When recreating the Garden of Eden, it’s all about location, location, location. While Bartek had selected Ibiza as the destination for the wedding due its easily accessible, central location for his international group of guests, the next challenge was to choose the right venue to fit the brief. A remote and luxurious, high-end private villa near Cala Llentrisica in the island’s stunning southwest.
“The high cliff top location with panoramic views of the ocean and Es Vedra made it fitting for the theme,” explains Craig. “On some days, there are layers of clouds beneath the villa, giving the feeling of being in heaven.” The next challenge was to transform this elegant setting with an even more heavenly aesthetic, complete with bespoke ‘Golden Gates of Heaven’ made to fit the property entrance, guarded by buffed and bronzed gladiators embellished in gold leaf (obviously!).
On arrival, guests were to utter a designated password to the gladiators and be led through the golden gates, presented with head garlands of olive branches and glasses of lavender-scented cava. The entry music consisted of several specifically created playlists for each part of the journey to the welcome area, starting with a ‘Mystic Pathway Mix’ to the golden gates followed by a more up-tempo selection on arrival to the welcome area.
A simple Christian blessing then took place, followed by a professional harpist – flown in from Italy – playing acoustic renditions of modern songs, before the aforementioned snake dance. Guests proceeded to dine on the roof terrace, where they were welcomed by yet another personal message and movie from Morgan Freeman as God, shown on a six by three-metre mega screen, followed by magic tricks from the talented MC.