Pink blooms and family photographs took centre stage for Rebecca and Raphaels Ibiza wedding
10…9…8…the countdown to New Year had begun, and as the crowds in the chilly streets of Prague rushed past, Raphael got down on one knee and proposed to Rebecca, exactly one year after they met at a New Year’s Eve party in London. “We were in our little bubble as fireworks were going off around us,” says Rebecca. “I couldn’t pull off my woolly glove quick enough!”
Photography: Ana Lui (analui.com)
Luckily it was warmer at their sun-drenched Ibiza wedding, where Rebecca wore a dress of her own design (rebeccacella.com). “I hand-knitted it using silk yarns,” she says. “It was covered in tiny white and silver chains that were individually hand-stitched. The silver caught beautifully in the sun.”
Rebecca teamed her dress with Jimmy Choos, “I covered the straps across the toe with white chain to match my dress,” she says. Raphael wore a dark-blue suit by Balenciaga.
Rebecca flaunted a natural make-up look on the day with a wavy down do, soft pink lips and slightly bronzed, rosy cheeks. “I wore Chanel Mademoiselle on the day for a fresh, floral scent,” she says. “Raphael’s mother bought it for me as a gift just before the wedding.”
“We always wanted to get married in a rural and natural setting,” says Rebecca, “And we instantly fell in love with the vintage and quirky charm of Agroturismo Can Gall, a pretty converted finca in Ibiza surrounded by lemon trees. The owners, Santi & Anna were so kind and could not do enough to make our day so special.” The aisle was scattered with rose petals and the couple exchanged vows under a bamboo structure decorated with white chiffon. Guests were given parasols to keep cool under the Spanish sunshine.
Three long tables were arranged poolside for family-style eating and the couple hosted champagne and canapés in the gardens. “Guests mingled and lounged on huge silver poofs and oversized cushions that were scattered around the gardens,” says Rebecca.
Vases of pink peonies and hydrangeas gave a subtle splash of colour. “Peonies are my favourite flower,” says Rebecca. “I wanted simply tied flowers – nothing too fussy.” White fans were also left on each guest’s place setting.
“Two of my closest friends greeted guests as they arrived and tied flower corsages with delicate silver ribbons on to the ladies' wrists, which beared their names and table number on little heart tags,” says Rebecca, “While the men were given the same on pins.”
To add a personal touch to their day, Rebecca and Raphael decorated a guest table with photographs of their parents and grandparents’ wedding days.
“For the guest book, I covered a beautiful old book in gold leaf, decorated it with family photographs and asked guests to write messages inside,” says Rebecca.
After dinner, Rebecca’s sister Katie surprised everyone with a showreel of photos charting Rebecca and Raphael's time together as a couple, “Out of the blue this huge screen came to life and music filled the gardens,” says Rebecca. “It was so emotional and such a beautiful surprise! Then Raphael gave an incredible speech. Each line began with, ‘I love you because…’. It was beautiful and funny, all rolled into one.”