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Every now and again I like to take you back to where I was married and today is one of those days as I have a sun drenched Ibiza wedding for you to feast your eyes on. It was sent in to me by my favourite Ibizan wedding photographer Gypsy Westwood Photography. It’s always a joy to feature Gypsy’s work on the blog and this wedding is no exception. It takes place in a beautiful venue that I visited a few years ago, Can Gall a 300 year old finca, full of charm and pretty gardens, the perfect location for a secluded and very private Ibiza wedding. With beautiful touches of white and gold, amazing food and the most stunning backdrop this wedding ticks all the boxes. As for Fiona and Ryan, what a gorgeous couple! A truly perfect wedding!
Fiona and Ryan were married in Ibiza, ‘With it being so important to us that our large families and closest friends were with us to celebrate our marriage, I had never really considered a destination wedding before. After we got engaged, we spent some time looking around some gorgeous venues all over Scotland, but I felt there was something not quite ‘us’, and struggled to find somewhere that would fit the ideas I had in my head. It was then we discussed the idea of getting married in Ibiza, only half serious, but it wasn’t long until we had booked our flights and were on our way to the beautiful White Isle. After a lot of research at home, and a week on the island searching for the perfect location for us to tie the knot, we came across Agroturismo Can Gall, a 300 year old restored finca settled in the Ibizan countryside in the North of the Island, and from the moment we walked in and met Santi and Ana the owners, we knew it was going to be a very special place for us. On Cardamon’s recommendation, we chose Terry Freeth who conducted our ceremony and married us. He was amazing and made our ceremony really personal – I couldn’t recommend him enough’
Ibiza has always been a special place for us as a couple – we had both visited the island numerous times throughout our 20’s with friends, it was our first holiday together and coincidentally it was also our first holiday for both us when we were toddlers. With so many amazing memories made, and our mutual love for the island, Ryan asked me to marry him at the end of a small Jetty in front of our favourite restaurant, Sa Punta. It was amazing and of course I said yes immediately.
I really wanted to go with a romantic, bohemian vibe and always knew I wanted the back of the dress to have a bit of a ‘wow’ factor. After trying on quite a number of dresses locally, I thought I would never find what I was looking for, until one evening I came across a beautiful Pronovias Atelier dress online. I loved the backless style, the Spanish lace, tulle train, and the beautiful crystals and petal details around the neckline. Unfortunately the dress was not stocked in Scotland, so after a trip to Pronovias in Bond Street, London (what an experience!) I found ‘the one’! Luckily my local Bridal Shop, Perfect Bridal, in Aberdeen were amazing, and managed to order it in for me which helped so much for my styling and alterations. I wore my cousins’ veil as my ‘something borrowed’, which was really special, and as we were getting married in a garden, chose Badgley Mishka wedges.
The Suit and Bridesmaids
Ryan chose the suits for him and his Grooms party with the Ibiza heat in mind. We did briefly discuss kilts, but he didn’t want them to be uncomfortable and too hot on the day, so went for some mid-blue suits from TM Lewin, styled with a light blue polka dot Eton tie, Paul Smith shoes and Argyle patterned socks as a ‘Touch of Scottish’.
I wanted to carry the boho glam theme into the wedding, so chose whites and golds with touches of blush and sparkle. The Bridesmaids wore nude Needle and Thread embellished dresses, which they styled with their own accessories and had gypsophila in their hair.
My Mother in Law is a Florist in Scotland, so she took care of all the flowers. She had spent the days before the wedding sourcing little mismatching vases for each table, filled with flowers of white and different shades of blush, I loved them
The Stationery and Decor
We also had gold foil letterpress invitations and lots of other sparkly touches – white feathers dipped in glitter, a gold glitter cake topper and a huge ‘LOVE’ sign in light up letters.
Our meal was a tapas platter for guests to share, with the main being sea bass, and we had a shot of the local Hierbas liqueur to toast our marriage with all our guests. The favours were also sourced locally, with a bottle of ‘Hierbas’ for the men and a ‘Campos de Ibiza’ pamper set for the women.
We chose an acoustic female duo – the OohLaLas to sing during the day and throughout the meal. They were amazing and really helped create a laid back atmosphere. The party really started when the Lovely Laura arrived at night with DJ Ben Santiago and Rocky on the bongos. We kept her a bit of a surprise, so our guests went wild when she jumped out with her Sax to ‘Jubel’. Ryan and I had seen her a lot in Ibiza over the years and loved her, so it was really special to have her at our wedding. Everyone was up and dancing – from our 2 year old nephew, to our grandparents!
We chose Cardamom Events to manage our wedding for us, and they provided not only our catering (their food was absolutely amazing and looked great!) but as wedding planners they were an amazing help with décor, linking us with suppliers and providing advice throughout the year of planning. We really couldn’t have planned a Spanish wedding from the UK without their help, multiple skype calls and huge catalogue of décor to choose from. We put a great deal of trust in them and their recommendations, but in the end it came together perfectly on the day.
Personal or Handmade Touches
It was really important for us to have a true ‘Ibiza Wedding’ rather than replicate a Scottish wedding in Ibiza, and it was the Spanish touches that really made the day unique. We started the wedding a little later in the day with some Cava Sangria before the ceremony. Having a destination wedding obviously made it more difficult to add our own personal touches as we were limited with the luggage we could take over, but we managed to source a lot of our décor on the island through Cardamom, and took over as much as we could. My Cousin designed all the stationery for the day, including the ‘Order of the Day’ fans, which came in handy at the ceremony in a heatwave!
There was not a kilt in sight – the only Scottish part of our wedding was the DJ playing ‘Loch Lomond’ at the end of the party – a tradition that we decided to keep. It was a really amazing moment for us, being lifted up on top of all our guests to the song, and looking around to see all of our closest friends and family having a ball!