- 6 years ago
- Wedding: February 2012
We got married! We got married! Yeeey!!! Saturday, 18th February 2012 I became the happiest bride EVER – fact!
The whole week running upto it, although extremely tiring was fantastic. You may have seen in a previous post I wrote that I was crapping myself because Weather and Strikes were going against me, but we finally managed to get off the island and things started looking extremely rosy.
First rosy moment, the hotel calling me up after I checked my parents in to ask if I would prefer to stay there for the week before so that I was in the city and closer to suppliers etc, and so I wouldn’t have tro drive up and down picking up my parents etc instead of outside in the countryside. Oh – did I mention it was a free room in a 5 star hotel? Bonus!
Second rosy moment, the florsit calling me up and saying that the flowers worked out cheaper than anticipated so she wondered if I would like to do those extra displays I wanted but couldn’t as they were out of our budget.
Third rosy moment, after going to a restaurant on the Wednesday night with all those who’d arrived and the waiter asking why we were there, we were then given free champagne to celebrate.
Fourth rosy moment, the preist calling us up to tell us that he had managed to get permission from the arch bishop to do the service bilingually. He had said he’d say a few words in English for us, but the service would be in Greek as getting permission wasn’t very easy, but he decided to try for it, didn’t say anything to us so that we wouldn’t get our hopes up. I welled-up when I learn’t that he’d gone out of his way to do that.
On the Thursday, we went shopping for decorations for DH’s grandparents house as I would be leaving from there. A tonne of tulle, ribbons, chains of pearls, wooden hearts and candles turned it into a beautiful bridal pad. We decided that as everybody had travelled the whole of Europe to get there that they would all come to the house beforehand for a drink and snacks, so they could really get involved in the day. I am so so glad I did – it really helped to relax me and put into perspective the day. They were all just happy to be there, a part of the day, and really didn’t care about the small silly things I’d been stressing about.
I had different worries to other brides I guess – in the shape of having to be available to translate between the parents and inlaws, etc, going to the airport to pick up guests, coordination hotel rooms, transfers etc, but it was totally totally worth it in the end.
The flowers blew me away – and many others as well. The colours, tones and plants used. I loved that my boquet and most of the displays were aromatic (with rosemary, thyme, mint).
The service was fantastic. A lot of tears. I love the ritual that is a Greek Orthodox Wedding with the blessing of the rings and the stefana atc. It was very spiritual.
The party was amazing! OK the proper name should be reception, but it did turn into quite a meltdown. At one point a table was pulled onto the stage so that some could dance on top of it. Great music, and everybody up and dancing – be it Greek or English language songs. One highlight was my fathe getting up and dancing Seimpekiko – a traditional greek dance. This is a man who last danced 25 years ago really busted some moves. The place went absolutely crazy, champagne was popped for him, and a standing ovation at the end – absolutely fantastic!
The moment I knew all this stress was worth it was when I went to the toilet and overheard some people discussing the wedding and saying it was by far the best they’d been to.
These are just some pics I stole of friends and family, I will update with pro/better pics as I get them.
In the church with our families