So what would a destination wedding in Guernsey look like? Bonita Events shares all the details of Jill & Greg's big day.
Jill and Greg live in New York. Jill is from Germany and Greg from the UK - they want to get married somewhere in the middle, so their guests have a fair and equal distance to travel. Neither have ever visited the Channel Islands.
Their wedding brief was.. Mini wedding festival, not too "hippie" but not formal hotel ballroom.
Long story short, Greg and Jill visited Guernsey shortly after getting in touch with me and fell in love with the small Island quirks & charms. I met them at the Guernsey Pearl for a coffee and then took them to a tipi wedding we had set up ready for the following day- they loved it.
I gave them a list of venues to visit and they spent the next few days exploring Guernsey. In the following weeks and months, we helped them organise suppliers and plan their Guernsey Destination Wedding, from New york. They wanted something natural, outdoors, fun, relaxed, pretty - a place their loved ones could enjoy for the few days before and a unique wedding space they could have exclusive use of.
150 of Greg and Jill's family & friends flew to Guernsey on the week of their wedding. They explored the Channel Islands, dining, relaxing and celebrating.
The evening before the big day was less nerves, more pool party BBQ.
When the day arrived, Greg and Jill married in a garden setting and surrounded by trees, flowers and loved ones, they happily said "I do".
Their Tipi wedding reception was fun, colourful, relaxed and they were spoilt with a beautiful summer's day. Their guests played games on the lawn, helping themselves to the Rocquettes Cider taps bar. Their dining included local seafood as part of a 3 course meal, including a multi tier Guernsey cheese platter cake.
The evening was full of speeches, games, fire pits and chatting. They celebrated well into the next morning with the DJ keeping the dance floor packed throughout.
"Our wedding was absolutely incredible and truly the best day of my life. Bonita and Simply Tipi did an absolutely amazing job, with so much love for the detail. The tipis looked stunning & everyone had a great time" Greg & Jill, New York
Recent changes to the laws on island now allow you to get married anywhere in the Islands of Guernsey, we would be delighted to welcome you to celebrate your special day here.
You can find out more about getting married in the Islands of Guernsey here.
List of suppliers:
Tipi Reception & Planning assistance: Bonita Events
Venue: Hougue du Pommier
Plant Hire: Guernsey Gardens
Florist: Simply Bespoke Guernsey
Photographer: HBA Photography
Celebrant: White Dove
Dress: Dreamers & Lovers
Suits: Freemans Sporting Club
Videographer: Lara Elliott
Cheese Cake: Torteval Cheese
Lighting & sound: Delta Events
Taps Bar: Rocquette Cider