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Countryside Rustic Ibiza Wedding

It should be recognized that Ellie and Mark planned an incredible wedding. Said wedding? Well, it just so happened to take place on the magical island of Ibiza. Need we say more? Captured by the massively talented Ana Lui Photography, we’ve got it all waiting for you in The Vault!

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From Ana Lui PhotographyAs soon as I met Ellie and Mark I knew their wedding will be simply amazing. They are such a lovely couple! Laid back, full of love and appreciation for our little island of Ibiza. They chose to get married on Ibiza because they feel like home in here. As much as they enjoy the sun and the sea, they also love the wild and rural countryside and Ibiza’s Mediterranean vibe.

And their wedding location was just that, wonderful countryside agroturistic hotel in quiet little village of San Mateo. Ellie and Mark chose Hotel Astarte because of it’s fab grounds. Stoney walls, wooden ceiling beams, almond and carob trees. They said” I do” surrounded by the family and closest friends at the top terrace garden of Astarte.

Lucy from Mambo Weddings, their wedding planner, made sure everything run smoothly. Decor and flowers matched the mood of the wedding day, with freshly cut rosemary, gorgeous succulent mini plant pots and overflowing bouquet made with love by amazing Kristin at Flowers Ibiza. Throughout the wedding day I always follow the natural light. For Elle’s and Mark’s couple shoot I’ve decided to shoot around on of the hotels fields, few meters away from sheep wondering around. The light was perfect. The sun started to set behind the olive and almond trees, we caught the last rays just in time. Ellie swapped her head piece for beautiful flower crown. And after the dinner all the guests joined the young couple by the pool with life music and cheese cake!

From The Bride…Why did you choose to get married in the Mediterranean?

Ibiza is such a stunning island and the perfect place for our guests to enjoy a holiday around the big day. Traveling abroad for a wedding allows people to properly relax and escape the hustle and bustle of home. It also meant that we were lucky enough to extend the celebrations, visiting one of our favorite restaurants, La Bodega, for tapas in Ibiza town the night before the wedding and welcoming people back to Rural Astarte for a pool party the day after to reminisce the day previous. It worked out perfectly.

How did you find the venue and your wedding coordinator (if applicable)?

We were recommended Lucy Dyer at Mambo Weddings through a friend of a friend who got married on the island the previous year. Having spent a January weekend looking at a number of venues last January, Lucy promised us that Rural Astarte was worth seeing. We hadn’t heard much about it, but totally fell in love with it’s beautiful natural setting in the peaceful Sant Mateo valley.

Did you incorporate anything handmade or DIY in your wedding?

We created a website to incorporate RSVPs, best places to stay, best airfares, photos and general information about the day. We also painted wooden signs to help guide guests throughout the day.

What advice would you give brides to be regarding organizing a destination wedding?

No matter how important small details feel in the lead up, it’s amazing how on the day none of it matters. You are surrounded by your favorite people in the world and, as long as you feel great and relax then everything falls in to place. That’s not to say planning an overseas wedding comes without it’s stresses. If you, like us, feel guilty about the cost implications for others, then try and give people as much notice as possible. Our save the dates went out over a year before the wedding and we were so lucky and overwhelmed by the number of people that joined us. If possible, make a few visits before the big day, it’ll put your mind at ease and is also incredibly special and fun.

What was your best idea?

Getting married abroad!

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Photography: Ana Lui Photography | Event Planning: Mambo Weddings | Floral Design: El Ramo De Flores | Wedding Dress: Laure De Sagazan | Bride's Shoes: Zara | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ASOS | Hair + Makeup: Smack Ibiza | Groom's Attire: Reiss | Venue: Astarte Ibiza

This Clifftop Ceremony Will Make Your Jaw Drop

It’s not every day you see a wedding set on the edge of the world. Or an Ibiza clifftop, to be exact. But thanks to Ana Lui we’ve got just that, will an entire gallery of images that’ll give you Mediterranean wanderlust in a serious way. Scroll on for lots, lots more.

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From The Bride…

Why did you choose to get married in the Mediterranean?

We fell in love with Ibiza from the first moment we visited the island. It has everything you need for a perfect holiday – from sun, sand, incredibly blue waters, fun nights out, delicious cuisine and relaxation. You can have a great night out in the south of the island or you can hide yourself away in the corners of the island for some peace and tranquility. There is a special energy on Ibiza, and you feel it as soon as you step outside. We wanted to get married on Ibiza so we could share the love of the island with our friends and family, so they too could experience the beauty for themselves.

How did you find the venue and your wedding coordinator?

After a few trips and searching for all different locations, we decided we hadn’t quite found the perfect place for the wedding. We really wanted to have the activities at a private villa, so everything could be in once place. After much searching (and Googling) we came across Cardamom Events – who were able to find a location, provide the catering and help us plan the wedding so it was a perfect fit.

What advice would you give brides to be regarding organizing a destination wedding?

Be patient. Be clear on what your vision is before you communicate to anyone supporting you because ANYTHING is possible, it’s just how to bring to life your vision within your budget, so be prepared to make compromises. And plan your budget based on 80% of you actual budget, because you WILL go over.

Most importantly, the day goes by so fast make sure to take some time away with your newlywed to enjoy the moment and take some pictures. Make sure to eat, and try not to think about the schedule. If possible, don’t get too involved in the timing and scheduling of everything on the day because if it doesn’t go according to the exact timing (which it never does), it’s best that you don’t pick up on that and can enjoy each moment.

From Ana Lui Photography… Alexandra and Bono were my dream couple! Super laid back, fun, happy and full of life! We had so much fun on the day and throughout the night – they partied like crazy and kissed like crazy. It was a wedding full of positive energy, happiness and music! Set around perfect location in Ibiza, private villa close to quiet sleepy town of San Juan, with clifftop ceremony and gorgeous sun setting over the hills of Ibiza.

I think film photography totally captured the beauty of the palace. Getting all the blues, greens and warm colours of the island out in every photograph. I am super happy with the peach skin tones and softness of all the images.

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Photography: Ana Lui Photography | Cinematography: Studio By Ana Lui | Coordination: Cardamom Events | Floral Design: El Ramo De Flores | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Stationery: Idlewild Co. | Bride's Shoes: Prada | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Hair + Makeup: Smack Ibiza | Groom's Attire: Custom made by Thomas Baldwin | Venue: Casa La Vista Ibiza | Catering + Cake: Cardamom Events | Film Processing: Carmencita Film Lab | Grooming: Tailored & Groomed Ibiza | Lighting + Sound: Ibiza Pro Dj

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When You’re a Fashion Industry Bride, One Designer Wedding Dress Simply Isn’t Enough

When I get married, it’s going to be all about the dress. So this gorgeous Bride, with her not one, but two, stunning designer gowns — one for the rehearsal dinner and one for the wedding — is a woman after my own heart. After all, I’ll take any excuse to wear a Carolina Herrera or Delphine Manivet masterpiece. See all the pretty, captured by Jimena Roquero and Helher Escribano, in The Vault!

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From Jimena Roquero…Elena & Eduardo’s wedding in Ibiza was the event all their families and friends were waiting for the whole year. A three-day wedding with live music, cabaret show, sunsets from a boat, paella in the beach and all happening in the amazing island of Ibiza!

Elena works in fashion so she couldn’t resist to pick a gorgeous Carolina Herrera gown even though she thought it was not the most Ibiza look. Instead, she picked a total Ibiza look for the rehearsal dinner on the boat with a light and delicate design from Delphine Manivet.

Elena & Eduardo organized a fun rehearsal dinner at the beach and the invited all their guests on a ride on the boat where they were able to enjoy the magical Ibiza sunset. The day of the wedding, Elena got ready at her family house. The ceremony was celebrated in a very typical Ibiza church, with a completely white facade and they even had local dancers performing for them on their way out.

The cutest part was when Elena drove a vintage yellow citroen all the way to the reception venue, La Escollera. A chic and trendy restaurant by the beach that they decorated with color lighting and where they fed and entertained almost 400 guests until the party was over!

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Photography: Jimena Roquero Photography | Cinematography: Helher Escribano | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Venue: La Escollera | Bride's Rehearsal Dinner Dress: Delphine Manivet | Children's Shoes: A Gatas | Flower Girl Dress: Nanos | Quartet: De La Purissima | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Ses Roques Restaurant | Ring Bearer Attire: Neck & Neck

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