Tis the season for giving, and White Ribbon Boutique Events is giving us the prettiest of presents this morning by way of this gorgeous Greece gala. Not only is Greece just the loveliest backdrop, but this couple is just down right darling. You’ll want to spend sometime unwrapping the full gallery of images, because this pretty wedding is a gift that keeps on giving!
From White Ribbon Boutique Events Coordination…Around one year before their wedding Assal and Kenny who live in London, England started considering getting married abroad. After having done a lot of research around various possible European destinations, they got very confused with the numerous options and decided to contact me. The bride is a very close friend of mine from college and therefore knew of my company, White Ribbon Boutique Events Coordination. I immediately suggested Greece as I would be able to coordinate every aspect of their wedding without them having to worry about the details.
The bride explained that apart from the wedding ceremony and reception, they had decided, in order to thank their guests who flew all the way from England, to also throw a pre-party in their honor. As a result they were looking for two completely different types of venues. I immediately knew the answer! Most people don’t know that in the southern part of Athens stretches a golden coastline with beautiful sandy beaches and clear blue waters, known as the Athenian Riviera. At a very tranquil and quiet spot of the Riviera there is a stunning venue called The Island. When the couple visited Athens I took them to see this venue and particularly a specific space within the venue called ‘The Private House’ which gives you the feel that you are on your private villa, on a cliff right in front of the sparkling blue sea. They immediately fell in love with it and decided they would have their ceremony and reception there and the pre-wedding party at St. George Lycabettus Hotel in the center of Athens overlooking the Acropolis.
Although all communication with the bride was done through email, she took great care when deciding on the style of her wedding and the details involved in creating a light and airy atmosphere that suited the location. They also paid particular attention to the photographer who was going to capture their most important moments and after my recommendation they picked one of the most talented photographers in Greece, George Pahountis.
The day before the wedding the bride and groom along with 80 of their closest friends and family gathered together at the luxury top-floor balcony of St. George Lycabettus Hotel to celebrate over some fruit cocktails. The panoramic views of the Parthenon were stunning but also guests enjoyed some surprising and out of the ordinary views too! On that day, Athens was hosting the welcoming ceremony of the Special Olympics in the ancient Kallimarmaro Stadium and therefore the whole stadium was illuminated and the Olympic flame was burning very close to the hotel.
On the day of the wedding the bride wore a dazzling strapless tulle gown for the ceremony and then changed into a Grecian style bejeweled silk backless dress for the reception. The groom wore a traditional Scottish kilt while the bridesmaids wore light blue dresses that matched the theme of the wedding. As for the venue’s décor, we placed white chiffon drapes all along the ceiling of the pergola over the aisle, decorated it with hanging glass lanterns and a large white wreath covered with orchids, hydrangeas and roses. We also organized the seating of the ceremony so that both the couple and guests could enjoy the sea views right in front of them and placed a white flower arch at the edge of the balcony. The tables were decorated with white hydrangeas and many floating white candles, the surrounding lawn areas were covered with paper lanterns while all around the pool we placed many white candles in clear glass vases. The bride also wanted to include some color to the décor therefore we accomplished this by adding a few light blue details. The colors of the wedding were in perfect harmony with the surroundings and the venue looked beautiful.
Guests partied until the early hours of the next morning and in the end both Assal and Kenny as well as their friends and family were left with the most wonderful memories of their wedding weekend in Greece.
Ceremony Wedding Dress: Pronovias / Reception Wedding Dress: Gemy Couture by Gemy Maalouf / Bridal Jewelry: Bride’s Own / Invitations + Program Design: Bride’s Friend / Floral Design: White Ribbon Boutique Events Coordination / Event Design + Decor: White Ribbon Boutique Events Coordination / Furniture: Tore Event Rentals / Wedding Photography: George Pahountis / Reception Location/ Venue: ‘Private House’ Island Art & Taste / Ceremony Seating Cards: White Ribbon Boutique Events Coordination / Favors: White Ribbon Boutique Events Coordination