Bethany and Claudio met five years ago while working for a football club in the UK. Their career paths then took them further afield, including to Germany. But for their wedding ceremony, they wanted to choose somewhere completely different to bring together friends and family from two continents. So they settled on Mallorca which they had often visited and loved. There was going to be a large contingent from Claudio’s home country of Brazil. So for both of them, getting the food and music right were crucial!
They had chosen Finca Biniorella, a lovely old finca with contemporary touches. The location was perfect; set in countryside surroundings within easy reach of Palma. For his base the night before the wedding, Claudio chose the newly-opened elegant palace-style hotel in the city, Ca’n Bordoy. Meanwhile Bethany and her party stayed in an attractive finca just north of the city.
The wedding day dawned with the promise of a clear day and a warm evening; perfect for outside dining in the courtyard and dancing afterwards. For the ceremony, there was a simple, natural wood pergola with two large floral arrangements, a cream altar table, cream aisle carpet and cream cross-back chairs. There were two smaller floor arrangements marked the ends of the aisles. These featured English-style flowers including white roses, delphiniums, ami majus and lisianthus.
The ceremony begins…
For the guest arrivals, the couple had chosen string quartet Solano, As they played, the guests enjoyed a welcome drink of cava and fresh lemonade before the ceremony began. The couple had chosen Ulf as their celebrant, looking super-smart in a dark suit. The bridal party made their way up the aisle to Thinking out loud by Ed Sheeran, played by the quartet.
Bethany had a bouquet of white Austin roles, lisianthus, eucalyptus foliage tied with white ribbon and her five bridesmaids, wearing sage-green silk slip dresses, had smaller versions. The couple had written their own vows and kept the ceremony simple, with two readings by friends. Afterwards, they walked happily back down the aisle to Marry you by Bruno Mars amid a shower of colourful dried English flower petals.
Cava, canapes and cartoonist
After the ceremony, the wonderful Nayla Yenquis Trio played while cartoonist Alex was on hand to sketch the guests. Chilled cava, beer and fresh lemonade were served, with delicious canapes of marinated salmon, gin and ginger skewers, deep-fried avocado and Mexican chicken chipotle.
The dinner and party
As the sun began to set, the couple led their guests into dinner in the courtyard. For the dinner tables, there were small hurricane vases with arrangements of white roses, alstroemeria, astrantia and baby’s breath. These were joined by slim glass-stemmed candle-holders, set among foliage garlands of eucalyptus and olive. Place settings had a sprig of mini-eucalyptus tied with a thin white silk ribbon.
After dinner, as fairy lights began to twinkle over the courtyard, the guests formed a sparkler arch. The couple moved to the garden where more live music awaited them, and it was time for the party to begin in earnest under the stars!
8 September, 2019
Wedding by Mallorca Wedding Planners
Photographs by Aimee K team