Nicky The Bride:
My dress was made from my Mum’s wedding dress that she married my Dad in in 1973 it was made from the most beautiful cotton lace and was so special to be able to get married in the same. My mum cut the material from her dress and bought it out to Australia where I live and during our first outing wedding dress shopping we met Adam Dixon
a very talented wedding dress designer who ended up making my dress from some sketches we'd done. My shoes were Jimmy Choo
Tobie’s suit was tailor made by P Johnson
in Paddington, Sydney, which was a referral from our family friends, he went for a navy, light weight material with the Greek sun in mind, a white linen shirt (French Connection
) and brown suede shoes from Ted Baker
We ended up having 2 weddings - we planned to have the legal bit in the UK and keep it low-key just with Family, and I didn’t plan on wearing my dress, however it didn’t seem right and I’m so glad I wore it as it was very special. The UK wedding turned out to be so special it was at All Hallows Church, Woolbeding, West Sussex. Then we had the reception at my parents house in their Garden. We then had the main event with all our friends in Greece the following week at The Peligoni Club
, we held the wedding ceremony at the villa we were staying in and had the reception at The Peligoni Club.
Colour Scheme & Decor
It was hard to plan a colour scheme as until we arrived in Greece we didn’t know what they had to dress the tables and the options. The bridesmaids wore a sea green dress, the ushers wore tan trousers and white shirts and the place cards and printed materials we kept pastel watercolours and inline with what would suit the Greek climate and surroundings. All the printed design was done by Colm Roche from Imagist
who works on my Dad’s business and kindly didn’t charge us for any of the design or printing!
We kept flowers pretty minimal. Luckily for me my bridesmaid Rebbie is an amazing florist at The Real Flower Company
, so in the UK she did the bouquets and button holes and we had sweet peas from mum’s garden on the tables. In Greece Rebbie spoke with the local florist The Peligoni Club had recommended and managed to get my flower crown, bouquet and the buttons holes translated and delivered.
In the UK we had my bridesmaid Kirsty’s sister and friend - as they’re in a band together and they played some lovely music in the church then back at my parents house. In Greece we had live music after the ceremony during the canapés and champagne and then we had a playlist on in the evening.
UK: All the food was home made by my Mum and her friends and dessert was chocolate torte’s from Cook.
Greece: Canapés: We had Tuna Ceviche en Croute. Fig (depending on availability), Feta and Espresso Reduction. Watermelon, Parma Ham, Manouri. Smoked Salmon Roulade, Fennel, Pomegranate. The meal: Starter: Burnt tomato & Onion Bruschetta, Rocket. Main: Fillet of Sea Bream, Summer Fricassee. Dessert: Chocolate Brownie, Vanilla Ice Cream, White Chocolate Soil. We didn’t have a wedding cake.
We came across Lucy
on RMW - we were drawn to her reportage style photography and the fact it wasn’t the traditional sometimes cheesy photography you associate with wedding photography. I was worried the darker style although perfect for the UK might not translate to the Greek sunshine and colours but it worked so well in both and we couldn’t be happier with the photos.
The wedding favours were homemade - my mum is a potter
and she made lovely expresso mugs for each of the guests and vases for the tables - she bought them all out to Greece in her hand luggage. I made bracelets for all the girls.
We didn’t have a wedding cake, we were minimal on flowers, we didn’t have a band - and although many of the things we didn’t have are very important to some people - for us it was about the getting all of our friends in a lovely setting where we could relax, catch up and enjoy ourselves, especially as we live in Australia we don’t get to spend a lot of time with old friends and family these days. We had the most amazing time at both weddings.