Needing a set of eyes and ears on the ground in Ibiza, Evelyn and Shaun enlisted Christina Di Giovanna of Le Jour Du Oui as their wedding planner and stylist. Christina used her expert skills and learned – via satellite, so to speak – to interpret their tastes and desires and turn them into reality. The brief from the couple was to find a wedding venue that evoked the feeling of the work of renowned American photographer, Slim Aarons; graceful, glamorous and timeless. With this in mind, Christina suggested a private villa that fit the bill perfectly.
“We fell in love with the views and space,” says Evelyn of Villa Alexia’s crisp white, multi-level design, classic décor, perfectly manicured lawn space and that all-important reflective swimming pool – as Aarons himself would have, had he ever stepped over the threshold. Speaking of photographers, Christina recommended the work of Studio by Ana Lui to the couple, who enlisted their wedding photography services as soon as they’d seen their portfolio. “The lovely Matias and Rosie were amazing,” says Evelyn on reflection of the photographs she will cherish forever.
The provenance of Ibiza provided inspiration for the wedding buffet – which also looked like a work of art unto itself. Olives, local cheeses, jamon with tomato and bread were laid out as starters to nibble on over Champagne, before the grilled meat, squid and fish were served, canapé style – taking away the formalities of a sit-down meal created a fun and sociable atmosphere. Ibiza’s ‘oyster man’ (known from his day circuit at El Chiringuito) Don Ostra circulated amongst the guests, shucking on demand as a novelty – a little touch that was extremely well received. “Our friends loved him!” “We decided not to have a cake,” says Evelyn of their decision to buck another wedding tradition. “We had cheese and champagne instead, as we find that no one ever eats wedding cake – they’re all on the dance floor!”