Updated: Nov 10, 2018

 

 

 

 

Ok, hands up if you saw the title and thought I have to see this, this cant be right?

 

The idea of this blog was simply to capture 3 of my individual brides all headed to the isle of Santorini for the happy ,couples, nuptials and to share inspiration to other brides looking to go down this route

 

As a designer/creator of wedding gowns and veils, this year has by far been the year of the destination bride for me, lots of new brides to be excitedly planning their special days with pretty much, guaranteed sunshine and beautiful backdrops.

 

Santorini with its whitewashed buildings, blue rooftops and phenomenal light has come out top for my brides this year and next year it seems and as you will see from the below stories and pictures its easy to see why.

Here we have not just one happy day but 3, what they have in common is location, venues, sunshine, blue skies, simplistic, elegant, details, wonderful photographers and all brides Lucy, Charmaine and Gill had their veil custom created by myself.

 

To all you brides to be considering Santorini as a possible wedding destination I truly hope this will inspire and motivate you to do just the same , it may be another country but with the right planning and suppliers ,you too can have your own version of beautiful.

 

 

Lucy and Zak

 

Lucy came to me with the idea of, creating something complimentary to her wedding gown, so we chose a scroll pattern, Alencon lace trimmed cathedral veil, embellished with clear sequins to catch the clear sunlight

Lucy in her own words:

I met Zak in Australia, we both were travelling on our own and met at Christmas in Melbourne, I cant believe I had to travel all the way to Australia to meet my now husband lol!

Our wedding as my Nan would describe it was a fairytale wedding, it was perfect.

My advise is to make time for just you two for an hour have a drink and take it all in, don't worry about the small details. Make sure you get enough pictures and videos as you will cherish them forever.

The finer details

 

 

 

 

 

I Do's

 

 

 

 

My wife...My husband

 

 

 

Congratulations Lucy and Zak

Photography http://www.verman.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charmaine and Rory

 

Charmaine in her own words:

 

Rory and I met through a mutual friend, we went on one date and have been inseparable ever since. He proposed to me in Prague on a frosty day in December in a secluded spot at Petrin Hill which has the most amazing views of the city.

We have always said when we got married it would be in Santorini so it was an easy choice for us. The colours of our wedding were blue, white and grey. We wanted the view to speak for itself so we kept things very minimalistic. The best moment of our wedding was our first dance. Our first dance song was the acappella version of kygo Firestone mixed into the normal version by our friend who djs. When the normal version of the song came in we had fountain fireworks go off, our guests were blown away. If I could give one tip to any brides it’s not to stress over the smaller details. I didn’t notice most of the things on the day that I spent months worrying about. Being Scottish we couldn’t have a wedding without including some traditional ceilidh dancing which was organised by our best man and bridesmaid. The staff at our venue loved it and were even taking photos.

Charmaine chose a cut edge Cathedral veil, simple, soft and light, perfect for that veil blow shot

 

 

 

 

 

Setting the scene

 

 

 

 

 

Romance, fireworks, kilts, that view and beautiful vows

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations Charmaine & Rory

Suppliers:

Photography :https://www.evarendl.com/

Bespoke veil https://www.lisacarringtonbespoke.com/

Flowers- Floralia by santoriniwed

Cake-http://www.santorini-wedding-cakes.com/

Hair- https://bellasantorini.com/

Make up- https://www.facebook.com/juliafanasenko

Fountain fireworks - http://www.santorini-wedding.com/tag/efikton-events/

Wedding Venue , http://santorinigem.com/

https://www.santorini-luxury-tours.com/ for all wedding transfers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gill and Ronnie

 

 

Gill in her own words:

 

"Ronnie and I met on a night out over 4 years ago now, we moved in together 6 months later! My only advice to brides to be planning a destination wedding would be try to relax, not stress over the little details and just enjoy the day, it will be the best day of your life!

 

"We offered an open bar for the duration of the wedding so I’m sure you can imagine how that ended up, one of our guests ended up serving behind the bar and there were Jäger bombs before the main course"!

There is nothing I would change about the day"!

 

Gill chose a soft, light, illusion, Cathedral veil trimmed in a fine, vintage style eyelash lace

 

 

A beautiful day for a beautiful wedding

 

 

 

Congratulations Gill and Ronnie

Photography:

https://www.evarendl.com/

Wedding dress

ENZOANI

Wedding Veil

https://www.lisacarringtonbespoke.com/

Bridal Shoes

BADGLEY MISCHKA

Grooms Attire

https://www.instagram.com/forbes.tailoring/?hl=en

Make up artist

PRETTY ME - MICHELLE FLYNN

Hairstylist

BELLA DAMIGOU

Ceremony Reception

DANA VILLAS

Venue

PYRGOS RESTAURANT SANTORINI

Wedding Planner

SANTORINI GREECE WEDDINGS

Floral Design

BETTY FLOWERS – SANTORINI

Wedding Cake

ANNA PATISSERIE

 

 

Love and thanks to Lucy,Zak, Charmaine,Rory,Gill and Ronnie for letting me share their beautiful weddings, wish you all the very best of happiness for the future

 

Special thanks to https://www.evarendl.com/ and http://www.verman.co.uk/ for so generously letting me share their genuinely,stunning work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated: Sep 17, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Overview

 

When I first started to create wedding dresses and veils, the whole essence of what I set out to do was to be centred around each brides individuality, I love personalisation, bringing every brides personality out in what they are to to be wearing, something you don't get off the peg, especially when you set out for a true vintage style

 

Katrina

 

When I first started chatting to Katrina over on my Facebook page she mentioned that she would maybe like to use her mothers wedding dress to create her own, many years ago quite often women passed their wedding dresses on to their daughter so I thought this was a wonderful touch especially as there is so much Bridal out there now to choose from, next thing a selfie picture popped up in my messages of her in the 70's dress with the Piecrust neckline and Leg 'O mutton sleeve (pictured left) from that point I knew this was going to be special.

On her first consultation Katrina brought the 1970s wedding dress along and I was surprised in how good condition it was, it had yellowed (like all wedding dresses do over time) but otherwise still in great shape, so we set about getting rid of the yellowing by dipping in an optical brightener, which brought out the brighter cream that it once was, no longer dingy.

 

 

 

 

Design

 

 

I knew from when I first laid eyes on this dress that it was important to do this sympathetically and to keep it classic, fussy styling was definately not for this gown. So, after chatting this through with Katrina we decided to go with a simple, elegant, boatneck, a cap sleeve and make a feature of the back.

I begun the remodel by cutting away the neckline and sleeve, replacing the entire dress lining in a silk habotai and re-cutting a lovely low back, both of us giggling away as I cut into the dress, doing away with the collar and sleeve as these were the 2 things that heavily dated the dress and once cut away it already started to take on a more fresh, modern look

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in the details

 

As I mentioned earlier, keeping sympathetic with the style and history of the dress meant trims needed to be in keeping with the style of the dress too, so I set about finding lace to trim the neckline and sleeve of the dress, after going cross eyed searching for the right trim, I came across a lovely vintage style that complimented the dress lace perfectly

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used the same lace to create a Peplum waist giving the dress balance and added style.

Keeping to the vintage theme I was very fortunate to have been left trims and buttons from a dear, old neighbour friend who run a haberdasher store back in the 1940s so I had the most beautiful, 70 year old, cream, pearl buttons to add to the back fastening for a truly authentic touch

 

 

 

 

 

Final Result

 

Final fittings are always a bit of an emotional one for me, I have built up lovely relationships with my brides at this point, emotional because they have entrusted me with the most special dress they will ever wear.

Come Katrina's final fit she has brought her bridesmaid just returning home from Australia, she proudly tries on her unique dress and

you can see her happiness

 

 

Im taken aback how effortlessly beautiful and elegant she looks ,this dress was always meant to be

She's ready for that walk of a lifetime!

 

 

 

Wedding Prep

 

Like with most weddings there's usually a hiccup something goes wrong or not the way you planned it, you just have to take a deep breath and have a reality check as sometimes it can be remedied .

The day before the big day Katrina's hairstylist who had carried out her hair trial had unfortunately taken ill, I knew of the perfect replacement Alicia Harris Hairdressing she had created my own Wedding Hair and I trust her with my life not only my hair, so I messaged her for availabilities and fortunately she was able to fit Katrina in, in such a short space of time she created the most beautiful loose roll entwined with Gypsophila.

Wedding hiccup over!

 

 

 

 

Wedding Day

 

Its finally here, the pretty, old church in Buckinghamshire decorated by Vicky Stainsby beautifully, capturing the feel of Katrina and Mark's day wonderful with gorgeous, summery blooms carefully placed around the old church

 

With thanks to https://www.chrishobsonphotos.co.uk/ for capturing what looked like a beautiful wedding filled with family,lovely venues/locations, personal details and best of all the happiness of the day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the wedding party arrives even the couples adorable pooch is not left out with his floral collar!

 

 

Making sure he blends in with the maids in pretty pastels

 

The groom looking ridiculously, smart arriving in full, Military uniform

 

 

True to style the bride arrives in a vintage Model T Ford car

 

 

Looking elegant and calm on her brothers arm

 

 

Up until this point Katrina had kept her choice of wedding dress a secret from her mother wanting it to be a surprise

Mum's smile say's it all...

 

 

Its all about the back...

 

 

 

That "we did it" look

 

 

Short drive in style over to Woburn Abbey

 

Happiness!

 

 

Walk with my husband

 

 

Anybody else thinking angel wings?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations and a heartfelt thank you to the newlyweds for sharing their truly beautiful, wedding journey

Wishing you both love, happiness and health always

 

 

 

 

Two Brides...One dress

Then: Katrinas Mum & Dad in the 70's

 

 

Now: 2018 Mark and Katrina

 

 

 

 

 

In memory of the late Mr Nicholson

 

 

 

 

Suppliers

Photography:

https://www.chrishobsonphotos.co.uk/

 

Floristry: Vicky Stainsby

 

Vintage Wedding Car:

http://www.modeltford.co.uk

 

Hairdressing:

https://www.facebook.com/Alicia-Harris-Hairdressing-Beever-Hair-care-consultant-1098601846851077/

 

Wedding gown and veil :

https://www.lisacarringtonbespoke.com/