Image © Gabrielle Bower Photography
Image © Gabrielle Bower Photography
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Oh how I long to visit Santorini; it has long been one of my dream places to visit (hopefully when my children are a little older I can fulfil this dream). When I saw the beautiful pictures of Katie and Brian’s elopement in Santorini I knew we had to feature it.
Brian and Katie went all the way from Florida to marry in beautiful Satorini. No guests, no bridal party, no fuss… just them, the sunshine and the beautiful scenery – perfect!
After the official ceremony they had incredible pictures taken against the fabulous backdrop of Santorini, followed by an intimate meal together overlooking the Aegean sea. The table styling was simple and elegant, with a beautiful floral arrangement, pretty floral napkins, cute personalised cutlery and gorgeous floral wreath chair adornments.
This incredible elopement in Santorini is simple, stylish and hugely romantic. It shows that you don’t necessarily need all the bells and whistles – just you, your partner and the perfect location.
I hope you enjoy these magical pictures taken by Sotiris Tsakanikas.
“Everything fell right into place in this chic destination elopement in Santorini. Each one of their details was effortlessly elegant, from the beautiful bride’s moments of prep (she couldn’t go wrong in monogrammed silk) to the perfect amount of intimate wedding decor. This affirmed there is so much graceful people like Katie and Brian can do with the assistance of an amazingly creative design team such as Stella and Moscha. Grandeur may be often well exhibited in amplitude, but this clean and quiet take on the couple’s organic penchant had splendour revised.
“Calling to mind all our moments together and Katie’s honest tears of joy, I can only feel overly honoured to witness how a couple decided to travel to this blessed isle to intimately celebrate their love.” – Sotiris Tsakanikas
“Brian and I married just before sunset at the Sun Rocks resort in Santorini, Greece. From the moment we stepped off the plane in Santorini we were in awe. Everything exceeded our expectations and even now I cannot believe it was real.
“We live in Florida, and planning a wedding from nearly 6,000 miles away may sound intimidating, even crazy. But with the help of our fabulous wedding planner and the team she assembled, Brian and I didn’t have to worry about a thing.”
“We had a private ceremony followed by dinner overlooking the Aegean Sea. The whole experience was like one big fairytale! We are already planning our next trip over to Santorini.
“One of the reasons that we chose an elopement in Santorini was for the unparalleled views. We didn’t want to go overboard with a theme or decorations. Instead we chose every aspect based on how it would complement the scenery, without taking anything away from it or being distracting.
“We wanted to create a classic, understated but elegant atmosphere for our ceremony and dinner. The many candles and lanterns adorning the dinner area were key to creating this vibe. The candlelight against the setting sun over the caldera was just perfection. Another favourite detail was the olive branch wreathes that adorned the back of our chairs.
“Brian created a playlist of songs that were meaningful in our relationship, which served as the background music for our dinner.”
“With all the white surrounding us in Santorini we used flowers to insert a pop of colour, while still maintaining a traditional and classic feel. My bouquet consisted of pink peonies, hydrangeas and roses. Brian’s buttonhole was a white peony with olive branches and rosemary.
“Even though our elopement in Santorini was a private celebration, I still wanted to incorporate some special details for the two of us. Wedding Wish printed our dinner menus and we ordered cake forks from Etsy engraved with ‘Mr. & Mrs.’, along with the date.”
“Since we were eloping it was important to have great photos to show our friends and family back home. We researched several photographers but were both drawn to Sotiris’ effortless style. We met him for the first time on Skype and it was like we were talking to an old friend. Working with Sotiris was one of the highlights of our experience.”
“Our memories from the day are an all encompassing feeling of pure happiness. There was something magical about it being just the two of us. We could focus on each other as we read our vows and started this new chapter of our lives together.”
“It’s important to enjoy your engagement and the wedding planning process. Choosing to elope doesn’t mean you have to miss out on elements of a traditional wedding. Do what is best for you and your fiancé.”
Photography: Sotiris Tsakanikas
Venue and Catering: Sun Rocks Hotel, Santorini
Planning and Styling: Stella and Moscha
Wedding Dress: Watters
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade
Bride’s Jewellery: Tiffany
Groom’s Suit: Charles Tyrwhitt
Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds
Flowers and Stationery: Wedding Wish
Cake: Alexandra’s Cakes
Make-Up: Renia Bledaki
Hair: Hair Shop Santorini
Image © Katie Grant Photography
This dreamy fairytale of a styled wedding shoot did not turn out as originally planned! At first the team filled their mood board with dark and brooding influences and rich shades of oxblood and cherry. As you can see, the end result was a feminine and romantic boho luxe wedding wonderland of lavender, blush and metallics.
The styled shoot embodies a sense of enchantment that captivates you with its luxe bohemian appeal married with a strong lavender palette – a true yet unpredictable match made in heaven. The team wanted to give the lavender colour palette a modern, chic and elegant appeal, which I think they achieved!
The contemporary touches of ivory and metallics against the pastel lavender shade, set amongst an enchanting lavender field, created just the right balance.
Adorn Invitations told us how they put together these amazing lavender boho luxe wedding ideas, which Sephory Photography captured so perfectly…
“Though the vibe and theme for the day was quite relaxed, we wanted to entice our ‘guests’ with luxury and glamour. We created several stationery styles for the shoot including lavish features like intricate laser cut panelling and gilded foiling. Our head digital designer used a relaxed scripted font for that boho-chic element.
“We wrapped gold kitchenware tightly with satin ribbon and scripted name holders for the boho luxe wedding look. However, our showstopper was definitely our embellished cow skull centrepiece!”
“We had the most delectable spread of sweet treats for our outdoor reception. A favourite from the day were the breathtaking macarons in shades of lilac and lavender, garnished with gold flakes and sprigs of lavender. Summery berry tarts complemented the colours in the floral arrangements, and the purple toned drinks were as beautiful as they were delicious.”
“Our lovely bride Jasmine was the epitome of a free-spirited, carefree boho traveller. Wandering barefoot through the lavender field, we wanted to make sure that her look represented her personality.
“Brides shouldn’t feel restricted as to the silhouette of their dress. We actually had three looks with very different shapes – all beautifully suited our boho luxe wedding vibe. The intricate lace detail on the unique, embellished back of our low-fi Maggie Sottero gown – stunning!
“For beauty we kept everything lightweight and natural. The heavy, contoured look may be taking over Instagram, but you don’t want any heavy trend-based looks. For our bride we used a shimmering rose gold for her eyes, paired with a taupe matte lip for balance. With a shimmer based primer and highlight on her skin she truly glowed from within. Long, wavy hair with florals added an enchanting, feminine twist that didn’t look too over the top.”
“Our floral arrangements could have acted as the only décor piece throughout the shoot – they were that impressive. We relied heavily on greenery in the arrangements to break up the colours whilst portraying a wild and effortless look.
“Greenery paired with roses gave a romantic touch, and blush and purple-toned wild flowers adhered to the lilac colour palette. Succulents were also an important element in this theme – a match made in heaven when paired with geodes and stones. They also bring on a more modern and minimal feel amongst the provincial roses.”
“The purpose of our indoor tablescape was to show brides how you can inject alternative and boho styled elements and yet still fashion an elegant and conventional look. The large timber tables beautifully suited the natural décor in our tablescape. Amethyst crystals, rose and clear quartz strewn around the table surface projected an ethereal boho influence. If you’re a little thrown off by the eccentric nature of geodes, pair them with geometric vases with art-deco nuances for a more modern twist. We again used the metallic gold cutlery and kitchenware with sleek lines which contrasted the chaos of our wild greenery and roughly outlined stones.
“Look at incorporating a monogram or a hot wax seal with your initials to personalise your own stationery set. Finish with a satin ribbon and you’ll have a beautifully detailed set that will be sure to impress.”
Photography: Sephory Photography
Styling: Adorn Invitations
Wedding Dresses: Raffaele Ciuca
Headpiece and Jewellery: Loveon Jewellery
Flowers: Babylon Flowers
Stationery: B Wedding Invitations
Sweet Treats: Mary Eats Cake
Image © Fiona Forwood Photography
The majority of stag and hen parties occur in the summer months, but if you’re fortunate enough to have yours over Halloween, you’re in for a treat. Sarah of Last Night of Freedom has rounded up her top ways to celebrate a Halloween hen party or stag do, spooky style…
The world-famous Edinburgh Ghost Tour takes you on a mysterious and frightening trail around the darker side of the Scottish capital. On board the 1960’s Routemaster bus you will have your very own creepy conductor, as you experience the scary corners and hidden alleyways of Edinburgh whilst learning about the witches, grave robbers and ghosts that plague this city.
Not only will you take a journey into the horrifying history of Edinburgh, you’ll also visit some of the city’s most iconic attractions. The route includes Edinburgh Castle, The New Town and the notorious bar-lined Grassmarket, ideal for for a spot of Dutch courage to get you through. Some spine-chilling surprises await as you step on board…
The Amsterdam Dungeons are a must-see on your send-off in the Dutch capital, taking you on a trip through 500 years of the city’s sinister history. As you begin your journey you’ll descend in the medieval lift, then hear the spine-tingling footsteps of the torturer come ever closer as you enter the torture chamber.
This tour is bigger, better and bolder than any you’ll have seen. With 11 shows taking place over 80 minutes, there’ll be shocks at every turn.
Bucharest, the dynamic capital of Romania, is home to the seriously spine-chilling Bran Castle, aka Dracula’s home. It’s certainly worth paying a visit to on your Halloween hen party or stag weekend, but, word to the wise, don’t forget to pack your crucifix and garlic cloves. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…
Used by the Russian army to detain sailors for various crimes committed during their active service, this prison still has all its original facilities, which you will get to know very well during your overnight stay.
Upon arrival you’ll undergo a search and a medical assessment, take a mugshot and even receive your own prisoner registration cards. The staff, who actually used to work at the prison, will make your life hell – shouting, screaming and generally torturing you. Whether you choose to stay in your cell overnight, or aimlessly wander the eerie corridors, you’re definitely not getting any sleep with this one…
Of course, you’ll have already carved your pumpkins and draped cobwebs across every surface in your venue, but have you got your glow stick bracelets and necklaces to turn any darkened room into a neon rave? And what about drinks? Have you got your shots in test tubes and jello syringes? If not, it’s really not a Halloween hen or stag do at all.
Guest Post by Sarah Main of Last Night of Freedom