For Christine and Oliver, the idea of an intimate elopement wedding was immediately appealing. Both love Mallorca and know how many amazing locations there are tucked away on the island, especially on the breathtaking northern coastline with its dramatic backdrop of sea and mountains. Keeping things super-small would allow them to focus completely on each other and their special day. When the couple got in touch, we discussed what would make it truly special for them.
They had decided to go for an autumn wedding when they would have some of the best parts of the island to themselves. This is when the pace of life is unhurried, the seas become crystal clear and the pure beauty of the mountain landscape shines through.
The preparations took place at Christine’s charming house in Soller. The town is one of Mallorca’s most popular, famous for its oranges and lemons and vintage tram to the nearby Port.
Christine had chosen on an ankle-length cream dress with long statement sleeves paired with a chunky baroque pearl strand necklace. Oliver wore a cream linen suit with a white linen mandarin collar shirt with covered buttons.
Animal magic at the ceremony
With the couples’ preparations complete, we headed for the beautiful town of Deia, just thirty minutes drive away. Here, we introduced them to celebrant Ulf and doggy ring-bearer, Wifi. The ceremony location was a hilltop viewpoint close to the church with panoramic vistas of the mountains, town and sea.
Ulf had arrived on his supercool vintage Vespa with Wifi tucked into his travelling basket. Then, to everyone’s surprise and delight, two inquisitive donkeys showed up, checking for snacks and bringing a very rustic touch to the ceremony preparations.
The couple had designed their vows with Ulf and included a wine box ceremony so that they could celebrate their ten-year anniversary with a bottle of fine Mallorcan wine, warmed by the sun and matured to perfection. Two love letters were tucked into the box which was nailed shut to warm off temptation in the meantime! Wifi, smartly-dressed with a cream silk ribbon (through which the rings were threaded) played his role perfectly, delivering the rings with much enthusiastic tail-wagging.
A romantic picnic
Afterwards, we had prepared a romantic picnic for the pair. Just a few steps away from the scenic path leading to the beach in Deia, the couple discovered the secret spot with vintage wicker picnic hampers containing chilled Moet (complete with wine cooler and elegant glasses), fresh fruits, delicious local jamon serrano, crusty bread and tasty Mallorcan cheeses. Now, in the afternoon sun, there was time to crack open the champagne, relax, revel in the quiet beauty of the bay and enjoy the gourmet delicacies together.
The perfect sunset finale
For the next part of the day, Oliver had arranged a very special surprise for Christine. Just as they finished their picnic a smart white yacht came into view to take them for a sunset sail. “Seeing the little boat arrive was just like being in a film” says Christine. “It was such a beautiful sight and the timing was perfect”
The couple made their way to a rocky outcrop (famously, the spot where a restaurant scene for the Night Manager was filmed). Here, they boarded a small boat which brought them to where their yacht was anchored in the bay.
“I knew Christine would love the sunset sail” says Oliver. “It was something we couldn’t have done with a larger wedding. Chris, the captain of Mezzo Magic, was brilliant. He and his crew were super-flexible and made the whole trip a complete delight”.
The boat set off from the bay to one of the most scenic and iconic spots on the island, Sa Foradada, a short way along the coast. This tiny sheltered inlet is best reached by sea and makes a superb viewpoint for the sunset. By now, the sun was already dipping low and beginning to sink towards the sea. Then, as they watched, glasses of cava in hand, it seemed to accelerate until it disappeared beyond the horizon in a blaze of light which coloured the sky a glowing pink.
Back to port
Now, with evening gathering, it was time for the couple to settle down on board to enjoy the sail home to the Port of Soller. For the evening, we had recommended an elegant seaview restaurant for the couple to enjoy a cosy wedding dinner in the Port after their adventures.
“It couldn’t have been better” says Christine. “By keeping things really small, we could just relax and enjoy a wonderful day. Having a video was especially important so that we can share it all with our friends at home and George was brilliant at capturing the spirit of the day.”
Does an elopement sound right for you? Contact us to discuss your plans.
We can arrange for your ceremony in selected private locations including on board boats. All of our celebrants are experienced in creating ceremonies for elopement weddings in unusual locations. As well as providing your celebrant, we can arrange animal ring-bearers, bespoke gourmet picnics and restaurant recommendations. We are also happy to recommend photographers, videographers, hair and make-up artists, florists, musicians and other carefully hand-picked suppliers to complete your day.
With very special thanks to videographer George at Moving Peakes, celebrant Ulf (and Wifi), Chris and the Mezzo Magic team, and drone-operator, Nicholas Neufcourt. Thanks also to Selena Garfield of Mallorca Wedding Planners for assistance on the day.