Karoline and Daniel

We will never forget about Karoline and Daniel, lovely couple from Cologne, Germany. First time we met them in June 2011, when they come to Prague to choose their wedding planner. Ceremony and reception location was basically done, they falled in love with St. Nicholas church and Villa Richter, but for comparison, they asked to see a few more venues in Prague. Nothing better was found…

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

I was the last planner they met on that day, it was already early evening, but when we saw each other, I knew there is some connection. Karoline, really pretty lady and Daniel, very nice and good looking young men. Their wish was to have nice wedding for them and their guests that were coming mostly from Germany, enjoying a few days together in Prague. Villa Richter has an amazing view, which was one of the main reasons why to celebrate there, plus the plan was also boat trip, Sun breakfast and dinner, rehearsal dinner, all in different locations to show people  the beauty of Prague.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Next day we were informed to be chosen as a wedding planners, which made us really happy and we could start! Both couple did visit Prague again in a few months, so we could meet all vendors, taste the food and discuss flower design. Karoline has a great taste, so it was easy and we put many pieces together while their visit.

Karoline and Daniel god legally married in September in Germany, it was really nice, elegant and chic wedding. In December 2011 we also made a trip to Cologne to visit them, not much work, but a glass of hot wine was really nice with them.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Unfortunatelly life is not easy and bad things happen…Couple stoped to react in March, which was very unusual, as we did exchange with Karoline emails regularly and her answers were always prompt.. In a few days after Daniel called me and informed about Karo´s mum, who left them. This was tragedy that none expected. Mum was also best fried of Karoline and for her it was very, very difficult…..Couple decided not to cancel the wedding and continue, even it happened short before the wedding. We decided to take a break from the planning, it just wasn´t possible to continue.

2 weeks before the wedding was time to continue again, so we came back into the planning and finalising of last details. All vendors and venues were already booked long time ago, but to come back to planning after 2 months wasn´t so easy. We were in touch almost 24/7 to finalise all.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

And then – on Tue before the wedding couple arrived! We came to Villa Richter to choose the wine and champagne. Honestly, I was really worrying about this first meeting, but it was nice to see them again. Karoline was slim already before, but now she really did lost lot of her weight. She was sad, but so pretty. And I will always admire Daniel for his support and never ending love he gave to Karoline. He is real fortune!

Well, we chose the wine, Karo tried hair and make-up on Wed, was very pleased with Kamila, the stylist.  Final meeting with florist was on Thu morning and then guests started to arrive, so the couple had lot of to do (but managed to enjoy massage together).  Friday morning we went to St. Nicholas church, where we met the priest, father Pfeifer. German living in Prague, nice men, who made the ceremony really calming and relaxing.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

The first official event started ton Fri evening – rehearsal dinner at Lokal, local restaurant with typical czech food, as we Czechs remember from our childhood :-) . Sopsky salad, pickled camembert, czech sausages and Prague ham for starter, followed by traditional potato soup and goulash with dumplings as main course. Of course lot´s  of beer  and then typical czech dessert kremrole. And we were all full…The number of guests was at the end a bit lower then originally expected, but more then 50 guests showed up.

And – the BIG day was here! Karoline and Daniel, and also many guests, stayed at hotel Barcelo Old Town, with great location art Celetna street, nearby the Old Town Square. This was ideal place to meet up before the ceremony, have a drink and leave for the ceremony. Daniel was welcoming guests and Karoline did enjoy here time with the other girls in their lovely suite, while the stylist Kamila was doing  beautiful hair and make-up for them.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Many guests brough the clothes to get changes in the evening, so there was prepared car that collected all the clothes and delivered it to Villa Richter.

Daniel and all guests left hotel at 11.15 a.m. and walked across the Old Town Square to St. Nicholas church. Karoline stayed in her room, waiting for vintage car that first picked her father. They used cool Tatra Plan from 1947, which  perfectly fitted to their chic vintage theme.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

I already mentioned Karoline has a great taste, so flowers were gorgeous! The theme was vintage look with the touch of  meadow flowers, adding a bit of modern look at Villa Richter and the colour scheme  was white, pale pink, soft peach, cream,  turqouise/light blue as a detail. Also, Karoline loves Krtecek – little moul, who is traditional czech toy and was printed on the menu cards and was given as a gift to little children.

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Karoline has amazing bouquet made from roses, English roses, peonies and ranunculus, we also prepared smaller version to throw, as bride would like to keep her bouquet as a memory.

Daniel had corsage  made from English rose, we also prepared corsages for 2 best man, small rose bud for fathers and beautiful ribbons with rose for sisters and bridesmaid, which they wore on their hands. It looked creally classy! Little cute flower girl had flower wreath and basket with rose petals to throw in the church.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Church was decorated by lots of candles different sizes that were placed at the altar, as well as 2 bigger flower decor which we used later at Villa Richter. Lovely small bouquets in glass vases were tied to the benches. Florist used for all the decor roses, English roses, peonies, ranunculus, hydryngeas, annemone, antirrhium, veronica and nigella. It was a mixture of vintage, country and romantic style, which perfectly matched together.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Music was very important to  the couple, they met in NY, so it was a must to play Empire state of mind by Alicia Keys. We wanted to hire grand piano to the church, but there was a concert just before the wedding, so there wouldn´t be enough time to bring and tune, so we decided to use good keyboard. Very tallented musician David Hlavac played the keyboard and Zuzana Vlcekova, excellent singer, made the wedding ceremony very special. In addition to Alicia Keys was also played Romantic wedding march by Miranda Wong (for entrance of the bride), Hide and seek by Imogen Heap, I say a little pray for you and for going out Tri orisky pro poleku, song  from the  most famous Czech fairytale, very popular in Germany too. Guests also had a chance to sing  together with organist and Zuzana 2 songs during the ceremony.  Music was really great. We like combination of modern and classic.

After 45 min couple exchanged their vows and left the church. A couple pics were taken in front of the ceremony, also group picture was done there, but shortly later newlyweds left in Tatra Plan and guests were escorted to the historical tram tour. It was a great fun for all guests, especially with czech beer :-) . Newlyweds in the meantime arrived to Villa Richter and enjoyed a bit of privacy. They walked around the St. Wenceslas wineyard and took pics, which are realy fab. Guests finished their tour at the Prague castle, walked through the crowds and came to Villa Richter for welcome drink.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Couple decided to serve wedding cake in the wineyard during the welcome drink, which was pretty unusal, but very nice idea. Old swings were played by musicians during this time to get guests in the mood. The 3-level cake was done by Zatisi catering and was really tasty. Daniel had lovely speach and as a memory for mum of Karo, we put 80 white ballons in the air. Everyone had tiers in eyes…

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Waiters served sparkling wine, spritz aperol (yummy), beer, softs and of course coffee and tea with the cake.

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Sun was shining, it was really amazing day, so we spent outside more than 2 hours. But, everyone got hungry, so it was time to move. Dinner was sent in lower part of the villa, in a tent with beautiful view. One of the best views in Prague, really! Karo and Daniel wanted long rectangular tables, which looked really great with flowers.  We made hand written name cards, one of the main highlights was wishing tree  with ranunculus and origami elephants (also  Karo´s favourite). Florist also made memorial table with flowers and pics of mum. Guests were welcomed by a text written on a big blackboard and on one of the  trees we placed swing, decorated with ribbons and pompons around. It looked very beautiful and couple of lovely shots were made there.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Karo and Daniel arrived as the last one and made czech tradition – breaking of the plate. Speaches were planned in between the courses and sister of the groom with her partner prepared funny quiz  for a couple. There were quite a few children, so one of the rooms at Villa was arranged for them as playing and sleeping area. Babysitter was arranged so parents could also enjoy the evening. Which they did :-) .

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

 

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

We agreed with Karoline that for her vintage theme Villa´s modern china is not that perfect and hired lovely vintage Bernadotta china and amazing crystal glasses, which brought totally different look to the tables. Guests had salad as a starter, beef broth (which was served in one plate for newlyweds – they fed up each other with one spoon – another czech tradition). Main course was top rump beef in a cream sauce with cranberries and a delicate parsley dumpling. Delicious! Of course nice wine, beer and other drinks were served during the dinner. Another highlight was sweet bar with ice cream, fruit tower, choco mousse, wedding cookies, and different mini desserts. It looked really sweet with all the flowers, candles and glass.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Pictures of Karoline and Daniel were played on a big screen and after that was already time to move to Piano Nobile, where we planned the rest of the night. Beautiful room with glass wall called Sklenik was used for dancing. We used extra special lighting to create the atmosphere inside and also lighted the trees outside – fabulous atmosphere! Couple asked their favourite DJ to come from Germany and play at their wedding, he was really good, playing international and German songs.

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Next room with bar was always occupied by guests :-) , the other room was also very interesting – we put there table with black jack, oh gosh, people loved it! And to feed up all drinkers, midnight snack was prepared – cheese plates and goulash soup.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Everyone was either dancing, drinking or playing at casino (by using fake money with pic of Karo and Daniel), atmosphere was really great. After midnight left first guests, and because it was a long day, shuttle was ready to bring them back to their hotels.

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Since the beg couple adviced they plan to finish early in the morning – last guests left almost at 5 a.m.! No wonder that not everyone did attend togethers breakfast at Barcelo hotel. But still – presence was pretty high :-) . Another event followed in the evening – guests spent with newlyweds lovely time while having dinner on the terrace at Hergetova Cihelna, with amazing view.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Most of the people didn´t stay just for the weekend, so we planned boat tour with buffet lunch on Mon noon, which was also highly appreciated by guests. Most of the people then left on Mon evening, but Karo and Daniel stayed for few more days. They took pictures with Stepan Vrzala on Wed, enjoying different locations. Kamila made again make-up and hair for Karo, florist made another bouquet and that lovely wedding gown was used one more. For those who have time to do it, I can only recommend this option. You do not need to leave your guests for some hours on the wedding day, but still have your romantic Prague shots.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Karoline and Daniel will always stay in our hearts. We met them before they left and are still in touch. We wish them lots of love, happiness and luck and hope the bad things are already behing them and they will enjoy their life together.

 

Last – enjoy this amazing video done by Martin Linhart, really cool!

Dream team:

Wedding planning and coordination: ExclusiveWeddingsInPrague

Wedding ceremony: St. Nicholas church

Wedding reception: Villa Richter

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Video: Martin Linhart

Hair and make-up: Kamila Simankova

Flowers: Inspirito by Marketa Motlova

Music in the church: David Hlavac

Welcome cocktail band: Charles bridge band

Transport minibuses: Sebatour

Vintage car: Mr. Rus

Wedding Cake: Zatisi catering

Sweets for minibar: Radka Zneikahova

Lighting: Mr. Brumlich

Casino:  Mobilni casino Praha

Boat – Prague boats

Rehearsal dinner: Lokal

Sun dinner: Hergetova Cihelna

Hotel: Barcelo Old Town

Stani and David

Another couple we would like to write abour here a tour blog is Stana and David. Beautiful lady from Slovakia and really nice men from the UK that lives in sunny Croatia.

Stani did contact us at the beg of Jan 2012 wit the request of having wedding at St. Wenceslas wineyard and reception at Villa Richter. It was already pretty late, as this venue is really bussy, but we found the date and planning could start. We always try to reply to cour clients as soon as possible, so within few days we were able to confirm venue and all vendors, which was very important in high season.

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Stana used to live here in Prague, so she knows the area very well. Both of them really like hotel Buddha Bar, where they and many guests decided to stay.

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Croatia is not that far away, so we had a chance to meet Stani short after the booking and later on also with David. David was born in Mauritius and lives in Croatia, so the paperwork was a bit different and we worked with the British embassy in Prague, so his presence was very appreciated here.

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

The couple lives at the sea and their whole life is connected with boats (they renovate old boats and spend all weekends on their catamaran), we knew that we need to incorporate sea and water theme into the wedding.After the meeting with the florist the idea came into reality. Stana loves orchids, purple colour, so we used them on the tables. Many people are using rectangular tables at Villa Richter, but Stani did prefer round, we also rented lovely satin chocolate brown tableclothes which looked perfect with the purple colour.

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

The logistic was pretty easy, as both ceremony and reception was at one place. Photographer and cameraman came in the morning to the hotel to begin with shots, Stani did enjoy care of hair and makeup stylists, couple also took some romantic pictures at the hotel (yes, groom saw bride before the ceremony in this case). Guests received map with directions how to get to Villa and enjoyed lovely walk through the Prague castle. Everyone was impressed by the view….David of course arrived as the first one with his best men, to welcome all guests.  Glass of Bellini, champagne (Delamotte Brut Reserve) or rose (Pinot noir. late harvest, Hort winery) was nice in that hot day :-) .

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Bridesmaids and Stani were escorted by Mercedes S Class from hotel to the top of the wineyard – ready to begin. Musicians made a little break and then – amazing bride walked down to her husband to be, together with her brother bridesmaid, flowers girls and little cute ringbearer. It was 2.45 p.m.

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Stana had lovely bouquet from white orchids, as well as her bridesmaid, but her was smaller. David and best man pinned little orchid buttonhole to their suites and flowers girls had baskets with white rose petals to throw. Decor of the ceremony venue was simple, but really nice – on both sides of the ceremony table were placed columns on which we placed white tall vases with branches deocrated by white orchids. Simple, but really nice and elegant.

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Music was very important for the couple, they didn´t want to use any repro music and prefered live bands for both ceremony and reception. We all really like JazzInFlagranti, also know the quality, as their female singer Bara is daughter of famous violin player from National theatre, Mr. Klar. FunnyDanceBand was great for evening party.

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Ceremony was civil, so took about 20 minutes. After the signatures of the protocol guests did congratulate the newlyweds and party started. Newlyweds spent about half an hour by taking pictures at the wineyard and in the meantime guests did enjoy drinks.

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

To enjoy also other premises of Villa, we moved around 3.30 p.m. to so called Sklenik, where the cocktail continued and also canapees were served (pink pork tenderloin with pea purée, with smoked trout, with goat cheese, with roastbeef). Children really did enjoy  swing that was installed there for photos.  We didn´t decorate Sklenik, as it was mainly about the view.At around 5 in the afernoon guests were asked to move to Piano Terra to the tent, where the dinner was served.

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Everyone was impressed by the decor, brown with purple looked very elegant. Guests took from the table at the entrance their place card with hand written name, on the card was cuted little ancher. Little wooden lighthouse and rope was placed on that table to match sea theme.  Tables were named after the places couple visited together, the hand written name cards were attached to the bottles of wine placed on each table. In the middle of the tent was cage for cards and wishing tree, where guests  could place their wishes to the couple.

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

After the speaches came time to eat. The menu was a bit different then usually – couple prefered to have big plates with different starters on the tables, so guests could taste everything (marinated beetroot with whipped goat cheese and pumpkin seed,  pancake rolade with salmon tartar and creme fresh, Waldorf salad with grapes and apples, beef carpaccio with a nut-truffle dressing and parmesan chips),  Main course was served traditional way (grilled flank steak with potatoes gratin, green beans and cognac sauce or braised halibut with crispy bacon, potatoe puree, black chanterelle and tomate glaze) and we created lovely set bar with different desserts and fruit. Couple also wanted cheese bar, which was placed next to the sweet bar.

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Repro music played during the dinner, but after that came FunnyDanceBand and invited Stani and David for their first dance. There were many really good dancers at the wedding, so party went really well. We also saw wedding tradition we have never seen before – men took the groom´s shoes off and cuted half of his socks. Bride got these half socks as a gift and grom spend the rest of the night with his fingers naked :-) . Funny was also the garter that David had to take down. Who got it then – funny bestman who  then made everyone laugh by his private half strip show :-) .

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Wedding cake was also delicious, light vanilla cream with  fresh fruit, covered by fondant and decorated with orchids – what else to say?

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

When it got dark was time for sky lanterns. Villa Richter is amazing place for these activities, lanterns fly over the city and with all that lights make beautiful atmosphere.

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

And then – it was time to finish. Some people did continue on partying in Prague, some of them went home, but we all did enjoy really lovely day with Stani and David. What we really like about this couple – how they enjoy their life, every single moment. Also their wedding was so nice and relaxing, exactly as they are. Missing you!

Dream team:

Wedding planning and coordination: ExclusiveWeddingsInPrague

Wedding ceremony: Villa Richter – St. Wenceslas Wineyard

Wedding reception: Villa Richter

Photo: Pavlina Jarosova

Video: Martin Linhart

Hair and make-up: Jitka Svobodova and Blanka Iletschko

Flowers: Inspirito by Marketa Motlova

Music over the ceremony and cocktail: JazzInFlagranti

Evening party band: FunnyDanceBand

Transport Mercedes: Cila limousine service

Wedding Cake: Erhartova cukrarna

Sweets for minibar: Radka Zneikahova

Hotel: Buddha Bar

Isabel and Josef

What to say about this wedding – just amazing! Lovely couple, great guests and the whole style and design was perfect. We spend lot of time together and they will always stay in our hearst and memories. Also, many guests and vendors told us that it was the most beautiful wedding they have ever seen. But let´s start from the beginning.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Isabel and Pepa did contact us back in 2010, in December, during the Christmas time. Spending time in the mountains, we wree not so much keen to go back to Prague, but clients are always on the top for us so we met together in Prague – and it was worth. Isabel is very, very pretty and charming young lady and Pepa, her husband, is really  nice men, one of the best violin players on the world and also concert master at Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague. They knew they would like to get married in June 2012 so long time in advance. They also knew they would like to get married in the church and for the reception were deciding between Rudolfinum, Zofin palace and National house at Vinohrady. Because Pepa spends so much time in Rudolfinum (playing there, working there), their hearts bet for Zofin. In January we signed the contract made a break – Pepa was travelling all around the world, being bussy with playing and Isabel was studying at the university, so there wasn´t much time for planning. Couple saw some of our previous weddings and especially wedding of Maggy and Eric (we already wrote about them) was great inspiration for them.

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Isabel booked flight to Prague for Oct 2011 and her parents and sister decided to join as well to help with the planning. We prepared everything for a few days site inspection – couple was deciding on a hotel for their wedding night, hotels for guests, wedding band, we planned to do the tasting with the caterer, choose the wine and also talk to the florist as flowers were really important for bride. Also cake was supposed to be very special, not only the taste, but also design.

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We had really bussy week in October, but at the end we were much more clever – we decided on a wedding band, menu, chose hotel and also specified first concept on a flower design. At that time they haven´t decided for the cake provider so it was done once again just with Pepa later on. Because flowers were really important, Isabek decided to come over once again with her mum and discuss everything in detail. They created together something really amazing.  Isabel has very nice parents, her mum is really charming lady with great taste and her dad always giving support to her. And not to forget Carmen, her lovely sister, always smiling and being in a good mood.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Since that October we spent lot of time on planning and also changed the church – St. Ludmila church was replaced by Strahov cloister, amazing  church with great history, but also very hard to book and not easy to communicate due to many restrictions there. But – with a great support of Pepa´s parents we were able to manage it!

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Time is  always running so fast – and it was one week before the wedding!  Just short before Pepa did attend international Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Belgium – and he was in a big finale (noone from the Czech Republic got there, just Pepa)! We were all so proud of him!

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Isabel had her final hair trial on Tuesday, then we did enjoy good coffee together while discussing final details. On a last minute father of the bride decided for nice champagne for a toast,we took over all printings and also delivered to the florist all missing items. There were so many things and Isabel was so great, she did some of the things on her own and it looked fab!

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To get people together, we arranged boat trip on Friday noon, with typical czech desserts, sparkling wine and beer. The sun was shining and we all did enjoy it a lot. Also 2 cameraman from the US arrived Josh and Chris, who are really superb (you can see their videos at the end of the story)! There were many activities and not much time, so from the boat we took cabs directly to the church for the rehearsal. As Isabel´s origins are from latino America and they speak spanish at home, we asked father Juan from St. Tomas church to perform the wedding ceremony. It was the best idea as father is great men, making ceremony very nice, not forgeting to make people also laugh. We did practice couple times the ceremony procession, as there were many people  involved and then was a time or little break. Iabel moved with her sister to Mandarin Oriental, where she spent her last single night, while Pepa stayed in their apartment.

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Rehearsal dinner started after 7.00 p.m. and was just for closest family. Nebozizek with its amazing view was the best place for this dinner. We were really proud to be invited as well and had great talk especially with Isabel´s parents. But – everyone was tired, so the dinner finished around 10.00 p.m. and we all went to the bed except of Pepa who organised last music rehearsal right in the church. No wonder, half of the Czech philharmonic orchestra played there!

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Wine was delivered to Zofin as well as champagne Pepa´s parents brought really tasty wedding cookies from Moravia – everything was prepared :-) .

And – wedding day was here! Where to begin – with the flowers. The colour scheme was white, cream champagne with pale pink added as a detail. Romantic elegance – that was a motto. Flowers used were roses, English roses, peonies, hydrangeas and sweet pea. Bridal bouquet was made from all these flowers white and cream colour, no greenery, no buds, open blossoms, shape was round. Bridal gown fabric was tied around the stems, green stems to be seen, with a broche delivered by the bride. For maid of honour and 3 bridesmaids we arrange smaller bouquets, mixture of roses and peonies. Each bouquet was slightly different colours were white, cream with the touch of pale pink tied by a light cream ribbon.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

David Austin Patience rose was used for Pepa´s corsage, small pale pink roses for best man and 3 groomsmen, white sweet pea for both fathers and light pink roses for 4 little boys. Small bouquets in white and cream were also arranged for both mothers and little flower girl wore nlovely wreath of white roses and had basket with rose petals to throw. Children are so cute…

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Isabel´s parents arrived in the morning to Mandarin Oriental and together with bridesmaids they did enjoy work of hairdresser and stylist. Pepa stayed with his 4 best men, and because he has a big family, 4 siblings so everyone got a job on the day, either being bridesmaid, best men or ring bearer :-) . We really love their family,  how close they are, they always smile and support each other. And not to forget – they are all amazing musicians!

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

At such a big wedding we must specify carefully our responsibilities – Andrea went in the morning to the church (we started with the preparations already at 8.00 a.m., but because there were another 2 weddings before ours, we just prepared flowers in the church and placed them to the right positions just short before the ceremony), then looked at preparations at Zofin, from there to greet Isabel and running to the church. Iva went to Mandarin to give support to bride and her family and Tomas helped to escort people from the hotel to the church.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

At 3.00 p.m. people started to arrive to the church and of course Pepa was there to greet them. Nobody knows how many people were there, but assume around 250. Around 180 people were invited, but many people wanted to see the famous great musician. The previous wedding finished on time, but still we had to put all flowers there immediatelly. It was done within a few minutes and looked fabulous – 4 high flower decorations on the pillows lined the beg and enf of the aisle, tall glass cylinder with floating candles and rose petals at the sides of the banks created really festive atmosphere. Groomsmen helped to give guests Order of service and escorted them to the church.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Bride should be late, so this was also the case of Isabel – vintage white rolls royce arrived around 2.45 p.m., all the guests were already seated, just the bridal procession was waiting outside the church. And of course nervous groom waiting at the altar. Isabel was so pretty in her dress, we couldn´t stop watching her! We have to mention music as it was something really special – Cavalleria Rusticana, Pietro Mascagni for the procession and Salut D´Amour, Edward Elgar for the entrance of the bride.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

As mentioned before, father Juan made the ceremony really calming and relaxing, everyone loved it. Some readings were in spanish, soe in czech and some in english, also father Juan used all 3 languages for this multinational ceremony. We have already been at around 400 weddings but recessional song made cry everyone – Pepa chose perfectly Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Finale, Camile Saint-Saens…..

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

There were so many people, wo we decided not to make many group pictures and after all congratulations and wedding cookies guests took buses to Zofin. Newlyweds took limo with photographer and spent some time together at the Prague castle – Belvedere.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

In the meantime guests arrived to Zofin. Weather was lovely, so we could enjoy cocktail in front of the buliding, which we love so much! Cocktail was very important for Isabel in terms of design, her wish was to create garden party with lounge areas under the trees. Cocktail tables were in X shape, in the middle we placed place cards on a flower pillows from hydrangeas. Guests found there their names and name of the table (each table was named as a famous composers). Bird cages were hanging rom the tress, wishing tree was placed on a separate table and even the pillows on sofas matched the colour scheme. Guests did enjoy traditional Bohemia sparkling wine, red and white wine, beer and also signature coctail, created especially for Isabel and Pepa.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Isabel and Pepa joined guests in about an hour to enjoy some drinks and canapees and also made group picture and family portraits. After an hour was time to go inside. All the guests were escorted first and were amazed by the beauty of Big Hall – bridal tables was rectangular on a little stage so they could see everyone, guests tables were all round, with cream tableclothes, golden chairs and fabulous flowers. There were 3 different types of table decor – tall arrangements in tall vases and 2 different types of low arrangements. Flowers used – roses, english roses, peonies, hydrangeas, white astilbe, no greenery. Colour scheme – white, cream champagne, touch of pale pink. 6 candleholders in different sizes were used on each of 25 tables. Frames for table names were delivered from the US, as well as menus and name tags. Aslo we used additional lighting to create romantic atmosphere of the hall.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

String quartet was  playing while guests were entering and then MC Terry announced arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Spacek – bridal and groom´s party made the aisle for them and while big applaus couple entered.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Everyone had glass of Veuve Clicquot so it was the rigth time for Isabel´s dad to have welcome toast. He is an amazing speaker, so everyone did really enjoy it! Waiters started to serve the first course, which was Mixed green salad with rocket, champagne dressing, Pecorino cheese and fresh strawberries. Uncle of Pepa, who is a priest, blessed the food for them. After this course Pepa´s father had his speech also very nice. 2nd course was Wild mushrooms and aubergine terrine with Chef´s vinegar, followed by speach of Carmen, and after main course (duck breast with apricot sauce, gratinated potatoes, sauteed vegetable and snow peas) Pepa´s brother Peta had his word to say.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

On the side of Big hall we created lovely sweet bar with different mini desserts, chocolate fouintain and ice cream. Guests really loved it, nothing was left!

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

And then was already time for the first dance. Pepa did create something amazing, song played by 12 cello´s, very unique. We all loved it. Now was time for amazing band – famous JKarel vlach band, with really lomng tradition. Bride with her dad enjoyed next dance, waltz and rumba was for Pepa and Isabel´ mum. Band played a few blocks, each about 10 songs and DJ played during the band breaks.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

About 30 min after first dance was the right time for cake cutting – the cake was really huge each layer with different design and taste (rich chocolate with ganache, vanilla cream and strawberries, carrot cake, red velvet chocolate with raspberry marmelade) – all fabulous! Cake was delivered to the dance floor and after the first cut moved to sweet bar where was offered to the guests.

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Party continued, guests had great time and especially at Pepa´s family were amazing dancers. In the meantime we prepared boxes with „vysluzky“ (traditional czech cookies) to the foyer for leaving guests. Bouquet toss came a bit later and around 1.00 a.m. newlyweds enjoyed their last dance and left by Rolls Royce….Not late after that the party was over and taxis escorted guests to their hotels. It was really great party!

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Last words – we would like to say big thank you to all vendors they were amazing and made great job! The biggest thanks belongs to Isabel and Pepa – thank you for choosing us to be your planners. We did enjoy the whole planning, all the time spending with you and you really got into our hearts. It was a great pelasure to work with such a nice couple, we miss you a lot! We wish you lots of love, happiness and all the best in your life. Hope to have our dinner together soon and – London is close!

Dream team:

Wedding planning and coordination: ExclusiveWeddingsInPrague

Wedding ceremony: Strahov cloister

Wedding reception: Zofin palace

Photo: Stepan Vrzala

Video: 31 Films

Hair and make-up: Jitka Svobodova and Andrea Krpejsova

Flowers: Inspirito by Marketa Motlova

Music in the church: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Band – Karel Vlach orchestra

DJ – Pollard by David Maara

Transport minibuses: Sebatour

Vintage car: Rolls Royce

Caterer – Zatisi catering

Wedding Cake: Zatisi catering

Sweets for minibar: Radka Zneikahova

Lighting: Mr. Brumlich

Boat – Prague boats

Rehearsal dinner: Nebozizek

Hotel: Mandarin Oriental

Wedding night: Alchymist hotel