

Lizzie and Dermot Molloy