Photography by David Christopher Photography
Denise married Marco on Ibiza’s magnetic coast
We always knew we wanted a beach destination wedding as we both have a genuine love for the ocean. We chose Ibiza because of its beauty and energy. When we first visited the island, we felt a sense of peace and acceptance, unlike anything we’ve felt before. We couldn’t quite put our finger on it but we kept going back, and each time we continued to feel nothing but pure magnetism. When we saw Es Vedra, we felt its beautiful spirit and immediately knew this was where we wanted to bring our friends and family to witness our union.
Our venue had a clear view of Es Vedra with both a ceremony and reception area so our guests wouldn’t have to travel. When we saw Elixir, our hearts skipped a beat. Nestled on a beautiful cliffside with breathtaking views of Es Vedra and Cala Codolar beach the location ticked all of our boxes. The food and the staff were just as wonderful, so we knew it was meant to be.
We were fortunate to have a venue that was already beautifully decorated and needed minimal decorations. We wanted the look of our wedding to be modern and romantic, but luxurious at the same time. That’s when my fiance, now husband, mentioned our secondary colours should be gold and rose gold. It looked wonderful against blush tones and was definitely a win. But there were too many blush weddings out there, so to make it unique we added different shades of rose to the palette. Rose gold acrylic table numbers and gold acrylic luggage tags were used to add a modern touch. We made it personal by placing our engagement photos around the venue and finished by inserting some fun acrylic signage I had personally handmade.
For the rehearsal dinner, we opted for a mixed colour palette in the different rooms of the venue, using cream or pastel blue to compliment the room décor. Being from Hong Kong, the couple appreciates British design and wanted to go with English style white flowers with hints of greenery. Karen loves warm pastel tones and knew she wanted to have blush, nude and dusty pinks throughout the ceremony and reception. We suggested elements of beige and gentle grey, with touches of gold to tie everything together.
For the outdoor ceremony on the island of love (a 96-metre long private island on the grounds of the chateau), the couple exchanged vows in front of a stunning gazebo decorated with arches of natural-looking foliage and finished with delicate blooms. Every element of the ceremony design was carefully placed to only enhance the natural beauty of the island and not to completely transform it.
We chose transparent ghost chairs for the guests which seamlessly blended into the setting, leaving the focus solely on the flowers. Natural loose style pastel floral arrangements were added around the fountains and stone turns, creating a beautiful walkway. Custom hand-made linen in beige was designed exclusively for this wedding with warm gold candelabras and beautiful deconstructed pastel flowers creating an elegant and sophisticated look. We finished the table designs with touches of gold in the dinnerware and pretty candles to match the colour of the flowers.
I got my dress from “The Wedding Club” in London. I fell in love with Berta about five years ago when I saw how modern, and sexy yet tasteful their dresses were. I remember working that much harder because when the time came, I knew I would marry in a Berta. I wanted a dress that would give me two looks, as I didn’t want to purchase two dresses. My dress was the second wedding gown I tried on, and though it may sound cliché, that dress chose me.
As international luxury wedding planners, we are very used to organising large-scale epic celebrations over multiple days, with guests flying in from all corners of the globe. However, organising a wedding at Chateau de Chantilly is an incredible challenge. Firstly, the replies take a lot longer from France which can add severe delays to the project timeline. Secondly, the sheer number of rules and regulations in regard to what can and cannot be done at the Chateau made organising this wedding a huge task, as we had to work our way around the huge rulebook – many of which we are not common in other parts of Europe. Lastly, we had a vast multi-national team of vendors coming in from different parts of Europe and Hong Kong to put this wedding together. So just that element including flights, transport, and hotels was a project in itself!
After months of pinning the same style of photos on Pinterest, I realised I knew I had to go for Hollywood waves. While searching for my Beauty team, I came across multiple stylists who discouraged the look because of our destination. I genuinely didn’t want to settle for an updo like most recommend. I finally found a stylist who was extremely positive and mentioned she will do her best to achieve my dream look. Together we decided to add a ponytail for the evening to help with the humidity and carefree dancing. For makeup, I wanted a natural look, with a pop of red lipstick for my flawless second outfit.
If you’re planning a destination wedding, find a local wedding planner who knows the area well to assist you. Finding a venue that’s already nicely decorated is also important and it saves you money for other things. Most importantly, I would say to enjoy it! Wedding planning can be a bit stressful, however, it’s also a wonderful period full of love, creativity, and excitement that you only get to experience once as a couple.
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