An ivory and blush wedding in Santorini

19 Sep 2019

Sammie Searles married Adam Cane at Thermes Luxury Villas in Santorini followed by a sunset pool party reception

How did you meet?

We met through mutual friends.

Tell us about the proposal.

Adam proposed on April 1st in Bruges after a horse and carriage ride around the beautiful town. He forgot it was April Fool's Day so when I called family and friends they thought it was a joke.

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

Theme was ivory and lots of greenery with hints of blush and gold.

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

We chose Thermes Luxury Villas in Santorini, we booked it after visiting a year before the wedding as we were so overwhelmed with the choice. We wanted somewhere unique with an amazing view of the caldera that had the option to hire exclusively.

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

I had researched many designers but fell in love with Hayley Paige. I loved how feminine the dresses were and the fabrics were simply stunning. I tried on around 20 dresses before finding the one. I ended up going for a huge overskirt which I never imagined I would, but loved the look of two dresses so much I decided to have both... I felt so bridal in it.

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What did the bridesmaids wear?

I had 10 bridesmaids all in the same colour but different designs all from ASOS. The mother of the bride wore a beautiful dress by Coast. 

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Where did you find your suits?

The groomsmen all wore suit jackets from ASOS, suit trousers from M&S and shoes from Dune. 

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Did you have a wedding planner?

We used a lovely lady named Filia from Poema Weddings and Events, based in Santorini. 

Tell us about your floral arrangements.

My bouquet included a beautiful mix of peonies, roses and olive leaves. 

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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 felt that music was an important part of us as a couple so the entertainment reflected that. We also gave a donation to two charities close to our hearts in lieu of favours. 

How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

I was so much calmer than I thought I would be, but the whole thing still feels like a blur. I chose a beautiful piece of music to be played by harp to walk down the aisle to; the first time I heard it, it made me feel so emotional and we both loved it. 

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What was your most memorable moment?

It’s difficult to choose one moment but I think when Adam and I were stood saying our vows, it was like no one else was in the room and it was just us. It was perfect.

What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

The most challenging aspect would be the fact that we were so far away, we felt a little out of control of choosing suppliers etc, but our wedding planner was so great we didn’t need to worry.

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What was the most important investment for you?

I think choosing the open bar option and opting for traditional Greek food was a great decision that we made. We wanted our guests to experience a beautiful weekend without having to pay for anything as they had spent a lot just to get there.

What song did you choose for your first dance?

We chose the song Just You and I by Tom Walker.

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Did you have any evening entertainment?

We had a fantastic DJ in the evening that had everyone up all night, we also hired him for the following day along with a saxophonist for a real party vibe. 

Tell us about your wedding cake.

The wedding cake was red velvet and Nutella decorated with fresh flowers, it was incredible.

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

I don’t think I would have changed a thing. It was extra windy the day of our wedding which meant I couldn't wear my veil but you can’t change the weather can you?

Did anything go wrong on the day?

Nothing really went wrong on the day, the timings of the food and speeches ran over a little bit but it was all part of the day. 

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Did you have a hashtag?

We used the hashtags #caneyoufeelthelovetonight #herecomethecanes #canechella.

Is there anything you wish you had known before?

I wish I had known the cost of the legal paperwork as it was expensive getting all the papers translated and stamped etc. However, I still wouldn’t have changed a thing.

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Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We stayed in Santorini for a week after the wedding, however we are honeymooning in January to the Maldives.

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

My best advice would be just do exactly what you want to do and don’t worry too much about what other people think or what they want. It’s yours and your future husband’s day and whatever you decide to do will be perfect for you both. 

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Steal Their Style

Planning: Poema Weddings and events 
Photography: Stacey Clarke Photo Weddings 
Flowers: Betty’s flowers, Santorini 
Catering: Mario Catering, Santorini 
Video: Watch Sammie and Adam’s Wedding Video here.

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