Aisha and Shannan’s wedding at Santo Winery was one of those that I anxiously waited the whole summer. I could feel Aisha’s excitement in every single email we exchanged and I wanted to make sure I meet the couple’s expectations and most of all make them enjoy their wedding experience with me to the fullest.
Indeed the couple became so quickly accustomed to the island that it was as if they had already been there many times. On their big day, everything was on my couple’s side. Upon arriving for the wedding at Santo Winery, it felt as if everything was into place for an exceptional day. And exceptional it was, since the sun was shining bright at the Santo Winery Wedding venue and the scenery became iconic: It was one of those days on the island that humidity was so low that you could actually see the near islands in the distance, or as Aisha noticed, you could see the other side of Earth.
The ceremony was flooded with emotions. Aisha’s dress by Atelier Pronovias was almost glowing under the sun. Seeing her standing on the wide porch of the Santo Winery Wedding venue, with the deep blue of the Aegean sea surrounding her created a mesmerizing vision. Aisha’s dear friends, wearing robes matching the aegean blue color before revealing their stunning gowns, reminded me of the ancient priestesses, showering the bride with the gifts of happiness and profound joy. Shannan in Fellini Uomo was anxious, I could tell, but not once he stopped smiling, matching in elegance his beautiful bride to be. His smile never left even when it was accompanied by tears of joy from his friends and family.
Dear Aisha & Shannan, may you carry all these precious moments with you for a lifetime. And may all the blessings from our small island guide you to a life filled with love and joy. I really hope to see you again. I am sure it will still feel as home!
A FEW WORDS FROM THE BRIDE
“Shannan and I moved up to Lake Tahoe separately and met at the gym about five years ago. We were friends for a year and a half before we started dating but we both agree that we were only a few dates in before we knew we had found the person we wanted to spend the rest of our lives with.
After we got engaged we were looking all over California for wedding venues since most of our families would be traveling for our wedding. We wrote down every person we would have liked to invite if space or money were no issue. The list ended up being 250+ people and the thought of having such a large wedding was daunting. On top of that, we found some really beautiful venues but nothing really felt like “us”.
It was then we started to consider a destination wedding. I had actually started researching wedding venues throughout Mexico and the Caribbean since those rather “go-to” wedding destinations for the US. The search felt a little forced because as much as I love tropical destinations to spend holidays, I really didn’t want a beach wedding and I felt like we were considering ease of travel for our guests instead of picking a destination we actually wanted to get married. Then one day Shannan asked me, “Where’s a place we want to honeymoon? We should just get married there.” It was like music to my ears, I couldn’t believe at first that he was open to considering quite literally, anywhere in the world to get married. So then the ideas were endless! It was fun to brainstorm places we’d like to travel to and invite our friends and family to join us. We had it narrowed down pretty quickly to either Italy or Greece; both felt romantic, beautiful and places we could see ourselves having a wedding. We’ve both done our decent share of traveling but I had never been to either place, and Shannan had been to Italy, albeit over 10 years ago.
By process of elimination, we decided on Santorini, as it was a place neither of us had ever been and was high on our bucket lists. Once we started looking into arrangements, everything just started to click and it felt SO right. We knew by choosing to do a destination wedding that a lot of people we would want to spend our big day with us would not be able to make it, but on the flip side we knew we would end up with a group of our very closest family and friends. It was important to us to have the focus on what weddings are even about, which was us getting married to one another, instead of throwing a huge wedding where we may not even say more than a simple “hello and thank you” to each of our guests. A part of us still feels shocked that we had 61 guests coming to our wedding, considering how far everyone has to travel. It was a big enough group to feel like a celebration but small enough to spend quality time with everyone. We were moved beyond words for those that came to our wedding and thrilled that people are taking advantage of making an amazing vacation out of it. Some of our guests have actually thanked us because our wedding has given them a reason to take a trip to somewhere they may have never gone but would have always want to go to.”