El Oceano Beach Hotel, Torrenueva
Emma and Brad´s Special Day
El Oceano Beach Hotel, is a very popular choice for weddings in the marrbella region. With its 4 star rating the hotel is the perfect place for guests to stay and the views overlooking thev sea makes it the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony and celebrations. When I first Meet Emma and Brad I felt very comfortable with them, they were so relaxed and easy going and I knew their story would easy for me to capture. Below are just a few of my personal favourite images and the story of their day…
Emma and Brad’s day
Preparation at the El Oceano Beach Hotel was in a nice bright and breezy room overlooking the sea and I captured some images of Emma and her cute pageboy as she got ready with the help of her beautiful bridesmaids. Brad was in the reception area, happy and smiley and greeting guests as the hotel lobby was starting to fill and I knew that this was going to be a busy wedding ceremony. The white carpet in the ceremony area looked lovely and the simple yet elegant decor was just right for this occasion with one side showing lush green plantation and the other side looking over the beach.
The waterfront terrace ceremony started with “Chasing Cars” by “Snow Patrol” playing as the bride entered with a big smile and looking at her Groom as if she had not seen him in a month. Pastor Peter Riggall performed the ceremony which was very lovely indeed. What with the combination of sea views, a bright’n’breezy but sheltered terrace and the beautiful sun lighting the beach made this a truly exotic beach wedding without the sand. Emma and Brad seemed very happy and sincere as they exchanged vows and rings during this touching ceremony, so much so that they almost danced back up the isle. Knowing that everyone would boil in the sun during “meet and greet” I found them a nice shaded area for them to congratulate the happy couple, we all then moved down to the pool area.
Cocktails were served in the polynasian pool area, assorted artisan canapés and champagne was served while everybody was loving the sheltered part of the patio area at the pool bar. A funny magician went round entertaining guests with his tricks and humour and we all enjoyed the late summer sun as the temperature slowly started to lower. Emma was a little overwhelmed by the excitement so I told them to bring their drinks and we went off for some calming portraits, she seemed to like this short time alone with Brad and gradually relaxed enough to start enjoying the day. We had lots of time as there were plenty of cocktails going round so I took advantage of this time to catch some details and table decorations that Laura and her excellent team had arranged. As people moved from the pool bar to the main table to eat I captured some quick and fun family portraits and a group shot. Emma and Brad entered to a shower of confetti as they sat to dinner. Johnny Baker played light music on piano while guests ate a huge beef wellington or smoked salmon stuffed with chives and cream and with baked chocolate fondant to follow. The speeches caused some laughs and the loving couple gazed into each others eyes each time their names where mentioned, a caricature of Emma and Brad was passed around the tables for all to sign as a guest book type memento before a wedding cake from Sweet Things by Fi using vintage pieces to make a broach topper was cut.
As the sun was setting and the sunset was so nice I whisked them off for some sunset portraits and I noticed Emma was much more relaxed by now and enjoyed some romantic moments with Brad. First dance was even more romantic and a proud father enjoyed a father daughter dance. An electronic violinist got the party really started and people let their hair down, partying late into the night.
A beautiful day, with a lovely couple and fantastic guests making this day a success all round from the happy couple and everyone involved.