A Beautiful Lilac Wedding in Spain

Articles, Real Weddings

Meet Leyla and Max! They tied the knot in a beautiful wedding in Spain. We love their lilac details and the focus they put on entertainment!


Couple: Leyla and Max
Engagement length: 7 years
Wedding date: 2022-06-26
Wedding location: Oceana Club, Benissa, Spain
Photographer: Schillings Photography

Leyla and Max met in school and have been together since the age of 16! They had been going to Moraira, Spain for 15 years and tried to visit at least once a year for ah holiday, so Max knew that this is where he wanted to propose.

“We had a beautiful dinner at a beautiful restaurant overlooking the Harbour and then went for a walk and was looking at all the boats. My husband Max got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was just the 2 of us in that moment and it was perfect. We knew from the moment we got engaged that we wanted to marry in Spain too.”

“I absolutely love pastel colours and lilac in particular. I took all my own lilac material for the middle of the tables and had lots of lilac and white wisteria around, some shells on the tables –  it was a ‘less is more’ for me but so effective and my vision was really brought to life in such an amazing venue.”

Max and the groomsmen wore gorgeous Navy suits with Navy shirts, no tie so very relaxed feel. Leyla’s dress was a lace back, tight fitted and gave the look of a fishtail too with a long train with lace detail at the bottom. The front was plain apart from lace straps.


“It took 3 years for me to wear my perfect dress. Due to covid we had to rearrange our wedding twice. I still loved the dress as much as I did the first time I tried it on.”

The bridesmaids wore classic spaghetti strap dresses in lilac that were quite floaty at the bottom and figure hugging in the right places! They all loved the dresses.

“Our ceremony was non religious. We legally married in the UK a day before we flew to Spain and our wedding blessing took place the week after. It was a perfect ceremony full of love and lots of mention of the place we were, where we found love.”


“The wedding venue is out of this world, a restaurant with absolutely stunning location with the most wonderful owners. It’s in Benissa, Spain right on the sea. We knew as soon as we went to visit this was where we wanted our special day. Me and my dad arrived by boat for the ceremony, it looked absolutely stunning, better than I imagined and the food was incredible! Our guests are still talking about ‘the best wedding ever’ and how amazing the food was. We also had paella in the evening which was delicious! We had 2 singers during our day as well as a sax player which really got the party going during dinner! We then had a DJ in the evening who continued the party inside the restaurant. My husband then arranged surprise fireworks whilst my favourite song ‘Coldplay – Sky full of stars’ played in the background. It was a dream of mine to stand and watch fireworks with that song playing surrounded by our friends and family and we were told the fireworks were not possible but my husband arranged in secret!”

It was important to Leyla and Max that they had good entertainment. The last thing they wanted was people sitting around with background music only!


“So we had a sax player during cocktails and canapés whilst we were having lots of our photos taken and then during dinner we also wanted the fun element so had 2 amazing singers, one who also plays the guitar so they started acoustic first and then really got the guests singing and dancing during dessert. Our favours were keys that were also bottle openers with a message ‘love is happiness and the ability to open a bottle’. We thought they would come in so handy for everyone! And everyone loved them!”

Layla’s favourite memory from the Big ay is the fireworks!

“The fireworks in the evening will stay with me forever, that feeling that we were told we couldn’t have them and then for it to be arranged without me knowing, it was so emotional. Everytime I hear that song I’m taken right back to that perfect moment!”

“Also me and my husband made sure we spent every second (apart from going for a wee! Haha) together as we wanted to ensure we had fun together and didn’t want to feel like we were pulled away talking for the whole day. We wanted to have fun with everyone together and really did just that.”

Newlyweds give brilliant wedding planning advice:
“Have a budget and be realistic that you will probably go over. I had an excel spreadsheet and I added everything to it. It was a lot of money but we both don’t regret it as it was the best day of our lives that we will cherish forever. Also, spend as much time together on the day as possible and look round at your guests together to see how much fun everyone is having! Take a moment to take it all in!”


Ceremony and Reception venue: Oceana Club, Benissa Spain | Photographer: Schillings Photography | Videographer: Tiveus Produccions | Planner/coordinator: Jody Pearson (Oceana Club) & Marcella Doran (Your Dream Wedding in Spain) | Musician/band: Moonshine Duo | DJ: DJ Darrell Spain | Hair: Andrea Gayle | Makeup: Rebecca Devin | Couple’s outfits: Together Forever (dress) and M&S (suit) | Wedding party outfits: Wed2b (dresses) and M&S (suits) | Celebrant/solemniser: Lee Walker | Stationery: Etsy | Jewellery/rings: Midas Touch, Brighton | Accessories: Swarovski | Flowers: Heidi Francis flowers