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A Real Wedding Abroad Story, Emma and Craig

Posted on 30/09/2019 at 12:10 PM by in Blog

Wedding Facts

Destination: Santorini

Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Santorini Gem, Pygros

Number Invited: 80

Number attended: 45

How far in advance did you book? 2 years


Why Abroad?

Why did you choose the Santorini Gem in Santorini 

One of Craig’s colleagues had previously been married there, and mentioned it to Craig. Before that neither of us had actually heard of Santorini. As soon as we looked into it and seen all the beautiful photos and how picturesque it was we knew it was the perfect place for our wedding.

In all honesty Santorini Gem wasn’t our first choice, we originally decided to book with Le Ciel, but for reasons out of our control we had to change venues. I am so glad we did because Santorini Gem was just perfect!! The venue and the views were breathtaking, and the day ran so smoothly thanks to all the staff and the effort they put in to making it so perfect for us, they were amazing!!

The Details

The Dress

My dress was Justin Alexander. It was completely different to the style I originally had in mind. I went dress shopping on three different occasions, to several different shops but finally found the one at Abigail’s Bridal in Leeds.


My shoes were Ravel and I actually wore them previously for our daughters christening. I couldn’t find any that I liked at all so thought it would be nice to wear them again. My jewelry was given to me on the day as a gift; my bridesmaids bought me my bracelet, and my mum bought me the matching necklace and earrings.

The Grooms Suit

The groom wore royal blue Ted Baker trousers and waistcoat with a white shirt and a peach paisley tie.

The Bridesmaids

They wore a pale peach long pleated dress, with embellished shoulder detail which I thought had a great Grecian look to them. I looked everywhere to find the right dress for them and in the end, I found the perfect one online at ASOS.

The Flowers

I looked for lots of different ideas on Pinterest. The bouquet I chose had cream and peach roses with a hint of gypsophila and pale green leaf detail.

The Reception

Our menu was a sit down three course meal. For our starter we had stuffed sun-dried tomatoes, our main was pork Souvlaki with potatoes and our deserts were fresh fruit platters.

For our favours we had sparklers for everyone, with a personalised card saying ‘let love sparkle’. They were lit by all our guests at our first dance.

For entertainment we had a saxophonist during and following the ceremony and we had a harpist playing whilst we sat down for dinner.

Happily Ever After

Your favourite memory

There isn’t just one best memory, as the whole day was amazing! However, I remember the feeling of walking down the aisle with my mum, with my song playing on the saxophone, seeing all of our friends and family there and Craig stood at the altar with the most breathtaking scenery behind him, it really was magical!!

I think the guarantee of sunshine and the laid-back atmosphere really sold it to me, not to mention the outstanding views in Santorini.

Top Tips

Give yourself plenty of time to save for the wedding, and give yourself a budget so you can keep track of what your spending. Also, budget for a little extra as there is unexpected costs when you’re not expecting them. One of the reasons we decided to get married abroad was we thought it would save on cost, our wedding cost much more than expected but we wouldn’t change it for anything as it really was the best day of our lives.

Supplier List 

Venue |  Santorini Gem

Photographer | Phosart 

Brides Dress | Justin Alexander

Brides Shoes | Ravel

Grooms Suit | Ted Baker

Bridesmaids Dresses | Asos

Light up lights | Illuminography

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