SAM + JORD

This des­ti­na­tion wed­ding was filled with fam­ily, friends and a breath­tak­ing coastal back­drop

Cosmopolitan Bride (Australia) - - JUST MARRIED -

A year ear­lier, when the bride and groom vis­ited San­torini, they knew it was the per­fect spot to say “I do”. When the big day fi­nally ar­rived, bride Sam shared a spe­cial mo­ment with her mum and maid of hon­our as they helped her into her wed­ding dress, and be­fore she knew it, it was time get mar­ried. As the sun was about to set, the cou­ple said their vows against a stun­ning back­drop of the ocean be­fore mov­ing on to the re­cep­tion. There, a con­fetti ar­rival greeted the new­ly­weds, and a meal of lo­cal cui­sine fol­lowed. A high­light? Dancing to Think­ing Out Loud by Ed Sheeran, sur­rounded by sparklers and their loved ones. Cute.

DATE July 3, 2015.

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER Nikos Go­gas (nikos­gogas.com). “We loved Nikos’s man­ner. He’s a lovely per­son to have around.”

DRESS, VEIL & HEADPIECE Jo­hanna John­son (jo­han­na­john­son.com). “My dress had a sim­ple, clas­sic el­e­gance.”

HAIR & MAKEUP “I did it my­self.”

GROOM’S SUIT Rhodes & Beck­ett (rhodes­beck­ett.com.au). “We weaved in touches of a beau­ti­ful tar­tan to hon­our Jord’s late fa­ther. Jord also wore cuff­links I gave him that had the num­bers 03 and 07 on them – the date of our wed­ding.”

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Brides­maids Only (brides­maid­sonly.com.au). “I knew I wanted to em­brace a Gre­cian style, and felt flat­ter­ing one-shoul­der dresses would do this per­fectly. The muted turquoise colour looked so amaz­ing against the iconic San­torini back­drop.”

PLAN­NER & STYLING Michael Gierkovits at Wed­dings San­torini (wed­dings-in­san­torini.com). “Michael was fan­tas­tic. From the mo­ment we chose San­torini as our des­ti­na­tion, he worked with us to un­der­stand the kind of day we wanted.”

STA­TIONERY Jess Brun­ner (jess­brun­ner.com). “My tal­ented friend de­signed it. I loved its clean look and the ty­pog­ra­phy.”

FLOW­ERS & DEC­O­RA­TIONS Wed­ding Wish (wed­ding­wish.gr). “We wanted the flow­ers to be el­e­gant and sub­tle, and not over­power the set­ting. There was also a beau­ti­ful wel­come area set up with crates, signs and flow­ers. This was where we placed our guest book – a beau­ti­ful globe for ev­ery­one to sign.”

CER­E­MONY Dana Vil­las, Firoste­fani, San­torini (danav­il­las.net) “Ask­ing our loved ones to travel was a huge deal, so we wanted to pick somewhere mag­i­cal.”

RE­CEP­TION & EN­TER­TAIN­MENT Theros Wave Bar, San­torini (theroswave­bar.gr). “It had ev­ery­thing we wanted – a beach, chill-out ar­eas and a huge dance floor. The whole place had the wow-fac­tor.”

CATER­ING Spicy Bites (spicy­bites.gr). “We chose de­li­cious, au­then­tic Greek food to match the des­ti­na­tion.”

CAKE “Michael, our plan­ner, sourced it for us. Each tier had a dif­fer­ent flavour: choco­late, red vel­vet and Vic­to­ria sponge.”

FAVOURS “Mini jars filled with Love Hearts were given to guests.”

GUESTS 60.

“The girls’ Gre­cian dresses looked amaz­ing.”

“Flow­ers in­cluded David Austin roses, pe­onies, gyp­sophila and lots of fo­liage.”

“The weather was per­fect, just as we’d hoped.”

“When we stood un­der the gazebo on a visit to San­torini the year be­fore, we knew this was it.”

“We wanted the cer­e­mony to take place as the sun was about to set.”

“Guests signed a globe in­stead of a tra­di­tional book.”

“When we found the venues, our de­ci­sion was made.”

“Theros Wave Bar was to­tally off the beaten track – you’d never know it ex­isted.”

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