Love & Laughter at Gecko Hotel, Formentera
Formentera is a true paradise island. The 4th of the Balearic islands, it’s by far the smallest, offering less than 85km² in land mass but we wouldn’t have it any other way. White sands and clear seas that are often featured on lists of the world’s best beaches and it has that pace of life that is just so slow and simple.
The Date : June 8th 2019
The Couple : Janine & Preeth
The Venue : Gecko Hotel & Beach Club, Formentera
I’ve performed at some beautiful weddings in Formentera but I think Janine and Preeth’s celebration of love is one of my favourites.
I was recommended by a mutual friend as the best candidate for their Ceremony singer, and soon after we met for a chat in Ibiza. I liked them straight away and we discussed their favourite artists, how they met each other, and how they envisaged their wedding to be. Excitement can be wonderfully contagious and I left that meeting feeling as buzzed as they were.
Fast forward some months later and I was getting on the ferry to Formentera for the big day! It was a blustery and utterly beautiful day and the seas were sparkling. I arrived at Gecko Hotel & Beach Club and it really is a stunning venue. I urge you to make a visit next time you can. Janine and Preeth had kindly arranged a room in the hotel for me and it was perfect; comfortable and stylish. They wanted their wedding to have a classic Balearic ‘White’ theme, and as you can see from the photos, it’s so super-chic.
For the ceremony at 6pm, I sang Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” and their niece Ananya performed on the piano, which made things even more special. At just 14 years old, we were all impressed! A close friend of theirs held proceedings on a mic and it was one of those ceremonies that even had me feeling quite emotional.
The aperitifs, held on the lush green grass, were so gorgeous and relaxed. They chose some true classic love songs that just inspire happiness; songs like “What a Wonderful World” and “Perfect Day”. It was a real pleasure. I had a surprise then for a special little birthday boy and finished off with my rendition of “I Wanna Be Like You” from The Jungle Book. Just look how happy he is!
The guests then moved on to dinner and speeches while I recharged and got ready for the party! I put on my silver sequinned dress and hot pink lipstick and warmed up for the big numbers of the night!
It was my first time working with DJ Simon Salis but you would never know. He was a true professional, as well as being as the fun you want a DJ to be. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with him again! The party was absolutely rocking! I pulled out all my biggest and best house number from “Show Me Love” to “I Follow Rivers” and made sure to give everyone a night to remember on the dancefloor… when they weren’t jumping in the pool!
A beautifully fun and completely in-love couple, complete with the support of their friends and family, I wish them nothing but love and happiness. I was smiling from ear to ear when I received these lovely words of thanks from them…
“Nell completely blew our expectations away with her singing throughout the wedding day. She truly astonished all of us!!
She began the day elegantly singing to welcome the bride down the aisle with a very gentle romantic song that we chose. After which, she sang throughout the canapés – lots of old and newer songs as well as a special jungle book song for our little nephew to celebrate his birthday… It was wonderful as you could clearly hear her sing her versions of the songs we chose but never felt like she was performing.
After dinner she really pushed the boat out firstly singing the first dance song and then collaborating with the DJ to sing the dance lyrics to get the guests dancing. She sang way past the time we asked and filled the dancefloor right to the end!
I can’t recommend her highly enough; it’s October and our friends still rave on about the singer at the wedding!!!! I think the best way to describe her is: her beautiful personality truly shines in her voice when she sings. We wish her all the very best and will definitely meet her for a beer when we are back in ibiza next year!!”
“We can not thank Nell enough for what she did at our wedding in Formentera.
Her guitar playing and singing as I walked down the aisle and during canapés was fabulous. One of our nephews also got a little personal song for his birthday.
Nell changed, in the evening, into a disco queen wowing the dance floor in her silver dress. Her voice was electric as she sang as the DJ played. Everyone was taken aback by her voice and how she mingled in the wedding party. Beautiful voice for a beautiful lady. Our wedding guest still talk about Nell and how fabulously she worked the dance floor”
Photography by Mireia at Horsework Studio.