Looking back now, our wedding had all the makings of a hilarious romantic comedy. Set on the beautiful Greek island of Kastellorizo, we had a cast of colourful characters and a dash of shenanigans thrown in for good measure.
Our guests included a smoking hot Brazilian couple, a fabulous larger than life gay couple (think Four Weddings and a Funeral), a totally loveable and eccentric lady in green who talked about angels and danced like no one was watching; along with a host of fun loving friends and family.
Rather than just one day of celebrations, we had a wedding festival lasting three days; kicking off with a sunset welcome cocktail party at a beach bar in Rhodes with an after party in the historical old town.
Bright and early the next morning we boarded a ferry to take us to the tiny little island of Kastellorizo, the birth place of my husbands parents.
I’ll never forget turning into the harbour that day, and how the sight of Kazzi took my breath away.
Our celebrations continued with a bride and grooms dinner, a day trip to Turkey and a traditional ‘Savvatovrado’ with singing and dancing, delicious food and oh so much fun.
Almost one hundred of our nearest and dearest joined us for our special day on the tiny Greek island, just four months after we were engaged. It was a massive effort and one we are eternally grateful for.
The wedding day itself was pure magic; set in the Mediterranean sea with the lights of Turkey twinkling in the background. My gorgeous cousin Emma sang ‘Arithmetic’ by Brooke Fraser with a surprise guest performance by Dr Scott Aaronson. Anaesthetist by day and pianist by night! (He learnt the song in just one day!).
My Dad, brother and cousin also performed one of my all time favourite songs, ‘Wonderful Tonight’ by Eric Clapton. (Check out the guy in the background just casually packing the equipment away while my Dad’s singing. Too funny!).
My hubby organised the entire wedding, from our guests itinerary, accommodation, ferry tickets and loads more. He even MC’d the reception, while I managed to surprise him by recording our bridal waltz ‘L.O.V.E’.
Having a wedding on a remote Greek island wasn’t without it’s hiccups. I ended up doing my own hair. The flowers were delivered to the wrong hotel and left to wilt in the heat, and unbeknown to me, my bridal bouquet was very bizarrely spray painted blue around the edges. (Basil’s gorgeous niece hand picked those blue petals off one by one!).
And of course, in life rarely is there joy without sorrow. My dearly loved Pop who had remained back in Perth due to ill health, very sadly passed away the day before our wedding.
As my Nan has always said, fifteen years ago you wouldn’t have had a party without him and he wasn’t about to let us live it up on the Greek islands without him, and so he joined us in spirit.
To all of our truly amazing friends and family who celebrated our very special day with us, there’s not a week that goes by that I don’t think of you and that magical time we all shared.
A very special ‘Happy Birthday’ to my mum who very kindly shared her birthday with us.
And to my hard working hubby, thank you for five wonderful years and two beautiful daughters.
I guess it’s meant to be forever you and me, after all. 😉
A x x x x