A Greek wedding in the Cotswolds for Sia & Joe

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“From the moment we met her, we clicked! I loved her kind, bubbly nature and her passion for photography. Her organisation and time spent with me leading up to the wedding gave me real comfort that everything was going to run smoothly on the day. Nikki and her team were so professional on the day and nothing was too much.”

Six years ago Anastasia and Joseph met through their work in the house building industry and the rest as they say is history…! Joe popped the question on the 13th July 2018 in the Lake District in spectacular fashion.

Not for the faint hearted;  Joe was flying a drone over Lake Windemere with the engagement ring tied to the bottom of the drone whilst the drone also records the whole experience!

Sia and Joe decided to mix Greek culture with English soul to create a new experience for all involved and to create a special day for everyone there.

Working with Sia and Joe and their families in the run up to their wedding day and ongoing has been a dream.

Here in their own words is their Wedding Story…

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The Groomswear…

The groomswear was made to measure and gifted to Joe from Chris, Father of the Bride.

A luxurious wool and mohair dinner jacket cut with all the correct features and a perfectly proportioned shawl collar for a timeless aesthetic.

The wool and mohair blended cloth lends a sophisticated sheen.

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Sia and Joe’s wedding was also featured in Your Glos & Wilts Wedding Magazine

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The Wedding Dress…

From the moment we got engaged, I was on Pinterest looking at wedding gowns. I always imagined I would go for a lace fishtail wedding dress.

Having tried on about 20 dressing with my mum and sister (Maid of Honour), I ended up going for the complete opposite.

The dress I chose was Maribella by Mori Lee. My mother and sister told me this dress had the wow factor!

The dress was a Satin A-Line Bridal Gown featuring a Crystal Beaded Sheer Back and Waistline. Covered Buttons Trim the Back and Cathedral length train. I absolutely loved wearing my gown and felt like a princess.

I also wore a Cathedral length veil with the dress.

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Our wedding rocked!!

We loved the whole day from start to finish. The live band and Greek dancing during the evening created a fantastic atmosphere involving all our guests.

Walking down the stairs of my childhood home and seeing my (emotional) parents for the first time dressed as a bride was a special moment for me.

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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…

Something blue- my special girls (my bridesmaids in gorgeous halter neck Sorella Vita gowns) Maid of Honour in the sophisticated Ghost Salma dress.

This floor length gown exudes timeless glamour and it certainly turned heads on the wedding day.

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Music to walk down the aisle to…

Canon in D played by the Bristol String Quartet.

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Adding special family details and heirlooms…

The silver wedding tray at the church which had the Greek orthodox wedding crowns and wedding rings positioned was used by my parents at their wedding 38 years ago. This was gifted to my mother by my grandmother.

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The honeymoon…

We went to the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel, Mauritius in September.

We spent a few days in St Ives straight after the wedding at the Carbis Bay Hotel which was stunning, and we were very lucky with the weather.

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Choosing the venue…

The beautiful Cotswold stone family home where the bride grew up. It was the Groom’s choice to have a Cotswold wedding.

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Choosing Nikki as our Wedding Photographer…

Firstly, I researched her website online and was very impressed by the number of national awards she has won and thought the images were stunning.

From the moment we met her, we clicked! I loved her kind, bubbly nature and your passion for photography.

Her organisation and time spent with me leading up to the wedding gave me real comfort that everything was going to run smoothly on the day.

Nikki and her team were so professional on the day and nothing was too much.

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Elegant and sophistication in a Cotswold setting with a Greek twist…

It was always the Bride’s dream to get married in a beautiful Greek Orthodox church.

We wanted an action-packed party full of dancing and drinking, whilst still having a sophisticated black- tie wedding reception.

We certainly achieved this atmosphere with a split-level marquee, a reveal curtain which opened in the evening to a Greek live band playing, featuring a circular bar and starlit dance floor – best way to kick the party off!Nikki-Kirk-Wedding-Photography-Greek-wedding

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Making the day extra special…

It meant the world to us that some family & friends travelled from Greece, Paris, Ireland and Scotland to share our special day.

Special thanks to a family friend who made our stunning flower arrangements for the house and church and to my father and his dear friend Jose for carefully selecting the wines and champagnes and delivering them all the way from France.

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Planning the wedding…

We planned our wedding in just under a year. As a bride with a MSc in project management, I planned and managed the wedding myself.

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Own designs…

I created the macaroon wedding favours, the confetti cones, and designed the wedding menus.

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The Wedding Breakfast…

Cornish Crab and Atlantic Tiger Prawn salad with avocado mousse and a spicy dressing

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Fillet of Aberdeen Angus Beef served with dauphinoise potatoes, bundle of seasonal vegetables wrapped in chargrilled courgette and red wine jus

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Vegetarian Option

Goats cheese, truffle honey and red onion marmalade galette

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A trio of rich chocolate torte, milk chocolate mousse, white and dark chocolate coated strawberry and raspberry coulis

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Advice for planning your wedding…

Planning a wedding yourself can feel overwhelming at first but relax and enjoy every minute.

The key is organisation. I found spreadsheets and wedding planning apps helpful to keep track of everything.

The fun part is indulging in bridal magazines and getting a sense of the style of wedding you want.

Just remember, everything will work out on the day.

All went to plan on the day. It was everything we had wished for and more.

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The wedding cake…

We went for a traditional iced wedding cake. 4 tiers with different flavours including chocolate, vanilla sponge, lemon and fruit cake.

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The Wedding Dream Team…

Ceremony venue: Greek Orthodox Church of Saint John Chrysostom, Bentham, Cheltenham

Reception venue:  Private house in the Cotswolds

Photographer – Nikki Kirk Photography (team of 3 photographers)

Marquee company – Florey, Oxfordshire

Flowers: Oops a Daisy Cirencester

Dress: Designer Mori Lee. Dress from Mi Amor, Sutton Coldfield

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Bridesmaid dresses: Designer Sorella Vita from Bicester Bridal shop

Dressing gown: Love Unique Personal

Groom’s outfit: Gieves and Hawkes Savile Row

Cake: Cake and Sugarcraft boutique, Cheltenham

Catering: Hassle Free Weekend, Cirencester

Transport: Bentley Arnage driven by a family friend

Stationery: Wedding invitations- Cartalia, Menus/ order of service and table plan- Busy Fingers Cirencester

Entertainment: Enthimion Greek Band, London and English Soul Band- Soul Machine, London

Favours: Macaroons from Keiths, Cirencester

Hair and beauty: Hair- Paco Delgado, Cheltenham/ Bridesmaids Make up- Maddy at Wedding Paint (Stroud), Brides Make up- Marian Tanase

Rings including engagement ring: Engagement ring was designed by the Bride and Groom from Cheshires the Jewellers, Birmingham

 

Sia and Joe’s wedding won a number of awards at national level for photography…

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And was also featured in Your Glos & Wilts Wedding Magazine

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