Constantly looking for new and uncommon destinations, our recent travels led us to the Basque Country, City of San Sebastian or Donostia as it is referred to in the local Basque language. The Euskadi (Basque Country), is located between France and Spain. Linked in parts with both countries, this autonomous community and historic region still maintains it’s very strong, independent, unique culture and identity.


San Sebastian is certainly one of, if not, the most affluent city in the Basque country, with more than 180,000 inhabitants. Beautifully nestled on the southern part of the  Bay of Biscay,  its seafront location makes it a very popular destination for surfing and beach holidays.  The seaside location is further enhanced by the hilly surroundings. With a soft climate in winter and comfortable temperatures in summer, the city is a romantic and picturesque destination for weddings. Currently the EU international capital of culture for 2016 (shared with Warsaw, Poland), San Sebastian also plays host to annual International Film and Jazz festivals.

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You can enjoy your wedding week or weekend here by participating in a variety of experience activities including para sailing and the casino. With more michelin starred restaurants per square foot than any other place in the world, the local food is exotic and exquisite. Pintxos and the local wine Txakoli is a recommended gastronomical experience.

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There are also a wide selection of wedding venues to suit different styles. From farm ranches and vineyards for a earthy, boho chic wedding; luxury 5 star hotels for a formal grand wedding, romantic cottages on the hilltop with amazing views of the Donostia shoreline that’s perfect for an intimate wedding, to exclusive use multi bedrooms chateaus and villas, the possibilities are truly endless.

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Written by Adesola Tolefe, with contribution from Aurelie La Greca, for Elizabeth Reine, a destination wedding planning company that caters to the discerning bride. Find out more at  San Sebastian tour organised by Smart San Sebastian, a luxury lifestyle planning company


A wedding on a coast with fairy tale-like views of crystal blue sea, amazing sunsets and the smell of the Mediterranean. Doesn’t it sound like something you’ve dreamed about your whole life? Choosing Santorini as your wedding destination, will make the most important day of your life amazing and give you the perfect wedding.Bride

The island of Santorini is known for its romantic sunsets above the deep blue sea and this is only one of the many reasons why this destination makes an enchanting atmosphere for such  an important event in your life as your wedding. Besides getting a dream wedding, you will also be able to enjoy a beautiful honeymoon where you will make the very first memories of your life beginnings with your loved one. Weddings and honeymoons on Greek Islands are an absolute “must do“ in recent times, partly for the incredible beauty of the Islands and partly for the once in a lifetime experience.

Sunset Ceremony                                                                                                                For both luxury and romance as well as the perfect venue for your wedding and honeymoon, Canaves Oia Suites are just the right place for you. The elegance of the venue and the heart-stopping scenery of Santorini will make your wedding day unforgettable.

Recent changes in the law in the last few years has made the wedding process much easier for couples eager to say their “I dos“ in Santorini. However, the documents you will require for the wedding depend on the state or country you are coming from.

Bear in mind that you have to plan your wedding at least 12- 6 months in advance (in Santorini), so you can get all the necessary documents and fulfil the legal requirements needed for you to have your dream wedding. Also, as you plan your wedding, make sure that the date you picked does not coincide with the time of fasting and church farewell.

For EU citizens, the documents you will require to get married are full Birth Certificates with Apostille stamp translated into Greek language, photocopies of your passports and Single Status Letter or Divorce Letter if you were married before.

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For US citizens, the requirements are slightly different. In addition to providing your full Birth Certificates, Single Status Letter or Divorce Letter (if you have been married before), you will also need to provide photocopies of your passports and a Marriage License with Apostille that you can use for a wedding outside of the USA, which is valid for both partners. An alternative to this would be to go in person to the US embassy in Athens and instead of the Marriage License get an Affidavit of Marital Status. Please contact the Embassy for more information if you’re considering this option.

The architecture of the magnificent white colour offers one of the most elegant environment that will perfectly fit into the concept of your ideal wedding day. The possibilities for the planning of the wedding itself are numerous and, in respect to this, Santorini will far exceed your highest expectations. Don’t think twice, visit Santorini and make your dream wedding come trueSunset Ceremony


Creative Director/Planner and Event Designer: Adesola Tolefe of Elizabeth Reine | Photographer: Nek Vardikos | Venue: Canaves Oia Suites, Santorini Greece | Hairstylist: Lorena Sabou | Makeup: Ateca Akwue  | Men’s Stylist: Joe Woolfe | Floral: Betty – Betty Flowers | Cake and Deserts: Santorini Pastisserie “Glikaki” | Stationery: Paul Antonio Scribe | Men’s Attire: Scabal | Bridal Attire: Amanda Wakeley and Ellis Bridal | Bridesmaids: Kelsey Rose | Jewellery: Poniros | Shoes: Freya Rose | Headpiece: Kate Edmondson

Hedsor House invited Elizabeth Reine to its Great British Summer Showcase this January. We were not disappointed on attendance as the house is truly beautiful. Located only about 45 minutes from London, in Hedsor, Buckinhamshire, England, the house boosts 100 acres of land overlooking the River Thames. It provides the perfect balance away from the hustle and bustle of London and the proximity of the House to one of London’s major airports makes it an ideal venue for international travellers looking to get married in the UK.


We arrived by night which allowed us to see the house beautifully illuminated. Because of its location, the house enjoys totally black night sky this makes it ideal for star gazing, so romantic!


With a high glass dome, the main hall is the central room of the house. It was used as the ceremony room and decorated with romantic floral design by Ruby & Grace, who designed all the floral arrangements of the house that evening. A piano soloist from Young Guns created a relaxed atmosphere on the grand piano upstairs. A discreet musical presence, just what was needed for the perfect cocktail ambiance.



We met truly amazing wedding suppliers like, Mellissa Woodland, a bespoke wedding cake designer. Her cakes tasted as good as they looked and we were pleasantly surprised by the wonderful flavour combinations.



In the ballroom Papeterie Eugenie  provided tableplans with glitter outlined cards. Caper Berry joined the stationery and the florist for tables with gold and green tones.



Caper and Berry  also provided other kind of deserts. We were delighted too by vintage tricycles of Ideas Box. In the same area Jascots advised engaged couples about wine and Sipsmiths Bar mixed their very nice gin cocktails showcased on authentic wood stands.



Upstairs I was welcomed by a delicate scent by Design in Scent and Clements & Church, a new luxury bespoke tailors. Then I met a bride dressed by one of the bridal designers from Ellie Sanderson‘s boutique.

The bridal suite is to die for – with elegant victorian decor and grand bridal bathroom fit for royalty.  Joyce Connor from brides and beauty did make-up for potential brides and Pompadour Lingerie  showcased its lingerie collection, which also offer a bespoke service.



Also present were photographer David Bostock , Kissing Gate  for wedding films, and Class Act  for sound, light and production.

The showcase was really a feast for all the senses and we are certain that people left as inspired as we were.

Elizabeth Reine is a destination wedding planning company based in London. We plan bespoke and exclusive villa and estate weddings in the UK, Caribbean and the USA.

Contact if you would like us to plan your wedding.


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