This wedding should come with a warning label. The styling by White Ribbon Boutique Events Coordination is so gorgeous you might just have to put off that work project a bit longer, the setting is so breathtaking you might scrap your honeymoon plans and opt for a Mediterranean getaway, and it’s all captured so beautifully by George Pahountis your fingers will get tired from all the pinning. At the very least we recommend you sit down while cruising through this romantic al fresco affair.
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From White Ribbon Boutique… We started working with Abbey & Costas over a year before their wedding date and although we had never met them in person, we felt like we knew them for many years. They are one of the loveliest couples we have ever had the pleasure of working with and who shared a great vision for their wedding. The groom’s parents were born in a small Messinian village in the South Peloponnese, Greece and they selected Costa Navarino resort, in Messinia to hold their wedding as, due to its location, it represented part of the Groom’s family origins.
Many of their close friends and family travelled form very far away to celebrate the couple’s journey. The wedding ceremony was held at a chapel in the Groom’s hometown while the reception and pre-wedding festivities were held at a beautiful balcony of the resort overlooking the blue sea and green golf courses.
Our inspiration for the décor was based on the natural ambience of the Messinian region and we decided to use a mix of green foliage, blush and pink flowers and season fruits. Neutral colored linens and vintage accessories complemented the décor by creating a simple and sophisticated look, which blended in perfectly with the surroundings.
Guests experienced some unforgettable moments that day, with the emotional first dance of the couple, the heartfelt speeches of the couple’s older siblings and the night long dancing of guests.
Photography: George Pahountis | Event Planning: White Ribbon Boutique Events Coordination | Floral Design: White Ribbon Boutique Events Coordination | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Reception Venue: Costa Navarino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
In addition to the wildly beautiful surroundings of Crete, this wedding is boasting a full on al fresco extravaganza full of peonies, a fresh flower confetti bar and the kind of day that people dream about being a guest at. Crafted by White Ribbon, have a look at all the pretty imagery captured by George Pahountis and you too will be adding Crete to your must see list. Stop by the full gallery for more.
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From White Ribbon Boutique…The couple met during their undergraduate degree in medicine. The groom, Gregory, was so mesmerized by Melanie that he was mistakenly pinching himself with needles during they course practice! The couple comes from two different cultures. The bride is Chinese & English and the groom Greek & English and they therefore wanted their wedding to reflect both these cultures.
They chose a beautiful village in the town of Rethymno, Crete for their wedding which was the grooms grandfather’s home town. The also incorporated many Chinese elements such as a traditional tea bar and the beautiful silk robes the bride and her bridesmaids wore during their preparation.
At the same time the décor was perfectly in line with the surroundings of this tranquil Cretan village and used local grown flowers and herbs, lavender, garden roses and tulips while the food was based on the traditional Cretan cuisine.
80 of the bride and grooms closest friends and family who travelled from New Zeeland, Hong Kong, India and the UK came together to celebrate the couple. The ceremony was held in the venue’s stone built square, followed by a champagne reception and dinner. Dinner was followed by a mix of traditional line dancing and modern tunes until down the next day. It was a beautiful day filled with love and joy for the newlyweds and one that they will remember for many years to come.
Photography: George Pahountis | Event Planning: White Ribbon Boutique Events Coordination | Floral Design: White Ribbon Boutique Events Coordination | Wedding Dress: Naomi Neoh | Invitations: Cartoules Press | Ceremony Venue: Kapsaliana Village Hotel | Reception Venue: Kapsaliana Village Hotel | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Kapsaliana Village Hotel | Grooms Attire: Reiss
Hold onto your hats SMPers, because this wedding planned by White Ribbon Boutique Events Coordination is beyond. Did I mention that it’s in Greece? Or covered in gorgeous florals in fabulous pink hues from Rammos Flowers? Or that the couple looks like they stepped out of a magazine? I didn’t? Well, that’s because it there really are no words that will do this soiree justice, but thankfully Thanasis Kaiafas gorgeous images speak for themselves. See even more here.
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From White Ribbon Boutique Events Coordination
…When the couple first contacted us, we immediately realized that this was going to be a very special event! Both the bride and groom live in New York by they had envisioned a destination wedding in Greece. They chose the beautiful island of Corfu to host they wedding celebrations.
Guests started arriving on the island two days before the wedding from different parts of the world, including the US, UK, India, Nigeria and China. The celebrations included a welcoming dinner at a beautiful hillside villa, a sailing trip to the neighboring islands of Paxos & Antipaxos and a festive brunch at a local taverna.
The wedding ceremony was held in a picturesque whitewashed Greek Orthodox chapel on a small tranquil fishing village in Corfu while the reception was hosted in a stone built breathtaking villa located north of the island’s center, overlooking the blue waters of the Ionian Sea. The couple hosted a welcome cocktail on the patio of the villa where guests enjoyed local Prosecco and Hors d’oeuvres while taking photos by the Greek inspired photo-booth backdrop reading OPA! in golden lettered balloons. A 5 course meal followed the cocktail reception at the villa’s terrace under the romantic candlelight.
The décor there was inspired by the bride’s wish to use vibrant shades of pink, often seen in the flowers used in the gardens of Greek island houses as well as the use of royal blue representing the color of the Ionian Sea, complemented by vintage Grecian gold details.
The cake which was custom made and flown from Athens was also of Grecian style embellished with golden laurel leaves that was inspired by the use of elements and architectural details used in Ancient Greece.
The couple and guests enjoyed a spectacular show of fireworks followed by a night long dancing under the stars!
Photography: Thanasis Kaiafas | Event Planning: White Ribbon Boutique Events Coordination | Floral Design: Rammos Flowers | Wedding Dress: Austin Scarlett | Invitations: Atheneum Creative | Ceremony: Greek Orthodox Chapel | Reception Venue: Villa | Groom's Attire: Dress 2 Kill | Decor Concept : White Ribbon Boutique Events Coordination | Veil: Leah C. Couture Millinery | Videography : George Zorbas