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BTS at a styled fairy tale winter wedding

How to create a fairy tale winter wedding

The Mediterranean Costa Tropical in Spain may not be an obvious choice for a styled winter wedding but we are in the business of creating magic, so when a crack team of wedding professionals pulls out all of the stops, fairy tales can and do come true. This one is called, “Once Upon a Winter”.

fairy tale winter wedding behind the scenes styled shoot

Remote fairy tale forest location

When Google Maps fails to see the road and the wedding planner has to meet their suppliers half way up the mountain to take them in convoy to the shoot location, you know it’s going to be remote!

The location high above the historic white washed town of Molvizar had breath-taking panoramic views of the sea but our shoot was scheduled in a pine forest clearing where only shafts of light penetrated to the undergrowth and could have been the setting for a Hansel and Gretel movie, all our fairy tale winter wedding lacked was a trail of bread crumb.

From bridal to bridles.

Our bridal processional was going to be on the back of a white horse.

The florist did a great job in creating a floral collar for the stallion, and a decorated hard hat for when the bride took the animal out on the road – safety first even on styled shoots.

When you have a big wedding horse, a step ladder is essential. Not only did the bride need it to mount her steed, but the wedding planner positioned it to the side of the stallion in order to drape the bride’s cloak and reach to arrange her hair.

Top tip, unless your bride is going to ride side saddle, dress her in a gown with plenty of material in the skirt. There is no sitting astride a stallion in a bottom-hugging fishtail I can tell you!

Creating the right atmosphere

Traditional Christmas poinsettias grow outside to the size of trees in southern Spain, so the florist used the bright red foliage in abundance to decorate a giant garland above a wedding breakfast table laden with sugared dainties, a gingerbread house and a wedding cake topped with gnome figurines.

The colour scheme was the classic scarlet, green and gold of winter celebrations picked out by the wedding stationery.

To create a more atmosphere, a smoke stick was lit and waved just upwind of the ceremony space.

Intending to achieve a fairy tale winter wedding feeling of mist and magic, there was a fine balance between ambience and pea-soup. Whilst amusing at the time, the team agreed that a smoke machine would have given more control over the amount of smoke, especially when it blew in front of the couple instead of behind. Even so, our awesome photographers captured the mystical fairy tale imagery they wanted.

Creating a ceremony space fit for a princess

A red fluorescent arch powered by a generator marked the ceremony space and appeared to hover magically over the forest floor.

Again for safety as much as anything, when the planner called, “Action”, the wedding horse’s owner took the bridle and led him through the wood to the altar where our prince charming was waiting – this was one fairy tale where we didn’t want the protagonist galloping off into the sunset!

The celebrant conducted a symbolic red thread of destiny ceremony to link the couple’s souls together for all time and they sealed their promises with a champagne toast to all live happily ever after.

Take a look at the styled shoot here

Grateful thanks to the team of suppliers:

Planner @paniculata_wedding

Photo: @sealoversphoto

Video: @noraifilm

Florist: @elrincondelasflores


Makeup: @lolamaquilladora

Hair: @marytorres.motril

Dress and suit: @longarayatelier

Decoration: @beajose.xlll

Stationery: @luctoragu_02

Headresses: @calabylilian & @elrincondelasflores

Pastries: @reposteria_creart

Models: @andreat.96 & @davidvg20

Horse: @lorena_mp96

Author bio: Debbie Skyrme is an award winning celebrant in Spain, helping destination wedding couples’ dreams come true by officiating elopements, weddings and vow renewal ceremonies in the Spanish sunshine.

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