How to marry like an Instagram influencer
23 Oct 2019
Fashion blogger Georgia White married Christopher Mccaffrey on the island of Santorini, where the couple and their guests enjoyed a week of celebrations
Tell us about the proposal
We got engaged during a last minute trip to Crete on our penultimate night. The night prior I was chatting to a girl on her honeymoon and after a few drinks decided to bring it up with Chris as we had never seriously discussed getting engaged. I wasn't sure if he actually wanted to get married, but I knew I did. He was probably secretly laughing to himself as the night after he did it!
We went for a meal, then a walk afterwards to watch the sunset. I asked him to take a few pictures of me but didn’t like them so I suggested we move to a different spot. He was talking to me while I was fixing my hair but I didn’t take it in, he then said: "George listen, you know last night when you were talking about getting engaged...", then he started to lower on to one knee and pulled a box out of his pocket. I was in that much shock I didn’t even see the ring or say yes. I was walking backwards with my hand over my mouth. I couldn’t believe it! Eventually he said: "Well, is that a yes?" and he put the most amazing ring on my finger.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
Simple and elegant. Our colour scheme was white, black and a little gold. The only colour I had was the bridesmaids' dresses which were mauve and from ASOS. I wanted lots of candles as the venue really didn’t need anything else, with some white/ivory roses and hydrangeas mixed in. The groomsmen wore tuxes from Moss Bros.
What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?
Le Ciel in Imerovigli is truly the most beautiful venue on Santorini island. I chose it because it was an exclusive venue and not a hotel, so only us and our guests would be there on the wedding day. Santorini is one of my favourite places in the world and after visiting, I just couldn’t get married anywhere else.
How did you know you’d found ‘the’ dress?
I had the style of the dress saved on my Pinterest account for a little while. My sister, Kate, also sent me the same dress after I got engaged. The designer is Morilee, I love her designs. I wanted something simple but timeless and also light as the wedding was abroad. I just couldn’t track it down and the only shop that had it in was in London (I'm based in Chester).
In the meantime I thought I'd try other dresses on. I tried about 15 dresses on in total across a few different shops and iust didn’t feel they matched up to the dress I wanted to try on. I decided to look into getting it made, but as I was doing this I had a call off a boutique in Liverpool which is so much closer to London and they had just got the dress in. I wasted no time going to try it and instantly we all thought (me, my mum, sisters and nieces) it was the one. I did make a few changes to the dress and it turned out perfectly.
Who did you choose for your bridesmaids?
My husband calls them an army of bridesmaids as I had 10, including our two mini bridesmaids who were my youngest niece, Daisy, and Chris’s little sister, Erin. They both wore an ivory dress. I had my three sisters, Kate (my maid of honour), Lee and Becky, and my four best friends: Lily, Charl, Yazz and Alice.
What did the mother of the bride wear?
She wore a gorgeous designer turquoise shimmer dress and jacket. She didn’t want to look like the traditional mother of the bride and didn’t want to wear a hat and I'm so glad as she looked so glam.
Did you hire a wedding planner? How did they help?
We booked our wedding through a wedding planner who helped with all the extras and the legal side of things - The Bridal Consultant. However, I still did a lot myself.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
For the ceremony, we had white umbrellas on the seats for the guests so they could shade themselves, white fans so they could cool down, and tissues for happy tears. We also had real petal confetti in little personalised bags from Dollz Confetti.
We had a wedding sign with our favourite quote on it which I had made. Our table sign and names are actually all down to Chris, his favourite Aston Villa players. I had to give him something after all.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
I got some last minute nerves but as soon as I saw Chris, I was fine. My dad helped ease my nerves.
How did you make the ceremony personal to you?
We chose our favourite song – Can’t Help Falling In Love, but a version by Haley Reinhart. We exchanged the standard vows and kept it short and sweet.
What was your most memorable moment?
Walking with my dad down the aisle, he stopped me half way and told me to look up and take it all in… which I did.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
I think for us it was hoping that everyone would love it as much as we did. With travelling over, we wanted our guests to have the best time ever and they did.
What was the most important investment for you?
As our guests chose to travel and spend our wedding week with us, we wanted the actual wedding not to cost them a thing. Transport, food and all-inclusive drinks (not just house wine, we wanted all the premium brands and cocktails available) was the most important aspect.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
This was one of the first things we chose and with the help of a friend we managed to mix it up a bit. We picked Came Here For Love by Ella Eyre and mixed the acoustic version for the first part of the dance with the original version for the second half.
We didn’t want a typical first dance song and all the songs we would say are ‘ours’ or ones we love are pretty standard ones couples choose. We both love this song anyway. It just felt right as we did go there for love, as cheesy as it sounds.
Did you have any evening entertainment?
Yes we had a DJ and a saxophone player.
Did you have a wedding cake?
We decided against a wedding cake due to it being abroad.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
Nothing, truly. We had the most amazing day spent with amazing people.
Did you have a custom hashtag for social media? If so, what was it?
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
No, I managed to answer all my own questions with the help of a Facebook group for Santorini brides which helped me so much.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We are going to go in November or early next year depending on where we decide to go as we want to spread out the wedding celebrations. We still haven’t actually booked it as we are so indecisive on where to go and I want to leave it late so I can check the weather for all our options.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Do lots of research, search for brides who are or have got married at your venue and ask away. I have been inundated with messages and it is so nice to help others. Don’t be disheartened if you can’t have every single thing on your wishlist… all that matters is that you're marrying the person you love.
Steal their style:
Venue and catering: Le Ciel Wedding Venue & Caterers, Santorini
Photography: Ben and Vesna Wyatt
Saxophonist: Fotinos Tsakopuoulas
Candles/decorations: Paper Flowers Cyprus
Flowers: Maria’s Florist
Acrylic wedding sign and place names: Hip Hip Hooray
Confetti and tissue packets: Dollz Confetti
Table plan and table names: Richie Roo Designs (based In Cyprus)
Wedding week hand-outs and menus: Flourish Bristol
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