The incredible Vangelis is no doubt one of my favourite photographers so when we received the gorgeous shots from Jessica and Paul’s Santorini wedding we fell in love!
On the 23rd of May, Jessica and Paul and 27 of their loved ones jetted off to Santorini to exchange vows against the idyllic backdrop at the Santorini Princess Hotel. Today I’m catching up with the lovely bride to find out why she chose to marry in Santorini and all the little details of her wedding day.
Why did you choose to get married in Santorini, The Santorini Princess Hotel in particular?
We chose to get married at The Santorini Princess because the views are just unbeatable. The whole setting and atmosphere is completely stunning and after lots of research we decided it was the perfect backdrop and location for us.
How long in advance did you book your wedding?
We booked our wedding 2 years and 2 months in advance.
How many guests did you invite to your wedding and how many accepted and attended?
Our original wedding package size was for 30 so we invited our closest family and friends and 27 guests attended. It was such a lovely number and as we were already on holiday with all the guests, I didn’t have to keep walking round the room to greet everyone, it felt very relaxed and intimate.
We are in love with your dress, who was the designer and how long did it take to find the perfect one?
My dress was a Maggie Sottero Grecian style gown called ‘Reese’. It took a while to find it and it was completely different to what I originally wanted but my mum cried when I walked out of the dressing room and I instantly knew it was ‘the one’.
Can you tell us about your shoes and accessories where were they from?
My shoes were by Jenny Packham and my tiara was from Debenhams. I bought a few different hair pieces before I fell in love with my tiara.
Paul looks gorgeous in his stylish but casual attire, where was his suit from and why did he choose this look?
Paul bought his suit from several different designer shops and wanted to look smart but fairly casual. His suit jacket and shirt are from T M Lewin, his trousers are from Ralph Lauren and his shoes Kurt Geiger.
What about the bridesmaid dresses? Where did you find them and what did you accessorise them with?
I had 3 bridesmaids, my sister and my 2 best friends. They wore long length Dessy dresses from a bridal shop called Casamiento. The dresses were mint green chiffon with a sweetheart neckline. I accessorised them with dusky pink heels, pink rose and pearl wrist corsages and matching pearl necklaces.
Your rose and ivy bouquet compliments your dress so well, why did you choose these particular flowers?
I chose a white rose and ivy bouquet as roses are my favourite flower and I just loved the simplicity of it. Pauls buttonhole and our ceremony table flowers matched my bouquet perfectly.
We love your pretty mint green and pink colour scheme, did you theme your wedding?
As well as the mint green and pink colour scheme our wedding theme was typically Grecian with a hint of soft vintage.
Tell us about the small details, the menu, the cake the favours, decor and entertainment… How did you choose these and were you happy with your choices?
The view of the caldera that we had from the private terrace was breathtaking so we kept our decorations simple with green chair sashes, floral centrepieces, scattered pearls and blush pink rose petals on the table.
After our sunset photoshoot and speeches we all sat down for an a la carte 3 course traditional Greek meal cooked by the Santorini Princess. It was delicious and was presented beautifully.
We cut our wedding cake which was chocolate sponge with white icing decorated with a rose then everyone relaxed, had a dance and simply enjoyed the view. The atmosphere was so relaxed, it all ended far too soon.
How did you find the planning experience from booking to the big day?
I loved it, it was completely stress free.! Lisa and the team took care of everything and answered all my questions (and there was lots of them). Even on our wedding day, the planner in Santorini made sure everything ran smoothly. My bridesmaids were also amazing and helped me with lots of decisions.
What’s your best memory from the day?
I have so many different memories that are all equally as special. I loved spending the wedding morning in my hotel Jacuzzi with my maids and my mum drinking champagne.
I’ll never forget the look on my dads face when he walked into my hotel room and saw me in my dress.
We wrote our own vows which made the ceremony even more special and Pauls speech was amazing.
Our photographer was the amazing Vangelis, he’s a photography genius and took us to a different location for some shots.
After our meal me and Paul took a walk onto the terrace on our own and looked out towards the sea to soak it all up, that’s the main memory I remember.
How much did you spend overall on your big day? Was it on budget or over budget?
Our original budget escalated… a lot. But it was worth every penny.
Including absolutely everything; the wedding day, holiday, outfits, rings and evening reception back home the total was approximately 15k.
What do you think makes a wedding abroad stand out from a wedding in the UK?
Any wedding is special but there’s nothing more overwhelming than spending the biggest day of your life surrounded by your family and friends in a beautiful country. The weather, the scenery and the relaxed, idyllic atmosphere just made it perfect.
So much planning goes into a wedding that it’s heartbreaking when the big day is over, our wedding was a full week celebration with our family and friends in the most breathtaking location imaginable.
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Wedding Venue – Santorini Princess | Wedding Planner – The Bridal Consultant | Photographer – Vangelis | Brides dress – Maggie Sottero | Brides shoes – Jenny Packham | Grooms suit jacket – T M Lewis | Grooms trousers – Ralph Lauren | Grooms shoes – Kurt Geiger | Bridesmaid dresses – Casamiento |