Real Wedding: Erica & Alberto Elope to Ibiza

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.

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"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.

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“[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.”

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Erica designed the dress and veil herself with Bluethread Bridal, and her golden headpiece came from Lelet NY, according to Martha Stewart Weddings.

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.

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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.”

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Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

Creative Team

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