Weddings are returning after what seems like the longest time. Seeing beautiful couple’s getting to walk down the aisle and say “I do” is more than just heart-warming, it’s the sign of hope which we have been waiting for.
What better way to embrace this new stage of hope and the beginning of the return to normal for weddings than with one of our very own beautiful brides’ to be!
Third time lucky
Shelby and Toby were due to get married in Marbella summer 2020. They will now be getting married in August 2022, having postponed to enable them to have their dream wedding. “Third time lucky” or so the saying goes! Shelby and Toby met on the dating app JSwipe, they live by the beach (this definitely feeds into their wedding venue location!) and they both love Disney World.
We can’t wait for Shelby and Toby’s long-awaited wedding and to share their inevitably gorgeous photographs on our website for you all to see after the big day. Our couples who have been with us throughout this pandemic really have become that bit more special to us as they have been with us far longer than the standard year! On that note, we are going to pass you over to our wonderful bride to be Shelby who is going to share some details about how she met the love of her life and her upcoming nuptials.
How and when did you and Toby get engaged?
We got engaged in 2019 in the Bahamas. I didn’t think it was possible for him to surprise me on a trip that I had planned down to the minute! We were on a Caribbean cruise after a busy week in the Disney parks and I almost spoilt it by trying to book a trip to the Atlantis the night before. All I was told, was no I have plans tomorrow. He then proposed to me on a private Jetty over a delicious breakfast!
When and where is your wedding going to be?
Our wedding is going to be at Tikitano by Besaya, a beautiful beach restaurant in Marbella, Spain
What made you decide to have a destination wedding?
How did you know when you had found your perfect venue?
We knew as soon as we saw it! It was everything we wanted! Near the beach, small, intimate and the décor was exactly how I was trying to decorate our house at the time!
What made you decide to hire a wedding planner and what made you chose Dyana Dessar Weddings to be your planners?
We had tried for about a month to organise our wedding ourselves, and we were just getting nowhere. No one would get back to us or take us seriously. The tipping point was a caterer telling us his food was kosher but having prawns on the menu! Several people told us to call the team at Dyana Dessar Weddings, and after the first call with Dyana the rest was history!
How would you describe your wedding day?
Casual and laid back! A bit like our personalities. We really want our guests to relax, and so do we!
Were there any must haves which you knew you simply had to have for your big day?
We definitely did not want a long drawn out meal and also a casual dress code was a must for us!
What made you decide to postpone your wedding as opposed to go ahead with a smaller one?
We have watched both our older siblings and cousins all have their dream weddings and we didn’t
Want to compromise on ours and ultimately regret it.
What are the most important aspects of your wedding?
That all of our family and friends arrive in Spain safe and well, and that they enjoy celebrating with us.
What does marriage mean to you?
Marriage means having a partner for life to help you through hard times! Both of us have had a hard few years health wise and we couldn’t have made it through without each other!
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How have you coped with postponing your wedding twice and what advice would you give to other brides who have been affected by the pandemic and subsequent restrictions?
Surprisingly, I’ve coped well. My fiancé not so much. I’m more laid back than he is, I go with the flow and whatever will be, will be. Whereas, he took it to heart and found it hard to accept that we would be having a long engagement, which was the only thing he never wanted.
My advice to other brides affected by the pandemic would be to not get hung up on the small things. As long as your family and friends are healthy and well that’s all that matters.
What part of your wedding are you most excited about?
The party and the holiday, but mostly seeing our four baby nieces and three baby nephews walk down the aisle. Three of them were not here when we got engaged and three would have only been two months old on our original wedding date!