The celebration we have for you today is absolutely how beach weddings should be done! Russian Elena and Alban from Switzerland met in Barcelona and decided to marry on the Spanish island of Formentera just south of Ibiza. Their families and friends flew to the island to join them for an amazing two-day wedding bash. There are just too many things we love about this classy beach wedding to list, you’ll really have to see for yourself. To say Elena and Alban were delighted they chose Gabby from En Route Photography to capture their big day is an understatement, because as Elena says, “The cake will be eaten, but the memories will follow you all your life.” So true!

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HOW THEY MET

“I was invited to fly to Barcelona for a business trip and arrived a weekend before work. All I wanted is to rest, do shopping and meet no one. However, a colleague suggested I meet her brother named Alban for coffee who was on holidays in Barcelona. Two years later he proposed to me on the anniversary of our meeting. It was in a beautiful hotel in Switzerland: a room full of roses, a private dinner on a balcony, just the two of us.

DECIDING ON THE DESTINATION

We chose Spain for our wedding because we met in Barcelona. However, to make it more special we decided to marry on Formentera: a beautiful, unspoilt island lying just south of Ibiza. We had also been to Formentera many times and felt very relaxed there. My colleague told me an inspirational story about getting married on Formentera in 2009, at Flipper & Chiller. Six years later our magic happened at the exact same spot on this unique and lovely island, surrounded by crystal clear waters lapping the pink, coral-encrusted golden sand. The style we wanted was hippie chic- no business suits, just comfortable beach outfits.

CHALLENGES

Having to plan over a distance with the wedding planning agency was a challenge. We communicated mostly through Skype- at the end of the day, we were relying on someone we never actually physically met. The master of ceremony choice would probably deserve more attention, as this person can make your wedding unforgettable in all senses.

BEST DECISION

We loved the artists we invited to perform at the wedding: a Brazilian show with a Russian singer (dressed in a traditional costume and signing kalinka-malinka) and a salsa band with salsa dancers. I think my best decision was choosing a local Ibiza designer to produce my wedding dress a few days before the wedding (for €200!) and the brilliant beauty salon in Formentera which made an incredible job of the “stressed bride”- they transformed me into a fantastic Victoria secret model look alike! Our photographer and videographer were worth every single penny. The cake will be eaten, but the memories will follow you all your life.

ADVICE

Use a wedding planner! And choose your master of ceremony carefully. Also some practical advice would be to ensure your sound system is in keeping with local Formentera regulations, some quiet resorts have restrictions so it’s handy to know in advance.”

Photographer: En Route Photography | Ceremony & Reception: Flipper & Chiller | Wedding Planner: Party Planet Ibiza | Videographer: Vision D Pelicula | Flowers: DIY | Stationery: DIY & Flessenpost | Wedding Dress: Ibimoda Ibiza | Bride’s Jewelery: nicolasdebiton@yahoo.fr | Hair & Makeup: 38 Paralelo

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