About us

Jennifer, Joan and Liz

Jennifer McCloy - Wedding Planner & Director

Spanish Wedding Planner is a Spanish based company operated by Jennifer McCloy, a certified wedding and event professional. Originally from Scottsdale Arizona, Jennifer returned to her parents homeland of England where she earned her university degree in Manchester. Relocating to Spain in 2004 to a much missed warmer climate, she started her planning firm, Spanish Wedding Planner. Jennifer now heads an expanding team that plans approximately 70 weddings each year, serving clients from Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Dubai, Hong Kong, USA, UK, Germany, Holland, Poland and Scandinavia. 

Jennifer is also the founding director of the Association of European Wedding Professionals. During her years operating Spanish Wedding Planner, McCloy recognized that as the wedding industry expands, it has become more difficult for consumers to differentiate between quality professionals and unscrupulous ones. Understanding that a wedding is too important to trust to just anyone, McCloy sought to create an organization that would establish industry standards, regulate operations and act as a trustworthy resource for those planning weddings in Europe. 

Jennifer is a hard working and creative individual. During free time she enjoys time with family and her passions are good food, travel and music.

Joan Carabini-Parker - Wedding Planner

Joan Carabini-Parker, originally from Dublín, Ireland was educated in both England and Ireland and graduated from Ringsend College Dublin. At a very early age Joan was offered a directorship in Pendleton Electrics but chose instead to spend 2 years teaching English in Algeria. After this interesting period Joan became the first female to hold a management position for the English furniture company, M.F.I., attending the renowned Ashridge Management College in Herts. The Swedish furniture company IKEA was the next step in her managerial career, opening their first English store. Life changed in 1989 upon the arrival of her only son, when Joan and her husband Michael decided to re-locate to Andalucia. There Joan co-owned a successful property management company for 18 years. Joan joined Spanish Wedding Planner in early 2008 as she was once again ready for a new and exciting challenge. For fun and recreation Joan enjoys cycling, walking, canoeing and socialising.  

Julia Rodriguez - Wedding Planner

Julia is our wonderful co-ordinator for the Marbella and Malaga region. Born in Gijón, northern Spain, Julia is the fourth of six brothers and sisters! Ever since she was little she loved to organize all kinds of events and parties for friends and family and decorate the house and gardens to look amazing. Whilst growing up Julia lived in both the United States and Brussels before returning to Spain to go to University in Madrid. After a successful career in finance and business Julia decided to take the plunge and follow her dream to be a wedding planner! When not planning weddings Julia can be found travelling to different countries, spending time with her family or just enjoying life with her husband and baby son, Angel.  

Christine Basson - Gran Canarias Wedding Coordinator

Christine Basson, originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, has recently joined the Spanish Wedding Planner team, and now runs the Gran Canaria department. She earned a degree from Copenhagen Business School and she and her husband relocated to Spain in 2009 for adventure, drawn by the all-year warm climate. She is a creative soul and very comitted to what she defines as her dream profession! In her free time she loves spending time with her family and her passions are good healthy food and music!

Christine Basson, oprindelig fra København, er det nyeste medlem af Spanish Wedding Planner-teamet og hun leder nu firmaets afdeling på Gran Canaria. Christine er uddannet fra Copenhagen Business School og har også en fortid indenfor musikbranchen.
Fulde af eventyrlyst og draget af det varme klima, flyttede hun og hendes mand til Gran Canaria, i 2009. Christine er kreativ af sind og elsker sit job, som hun beskriver som drømmejobbet! Sin fritid bruger hun sammen med sin familie og hendes passioner er god mad og musik.

Kate and Vanessa - Valencia Wedding Planners

The newest members of our team are our Valencia Wedding Planners, Kate and Vanessa.

Kate is a a Spanish-American dual citizen, who was born in Maine (USA), but grew up in the Caribbean, where she became bilingual in Spanish and English. After university in 1999, she came to Spain to teach English before planning to go to law school. Fate took a turn in her life at this point though, and she she fell in love with the city of Valencia first, and then with her Valenciano husband! Settling in Valencia, Kate became a private guide and set up Valencia Private Tours (www.valenciaprivatetours) offering bespoke tours to couples and small groups in the Valencia area and around Spain. From this background it was a logical step into weddings and event planning using the wisdom and local knowledge from her tour guide years. In her free time Kate loves to go running on the beach and spend time with her husband and three children. On Sundays she can usually be found found with the large extended Spanish family eating paella and chatting! 

Vanessa was born and raised in Valencia, but from a young age she loved spending summers in a variety of cities in the UK. Once her studies were finished she decided to move to London therefore, looking for new adventures and letting her wandering soul soar! Japan, the USA, the Caribbean, Brazil, Turkey, China and most other European countries came after. Work for a multinational company followed, giving Vanessa a chance to spend a year in Naas, Ireland, explore the country and enjoy Irish hospitality! When she moved back in Valencia, her business and social skills meant Vanessa spent much of her spare time organizing events for family and friends. It was in doing this that she realised where her true passion lay - in planning events and seeing the joy at their success. When not in planning mode, Vanessa enjoys running, walking and spending time with her husband and children.