The Hilton Hotel, Merkanti Beach Club, Malta
Hello Nu Bride Readers – As part of the World Wide Wed series – Today I have a beautiful Real Bride Submission to share with you.
Gwyneth and Jermaine got married on the 20th August 2011 in Malta at The Hilton Hotel, Merkanti Beach Club. They had a sea view wedding ceremony with 75 guests in Malta. Followed by a large reception in the UK a week later for 300 + guests at Stratford East Old Town Hall.
The Stunning photography is by Graham Lacdao of Snap & Clap Photography who truly captures the essence and emotion of the day. I get emotional just looking at these images! Enjoy!
Nu Bride: So we can get all giddy with excitement Gwyneth – Can you tell us how Jermaine proposed? 🙂
Gwyneth: We went on holiday to Dubai and we went out for a drink at a bar on Jeremiah beach. We went for a walk after we had finished along Jumeriah beach in front of the famous Burj Al-Arab hotel, sat down and Jermaine popped the question!
Nu Bride: How did you pick your wedding destination?
Gwyneth: When we got engaged, we always decided that we would have a wedding abroad in the sun. We wanted somewhere which was not too far or expensive to fly for our friends and family. It also helped that we had visited Malta a number of times and attended a friend’s wedding there a few years earlier.
Nu Bride: Did you have any challenges planning your wedding in Malta?
Gwyneth: Yes and no, we were lucky enough to have a very close friend who lived in Malta and helped us organise our big day. We got married at the The Hilton Hotel and they had their own wedding coordinator who helped us plan the day.
Nu Bride: What was important about choosing a venue abroad when you are not able to view it in person?
Gwyneth: We flew out to Malta to view the venues personally. Photos can be very deceiving and the venue we liked the most from the pictures, turned out to be the worst venue.
Nu Bride: What legal hoops (if any) did you have to overcome?
Gwyneth: We had to obtain official documents from the Maltese Registry Office which we had to complete 3 months prior to our wedding date.
My dress had to be light and not prone to creases, however I was still able to wear the dress of my dreams!
I got my dress from a Boutique in Hornchurch called: Couture Bride and Groom
My bridesmaid dresses (the short ones) were from H&M, my sisters long green dress was made in the Philippines and my flower girls dresses were from Debenhams
Nu Bride Did you have any difficulties confirming guest numbers?
Gwyneth: We sent out save the dates a year before our wedding day. So our guests confirmed with us if they were able to attend well in advance which made things easier when finalising the guest list.
Nu Bride: How important was it to you to represent both of your cultures at your wedding? How did you achieve this?
Gwyneth: We had a sit down dinner which was a buffet, this was a more relaxed feel which suited Jermaine and I, plus we were able to represent both of our cultures with the food – we had both Jamaican and Philippine cuisine.
Nu Bride: One of the best things about getting married abroad?
Gwyneth: Relaxed and guaranteed sunshine and a holiday for all of our guests!
UK Reception: Stratford East Old Town Hall below:
Beautiful isn’t it readers! Thank you so much Gwyneth and Jermaine for sharing your special day with us!
Up next week – Weddings in the Big Apple!