Planning a wedding can be overwhelming. Almost a year into the process, high school sweethearts Erica and Alberto decided to do what many others only dare to dream of: elope to Ibiza, Spain. With no guests and master photographer Aljosa Petric and videographer Fragments Collection on board, the couple tied the knot in paradise with a cliffside ceremony on the island of Es Vedra.
While it wasn’t the day their families had expected, the couple’s wedding had all the fairy tale wedding elements: a bride in a flowing gown and windswept veil, a walk down the aisle to a groom in awe, and a glittering evening celebration.
"We celebrated it the way we wanted to," Erica told Martha Stewart Weddings. "It being just my husband and I opened up the possibility of experiencing a very special, tailored, intimate moment just for the two of us."
The San Francisco-based couple prepared for the choice ceremony by reaching out to French wedding planner Leila Guillaume of MC2 Mon Amour, who connected them with Aljosa, their photographer.
“[An] intimate wedding is definitely perfect for a couple who wants a different, simple and private wedding,” Aljosa told us. “[A] small private wedding is [easier] and more relaxed for all vendors, [and not] much stress.”
The couple’s base was a hotel on Playa d’en Bossa, where Aljosa met the bride and groom for a second session in front of a local church. The location, along with the bride’s flowing tulle dress and long veil, conveyed an old world romance while adding a touch of tradition to the photos.
“The challenge was[the] hot and sunny day, as usual in the summer in Spain, especially [for an] afternoon session on the beach,” Aljosa said. “But in the end everything turned out great.”
The bride looked transported from a medieval fairy tale as she walked down the aisle holding a lavish bouquet. A second bouquet on the pyramid altar added a grand touch to the sunset ceremony, which was conducted by planner Leila herself.
What was Aljosa’s secret for successfully capturing these intimate moments? It was all about making sure the couple forgot they had company, he said.
“For a photographer it is important to have fun and…let the couple enjoy their wedding day/session,” Aljosa told us. ”…To be polite, to joke with them… [and then] they will feel more comfortable, and they will forget the camera.”
Source: Martha Stewart Weddings
Photography: El Momento Perfecto Fotografo || Planner: Leila Guillaume, MC2 Mon Amour || Flowers: Antonio Rodriguez || Videography: Fragments Collection || Gown: Bluethread Bridal || Headpiece: Lelet NY || Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Groom's suit: BAR III || Groom's shoes: Cole Haan