The Malta Independent 13 November 2018, Tuesday

I DO - Love from miles away

Monday, 1 October 2018, 10:30 Last update: about 2 months ago

The Couple – Angele & Casper. Date of Wedding - 3 June 2017. Angele Muscat, 29, Tax Director at TAXEA Limited, and Casper de Leuw, 35, Managing Director in an ICT company, got married at the Mgarr Parish Church, and a reception followed at Castello Zamittello, Mgarr. Photography | Shane Watts

Angele was studying at Leiden University, in the Netherlands, and started working part-time at the same university. She met Casper when he used to go to the university to do some work. “This meant that we both joined in on the so-called ‘drinks nights’ and, well, one thing led to another and we started dating”, Casper explained.

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Originally Angele planned to stay in The Netherlands for only a year. A year turned into 18 months, 18 months turned into moving in with Casper. A few years and many trips around the world later brought Casper to popping the big question, while they were on a holiday in Cuba. There was no ring, no fireworks, no surprise visits from family members and no camera crew. 

Casper told us that this was what Angele had been hinting and hoping for, but he did the exact opposite. Lucky for him she still said yes!

They got married on June 3rd, in 2017, but they had also celebrated a civil wedding in The Netherlands, on February 14. It was a small intimate wedding with a few close family members and friends.

In Malta, they got married in Mġarr Parish Church where they had a Nuptial Mass, followed by a celebratory drink and appetizers on the Mġarr Square, to allow their guests to enjoy the surrounding views, before heading to Castello Zamittello for the reception. They opted for a sit-down meal by the exclusive caterer, Corinthia Caterers, followed by an after party. The wedding, with just over 200 guests, was relatively small by Maltese standards however quite big for a Dutch wedding. More than half of the guests were foreign with people coming from Peru, Canada, China, Japan, India, Iceland, Australia, Taiwan, Russia and 18 other European Countries.

The theme for their wedding was a combination of traditions from their travels focusing mainly on The Netherlands and Malta. They had quite a few out of the ordinary things at their wedding; starting from the save-the-date cards that were in the form of a postcard and the invitations that they personally designed as a wedding passport. They had a wedding website so guests could RSVP and choose from the menu options and specify any dietary requirements. Angele amazed the guests with a surprise dance with her father, choreographed by Sarah from Plethora. No one knew about it so they used to wake up at 6am to practise the choreography. A vintage bus was hired to transport guests to and from the church and reception venue. Special arrangements were agreed with eCABS to provide transport for guests to discourage drink driving, which included reduced evening rates. The couple had about five speeches, some of which were highly emotional and funny and they also had a kids’ corner, including their own entertainment and sleeping quarters.

The day of their wedding was coincidentally also the suddenly announced 2017 general election. Considering that the bride had to start getting ready before the polling stations opened, Angele decided to go and vote in her wedding dress.

“The church and the reception venue were decorated with plenty of fairy lights, by Transient Limited and flowers by Sarah Barbara, as we wanted to create a fairytale ambience”, the couple explained.

Angele wore a beautiful ivory ball gown with a glittery skirt and very low back from Eva Mariee Bridal Exclusive. She tried some 20 dresses before finding the one dress that she fell in love with. Casper wore a classic suit from Bortex.

For Angele and Casper, their wedding day was one of their most memorable days. They had everything they wished for and were very happy with the result. Clayton Zahra was their wedding organiser. After such a wonderful day they went on a very well deserved honeymoon, organised by a Dutch tour company, through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. “Unusual places true, but we both love adventure and nature so this was perfect for us”, the couple concluded.

WEDDING CHECK LIST

Wedding Dress- Eva Mariee Bridal Exclusive 27309108

Red carpet- Joe Farrugia 9987 6950

Transport- eCabs operators Ltd 2138 3838

Choreography - Plethora Dance 9949 0896

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