Take my word for it… this couple are creative genius’s! Prepare to be blown away by the prettiness and remarkable attention to detail at the intimate wedding of photographers and artists, Rox and San. They literally did EVERYTHING themselves, from hand painting their invitations to designing the dress, picking and arranging their own flowers and taking all of the photographs themselves!! The list goes on and on and it takes DIY to a whole new level! Rox is Romanian, San is Dutch, and they live in Spain. They spend their time travelling, taking photographs, sharing the beautiful things in life and creating hand crafted albums. This is certainly one extremely unique, stylish and beautifully executed wedding. Make sure you read their touching proposal story below too! I really don’t need to say any more – the photos say it all. Pin it buttons at the ready…its gorgeous!!!
Rox: “During a fitting, San came up with a great idea to have a beautiful floral fabric stitched inside my dress instead of plain white. So we bought a pretty fabric and once stitched inside, it turned out soo nice! When the dress was on, nobody could tell… it was just our little secret!”
Rox and San rummaged around in their parents homes for their old wedding albums. They were badly damaged with age, the pages torn, and the value of the pictures lost. They surprised their parents on the day by presenting them with their own, very special handcrafted albums reset with the original photographs. It was a wonderful opportunity for their families to share memories, tell stories and a great conversation starter!
ROX & SAN
DATE: 21st September 2012
THE PROPOSAL: Amazingly, Rox and San only knew each other for 3 weeks before San proposed! When you know, well you just know don’t you?! San traveled to Valencia for a work trip and by chance, met Rox in a bar one night. San recalls sitting in the back of a cab, looking behind and watching Rox walk back to her apartment. He secretly promised her ‘I will come back for you…’
Rox: “This man kept his promise and within 3 weeks he was back in Valencia. Over a drink that night he just asked me out of nowhere “When?” I was confused and asked him…“What do you mean?” He then said “When do we get married?” We knew each other for less than a month, but somehow it all seemed so right! I simply said yes and jumped into his arms! Soon, San left everything behind in Holland and we moved in together in Valencia.
THE VENUE: We wanted to celebrate our wedding in Spain, because it is the place where we first met and we thought it was the perfect place for our families to meet for the first time. It was a very intimate wedding, celebrated with only our close family: parents, brother and sister, and their dates.We spent a long weekend in the beautiful surroundings of Valencia, where we had a simple civil ceremony and rented an authentic Spanish villa dating back to 1890. Here we organized a retro pool party and a garden-soiree with Spanish, Dutch and Romanian treats!
STYLE/ THEME: Our love of art, passion for vintage and authentic objects and our family history set the theme for the day. We framed a large collection of old family photographs and displayed these around the garden. Everything we used for the wedding was vintage and antique objects from our family collection or bought in antique markets during our travels. We also used our personal collection of vintage luggage and cameras. The signs, place cards and small decorative objects were all handcrafted by us!
PHOTOGRAPHY: Us! We took care of capturing every moment ourselves! We took pictures of each other, the guests and details (except during the ceremony) and had a great time too!
THE DRESS: Rox designed her own 50′s inspired silk and lace dress and had it custom made by a seamstress in Valencia. “I had always wanted to wear a short wedding dress. When I little I saw a picture of my great aunt on her wedding day, in the 50’s. It was the most beautiful gown and it was short! I never saw it again but the picture stayed in my mind and I always knew that on my wedding day, I wanted to look like that!
ACCESSORIES: I decided on an antique inspired bespoke silver necklace, adorned with natural pearls and a few Swarovski Crystals. It matched the dress beautifully and I chose a vintage silver hair clip to compliment it. I really wanted a bag for the day and when I couldn’t find anything I liked we decided to make one. We used a piece of silver leather and some of the floral fabric from inside my dress for the inside of the bag. A small detail that I absolutely loved!
THE SHOES: I also customized my shoes! I searched for the most comfortable heels I could find, applied three layers of silver glitter and then sealed them. They were perfect!
THE GROOM: San’s suit was inspired by his love of the style of dress in movies from the 50′s and 60′s. “I knew this was the perfect inspiration for my wedding suit. I picked a fabric in a color that suited me and went to a local tailoring store. I gave them my sketch and measurements, it was ready in 1 week!”
THE FLOWERS: We picked wild flowers from the gardens for our table decorations and I combined the same flowers with purple and pink roses for my bouquet.
THE STATIONERY: We hand painted our own invitations and combined this with calligraphy. They were printed on fine-art paper and sealed with wax stamps inside vintage style envelopes! We also designed and painted our own stamps, representing the three countries Romania, Holland and Spain. We made two different designs for the invitations as our wedding would be celebrated in both Spain and Romania. Spain is all about family, an intimate and simple celebration, that will help our families bond. In Bucharest we will take part of a religious ceremony followed by a celebration with more than two hundred guests, live music and all the family and friends together.
CATERING: Everyone present helped with cooking, and our mothers decorated the tables! The men were in charge of the drinks table! We served a mixture of Dutch cheeses and Spanish and Romanian meats. We drank Spanish and Romanian wines with our favourite Spanish dish Paella, followed by cocktails served by the pool.
THE CAKE: San’s mother baked an Apple Tart. It was delicious!
THE MUSIC: We prepared a short dance to Perry Como – Papa Loves Mambo. We just love this song, it has a funny vibe and story to it! We had a choreographer create a few dance steps and had so much fun trying to learn them!! Our dance was not perfect, but it definitely reflected our personalities. The memory of San spinning with me in his arms at the end is unforgettable!
THE ENTERTAINMENT: My brother was in charge of the music!
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: Seeing everyone together at the table, interacting and enjoying themselves despite the cultural and language barriers. We really felt that our wedding was not only our union, but also that of our families.
OUR TOP TIPS: Having my dress custom made by a local seamstress was a great money saving tip as was designing, planning and preparing everything together. It was a great opportunity to prove that we are a great team! Make sure you know what the legal requirements are when getting married abroad, that’s the part that takes the most time to arrange. We only had 4 months to arrange everything, but if you really want something, you can make it happen!
Photography: ROXandSAN | Venue: Privately hired from a friend | Florist: Arranged by family | Dress: Designed by Rox + made by seamstress Maria Angeles in Valencia | Groom: Designed by San | Stationery: ROXandSAN | Cake: San’s Mum
The beauty and detail in this wedding has blown me away, as I’m sure it has you! How cute does Rox look in her beautiful short dress too?! I love how the day was all about their families and was so intimate. You don’t have to spend a fortune on a huge wedding, sometimes your special day, spent with just your nearest and dearest is what its all about! Congratulations to Rox and San, wishing you both lots of happy times ahead! We’d love to hear your comments on their beautiful day below…
Their creativity doesn’t stop here either, more to come on the blog soon from the talented ROX and SAN!
Mrs White x