I sometimes wish I’d been brave enough to hold my wedding abroad. Maybe brave is a strange word to use. But I always thought that I’d not be able to have it as pretty as I’d want it and that I’d be restricted to the venues planner and be stuck with only a small selection of flowers or just not enough details. And I like the details.
But now I have seen this. And Oh. My. Goodness. It is perfection.
Sarah and Phillip married in one of my favourite places… Ibiza, at Atzaro. The stationery by stationery goddess Abigail Warner is so fitting for the setting. And the flowers?! Are they kidding me with the gorgeousness? Sarah wore Rime Arodaky, a designer that featured in one of my weddings last week too and who is becoming one of my favourite designers. And the bridesmaid dresses?! Made by one of the bridesmaids no less, are perfect Spanish chic. You are going to love this.
Sarah The Bride: Phil popped the question on a surprise trip away and straight away we started planning our dream wedding… We couldn’t wait to be married but despite being quite a decisive pair, we were pretty clueless about what we wanted, other than all of our close family and friends and a really good party!
Our first foray into ‘the wedding venue hunt’ took us to Tuscany where we stayed in a gorgeous old farmhouse I’d found on Mr & Mrs Smith. Whilst perfect for a wedding of 20… We had 100+ guests to squeeze in so that was a no go! Next up we looked closer to home but sadly nothing caught our fancy. Three months down the line, with anxious parents wondering if we would EVER make our minds up, we were having dinner with one of my bridesmaids when she suggested we marry in Ibiza, one of our favourite places. A few weeks later we were on a plane out there and when we walked into Atzaro that day, we gave each other a knowing look of ‘this is the one’… Straight away we fell in love with the idea of spending a week out there with our family and friends, and for everyone to get to know each other and enjoy sunny days in each other’s company rather than it all be over in one day!
Venue booked, we moved onto getting invites out. This was probably our favourite part of the planning as we both love design (but neither particularly good at it ourselves!). I got in touch with Abigail Warner, whose designs I’d been admiring for some time (having spied her on Rock My Wedding) and after an initial brief, Abigail took our vision for dreamy but contemporary stationery to the next level! She was a total joy to work with and we’re still in touch even now the wedding is over. Her fabulous ideas inspired us no end as we went on to plan the rest of the wedding; she brought so many beautiful touches to the day such as glitter covered feathers to decorate the tables and a beautiful escort card idea which worked perfectly at Atzaro.
Invites done, it was on to dresses! One of my bridesmaids sent me details of Rime Arodaky, a new French bridal label which was just starting out whose strap line ‘dresses for wild brides’ caught me hook, line and sinker. I used to live in Paris and have a major crush on all things French… It is no surprise therefore that our next wedding trip was to Paris! After a VERY eventful trip out (Mum forgot her passport but somehow managed to blag her way in and out of the country with no official travel documents? How… we’re still not sure!) we got to the showroom which was simply breathtaking. Rime talked us through her beautiful collection before I found ‘the one’! Named ‘Kate’, it was inspired by the Moss’ dress and rumour has it the same pattern designer that worked with John Galliano on Kate’s also did Rime’s! Moss or not, the dress was gorgeous – simple and more classic than I thought I’d wear but it fitted the Ibiza wedding vibe perfectly. Post dress hunting we had a lovely day with Mum and the bridesmaids in Paris getting excitedly making more plans for the wedding over a few glasses of champagne (…when in Rome!).
Being Nottingham born and bred, Phil had chosen Paul Smith for his suit before we’d even been in to see what they had to offer. As we were abroad and it was (hopefully) going to be warm, he decided to go for a gorgeous blue flecked linen jacket with a very pale pink pair of chinos. He also picked a more daring bright cerise pair from their mainline collection but in the end decided to wear these for a meal we had on the beach the night before at a lovely restaurant called El Chiringuito.
One of my bridesmaids kindly volunteered to make the bridesmaids dresses as she has her own clothing label, ‘Oh My Love’. I spent a day in her East London studio with her designers working on a few different dresses and in the end they came up with the Spanish inspired, off the shoulder dress which the bridesmaids all looked incredible in!
Hair & Make-Up
On the day itself, we had a very relaxed and fun few hours getting ready. As we weren’t getting married until early evening, we had time on our hands which was lovely; Phil, I and my wedding party had great fun spending the day together in beautiful Atzaro gardens. We had our hair done by the team at Blowout Ibiza and one of my oldest friends, Leona, did our make up which was very natural but done so that it lasted all evening, despite the heat.
Atzaro itself is a beautiful place, beautiful gardens and flowers with Balinese sculptures dotted around and as such didn’t need much doing to it in the shape of decor. Our incredible wedding planners helped out with lots of little touches to enhance what was already there rather than creating a new theme. We used a local florist; we had showed them some ideas for inspiration but on the day they completely blew us away by creating truly incredible floral creations!
We wanted to bring a Spanish tradition to the day and found out about ‘las Arras’, a Spanish tradition where the bride and groom exchange 13 old coins and put them into a box one by one, each one to symbolise a promise to one another. The thirteenth coin is put in together to symbolise coming together and the box is sealed forever. One of my bridesmaid’s Father in law made a beautiful wooden box with a tasseled key which now sits on our mantlepiece as a lovely reminder of the day.
To continue the Spanish tradition, we had a flamenco style Spanish guitar group and had a Spanish jamon carver along with canapes before lobster salad, fillet of beef and a very tasty chocolate tart… Needless to say everyone was stuffed by the end of the relaxed dinner whilst the sun was setting outside.
Our wedding planners, Cardamom Events, did an incredible job of coordinating the whole day and ensuring it ran like clockwork. All of their little touches brought the day together and their invaluable knowledge of the island meant they had all bases covered. I couldn’t recommend them more!
Our first dance was magical, it was to the acoustic version of ‘Latch’ by Sam Smith, a gorgeous song with lots of meaning to us both. As it came on we walked out under the stars, surrounded by our family and friends all waving sparklers, a moment we’ll always remember. Our DJ, Sebastian then went straight into ‘Get Lucky’ which became the song of the wedding and got everyone on the dancefloor… Where most people stayed till gone 4am (Sebastian was a great DJ – played all our favourites and loads more!) when the tequila shots were still doing the rounds (and didn’t I know it the next day!).
Gypsy did an amazing job of capturing the day in a very relaxed way. When she sent the photos through there were so many special moments we hadn’t even realised that she’d been there to capture! She made us feel completely at ease and as an Ibiza local, knew exactly how to capture the magical Ibiza light across the different times of the day.
Becky is at her happiest when dunking a slightly chilled chocolate digestive into a very warm, very milky cup of tea. She also loves her job and pinches herself every day to make sure that she isn’t in a graphic design dreamworld.