Real Wedding: A Secret Garden Inspired Wedding in Greece with a Charlie Brear Dress
Their ceremony was held in a breathtaking location, overlooking the beautiful blue sea, meaning they only needed a natural colour scheme to create a day that looked sensational.
They filled their reception with over 100 trees for a secret garden aesthetic; it has to be seen to be believed.
Photographer | Luke Hayden
The Greek wedding venue
Bella and Ben met while working at <a href="http://www.peligoni.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Peligoni Club</a> in Zakynthos, Greece, and 11 years later chose the spot as their wedding venue. <br /><br />"We opted to hold our wedding in June because it's not too hot a month and there is always a gentle breeze," explains Bella. <br /><br />The couple did the legal part in London, so at their outdoor ceremony in Greece, a close friend performed the blessing.<br /><br />The decorated the aisle with white benches, wooden decking and rustic olive trees.
The destination wedding
"We wanted to see our guests for longer than one day, so we held a three day party so we could spend quality time with them," explains Bella.<br /><br />"On day one we had a greek dancing and plate smashing party, on day two it was our wedding ceremony followed by dinner and dancing, and on the final day we held an all-day pool party with bloody Mary's and live music."<br /><br />
Planning a destination wedding
<a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/weddings-abroad/top-10-tips-for-planning-a-destination-wedding/21027.html" target="_self">Planning a destination wedding</a> can be a daunting task, but it's all about the preparation, as Bella points out.<br /><br />"We provided our guests with lots of information early on, to avoid too many logistical nightmares."<br /><br />"Give guests as much information as possible on accommodation and the dress code for weddings abroad."
The natural colour scheme
In keeping with the sensational surroundings, Bella and Ben went for natural and organic shades, including green and purple, decorating their tables with canvas material and rustic flowers.
The reception decor
Bella and Ben's reception was held in a simple yet elegant marquee, decorated with over 100 trees and plants, creating a secret garden look.
The wedding style
"Our wedding was a three day party, with great music, delicious food and drink and lots of dancing," says Bella. <br /><br />"Ben and I love socialising with our friends, and we love good wine and food and this was all reflected in our wedding."
The unique table plan
"The names were held up by wooden pegs, clipped to string, for guests to take as they entered the marquee," explains Bella.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/32-unique-name-card-ideas-for-your-wedding/22218.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 32 Unique Name Card Ideas for your Wedding</a>
A local florist created the floral displays for the day, using herbs, lavender, peonies and eucalyptus to tie in with the green and purple muted tones of the day. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/flowers/eight-ways-to-preserve-your-bridal-bouquet-after-your-wedding-day/22600.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Eight Ways to Preserve your Bridal Bouquet After your Wedding Day</a>
The wedding dress
Bella's <a href="http://www.charliebrear.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Charlie Brear</a> wedding dress was perfect for the sunny climes of their wedding destination. It was made from ivory satin, with a low back and a dropped waist. <br /><br />"It was simple, elegant and fitted well," says Bella. "I was immediately comfortable when I put it on."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/real-weddings/destination/wedding-dresses-for-destination-weddings-what-you-need-to-know/22243.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Wedding Dresses for Destination Weddings: What you Need to Know</a>
Silver bridesmaid dresses
Bella's bridesmaids all chose their own dresses, to ensure they'd feel comfortable in an outfit that suited their shape and style.<br /><br />The silver bridesmaid dresses would fit in perfectly at a <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/mood-boards/27-ways-to-do-the-metallic-wedding-theme/21152.html" target="_self">metallic themed wedding</a>.
Destination wedding advice
"The chances are you chose the location abroad because of the natural beauty and charm, so keep the decorations simple so it can shine through on the day," suggests Bella.<br /><br /><br />