Weddings in Ibiza – Aelish & Paul

From the glitz and glam of Las Vegas and the romanticism of a Yorkshire castle to the natural authenticity of Ibiza’s bohemian north; the love between recently married British couple Aelish and Paul knows no bounds.

From the glitz and glam of Las Vegas and the romanticism of a Yorkshire castle to the natural authenticity of Ibiza’s bohemian north; the love between recently married British couple Aelish and Paul knows no bounds. After meeting for the first time in Las Vegas in 2014 whilst on separate holidays, they exchanged numbers and when Paul very quickly got in touch to ask Aelish out on a date back in the UK – despite living over four hours away from one another – it was clear his intentions were serious.

“I knew if he was willing to travel all that way to take me out he was worth a chance,” recalls Aelish. “From then on we haven’t looked back.” A few years later, when Aelish was heavily pregnant with the couple’s first child, Paul – ever the romantic – left a trail of clues around the house that ultimately directed her along some long and bumpy Yorkshire roads to meet him Swinton Park Castle. “I was sure I might go into labour at one point,” she laughs. When she arrived, she was led to the Presidential Suite, which Paul had covered in rose petals and candles. He was down on one knee and of course, she said yes (“Through a lot of tears!”).

When the time came to plan the wedding, the couple chose the Mediterranean island of Ibiza. “It is a place where we feel so connected to each other,” explains Aelish. “Ibiza has a special energy and for us as a couple, it represents all the things we love: beautiful scenery, beaches and bays, stylish venues, delicious food in stunning restaurant settings and breath-taking sunsets! Truly magical.”

Self-confessed lovers of the outdoors, the stunning natural beauty of Ibiza played a part in selecting the venue for the big day for Aelish and Paul. The couple chose the iconic and stunning grounds of Agroturismo Atzaró in the north of the island. “It is a place of natural beauty, filled with flowers, greenery, orange trees beautiful gardens and water – what’s not to love?” says Aelish. “And the ceremony pool area has to be one of the most beautiful aisles to walk down in the world.”

To help meticulously plan the event, the couple enlisted island experts Gemma Bowman and Kerry-Anne Winton of Ibiza Wedding – a move that ensured every step of the day flowed smoothly. Danielle Hodgson Lindley of creative styling agency Velvet Circus was also called on to help bring Aelish’s dream of a stylish, chic and whimsical wedding to life. “I created my initial moodboard on Pinterest based around different heights of cylindrical glassware, floating candles, single elegant white flowers, twinkly lights and perspex features,” says Aelish. “Danielle pulled off our vision perfectly.”

Additional design and décor elements included a giant disco ball, confetti cannons, large neon signs and a prop box for the evening part of the event. An enormous floral archway was designed by El Ramo de Flores – creating a stunning space under which Aelish and Paul said their vows, overseen by island celebrant Melchior Arnold. “We had a spiritual ceremony which focused on a celebration of our love for each other,” says Aelish. “It was so meaningful and special – all the guests (including ourselves) were blown away by how perfect it was.”

The bride looked a vision in white, as she walked down the poolside aisle in a Suzanne Neville gown and sky-high white Christian Louboutin heels – after being beautified by Ibiza’s most in-demand hair and make-up artists, Louise Maxwell. The bridesmaids wore white gold coloured gowns by Kelsey Rose, while the groom and his groomsmen were kitted out in style by Reiss, though due to the hot Ibiza sun, they ditched their suit jackets and went for the classic white shirt, bow ties and braces look.

Catering came courtesy of the kitchen at Agroturismo Atzaró, which operates with a farm-to-table philosophy and grows much of its fresh produce onsite. “If you’re a big foodie like we are, Atzaró will never disappoint – the food there is outstanding,” says Aelish. “We had a mix of different canapés throughout the cocktail reception which all our guests raved about. For the main meal we started off with a Caprese salad, followed by fillet steak for main and a trio of deserts to finish. The food from start to finish was flawless.”

During the cocktail reception, guests were entertained by acoustic duo Lah Di Dah, and as the sun went down a spectacular fire show took place to signify the end of the dinner and start of the party. Aelish and Paul flew in DJ  Charlie C to start the party with RNB and Motown style hits, after which renowned Ibiza duo The Lovely Laura and Ben Santiago took over the decks with their unique fusion of party style house music accompanied by live saxophone. At the same time, the glitter queens from In Your Dreams Ibiza were on hand to embellish guests’ faces with sparkling gems and jewels. “This was great fun,” says Aelish. “All the guests, including the men and the grandmas, got involved!”

After the celebration – which continued well into the Ibiza night – was over, the newlyweds stayed in a luxurious villa in Ibiza for three weeks with their family. “After the wedding, Paul and I took ourselves off the ME Hotel to have some ‘us’ time for five days,” says Aelish. “We spent this time exploring the island, eating in some fabulous restaurants and drinking lots of wine and sangria!” The couple had planned to visit the island a few months after the wedding, however soon after the wedding, found out they were expecting their second child. “We have to put our next trip on hold until June 2019,” says Aelish. “Ibiza will forever hold a special place in our hearts so we will be visiting for many more years to come.”

Photography: Gypsy Westwood Photography
Venue: Agroturismo Atzaró
Event planner: Ibiza Wedding
Styling: Velvet Circus Ibiza
Dress: Suzanne Neville
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Hair & make-up: Louise Maxwell
Groom’s attire: Reiss
Flowers: El Ramo de Flores