Planning a wedding in Ibiza

Well with my wedding only now less than 12 weeks away I had a lot of meetings last week and I want to tell you a bit about some of them. Now these are only my choices of whom I have decided to use on the island for my wedding needs!

Wedding flowers now when you get married abroad it can be difficult to get what you need especially when there is a language barrier , well not with the company I am using for my Flowers, Floral Dreams Ibiza. I first met the lovely Gary and Holly (who are a couple) when I moved to the island three years ago, I was organising a photo shoot for my website at the time, one of the shoots was a bridal shoot, so I asked them if they would like to get involved to which they agreed. 🙂

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As soon as we met we struck a friendship, then as soon as I saw their work I knew when I got married these guys where the ones for me! So not long after our engagement when our date was set, I was straight on to Floral Dreams Ibiza

As soon as you meet the couple you will see that they are professional in everything they do, Their work is just outstanding and I am always amazed at Holly’s talent. In my meeting with them to discuss my wedding flowers I left feeling completely as ease and totally excited at what Holly is going to create for me!

So if you are getting married in Ibiza these are the florist for you but I would be quick as I know they are getting booking’s for 2016 already! Find Floral Dreams @ http://floraldreamsibiza.com/

 

Another meeting I had this week was with my Cake lady! Not only did we discuss the cake further we also got to taste some cake. Taking my mum and her husband Bob along they were very happy as I am still on my wedding dress diet they got to sample lots of delicious cake!!

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The nice thing about my cake is I have sat down with Mitch who is the owner of The Cake lady and designed it ourselves with her professional input to what I can have and ideas she had for me! Mitch was as excited as I was which made the experience a good one with her professionalism standing out knowing her knowledge on cakes .My cake will be individual to our wedding and not just ordered out of a book. What I will say its going to have three different flavoured cakes!!!

I really am super excited to see my Wedding cake as I have gone for something a bit different (well we are in Ibiza after all) . Plus with Mitch’s talent I have seen from many of her other cakes am sure it’s going to be impressive! Find Mitch @ http://www.thecakeladyibiza.com/

 

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It’s all getting a bit too exciting everything is just coming into place! Getting married along with all the little stresses defiantly is the best feeling in the world!!

Happy Planning

Kellie xxxxx

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Tips for brides when getting married abroad

I thought I would write a little blog on a few tips for all you brides to be getting married not just in Ibiza but hot climates. These are just things I have come across when working on wedding here in Ibiza and hopefully this will help you not come across these problems yourself!

 

Now first of all when you and your bridal party arrive at your destination the party normally begins as even though it is your wedding it’s all your guests and of course bridesmaids holidays! Now as us brides know we can decide what they wear etc but we can’t tell they what to eat and drink when they are on holiday! Now if your wedding is not till a week after you all arrive this is where I have seen disasters happen! Like on the big day the bridesmaids haven’t tried their dresses on for a few weeks just half hour before the ceremony and they put them on!! o no they don’t fit! Now I am not saying this happens all the time but it has happened and I have had to sew bridesmaids in too their dresses! Lady of many talents you see! 🙂

So top tip one don’t get your dress to fitted or took in too much as remember we all swell in the heat (that’s my excuse all the time anyway) . Also don’t leave it till last-minute before the ceremony to put your dress on as this wedding was a 45 minutes late and the poor bride was very stressed!

 

Another top tip shoes!!! Now we all love our shoes I am really thinking of going for it with my shoes, I have always wanted a pair of Louboutin’s or Jimmy Choo’s and I think now is the time to treat myself as if I can’t for my wedding day then I never will!!! But anyways again remember you feet can swell in the heat so may be not so strappy shoes!

At my wedding as I know all my girlfriends with be all heeled up I am putting just next to the dance floor a flip-flop basket! So my guests can keep on dancing all night long without the pain of their shoes stopping them…

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Weddings abroad means also you are dependent of a lot of people turning up ie hairdressers , make up artists even to your wedding car! I would make sure you personally make a connection with these people, add them on Facebook and Twitter so you can see their work and what they are up to business wise before your big day!

If you have a wedding planner they keep in touch with them with emails and never be afraid to ask away. My wedding planner has been really good and sent me a lot of information. All this leads to a more relaxed wedding day!

With my wedding getting closer am sure like all your brides to be it is the most exciting times! My mum is over in Ibiza beginning of July , I literally can’t wait as I am going to see the venue and decide on seating plan, meet with my cake lady and also a meeting with my florist Floral Dreams (WHOM have just been in Hello magazine should I point out) So I will let you know!

I think all these details on the run up to the wedding arranging it all is a great excuse for spending time with your closest and always an excuse to celebrate with a glass of bubbly or two!!!

 

Kellie xxxx

Wedding countdown 100 days!!!!!!

Summer Hair

As the tourists come flooding on to the white isle I enjoy seeing the many different looks and hairstyles. Some may be different shall we say and some are very individual. With many different club nights on the Island you really can experiment with your hair. Your hair is there to be played with try different styles, wear it in ways you haven’t before. Hair pieces are always good when you are in a hot climate , to wear as top knots, long pony tails or even messy buns. As the summer goes on of course the humidity heightens and the nights get warmer so hair up do’s are always in favour, to keep your hair looking good all night long!

The look this summer seems to be very femine I love that in my industry colour has come back in full force if it’s from hombre to sombre looks, intense coppers, warm strawberry blondes, platinum blondes to chocolate and caramel brunettes. Our hair is our everything like most girls know if your hair doesn’t look good you don’t feel good! So make sure your hair colour represents you and your personality!

So go for it try something different!

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Beach hair is always a tricky one as many girls like to look just a good in the day as they do the night here in Ibiza, Try sea salts sprays these are good to keep your hair from drying frizzy, but remember don’t use too much you don’t want your hair looking like card board 🙂 . Try an up do a top knot or kipper plaits, french plaits or crown plaits which are all on trend right now are perfect for the beach.

Also accessorize till your heart content from flowers, headbands, hats are always a good idea as they protect your hair and your colour from fading plus look good.

 

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Another BIG tip ladies, Sunshine can make your highlights shimmer but remember the UV rays damage the protein bonds in your hair and can cause breakage so always use a leave in conditioner on your hair to protect it, we all use sun cream on our skin so don’t forget your hair!!!!

Going round the Island working I am loving getting everyone ready for summer with their hair , with all the opening’s of clubs, bars, beach bars and restaurant’s everyone is wanting to look Fabulous..

Often groups of girls book me to go to their hotel to have a pamper party with them all getting their hair done before their big night out! This is where the rollers come out in full force ladies! As women its important to feel good about yourself and your hair helps you do this. We should all walk with our heads held high with fabulous hair!

As we know Ibiza is the beautiful white isle!

 

Kellie xxx

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My special place in Ibiza

Wow what a difference the way the Island is feeling , summer is definitely here!

Ibiza is a incredible Island like you all know, the way it changes through seasons amazes me. One minute the beaches are empty the bars and clubs are closed then literally over night! The Island wakes up!

Ibiza to most is known as the party capital of the world however it also has so much more to offer. This Island is truly beautiful with the most amazing areas to discover. The best way to discover this is to explore the Island when you visit!

People who live on the Island and tourists who visit the Island regularly all have their special place here where they like to take some time out from the madness or just to Chill….

Mine is the beauty that is Es Vedra, I am lucky enough to visit when I choose of course and when friends and family visit and they are in need of a wish shall we say, then it is always a must! I love to go for a picnic there with my friends. When at standing on the hills above the beach looking over to Es Vedra you cant help but feel totally at peace and chilled. This majestic magnectic rock is visable on the beach of Cala de Hort. Shrouded in myths and legend, Es Vedra is said to be the 3rd most magnectic place on the earth (after he north pole and Bermuda Triangle) Its also predicted that if the world was ever hit by a nuclear bomb Ibiza would be one of the last surving places because of Es Vedra!

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So next time you are visiting Ibiza be sure to visit this beauty and make a wish as soon as Es Vedra comes into your eye sight, and let the Island’s magic do its work.

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Kellie xx

Wedding dress Diet

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The realization came in January that my wedding was only 9 months away and I could no longer put off the wedding dress diet which I had been avoiding since getting engaged! The main thing is to find contentment and happiness with in your yourself not matter what shape or size. But I knew the time was getting closer to me finally ordering my wedding dress!! How exciting! I am getting my dress from the UK as I feel there is more choice , you have to remember as Fabulous as this Island is, its very little too.

 

Since trying it on after Christmas and the underskirt not going over my hips, I knew changes had to be made with my body, like us all or maybe not (but makes me feel better saying that 🙂 ). Feeling content in my relationship and also living between two countries I got into a bad habit with food. Not preparing my meals and eating convenient food most of the time. Now I do prefer healthy food as it stands but it’s just the time and the preparation you need to make time in your life to do..

So my journey began by joining the gym, the owner of the Wedding boutique where I am purchasing my dress from, gave me untill April to lose weight in order to order the dress size in the shop which would not even zip up at the time!! So here goes I went the gym and each time i was there working away at the cross trainer all I could imagine was me in my dress and feeling amazing!!! Often messaging my mum for encouragement!

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I worked out my own little routine in the gym and was steadily losing a pound a week which I was happy with! So when returning for my dress fitting in April, I felt good, putting the dress on and feeling the under skirt drop down, and the zip going up (just not the top 3 inches) but ha its didn’t go up at all at Christmas! I was over the moon, as all you brides to be know when trying on all the bridal dresses you feel like a amazing but when you find THE ONE your feel like a Princess!! So the dress was ordered!

Since returning back to Ibiza I have been very lucky to be offered some personal training sessions with a new company here on the island called Pure Training Ibiza a guy called Tom! I have only done a few sessions , wow I thought I worked hard in the gym this guy is making me ache with pain even struggling to walk! I look drunk when I walk as my legs keep going like jelly!. But I do smile with the pain, as we all know ‘ no pain no gain’……

The only problem is I have to follow Tom’s rules, he said I can have one, yes one treat meal a week not a day!! How strict is he! His mains tips also are too cut of wheat from my diet, cut down on dairy and eat very much like a vegetarian..Plus a lot more of course . His details are below!

The reason behind all this is like us all, I want to feel like I am walking on air on my wedding day….

I write this with the sun beaming through my balcony ,so for any of you brides getting married in Ibiza this year the island is looking mesmerizing.

Wedding countdown 4 Months 14 Days!

Kellie xxxx

Find Tom On Email. info@puretrainingibiza.com Web. www.puretrainingibiza.com

Contact number 0034653358058

Coco Riko Ibiza Fashion shoot

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Styling on a shoot has become a new passion of mine… why? because it pushes your boundaries, lets you play with the hair and styles to create the overall look which the fashion designer and the stylist are looking for!

Coco Riko Ibiza is a new and an utterly fabulous, chic and high-end Ibiza beach & lounge wear brand ♥www.coco-riko.com .

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When meeting Hayley the morning of the shoot ( it being very early to catch the best light) 🙂 She showed us in to her office which was just filled with her incredible master pieces. Hayley herself had hand-made each of these pieces spending hours at the sewing machine… I was stunned by the pieces, the colours and the fringing, not only they are perfect for Ibiza but any holiday destination.

For any lady wanting to look and feel FABULOUS!

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The incredible model Racheal Montague is just utterly gorgeous so was very easy and super professional to work with, we had a team of 5 of us including the designer Hayley, a photography Eva Kruiper @ www.evakruiperphotography.com, the stylist Charlotte Kennedy , the make up artist Vanina Rodriguez. . All Super girls I loved working beside them on this shoot.

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Hayley had pre decided on the locations to fit with her pieces , each of us ladies exchanged pictures in the evening after the shoot which we had each took on our phones of course, I thought they were amazing then came Eva’s photography images and just wow!! It great when such incredible images showcase each of our work!

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Loved working on this shoot and want to thank Hayley for asking me to be hair stylist, for the launch of her fashion brand which I am sure is going to do incredibly well!!

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My Wedding Invites

I think Wedding invites give the first impression of what the theme of your wedding is going to be like. It’s also gets everyone geared up for the wedding with the excitement between your guests.

As my Wedding is on the beautiful Island of Ibiza I wanted to give my guests a bit of the WOW factor. I had an idea , so when my salon in the UK The Salon where doing a wedding fair in The Vincent Hotel in Southport, showcasing all our bridal hair . I came across two girls and I immediately I was drawn to their table, it was full of sparkles, lace, gems every girls dream! It was then I got the idea confirmed of making each of my guests passports!

On arranging a meeting with the girls whom business name is The Paper Dolls in Maghull Liverpool . We discussed what I would like and what they had to offer, the shop is incredible with so much choice its every brides heaven for ideas! We sat and discussed the invites with my colour schemes, I decided to go for the passports, usually on each passport is a pictures of the bride and groom to be, but I wanted something different I asked Sarah if it was possibly to personalise each of the passports for each of the guests and she said yes!! Sarah made me up a proof and took all my details about the wedding etc! The girls are also doing all my table plan, name cards, Order of services, mail box for cards and also confetti cones!

Well when my Bridesmaid picked them up and brought them to The Salon when I was last in the UK working I couldn’t believe how amazing they looked! I was ecstatic and couldn’t wait for everyone to receive them. Each and every one of them different. When my guests have received them have sent me messages saying how AMAZING they are and so different and unusual. The RSVP is even a personalised boarding pass!!

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I am so happy with them and it has made it all seem so much more real! I know is happening but each detail I tick off the list it gets me more excited!

I have my first bride of the season here next month here in Ibiza styling her and her bridesmaids hair with Stylistic Hair Ibiza and I can’t wait, even more so now to be part of ladies special day’s as I will be that special lady in September..

( even writing this has got me butterflies in my stomach:) )

My Ibiza Wedding is now 5 months 22 days away!!!!

Kellie xxx

www.stylistichairibiza.com For all your Ibiza hair needs!

Find The Paper Dolls @ thepaperdoll.co.uk

 

 

Bridal Hair

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On your wedding day you want to look and feel your best. Of course prior to any brides big day including myself the wedding dress diet begins, looking after ourselves much better, to have our skin hair & nails looking fresh, shiny & strong. I also recommend to brides to have their hair trimmed regular every 6-8 week, up to their big day as it will keep your hair in its best condition!

But of course the question is; How are you going to wear your hair? you can imagine being a hairdresser myself this is the question everyone is asking me. When I trained as a hairdresser all those years ago ,I found that I had such passion for up dos and especially bridal hair. I worked on my first bride at 18 and I just loved it being part of brides special day! With Bridal hair it is always quite classic but of course season hair trends & fashion venture into the trends of bridal hair! The best thing I believe that has helped brides have any style they would like, is hair pieces and hair extensions as I say ‘if you haven’t got it put some hair in’. I am loving all the vintage trends with bridal hair at the moment, the soft vintage waves, pin curls, plaits, Kipper plaits and lots of soft curls!

I believe a trial is very important to any bride as it gives the bride a chance to visual see their ideas. It always good to find ideas of what you like and sometimes what you don’t like to show to your hair stylist. This is also a good opportunity for you to build a relationship with your hair stylist for the day . For your trial it is ideal for you to take with you any hair ornament or accessorizes you are wearing in your hair and also your veil. This gives you chance to see how you will look and decide on the position you would like to wear your veil if you are wearing one that is.. . Another tip I give to my brides is to book your trial or an appointment with your hairdresser just before your wedding dress fitting then you can see how your hair works with your dress!! A good excuse for another trial or just getting your hair done!

A tip on choosing the right style for your wedding day!! What style is your dress, like any other big night out, we wear our hair to suit our outfit , so think your hair is showcasing you and your dress. Also where are you getting married, a church, a hotel, a stunning beach these all can help you make the decision on how to wear your hair. If you want your wedding to have a complete theme!

The morning of your wedding should be so enjoyable with your bridesmaids around you, having your hair & make up done and often sipping a nice glass of champagne! of course! After being part of many brides mornings I am just so excited to be the bride on my wedding morning!

Here are a few of my most recent brides from UK & Ibiza.

From soft stunning bridal waves to a Boho beautiful beach bride to a bridal shoot I did in Ibiza with a soft Glamourous vintage look.

 

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For my wedding I keep changing my mind how I am going to wear my hair , I thinks it’s just because I can, as having the girls who work at my salon all coming to Our Wedding I wont be short of a hairdresser!!

Happy Wedding Hair planning!

Kellie xxx

www.stylistichairibiza.com

 

 

Ibiza in Winter

Many people only ever visit the island in summer, so many think Ibiza is this way all year. I am now into my third winter here and can truly say it is alot quieter but we get to enjoy the beauty that is Ibiza and experience things on the island that are not possible during the summer. Also not many people know that come the beginning of November Direct flights stop from almost all Airports across the UK and Europe. BA are the only airline that fly direct to ibiza through out the winter, but only from London City.  I myself when I commute back to the UK for work at The Salon I have to catch a connecting flight via Madrid, Barcelona or Alicante. I use these airports as I find it easier to find connecting flights to my destination of Liverpool. But roll on April when the direct flights start again as 2 flights a day with a wait inbetween can make it a long day travelling.

Now I myself being a freelance hairdresser on the island I love the influx of tourists that come to the island, otherwise how would we all survive. However come November when the tourists have all departed, the island has time to heal and repair itself after a busy summer. For those living here all year also have chance to enjoy the island with the roads being quieter and work schedules lighter, beaches virtually empty and also a chance to catch up with friends and Family.

My first winter here I did struggle with the difference between seasons, but now I look forward to the winter as each summer comes to an end. Also this now being my third winter here I have built up a clientele to keep me busy, plus we have made more friends as time has gone on. Also in the Winter we get time to spend time with Jose’s father and siblings. Jose father Pepe being Ibicenco has introduced us to a lot of traditional restaurants on the island. He often takes us to the middle of no where in the country, where we eat traditional Ibicenco dishes like Bullit de Peix ,  this is a selection of fresh fish smothered in a garlic sauce, then after this a second dish is made from the stock from the fresh fish in the bullit to make a paella style rice which you eat directly from the pan! When i first saw this I did think my food is yellow! But don’t knock it till you try it, it’s actually really tasty and now one of my favourite dishes. A dish for you to try when visiting Ibiza!!!

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The spring seems to have come earlier this year in Ibiza and a few weeks ago we went to see the beautiful almond blossom in Santa Agnes. Santa Agnes is near San Antonio and is like a hidden beauty and the opposite of San Antonio centre. It’s very rural, quiet and tranquil.  We go every year as it is just so beautiful! We seem to always pick a good weekend too as there is often a BBQ going on, so a good atmosphere in the beauty of the almond blossom trees. Ibiza people actually say the blossom coming out is signifying the start of Spring! This normally happens between January and February.

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Being  a Freelance Hairdresser at Stylistic Hair I get to visit clients houses all over the island, which I feel very lucky as I get to see the true beauty of Ibiza especially when I go to my clients in the north and get to drive through the stunning country side. If only my eyes could take pictures!! I also work for an elite concierge company in the Summer where I visit some beautiful Villas and locations to do clients hair. Some of these amazing villas and yachts, I have only ever seen in magazines, so just being able to witness them first hand is incredible, which I just love! My Hairdressing career has always been salon based but in Ibiza i am freelance I personally wouldn’t want to be in a salon at the moment as i would miss out on seeing this Island!

I do leave Ibiza for Christmas every year to spend the time in the UK as my Salon ‘The Salon’ is extremely busy with clients wanting to look and feel fabulous for the festive season, and also to spend the special season with our family’s there! I do however look forward to spending it here in Ibiza one day in the future!

 

Today has been a beautiful day, I really do have to pinch myself sometimes at how lucky I am to live in Ibiza , yes life still has it ups and downs but with the sunshine everything doesn’t seem so bad!!

 

My Ibiza Wedding count down is now 6 Months 3 Weeks !! Not that i am counting 🙂

Besos! Kellie xxxxx

www.stylistchairibiza.com

 

Getting Married in Ibiza??

Lesley&Grant_COLOR_SMALL-517 Today being Valentines day! No better day to talk about Weddings!!! Well why wouldn’t I get married in Ibiza, I do live here so my opinion may be biased, but what a stunning island to get married on, with so many amazing locations. Ibiza being a small Island at 571 km 2, almost six times smaller than Majorca! Now there is a fact! Being a small island it doesn’t affect how much choice is on offer to find your Perfect wedding venue. From beach coves, beautiful hotels, rural locations, stunning villas and Sunset views plus lots of hidden treasures.

As a hairdresser on the island I have been lucky enough to be part of ladies big days, by being their hair stylist for the day. Taking me to too many different areas on the island .What I didn’t realise is a lot of these brides where actually already legally married (through the U.K). Most couples just go to the registry office in their home City or Town with their choice of guests and witnesses, saving the main celebrations and parties for their big day on the island. One bride of mine did say that they exchanged rings during the service but took them off afterwards so that for them it didn’t feel real. You then have a blessing here in Ibiza which everyone treats as their REAL wedding ceremony and wedding! This side of the legalities is normally unknown to the guests and they treat the big day in Ibiza as the official day. This works well as you can do all the legal formalities yourself in the UK in your own language. This is because you can not marry on location here legally. I have since come to realise this is the same all over Europe apart from Cyprus..

When I set upon my own journey this was something that quite concerned me. As for me personally I only want to say my vows once, now this is when I began to look into a church wedding. I always thought I wanted to get married on a beach or villa but once I began to look at some churches in Ibiza I was took back by their beauty! I went to a mass one Sunday morning at the San Jose church and it was so beautiful I quickly changed my mind and decided on a church wedding. Marrying in a church of course makes the marriage legal. Here are the three I looked into as they are close to the afterwards celebrations. From left to right, San Augustin, Es Cubells and San Jose Church. However there are many church’s all over the island for you to choose from.

 

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The Catholic church requires for at least one of you to be Catholic to marry. The service is either a full mass or half mass. My Fiance is the Catholic so we are able to undertake this journey. Helping us along the way and doing all the paper work is Sam & Johnny @ www.weddingceremoniesibiza.com. I first met the couple last summer with my mum & step father. We met in San Carlos and Sam took us through all the paper work, she then took us into San Carlos church and sang ‘Songbird’ the Fleetwood Mac version and can I just say WOW! She brought tears to all our eyes! Sam gives you everything and all the information you need to legally marry here including the completion of a marriage course in the UK. Now as me and my fiance are not in the UK together much we are doing ours on-line which is a great idea, so keep this in mind. Plus you need to get permission off your catholic priest, who will deal with all the paper work in the UK, while Sam deals with all the paper work in Ibiza. Once all is in place plus the other relevant paper work including Birth certificate’s and Baptism certificate’s It can all go ahead, if the church here has the date available that is!

Hope this may have helped you in some way as when I got engaged even after living here for a few years and with experience through my profession of meeting numerous brides I still didn’t realise the complications involved. Now I do I am happy to share it,as a problem shared is a problem solved! Good luck to all you future brides and if you need a hair stylist for your big day please feel free to contact me!

Ibiza really is a stunning island with a lot of love to give to the people who choose to marry here. I don’t believe there is anywhere else in the world I would like to begin my married life!

Happy valentines day x

Kellie – Mrs Tulip to be!! xxx

www.stylistichairibiza.com

Photgraphy of bride Ana Lui @ www.analui.com