Destination: Santorini Greece
Ceremony Venue: – Santo Winery, Pygros
Reception Venue: Pygros Tavern, Pygros
Number Invited: 60
Number attended: 50
How far in advance did you book? 2 years
Why did you get married abroad?
Everything, the relaxed atmosphere, all of the guests were just really happy and in holiday mode. The guaranteed weather and the views just made every photo crisp.
We saw photographs of Santorini weddings on Pinterest and I instantly fell in love; we thought we may of set our sights a little too high and enquired. We didn’t even consider any other options and were determined to make it happen, we were pleasantly surprised that actually it was within our reach.
I found the dress before we even booked the wedding, the dress was found on day 1 of looking and was a complete contrast to what I expected to wear on my wedding day. I always envisioned figure hugging low back dress but just didn’t feel like a bride, I ended up with a beautifully embellished princess dress that required its own suitcase (not the most practical destination wedding dress but nothing was going to stop me). The dress was designed by Sophia Tolli.
My shoes were Badgley Mischka, a blush pink with silver detailing to match my bridesmaids dresses. I went quite minimal with accessories and allowed my dress and the scenery to do the talking, I had Swarovski stud earrings and a small Tiffany bracelet, less is so much more.
The Grooms Suit
Neil had his sights set on what he wanted and a Santorini wedding wasn’t going to distort his vision – they purchased navy blue tuxedos with braces, dinner shirt and bow ties. Trousers suitably altered for the ‘trendy’ ankle on show paired with loafers.
The bridesmaids dresses were pale pink, off the shoulder with silver beading detail and a pleated skirt. Really flowy and flattering for the girls. From TFNC exclusively for ASOS.
We went simple with the flower arrangements, just a bouquet of pink roses for me. The bridesmaids had white bouquets with baby’s breath to separate.
Colours and theme
We were set on the wedding being minimalistic and not over complicating anything; really just letting the surroundings be the wow factor and this was achieved. The venues we chose were just incredible and the guests were in awe of how everything came together so perfectly.
The wedding cake was a smaller 2 tier cake with pink rose decoration on top.
The choice of food was typically Greek and again the guests loved this, it just all flowed so perfectly and what better food for the chefs to cook than their own.
We ordered the table plan through Illuminography who printed it on an illuminated mirror which looked perfect and I surprised Neil with huge Mr & Mrs Greig illuminated letters which the team kept a secret and the videographer captured his reaction.
We had a DJ throughout the evening and we specifically requested that all music was current to get people up and dancing and it worked!
Happily Ever After
Your favourite memory
Just how perfect everything was, the team in Santorini were just exceptional, everything was planned to perfection and they had truly considered everything. Nothing was too much trouble and they ensured that it was completely seamless from the start of the day right to the end. As a result the guests were totally amazed by the whole day, the beauty of everything, it was just magical. Oh and of course the helicopter ride was also a jaw dropping moment for the guests, none of whom knew this would be our entrance to Pyrgos Gardens, our James Bond moment!
Relax!!! One of the best things Neil and I did was to really tone everything down (because we knew our venues were beautiful enough), we simply had pink petals, candles in glass flutes for the tables and we printed place names paired with small wooden pegs to secure to wine glasses and scattered crystal confetti for decoration.
When we arrived and met the team in Santorini, we simply told them to do what they thought would look good; ultimately these people are the experts and will know what looks best, plus it added an element of surprise when we arrived and saw what they decided for the first time and it blew us away all over again. By not planning everything to absolute perfection meant that in reality, nothing could go wrong and nothing did go wrong, it was just wonderful. Everything about the day was truly breath taking.
Photographer | Ben Wyatt Photography
Light up lights | Illuminography