Santorini is in the Aegean Sea and is one of the Greek Cyclades islands. In the 16th Century BC it was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, forever shaping its rugged landscape. This landscape is very picturesque and with its breath-taking views of the ocean and the famous caldera sunset, there is no better reason for Andrea and Bruce to be married there. For 14 months they planned out the details of the wedding, which can always be a little more challenging when your wedding is in one country, and your blessing and reception are in another.
For the wedding, they stayed in Imerovigli and got married in Santorini’s iconic white and blue-domed Greek Orthodox Anastasi Church, with amazing views of the sea and the landscape. Having the wedding in Santorini meant that their family could join them from all different parts of the world. They were able to enjoy the amazing food, and partake in many of the Greek traditions, though I’m told they, unfortunately, didn’t get to break any plates.
Brydekirk Blessing and Reception
With the wedding ceremony taking place on a Greek Island, it was important to Andrea and Bruce to share their happiness with friends closer to home.
Brydekirk Church is a place that has always been in Bruce and families life. It, therefore, made sense that their wedding blessing would be at the Church. A few weeks earlier I met with Andrea and Bruce and we had a wander around the church and the village for a pre-wedding photoshoot. If you haven’t seen the photos from this photoshoot then have a look at their pre-blessing photoshoot photos.
After the blessing and time for some photos, we all went off to the Dryfesdale Hotel in Lockerbie where they have shared happy memories in the past when they have visited for meals.
Andrea was working in London where she was born and raised, whilst Bruce lived in Scotland and worked in Carlisle. Their paths crossed when they both worked for the same local authority and built a rapport over email. They eventually exchanged contact details and Bruce wanted to come down to London to buy Andrea a hot chocolate. This was their first-ever meeting and from that date in April 2015 for three years they travelled to and from London and Scotland every two weeks for the weekends and kept in touch via phone.
In 2015 Bruce asked Andrea at Gretna Green to be his girlfriend and they were engaged in Switzerland in 2017.
I asked Andrea what she loves about Bruce – “He is kind natured, thoughtful, loving, makes me laugh, is committed and makes me feel safe” Bruce said that he instantly fell in love with Andrea’s smile and he knew from early on in their relationship that she was the one.
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Florist – Flowers by Jean – Jean Carter – http://www.flowersbyjean.co.uk
Hair – Trend Stylists, Annan
Catering – Dryfesdale hotel