Bride who did not see her wedding dress until her wedding day

Nicole and Michael Clayworth (pictured), from Port Macquarie, decided to leave a large white wedding at their home in Australia, and instead flee to Santorini to get married while traveling with backpacks

While many brides and grooms are still determined to celebrate the great white traditional wedding, others in 2018 are avoiding a big event for something a little more intimate.

One of those couples is Nicole and Michael Clayworth, from Port Macquarie in New South Wales, who decided to leave a big white wedding at their home in Australia, and instead fled to Santorini to tie the knot while going backpacking.

In statements to FEMAIL, Nicole, 29, shared the intimate details of her nuptials, and why she did not see her wedding dress until the night before.

The new bride also shared her advice for other couples who want to elope.

Nicole and Michael Clayworth (pictured), from Port Macquarie, decided to leave a large white wedding at their home in Australia, and instead flee to Santorini to get married while traveling with backpacks

Nicole and Michael Clayworth (pictured), from Port Macquarie, decided to leave a large white wedding at their home in Australia, and instead flee to Santorini to get married while traveling with backpacks

Speaking to FEMAIL, Nicole (pictured on her wedding day), 29, shared the intimate details of her wedding and shared her best advice for couples who want to elope.

Speaking to FEMAIL, Nicole (pictured on her wedding day), 29, shared the intimate details of her wedding and shared her best advice for couples who want to elope.

Speaking to FEMAIL, Nicole (pictured on her wedding day), 29, shared the intimate details of her wedding and shared her best advice for couples who want to elope.

He also explained that he did not see his wedding dress (in the picture) until the night before his wedding, and preferred to rely fully on the hands of his photographer and wedding planner, Ema.

He also explained that he did not see his wedding dress (in the picture) until the night before his wedding, and preferred to rely fully on the hands of his photographer and wedding planner, Ema.

He also explained that he did not see his wedding dress (in the picture) until the night before his wedding, and preferred to rely fully on the hands of his photographer and wedding planner, Ema.

According to the bride (represented on her wedding day), she and her long-term partner had never wanted the costs and stress associated with a large white wedding.

According to the bride (represented on her wedding day), she and her long-term partner had never wanted the costs and stress associated with a large white wedding.

According to the bride (represented on her wedding day), she and her long-term partner had never wanted the costs and stress associated with a large white wedding.

They had planned to make a great backpacking trip to Europe to celebrate their eleventh anniversary

They had planned to make a great backpacking trip to Europe to celebrate their eleventh anniversary

Six weeks before leaving, they decided to get married while traveling too

Six weeks before leaving, they decided to get married while traveling too

They had planned to make a great backpacking trip to Europe to celebrate their eleven year anniversary and six weeks before leaving, they decided to get married while traveling as well.

According to Nicole, she and her now husband Michael were never the types to have a fancy extravagant ceremony:

"It was last year and we decided to take a trip to celebrate our eleven-year anniversary," he told Daily Mail Australia.

"We arrived in Europe and decided to go backpacking, six weeks before we left, we also thought why not get married too?"

And so, without telling anyone, they asked the help of a wedding planner Nicole found on Instagram, Ema Giangreco, who specializes in Italian weddings.

"Originally, I had Venice in mind and a wedding in the gondolas," Nicole explained. "I wanted something simple: only Michael and I getting married.

"But when I was discussing our plans to visit Santorini, Ema suggested changing the location of the leak, and I am very happy to have done it, Santorini is one of the most dreamy and romantic places in the world."

And so, without telling anyone, they asked the help of a wedding planner Nicole found on Instagram, Ema Giangreco, who specializes in Italian weddings.

And so, without telling anyone, they asked the help of a wedding planner Nicole found on Instagram, Ema Giangreco, who specializes in Italian weddings.

And so, without telling anyone, they asked the help of a wedding planner Nicole found on Instagram, Ema Giangreco, who specializes in Italian weddings.

Originally, the couple had considered knotting in Venice, but soon they were leaning towards Santorini in Greece (pictured)

Originally, the couple had considered knotting in Venice, but soon they were leaning towards Santorini in Greece (pictured)

Santorini is known for its stunning scenery and sunsets

Santorini is known for its stunning scenery and sunsets

Originally, the couple had considered making the knot in Venice, but soon they were leaning towards Santorini in Greece (pictured), which is known for its stunning scenery and sunsets.

The talented wedding planner began exploring quiet places where Nicole and Michael could get married, while the couple traveled with backpacks through the United Kingdom and Greece.

"I was not so nervous, because I could see from Ema's experience that she had talent, and I was happy to leave it in her capable hands," Nicole recalled.

"Although I had originally bought a dress in Australia, it really did not fit my bohemian theme, so instead of carrying and crumpling a dress across Europe, I removed it and sent measurements to Ema and my photographer in Greece.

"I did not even see the dress they chose, which was from a Greek designer, Atelier Zolotas, until the night before, but as soon as I did, I had goose bumps, it was magical."

Nicole sent her measurements for a wedding dress to Ema and her bridal photographer and left it in her skillful hands to find a dress that fit the idea of ​​Bohemia.

Nicole sent her measurements for a wedding dress to Ema and her bridal photographer and left it in her skillful hands to find a dress that fit the idea of ​​Bohemia.

Nicole sent her measurements for a wedding dress to Ema and her bridal photographer and left it in her skillful hands to find a dress that fit the idea of ​​Bohemia.

"I did not even see the dress they chose, which was from a Greek designer, Atelier Zolotas, until the night before, but as soon as I did, I had goose bumps, it was magical," Nicole recalled.

Speaking of her wedding, Nicole explained that eloping and getting completely secretly married in Santorini took away a lot of the stress when it came to getting married.

"We did not tell anyone before we left Australia, and we did not tell any of our family and friends until we came back, when we had a party," he said.

"This meant that the day was stress free and totally perfect." My mother was a little annoyed because we did not tell her anything when we got home, but once she saw the photographs and the video, she understood.

Speaking of her wedding, Nicole explained that eloping and getting completely secretly married in Santorini took away "a lot of the stress of getting married."

Speaking of her wedding, Nicole explained that eloping and getting completely secretly married in Santorini took away "a lot of the stress of getting married."

Speaking of her wedding, Nicole explained that eloping and getting completely secretly married in Santorini took away "a lot of the stress of getting married."

The couple did not tell a single person they were getting married before leaving Australia

The couple did not tell a single person they were getting married before leaving Australia

Instead, they waited until they got home after traveling to share the photographs and video of the wedding

Instead, they waited until they got home after traveling to share the photographs and video of the wedding

The couple did not tell a single person that they were getting married before leaving Australia, but waited until they got home after traveling to share the photographs and video of the wedding.

When it comes to advice for other couples who want to elope, Nicole said it helps to have a wedding planner you trust completely

When it comes to advice for other couples who want to elope, Nicole said it helps to have a wedding planner you trust completely

When it comes to advice for other couples who want to elope, Nicole said it helps to have a wedding planner you trust completely

"Definitely sign up if it's what you want and the big two are not your thing. When I look back, people will think I'm crazy. But I'm very glad I did it, "he said.

"Definitely sign up if it's what you want and the big two are not your thing. When I look back, people will think I'm crazy. But I'm very glad I did it, "he said.

"Definitely sign up if it's what you want and the big two are not your thing. When I look back, people will think I'm crazy. But I'm very glad I did it, "he said.

Nicole concluded: "We followed our hearts and had a magical day that we will remember forever"

Nicole concluded: "We followed our hearts and had a magical day that we will remember forever"

Nicole concluded: "We followed our hearts and had a magical day that we will remember forever"

When it comes to elopement, Nicole said that she and her partner would not have done it differently:

"It saved us a lot of money and a lot of stress," he said.

"If you are going to run away, the only thing I would say is that you make sure you are an excellent wedding planner, who you can trust completely.

"Definitely sign up if it's what you want and the big two are not your thing. When I look back, people will think I'm crazy. But I am very happy to have done it. We followed our hearts and had a magical day that we will remember forever. "

Nicole Clayworth shared her wedding with Easy Weddings. For more information, click here.

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