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A Mykonos Wedding That’ll Kick Your Wanderlust Into Overdrive

Pack your bags pretties because we’re headed across the world to a little place called Mykonos. It’s the Greek island that brings all your Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants travel dreams to life plus backdrop to this INSANELY dreamy wedding day. MykonosWedding by Aikaterini planned, Anna Roussos photographed, and you might never convince me to leave all that’s waiting in The Vault.

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From Mykonos WeddingTom & Kylene chose Mykonos as the island that suits them both best for their happy and original spirit. They flew their friends and family from the US and from Athens, Greece, to make this dream come true.

It was a warm day and for a May wedding it couldn’t have been a better weather situation. Kylene and her bridesmaids were prepared in the private villa where the couple was staying during all their stay on Mykonos island. Tom and his groomsmen were prepared in a luxury suites hotel near by. A small chapel with magnificent views to the sea, provided the perfect scene for their Christian Orthodox ceremony.

All guests upon arrival found their seats on the outdoor space of the chapel, around the orthodox ceremony table waiting for the couple to make their entrance. Traditional musicians lead the way for the arrival of the groom first and later of the bride. All Greek Christian Orthodox ceremony customs took place. The two large beautifully decorated candles symbolizing the light preceding each one of the couple for all their life together. The ‘koufeta’, the sugar covered almonds, that symbolize the joys and sorrows of marriage as well as fertility. The rice and the rose petals that were thrown to the couple during the ceremony which symbolize abundance and a life strewn with rose petals and the single glass filled with red wine that sealed their love and union. ‘The two that became one for the rest of their lives’.

Kylene’s parents and sisters, were beaming watching her marry the love of her life, and wishing them well. The bride’s so cute little dog pet starred during her entrance and ceremony, wearing bows that matched the whole wedding concept.

Following the ceremony, guests arrived to Nammos Beach Restaurant for the reception and were invited to enjoy a cocktail on the beach lounge especially prepared, with carpets covering the sand, making it a convenient floor to the ladies with high heels. Signature cocktails and drinks were served and while guests where relaxing after the overwhelming ceremony, another overwhelming event was about to happen. The couple arrived by sea, standing on the bow of a stylish polished motorboat, decorated with flowers. None of the guests was expecting anything like this, everyone stood amazed watching the couple as the boat was approaching.

The dinner was delicious as expected, followed by speeches from the family and guests and a few hours of energetic music and dancing. Food, music, champagne, and exquisite sweet surprises to keep the guests entertained through out. The bride, wore a lovely open back dress, embellished with shining elements, custom made by a friend. The groom wore a Hugo Boss tux as well as his groomsmen, showcasing the groom’s style and personality. The flowers chosen to match the classic style, were white and pink roses with olive leaves that made a lovely statement in the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets and in the table centerpieces.

From The Bride…A few months into dating, my Greek-American boyfriend and I went on our first trip together to Greece. It was during that trip that we said our first ‘I love you’s’, wrote our names in the white volcanic rock in Santorini, and he brought me to see the church where he said he someday would like to get married.

It was a magical trip trip where I fell in love with not only my future husband, but Greece itself. Fast-forward three years and I was back in Mykonos, Greece with all of our close friends and family walking up to that same church to meet my awaiting fiance.

Planning our wedding, however, was not quite as magical as that first trip to Greece. Of course I had my Pinterest boards full of inspiration, bookmarked wedding blogs, and dogeared magazine pages, but I quickly learned that planning a wedding in Greece would not be as easy as I had imagined. Coming from the US, I was not accustomed to the slower pace of life that Greece operates under,as well as different legal requirements for the ceremony and lack of resources on the island.

I was lucky enough to schedule my dream photographer from Greece, Anna Roussos, found a fantastic florist (Studio 7) who was just opening a shop on Mykonos, and hired an excellent wedding planner (MykonosWedding by Aikaterini) to help with all the details, who knew everyone involved and coordinated everything in such a way I never had to worry about anything.

In the end, we had the most beautiful Greek Island wedding I could have hoped for. The weekend started out with a welcome party at our villa with traditional Greek food catered from one of our favorite little restaurants. This was a great night for our extended families to meet for the first time.

The next day was our Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony at a small church atop a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea, complete with traditional Greek musicians to accompany us up the path. Our reception followed at Nammos Restaurant on Psarrou Beach with the most delicious dinner and even some Greek dancing which continued late into the night. The weekend wrapped up with a wooden boat sailing trip to the Island of Delos where we explored the ancient ruins, then returned to Mykonos in time to watch the sunset over the famous windmills.

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Photography: Anna Roussos | Event Planning + Design: MykonosWedding by Aikaterini | Floral Design: Studio 7 | Invitations: Aerialist Press | Ceremony Venue: Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: Nammos | Bride's Shoes: Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair + Makeup: BeautyWorld Mykonos | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Hotel: Greco Philia

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A Wedding Squad We Dream of Being a Part Of

Not only does this rooftop cocktail and floral crown party look so fun but it’s super chic too! From the fresh flower decorated cake to the jewel-toned geodes, I’m sold on every design detail chosen by this posse of planners and photographers. With the talented likes of Santorini Glam Weddings, Tie The Knot Santorini and Santorini Bliss Weddings, it should be no surprise. Anna Roussos and SoVisual Photography captured all the fun and this Vault gallery is what makes this Wednesday pretty great.

From the Girls… We are so lucky to be working with friends! Here in Santorini we have created a wonderful group of wedding vendor friends! We share so many professional and personal moments together. This year we decided to create a new tradition, to celebrate the beginning of wedding season by throwing a cocktail party for ourselves!

Our day started with a stroll at the stunning village of Oia, in Santorini. Us girls, all dressed up, walked in the picturesque paths of Oia and actually being in front of the camera for once was a terrific experience! Anna Roussos had a double role this time, she was both in front and behind the camera, taking these beautiful photographs of the day with the help of lovely Sandy and Odysseas from SoVisual Photography.

Closer to the sunset time, the best time on a summer day, we went to Sphinx Wine bar in Oia, a listed 1850 mansion, with a cellar including more than 300 labels of local, Greek and international wines. Great wine, delicious canapés and creative cocktails. What else could we ask for?

Maria from Tie the Knot in Santorini, Evita from Santorini Glam Weddings and Manto from Santorini Bliss Weddings (or we can just put “us wedding designers”) designed a fresh and elegant tablescape with all the lovely details that we like to design for our lovely brides. We loved the super yummy cocktails and spoiled ourselves with Alexandra’s divine dessert tapas, and a lemon ginger tart decorated with fresh flowers! We even assembled a flower bar, where we created flower crowns, and flowers cones, having super amusing moments. The flowers, from Myrto and Betty Flowers, were our favourite; king proteas, peonies, hydrangeas and blue thistles.

It really was a day to remember! We had so much fun creating and celebrating at the same time! Cannot wait to repeat next year!

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Photography: Anna Roussos | Event Planning + Design: Tie The Knot In Santorini-Weddings & Events | Event Planning + Design: Santorini Glam Weddings | Event Planning + Design: Santorini Bliss Weddings | Floral Design: Betty Flowers | Jewelry: Mati art gallery | Venue: Sphinx Wine Restaurant | Cake + Desserts: Alexandra's Cake | Linen Rentals: Weddings & Whimsy | Photography - Assistance: SOVISUAL PHOTOGRAPHY

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Romance and Greece Meet in this Stunning Inspiration Sesh

I love ALL destination weddings, I really, really do.  But a destination wedding in the Mykonos Islands? That’s a special kind of celebration – and the talented Live Love is showing us just how truly awesome it can be.  Think dreamy florals from Studio 7 Florescence and a stunning Costarellos gown… just to name a few of the pretty details.  See it all captured by Elias Kordelakos in THE VAULT and in a beautiful film from Lux Filmography below.

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From Live Love… Having visited Mykonos so many times it’s hard to tell when exactly the idea for this photo shoot was born.

The bright sun, the Mediterranean blue, the endless horizon and the white houses of Mykonos feel like they’ve casted a spell and inspired emotions no one can resist and it felt like the scenery chose us for this bold and unique project.

While trying to find an out of the ordinary venue to host our project, we consulted our concierge expert Yannis Stasinopoulos of the Luxury Concierge we came across to The One Mykonos private villas in Agios Yannis, a small village with enormous scenery in the south-east side of Mykonos.

We brought together romantic pink and luxury pink gold which led us to a chic and dreamy result for our photo shoot captured by the creative eyes of the photographer Elias Kordelakos.

Nude pink linen combined with a touch of gold cutlery, all provided by White Lilac, was our table setting which was next completed and uplifted by the upside down flower arrangement hanging on top of the table. We decided not to go with the expected centerpiece and Studio 7 Mykonos undertook to make it possible. Of course it wouldn’t be a complete setting without elegant and classy stationery created by the talented Pavlos Leventellis of the Atelier Invitations.

In keeping with the romantic theme our model is wearing a harmonious yet astounding white wedding dress by Christos Costarellos to match the beauty of the island. The fuchsia flower headpiece on her hair is ascending the look and so is the beautiful and elegant make up done by Irene Chaleli and classy styled hair by Vassilis P. Diamantopoulos Hair Studio.

Taste is also a sense that needs to be pleased in a wedding and that’s why we decided to create a delicious and inviting buffet for the cheese and cold meat lovers especially, put together by ARIA Fine Catering and showcased on beautiful white consoles of Zazoo Event Rentals that also provided the rest of the furnitures. As for the exceptional cake, Pavlov’s Lab put all its effort to impress us and it really did.

As the sun sets in Mykonos, Sounds Good undertook to enlighten us along with our setting and unveil another more playful/party point of view.

All of the above could never have been concluded without the help of the FSD event logistics agency that arranged the transportation of all the needed details so as to have such a result.

Last but not least, so as to trigger more senses and convey emotions, Christina Kontoyannis of Lux filmography created a journey to the wonderful island of Mykonos through icons and music, trying to share the sweat taste that such a project left in each and every one that participated.

Live Love the event maker is here to make dreams come true through avant-garde aesthetics and successful planning skills.

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Photography: Elias Kordelakos | Cinematography: Lux Filmography | Event Planning + Design: Live Love | Floral Design: Studio 7 Florescence | Wedding Dress: Christos Costarellos | Cake: Pavlov's Lab | Catering: ARIA Fine Catering | Makeup: Irene Chaleli | Hair: Vassilis Diamantopoulos | Venue: The One Mykonos | Band, Sound + Lighting: Sounds Good | Concierge: Luxury Concierge | Furniture Rentals: Zazoo | Invitations + Stationery: Atelier Invitations | Logistics: FSD | Tableware Rentals: White Lilac

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