Makeup artist Diva and her Italian fiancé Cristian travelled from their home in Ibiza to the amazing city of Barcelona for this gorgeous engagement session with uber-talented Gabby from En Route Photography. We seriously love this city, and Diva has some great advice for couples below who are thinking of travelling to Barcelona. As for this photo session- fun, tender, the most beautiful light- what more could a couple ask for?

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“We met in Ibiza in 2009: my friend and I were leaving a party and there was a crazy rainstorm and everyone rushed for the bus. I ended up asking a guy for directions and he walked us to our hotel and that is how I met my fiancé, Cristian. I moved to Ibiza from New York a few months later. The best part of the story is that it was the energy of mother nature that truly brought us together- it was destiny. In the six years I have been living in Ibiza, there has only been one other storm like that early morning leaving the nightclub.


In the first few years we both always traveled for the winters, to his home in Venice or to my family in New York. After three years we decided to celebrate the holidays at home in Ibiza. There was a lot of wine with friends and family and at the end of the night he told me I forgot a gift under the tree. My tipsy self fell for it and was searching and when I turned around he was on his knee proposing. For our wedding, the location will be Ibiza of course- it is where we met. We’ll have a spiritual ceremony overlooking the sunset and the reception n a private villa. I would also love to have a small gathering in Venice for friends and family that cannot join us in Ibiza.


To be honest, it happened by accident. I am a makeup artist (Diva Borrelli) and I work with a lot of photographers and stylists in Ibiza, all over Europe, New York and Los Angeles. I had the amazing opportunity to do Gabby’s makeup and hair for her session in Ibiza with Ana Lui Photography. We were traveling in Barcelona for a few days and I was hoping to do a shoot with Gabby as the photographer and our models fell through so she said let’s just shoot you and Cristian! So here you have it- our spontaneous Barcelona engagement shoot.


We love Barcelona. Our birthdays are five days apart and every year instead of gifts, we travel to a new place to celebrate together and explore the world, and Barcelona was the first city we visited on our birthday travels. Cristian owns a restaurant in Ibiza called La Velada, so food and wine are his passion. We travel often to explore art which is my passion and food and wine which is his. Our next adventure is a blog about our travels, the food, a lot of wine and our love for Ibiza.


Our advice for having a photo session in Barcelona would be: use Gabby, see Gaudi and get great local recommendations for your time there. Gabby is an amazing photographer, she lives in Barcelona and knows all the best spots- I would check out her amazing Barcelona Guide. Then you have Gaudi- visit any of his creations and you will be in awe. Lastly, our local friends always take us to amazing new spots when we visit. Some of our favorites include champagne and oysters in El National, tapas in Cerverceria Catalana and sunset drinks on the rooftop of the museum by the water (where Gabby shot us) and any place our friends take us!”

Photography: En Route Photography | Makeup: Diva Borrelli | Diva’s Outfit: Dress: Mango | Boots: Free People | Jacket: All Saints | Cristian’s Outfit: Jacket: Ralph Lauren | Shirt: Scotch & Soda | Boots: Hudson

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