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Weddings in Ibiza – Stephan & Peter

This high-flying, fashionable German couple enlisted talented local wedding photographer Gypsy Westwood to capture the many magic moments of their late summer nuptials.

Fashionable German couple Stephan and Peter were not short of destinations to choose from when it came to selecting their wedding location. Stephan’s job as a flight attendant has seen him travel the world and back again; the pair actually met on a long-haul flight to San Francisco back in 2015, when Stephan was working and Peter was his passenger. But despite the numerous options on offer, Ibiza was always destined to be their first choice. The island had already been Peter’s second home for decades, and in the years since they’d been together, it had become Stephan’s too –  a magical, beautiful, peaceful and spiritual paradise that captured both hearts equally.

The couple had their first date six weeks after that fateful mid-air meeting, back in Düsseldorf when both had returned to their native Germany. Sixteen months later they were engaged and the wedding planning commenced. They decided on a September wedding – one of the most beautiful times of year in the Mediterranean; the region radiates with a unique light when the sun drops lower in the sky. And when it came to choosing a venue – since the owners of stylish beach restaurant La Escollera on the iconic Es Cavallet beach had become like family to Stephan and Peter, holding the ceremony and celebration there made perfect sense.

Being such regular visitors to Ibiza, Stephan and Peter decided to do most of the wedding planning themselves. They worked with La Escollera’s in-house event planner Andrea Barneveld to find the perfect stylistic touches to complete the day. Their theme was olive branches, which were neatly worked into buttonholes, woven around shells as table settings and wound into matching olive wreath crowns for the grooms as a final touch. White flowers dressed the ceremony walkway and complemented the leaves around the rustic wedding arch for a natural and organic feel, all of which were captured perfectly by talented local wedding photographer Gypsy Westwood.

Continuing in the matching theme, both grooms wore Ermenegildo Zegna head-to-toe, slim tailored suits in a light sandy taupe and paired with a snappy shoe. Each wore an Ibiza-shaped gold pendant chain, studded with a single diamond, along with gold cufflinks. They shared the precious wedding preparations together, sipping rosé champagne as they helped each other dress for their romantic moment. Upon arrival at La Escollera, guests were served a welcome drink, before being seated at the beachside ceremony area, where the couple’s photo-friendly poodle was already posing in prime position. And when the magic moment finally arrived, Stephan and Peter walked together down the aisle hand-in-hand, a perfectly matched pair.

The expert team behind the La Escollera kitchen whipped up a wedding feast that showcased local Ibicenco delicacies, such as melon roses with Jamon Iberico as one of the starters and their famous show-stopper, salt-baked aea bass as one of the mains. A light lemon sorbet refreshed the palate between courses, and a local farmer’s grilled tenderloin steak served in port wine with mashed potatoes and apple satisfied the meat lovers in attendance. The sun stayed out all afternoon and laughter and smiles were the order of the day on the beachside terrace. Stephan and Peter’s cake had a unique twist, as the two figures on the top were modelled out of icing by island cake artist extraordinaire Mitch the Cake Lady, the very image of the couple themselves complete with beards.

French singer Mouniette brought a jazzy vibe to the sunny afternoon, and after speeches, the party moved away from the beach onto the dance floor. Popular Barcelona DJ Hans brought his lively energetic mix to the evening, and before long the guests were all up and dancing. As night time arrived at Es Cavallet the revellers were in full celebration and the happy couple were the belles of the ball. Following on from their magical day, Stephan and Peter jetted off to the island of Mauritius for two beautiful and breathtaking honeymoon weeks. They didn’t stay away from Ibiza for long however; the duo swiftly returned to their second home at the end of December 2018, ready to start the new year on their favourite island.

Photography: Gypsy Westwood Photography
Venue: La Escollera
Groom’s attire: Zegna
Cake: Mitch the Cake Lady