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.
I wanted to wear my hair down but had it pulled up at the front with a diamante hair comb from Katherine Swain, I wore it with a lace edged double layer veil.
My makeup was done by a close friend who just happens to be a bridal makeup artist !
An Italian Touch
My dress was from Surrey Brides in Weybridge, designer was Blue by Enzoani. It was beautiful Italian lace with a chiffon bodice and sweetheart neck, very figure hugging.
I think that was the hardest thing was there was so many gorgeous dresses to choose from and only one day to wear it! I had tried on quite a few dresses before this one but when I put it on I felt like it was made for me and fitted the venue and location so well.
Bringing The Colour
Eat Ibiza our caterer who also assists with the planning organised all of the flowers for us. We wanted beautiful dusky shades of pink and lilac to bring lots of gorgeous colour to the day.
A Navy Statement
I originally wanted the bridemaids in pink but soon realised that I may have pink overload with the flowers aswell so I went for a classic navy maxi dress from Coast which contrasted the pinks beautifully. We teamed this with chunky diamante necklaces and cuffs.
My maid of honour had a baby 4 weeks before the wedding ! so she had a slightly different style but still looked fantastic and made it out to ibiza which was the best thing. The flowergirls dresses were from Monsoon were white with silver butterfly detail, so pretty. All credit must be given to them as they chose them all by themselves!
Joe wore a tailored ivory suit and flower pattern shirt from Marc Wallace. He wanted to stand out but also not look too formal for the day. It was quite daunting buying a bright ivory suit in the middle of winter in London but when I saw him when I walked down the aisle I was so pleased he had gone for it as he looked amazing.
We both knew we wanted to be married outside and not spend our day in a dark room or in a marquee on a possibly rainy English summers day. Ibiza is a very special place to us and we both decided very early on that we wanted our day there all outside with a magnificent view. Our venue Can Talaias fitted the bill as it was intimate enough for us to take over for five days. It was the once the house of English actor Terry Thomas which has been turned into an agroturismo hotel by his son Cushan and wife Laeti.
All of the tables were named after games that Joes family company ‘ Jaques’ had invented – croquet, ping pong, snap, tiddledy winks, Staunton chessmen, ludo and the head table was Happy Families! Joe’s family also have a Lewis Caroll connection so we wanted to have small touches of Alice in Wonderland in the day like the pocket watches, eat me drink me tags, teapots and teacups.
Our advice to other couples is to – stick with your dream, there will be sleepless nights and last minute nightmares but it will all be worth it !
Keeping It Natural
Gypsy Westwood who is based in Ibiza took our photographs. She takes beautiful natural images that we really liked, we didn’t want to be too posed or spend our whole day taking photographs so she was the person for us as she is very un- intrusive. Jake Westwood her brother filmed the day for us.
We had personalised fig candles and pink pashminas for our guests to wear and take home. We wanted people to light the candles at home and for the smell to take them back to Ibiza !
We had a Spanish guitarist play as I walked down the aisle and he played at drinks after the ceremony for an hour and a great magician entertained the children and big children around the pool. Later on we had a fire dancer who was spectacular and did a half an hour show for us all.
Joe particularly wanted not one but two DJ’s to play on the day, Jon Sa Trinxa who played through the dinner and then joined by DJ Alfredo to anyone who knows is a legend in the world of dance music. We danced under the stars until 6am!
Vickki from Eat Ibiza is a superb cake maker and we could not resist her three tier white chocolate and vanilla sponge with raspberry filling topped with strawberries!
Vickki at Eat Ibiza (her food is out of this world!) who was our fairy godmother arranged a lot of the venue deco for us. We had lanterns, crystals and flowers in the trees and tea lights everywhere so when it was dark the place turned magical.
We also sourced lots of antique pocket watches and chandelier crystals to hang everywhere. My mum also very kindly made 90 vintage pink taffeta chair sashes for us as we couldn’t find any to hire.