As a wedding photographer I have been incredibly fortunate to record so many amazing peoples’ life changing events – from weddings to pregnancy to newborns, each and every one a new chapter in their life. Today I am beyond excited to share with you Emma and Nick’s simply beautiful Ibiza wedding. Everything about their wedding makes me smile, so please sit back, relax and enjoy.
Couple: Emma & Nick Martindale
Wedding Date: 3rd May 2015
Wedding Venue: Elixir Shore Club, Cala Codolar Beach, Ibiza
How did you meet; what attracted you to one another? Nick and I met at a nightclub in Dubai at the Atlantis Hotel on the Palm. It was a bit of an odd meeting actually as we were both at the bar and Nick’s boss (at the time) started talking to me – he eventually moved on (much to my relief) and behind him was Ben Affleck… no wait sorry it was his double, Nick! 😉 We started talking a bit and then he impressed me (sort of) with some moves on the dance floor. We swapped numbers but didn’t speak again for about a month and a half. Having met in a nightclub it was the first date that made me really attracted to Nick. I didn’t like any of the cocktails we were working our way through so he drank them for me. We had a pretty open conversation and it was Nick’s laugh and sense of humour that made me think this one’s a bit special. Nick constantly surprised me, another thing that I love about him now.
How long after you first got together did you get engaged? We met in 2011 and Nick proposed in July 2013 so about a year!
Who proposed? How, when, where? Was the timing or date significant in any way? Was it a surprise? Nick proposed, at Nobu restaurant at the Atlantis Hotel on the palm. Nobu became the venue for special occasions (birthday’s anniversaries etc) so it is a special place for us. It was a complete surprise as Nick and I had discussed getting married before and he’d always said he would never propose in a restaurant. We’d also discussed that it probably wouldn’t happen for at least another year or so due to financial commitments and the fact that all our family were elsewhere in the world! It was even more of a surprise to me because I remember not 4 days before we had had quite a big argument,t and I was in a bit of a bad place as I’d been diagnosed with Arthritis earlier that year which was incredibly painful. I remember being on skype to my mum a day later and saying that I’d messed it all up and was worried, I’d been so nasty to Nick that how could he ever love me. We’ve all had that moment’s when the whole world is coming to an end right?…Right? I couldn’t really walk anywhere or do anything and had been signed off work as well so was feeling totally sorry for myself and Nick got the brunt of it…even after that he still proposed…what a man! I cried for about 10 minutes and just kept asking him if he was sure after he proposed! And he’d picked the ring all by himself! We had never discussed it, nor had I ever suggested what I liked, but he picked exactly what I would have picked!
What attracted you to the venue you chose for the day? The FOOD! Lol. Actually we knew we wanted the food to be great, and we knew we wanted to get married outside in the sunshine, we first came up with the idea of Ibiza and then we started to look at venue’s and Nick found Elixir. We both instantly thought that’s the one, and when we read reviews about the food being the best on the island for weddings and we saw the menu, we were sold! We actually put the deposit down without having seen the venue in real life which was a bit risky but I am so glad we did as it meant we secured the bank holiday Sunday which gave people the chance to travel to and from the island without having to take time of work if they didn’t want to!
What was you theme / colour scheme – The venue itself had a grey, pink and cream theme which we thought was really nice and neutral. Neither of us wanted OTT colour schemes and we both like simple and plain designs in general, so it made sense to stick with the venue theme. The table chairs has that beautiful beach wash effect too. Just a simply stunning venue.
Wedding Favours – It sounds terrible when you say it, but our favours were shot glasses. We are known for being the first ones to say “where are the shots?” when we go out with friends so it seemed fitting that we should give these to everyone. I think favours were one of the hardest things to decide on because we wanted to get something that wasn’t just going to be thrown away. In the end we decided that it was more important the favour was a reflection of us rather than what people would do with it… although in the end we did have quite a few people say they left theirs at the venue and did we have any spare… seems we aren’t the only ones to like shots!
Table plan – We wanted people to be sat with people they knew and or at least would have something in common with – we’d have hated for people to be uncomfortable during the dinner as we really wanted a nice relaxed environment. Fortunately most people knew at least one or two others attending so once we got the final names it fell into place quite nicely!
Centrepieces – Our centrepieces were a simple vase filled with peonies and hydrangeas. We had a choice of adding other items like candles and so on but with the sunshine and with the food that was coming to the table we had to keep them simple.
Flowers – I am in love with Peonies and I have to say Nick pretty much let me run with the flowers. We chose a mix of peonies, hydrangeas and roses (all a mix of pale pink/blush and cream). I chose so many due to season as the peonies had literally just come into season and there was a risk I might not have been able to get them at all at the venue, but wanted that beautiful open full lush look so had hydrangeas as my back up flower. It also helped reduce the cost. I picked roses for the button holes as a Peony or hydrangea might have looked a bit silly! So then I decided if we were having roses for the button holes they should be incorporated into the arch flowers too.
* Cake – We looked for a long time for the right cake and even thought about doing a novelty cake too which would have had Nick and I as Zombie bride and groom (we love the Walking Dead tv show). But in the end we decided that everything else was looking really elegant and plush and we didn’t want to look back and think why did we do that, so back to google it was. When I saw the cake online I just loved it. It was a pretty simple white four tier cake with the blush and shimmer coloured bubbles on it. What I liked most was that it was almost like the bubbles were rising up the cake like in a champagne glass. I showed it to Nick and he liked it too so we were good to go!
* Place names – Our place names were beautiful grey folded card with a simple little seahorse that hooked over the top. As our wedding was right by the sea we wanted something that would match the venue and our invitations had two little seahorses on them as well. It was something Nautical but not over themed.
Table names – Our tables had names of places that meant something important to us. We also added a little story about why they were important to us so people knew their significance.
Any other venue décor – The only other venue decoration were 100 small scattered candles to give that really romantic feel in the evening once the sun had set. I also made some pearl garlands for the bride and groom chairs.
What dress did you wear and why did you choose that particular style? My dress was Berta 14-26. My dream dress. When I first started dress shopping I knew I wanted something sleek and elegant but when I started trying those kind of dresses on they were incredibly unflattering and made me look awful. I was devastated and the dresses that did really suit me were the big princess dresses which is something that I knew I didn’t want for Ibiza! It took me over a year and a ridiculous amount of hours on google and pinterest before I saw it, but when I did I knew it was the one I wanted. There is only one shop in the UK that sold it and it took over 6 months to make, but when it arrived I couldn’t have been happier. It felt very glamorous and you could really see all the detail and time and effort that went into make this beautiful dress. Amongst other parts of my body; I really hate my arms and having the luxury of long sleeves was a real blessing for me as well. I was a little worried about the heat but Ibiza in early May is beautiful and we didn’t get married until 4.30pm so had plenty of time for the midday heat to drop off.
Did you accessorise it in any way? Because of the design and style of the dress I only wore my engagement ring and a small pair or pear shaped drop earrings. The focus was the dress so I didn’t need anything else. My shoes were Gina platforms with a beautiful bow on the front!
What outfit did the groom wear? Nick and I both wanted a casual and relaxed wedding – Nick’s a bit of a hippy at heart but I drew the line at a tye dye top and pair of flares… just kidding! Nick is very laid back and we both wanted to be comfortable, so Nick designed his Jacket at a tailor in Dubai and had the wedding date and initials sewn into the inside pocket. He went for a deep blue colour and finished the jacket with a white contrast trim on the outer pockets. He teamed the jacket with a pair of white trousers and matching shoes and belt from Hugo Boss! He looked gorgeous.
How did you entertain your guests? During the arrival and after the ceremony we had alcohol and some fun signs around the venue. Fortunately the venue itself was such a great location that everyone wanted pictures with the view behind them so I think guests pretty much entertained themselves. I created some little A5 cards that matched our colour scheme for during the dinner with suggestions of pictures to try and capture. I took the idea from Pinterest! We entertained the guests with a photo prop box and Polaroid camera’s for after the dinner! The venue actually provided the prop box and it was full of really interesting and different items, such as a swan hat, huge bunny head, snake, wings, masks, top hats and lots more! Obviously I am bias but it was one of the best prop boxes I’ve seen because it was just full of the most random items.
We also had a singer that I am in love with called Irene Diaz from Los Angeles. I found her music online over a year ago and as soon as I heard “Anything for you” I knew I wanted that to be the song I walked down the aisle to. I played it to Nick to make sure he liked it too, but little I did I know that he would then organise to have her play live at the wedding. It was completely overwhelming when I saw her at the ceremony and I’m pretty sure I made the weirdest noise of surprise when I saw her and then I just cried. She has a wonderfully smooth jazz like voice, just incredible! We also had Lovely Laura, who is a beautifully talented Saxophonist play in the evening. She plays for HedKandi in Ibiza amongst other things and has a wonderful energy and again we knew we wanted her to be there.
How did you both feel on the day? I was a complete mess. I don’t know why but was incredibly nervous – not about the wedding itself but I think the pressure and level of expectation that I put on myself more than anything. We met the videographers for the first time at breakfast on the day and I just cried… they must have thought I was completely nutty! I don’t think I had any bridezilla moments but perhaps ask the family!! Nick was pretty nervous about his speech but overall we were both just really excited to have all our friends and family around for not just one day but spread over a week basically!
What parts stood out for you the ? most? It had to be Irene Diaz… I can’t believe that Nick spent the time and energy organising that for me. Nick hates admin and is useless (he’ll agree don’t worry) at anything that involves a lot of planning, except cooking actually now I think about it! So that was another reason why it was so completely overwhelming to have her there.
Any funny stories or unusual anecdotes from the day. HAHAHA – Where do I begin – All I’ll say is that the Best Man’s speech revealed some very funny stories about Nick, which I don’t think he’ll ever live down. Not least because our friends and family won’t let him! I’m afraid to say that I don’t think there were any other extremely funny stories that stood out specifically other than the Best man was also so nervous that he paid the singer twice instead of paying the Saxophonist at the end of the night! Whoops!
Is there anyone who made your day extra special? Our friends and family all being there really did make the day for us that extra bit special. It’s an overseas wedding and it’s a huge time, and financial commitment for people so we really are blessed and thankful to all those who could make it! In particular a friend of mine who was flying in from Dubai via the UK had a complete nightmare. First her boyfriend wasn’t allowed to leave Dubai as there was an issue with his visas, and as she was boarding the plane she was informed that they had removed her bag instead of his! The poor girl had to organise for my boss (fortunately flying to the UK later that day) to bring her bag with him and then had to get from Kent to Surrey to pick it up! She also then changed her flights to fly out a day later to make sure she still came to the wedding. Another overwhelming story of just how lucky we are and what incredible friends we have. We also have to say the staff at Elixir really were brilliant. From the initial contact with Vickki all the way to the run through when we met with Una to the end of the night of the wedding. I am a PA so by nature I like to control events and make sure that things are running on time and as they should be, but Una completely took over and had everything under control. She made sure we were fed and had a little glass of bubbly to enjoy straight after the ceremony. She let us know when it was time for the next part of the day to happen, and she helped move people along. She was also incredibly knowledgeable about her role and industry. I was continuously impressed. And last but by no means least Vickki at Elixir. Our coordinator throughout the planning and also the chef! She dealt with all my 150 million emails patiently and was always bubbly and fun. She gave advice and delivered the most incredible food to our guests. We couldn’t have asked for more from the venue or their staff they were all really knowledgeable, professional but helpful and friendly as well.
Where will you go on your honeymoon? What made you choose your destination? Having a destination wedding meant that we were fortunate enough have a mini moon in Ibiza for a few days but are also going to have our main honeymoon in Cape Town, South Africa in December. We chose South Africa because every single person we have spoken with has only had positive things to say about it. We also knew that an entirely beach holiday is not for us so it had to have something else for us to do there too. Neither of us have been to Cape Town so will be great to experience a new destination together. Very excited!
Any other advice you can offer to couples?
1. We left our table plan design until the last minute which was a bit silly but also difficult to manage as we didn’t get formal acceptances from some people until about a week before the day. So try and make sure you get people to accept formally.
2. Pinterest! Pinterest was my go to tool! If I wasn’t sure what I liked I’d pinterest it and see the different suggestions and also how they photographed!
3. My only other advice would be to make sure you get a list of special details that you really want to capture on the day and share this with your photographers and videographers. The day passes by so fast and you want to have a lasting memory of every detail to treasure.
I love to include helpful information and a “shout out” to suppliers on your day. Please could you list as many of your suppliers below, with contact details:
Venue www.elixiribiza.com All the staff were incredible!
Bride’s dress (boutique) www.thewedding-club.co.uk All the ladies, Clare, Sophia and Emma made me feel fantastic whilst I was searching for the dress. They have the most incredible collection of designer gowns, veils and shoes, and their stores are elegantly designed and best of all the will tell you if something is not quite right!
Hair and make-up www.hairproject.co.uk Andrew Curtis and Jaime Douglas did my hair and make up and are also friends. I couldn’t have asked for more from them. They were both incredibly accommodating for my requests of change and dealing with my unruly hair – I’m sure they were bored of hearing from my I want curls but my hair will not hold a curl… they found a way! An incredible partnership and beautiful people.
Groom’s suit (store) www.parmartailers.com
Wedding cake www.thecakeladyibiza.com The lovely Mitch created our wedding cake and it was incredible. Nick’s not a huge cake fan and even he wanted a second slice! She also does novelty cakes which she did for my brothers birthday a few days before the wedding – again just amazing.
Flowers I couldn’t get the web address for Elaine, but Elixir have the details as they work closely together and Elaine does all the venue decoration for Elixir as well.
Transport Ramon and Veronica were really helpful! Even on the day itself when I had to organise an extra car at the last minute they were there ready to help. They have a 24 hour service and were brilliant.
Catering Provided by Elixir!