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When we first got engaged we first started to look at weddings here in England, however as a sun worshipper I always wanted to get married abroad. We put ‘weddings abroad’ in Google and The Bridal Consultant website came up. We had a browse through what they had to offer and instantly fell in love with Cameo Island. We loved the idea of having our wedding on a private island and the island looked so beautiful and picturesque we just instantly knew that was where we wanted it. I have been to Greece a number of times and always loved it.
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We identified that we wanted to get married abroad pretty much as soon as we got engaged, as we wanted something small and intimate with minimal fuss and none of the stress associated with the planning of a wedding in the UK. An old boss of mine was married in Santorini several years ago and recommended it to us, so I did some research online. The first image that came up was the Dana Villas terrace and I immediately fell in love!
I think the pictures for Santorini and Dana Villas speak for themselves. The uninterrupted views of the Caldera and the sea is what sold it to us. As well as the clean, sleek, white terrace that is just so elegant yet simple. It truly was perfect for our wedding, it was everything that we had ever dreamed of. Originally we did consider other Greek islands that were cheaper to travel to for guests, but we quickly realised that our friends and loved ones would be there regardless and we also struggled to take our minds off Santorini.
We had seen it online and decided to go and look before we booked it. It was beautiful and we fell in love with it. We loved the fact we could have a private ceremony and that we were right next to the sea.
Myself and Kieran are big fans of Instagram and first seen all the amazing pictures on there of Santorini. Its such a spectacular island with panoramic views of the sea and all the other smaller islands surrounding it. The white washed buildings and blue roof tops makes it instantly different to anything I have ever seen before. Its one of the most idyllic places in the world, in my opinion. Its got so many pros and no cons at all.
We loved the backdrop literally everywhere in Santorini! The whitewashed walls and flashes of cobalt blue inspired our colour theme for the day. ‘Santorini blue’ as we now fondly refer to it has always been both of our favourite colours so it just had to be Santorini! The Rocabella just oozed ‘cool and class’ from first googling venues through our wedding planner. The location and infinity pool were both winners in our eyes.
I spent several family holiday on various Greek islands – so have always had a certain infinity and love for the country. Living in Dubai, Santorini was a perfect “half way” between the UK and the UAE and I have always wanted to get married in the sunshine with great friends, food and wine. We were fortunate enough to stumble across the Rocabella, and having already been to the island many years ago, I knew it would be a beautiful romantic day with the famous Santorini sunset.
We chose to have our wedding in Santorini for several reasons; (i) it’s probably the most beautiful island we have ever visited – it really is just like the postcards but also has a very fun vibe too; (ii) I have been going to Greece on holiday since I was a little girl so it was a country that I associated with a lot of fond memories; and (iii) we live in Dubai and most of our guests were coming from England and Dubai so it seemed liked a great half way house!
As soon as we got engaged it was operation wedding planning. Stu has always wanted to get married on the beach so we started looking into different countries. We started looking into the Greek Islands as we have a young son so didn’t want the flight too be too long for the children that would be attending our wedding.
Initially we didn’t mind where the wedding was, we knew we wanted the Greek Islands because it was a perfect distance, being far away enough to be hot and beautiful and not so far away we couldn’t have any guests! The main choice for the wedding location was actually finding a company I was happy to entrust with planning our wedding!
Gavin and I met in Zante when we were younger. Gavin was on a lad’s holiday and I was on a girl’s holiday. We ended up being in the hotel room next to one another and fell in love! We thought it would be wonderfully romantic to get married where we met. We started looking into venues and found Cameo Island. It was stunning and so we decided on it there and then.
We had originally looked at a Chablis in France and had come across a few stumbling blocks at the very beginning and after looking at a few wedding magazines I came across Rocabella. The wedding looked so classy and expensive and ultimately out of our league but we decided to enquire anyway. The venue was modern, clean, crisp and suited us to a T.
Ritchie and I have always lived and worked for our holidays and we love the beach! We knew we wanted to get married abroad as we love the sun and wanted some form of clear blue sea and white sand, but marrying somewhere further afield would mean less guests… I had never been to Zante but Ritchie had a few years ago on a lads holiday and said it was stunning!
Me and Gavin both knew we always wanted a beach wedding and the photo’s of previous weddings on Rethymno Beach in Crete were just amazing and so unique. In addition to that we adore Greece so overall it was an easy decision.
Both my husband and I are Catholic’s so we knew we wanted to get married in a church. This did restrict our choice in location as some areas do not carry out catholic weddings so it narrowed our choice to Greece or Cyprus. My brother had married in Cyprus so we thought we would try Greece and Zante had been highly recommended to us.
We chose to get married on Cameo Island as we wanted a beach setting without lots of people in the background and understood that most beaches aren’t completely private. Lisa then recommended Cameo Island as you can privatise the beach area for your wedding and there is no chance of people ‘photo-bombing’ the wedding photos!
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.
We chose to get married in Zante as this is the island where we met. We both worked out there in the summer of 2007.
Cameo Island was always my favourite place to sunbathe and relax so when we found out you could hire it out privately for a wedding we decided it was the only place we were ever going to get married! What a beautiful wedding venue it is!
The Greek islands have always been close to my heart. We used to visit them on family holidays when I was younger and in later years I used to go with my friends and my now husband. I’ve always heard many wonderful things about Santorini and how it was such an idyllic island to get married on because of the caldera views.
We chose to get married on Cameo Island because we wanted to be as near to the sea as possible and the island seemed to hold such charm from pictures and videos that we had seen. Also the private hire of the area seemed very novel and special.
Me and my husband are the definition of “opposites attract”. I wanted the church, May Day country style wedding and he wanted to go abroad. (Vegas if he had his way). We started by pricing up weddings in the UK and then we looked at prices of a wedding abroad, the difference was huge and in the end he sold it to me.
We wanted to get married in Santorini as we had visited the island 2 years before for my cousins wedding. It was the first time we had been there and we just fell in love with the island. Amazing food, gorgeous wine and the best sunsets I had ever seen.
Mamma Mia offered everything we were looking for, the garden setting facing the sea and the relaxed reception area, the taverna. There was a lovely exclusive area for us so it also felt private. The venue itself isn’t in a busy area so we pretty much had the place to ourselves all day.
We were quite adventurous as neither of us had visited any of the Greek Islands which was a risk in itself. I actually read up on all the islands and went with Crete as it is such a beautiful island, but also it’s the island which has the most days of sun throughout the year.
We have always loved the island of Zakynthos and having visited various places and returning year after year we made the decision that this would be the island where we say our I do’s.