Tell us about your bouquet.
I’d never really had a particular flower in my head, but I was certain I needed some sort of orange flower in there. After sending some photos back and forward with Lisa, I opted for cream & orange roses, with added foliage and open stem ties to keep it natural and rustic looking.
Did you have a wedding theme?
We didn’t really every set a ‘theme’ as such, but we did know that the wedding should be relaxed, enjoyable and ultimately our style. There was lots of wooden items to keep things rustic, there was no over the top decoration or fuss, we kept it quite simple which reflected the venue just perfectly. Everybody commented on how ‘Us’ the wedding felt.
Tell us about the smaller details you chose or your Chania Beach Wedding
To keep the relaxed vibe, we followed the ceremony with beers & sparking wine on the beach, accompanied by a saxophonist. This was a surprise for our guests and was such a lovely hour spent chatting, laughing and taking photos on the beach with our guests. We had Ouzo shots for our favours and our place names were held in wine and prosecco corks.
The menu was absolutely unbelievable, there was so much food and it was all so tasty! Lots of traditional Greek & Cretan dishes, we tried to chose things that perhaps people wouldn’t necessarily have tried before. We were all absolutely stuffed by the 3rd course so the 4th course of BBQ selection was boxed up for us, and was a great addition to the party we had the next day!
How did you find the planning experience from booking to the big day?
Exciting! It actually felt a lot more relaxed than I expected, Lisa covered all of the main points and the only things we really had to worry about were the personal touches we wanted to add to the day. Packing the suitcases, however, was a strange sensation! When else would you have to pack a bikini next to 6 buttonholes!
What’s your best memory from the day?
That’s so hard to pick! The whole day was perfect from start to finish. From getting ready with my best friends, sister in law and our mums on the day, to my Dad coming to collect me from our hotel to travel to the venue together (the hotel had arranged for us to be taken in a golf buggy, decorated with fresh flowers and white voiles- everybody was waving and cheering at us, it was amazing and so lovely to share it with just my Dad), to drinks on the beach, the food, our first dance…
But, If I had to pick just one, it’d be walking to the top of the beautiful aisle linking my Pops and hearing our chosen song “Hold my Girl” by George Ezra start to play. At that point Stu turned to look at me, gave me the most amazing smile (through some tears!) and I just knew I was the happiest girl alive!
What do you think makes a wedding abroad stand out from a wedding in the UK?
For us, it was definitely about the intimacy. We were really careful to invite only the people who meant the most to us and that honestly made the day. It meant we got to spend more quality time with people, as opposed to being pulled in every which direction, we could enjoy our day, soak up the atmosphere and make perfect memories.
What advice would you give to future brides and grooms who are getting married abroad?
Very early on in our planning, we experienced a few issues so my mum and dad sat Stuart and I down and explained that this was our day and we had to do what was best for us. I stuck to their advice for the rest of the planning- it’s hard because you want to please everybody, but ultimately it should be about you two and how you want things to be.