Christina Grespan and Giani Sanataria wanted a somewhat formal wedding but in a tropical location. “I guess it could be described as a classic wedding with a fun, laid-back twist,” says Giani.
Their choice was Antigua. They chose a boutique resort that met all their expectations: The Inn at English Harbour. It was charming, with beautiful stone and wood details. They complemented the site with their décor in a colour theme of pink, gold and nude.
Christina’s dress was exactly what she wanted. She tried on only five gowns and immediately selected the one in lace, with an open back and interesting belt.
She fell in love with a pair of shoes, but they were very expensive. She decided to be sensible and said, “No”. However, her friends surprised her on her 30th birthday by pooling their money and buying them for her!
Christina remembers the most emotional moment at the service. She says, “I walked down the aisle and we were suddenly face to face. It was an incredible moment.”
Sixty friends came with them to Antigua. Her grandparents couldn’t join them, so the bride had lockets that held the grandparents’ pictures tucked into her bouquet.
Instead of ordering specific flowers, the florist was told to choose what was currently in bloom. When they arrived, Christina was speechless – they were stunning.
Immediately after the ceremony, Christina and Giani went down the dock, to be together for a few moments and enjoy the romantic setting.
Originally published in Destination Wedding Magazine, Fall/Winter 2016.