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Food

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Ceremony and reception took place in the restaurant Mas Maroch. Mas Marroch is a venue for wedding banquets run by the restaurant el Celler de Can Roca. It is located on the outskirts of Girona.

Mas Marroch is a 13th Century stately country house surrounded by beautiful hundred year old gardens. It is true that the venue and location are amazing but the treasure of this venue is the people running it! The place is run by a family that they put out all their heart and passion to do the best they can. Three brothers are running the restaurant. One is doing the food, the other is doing the desserts and the third is doing magic with the wines! One of the pillars of this venue is Encarna. She is married with one of the brothers and without her our wedding would not have worked out as it did. She is absolutely brilliant, her attention to detail and to facilitate you on any dream you have for your day is astonishing! She should be proud that she made hundreds of couples so happy in their wedding day. She certainly contributed to our happiness and to deliver the dreams we had for our day.

No wonder that this restaurant has three stars Michelin and that it is featured as the second best in the world.  It is not food that made this possible but the people that work in this restaurant!

ROSE PETALS BAGS

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

We made little bags to put red rose petals. We gave the bags to each guest, so they could shower us with them after the ceremony. The bags were made of blue and cream organza. Each bag had a little tag with our name and the wedding date. At the top of the bag there were two ribbons coming out that were used to seal the bag. These strings had a shell sawn into them.

 

Ceremony Booklet

Monday, January 9th, 2012

We wanted everybody at the ceremony to be able to follow what was happening. This meant we needed a ceremony booklet in both languages. At the same time, I did not want people to be reading everything so that they were not paying attention to the ceremony itself. So we did a very simple booklet. The first page had our first names and the date of the wedding. The second page had in Catalan all the titles (only the titles) from each section at the ceremony: entrance of the groom, entrance of the bride, welcome words… and then the names of the songs that they were played. After this whole section in Catalan we wrote the same entire thing in English.

During the ceremony we had readings in both languages. Since guests from one side would not be able to understand the readings in English and vice versa we wrote the translation of the whole reading in the Catalan part of the booklet. For example the English reading was translated to Catalan and was featured in the Catalan section. The Catalan reading was translated in to English and featured in the English version.

The making of the booklets was a completely night mare! I had the great idea that I wanted to glue the program to a flat scallop shell! There were times I wished I never had this idea! Because this meant that we had to cut each page to the size of the scallop. Each scallop was different so you had to do them individually! I must say I am not great at cutting so we decided to use scissors that cut in a scallop shape. The unfortunately thing is that these scissors can only take 2 pages at a time. So doing 140 booklets took a long time! And everybody got blisters in their hands, my mum, my sister, my brother in law!!!!!!!!!!!!

The scallops were painted with a bit of gold and blue and had a raffia ribbon on them is well. We placed them in big baskets decorated with blue ribbons, shells and moss. The baskets were placed in the middle of the garden. They looked beautiful!

Decorating the Venue

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

I have been living in Ireland for many years now and I must say that one of the things that I miss most from Catalonia is the summer weather.  The heat is not necessarily what I miss the must. It is all the social things that you can do with the good weather. Like parties in the garden, long strolls by the beach without wearing a rain coat, or simply spending time with your friends and family chatting outside for hours and hours without fear of rain!

So for us was very important that we could have our wedding outside to enjoy the weather. The down side of the Catalan weather is that is very hot so the wedding had to start when the sun is not so strong. The wedding ceremony started at 6:30. The ceremony took place in a garden. In the same garden, after the ceremony, we had snack food and drinks. Then around 9:00 p.m. we moved inside of the house for the main meal.

I was adamant that I wanted the garden to be decorated with shells. I wanted people to feel that the sea had been brought to the garden! My mum and I worked really hard to decorate the entire garden!

MESH AND FISH

This mesh was shaped as waves and then we hang from it fish with shells and starfish made of shells

Fish Mex detail

MAGNOLIA TREE

This was made with saddle oysters and lots of different shells caught in Ireland by my husband’s auntie or different people in my lab. What you see wrapped around the tree is my veil! The day before the wedding I decided that a veil was not matching my dress so I decided not to wear it and I used it to decorate the venue!

 

Magnolia tree

Magnolia tree

Magnolia Tree Detail

BALLS MADE OF SHELLS

We bought a lot of balls made of fibres that we decorated with shells (stuck with a glue gun) and we hang them from the trees. Some of these they even had Irish Sea weed!!!

Balls shells detail

LANTERNS

We had some lanterns decorated with shells that were hanging from the trees with LED tea lights inside.

TREE MESH

As part of the decoration in the garden we had some mesh that we decorated with flowers and shells. Most of these seashells were from research projects in my lab or from people that got them and gave them to me since they know I like shells.

TULLE and MOSQUITO NET

We had a lot of tulle around the venue with little seashells stuck with glue sticks.

This is something that my mum, my mother in law and I made. Is brilliant isn’t it? My parents had a mosquito net that they had used once when they went to Kenia. My mum came up with the idea to use it for decorating the venue. From the top of the net we hung different things: blue glass whales, some saddle oysters painted in gold, and these lovely blue fish. They way they were hanging it looked they were swimming on the air!!! This was a nice craft since it was done by the three of us. Unfortunately I do not have any photo of it on the day! This is one from when we were making it

JELLY FISH

Years ago my mum and I had bought feather flowers to use them to add to fabric. Originally we were going to use them for my wedding dress but on the end I did not like the idea. I wanted something different so we decided to use them to decorate the garden. We glued a metal peg at the back of them and we stuck them to ivy.

We also hang them from branches they looked cool! They were moving in the air and they really remind me of jelly fish!

WELL

We had a well in the garden that my mother in law decorated with three big Celtic crosses that she made. The crosses are called Bridgette crosses, they are traditional from the area my husband is from. We put some of these crosses scattered around the garden is well.

In the well we had a big frame with the seating plan. The frame was painted with blue and white spray paint and had lots of different shells stuck on it. As you can see each table had a seashell/starfish/sea urchin name and had also a photograph. The “head table” was called Mediterranean.

Since we thought maybe people would not remember where to sit once they would arrive inside of the building we made another seating plan at the door of the building.

 

FAN

I was worried about the Irish guests being outside during the ceremony. I thought it could get too hot for them since they are not used to that weather. So we decided with my mum to do fans for every lady at the wedding. We bought colourful fans at a really discounted rate during the winter in a Chinese shop. We painted every single fan with different drawings that we got from the internet.

Each fan had a raffia ribbon and a little envelope with the name of each lady at the front. Inside of the envelope there was a card with the name of their table for the dinner. We placed the fans in several baskets. The fans were placed in the baskets in alphabetical order (by surname). Each basket had a big cardboard with the initials of the surnames featured on the baskets. We thought that like this it would be faster and easier to get the fans.

WISHES

In many of the wedding blogs I read I saw wishing trees and I thought they were great ideas. When one of my friends from Girona told me that she had gone to a Catalan wedding that they had one of those trees I thought I had to get one too!!

Since we had to decorate the venue on the same day of the wedding we wanted an easy way to set up the wishing tree.

My mother in law had the great idea to buy trivets and then to hang blue ribbons from the trivets. At the end of the ribbons we glued little pegs. The guests had only to hang the wishing cards from the peg. I did not like the look of the trivets hanging from the tree. It looked very kitchen like 😉 So we covered the metal bits with saddle oysters, shells and moss!

A big glass jar was placed on the well and it said in both languages to get a wishing card and write a wish for the bride and groom. The jar was full of shells and moss. In another little glass base we had several pens that they could use for writing the wishes. The cards were double sided, in one side it said: write a wish, in Catalan and in the other one in English. All the cards contained the logo of our wedding the tree stars.

GLASS

My mum was adamant that this wedding was a great way to get rid of things she did not want anymore. She was delighted to get rid of all the shells collected over the years during my work and travels that I had still in my parent’s house. She was also delighted to reuse a big painting that she had at home and she never liked to do the seating plan (the one at the well). The last of the recycling jobs was to re use something that my parents got at their wedding as a present, a big glass chandelier that they did not want anymore. We removed all the individual pieces from it and we made long strings of glass with the different pieces. Some of the strings were ended with a saddle oyster.  Again, we wanted to minimise the amount of time hanging them so we used trivets to tight 3 glass strings from them. Like this in one go you could hang three. I must say that it took my husband and I a long while to hang them up but the effect was beautiful and the sound they made with their movement was magic!

LANTERNS

The people from the venue set a red carpet and chairs at both sides of it for the ceremony. It was beautiful but my mum and I thought that we needed to bring the wedding theme to the aisle. We decided to create a sea at both sides of the carpet! We bought tulle in two colours grey and very light blue and we stitch it giving it the shape of waves. On top of the tulle we glued lots and lots of shells!!!

At both sides of the red carpet we had big lanterns made of corten steel. At their very top they had a glass container were we placed the blue candles. The lanterns are from a shop called Coasting along

 

SCALLOPS

Each second chair had a scallop placed on the chair cover with a safety pin (this was glued to the back of the scallop). The scallops were painted with one line of blue and a bit of gold paint. They also had a raffia ribbon.

Welcome Pack

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

For all the guests coming from Ireland we did a welcome pack.  We gave them a wine bag that had a bottle of Spanish wine, a map of Girona, and Irish tea bags. Each bag had a big raffia golden string that was tight into a big bow. On the string we had a card with our wedding logo and some words written specifically for each guest thanking them for coming to our wedding.

We left the bottles in each hotel and the guests were receiving them when they were checking in. I think this was a nice touch for everybody since none of them were expecting them!

Welcome Pack

Wedding Invitation

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

My mum always told me that the wedding invitation is a crucial part of a wedding since this is the first thing that your guests are going to see. The first impression of your big day!

For the invitation I bought a paper that was made with fibres (long white strings) and white paper. I got it in Stein in Girona a couple of years before we decided to get married. As soon as I saw the paper I knew it had potential (even though that at the time I did not know what to do with it). I really liked it because the white paper parts of the paper are like the crests of a wave.

The only problem about doing the invites with this paper was the fibrous. You could see through them, so I needed to put some other paper under this one. So my mum came with the idea to put under a blue sheet so like this was even enhancing more the effect of a crest in the middle of the sea!

I always liked the invites that are coming out of a pocket so we decided eventually to do a  pocket to put the invitation.  I did not want the typical pockets that everybody has. So we decided to cut the pocket following the lines of the crest’s wave. Since the pocket did not seem right only made from paper we glued the blue paper to a thick cardboard and then we put the fibrous paper on top. On the left side of the pocket we made holes and then we put a raffia ribbon through them and finished it with a knot.

We really wanted people to feel that the invitation was coming from the sea so we decided to glue in the pocket little shells. My husband and I wanted everybody to feel involved in our wedding. We decided to use shells that all our friends and family had collected. All the invitations contained shells from Catalonia and from Ireland.

Inside of the pocket we had the invitation. My husband and I are from different countries and we speak different languages. We did not want to do separate invites for one side and the other. A wedding is to celebrate the union between two people so we wanted to put both languages in!

After a lot of debating we decided to do a three part invite (the sheet was folded into 3 parts). In one side would be the writing in Catalan and the other side in English. In the middle we would write the names of the guests and our families.

In the middle we wrote the families ‘names from both sides and their telephone numbers (something you do in Catalonia, people respond to the invite by phoning the families).  I think the Catalan guest were really impressed that they had their own names on the invites (this is something that you do not do in Catalonia but you do in Ireland!)

Since the middle page looked a bit empty we decided to add a wave of shells and sea stars. These shells and sea stars were representing the tables at our wedding. Each table instead of having numbers had the photo/name of a shell or starfish. Do not think we had so many tables the shells were repeated over and over to give a nicer wave effect!

The printing of the invitation was a completely night mare. My mum insisted that she wanted to print the sides in a matt finish and the centre in shiny finish. No matter what we were doing this was not working out or was looking wrong. Then my mum had the brilliant idea. She decided to print the centre of the invitation in an overhead paper and then glue it to the invite!!!

This looked really well because was bringing up the shells in the invitation making them much shinier than the rest of the text on both sides. We were really pleased with the results!

As a last minute idea we decided to put our initials on the top right of the invitation and I think it looked very pretty on the end. My husband chose the font he said it reminded him of the pirates of the Caribbean!

Wedding Invitation

Inside Invitation

RSVP

In Ireland you normally add to your invitations RSVP cards that the guests fill in and send back to you.

In the pockets of our Irish guest we did RSVP cards. They were made from thick paper in two colours cream and white. They had the logo that we designed for our wedding, 3 little stars.  Each card had boxes to thick saying I am or I am not attending, and a blank line to fill if they had any food requirements. Since we wanted to make it easy for people to send us back the RSVP cards we already put them in an envelope with a stamp (a set of Irish ones that feature photographs of marine animals) and we even wrote our address on it!! So they had literally to thick the box saying (I am attending/no), fill in special requirements and then only send it away!

This was actually tedious to do because we wanted to be able to put the card inside the pocket so we had to do from scratch envelopes to fit to the pouch! We used the same thick paper as the RSVP card

RSVP

RSVP_envelope

ENVELOPES

The envelopes for the invitation were bought in RAIMA in Barcelona  I bought a lot of things for my wedding in this shop. All the paper excluding the fibrous white one that covered the pouch in the invite is coming from this shop.

MAP

The invites had maps for the guests to know how to get to the venue. We made different ones in Catalan and English so everybody could follow easily where to go the day of the wedding.

The maps were printed in overhead paper and then they were glued to the same thick paper used in the RSVP for the Irish.

The map was very much keeping with the theme of the wedding. It had a special type of fish (the species I did research for more than 5 years) swimming around. The guests had to follow the fish to get to wedding venue.

Map

STAMPS

In many countries: USA, UK, Spain you can do your own stamps and use them to send your invitations but unfortunately not in Ireland. So for Ireland we had to use some stamps that they had photographs with marine creatures on them with even the scientific names on them! How appropriate!!!

For the Catalan guest we could create our own stamps. Although we did not use any of the stamps for the invites since I hand delivered every single invite we used them for the thank you cards.  We used the same design that we used for the favours. It was an underwater photograph with a globe pointing out from where we are from and then a big thank you in both languages and our names.

Stamps

Save the Date

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Half of our guests were coming to Catalonia from Ireland.  We wanted to let them know that they were invited a good while in advance so they could organise flights, accommodation and so on. Therefore, we decided to do a save the date for all of them. Our save the date was not a simple card. It was a little booklet with information about our wedding. We had a first page saying that we were getting married and that we would be delighted for people to attend. The other pages contained information about the city, how to get there, which hotels they could book, the nice restaurants, and a full guide of the city, with important things to see, funny places to go and so on….

It was quite small about 20cm and it had 24 pages. The covers were made of blue cardboard and the pages were printed in thick photography paper since we had a lot of photos from the different places. The front cover had a piece of the white paper we used for the invitation and some shells stuck to it.

My Wedding

Monday, December 19th, 2011

I would like to use this blog to post about my own crafts. Since during my wedding preparations myself and my loved ones did so many crafts I am going to post in the coming weeks about all the crafts we made and how they looked on the day!

I always loved the sea.  I worked all my life with sea creatures so doing a Sea theme wedding was the most logical idea!

I guess that if my mum would be writing this she would be saying that it was because she wanted to get rid of all my shell collection!!

In the coming weeks you will have post on the following subjects!!!

 

  • Save the date
  • Wedding invitation
  • Welcome pack
  • Decorating the venue
  • Ceremony script
  • Rose petals bags
  • Flowers
  • Music
  • Flower girls and page boy
  • Welcome
  • Table decoration
  • Favours
  • Photographer
  • Food
  • Corsage
  • Thank you cards