28th February 2018
A dream come true at the stroke of midnight – Alexandra & Robert
Newlyweds Alexandra and Robert tied the knot last November in an intimate ceremony and reception with their nearest and dearest. They share their heart-warming love story and wedding day with OurWedding.
“I am from Colombia, and I came to Malta in March 2014 to study English for a year. In July of that year, a friend of mine (who was also a friend of Robert) celebrated her birthday with a boat party, which was where I met Robert for the first time,” says 26-year old Alexandra Martinez, a lawyer by profession.
Having both been a part of the same group of friends at the boat party, the two got talking, and Robert, 27, an accountant by trade, added Alexandra on Facebook a few days later. “Afterwards, we started messaging each other daily. Eventually I asked her out on a date, and we decided to go out for dinner on 12th August. Around one hour before we were due to meet, there was a national blackout in Malta, and we ended up having an unplanned romantic candle-lit dinner instead,” says Robert.
After a memorable and enjoyable first date, the two kept in touch and met regularly, and in the summer of 2015, one year and a few months after her first trip here, Alexandra decided to stay in Malta, and the couple moved in together.
Two and a half years into their relationship, Robert surprised Alexandra with a very important question. “It was the 31st December, 2016, and we were staying in a hotel in Malta to celebrate the start of a new year. We had dinner and a few drinks at the hotel, and shortly before the stroke of midnight, I wanted to go to our room to have 12 grapes – it is a Colombian tradition to eat 12 grapes, each corresponding to a wish, at the stroke of midnight on NYE,” says Alexandra. “It was exactly after this that Robert proposed to me. I was lost for words as we had never really discussed marriage, however, at the same time, I was over the moon that one of my wishes had actually came true, so I gladly accepted to get married!”
And so the couple began planning their wedding, and set the date for 4th November 2017, with a civil ceremony at the Alexandra Gardens of The Palace Hotel in Sliema, followed by a reception at the State Hall in the same hotel with 100 guests, primarily family and close friends.
“When we started planning the wedding, we both agreed that we wanted it to be small and intimate, and both of us were involved in the planning to ensure that we were happy with our choices,” they explain. “When we started looking at venues, we liked the idea of holding the ceremony at The Alexandra Gardens of The Palace Hotel, followed by a reception in the State Hall. Up until the wedding day, however, we had only seen the Alexandra Gardens during the day in natural light – since the wedding was in November, before the start of the ceremony it was already dark. It was only on the day that we saw the garden decorated with flowers and fairy lights, which gave the ceremony a more romantic feel and exceeded all our expectations.”
The couple opted for a civil ceremony here in Malta with the aim of holding a religious one in Colombia when the time is right. “We wanted both our families in Malta and in Colombia to share our happiness and celebrate the day with us, and after one year or so, we plan to have a religious ceremony in Colombia.”
Looking stunning on her wedding day, Alexandra’s dress shopping experience turned out to be far better than what she had imagined. “Before I started looking for my dress, I thought it was going to be the hardest part as I didn’t know of any boutique or designer in Malta. Someone had told me, before I started looking, that there is always a perfect dress waiting for its bride, and now I can definitely confirm that!”
Alexandra found her dress at the first shop she visited, and it was only the third one she tried on. “I just loved it from the first moment. I didn’t need to see more – the design, the color, everything was just perfect for me. I didn’t doubt for a second that it was the one, it was just how I pictured it in my mind and how I wanted to look on my wedding day.”
The couple admit that their biggest concern in the run up to their wedding day was the weather, seeing as the ceremony was planned to take place in the open air garden of the hotel in November, when the weather is typically unpredictable. “Luckily, the weather was perfect on the day, which meant we had a great wedding as we avoided having to move the ceremony inside at the last minute.”
Their wedding went off without a hitch, and Alexandra and Robert say that their favourite part of the day was seeing their guests have a great time with them. “As many other married couples told us before the wedding, the most important thing is to enjoy it and we fully agree, as it really does goes by so fast!” they say. “Our advice to anyone planning their wedding is to enjoy the whole experience, including the planning stage, even though it can get stressful. Make sure you plan the wedding the way you both want as after all, this is your special day.”