Rainbow Colours in Gozo!

June 24, 2017 10:30 am

So we receive a very short but straight-to-the-point email from Koen, just 3 months before the tentative wedding date.  The initial request was for an intimate celebration in Gozo as although Koen was Belgian, his partner Nigel was from Gozo – Malta’s sister island and that’s where the couple wanted to base their celebrations.

The couple were already booked in a local farmhouse for a week in August, and decided to organise their civil union whilst in Malta.  The timing was just right to get the paperwork sorted, so we got working on this file straightaway.

As Nigel works with a major airline, he often visits Malta and his family.  In fact the couple’s next scheduled visit was within a few days and we decided to meet up and visit a few potential venues together.

The lads were always in agreement that for their wedding reception, they wanted an informal do at the farmhouse where they were staying, inviting just a few close friends and relatives.  However a civil ceremony has to be held in a public place to make it legal, therefore we had to source an alternate space and offered the couple some beautiful options, until they finally picked the recently restored Ta’ Sopu Tower – a 350-year-old watchtower situated 120m above sea level with awe-inspiring views of the Mediterranean Sea.

The ceremony location, although stunning and unique, was pretty challenging logistically, as there is no passageway that can be reached by any vehicle…the closest point that we could reach was by Jeeps (off-roading) and this was still a good 500 metres from the tower’s main entrance.  Due to this, the team at I DO KNOT had been brainstorming ways on how to create a perfect wedding setting for the couple, whilst taking into account the logistical challenges.  Instead of carrying chairs to the tower for people to sit on during the ceremony, for example, we decided to have a stand up ceremony as it’s very brief anyway.

As most guests were coming from Gozo, thus driving in their private cars, we organised shuttle transfers by Jeeps from the nearest parking lot to the closest point where the Jeeps could stop them – this in itself was quite an adventure as some of the guests themselves had never been on a  Jeep before!

The couple travelled with both spouses’ parents, their small wedding party members (Nigel’s sister and Koen’s niece as flower girls and Koen’s nephew as pageboy) and a special four-legged guest – their own dog, Hachiko – an Akita dog they brought along with them from Belgium for the special occasion!

 

The ceremony was very emotional, with a few tears from different members of both families.  Koen’s sister and mother delivered a short message each, welcoming Nigel to the family and expressing how happy they were to be witnessing this special union.  Towards the end of the ceremony, the guests were handed a small bottle of soap bubbles to shower the couple with bubbles for some cheer.

Whilst everyone started making their way back to take the Jeep shuttle back to their cars, the couple had one last symbolic wish – a balloon release for just the two of them outside the tower, where they let go around 20 balloons in rainbow colours!

Once back at the farmhouse a feast of typical Gozitan delights awaited and the crowd was happily chatting, congratulating the couple and munching away.

We had a blast organising this wedding, especially on the actual day as it was hard work for the team at I DO KNOT especially being involved hands-on with the catering operation in the farmhouse – Mauro was helping with the food service, Matthew taking care of the bar service and Petra doing the washing up all evening to keep up with the crockery requirements!