Gemma and David returned to the place where the wedding proposal happened, so they created a beautiful wedding in Rethymno, Crete. Crete was ideal as the couple wanted a wedding that reminds holiday for their guests. They created invites that looked like flight tickets and a comfy, fun and easy-going atmosphere. The ceremony took place next to the blue clear sea and was decorated simply with a white arch, white chairs and flowers in white and pastel pink hues. After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed a nice meal and a romantic night in a greenery outdoor venue… Enjoy every single detail through the following images captured by HannaMonika Wedding Photography!
“We met at work in 2009, David was one of my engineers and I use to plan his day to day work for the housing association we worked for”, the bride shared with us.
“He proposed on Holiday in Crete October 2015. It was the second night of our holiday and we had finished dinner when we decided to have a stroll around the hotel grounds. The hotel was set in mountains and they had a cave you could walk through, so obviously we went to explore. It was at this point David asked if I trusted him, “of course” I said and he asked me to close my eyes. I half expected him to run away and hide or throw something at me seeing as we were in a dimly lit cave, but instead he asked me to open my eyes and he was down on one knee holding a ring. He said a beautiful speech even remembering down to the days we have been together before asking me to marry him.”
“I was actually quite nervous about trying on dress, even to the point of making sure I had a full face of makeup, hair curled, and a manicure and pedicure so I looked perfect all over. I had been looking on line and see a dress from the brand Essence of Australia, and I quite liked there style, I was having a beach wedding so wanted something sheath that just flowed. The dress I had chosen was actually called “The Beach Dress”, I found a shop in Colchester, Essex called The Wedding Shop, they stocked Essence of Australia. The shop has been around for years and looked beautiful online showing the history of it and on booking my appointment it was like everything was meant to be. I tried on 6 dresses and we left that one until last, I tried it on and fitted absolutely perfectly… It was the only shop I went to, and every lady in here was so lovely I felt stupid for feeling so nervous. The dress was perfect for the type of wedding being bare foot on the beach. The hem was adjusted on order but I didn’t need any alterations, it was just a dream and so comfy too.”
“The ceremony took place in on the beach in Rethymno, Crete. David proposed in Crete, so it seemed only right to go back there, we did look at other areas in Greece, but we absolutely loved our holiday to Crete and the locals we have met there are so welcoming and friendly.”
“My best memory is walking down the aisle, David and I had stayed in separate rooms the night before, I hadn’t slept much and I just couldn’t wait to see him and officially call him my husband. It had felt like such a long wait all day and I just wanted to start our new life as Mr and Mrs and party. It was so lovely to have those last moments with my bridesmaids having a little drink before holding hands with my Dad and walking down the aisle seeing all our friends and family there and David.”
“For my flower bouquet I had pink roses, daisies and gypsophila, and the bridesmaids had gypsophila with pink roses.”
“The theme of our wedding as such was holiday; our wedding invites were made to look like flight tickets. We just wanted it to be a great party and everyone to have fun, as to me when on holiday everything is just easy going and happy.”
“Our table names where Greek god and goddesses, the head table of course was Hera, Goddess of Marriage, All the ladies had handmade bracelets by our friends company Alice Jewellery UK made with real chip stones. We also had a message in the bottle where guests could write us a little not and pop it into a glass bottle; we will open this on our first anniversary (as first anniversary is paper). I used a decorative suitcase which we had lined and decorated on the inside for our guests to put cards inside.”
“I found inspiration and ideas mainly from Pinterest, it’s so easy to search for ideas, and at no cost. we did book our wedding through a wedding planner so they was always there to assist and give advice.”
Advice to a bride-to-be: “Relax and enjoy it! I was so worried leading up just that everything was going to go wrong and it didn’t it was better then expected, and why would it not be I was marrying the love of my life and that is what the day is!”