For those of you who don’t know, Santorini is one of the many Greek Islands and in my opinion, one of the prettiest places there is. Sat in the southern Aegean Sea, 200km from mainland Greece, it lives up to expectations with its white houses sat on the cliffs like a dusting of snow, its pebbled streets and incredible sunsets.
Having recently travelled to Santorini for the most beautiful wedding, I couldn’t wait to come back and tell you all about it. I was lucky enough to spend a week on this incredible island and attend the picturesque wedding of the newly married (and very beautiful!) Mr & Mrs Deal.
Firstly, the bride looked amazing. The dress was stunning, complete with a veil and applique details. The venue they chose was incredible, and certainly provided a breath-taking back drop for their whole day. La Ciel Santorini located in Imerovigli was everything a couple could want on their wedding day. The organisation was impeccable and the staff could not do enough for the guests. The ceremony took place on an outdoor terrace overlooking the cliff providing a backdrop of clear blue sky and calm turquoise sea. The Bride and Groom were married under a white pergola surrounded by the groomsmen and bridesmaids, their vows were first read in Greek and then English. The weather was perfect, and the guests were provided with parasols for the ceremony to ensure nobody got too hot – a little touch that everyone appreciated immensely.
The indoor space where the wedding breakfast and speeches took place was both elegant and spacious with a dance floor and small bar. The menu was comprised of traditional Greek food which was delicious and didn’t disappoint and the speeches were both emotional and humorous and in my opinion one of the best parts of the day.
We were lucky enough to experience an incredible sunset which everyone took advantage of, and it is safe to say the pictures speak for themselves – overall the day was unforgettable and a place I would recommend to anyone considering a wedding across the pond.
The Island of Santorini
As a destination, Santorini didn’t disappoint. A group of ten of us stayed in a little village called Megalochori – a traditional village with various winery’s. We were lucky enough to stay in a private villa boasting its own pool and roof terrace where we were able to relax and enjoy the sun. In the centre of the village and located in the heart of winding cobbled streets, there is a square where you can find various restaurants owned by lovely local people, all serving up traditional and amazing Greek food – well worth a visit if visiting the village!
Whilst on the island, we hired a car, but the bus and taxi services are great and not too pricey – however, it is best to agree a price with the taxi drivers before beginning your journey. Everywhere is in driving distance, the longest it takes to get anywhere is about thirty minutes and that is going from the bottom to the top of the island.
Places well worth a visit include Fira – the modern capital of Santorini. It boasts amazing views and the restaurants and bars we visited whilst there were fantastic. ‘Two Brothers’ bar is definitely worth a visit if you plan on enjoying some of the Greek night life!
Oia, the scenic village on the north west edge of the island is built into the steep slope of the caldera, and although absolutely beautiful is a little pricey and a definite tourist attraction! An incredible place to enjoy the sunset from, but not so enjoyable, walking the 300 steep steps from the port up to the village. It was in Oia that my partner and I enjoyed the most beautiful dinner, sat on the cliff edge taking in the surrounding beauty of the village. When the sun sets the pools built into the cliff edge twinkle and provide a scenic picture to look upon. The newlyweds also honeymooned in Oia at Onar Villas – well worth a look!!
Lastly, and probably my favourite place we visited was Imerovigli. Unfortunately, we didn’t discover the gorgeous little village until our last evening. As with Oia, the views were unbelievable but it wasn’t as expensive and it didn’t feel as touristy. The sunset from here was stunning and in the height of season I would recommend watching it from Imerovigli over Oia as we were told that the crowds start to arrive from 4pm in the height of season in Oia and it can become extremely crowned and uncomfortable!
Also – if you have time, take a boat trip around the island. We did just this and visited the volcano and hot springs – just remember to take any silver off and don’t wear any light coloured swimwear in the hot springs as the sulphur will turn it orange!!!
After spending a week on the island, it is safe to say I would definitely go back. Everything from the people to the food to the scenery was amazing and I could have easily stayed another week.
Congratultions to Joe and Gemma on becoming Mr and Mrs Deal. I feel privileged to have shared your special day with you.
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