Tell us about the smaller details of your Le Ciel Santorini Wedding.
I didn’t put too much thought into the flowers. Straight away I knew I wanted a mix of white with some greenery. Basic, fresh, clean, not too small and not too neat. The florist got it spot on.
When I think of Santorini there are two colours I think of and blue just wasn’t a option.
Therefore followed suit with the white. I had fresh white flowers with the greenery throughout, the cake decor, the bridesmaid bouquets, for the ceremony and reception decoration and even for my hair.
Simple but beautiful
It was all pretty simple. Nothing over complicated. In such a naturally beautiful environment you don’t need to do much. We had a naked cake with flowers that matched the bouquets and decoration. The meal was outstanding. We went with the Rib-Eye. The kids were occupied with activity packs, treats and bubbles and the evening entertainment kick started with a saxophonist. We were over the moon with the very large “Mr & Mrs Haunton” light up letters too, it made such a statement.
How did you find the planning experience from booking to the big day?
Its such a shame that we had so many unexpected obstacles thrown our way, however Lisa, you were there to help every step of the way. I think the most stressful thing for us was feeling like we had put immense pressure and inconvenience on our guests with all the uncertainty, restrictions and costs Covid dished up. We had multiple flight cancellations and last minute accommodation cancellations. We had family rejected from boarding their flight due to failing to complete the forms correctly. The tests were costly and not forgetting the fear of the results.
We were only a couple of months away from the big day before Covid made its appearance. Before that it was all pretty much plain sailing. I made my selections and everything was taken care of, stress free. But honestly even though it got tough, and I mean tough, we would still do it a million times over to have the day we had.
What’s your best memory from the day?
It was a bit of a rocky start before arriving at the venue. A mad last minute rush. However, on arrival, my lovely wedding coordinator had a glass of bubbles waiting for me and from that moment onwards, I honestly couldn’t choose just one memory. I walked through the gate with my dad, looked up at my gorgeous bridesmaids and instantly the morning stress was forgotten. We did both have a little laughter fit during our vows too which set the mood and we had a light hearted personal song written which I would highly recommend looking into (Jamie Mathias on social media). But I was on such a natural high from start to finish. Surrounded by loved ones, on such a stunning Island, celebrating mine and Sam’s love. It was perfect.
What do you think makes a wedding abroad stand out from a wedding in the UK?
The weather of course but with Santorini in particular… the scenery, the views, the sunset. It was just incredible. Breathtaking. We couldn’t have wished for a more beautiful setting.
What advice would you give to future brides and grooms who are getting married abroad?
With The Bridal Consultants, you’re in safe hands. Besides Covid, the planning was easier than I had imagined. For me a UK wedding wasn’t my dream. The weather is unpredictable and of course the UK has some beautiful places to offer but you just don’t get the same surroundings you get abroad. I’ve said it before and will continue to say it again, Santorini without a doubt fulfilled our dream destination. Best of wishes to the future Brides and Grooms.
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