The day has finally arrived!!! It’s taken two years of planning and stress but the day has finally FINALLY arrived!!! IT’S SAM AND ALLAN’S WEDDING!!!! AHHHHH!!!! And they trusted me ME(!) in taking their wedding images!!! This is such a big deal for me because I’m working on my first wedding abroad, but one of my closest friends is marrying his partner of six years…and I’m the one who has to make it look good in the images!!!! The pressure the pressure!!! Sam had told me the day before…and the day before that….and the day before that….and every day the week before (I think you can see where this is going) that they both wanted me to enjoy the wedding and to relax. They clearly haven’t seen me work. You can’t relax at a wedding, especially at a wedding where you only have an hour to see the venue beforehand. But you my dear dear readers can be the judge of whether hiring me was worth it.
We arrive at the venue at 12 to put up the last of the decorations joining me and the two grooms are the bridesmaid and the best man, all of whom are sweating buckets in the heat. The decoration look so pretty!! We have blue and lilac pom poms as well as trimmings. By 2 o’ clock, guests start arriving on the boat and the boys take their places on each side. The music begins to play and they emerge, walking hand in hand bare foot down to the boat and the service begins. It has a traditional tone but with there is a little twist at the end, They perform a sand ceremony which is a tradition down Ibiza way!! Both Allan and Sam grab a handful of sand and pour it into a bottle until it’s full, it’s meant to represent both grooms joining together and also it’s a bit different!! It made the wedding unique, well more unique than it already was! Of they made their way down the…boat aisle(?) and everyone sat down whilst the boat moved out of the bay and into the foreign seas!
Once we reached our destination it was time for the speeches. First to do a speech was Sam’s mother who also had a file full of images of chibi Sam and chibi Allan, they were oh so cute and adorable, Sam hasn’t really changed much since he was young (I have a feeling he’s going to be a bit like Rob Lowe). Then Allan’s father made an absolutely lovely speech which nearly bought a tear to my eye, such loving and honest words. Then came the bridesmaid who kept her speech short but sweet, very sweet in fact and then the best man made a speech too which also touched most of the guests, then came my big moment arranging the family images!! Never easy to do and the more I do it the more stressful it is. Luckily there was only 44 guests and everyone got a picture (I hope). I managed to fit everyone in the group and I made sure you could see everyone too (this is a lesson I learnt in my first wedding) and then I was off duty until sunset, so I relaxed with the rest of the guests and swam in the sea, ate my weight in food (the ship had a barbecue), did some water sports and lounged on the boat, soaking up the sun.
The speed boat was so much fun! Four of us got on an inflatable circle while the boat went off as fast as it could with us holding on for dear life. I fell of it the quickest (i just managed to hold a minute) while Dan stayed on for a very long time!! I was impressed!!
By the 8 o’ clock the sun was starting to set and here came my final image and it was perfect. I managed to get one of Allan and Sam looking romantic while the blurry sun is setting right behind them. It’s my favourite image. Was we got back to the hotel we showered got dressed and headed out to Old ibiza and drank with merriment before heading off to Pacha, one of the oldest clubs in Ibiza. I thoroughly enjoyed it!! I’m not much of a clubber but it’s a different scene to what it is in Cardiff, over here (Cardiff) people fight, it’s full of students and you have to be drunk to enjoy (boring) while in Ibiza people are there to dance and watch DJ’s play their sets. I only drank water that night, we didn’t need to drink. It was an absolute blast. We managed to stay out all night until half 6 where we decided that as soon as we got back to the hotel we’ll grab a few odds and ends and watch the sunrise. A perfect end to a perfect wedding. I cannot wait to celebrate their anniversary next year.
A big thank you for Sam and Allan for trusting me with this work and a big thank you to the bridesmaid and best man for helping me along the way. If you have any enquiries or interested in bookings my e-mail address is in my ‘about me’ section on the page.