An Irish Wedding from Sunset to Sunrise!

June 20, 2018 1:32 pm

Natasha sent her first inquiry to I DO KNOT just weeks after its launch and we were thrilled at the prospect of organising a destination wedding for this Irish couple.  As we had a trip to Dublin scheduled just a few weeks later, we sent the initial proposal to the couple and agreed to meet up in person with Natasha and her mum in Dublin to go through some initial ideas and understand exactly what the couple had in mind.

This meeting proved to be a success not only to understand our client’s requirements but also because we immediately hit it off and a new friendship was born.  Natasha was so excited about the ideas we talked her through that upon relating everything to her fiancé, Tomás (or Moss as she fondly refers to him), they planned a quick trip to Malta to see the shortlisted venues in person, especially since neither of the 2 had ever visited Malta before.

They managed to shortlist the options down to 2 venues, very much different from each other – one providing a more formal setting in Malta’s historical capital city, whilst the other with a more informal setting and a rustic ambiance in the sister island of Gozo.  Going back home wasn’t easy but once their mind was set, they were convinced they made the right choice based on the style and theme they wanted for their big day…

Come June 2016, the I DO KNOT team were very busy with final preparations for this much-awaited wedding.  When guests started arriving, Matthew was mostly based at the airport to make sure everyone got transferred to Gozo as scheduled, whilst Petra and Mauro were based in Gozo for an entire week to be at everyone’s disposal should they require any assistance and also helping out with the checking in…especially since the majority of guests were staying in self-catering villas in the village of Xaghra.

Parties and celebrations were well underway, with a welcome barbecue dinner planned by the groom’s sister a day after everyone’s arrival plus drinks around Gozo on the other nights leading up to the wedding day.

On Wednesday June 22nd, preparations were already underway by early morning in order to transform a beautiful villa with stunning sea views in Xaghra into a wedding venue for Natasha and Tomás’ big day.

The Civil Ceremony was scheduled to taking place in the north coast of Gozo, the Salt Pans. These stretch about 3km along the coast and have been around for over 350 years old, shaping and charactersing the coast with a chequerboard of rock-cut salt pans protruding into the sea. The view is simply stunning.

Throughout the day the I DO KNOT team, makeup artists and hairdressers ensured everybody was looked after and looking fabulous for the wedding. The colour scheme was pastels and lilac with the bridal party wearing a soft pastel lilac and the groomsmen wearing a mix of light and dark purple ties and dickie bows, all wearing braces apart from the groom. Very smart!

At 4pm the photographer arrived at the villa to get the first initial shots of Tom, his groomsmen and his parents before an executive luxury car picked them up and transported them to the ceremony venue. It was then Tash’s turn for photographs followed by her bridal party and her parents.

Guest transportation was scheduled at 5pm to start picking up the wedding guests from different locations in Gozo to take them to the ceremony venue. Upon arrival at the Salt Pans the guests were in awe when they saw the sea blending into the blue sky above, the venue looked out of this world!

A guitarist played soft tunes while the photographer and the videographer took shots of the venue and of the wedding guests while Tom and everyone waited for the bride to arrive.

As scheduled at 6pm a white luxury Beauford car arrived with a very emotional Tash and her father at the venue. Tash slowly made her way down to the Salt Pans where she found everyone waiting for her; she looked so beautiful in a floor length ivory bridal gown, lace detail over the shoulders and upper half of the dress and a long wispy veil floating delicately to the floor. Holding her bunch of pastel-coloured tulips and with a beaming smile she walked down the aisle towards her groom and their son Liam (who made a very cute Paige Boy).

After the I Do’s were exchanged, champagne and canapés was served to refresh everyone’s palate. The photographer saw a great chance for everyone to pose for a group photo with the Mediterranean Sea as a backdrop; the boys wanted a photo with the Maltese traditional beer CISK in their hands as well (which they all loved so much).

It was time to leave for the wedding reception at the villa so I DO KNOT staff quickly passed on the message that transportation was waiting. The newlyweds were taking some personal romantic shots at the venue, which gave time to everyone to go the reception and find their place.

The setup for the reception at the Villa looked amazing! Different sized candles, fairy lights, Chinese lanterns and flowers were few of the decorations that the I DO KNOT team decorated the venue with. Everybody was blown away with the transformation upon arrival – this couldn’t be the same venue the guests were staying in.

The guests were all seated at the tables when Tom and Tash arrived and they were greeted with a huge round of applause that started the evening off! A four-course dinner was served and everybody enjoyed the delicious food and impeccable service.

The cutting of the cake followed afterwards, a large three tier of cream and sponge, topped with a silver love sign and purple and white delicate flowers as a small centerpiece. Whilst everyone gathered around the cake table, when Tom and Tash took the cake knife to cut it, thousands of colours showed up in the sky as a set of fireworks were set off leaving the guests in awe – including the newlyweds who had absolutely no idea of this…let’s say it was a little gift from the I DO KNOT team!

Everyone cheered and as another glass of bubbly and the cake was passed around the after party started with a 4-piece band, this was then followed by a duo of Irish musicians until the early hours of the morning!

And what a celebration this was!!