Real Weddings | Rustic winter wedding with a Greek twist

February 04, 2015
2014 was the year of weddings for me. I attended many beautiful big days, including my best friends Autumn wedding, a French chic chateaux wedding, a spooky Halloween wedding, and of course my very own wedding!

It was a sharp and bright morning on the 29th November 2014, it hit me that on this day, my life would change forever and I was about to marry the love of my life! cheesiness aside, my wedding was everything and more than I hoped it would be. Take a little peek at my rustic Greek/English wedding.

I really thought I was going to be a nervous blubbering mess, but in reality I was surprised at how calm and relaxed I felt. Karis (other half of Practical Ever After) was the perfect Maid of Honour and helped and supported me in more ways than one, I guess having an awesome wingman on your big day really helps with those wedding jitters.

I had 12 beautiful bridesmaids in total. I chose navy and ivory for the colour scheme, a good winter palette and I thought they all looked gorgeous.

My Husband is Greek so we decided to get married at my home Church in Norfolk for a 'Church of England' ceremony, then we had a Greek ceremony at our reception venue. Our reception venue 'The Red barn' in South Runcton Norfolk was the perfect setting surrounded by a working farm and scenic fields, not to mention the beautiful wood interior of the barn. It really was a winter rustic fairytale.

The food by 'Moveable Feast' caterers was delicious and they did an absolutely fantastic job on running the show, I couldn't recommend them enough. We opted for a warm duck and bacon salad for entrees, roast beef for main and a choice between chocolate brownie and lemon tart for dessert. We played it safe but the food was amazing. We also had some baklava handed out with the coffee for a Greek touch. The evening food was a hog roast from a local family butchers 'van pelts', which went down a storm with our guests.

Our evening entertainment was a Greek band called 'Millennium band'. They were fantastic at getting people on the dance floor. they played a mix of Greek and English music, and the lead singer Penny has a fantastic voice. We made her sing a bluesy version of Bob Marley 'Is this Love' for our first dance and she sounded incredible.

We used a local florist for our flowers. Bridget's florist did a fantastic job and probably one of my highlights of the day. My bouquet was so beautiful with a mix of Silver brunia, roses, hydrageas and peonies. It was stunning! My centre pieces really filled the room and I was just over the moon with them. I didn't really incorporate much colour in the flowers, I wanted to keep it soft and white, and looking back I think it was a great choice for a winter occasion.

The little touches gives a wedding real personality. We decided on little alcohol bottles for favours, and being a 'Greek/English' wedding we thought Ouzo was a nice touch. We also gave out horse shoes to all couples. We managed get a bulk of used horse shoes from a local horse farm, then my Dad personalised them all by engraving our initials on the back.

My fantastic Nan made our cakes which were incredible but also looked amazing mounted on logs that my Dad sourced for me. We went for a variety of naked cakes. We had a carrot cake, victoria sponge, coffee and walnut cake, and some cupcakes in various flavours. The display looked so rustic, it was incredible.

I designed all print work from the invitations, to the order of service, to the entrance signs (Another post to come on this). This was a great way of adding my own little spin on things, and also keeping down the cost.

My photographer Ed Godden was amazing at capturing those moments and the little details you want to remember. He arrived early in the morning and he stayed all day until late into the evening so he really did capture the whole day. He was very professional and we were thrilled with our photos!

And thats my Winter rustic wedding done and dusted! I've been married 2 months now and life with my hubby couldn't be better!

Yours Truly, Mrs Constandi

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