A WOW setting at the Salt Pans!

June 20, 2018 1:32 pm

On Tuesday 5th July Annez and Giorgio landed at the Malta International Airport to tie the knot on the picturesque island of Gozo. The Saltpans was the venue chosen by the couple especially as Annez has fond memories of the location after having spent a number of holidays in her childhood with her family in the area.

Activities kicked off on Saturday with a day tour around Gozo and Comino on a gullet (a traditional sailing vessel), showing the wedding guests some of Gozo’s top beaches whilst topping up their tans. The best part of the day was when everyone saw the crystal clear waters of the Blue Lagoon, it really shows off the Mediterranean and is truly stunning.

The eve of the wedding the couple organised separate dinners for the ladies and the gents: Annez and the ladies went for dinner in a beautiful restaurant situated in the bay of Marsalforn where they enjoyed cocktails, food and wine. On the other hand Giorgio and his groomsmen opted for a restaurant in the Qbajjar Bay where they all enjoyed the evening together.

On the day of the wedding the set up at the Salt Pans began in the morning to ensure everything was ready and in place for the early evening. The ceremony was being held in the upper part of the Salt Pans while the reception dinner and evening was to be enjoyed in the lower part.  Whilst the location is nothing short of spectacular, for an event it is very challenging for various reasons: first of all the land is not flat at all, therefore logistically vendors may have a struggle to transport any items; secondly there is no mobile reception hence the team of I DO KNOT have to ensure that timings are carefully planned and adhered to; and since it’s a remote area, there are no services whatsoever, therefore power, basic amenities and anything necessary have to be supplied.

By 3pm everything was ready at the venue and the transformation was amazing! Wedding guests started arriving towards 6pm where they found an excited groom to greet them. The look on the guests’ face was priceless – definitely a WOW factor to admire such beauty and peacefulness of the place.

While everyone waited for the bride to arrive, an acoustic guitar played softly in the background. A white Bramwith vintage motor picked up Annez and her father and drove them to the venue. Annez walked down the aisle accompanied by her father and the beautiful song ‘ Here comes the sun’. She wore a detailed lace and diamanté bridal gown, the lace covered the upper corsage and the dress was backless with a necklace style detail, encrusted with diamante’s hanging down her spine. Also wearing a cathedral veil she looked exquisite. Her bridesmaids wore pretty coral coloured dresses and the groom was suited in a sharp navy suit donned with a navy satin tie and white rose corsage. His groomsmen wore white shirts and grey trousers and his best man wore a grey suit, matching navy satin tie and a white corsage too.

The ceremony was performed under a four-poster canopy of flowing white drapes, after 2 beautiful readings and the declarations, the couple were announced as Mr and Mrs Giove.

After the ceremony, the guests proceeded to the welcome drink area where a glass of champagne was served together with the chef’s selection of canapé’s. The newlyweds and the photographer left the venue to visit Xwejni Bay to capture their first moments of husband and wife whilst the wedding guests enjoyed the aperitif and view.

After formal photos were out of the way everyone was seated for dinner and the speeches. Annez’s father made the first speech followed by Giorgio and then his best man. They were full of sentiment and humour and was a special touch to the wedding day!

Dinner was then served followed by dessert and then the cutting of the wedding cake. The cake was simple and elegant, a two-tier sponge in white frosted icing, decorated with a pink flower on each tier and a small silver sign with ‘Mr & Mrs Giove’ placed on the top tier. The cake table itself was beautifully decorated with a large flower centrepiece, platters of small biscuits, champagne bucket with of course the champagne and glasses, ready for the newlyweds and guests to toast with.

One of the nicest aspects in this wedding was the amount of detail that the couple contributed to make it more personalised.  Giorgio spent hours working on props like a guestbook in the shape of an anchor to fit in the theme, wooden-cut names for each and every guest, matching stationery like menus, programme fans, seating plan, etc. All in all, weddings are all special, but when there are little touches contributed by the couple, it makes it all so much more unique to them!

The wedding party continued through the evening into the early hours of the morning and all the guests had a superb evening of dining and dancing.

We are thankful to Annez and Giorgio for letting us help them with their special day and we want to wish them a flourishing and happy life together that is felt from all the team at I DO KNOT. Many congratulations to you both!