A classic and elegant Santorini wedding

17 Dec 2019

Revisiting the location where they got engaged to tie the knot, there was no better place for Nicole Harrod and Jake Green to get married but the Greek island of Santorini

How did you meet?

Through friends. Jake actually messaged me on Facebook, although he likes to tell everyone I messaged him first, but little did he know I still had the old messages from 2012 and sent them to the best man. It was a nice little story to add to the best man's speech and everyone thought it was hilarious.

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Tell us about the proposal.

We were on holiday in Santorini and were recommended to go to a restaurant called Pelikanos for the best views of the sunset on the island while enjoying a lovely dinner. The views were amazing and we sat up the top of the open restaurant and had a three-course meal.

Jake said he needed the to go to the toilet and when he got back I wasn’t facing him, we were all still watching the sunset. I heard him say "Nicole" and when I turned round, he was on one knee asking me to marry him. I was so shocked and eventually said yes. I was so happy.

My best friend had asked me to become his wife in one of the most beautiful places. I always knew we would get married but we had just bought a house together. He said: "Well, why did you think I sold my motorbike?". I never thought he would do it in front of a restaurant full of people either as he doesn't like any fuss.

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What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

Classy and elegant, white roses only (my absolute favourite) and a touch of silver to match the bridesmaids' dresses.

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What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?

Santorini Gem. The breath-taking views sold it for us and I got emotional seeing it for the first time.

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When did you know you’d found ‘the’ dress?

The dress was Meredith by Enzoani. l I found it online originally, then found a stockist near me. It was the first dress I tried on. I felt amazing and I loved that it was two dresses in one. Plus it was just perfect for the venue. It was the only one we all cried at, so I knew.

I wore the dress as one for the ceremony and pictures, then in the evening I took the top layer off for dancing... it was like a whole new dress. It was so detailed and it sparkled in the sun.

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Who were the bridesmaids and what did they wear?

I had my closest friend of 15 years, Jess Slingsby, as my maid of honour, and my sister, Louisa Bussey, as chief bridesmaid. Then I had five other bridesmaids: my two other sisters, my sister-in-law and my other two good childhood friends. They wore a stunning silver/grey tulle dress with sparkles at the top and they all looked beautiful. 

I also did all my bridesmaids' make-up and my own on the day as I am a make-up artist, which actually took my mind off being nervous,

I had my niece and nephews as a flowergirl and two page boys and they all looked absolutely adorable in their little outfits.

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What did the mother of the bride wear?

My mum wore a fitted cream dress with a bright floral pattern, finished off with a fuschia fascinator and shoes. She looked amazing and perfect for a wedding abroad.

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Where did you find your suits?

Moss Bros. They wore a lovely blue, which was not too dark or light and perfectly complemented the bridesmaids. They also wore a silver/grey tie to match the bridesmaids' dresses.

Jake had a patterned tie to look slightly different from everyone else. Jake and the two best men wore a full suit with jackets, while the ushers and dads wore a waistcoat and no jacket.

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Did you hire a wedding planner? How did they help?

Yes, we used Planet Holidays. Mathilde was helpful with getting in contact with all the suppliers in Greece. I told her what I wanted and it was sorted. She organised everything including the flowers, DJ, lighting, decorations, centrepieces, transport, food and venue. I wanted my wedding to be exactly how it would be in England but abroad. Once we arrived on the island, I met with Stefania who you deal with until the day is over.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

We used Betty Flowers in Santorini. I had white rose bouquets for me and the bridesmaids, while the men had white roses for buttonholes. The centrepieces and decoration around the gazebo were filled with white roses and it looked so elegant. We had a white rose flower wall for pictures and a flower arch behind the top table. 

I had a photo of my nan on my bouquet saying ‘Walk with me today, nan’. She was a big part of my life, so it was a lovely touch and it meant so much to me.

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Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

  • We had a saxophonist during the meal. He was absolutely amazing, everyone loved him and we all joined in to one song in particular - Oasis' Wonderwall. That is a memory I will never forget.
  • We had fireworks, which was a lovely end to the day. 
  • The favours were tissues on the chairs for the ceremony stating ‘For your happy tears’ and the date of our wedding on.
  • On the tables we had personalised chocolates and a personalised bottle opener shaped like a key saying 'Thank you for being a key part of our day'. This combined two of our favourite things: alcohol and chocolate.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

Surreal! I still couldn’t believe it was happening. I felt like a celebrity as all eyes were on me. but I was so excited to see Jake and everyone else. I looked at everyone as I walked down the aisle so I remember the reactions and I was trying to take it all in. It was a very special moment for me and my dad and I could just see in his face how proud he was. I will never forget it. I wish I could do it again.

We both thought we would cry when we saw each other as we felt very emotional before the wedding day and I would well up just thinking about it, but when it came to it we just looked at each other and smiled. We were so happy the adrenaline took over and we were on such a high. It seemed everyone else shed a tear except us.

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How did you make the ceremony personal to you?

I walked down the aisle to Ed Sheeran's Tenerife Sea as we have both always loved this song. Tenerife was our first holiday together and we have been to see Ed Sheeran perform a few times, so it's special to us.

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What was the most important investment for you? 

We had an open bar for our guests and the food was important as we wanted everyone to enjoy it. They had paid money to come and see us get married, so we wanted them to enjoy the day as much as us.

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What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?

Our first dance was James Bay's Wild Love. We both absolutely love the song, it was perfect and it even brought a few friends to tears.

I then had a father and daughter dance with my dad and he picked Heartland's I Loved Her First. It was very emotional listening to the lyrics as we danced together.

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Did you have any evening entertainment?

Fireworks and a DJ. The DJ team (Multimedia Events) were amazing; everyone commented on the music and not one person left the dancefloor.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

We had a three-tier jam sponge as none of us like the traditional fruit cake.

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If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

Not one thing, the day was absolutely perfect to us.

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Did anything go wrong on the day?

The bridesmaids' transport didn’t arrive, but it was sorted in 10 minutes so it was fine in the end.

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

The honeymoon was important to us. We didn’t want to go straight away, so we chose January 2020 as we find it a depressing month and we wanted a once-in-a-lifetime holiday; we have picked the Maldives.

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Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

Try to be as organised as you can, it does help.

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Steal their style:

Wedding planning and supplier co-ordination: Planet Holidays
Venue: Santorini Gem
Photography: Dream On Photography
DJ and lighting: Multimedia Events
Flowers: Betty Flowers
Dress: Enzoani
Saxophonist: Fotinos Tsakopoulos
Decorations: Illuminography
Name cards: Paper Flowers
Hair: Santorini Marianna
Make-up: Nicole Leanne Make Up (the bride)

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