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.
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.