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Romantic Seaside Wedding in Greece

It’s no mystery why Greece is such a sought after destination for weddings and getaways… it’s crazy beautiful. It’s ranking on my ‘wanderlist’ is pretty high and thanks to Mood Effects and George Pahountis, it just earned a jump up on the ‘ole list. Blue waters to white-washed chapels and all the love in between, you can feast your eyes to an abundance of pretty right over here.

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From Mood EffectsWe had the pleasure to organize the wedding of a couple that came from New York to Greece to celebrate their wedding. The wedding took place in the middle of August in the suburbs of Athens close to the sea. Coming from different cultures, the bride embraced the Greek origins of the groom and both of them wanted to share and introduce to their guests the Greek customs of a wedding as well as the beauty of Greece within few days. And so they did! With few touches of New York elements. The ceremony was in a small white, very traditional chapel surrounded by beautiful tall trees. Just before the sunset the ceremony begun and it was one of the most romantic and emotional moments of the day.

After the ceremony everyone joined the couple for the reception and the party to a private venue next to the sea. The colors of the sunset were enhancing the minimal but impressive architecture as well as the decoration that was placed as centerpieces and all around. White hydrangeas and roses, ivy and candles were selected to match the blue scenery of the view. Few gold details were glowing through the candlelight and kept the “sunlight” after dark.

Photography: George Pahountis | Wedding Planner: Mood Effects | Floral Design: Studio 7 | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Shoes: Jimmy Choo

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Greek Islands Destination Wedding

If I could jet set away to ANY place in the world, it would be the stunning isles of Greece. It’s been on my bucket-list for who know how long, and today I’ve got all the more reason to go. You see, Yiannis Alefantou sent over the most beautiful captures of this destination fête, and if I’m being honest? I might be looking up flights right now. Get your swoon on here!

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From Mood Effects… “Our wedding day was the best day of our lives” – quoting the bride and the groom. This sentence is used all the time and it seems to be very easy to be said or written. But Is it really? After almost a year of planning ahead it this is the best this that you can hear and it is the outcome of all the efforts that made your dream come true. Angela and Jason wanted their wedding day to be special not only for them but also for their families and friends. They wanted to be a unique experience for all of them. Something that they will cherish and remember for a long time.

Their love for Greece is what they made them start thinking of having a destination wedding since they live in Seattle. They wanted an island, that was certain. From all the beautiful islands the one that they were feeling very strong about was Paros. Angela had spend most of her childhood vacation there and it was her love of this particular island and Greece that made Jason to see through her eyes that this was the best place to celebrate their wedding. A place full of wonderful memories!

Paros has the same architecture as all the Cycladic islands. Blue details to match the color of the sea on all the small white houses that are getting brighter when the sun is shining. The venue and the chapel finally selected, were at the same premises, next to the sea. They agreed to follow the traditions of an Orthodox ceremony and be more romantic and modern as far as the party and the decoration was concerned. Been so close to the sea we thought it would be nice to add few matching details to the decoration.

White tends and chairs were placed outside of the small white chapel that was decorated with arrangements of white hydrangeas, white and light pink peonies as well as David Austin roses. During the ceremony the couple followed all the steps of the typical Orthodox ceremony something that was different but impressive for the guests coming from abroad. Everything said and done during the ceremony is symbolic and “prepare” the couple for their common life. The candles, the wine even the three rounds around the table that represent the first steps of the bride and the groom as a married couple.

After the ceremony, guests enjoy their Mimosa cocktails while waiting to enter the reception. At the entrance there was a nicely decorated table with small local candies and the “wish pebbles”. Sea pebbles inside a sandy colored burlap bag for every guest to write a wish for the couple. A small gift was placed at each guest’s place on the table, few sugar coated almond candies wrapped with white and light pink cloth. Every table was named after the name of a Cycladic island and written on a big white pebble placed in the center of the table along with the minimal arrangements of flowers that was surrounded by candles. As the sun was going down the candle lighting was creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

While the sun was setting the couple entered the reception. After dinner and before the party they cut the cake and danced their first dance in front of everybody that joined them to the dance floor after a while.

Beautiful island, beautiful venue and scenery, nice decoration and details but most importantly beautiful people. What made this wedding special wasn’t the details. Was the people. The couple, their families and their friends. The wishes given to them either individually or through their speeches made the day unique and emotional and us very thankful for been part of all this.

Photography: Yiannis Alefantou | Event Design: Mood Effects | Event Planning: Mood Effects | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang

Mykonos Island Wedding

For the longest time, the Greek Islands have roused my wanderlust, and yet, I still haven’t made it to that beautifully blue and white splashed destination. So every time a wedding comes around in this locale, I wonder what I’m waiting for. And when it’s as gorgeous as this one from Adam Alex and White Avenue? You can bet I’ll be stuck in the gallery for days!

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From White AvenueThis was a wedding where two cultures came together, where two families travelled from far and wide to be at Jessie & Daniel’s wedding on the island of paradise, Mykonos.

Jessie and Daniel both live in London but Jessie’s family is Malaysian and Daniel’s are from Ukraine. You might wonder then why they married in Mykonos? They fell in love with the island when they travelled there on holiday a year before. It was also a place where their families could relax for a whole week as opposed to just one or two days in a busy city. Mykonos is a beautiful island with lots to see and do, fresh food to eat. It oozes authenticity and culture despite it being a place where thousands of people flock to every year.

There are wonderful images of the couple getting ready and preparing for the day ahead with their bridesmaids and ushers surrounding them. The ceremony would take place in a beautiful chapel courtyard with stunning views of the sea. The luxury resort they were staying at was quite secluded from the rest of the island and sits way up on the edge of a hill.

As guests eagerly waited for the bride and her father walk down the aisle, there was a sense of excitement as the bridesmaids and maid of honour made their way down the steps from behind them. Then followed beautiful Jessie and her father. It really was a wonderful entrance!

We actually scheduled the ceremony relatively early for a wedding in Greece. It is so hot, even at 6pm so it is best to start an outdoor ceremony when the sun is going down. On this occasion it was scheduled an hour or so before sunset because there would be a jam-packed wedding reception ahead. As Daniel’s family were from Ukraine, they loved the Russian wedding style where lots would be going on, such as games and long speeches made by many of the family members. One particular game involved Jessie and Daniel sitting in the centre of the dance floor with their backs facing each other. A question like ‘Who is the most argumentative?’ would be asked and they would have to hold up an object that represented Jessie or Daniel. It really was a fun wedding with lots of laughing and lots of entertainment.

The style of the wedding involved a lot of golds, pinks and creams, and a lot of candlelight for a beautiful ambiance when it got dark. The most important thing for Jessie & Daniel was that their guests had great food, especially fresh seafood, a brilliant party

During the dinner, the band played some mellow jazz and then for the party, Jessie and Daniel wanted to party in Greek style… plate smashing and Greek dancing. Towards the end of the night, in true Mykonos style, the party music kicked in via a DJ. The night ended with the guests standing on the terrace overlooking the stunning views and witnessing fantastic fireworks.

Photography: Adam Alex | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander (Signature Collection) | Resort: Myconian Collection | Wedding Planning: White Avenue