There are days in my life where I am overflowing of bliss being an elopement photographer in Spain. The day of Lindsey’s and Erik’s elopement in Deia was one of these incredible days. We spent it filled with love, laughs and adventure. The memory of it still makes my heart skip a beat today while looking at their images.
How Lindsey found their elopement photographer in Spain (ME! yaaay)
Lindsey was the one in charge of searching for an elopement photographer in Spain. She found my website by researching on the internet. The elopement images and my blog article “Elopement wedding in Mallorca – 3 reasons to take the leap!” attracted here in particular and she decided to reach out. After her first inquiry we got on the phone and the rest is history. We instantly connected and started brainstorming ideas for their dream elopement in Mallorca.
I always strive to get on the phone as early as possible with my couples to see if we are a good fit for their elopement or wedding. It is so so important that the chemistry is right between a couple and their wedding photographer – it is an unique event that cannot be repeated and the photos provide the only physical memory you get. So better be sure you click with your elopement photographer in advance ;).
The story behind this elopement in Deia, Spain
After Erik proposed end of last year, they both spontaneously decided to elope instead of hosting a big wedding.
That’s what Erik said about their decision to elope:
“Lindsey and I have been guests at many weddings and often found the bride and groom would be so busy hosting that they didn’t get to focus on each other and their commitment to one another. I can’t wait for Lindsey and I to have the day to ourselves to truly celebrate our love together.”
The west coast of Mallorca reminded them of the place they met for the first time: Grenada, West Indies. The narrow windy roads, picturesque little villages and cliff views really fit into their vision for their wedding day. The island of Mallorca was the perfect fit to confirm their love and commitment to each other in reference to where it all started.
Creating a timeline for this hiking elopement in Deia
When Lindsey and Erik decided to book me as their elopement photographer in Spain their plans were still very open. It was so excited that we would be able to create a timeline together that exactly fits their ideas of a fun and adventurous day. Lindsey chose the lush Jardines de Alfabia for their first look and classy Belmond de la Residencia for their private wedding dinner. We decided to look for a place over viewing the sea at sunset for their private vow exchange.
It took me two full days of scouting possible places until I have found that special spot. Believe me, it is not easy to find epic AND private places in Mallorca! I the end I found the PERFECT location: A little private viewpoint overlooking the peninsula Sa Foradada. Lindsey and Erik instantly fell in love with the place even though it was just accessible by a little hike. That’s why Lindsey decided to swap her high heels for sandals and opt for a hiking elopement. As I love hiking and natural sceneries I couldn’t have been more thrilled!
The day of the Elopement in Deia – The getting ready
Lindsey and Erik got ready in a beautiful suite in Belmond de la Residencia. While getting dressed Erik revealed to me “My family isn’t that comfortable with us eloping. You are the only one that can save me from being killed by providing a complete documentation of the day.” So no pressure, ha ha!” Thanks God from my experience as elopement photographer in Spain I am used to it…
While elopements are just the most beautiful wedding ceremonies to witness and document it is also a massive responsibility that you are carrying as elopement photographer. The pictures of the day will be the only keepsakes and testimony of the whole day. I love to start telling a couple’s story starting with the getting ready. There is so much quiet excitement in the air. And when getting ready separately afterwards the pictures provide the connection for both bride and groom to the getting ready of the other.
There were so many details and little moments to document and appreciate. The moment when Erik put on the beautiful mechanical watch he inherited and a military tag that is a heirloom from his grandfather. That look that both exchanged when Lindsey brought some pizza for Erik before sending him off downstairs. How Lindsey carefully unpacked her wedding dress before carefully stepping into it. Countless little pearls that build the story of this day.
Elopement to Spain – First look at Wedding in Jardines de Alfabia, Mallorca
In Jardines de Alfabia there is a gorgeous old staircase surrounded by twisted trees that we selected for Lindsey’s & Erik’s First Look. While Erik was waiting his back turned towards the staircase, Lindsey slowly descended. There was so much excitement in the air! And when she finally tapped him on the shoulder and Erik turned around pure happiness radiated from their faces.
After their first look I let these two spend some time together at the Cafe of Jardines de Alfabia. There was cinematic piano music playing in the background and the view over the gardens just made the scene seem like out of a dream. After Lindsey and Erik had some time to catch up we headed out for a casual and stroll through the gardens.
I will never forget the moment when some tourists decided to turn on a water fountain that we had to run from. REAL FAST. Till today we are not sure if that was on purpose or just a mistake. Hmm… Fun things that can happen at an elopement to Spain. Well, the good news are: We all got away in time and for the most part didn’t get wet ;). It makes for a memorable moment for sure!
Hiking Elopement in Spain – Walk to Sa Foradada Lookout
Because Lindsey and Erik decided to say their vows in a very special place they had to turn their casual elopement into a hiking elopement (which I have to admit I LOVED). We walked to a beautiful very old olive grove bathed in the magical light of the setting sun. I really love how relaxed and playful these two look on their hike to our ceremony destination – an intimate lookout over the gorgeous Sa Foradada peninsula.
If you are playing with the thought of having a Hiking Elopement in Spain and you love the outdoors – don’t think any longer, just do it. There is nothing better to calm the nerves before your wedding ceremony than walk and explore some of nature’s beauty with your partner :). Lindsey and Erik even had a nice picnic on the way. Yay to hiking elopements in Spain!! They are just the best!
Sunset Wedding Ceremony in Mallorca – Spain Hiking Elopement
Organizing a private sunset wedding ceremony in Mallorca can be tricky. Usually the most beautiful spots at sunset are full of people and that’s not what you would have in mind for exchanging your vow ;). Thankfully with hiking to a hidden away lookout we could get some magic scenery with some privacy all at once. We arrived just on time for the gorgeous sunset at our private lookout over Sa Foradada.
Just Lindsey and Erik know the words that have been spoken during their ceremony. That way they could be completely open and vulnerable while saying their vows. I felt so incredibly honored that I could be there with them and capture the magic of this unique moment for them. After they exchanged their rings and sealed their union with their first kiss as husband and wife exhuberance took over. Good that we brought some flower petals along to celebrate!
Private Wedding dinner at El Olivo – Belmond de la Residencia
After the ceremony we hiked back up in the dusk. Quiet joy lay in the air during our trip to El Olivo – the restaurant of Belmond de la Residencia. Lindsey and Erik had made arrangements for a private dinner at a terrace overlooking Deia. When we arrived there were candles everywhere illuminating the scene in soft light – the place could have been straight out of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights Dream. I couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful choice for their wedding dinner and the last hours of their special hiking elopement in Mallorca.But see for yourself…
I wish you all the best for your future together, Lindsey & Erik! Thank you for letting me share this incredible day with you!
Looking for an elopement photographer in Spain?
Are you still looking for an elopement photographer in Spain? I photograph couples in love all over Spain and Europe. Be it for your intimate wedding, elopement or a couple photo session just for the fun of it – let’s connect! I would love to hear about your ideas!
Especially if you have a hiking elopement in mind ;).
Lots of love,
Vendors of this hiking elopement in Spain:
Getting Ready: Belmond de La Residencia
First Look Venue: Jardines de Alfabia, Mallorca
Dinner: El Olivo at Belmond La Residencia
Bridal Bouquet: Tinons Floral Designer
Wedding Dress: Sottero and Midgley
Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss
Wedding Rings: R&R Jewelers
Elopement photographer in Spain: Romany Flower