All you need is love – and Maltese sunshine! It took just over 12 months to plan this marvellous 3-day wedding abroad, made even more brilliant with Joanna’s expertise as a wedding planner, and Jayke’s experience in the food and hospitality industry. The ideas were simple – an outdoor wedding with seaside views, heaps of atmosphere in the evening, a bespoke menu, and flowers galore, with a boat cruise the next day. Joanna and Jayke created an absolutely unforgettable getaway for their 40 friends and family – here’s their real wedding in Malta!
Bride & Groom: Joanna, events manager and wedding planner, and Jayke, director of own company operating bars and restaurants in London
Wedding date: 25th May 2013
Wedding ceremony: St Paul’s Cathedral, Mdina, Malta
Wedding reception: Cavalieri Hotel, St Julians Bay, Malta
Photographer: Julia Michalczewska
Wedding planner: Sarah Young
Wedding theme: Classic white elegance
Wedding dress: Pronovias from Mia Sposa, London
Maid of honour: Alicia Figiel
Best man: Paul Williamson
Bridesmaids: Edyta Persaud, Karina Skulska
Pageboy: Noah Mangion, Joanna & Jayke’s 2 year old son
We met 7 years ago. I was working as a waitress at a cocktail bar and Jayke was managing the bar a few doors down. We used to go to her bar for drinks after work. He was a real gentleman, walking me home everyday for two months until he got his first kiss.
I really liked him from day one! We dated a few times and fell in love quickly. Jayke asked me to move in with him after 2 months of meeting each other and have lived together ever since. Love, passion and commitment was there from the very beginning!
I did have a good feeling about Jayke from day one. We had the same morals and found we wanted similar things out of life. We had very similar pasts and upbringings and this was interesting as we were from other sides of the world.
My beautiful shoes were by Freya Rose, the famous British designer, handmade with fine materials from Italy. Broach on the shoes was made of freshwater pearls and a couture Parisian lace. I absolutely loved them! So beautiful and comfortable too! I wore them for 12hrs straight.
It felt right to get married as we wanted to seal our love officially after being together for 7 years and most importantly having a child together. It was a few days before Christmas 2011 while we were on holiday travelling around Australia.
Jayke proposed on Daydream Island on the Whitsundays, Australia. We got up early to watch the sunrise and were surrounded by wild kangaroos on a secluded beach. It was very romantic, and totally unexpected. I didn’t have a clue! If I knew, I would at least put some make up on knowing there will be photos taken! Jayke blew me away by proposing in Polish which made it even more special.
My dress was a classic mermaid shape made of very delicate lace in Spain, bought from Mia Sposa in London, made by Pronovias.
I wore a bespoke made lace bolero that looked like is a part of the dress for the church and a long laced veil with the same detail as the dress. For the reception I took of both veil and a bolero, to give it more of a party look.