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Planned elopement to Santorini – the ceremony

Wedding in Santorini, Saint Irini Chapel

This is seriously, a dream come true for me.

Why Greece? Some time at the start of our relationship we were talking about the places we would love to go some day and Santorini came up. Shortly after, LF gave me a framed jigsaw of Mickey and Minnie in Santorini and we kinda agreed that Santorini was going to be our honeymoon destination.

So when LF proposed in December last year (one day before the said doomsday – how romantic), I excitedly started to for plan our honeymoon, not wedding. Hahaha. Since we were hoping to have a small ceremony and were already set on traveling to Greece, holding our wedding ceremony in Santorini was an easy decision to make (plus there was a sale going on at Emirates!).

Tah-dah!

Our ceremony was held at (the courtyard) by the Chapel of Saint Irini overlooking the gorgeous Aegean Sea. In all my excitement, I actually did not notice the chapel on that day itself.

Wedding at Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini, Aegean Sea

Our perfect wedding get up aka #OOTD (HA), not one we had planned for but through a series of (extremely) fortunate events. My dress and LF’s shirt was bought in Santorini (the white house), flowers picked from the backyard and bundled together by my parents, hat from Kamari and the veil handmade by the sweetest friend. :D

Wedding in Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini

Truly a day in white!

Wedding at Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini

The ceremony was conducted in both Greek and English.

Wedding in Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini

Exchanging of rings. As you can tell, I was extremely happy. Hahahaha.

Wedding in Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini

You may now kiss the bride, if she manages to stop smiling. :P

Wedding in Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini

Signing of the papers. No turning back now as the pirate ship has left the dock and thus the victory sign. :P

Wedding in Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini

A shot with our guests and a toast to the newlyweds. Hurhur.

Wedding in Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini

Wedding in Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini

Wedding in Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini

Ended the ceremony with a wedding lunch at Pyrgos where we did a second walk in. Pretty much like the Chinese weddings in Singapore where the couple would do a second walk in with a change of clothes, we did ours with a change of head piece (for me).

Wedding lunch in Santorini, Pyrgos

It was truly an amazing day for me, having my dream come true, everything falling into place perfectly, the gorgeous set up, having my family with me and most importantly, marrying my soulmate. I was actually tearing and mumbling to LF about how perfect everything was as we marched in to a song I can’t recall now. :)

On a side note, we hired a wedding photographer whom covered the ceremony plus an hour photoshoot at Oia, so photos in this post are from our official photographer. Excluding the one we engaged, we actually had 6 photographers – our guests. All of whom were so busy snapping that only our wedding coordinator clapped when we marched in. That said, I very much prefer the photographs to the sound of clapping. :P

And so, WE ARE MARRIED!

Wedding in Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini

But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female.  

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.  So they are no longer two, but one.  

Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.          

Mark 10:6-9

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Getting married in Greece..

Is a huge pain in the ass when it comes to getting the documents ready. Very much unlike tv shows with couples getting married on a whim while in a foreign country. Nope. Only in Vegas.

So we were forewarn by our wedding planner that it’ll be a huge hassle and costly for us to get married legally in Greece but we still decided to go ahead with it. Why not? It’s a once in a life time thing plus what’s the point of paying for a fake ceremony when you’ve already done it in your local country.

In case anyone is interested in getting married in Greece, you basically need just 3 documents (sounds simple I know):
– a copy of your passport
– a copy of your birth Certificate
– Single Status Certification

Both the birth certificate and the single status certification has to be endorsed by the MFA in your country, translated by the Greek Embassy or an accredited agency then stamped by the Greek Embassy.

We’ve just complete the above and will be sending them to our wedding planner to apply for a marriage license. BUT no, that’s not all. Upon arriving in Athens we’ll have to make a trip to the MFA in Greece plus our country embassies to certify our documents. More on that after we’ve gone through the process.

So why the hassle? Cause the bf is a Malaysian working in Singapore and has to make 2 trips to KL to get the documents.

Here’s the bf who had to fly to KL this morning and back in the evening.

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My #ootd on an empty train! The trains in Singapore are very rarely empty.

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And matchy accessories!

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

So despite the hassle, I am very much looking forward to fulfilling my dream of getting married to my soulmate in a foreign country.

😊

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