The very first thing we decided on was getting married abroad. Next, we chose the breathtakingly beautiful and romantic Greek island of Santorini. From there, choosing our venues was easy! They were close together, which was super convenient, and we could play music later at Santorini Gem than we would have been able to anywhere on the caldera. The sunset views were spectacular too!
I bought my Pronovias Oreste gown because I felt it was just perfect for me. I loved its sweetheart neckline and lace detailing, as well as the flattering fit. This and my long Joyce Jackson veil both came from Bridal Wish in Newcastle. My blue Hangisi Manolo Blahniks were my biggest extravagance, while my headpiece was a brilliant find on eBay!
I wanted a soft, romantic and even feminine look for our day. Pink and white was the main palette, with our floral arrangements, by Wedding Wish, made up mostly of blush roses and gypsophila. I had my bridesmaids' and flower girls' pastel dresses custom-made by Lynn Humphrey at Special Occasions in Sunderland.
We wanted to include some Greek elements throughout the day, so our reception venue (who also provided the catering) created a gorgeous Grecian menu for us. They served Greek salad, pork souvlaki and baklava. Delicious. Our tables were also named after the Olympians: Zeus, the King of the Gods, Apollo, the god of music, truth and light, Aphrodite (of course), the goddess of love, Dionysus, the god of wine and celebration, and Poseidon, god of the sea. They symbolised some very important elements of the wedding!
The most memorable part of the day was our evening party. I felt like I could finally completely relax and let go. And I loved dancing with all the most important people in our lives on this absolutely stunning Mediterranean island.
Photographs by Lee Scullion