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WEDDINGS IN IBIZA: LAUREN & PAUL

Photography by Maria Simon for Marnosuite

Newlyweds Paul and Lauren Dellow tied the knot in an intimate wedding ceremony atop the Patchwork rooftop terrace in the idyllic seaside area of Talamanca in Ibiza surrounded by nothing but the close embrace of friends, family and the beautiful backdrop of the calm Mediterranean Sea.

The love story of Lauren, a make-up artist, and Paul, a firefighter, both from Leigh-on-the Sea in England began at the tender age of 16 when the pair met while working at a children’s amusement park one summer. The summer romance turned into four years of blissful teenage love, becoming high school sweethearts and creating precious memories they’ll always have to look back upon.

A few forks in the road saw Lauren and Paul separate for a period of time to explore the different paths life had in store for them, but those who understand true love know some people are just meant to be and will always find their way back to each other. After seven years, Lauren and Paul met up once again and never looked back. “We got back together at 27 and this time it was for keeps,” the bride gleefully recalls of the special day.

It was during November 2013 on an adventurous vacation to Morocco where Paul got down on one knee at the peak of Mount Jebel Toubkal to ask for Lauren’s hand in marriage. At the highest peak of the Atlas Mountains, with a thundering waterfall in the distance, it was absolutely perfect. The decision to hold the ceremony in Ibiza was almost instant, as the pair had both travelled to the white island several times before, its distinct and unique energy carved its place in their hearts forever.

Taking wedding planning into their own hands, Lauren and Paul immediately enlisted Ibiza wedding photographer Maria Simon of Marnosuite to capture the magical moments on the big day and chose vibrant and eclectic Patchwork restaurant – the rooftop space above the famous Sa Punta – as the venue. Set in the seaside area of Talamanca and offering sensational sunset views across the Med to Dalt Vila, Lauren and Paul couldn’t have dreamed of a more fitting location to say ‘I do.’

The celebration of love took place under the glorious Ibiza sunshine with a special blessing performed by born and bred Ibiza celebrant Melchior Arnold with awe-inspiring views of the sea behind them. “He was amazing – we couldn’t have wished for anyone better,” Lauren fondly remembers of the ceremony.

Lauren draped herself in a beautiful vintage style dress by Jenny Packham, a 50s inspired look featuring delicate beading and fine lace that adorned her chest and shoulders that perfectly matched her bejewelled headdress while her stylish pumps came from Nine West. Hair and make-up were done by the savvy bride herself.

Paul looked timelessly handsome sporting a stylish outfit that included beige Reiss Trousers, a crisp tailored shirt paired with a classic grey Ted Baker waistcoat accented by a camel-toned leather belt, and shoes to match.

“As we love Lebanese and Mediterranean food, Patchwork was perfect for us as it was the perfect blend of both,” Paul says of the catering. Instead of having a formal sit down meal the couple opted for a delicious spread of fresh ceviche, creamy hummus, cold mezze plates and slow roasted lamb while dessert was a homemade pavlova.

Dinner was followed by dancing beneath the starry skies of Ibiza with music curated by percussionist Rocky Ruffini, saxophonist Grabo and DJ Grant Collins that had everyone enjoying themselves well into the wee hours of the morning. Following the celebration, guests were given a wedding gift that consisted of Ibiza survival items in beach buckets that would perhaps aid in recovery the next day!

Lauren and Paul took the ferry to Ibiza’s sister island Formentera for a four-day honeymoon of rest and relaxation following the nuptials and have since planted firm roots in the land of Ibiza, now calling the island their full-time home. “It has a unique energy like nowhere we’ve ever been before. Moving here was a no-brainer.”

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