When Vicky Raffan, a radiographer from Glasgow, tied the knot with partner Leon Georgonikos, a teacher from the same Scottish city, they chose beautiful Bali as the dream location for their wedding ceremony.
Finding ‘the one’
Leon and I met through friends whilst at university in Glasgow and have been inseparable ever since. We had an instant attraction and connection over our love of music and travelling.
Leon proposed at the edge of the Grand Canyon during an American road trip holiday. We were taking pictures of us looking over the Colorado River when he produced a ‘dummy’ diamond ring and asked if I’d like to be Mrs Georgonikos. On the four-hour drive from Las Vegas to the Canyon that morning he hadn’t let it slip once – I was so surprised. I had to take a step away from the edge! The next day we hit Tiffany & Co to choose the real engagement ring together.
We always wanted a small, intimate wedding and after falling in love with the Far East when we got stuck there for a month by the infamous volcano in 2010, we vowed to return there to get married one day. There are many beautiful places in the Far East but Bali just stood out for both of us.
Once we decided on our Bali wedding and honeymoon locations, we contacted Nicola Searle, a wedding specialist at Tropical Sky, who arranged absolutely everything for us from start to finish. She did an amazing job and made our wedding totally stress-free. Tropical Sky arranged everything perfectly, keeping us right with all our legal documents and requirements for getting married in Bali. We chose to have a romantic wedding with just the two of us and arranged to have a wedding cerebration for friends and family in Glasgow on our return to bring all our Scottish and Greek families together.
Getting the look
My wedding dress was the Adelaide dress from Maggie Sottero. I loved the pearl and Swarovski crystal embellishment on the corset and the beautiful train. I wore a side tiara with diamantes, which glistened in the sun, lovely jewellery from Pilgrim and ivory, open toe satin shoes. My hair was styled by Jerry at the hotel salon; he was brilliant and I was so happy with the result.
Groomed to perfection
Leon had a kilt made for him by Slanj in Glasgow. He chose the Scotland Forever tartan since there is no Georgonikos tartan.
My bouquet comprised the white frangipani flowers and violet Singapore orchids and Leon’s buttonhole was a single Singapore orchid.
Our ceremony took place at the beachfront wedding bale at the Nusa Dua Resort & Spa just before sunset – we had a religious ceremony conducted by a pastor of the Balinese Church, followed by a civil ceremony, which lasted on hour. We had a procession from our room to the ceremony venue with Balinese bridesmaids and musicians and traditional Balinese Rhindik music during the ceremony.
That evening we had a candlelit six-course traditional Balinese meal with Champagne in the wedding bale on the beach, with our own private butler in attendance. Our cake was a strawberry cream sponge, decorated with a tower of frangipani flowers. Before going for our celebrity meal, Leon played Foo Fighters ‘Everlong’ in our room, and we had our First Dance. We had this again in Glasgow in front of our guests.
The wedding coordinator, Santika, from Bali tours and travel and the hotel coordinator, Dwi, did an amazing job and made sure there were no problems. The whole day was so special from start to finish and we enjoyed every minute of it. We had two photographers as part of the wedding package. Our photos, with the clear blue sky and stunning sea view in the background, summed up how happy and relaxed we were.\
We spent a few days after the wedding in a private villa in another area of Bali, followed by two days in Singapore and two days in Kuala Lumpur. Finally we spent a week in Langawi staying in a rainforest chalet with friendly dusky leaf monkeys as our neighbours.
We set a target and thanks to Tropical Sky’s perfect planning, we met this.
Nicola Searle, Tropical Sky
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Nusa Dua Beach Resort & Spa, Bali
Provided by the Nusa Dua Resort & Spa