Julie and Rory met as teenagers, through mutual college friends at the tender age of just 17. The story goes that they continued bumping into each other at parties and clubs, sharing many adventures over the years that went on to include having two beautiful little girls and a wedding in Ibiza in 2015. “Rory surprised me,” says Julie of her engagement, which took place after an evening at a restaurant in The Shard in London. “I was so shocked (and extremely happy!), I think he had to ask a few times before the word yes came out.” Julie found her dream dress at Pronovias – a stylish Mardil dress featuring a lace bodice and train, accessorised with shoes by Rachel Simpson, jewellery by Jenny Packham and a head dress by Liza. Rory opted for a blue three-piece suit from River Island, accessorised with Vivienne Westwood cufflinks and a bowtie from M&S. “Perfect for the 35-degree heat!” laughs Julie in retrospect. The big day took place at beautiful Ibiza wedding venue Elixir in Cala Codolar on the island’s west coast. “We always wanted to get married overseas, and we both love Ibiza, so it was the perfect choice.” The couple found the venue after doing much online research, and were instantly won over after visiting on an open day, however they were saddened to learn the venue had no availability until 2016.
“We were really disappointed and started to make plans for the following year,” says Julie. “I said to Rory, ‘I wish they’d get a cancellation for this year,’ and he said ‘It’s not going to happen.’ But then the following week we heard there was a cancellation! It was fate – we got married on July 3, 2015.” Once the date was set, Julie and Rory called on the island’s most in demand wedding photographer Ana Lui to capture all the beautiful details on camera. Julie and Rory took on a lot of the wedding coordination responsibilities themselves, alongside the expert team at the venue. Julie designed the name cards, seating plans and table plans herself, and The Lovely Laura was booked to provide her unique form of Ibiza style entertainment. Having a child-friendly venue was important to the couple, who also enlisted the services of Mini Ibiza to take care of the little ones on the day. “During the meal and our speeches they were brilliant.” “The food was the most amazing ever!” says Julie, of the deluxe steaks, perfectly roasted potatoes, grilled Mediterranean vegetables and hearty fresh salads prepared by the Elixir chefs. “The staff were absolutely amazing too,” says Julie. “I would recommend the venue to anyone. We could not be happier.”