FROM AN IBIZA WEDDING PLANNER'S POINT OF VIEW - IBIZA WEDDING
I remember meeting Gemma Bowman back in 2008 at one of her weddings, she was fearless, confident, stylish and smart as hell! An absolute perfectionist. I literally wanted to be Gemma!
I wanted her experience, I wanted her confidence, her natural charm and pretty much all her wardrobe :)
Gemma's wedding planning company, Ibiza Wedding, has become the first stop of stylish, newly engaged entrepreneurs, ambitious young women and men looking for a hands on wedding planner who could take over and help them simply enjoy the experience.
When Gemma teamed up with Kerry-Anne, fun, energetic, kind South African beauty, they became the dream team for anyone looking to throw an unforgettable Ibiza wedding with a sweet and sexy dose of whimsical boho elegance.
I had a chance to photograph Gemma and her gorgeous family (three stunning kids and very handsome hubby Jack) on many different occasions. We created some beautiful photographs during Gemma's pregnancy, we did winter family shoot, spring session at their favourite La Paloma restaurant and interior editorial session of their fabulously styled Ibiza home, Can Rio.
Few weeks ago I have asked Gemma few questions and here is what she's told me...
Mum of 3 and successful business owner! What’s your secret?
Delegation, patience and not sweating the small stuff!! Also I am really lucky that I have amazing people on my little team, who I respect and trust and have a wonderful, very hands on husband as well as help in the house that leaves me with more time to focus on the kids and work.
What’s your fav comfort food?
Oooooh……well not sure its a comfort food but I love anything Thai... pancakes and Maple syrup, rice pudding and raspberry jam…..fish and chips!!!
You fav place to hide from summer crowds?
The Far East! Failing that the beaches of the North, the spa at Atzaro if I have a few hours without the kids….
3 things you love about Ibiza
The weather (although not based on last winter), the beauty of the island, and that inexplicable magic and feeling of possibility…
What’s your formula for a perfect wedding?
A great crowd of people, delicious food, plenty of alcohol and a bloody good DJ
What are you proud of?
My 3 children and my husband
What’s different about weddings in Ibiza?
The feeling that anything goes, that you don´t have to conform to what a wedding should be…we have organised some amazing, unique celebrations here very different from many destination weddings.
3 tips for future Ibiza brides and grooms
Take some time just the 2 of you on the wedding day to soak everything up and have a little moment for yourselves, organise a pre or post event as you and all your guests will really love to all come together at least a couple of times whilst here, remember that every wedding should be an expression of you and your love for each other so try and bring your personalities into the day as much as possible….and don´t stress...
Best song for driving around the island
I do ALOT of driving around the island, be it with clients or ferrying children about so it depends who I am in the car with…currently playing Imagine Dragons and Lily Allen
Ibiza summer must have
A Panama, a big old straw bag from one of the amazing shops in Ibiza Town, lip balm and a helicopter to avoid the traffic