I have yet to meet a Greek wedding that I don’t like.  As much as I am a lover of details, there is just something so magical about Greece that bringing in tons of details becomes unnecessary and can even take away from the beauty that is already there.  This destination wedding on the island of Hydra by J. Cogliandro Photography is understated elegance and romance at its very best.  The radiant bride and groom just look so relaxed and blissful in every photograph.  Click right here to see even more!

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From the Bride… My Father is from a small town in the Peloponnese (region of Greece) named Kranidi. Our family has gone back every summer for the last 16 years so Greece holds a very special place in my heart. Because the island of Hydra is a short boat ride from where my Father is from I’ve visited the island many times as a young girl.  I fell in love with the island as soon as I arrived at the port.  Hydra is perhaps the most beautiful port village in all of Greece. A tiny harbor ringed with cafes, restaurants and gold shops is surrounded by a village of stone houses and villas that rise up the hills like an amphitheater. But one of the best things about Hydra is that there are no cars. Everything is moved by donkey, including groceries, building supplies, people and their luggage.  The island has basically looked the way it looks now for the last two hundred years.  The beautiful roads and alleys, paved with slabs and the houses, adorned with flowers, give to the island of Hydra a touch of magic and a romantic mood.

Scott and I stayed at Hotel Miranda.  The Hotel Miranda, originally a wealthy sea captain’s mansion, was built in 1810.  It has been declared a building of National Heritage by the Ministry of Culture, as it is considered an especially fine example of characteristic Hydriot architecture.  The Hotel Miranda with its fine collection of 18th and 19th century furniture, prints and paintings, creates a charming atmosphere and the character of a small museum.  Our reception was at the Sunset Restaurant.  The name is perfect for the venue as it is the ideal spot on the island to watch the beautiful Hydra sunset.  We had a traditional family-style dinner with traditional Greek tavern food.

I wore sandals with my wedding dress as the roads in Hydra are all cobblestone. My pearl earrings were from Tiffany’s and my wedding ring was custom-made.  Our jeweler is Hoffman Diamond Company – Scott and I both got our wedding ring/band from him…he does great work!  The crowns we wore during the ceremony were the same crowns my parents wore when they got married 30 plus years ago in Greece.

Wedding Photography: J. Cogliandro Photography / Wedding Reception: Sunset Restaurant / Accommodations: The Hotel Miranda / Wedding Dress: J.Crew / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Bride’s Shoes: J.Crew / Wedding Rings: Hoffman Diamond Company / Bride’s Earrings: Tiffany & Co.

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