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Santorini Set the Stage for a Modern, Minimalist Wedding We Adore

Ever since I first saw The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Santorini has held the #1 spot on my travel bucket list. I mean, with scenery like this can you even blame me? It’s a slice of heaven on earth and Nikki and Vinod felt the very same. They exchanged vows in this incredible locale, with vendors like Santorini Glam WeddingsBetty Flowers Santorini and Ben Yew by their side. The result? Utter perfection.

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From Santorini Glam WeddingsIf we had to describe Santorini in two words then it would definitely be “white” and “unique view”. Nikki and Vinod’s wedding took place at Rocabella Hotel, a venue which combines these two words and provides the perfect white canvas for us to work on!

Of course, such a special place needs discreet and delicate decoration in order to complete the unique landscape and not overshadow it. We started the planning process only a few months prior to the wedding, and I have to admit that when our journey reached this spectacular day, all I wanted was for this day to last as long as possible.

Nikki had a very clear idea of what she likes, and I just loved the way she wanted to incorporate Greek elements into the decoration and styling of the wedding. I still remember those late evening (early morning for her) Skype calls brainstorming all possible ideas until we found the perfect elements for her dream wedding!

What made this wedding so special, apart from the couple of course, was the amazing team of people working behind it. We always advise and guide our couples to pick their vendors carefully. When you work with people you trust and who share the same vision as you, the result is unbelievable.

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Photography: Ben Yew Photography + Film | Cinematography: AnkerProd | Event Design: Santorini Glam Weddings | Event Planning: Santorini Glam Weddings | Floral Design: Betty Flowers Santorini | Ceremony Venue: Rocabella | Reception Venue: Rocabella | Calligraphy: Santorini Glam Weddings | DJ: Multimedia Events | Furniture Rentals: Spicy Bites | Guitar Player: Michalis Karamolegos | Scooter: Donkey Scooters

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A Moody, Fall Wedding on the Amalfi Coast

I went to the Amalfi Coast as a college student, and I’m pretty sure all my travel dreams came true right then and there. It’s easily the most romantic spot on earth, so it’s no wonder that’s where Caroline and Sebastian chose to say I Do. With less than three months to plan, Exclusive Italy Weddings came on boards to orchestrated the event and Flower Addicted designed incredible blooms you have to see, with more inside the gallery captured by Nancy Ebert.

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From Laura of Exclusive Italy Weddings… August, crazy hot day, I am back in the office after coordinating a wonderful wedding that filled me with joy (and pride!) when the phone rings: a sweet voice tells me all about the wedding plans she and her fiancée have and cheers me up even more. Caroline, the bride, is very attentive to style and design, and wants to organize a truly personalized event in the Amalfi Coast, planned down to the very last detail. I am also very attentive to details and I immediately understand how she envisions the event and the style she wants. The biggest challenge? Her event is less than three months away! But I love challenges, and I particularly loved this one!

The inspiration for the wedding is a very romantic mood, a country chic style mixed with elements representing Italian traditions and its historical heritage. The floral decorations – superbly realized by Flower Addicted – are a feast of romantic flowers in ancient amphorae.

For the ceremony, Flower Addicted built a gorgeous flower arch set between two old olive trees, filled with hundreds of pastel flowers: white lisianthus, pink garden roses, dahlias… The aisle was lined with white terracotta vases filled with the same flowers in hues of white and pale pink. These delicate tones complemented perfectly the outdoor setting surrounded by the blue sky and sea.

The long reception table was a traditional Italian table used for celebrations in the southern regions of Italy facing the Mediterranean, featuring a decorative wooden structure above it which made it so special! It was dressed with crisp linen cloths and adorned with garden roses, David Austin roses, nigella, scabious, lilac, lisianthus, dahlias and small fruit compositions with grapes, pomegranates and small apples.

Another precious detail was the stationery created by the super talented Italian creative duo Shhh My Darling: painted on Carta d’Amalfi – a luxury handmade paper which is a renowned local tradition dating back to the 13th century – the stationery featured beautiful watercolor details of Villa Cimbrone, the wonderful historical villa when the event took place. Also the customized tote bags were decorated with a country theme and details of the villa.

At sunset the table was enlightened by dozens of candles and lanterns, and the wind moved the tambourines decorated with words about love, friendship, poetry and romance, making soft and gentle sounds. Such a romantic atmosphere!

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Photography: Nancy Ebert | Event Planning: Exclusive Italy Weddings | Floral Design: Flower Addicted | Stationery: Shhh My Darling | Ceremony Venue: Villa Cimbrone | Reception Venue: Villa Cimbrone | Hair: Alessandro Mancino

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When the Wedding Planner Becomes the Bride!

Wedding planners see it all, from the early prep to the day of delights – who better to know how to keep brides-to-be happy as can be than these planning extraordinaires?! So when Maria Sila of Tie the Knot in Santorini said “I do” herself, it was time for her to follow all her own advice! We shared her tropical inspired wedding on Friday and today, we’re learning exactly how she stayed so calm, cool and collected – and still had the time of her life. Read on for more!

If You’re Having Fun, Your Guests Will Too!

Often times we worry too much about ensuring our guests enjoy the wedding day. I think this the #1 stressful factor for brides! It’s true that you can’t please everyone, especially with big groups! Remember one thing: your guests are there for you! If you are having fun, they will too! The couple is the center of attention on the day and whatever they transmit will pass on to the guests. If you’re happy and enjoying the day, they will too! If you are stressed, they will most probably feel uncomfortable then as well!

Have Your Nearest + Dearest Close!

We had only our closest family and friends join us on our special day; it felt nice having familiar faces all around, sharing in our happiness. In order to achieve this level of satisfaction with your decisions, whatever they may be, it’s important to learn to say “no” to outside opinions! It was hard for us to make our guest list as short as possible and to say “no” to our parents or friends that wanted us to invite more people. But we stayed strong and even if we didn’t like it right at that moment, it was worth it – we were quite happy and reassured on the actual wedding day!

Relax While Getting Ready!

This is so important – especially for the bride! Grooms tend to have a relaxing, fun time while getting ready, but for us brides, nerves during the preparation time can ruin the day!
Since the very beginning of wedding planning, I made the decision not to have many people in the room while getting ready. I had nine bridesmaids and imagine all of us in one the room, no matter how big it was, having our hair and makeup done! That would have been just too noisy and not relaxing for me. So instead, I got ready with just my sister and Maid of Honor. When all the girls were ready, just before they put on their beautiful bridesmaids dresses, they came to the bridal room and we had some great “getting ready” photos while having champagne! It was fantastic! Side note: one or two glasses of champagne also always helps :)

Trust The Pros

We selected the wedding vendors that would make our dream wedding come true after a lot of thought and research, so it’s important to then trust them! They know what you like, they know your vision, so let them be creative and make your wedding FABULOUS! People are always more effective when they feel that you trust them! Don’t forget that no one wants the day to be perfect more than your planner! If there are little details a bit different than you expected, try to be flexible! None will notice, we swear! It will not prevent anyone from having a great time!

Be In the Moment With Your Love

Happily ever after starts on your wedding day! A stylish and fun celebration is important, but not as important as showing love to your partner. During the ceremony, while exchanging your vows, feel the moment! How beautiful are the minutes, the seconds you are living! Feel them and keep them in your heart because it all goes so fast!

We always recommend having a portrait photo shoot for a couple of hours on the day as well, usually before the ceremony. It’s the perfect opportunity to be together, just the two of you! Yes, the photographer and videographer will be there too, but believe me, it will be as if they are not :)

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Photography : Anna Roussos | Cinematography: Mont Videography | Wedding Planning + Design : Tie The Knot In Santorini-Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Betty Flowers Santorini | Wedding Dress: Nidodileda | Cake: Alexandra’s Cake | Wedding Stationery : Bright White | Reception Venue: Margarita Anafi | Makeup: Renia Bledaki | DJ: Constantine Kalfakakos | Arch, Signs + Macrame Creations: Weddings & Whimsy | Bar Catering : Barflies | Favor Bags: We Wear Young | Sound + Light : Multimedia Events | Tableware + Linens : White Lilac

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