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Rustic Elegant Crete Destination Wedding

I’ve never been to Crete but if this destination wedding is any clue to what it’s like, sign me up for a flight pronto. It’s no wonder these New Yorkers chose this Greek island to say “I do” with its postcard-worthy views and an ambiance that takes over all who step foot there (or in this case, any of us who are lucky enough to view Anna Roussos’ pics and Olive Tree Films’ clip). Rock Paper Scissors Events took that energy and scattered it throughout this rustic elegant affair – and it’s all in our VAULT for us to enjoy!

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From the Bride… Living in New York City you meet a lot of people, but chances are those people never seem to quite catch your eye – with Anis things were different. From our first meeting things went fast, there was an instant attraction. It wasn’t about going out to a bar, or fancy dinners, it was about adventure, excursions and getting to know each other. I took a chance and decided to join him on a work trip to LA. I thought if we get along traveling so soon in our relationship it was something worth investing in. I was right. From then on out we spent every minute together. After we got engaged we knew we didn’t want to wait to get married. So six months to the day of our engagement we said I do.

We always knew we wanted to get married in Europe. Being Greek-American it made it a little easier for me to plan our wedding in a place that I was familiar with. We also wanted to make it easy for our guests flying from all over the world so Crete made the most sense. Ironically, Anis had been to Elounda before but I hadn’t.

Planning a destination wedding is not an easy task. Especially in the 5ish months we planned it in. Our wedding planners Helena and Paraskevi of Rock Paper Scissors were absolutely the reason why everything went so smoothly. Their vendors were top-rate and executed everything better than we imagined.

We wanted everyone to enjoy themselves. It was not only about us getting married, but about enjoying time with the people that meant most to us. We aimed to create a natural, intimate setting and a place where people could really have fun.

From Rock Paper Scissors Events… Elaina was definitely one of our most delicate and fancy brides. So elegant in her manners though completely aware of the style she was going for, she didn’t settle for anything but the best for her one big day. She wanted an organic and elegant feeling and we tried to embrace the magnificent Cretan surroundings and incorporate the absolute stunning views into our concept. And I think we did great! Elaina and Anis are a couple truly in love and along with their families and friends they got one great night of celebration and many more afterwards in the Greek islands. Crete is definitely a romantic destination and we hope that Anis and Elaina will live happily ever after.

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Photography: Anna Roussos Photography | Cinematography: Olive Tree Films | Event Planning + Design + Decor: Rock Paper Scissors Events | Wedding Dress: Katerine Phillips & Annie Lewis | Invitations: Ceara Teixeira | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Venue: Elounda Mare Hotel | DJ + Lighting: Music Essentials | Furniture Rentals: Zazoo | Table Set-up Rentals: White Lilac

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Sun-Soaked Santorini Wedding

When a Santorini wedding comes across my desk, I stop everything. Especially when said wedding is captured by Anna Roussos and Xavier Roussos and planned by Santorini Glam Weddings, featuring a Bride as stunning as she. You can almost feel the sunshine pouring over THE VAULT. See even more right here!

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From Santorini Glam WeddingsA couple we will never forget! Full of love and happiness, Joyce and Nathan chose Santorini to celebrate their special day along with their close family and friends. The planning process was absolutely lovely, with emails full of enthusiasm and anticipation for the big day!

Joyce wanted an all white wedding and we couldn’t agree more with her decision. Aiming for a unique and luxurious style, she knew exactly what her dream was and our goal was to make her dream come true. We used beautiful David Austin and garden roses together with olive branches for the flower decorations and lots of candles to create a romantic atmosphere.

The details didn’t stop there, after all we had to bring a girl’s dream to life! Joyce walked down the aisle with a harpist playing their favorite song. Furniture and tableware were brought from Athens to complete the ideal dinner set up.

The wedding of Joyce and Nathan was all about creating memories and spending quality time with their friends. A welcoming party on the beach, which was followed by a rehearsal dinner overlooking the Caldera and a private catamaran cruise around the volcano completed the perfect four-day celebration of their wedding.

From The Bride…I always assumed I would have a huge wedding with my big family all in attendance whenever the day came. However, when my sweet husband, Nathan, and I got engaged, we both kept fantasizing about an intimate affair in an unforgettable location. Our idea of a perfect wedding day is sharing it with close friends and family with enough time to talk to, take pictures with, and thank every single guest personally. We just couldn’t shake the dream of a destination wedding!

We visited Santorini on a cruise in 2012 and it remained at the top of our list for a possible location. Once we browsed the work of our incredible planner, Evita Psycha, and the jaw-dropping photos from Anna Roussos Photography, we knew Greece was it!

We spent five days in paradise with our sixteen guests traveling all the way from Los Angeles and Scotland. Everything was just perfect from our beachside welcome party complete with a fire dancer, the magical sunset rehearsal dinner in Fira, our dream wedding, and taking everyone sailing the next morning on a private boat around the caldera as our way of saying, “Thank you”. We will certainly cherish these memories for a lifetime.

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Photography: Anna Roussos | Cinematography: Xavier Roussos | Event Planning: Santorini Glam Weddings | Floral Design: Fabio Zardi | Wedding Dress: Katie May Collection | Cake: Alexandra's Cake | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Venue: Andronis Luxury Suites | Reception Venue: Celestia Grand Executive Villas | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Makeup: Renia Bledaki | Fireworks: Sky Light | Guitarist: Michalis Karamolegos | Rentals: Zazoo

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Classically Elegant Santorini Wedding

A stunning Santorini wedding, that’s something that just happens in the movies, right? Oh no my friends, this sort of beauty actually does take place in real life and Anna Roussos’ pics are proof. Orchestrated by The Bridal Consultant and overflowing with blush roses and beautiful bridesmaids decked out in Jenny Yoo, this destination wedding is what fairy tales are made of – more in the VAULT right this way!

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From The Bridal Consultant.. It was after Alex and Oliver spent their first holiday as a couple on Santorini that they knew they wanted to be married on this beautiful Greek Island.

This was the perfect choice as they also wanted their wedding to be a bit more traditional than the usual overseas wedding. If I had to summarize their wedding abroad in a couple of words, they would be elegant and stylish with a hint of vintage.

Alex and Oliver chose to have their wedding ceremony at Le Ciel. Le Ciel is a stunning wedding venue that was purposely built on the edge of the caldera in 2015. They followed this with their wedding reception at La Maltese Hotel, which shares the same magnificent sunset views over the Caldera.

The Bride’s wedding dress comprised of two elements. Alex fell in love with a Caroline Castigliano shrug. She returned to the same boutique (Les Trois Soeurs) where she tried on different silhouettes until she found the perfect Sarah Janks wedding dress.

Alex chose a beautiful pair of Jimmy Choo shoes and clutch bag; and as she wanted to keep her accessories simple, Alex opted for a stunning floor length ivory veil, diamond earrings and a matching diamond tennis bracelet. In the evening Alex removed the shrug and added a beautiful vintage style diamante belt.

The bridesmaids’ dresses were by Jenny Yoo and were flown in specially from New York. They were called Juliette in Cameo Pink with gold flecked lace.

The groom, his best men and the fathers of the bride and groom looked equally elegant in their attire. They opted for a classic navy blue three-piece with a modern twist. The suits by Sartorial Style of Saville Row were personalized with a scope waistcoat, wider than normal lapels and pink stitched highlights (such as a single cuff buttonhole) to match the bridesmaid’s dresses.

Details are always an important part of the wedding day and Alex and Oliver spent months building a mood board. We liaised with designers including Wedding Wish (wedding florist and decorations) in Santorini to create the beautiful image of their wedding day they envisioned.

Their wedding cake was a four-tied ivory cake with a hand piped lace design to match the bride’s dress. The bespoke wedding stationery, including menus, were designed and made to order by a stationer in the UK and were in keeping with their colors and theme.

For the favors, Alex chose personalized candles for the ladies and Oliver chose a cigar and whiskey bar for the men.

From the Bride… We first holidayed in Santorini as a couple and we simply fell in love with the island. The weather was beautiful, the scenery was spectacular and the sunset was one of the best we had seen. We’d always imagined that we would get married in an English manor house with beautiful gardens, but the thought of getting married with the Santorini sunset in the background changed our minds. The whole planning experience up until the big day was one emotional rollercoaster, but was worth every moment! Our best memory from the day was the moment we saw each other at the aisle and our first dance. This was made even more special as we had sparklers for all of the guests and fireworks at the end of the dance.

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Photography: Anna Roussos | Event Planning: The Bridal Consultant | Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks | Ceremony Venue: Le Ciel | Reception Venue: La Maltese | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Groom's Attire: Savile Row | Bridal Boutique: Les Trois Soeurs | Bride's Clutch: Jimmy Choo | Bride's Shrug: Caroline Castigliano | Floral Design + Decor: Wedding Wish

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