As soon as I met Natalie, I knew we were a great fit. She came across as experienced and highly professional, yet sweet and easy to get along with. Since I live in Madrid and was marrying a Spaniard (with his family and our friends flying out to California!), I knew my wedding would be a little tricky. The fact that my Spanish guests kept telling me “Michella, it’s going to be just like the weddings in the movies!” really laid the pressure on thick! However, the cultural differences, language barriers, and the fact that I live across the Atlantic didn’t seem to phase Natalie one bit. She simply embraced it and ran with it.
Natalie made an extra effort to please our Spanish guests. The idea was to create the typical American wedding they so longed for, yet to also throw a splash of their culture in the mix. Natalie also made sure Spanish alcohol and Fanta were provided, along with transportation for the Spaniards to and from their hotels (It’s customary in Spain). Our wedding was also bilingual and Natalie’s team even handed out translations of the best man and maid-of-honor’s speeches so everyone could understand. Natalie’s effort kept everyone happy and in communication!
However, after all I have explained above, what I am most grateful for and forever will be is the supportive, kind, and dedicated friend Natalie was when my mother unexpectedly passed away two and a half months before the wedding. It was a complete shock and absolutely devastating. Natalie was there for me and I will never forget that. She came to the funeral too. I wasn’t sure I even wanted get married at that point. However, as time passed, I thought about what my mother would have wanted for me. She had loved Alejandro, and I knew she would want me to have the beautiful wedding she had so happily been helping me plan with Natalie. One day when I met up with Natalie and she asked me what I wanted to do. I mustered up all my strength and decided to go full speed ahead. I’m so glad I did, too. Thank you Natalie! ¡Mucho amor desde España!