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WEDDINGS IN IBIZA: RACHAEL & DAVID

Photographed by Ana Lui Photography

London-based newlyweds Rachael and David – who were married in Ibiza in the late summer of 2017 – have been in love the white isle for 15 years. Both had visited for holidays individually prior to their meeting in 2006 in Glasgow, when they worked together in part-time jobs whilst at university and once they became a couple, they began visiting a few times a year to indulge their love of chilled out music, laidback vibes and bohemian island style. “We’ll hopefully live there one day,” says Rachael. “We wanted to get married there so the rest of our guests could also experience the island. We absolutely love it.”

After an engagement Rachael describes as “a bit wobbly” on a rowing boat in New York’s Central Park in 2015, there was no question as to where the wedding destination would be and the couple already had a hit list of hotels and venues to view from the first day they started planning. “After viewing them, neither of us were particularly excited,” admits Rachael. “We started to panic. We found Paissa d’en Bernat through some serious last minute Googling and the owner, Cristina, kindly let us view it that same day. As soon as we saw the venue, we knew it was the one – the views are out of this world and it has a really cool Bali-esque vibe.”

Once the venue was sorted, it was time to lock down their chosen photographer and it was the fine art style analogue work of renowned island wedding photographer Ana Lui (showcased on White Ibiza) that caught Rachael and David’s eyes. “We absolutely loved the lighting and the style,” says Rachael. “It’s so natural. We didn’t want overly posed photos and Ana really managed to capture the essence of the day without us even really noticing she was there. Shooting on film allows Ana to capture the purity and light of a moment and her with Ibiza’s unique light meant she knew exactly what moment the sun would cast an elegant glow over the couple for their portrait shots.

The bride wore a truly stunning strapless dress with a fishtail silhouette by Pallas Couture, with shoes by Stuart Weitzman and very chic and subtle accessories. “I kept it elegant and simple as it was all about the dress,” explains Rachael, who wore small hoop earrings and a floaty veil. Her picture-perfect ponytail came courtesy of the experts at Blowout Ibiza, while cher flawless make-up was by make-up artist Charlie Campbell. The groom looked dapper in a suit by Joshua Kane, and the beautiful bridesmaids were dressed in Camilla and Marc creations.

Set on the west side of the island, Paissa d’en Bernat boasts incredible sunset views. The gorgeous private villa is ideal for weddings, giving the bride, groom and their family much space for privacy when needed and with lush beautiful grounds (with breathtaking views) for the guests to enjoy. Venue owner Cristina Rey de Viñas Harras is a highly experienced island wedding planner (in addition to managing the venue and a catering company, she also runs her own wedding planning agency Cris Crown Ibiza) and provides invaluable help to couples planning their big day.

Rachael and David did much of the wedding planning themselves, opting for a laidback but luxurious vibe, with a very natural feel and plenty of white decoration. The floral arrangements were designed and created by Floral Dreams Ibiza, from Rachael’s blooming white bouquet to the rustic table centrepieces. “All of our suppliers really did amazing work so the venue looked amazing,” says Rachael. “Combined with the view and the Ibiza sunset, it made a really stunning backdrop.”

For the ceremony itself, which took place in the custom-built gazebo in the villa, they were married in a blessing by island celebrant Paul Hadley. “We wanted something not too traditional and easy,” says Rachael. Afterwards, guests mingled around a mobile bar serving up refreshing fresh lemonade, San Miguel beer for the boys and light Sangrias for the girls – the perfect thirst quenchers in the height of the Ibiza high summer.

The in-house catering team at Paissa d’en Bernat, Silver Spoon Ibiza, provided a variety of Mediterranean tapas for guests to feast on at sunset – from delicious snacks of Ibiza olives, bread and alioli to much loved traditional favourites pimentos de padron (small, sometimes spicy green peppers) and bite-sized homemade Spanish tortilla. Afterwards, a sit-down dinner of succulent roast beef and baby potatoes were served, with fish and veggie options also available for non-meat eating guests.

During the reception, Ivan Sax performed live and after the dinner, it was time to party with well-known island DJ Ben Santiago. “He was amazing!” says Rachael. “Really brilliant – he set the party mood later that night.” Looking back at the entire event, she says it’s impossible to pinpoint a highlight as the whole wedding was the culmination of their dreams. Friends and family enjoying themselves, happiness and fun, great food and entertainment and the chance to finally say ‘I do’ to one another. What’s not to love?

After spending a few more days on their beloved Ibiza, the couple chose to delay their honeymoon until December this year, when they’ll be visiting Thailand, Bali and Hong Kong however Ibiza will always firmly remain in their hearts. “We’ll be back next sprint,” promises Rachael. “It’s one of our favourite times to visit.” And then of course, they’ve got their future island move to look forward to too!

Photography: Ana Lui Photography
Venue: Paissa d’en Bernat
Event planner: Cris Crown Ibiza
Catering: Silver Spoon Ibiza
Cake: Mitch the Cake Lady

Dress: Pallas Couture
Groom’s attire: Joshua Kane

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