The corona virus almost scuppered Natasha my daughter’s wedding plans. She and Rob wished to tie the knot on the Island of Kos in August. The planning started at the end of last year and everything was in place, hotel booked and plane tickets all sorted. What could go wrong? The rest of 2020 does not need an explanation but it did cause the family much stress and anguish. The government were opening and closing travel corridors to different countries. Luckily Greece had a low infection rate and the wedding was on. It was touch and go and there were causalities as some of the family were unable to come due to work restrictions.
Kos is a beautiful island and we were booked into the Akti Beach hotel complex on the south near to the village of Kardamena. It was very safe on the Island as most hotels and restaurants were lightly booked and there was not a large number of tourists present. The weather was glorious and every day, it was on the right side of 30oC.
Natasha and Rob’s Wedding took place on the beach. There was a small secluded part of the beach that was set up with chairs and a horseshoe decoration. The scenery could not have been more idyllic. Following the simple but moving ceremony, there was a short walk up to the reception. This took place in the Malibu Beach Bar. There were only 14 close family that attended the wedding and we had the Beach bar to ourselves. The setting was very tropical with bar and swimming pool. Following the cutting of the cake there was the bridal meal consisting of tasty BBQ food. There were the speeches and a video collage of well wishers of people who could not get to the wedding. This had been put together by Kirsty, Rob’s sister and there were some surprise guests included. Following some fleeting fireworks, most people took a dip in the swimming pool and enjoyed the rest of the evening. Natasha was so happy as she finally had her wish come true.
After the wedding? I went banana boat surfing on the sea which is an exhilarating white knuckle ride. We also made it to the Sunset tavern restaurant in Zia on top of one of the highest mountains in Kos.
As for the travel. It was a weird experience wearing facemasks on the flight there and back plus all the quarantine form filling that had to be done. Everyone got there and back safely without any infection from the corona virus. On reflection it was a highlight of 2020 and we were so pleased that we could be there to celebrate Natasha and Rob’s big day. I was pleased that I was able to take my cameras out to the event and was happy with my unofficial photographs.
If you enjoyed this post then you can view the wedding of my youngest daughter Sian who was married in Solihull with a reception at Tanworth in Arden a few years ago.