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Luxurious White Wedding at Amanzoe Complete With Over 1,000 White Roses

When the rehearsal dinner looked as incredible as it did, it’s no surprise the wedding day was out-of-this-world! Complete with over 1,000 white roses from Studio 7, we can guarantee the ceremony and reception are unlike anything you’ve seen before. Curated and planned by The Event Company, the black and white color palette was complimented perfectly by the bride’s favorite hue – Tiffany blue! See all the spectacular details at the full gallery, captured by Lilli Kad Photography!

From Lilli Kad Photography… Tiffanie & Mark’s wedding weekend was nothing short on spectacular! They fell in love with Amanzoe at first sight and one can see how Amanoze has inspired some of the details and style of the event. The wedding day ended up being a very grand affair. Getting ready at the special Villa 20 at Amanzoe was truly the perfect backdrop for Tiffanie and Mark’s classic bridal party photos. They each had 8-9 groomsmen and bridesmaids so space really was an important factor.

Their equally classic black and white theme tied in with tiffanie’s favourite colour “Tiffany blue” effortlessly. The ceremony and reception set up featured 1000s of white roses. Tiffanie’s mum had lots of white roses at her wedding so she wanted to carry that tradition forward. From a “Tifftini” and a “Markhattan” cocktail, a signature scent of Tiffany and Co’s &Love collection created for Mark and for Tiffanie to Mark’s pocket Square being made out of Tiffanie’s gown, all the little details were thought through and had a special meaning to Tiffanie and Mark.

The veil even had hand stitched pearls in the design of the stars. Tiffanie: ” We started rehearsing for our first dance in October, before our wedding in May. We carved out time to practice in our wedding attire during cocktail hour, and that was a special moment together before dancing in front of everyone after the cutting of the cake.”

Music was the most important part for their wedding day and so it came to no surprise that the entire evening was laced with spectacular programs such as fire dancers on the beach, lots of talented singers and entertainers. Defingou events and Inspiration Live Music really pulled out all the stops and had the guests dancing throughout the night. The night finished with a spectacular showcase of fireworks and we can honestly say that we have never been more in awe of the immaculate planning and styling by The event co!

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Photographer: Lilli Kad Photography | Videographer: Marco Caputo Films | Event Design: The Event Company | Event Planning: The Event Company | wedding gown: Lihi Hod | Wedding Cake: Pavlov's Lab | Invitations: Atelier Invitations | Reception Venue: Amanpuri | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Ana B | Band: Inspiration Live Music | Wedding Venue: Amanpuri | AV: music essentials | Art de la Table: White Lilac | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Fireworks: Nanos Fireworks | Florrist: Studio 7 | Performers: Phantom Utopia Events | Rentals: Stylebox Rentals

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This Luxurious White Welcome Dinner In Greece Looks Like It’s Floating On Water!

This seaside celebration is sure to sweep you off your feet! Held on a plateau built on top of the water, The Event Company designed a rounded dinner table that was big enough to seat every guest at one table! The entire celebration looked as if it was floating on top of the water, and was artfully captured in imagery by Lilli Kad Photography.  White florals designed by Studio 7 are the perfect addition to the dreamlike day, prepare to fall in love inside the full gallery.

From Lilli Kad PhotographyTiffanie and Mark’s wedding weekend at Amanzoe in Porto Heli was nothing short of breathtaking. They fell in love with Amanzoe at first sight and one can see how Amanzoe has inspired the details and design of the events. With Amanzoe‘s main feature being the round plateau seemingly floating on blue waters above the clouds, the round table design at the welcome event really felt natural to Anna at The Event Company who styled and planned the wedding to perfection.

We haven’t seen a massive custom-made round table like this before! Tiffanie and Mark had been to many weddings before and always thought that they prefer a style of table where everyone can see each other. The veiled dancers, ethereal and dramatic music program, and the fire pit in the middle of the circle really added the right amount of drama to the night.

Tiffanie said that it really felt like it was a ceremony in its own way. For the table decorations, they referenced the gifts of the ocean. Lots of shells and coral tied in with the actual beach wedding the day after.

Photography: Lilli Kad Photography | videographer: Marco Caputo Films | Event Design: The Event Company | Event Planning: The Event Company | Floral Design: Studio 7 | Stationary: Atelier Invitations | Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Ana B | Band: Inspiration Live Music | Art de la Table: White Lilac | Bride Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Brides Dress: Lihi Hod | Performers: Phantom Utopia Events | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Amanpuri

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Sunkissed Mykonos Island Wedding That Celebrates All Things Wanderlust

Are you ready for the magic that is a Mykonos wedding? This island celebration is as stylish as it is fun, much like the iconic destination itself.  George Liopetas Fine Art Photographs beautifully captures the love of the day and floral design by Studio 7 is not to be missed.  We love the combination of pampas grass and lush white blooms! Leave it to NAIDO to bring a couple’s Big Day vision to life to a tee, you’ll swoon over every last detail in the full gallery.

From George Liopetas Fine Art PhotographsIf your wedding is all about enjoying every single minute with your closest and dearest, where bubbly bucket-fueled dancing at sun-dappled boltholes is a way of life, then Josh & Lizzie’s I do’s on the party island, will satisfy your dawn-till-dusker souls. The beautiful couple met 8 years ago in Newcastle when Lizzie was a freshman at university, and before they knew it they were as one. They moved to London and back to NC taking long and short breaks in between to travel the globe with family and friends. It was five years ago when they first set foot on Mykonos and kept coming back every summer, knowing the island of the winds just had to be their wedding destination.

“We love exploring cultures and foods, and Mykonos speaks to our soul- we feel at home here,” the bride confesses. Lizzie and Josh sided with NAIDO‘s Konstantinos Tsoukalas who curated their big day to absolute perfection: a sunkissed wedding with a dash of Mykonian glam. Hadn’t the term’ boho chic’ been so de trop, you’d definitely use it to summarize the entire languid summer scheme. Think flaxen grasses and Lunaria mixed with fresh orchids and ivory David Austins, and an arch divided in half, pampas on one side and greenery on the other.

The reception took place at Mykonos’ iconic Relais & Chateaux – Royal Myconian and was set in silver and gold, a touch of pewter, and mercury, topped with whites. The day began in delicious fashion details and Lizzie’s gifts to her bridesmaids; weaved baskets with pom-pons chockful of skin products and fashionable raffia pouches. After popping a bottle of bubbly and toasting by the pool, Lizzie slipped into her Berta Privee wedding gown and, escorted by her dad, headed down the aisle to marry her beloved. As for the party that followed Lizzie said, “Our priorities were definitely to enjoy every single minute with all of our friends & family that have traveled across the world to celebrate with us. We wanted everyone to have the best and biggest party possible! I wanted to make sure everyone would be dancing from the start, that the drinks would keep flowing and that our people would take in all Mykonos had to give.” Done and done, Lizzie!

Photography: George Liopetas Fine Art Photographs | Cinematography: Konstantinos Liopetas | Design: NAIDO | Event Planning: NAIDO | Floral Design: Studio 7 | Wedding Dress: Berta | Wedding Venue: Royal Myconian | Beauty: Make-up Mykonos | Preparations Venue: Mykonos | Rentals: Blue Furniture rental | Ring Boxes: Velweds | Signs, Stationary, Neon Lights: illuminography | Sound & Lights: Sound Mykonos | Weddings Heels: Sophia Webster

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A Destination Wedding In Greece That’s Overflowing With Elegance

Travel to Greece with us for a day carefully crafted by THE EVENT CO. that you won’t want to miss.  Floral design by Studio 7 is as romantic as it is inspirational, and every tender moment is artfully captured in imagery by George Liopetas Fine Art Photographs. Visit the full gallery to fall in love with every magical moment.

From George Liopetas Fine Art PhotographsHow about getting married in your mother country? How about getting married in Greece? This destination wedding will blow your eyes off. New York is such a city, but Greece and especially Achaia is an amazing place. Especially, if you combine some of the best pros in Greece. Anna Sourbati, owner and planner of THE EVENT CO., created some magic for A+K and their guests could not believe in their eyes. Be sure to check all the images and fell in love with A+K’s fairytale. This wedding is going to make you feel like Greece as Athena and Kostas, who are originally from Nafpaktos Greece, decided to tie the knot where their parents and grandparents did. Isn’t it so romantic? I think it is.

Being in the fashion industry and working for the most iconic fashion brands, our bride Athena was really such a beautiful bride! Where should we start from? From her amazing Vera Wang gown with this so chic external sleeve piece? From her Rene Caovilla tailor made heels? Ohhh yes, Rene especially made these heels for her and only for her!

From the bride, ‘We met for the first time briefly in New York City, back in the summer of 2013. We did not meet again until the summer of 2014, when we met in Nafpaktos. And that is where it all began! Nafpaktos is so special to the both of us’.

The beauty elements of the day were done by by Chrisanthos Smirneos, an amazing hair stylist, and Mary Rokkou, a well know make up artist. Both well known for their work in the fashion industry of Greece and not only, our magical bride left us speechless.

The wedding ceremony was held at ‘Saint Paraskevi’ church, in Nafpaktos downtown and the reception took place at the amazing Idilofon Venue. You should totally check the sunset behind the Rio-Antirio bridge… It was such a beauty.

 Last but not least, the fairytale would not be the same without the amazing team of Studio 7.  From the  amazing white peonies bouquet to he amazing white rose centerpieces to the this amazingly decorated table for two = THE BEST JULY WEDDING!

Photography: George Liopetas Fine Art Photographs | Cinematography: WEDCINEMATICS | Event Planning: The Event Company | Floral Design: Studio 7 | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Stationery: Papertree Studio | Reception Venue: Idilofon Venue | Catering: Dimitris Fakalos | Groom's Attire: Salvatore Ferragamo | Beauty: Chrisanthos Smirneos | Beauty: Mary Rokkou | Bridal Shoes: Rene Caovilla | Photobooth: Kibeli | Rentals: White Lilac | Rentals: Stylebox | Ring Boxes: Velweds

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When Two Luxury Wedding Photographers Tie the Knot in Greece

When two wedding photographers get married in Greece, you know it’s going to be magic! Talk about major European summer vibes – Anna Roussos and Thanos Asfis are giving us wanderlust with their waterfront nuptials at Cycladic Gem Villa, set against the deep azure backdrop of the Aegean Sea. The stunning sun-shaped arch is the star of the ceremony while Lily of the Valley created a day of sheer luxury and elegance, complete with floating crystal chandeliers. With so many picture-perfect moments, you don’t want to miss the Grecian romance in the full gallery by Nikola Evanastyaand video by With Heart Films

From Diane Kiameh, the wedding planner… Anna and Thanos professed their vows against a wanderlust backdrop surrounded by their nearest and dearest in the mesmerizing Cycladic Gem villa on the exclusive island of Ios. A customized sun arch served as both the main inspiration and canvas for their nuptials as it dazzled on the edge of a waterfront Grecian inspired amphitheater and against the deep azure shades of the Aegean Sea.

The color palette of nude and blush tones was enhanced with gold accents. The flowers were of a mix of garden roses complemented by bleached foliage.

The reception table was covered with a delicate beige tablecloth. Modern tableware consisting of gold cutlery and striped glasses as well as sophisticated porcelain dinner plates completed the contemporary mood. Blush taper candles placed on long gold candleholders and floating crystal chandeliers added the final luxury touches to the romantic set-up.

The stunning gown by Annadi designed especially for Anna’s big day was embellished with a long dreamy cape and paired perfectly with the aesthetics of the wedding event. The groom on the other hand looked dapper in his bespoke white and black tuxedo. Their day was just a dream and friends and family were thrilled to celebrate their union!

Photography: Nastya Nikolaeva | Event Planning & Design: Lily of the Valley | Floral Design: Jim Labraco | Wedding Dress: Annadi | Cake: Pavlov's Lab | Stationery: Love Me Do | Hair & Makeup: Juliarta Bridenificent | Groom: Thanos Asfis Photography | Arch: Mazi Event Design and Production | Art de la table: White Lilac | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride: Anna Roussos | Chandeliers: The Twelve Events | Furniture: Zazoo | Groom outfit: Truman | Sound & Light: Wedding republic | Video: With Heart Films | Villa: Cycladic Gem

A Picturesque Peach Toned Wedding In The Olive Groves Of Greece

The dreamiest of summer inspiration has officially arrived.  This peach-hued wedding, set in gorgeous Greece, has officially stolen our hearts.  Mosaïque – Event Design brought this couple’s Big Day vision to life creating a feeling of relaxed elegance that we can’t get enough of.  From the overflowing food stations to the enchanting blooms designed by Comme Ça – Fleurs & Décor, this celebration is everything you could hope for in a destination wedding.  The natural beauty of the location mixed with the darling details of the day is all artfully captured in the imagery by Adrian Wood.  You’ll love every magical moment in the full gallery.

From Mosaïque – Event DesignAlison and Tom’s wedding took place at Gentilini Retreat in Mitakata, a traditional Kefalonian estate with six intimate, low-key luxe, stone-paved dwellings nestled in the heart of weaving olive groves. 500-year-old gnarled trees grow within its impossibly beautiful grounds, while lavender hedges, cypress-studded arcadian views, olive harvesting, and farm-to-table native cookery add to the mix. The couple’s reverence for agritourism and the ever-present dash of Kefalonia’s old-world charm meant their alfresco vows would gravitate around an immersive guest experience. It was essential for us to follow the cascade of Kephalonia’s gloriously milky light and pace the entire event around its movement. The couple’s peachy palette topped with blush, coral, tangelo orange, sunset, and persimmon infused the botanicals, garden and bombastic roses, peonies, hydrangeas, sweet peas, carnations, and lisianthus. Since Alison’s favorite hue fitly nodded to her something blue, we came up with a custom-fit mold for the stationery, marrying the motif to her beloved kumquat, which also happens to thrive in the Ionian islands.

The color scheme came complete with a wink on the art de la table and the bridesmaids and groomsmen’s attire. There’s something so innately comforting about cozy weddings, and working with a design that would tie in the natural surroundings felt the most authentic. To capture the intimate aesthetic and keep the plan harmoniously aligned to the olive grove’s sculpted organic scape, we sourced natural wood furniture and understated natural textures, such as wood, stone, and metal. First came the floral topped arbor with rustic-style seating for the ceremony. Then there were small garden tables, five food and libation stations for cocktail hour (soft drinks, bubbly, cheese & fruit, olive bar, and Kefalonian desserts), and two guest-gift cabinets. And finally a convent dining table for the reception. To maintain a bit of formality for the rustic-themed soirée, we created custom calligraphy escort cards with wax seals exuding the chic casualness that went hand in hand with the wedding style. The lighting scheme involved cueing the mood with strings of delicate, globe-shaped bulbs strewn across the trees. The wedding favors included Gentilini Retreat‘s signature olive oil and oregano-filled glass tubes. It was iconically Greek!

From Alison and Tom… We met in Myanmar (Burma) of all places, where we were both working – Tom as a teacher and me as a global health researcher. More specifically, we both bonded over our shared love of field hockey, and first met at training in downtown Yangon. Tom invited me to a dinner with some friends, which ended with a night of wild Scottish dancing in the gardens, and the rest is history.  During a trip at the Norfolk Coast, Tom proposed on a very early morning walk on the moors (after I had spent about an hour photographing wild ponies while Tom patiently/anxiously waited before getting down on one knee!) Embracing our love of the sea/coast, we went crabbing afterward (how romantic!) We wanted a rustic, outdoor wedding in a beautiful natural setting and importantly one where people would feel relaxed, happy, and in holiday mode! We knew Kefalonia would be a great place for a 3-day celebration, and with my family’s links to the island, it made planning pretty straightforward. When we saw Gentilini Retreat, even though it wasn’t on a part of the island we knew so well, we had no doubt it would be the perfect place to say I do. We were very lucky in that this stunning venue existed, but it was Nicole from Mosaïque – Event Design that elevated it to the next level through her design and concept. Nicole helped us to see its potential and how it could be transformed from a blank canvas into a flowing space with different areas and rooms, and in doing this she made a huge olive grove feel cozy and intimate. As for our wedding wear, I wanted something minimalist and chic, but still personalized in some way – which I did through my bespoke capelet designed by Halfpenny London. I liked the idea of having two looks – one for the ceremony, and one for the evening/banquet dinner. Tom wanted something fairly classic looking while also being suitable for a hot climate. The three-piece enabled him to take off layers while still maintaining the formal look. The part of our wedding that will forever be etched in our hearts, is walking together through the olive grove on our way to dinner, having a private moment to ourselves before seeing all of our friends and family seated at the long table in front of us, chatting away and having a great time in the most stunningly beautiful setting.

Photography: Adrian Wood Photography | Cinematography: Kostas Kastanakis | Event Design: Mosaique Event Planning & Design | Event Planning: Mosaique Event Planning & Design | Floral Design: Comme ça | Wedding Dress: Halfpenny London | Cake: Pavlov's Lab | Invitations: Atelier Invitations | DJ: Makis Klonis | Groom's Attire: Artefact, London | Venue: Gentilini Retreat | Beauty: Ioanna Karkantelou | Rentals: Stylebox | Rentals: Tore | Rentals: White Lilac | Rentals: Prop - Premium Decor Rentals

The Bachelor’s Caila Quinn Burrello Shares Her Tips for Planning Your Dream Honeymoon!

Does planning your dream honeymoon sound more overwhelming than fun? Join the club. Lucky for us – Caila, from Ben Higgins’ season of The Bachelor, is here to share her tips for a stress-free honeymoon you’ll want to keep close. Take inspiration from her and her hubs’ Santorini escape, where they commemorated their newlywed chapter with a drop-dead gorgeous destination photoshoot, captured by Kostis Mouselimis. With cliffside views, volcanic beaches, and the island’s iconic white-washed buildings and blue domes, this mesmerizing island creates a magical setting to celebrate love and a new life together!

Where did you go for your honeymoon and how did you choose the destination(s)?

Travelers at heart, my husband and I booked a three-week-long honeymoon to Croatia and throughout Greece. We try to visit one new country a year as a couple and these bucket-list destinations had the ideal balance of romantic old city charm and breathtaking ocean views for us!

WEEK 1: We started our first week in Dubrovnik and spent our day’s hand and hand getting lost within its picturesque medieval limestone walls. After acclimating to the European time change & catching our breath after our 200 guest wedding, we were ready for adventure and headed to Athens for 5 days!

WEEK 2: Rich in culture, we loved staying in the heart of Athens with a view of the Acropolis from our balcony. Spending most days exploring by foot, Athens truly mesmerized us with its Greek pride and history. But the most impactful day in Athen was actually an excursion we booked outside of the city. Truly a bucket list item for us, we took a day trip to Meteora to see the monks that live in the sky. It still brings me to tears thinking about this honeymoon memory that imprinted on both of our hearts as a couple. You need to visit Meteora once in your life to see these mountain top monasteries! They will leave your soul in awe of their ability to live on a cliff overlooking the world, but never needing to be a part of it.

WEEK 3: Once we had our fill of history, my husband and I were ready to be romanced by the Greek islands! We spend our final 10 days in both Santorini and Mykonos. This is where we had the pleasure of meeting Konstantinos and capturing these breathtaking memories from our honeymoon to remember for decades to come!

While it may be fun at times, honeymoon planning can also be super stressful – any tips you’d be able to share for future newlyweds who don’t know where to begin?

I could not agree more, planning a honeymoon can be dreadful at times, especially while juggling planning a wedding! I would say, start by taking a deep breath. My biggest tip when planning a honeymoon would be to think about what kind of experience are you hoping to have? When you close your eyes, do you envision yourself… relaxing by the beach, adventuring in the jungle, restaurant hopping to try local foods, or romantically never leaving your hotel room? Let this be the seed of inspiration for your trip. 

For Nick and I, we always envisioned our honeymoon being a jet-setting love affair with culture where we tried to check off as many bucket list items as we could. So from there, we wrote down some of our bucket list countries, and within those countries our bucket list activities. Croatia and Greece were the overlapping destinations calling us. And bucket list activities included: A Game of Thrones tour in Dubrovnik, Staying overnight in a Windmill on the cliffs Santorini, visiting the monks in the Meteora mountain-top monasteries near Athens, and lounging on the beaches of Mykonos with a local cocktail in hand. From there, the honeymoon kind of planned itself as we made these bucket list items the pillar days of our honeymoon with every travel day in between being relaxed & unplanned. 

What were some of the most memorable moments from your trip?

One of the most memorable moments from our honeymoon was waking up in our own private windmill that we booked on Airbnb for 2 nights. Located on the cliffs of Santorini, our two-floor 200-year-old windmill faced the inner ocean crater with views of tip to toe of the entire island. The pink cloudy sunset sky lulled us to sleep as we relished in the romantic views with a full glass of wine in hand. It felt like it was only us in the world & heaven was under our feet – here, in the country of Greece. (All of the photos Konstantinos took are of this windmill and this feeling.) 

Would you recommend booking a honeymoon session!? If so, what advice would you give to couples to get the most out of their shoot?

Yes, I would 100% recommend booking a honeymoon session when you travel. For us, we may never be able to visit Greece again, and what better way to frame our travels in our home than with professional photos of this dream destination. If you do book a session I would recommend only booking an hour and bringing 2 dresses/outfits. The benefit of booking a local photographer is they know the best locations & the best time to shoot for lighting, so you can make the most of your time. And if your partner isn’t convinced this is a good idea, tell them the shoot is a date activity that will be romantic. And if that doesn’t work bribe them with a special dinner after to make it worth their while, if you know what I mean. 

Is there anything you would do differently if you could go back?

If I could do my honeymoon again, there is not a single thing I would change. Well… maybe one thing. I wish we were a little bit more organized with understanding the Covid Regulations of each country. We went on our honeymoon in June of 2021 and the regulations in Europe were changing on the daily, so I think having a document with a list of the Country Travel Forms we needed to fill out would have helped relieve a little travel stress. The only reason I say that is because we were stuck in Croatia an extra day on our way to Athens, Greece. The paperwork to enter Greece at the time was emailed to you 24 hours after you fill out their travel form. We thought we could fill out the form at the airport, which was our mistake. Not a big deal, but now we know for next time we travel in between countries in Europe.

Photography: Kostis Mouselimis | Event Planning: Think Happy Events | Florist: Marias' Flower Wedding Decoration | Film Lab: 645lab | Location: Remezzo Villas Santorini | Rentals: Spicy Bites

Earth-Tone Luxury Ekaterini Estate Micro Wedding

We can’t stop obsessing over this romantic micro-wedding in Greece filled with warm, romantic earth tones.  Shades of neutrals play perfectly with the idyllic background of Ekaterini Estate, where Phaedra Liakou Events brought our couple’s wildest wedding dreams to life. Lush florals by Leonidas Rammos help tell the tale of true love, and all of the waterfront wonder is elegantly captured in the imagery by Sotiris Tsakanikas and Lefteris Kalampokas.  The full gallery is where you’ll find every darling detail.

From Phaedra Liakou Events… The Ekaterini Estate is a magnificent hilltop estate above the village of Gastouri, one of the oldest and most beautiful villages of Corfu. This luxurious prestigious residence gives you unique privacy.  It was painstakingly restored in the late 1990s and 2000s by the current owner’s mother, a distinguished art historian, art critic, and collector. She had an unfailing eye, infallible taste, as well as a deep love for the island, its architecture, and history. As a result, the Estate combines luxurious and comfortable living with the beauty and elegance that characterizes the finest of Corfiot mansions. The grandeur of the villa with its extraordinary views is truly unique. There is a plethora of stunning outdoor sitting and dining areas for you to enjoy, each with its own special feel and style. The interiors are refined and stylish throughout.  All these characteristics made Ekaterini Estate the perfect choice for Joanna and George’s wedding and their 60 guests.

Manousenia designed a chic stationery suite with an acrylic invitation and a hand-drawn map with historical places of Corfu to be mentioned. The couple offered their guests a bottle of a traditional kumquat Corfu liqueur. Its name means “golden orange” and it is produced by extracting the rare citrus fruit kumquat into alcohol.

Wedding design details were curated to create a fresh luxurious palette featuring cappuccino tones and creamy neutrals, with an exploration into asymmetry. Paired with an earthy-tone tabletop and complimenting modern decoration, the result achieved a romantic, refined experience that was both welcoming and elegant.


Photography: Sotiris Tsakanikas | Photography: Lefteris Kalampokas | Event Planning: Phaedra Liakou Events | Floral Design: Leonidas Rammos | Wedding Dress: Celia Kritharioti | Stationery: manousenia design | Catering: Mamalis Catering | DJ: Nikos Xatziioannidis | Wedding Venue: Ekaterini Estate | Desserts & Wedding Cake: Sweet Art Stories | Make Up Artist: Gogo Nikiforaki | Rentals: The secret kitchen | Styling Props: marygro art

A Green And White Hued Wedding In Greece Filled With Gorgeous Details

This Grecian wedding is prettier than a picture.  Hosted at the luxurious Kinsterna Hotel & Spa, incredible architecture and idyllic scenery collide for one wow-worthy wedding.  With everything from a lush green and white outdoor garden ceremony to photo ops with an adorable donkey, Think Happy Events filled every minute of this day with magic.  Crisp, lush white blooms by Studio 7 delight and fill the event with effortless elegance.  The love of the day is artfully captured in the imagery by Elias Kordelakos, visit the full gallery to enjoy every last detail.

From Elias Kordelakos … Kinsterna in Monemvasia, Greece is one of the best choices for an intimate wedding. With its architecture resembling the Italian Tuscan style, situated at the side of a hill, perfectly isolated provides everything a couple wants for their special day.

A lush green and white floral aisle led to a stunning ceremony arch where the couple exchanged vows.  The outdoor ceremony was simply stunning.

An alfresco dinner later led to dancing under the stars.  It was everything our couple could have asked for and more! 

Photography: Elias Kordelakos | Videographer: Sotiris Tseles | Event Planning: Think Happy Events | Floral Design: Studio 7 | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Reception Venue: Kinsterna Hotel & Spa | Makeup artist: Theocharis Katerina

Intimate Destination Wedding in Santorini for an International Couple

Amid COVID restrictions, cancelled plans and families in different countries – the bride was able to plan their dream wedding weekend on the beautiful island of Santorini in just three short months!! With just a few of their nearest and dearest, today’s darling couple tied the knot surrounded by sparkling views of the Aegean sea, made even more beautiful by Betty Flowers Santorini’s floral creations. Our favorite part? The bride’s sister collected well wishes from their original wedding guests to gift to the couple on their wedding day as a sweet surprise. Don’t leave before seeing all the beauty of the full gallery – captured to perfection by Elias Kordelakos!

From The Bride… Lars and I met at a hostel backpacking in Thailand in August 2016, shortly after I’d graduated from law school and taken the bar exam and before Lars began his last semester of graduate school. Lars was from the Netherlands, and I was from the United States. Our meeting was the most improbable of circumstances. What followed was perhaps even less probable. The night I met Lars was the last night traveling with a close friend, before I was to begin 6 weeks of solo travel. Instead, Lars and I — realizing we planned to head in same direction — decided to travel together. And so we did, throughout Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam, falling in love along the way. A month later, Lars traveled to New York City for the first time and enjoyed his first Thanksgiving with my family and friends. For New Years, I flew to the Netherlands to meet all of his loved ones. For three years, we visited one another as often as possible and continued to explore the world together. Finally, in August 2019, Lars was able to relocate to the US.

He proposed on a ski weekend in Killington, Vermont in February 2020. By the end of February 2020, we’d secured our dream venue of Son Marroig in Mallorca, Spain for June 19, 2021. Because half of our guests would be European and half would be American, our wedding was always going to be a destination wedding. Mallorca was the last place we’d traveled to prior to Lars’s relocation to the US, and we were absolutely in love with it. We booked our band, our DJ, our planner, our venue, and our catering. We held out hope that the 100 person wedding of our dreams would be possible in June 2021, even if it was a smaller affair than initially contemplated.

Like so many dealing with the stress of wedding planning in COVID, we hoped for the best but prepared ourselves for the reality of our situation — a situation further complicated by wanting to be sensitive to the differences in vaccination rates, vaccination access, travel restrictions, and event restrictions across multiple countries.

In March, we realized that the wedding we’d originally planned was not possible. While vaccinations were becoming more widely available in the US, the situation was not as optimistic in much of Europe — and Spain had not even announced plans to reopen to American visitors.

The question became: What do we really care about? And what plan can we come up with to still get us there?

The answer to the first question was astonishingly simple — to have a beautiful, really personalized celebration of our love with the people who matter the absolute most to us — our families. At that point, because of travel restrictions, we hadn’t been together with Lars’s family since before the pandemic began. And our entire immediate families had never been together.

Resolving the second question was a lot more difficult. We wanted to still celebrate near our original June 2021 date. But his family from the Netherlands was not allowed into the US. My family from the US was not allowed into the Netherlands or Spain. Then Greece announced it was reopening.

With all the sunk costs of our first wedding plan and with Lars’s support and faith in my planning abilities, I set out to plan our Greek wedding myself in three months. Within two weeks, we had secured our dream wedding photographer (Elias is the warmest and most talented photographer, and he was an immense help with the timeline of our wedding day) and two venues for our celebrations. Using the magic of Instagram, Google, and wedding blogs, I found wonderful hair and makeup artists in Santorini, an incredibly talented singer/guitarist (Louis Vlahakis), a beautiful floral design team who I trusted COMPLETELY with my ideas (Betty Flowers Santorini), transfer services (for family and for just Lars and I), chair rentals and glasses/cutlery/plates (Spicy Bites), and table and lighting rentals (Weddings & Whimsy). Planning and coordinating from overseas was not always the easiest, but our team of vendors was everything I could have hoped for.

I ordered custom napkins/runners from a shop on Etsy and a custom white tablecloth from another shop I found online. We created our own thank you cards/notes from templates we downloaded off Etsy, and we created the place cards, the “Thank you” note for each dinner plate, and the wedding program from templates on Minted. We flew over to Greece with these items and provided them to various vendors the day before our wedding.

The night before the wedding we had dinner and drinks with a live guitarist on the terrace of the suites we had rented out at Fanari Villas. Fanari also catered. Jay Calpin from “FRESH” flew from Mallorca and performed — he would have originally been part of our wedding in Spain. We had the most amazing night and our families instantly clicked. Lars’s mom, Jolanda, read a poem that she had written for us in Dutch, and provided us all with an English translation to follow along.

On the wedding day, we had breakfast together and then separated to get ready. We both wrote our own vows and finished transcribing them into our vow book that day. As a surprise to our families, Lars and I had both written personalized notes to each member of our family. We gave them out one-by-one after we were ready.

My mom had lent me her pearl ring — an old gift from my dad — surrounded by sapphires for my something borrowed/something blue. I also had an old brooch from my great grandmother that was attached to my bridal bouquet.

I walked down the aisle, escorted by both of my parents, to “Hold My Girl” by George Ezra (singing and acoustic guitar by Louis Vlahakis). The ceremony was on the same terrace that we had our welcome dinner the previous night. My sister officiated and made the ceremony so personalized. Lars and I each shared our own vows, and we walked out to Louis Vlahakis performing “You’ve Got the Love” by Florence and the Machine. The group had a toast at Fanari Villas before we took our cars over to El Viento for our reception.

El Viento is this amazing new (I think it opened in 2019??) venue in a different town on the island of Santorini. We walked in to “500 Miles.” Louis Vlahakis had learned our favorite song — “Grow Old with Me” by Tom Odell — for our first dance, which we had as the sun set behind us. Lars danced with his mom, while I simultaneously danced with my dad to “Home” by Phillip Phllips.

After dinner, my dad gave a speech, followed by a speech by Lars’s two brothers.

My sister then surprised us with a huge collection of well wishes from most of our original wedding guests! She had worked with Lars’s family to send out letters to all of our original wedding guests asking them to share some well wishes and advice, knowing how much it would have meant to us to be able to celebrate with them all. She provided them all with cards with stamped return envelopes, and Lars’s family brought theirs from the Netherlands and my sister carried the ones she received from the US. It was the sweetest surprise!!

The next day we had chartered a private catamaran for a 5 hr trip with delicious Greek wine and grilling.

It was the best three days of our lives. And, while it was not the wedding we had initially imagined, it ended up being better than we could have ever hoped for. We have never been so happy in our lives. And our families got to spend more time together than they otherwise ever would have been able to. It was perfect. The pandemic had a way of putting things into perspective. We’re grateful for that.

Photography: Elias Kordelakos | Floral Design: Betty Flowers Santorini | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Cake: PetranArt Santorini | Ceremony Venue: Fanari Villas | Reception Venue: El Viento | Catering: PetranArt Santorini | DJ: Louis Vlahakis | DJ: Jay Calpin | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Beauty: Marianna Nomikou | Beauty: Renia Bledaki | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Fanari Villas | Rentals: Spicy Bites | Rentals: Weddings & Whimsy

Mamma Mia, This Mykonos Destination Wedding Is Satisfying Our European Summer Craving!

Hot pink and bright orange blooms by Petridis Floral Creations, a fashion forward tea-length gown, and the enchanting isle of Mykonos – these are just a few elements you can expect to see from todays gorgeous wedding planned by Nymfee! To say we’re obsessed is the understatement of the century. Get ready for instant dose of joy and vitamin D at the full gallery, captured to perfection by Anna Roussos!

Anna Roussos… Moving, visually striking, and full of love, Alexia and Sebastian’s vibrant Mykonos wedding highlighted the merging of two cultures. This handsome couple had subtle nods to their heritages, with the groom in neutral Greek tones and the bride displaying a brightly colored flower headpiece and layered ruffled wedding dress in honor of her Brazilian roots. Only their closest friends and family were present for the traditional Orthodox ceremony, followed by a stylish al-fresco outdoor dinner in the heat of a Greek summer night. Happy, colorful, and spirited, this was a Greece wedding occasion capable of brightening any mood.

From the wedding planner, Nymfee… Ask any wedding planner, what was the wedding trend in 2020, and they will all say: organizing the perfect wedding with the minimum number of guests, during an unprecedented pandemic, while still having fun (along with any fortune-telling abilities to predict the next COVID-19 prevention restrictions). And thus the micro-wedding or minimony became the norm. While appearing easier, the end-game was the same: the couple had to remember their W-Day as the best day of their lives. At Nymfee, when we started planning Sebastian’s and Alexia’s wedding, we were going big: 450 guests traveling to Mykonos from 5 continents, a huge beach party in one of the most prestigious venues on the island, and so on. Of course, we had contingency plans, but no one prepared us for the unexpected: a pandemic. 

We decided we had to be creative and find inspiration in our roots. After all, why do people want to tie the knot? Because they love each other and they want to share their joy with their nearest and dearest. This feeling of intimacy was our guide in planning a meaningful ceremony against all odds. We merged Alexia’s (the bride) admiration for Frida Kahlo and her emblematic, colorful art, with Cycladic elements and aesthetics. Apart from the visual elements of the wedding, what we actually did was merging four cultures: Sebastian’s Greek-Polish heritage with Alexia’s Lebanese-Brazilian roots. We made sure the couple’s personality was present in all details. Alexia opted for peach, orange & pink flowers combined with Latin-style vases and details, escaping the traditional white or earth tones that the island is usually known for. Her headpiece was a chic new-era representation of a flaming woman, full of love and passion. Since the celebration was considerably smaller than originally planned, we wanted to make an impact with an intimate setup for dinner, creating a layout where the guests would circle the couple with love throughout the event. We also thought deeply about how to set it up in such a way that guests will enjoy their own space, respecting social distancing norms. The result was an idyllic, fairy-tale wedding with the couple’s closest friends and relatives (coming all the way from 4 different countries). As the old adage goes: “Love always finds a way”! 

Photography: Anna Roussos | Videography: With Heart Films | Event Planning: Nymfee | Florals: Petridis Floral Creations | Wedding Dress: Loewe | Venue: Casa Di Giorgio | Jewerly and rings: ponirosjewellery | Make-up artist: Make-up Mykonos | Shoe: Christian Louboutin

A Beach Bonfire Engagement on the Beautiful Island of Kea in Greece

Ladies and gentlemen, it doesn’t get much dreamier than this. The little-known Greek island of Kea boasts unspoiled landscapes, serene beaches, and quaint villages that are sure to combine for quite a romantic adventure. Kostis Mouselimis perfectly captured the ultimate engagement experience for Matina and Lambros, as they enjoyed swoon-worthy moments in each other’s company. Think Happy Events shaped the day into existence through planning all the unforgettable memories. Every newly engaged couple deserves to experience the peace and tranquility of a getaway like this. Check out the full gallery for all the lovely moments that we just can’t seem to get over!

From Kostis Mouselimis… For Matina and Lambros, a proposal on the beach, a bonfire, dipping in the crystal waters, and spending the night singing was the ultimate engagement experience in Greece, in one of Aegean’s finest destinations. Kea is definitely rising to be one of the most upbeat and romantic destinations in the Aegean for couples, and we can see why this is the place Lambros chose to pop the question and ask Matina to marry him!

Why did he choose the island of Kea? Kea is a jet-set destination, as well as a fashionable choice for couples that want a unique location for some days off or celebrating a big milestone like a proposal. It is only an hour’s ferry ride from Lavrio, just outside Athens. This Cycladic island has everything a couple may need for a memorable experience in Greece. For us, nothing comes close to the romance of a night spent on the beach and asking your better half to share your lives. Surrounded by sand, salt, and million stars, a beach bonfire will warm the hearts, perfect for a proposal and a quiet romantic dinner. Matina and Lambros seemed so happy and content with each other, leaving everything behind and getting caught up in the moment. Popping the question under the starlit sky is oozing with romance and experiencing the greek beaches by night holds another level of beauty, not to mention tranquility and intimacy.

We love designing experiences for couples drenched in greek charm and the unique feeling of the Aegean. There’s something magical about watching the greek sunset by the flickering warmth of a beach bonfire, backed by the sound of crashing waves and waking up to the sounds of summer. Matina was thrilled Lambros chose such a creative way to ask her to be his wife! After a day spent in the sun and living the authentic island life, nothing compares with the romance of a bonfire proposal and a dip in the crystal waters of the Aegean while wishing on shooting stars. It’s an experience all couples should seek!

Edited by Lauren Megerdichian and Carly Zumar

Photography: Kostis Mouselimis | Event Planning: Think Happy Events | Floral Design: Jim Labraco | Cake: Pavlov's Lab | Stationery: Love Me Do | Shoes: Cardou | Jewelry: Aelia Crafts | Hair & Makeup: Giorgia Xristodoulou | Accomodations: Kea Village | Accomodations: villa Lefkothea | Ceramics: Xenaki | Dress & Swimwear: Vassia Kostara | Film Lab: 645 film lab | Furniture: Tore | Light: SoundVoice | Men's outfit: Christakis | Ring Boxes & Styling Surface: Art Point | Tableware: White Lilac

Art Nouveau Glasshouse Inspiration Shoot In Santorini

If you’re dreaming of a destination wedding, have we got the inspiration for you! The iconic Santorini sunset set the tones and palette of this shoot with muted mauve, eggplant, peach, marigold, and citrus and spice accents. In lieu of a ceremony arch, mother-daughter team Julia & Evita designed a glasshouse where the beautiful two-bride couple could stand beneath a spectrum of colors shining through. Betty Flowers Santorini filled the day with beautiful blooms and fabulous pampas grass arrangements that inspire. The artful images by George Liopetas Fine Art Photographs are sure to take your breath away. Get transported to Greece in the full gallery.

From George Liopetas Fine Art PhotographsThis art nouveau glasshouse inspiration shoot from Santorini, Greece is all about the sweet decadence and opulence of the Great Gatsby era, coming with wild elegance and statement-making style! Rocabella Hotel & Spa in Santorini became the perfect stage for Julia and Evita to create this dreamy wedding where elegance and delicious romantic notes came together seamlessly to bright full circle a ceremony that is out of the ordinary.

New kid on the block, Greek designer Crochelle dressed our two brides in ethereal two-piece wedding gowns that channel beautiful creature aesthetics, while Poniros Jewellerey provided diamond creations depicting the iconic flora of the island, the Santorini vine into a unique black diamond engagement ring, and volcanic flower coordinating pieces.

Dreaming of adding some Great Gatsby glam to your wedding? If you have your hearts set on an era-themed wedding that oozes minimal opulence, my guess is that is all the inspiration you need.

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Photography: George Liopetas Fine Art Photographs | Cinematography: Jim Grillas | Coordination: The Secret Owl | Event Planning: Julia and Evita | Floral Design: Betty Flowers Santorini | Wedding Dress: Crochelle | Cake: Alexandra's Cakes | Reception Venue: Rocabella Santorini Hotel & Spa | Jewelry: ponirosjewellery | Catering: Spicy Bites | Calligraphy: Julia and Evita | Beauty: Renia Bledaki | Beauty: Spa Nails Del Mar e’ Sol Santorini | Beauty: Morgan Belleville | Chairs: Sphinx Wine Restaurant | Editorial: Setty Lepida | Marbles: Grigoris Kouskouris

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Daydreaming of Eloping to Greece to Tie the Knot? This Photography Workshop Will Transport You Directly There!

It is no secret we are all developing the travel bug after this past year, and today we apologize for amplifying that feeling by 1000% with this breathtaking photography workshop by Rebecca Carpenter Photography, designed and planned by The Stars Inside. From jaw-dropping views to absolutely gorgeous wedding gowns (yes I said gowns!) and an intimate tablescape with glass bottles and terracotta pot details and the most amazing florals by Red Box Days. Now go ahead and start scrolling and get your mood board, Pinterest, wherever your saving your inspiration to ready, and be sure to check out the full gallery for all of the stunning imagery from the two-day workshop!

From The Star InsideWe had the great joy of traveling to the shores of Santorini to create this editorial, as part of a two-day workshop for photographers run by Rebecca Carpenter Photography. An international team of wedding pros came together to make magic from sunset to sunrise, exploring the sights and sounds of the clifftop towns of Imerovigli and Oia. The aim of the photoshoot was to inspire couples dreaming of having a luxurious, intimate wedding or elopement in a breathtaking, exotic destination – brides and grooms who value travel, privacy, and the authenticity of celebrating their love story in their own way.

The design concept was inspired by Greek myths and legends, with motifs like feathers, golden arrows, and sea-creatures all making their appearance in subtle ways. We brought the story to life through a natural, contemporary color palette echoing that of this captivating part of the world: earthy browns and beiges, rich shades of blue, and sparkling gold details. The floral design and cake details were chosen to mimic the flora of the sea, while the table settings were created to represent the variety of the volcanic landscapes in Santorini: we used a mix of textures like glass, terracotta, marble, silk, and velvet.

We wanted the styling to emphasize, complement, and embrace the beautiful surroundings – for example, the “window” shaped arch backdrop for the ceremony was our way of celebrating the views and sunsets of this incredible island. The accessories and outfits were chosen to have that Mediterranean, Grecian vibe: relaxed, timeless, and gently celestial to pay homage to the gods and mythology of Ancient Greece. We wanted this imagery to be about discovery – about a couple who chooses to fill their elopement day with meaningful luxuries, and plenty of time to breathe in the adventure.

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Photography: Rebecca Carpenter Photography | Videography: Art & Story | Event Design: The Stars Inside | Event Planning: The Stars Inside | Floral Design: Red Box Days | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Wedding Dress: Alana Leena | Cake: The Cakers | Stationery: Paige & Co | Shoes: Bella Belle | Rings: The London Victorian Ring Company | Wedding Venue: Grace Hotel Santorini | Beauty: Storme Makeup And Hair | Bridal Boutique: Morgan Davies | Bridal Boutique: From a selection at Halo & Wren Bridal | Calligraphy on Bottles: Paper Hearts | Halo Crown: Lucky Sixpence | Jewellery: Soru Jewellery | Jewellery & Accessories: Martina Dorta | Model Couple: Paula & Daniel | Rentals: Weddings & Whimsy | Silk Runner & Ribbons: Pompom Blossom | Swimwear: Summerclub Swimwear | Veils: Sash Veil

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Sustainable Micro-Wedding Inspiration at Margi Farm in Athens, Greece

Today’s heavenly editorial is all about how to pull off an organic, sustainable micro-wedding with an elevated aesthetic. With its ivy adorned farmhouse, lavender lined entrance and epic olive grove backdrop – Mosaïque Event Design knew Margi Farm was the perfect location to bring their vision to life. The bride stunned in a Maria Konidi number we’ll be dreaming about for days and paired it with floral adorned hat made pretty by Comme ça – Fleurs & Décor. To see how it all came to life, check out the full gallery of details, all taken by Adrian Wood Photography!

From Mosaïque Event DesignA micro wedding inspiration for all hopeless romantics, beautifully captured by photographer Adrian Wood. My vision for this editorial shoot was provincial charm and romance whilst showcasing the art of sustainable, stylish, organic, intimate wedding design. This approach to weddings has been my passion for several years, but now, with this strange new COVID19 reality and recommendations for smaller outdoor gatherings,  it is definitely the right time to remind the world that Greece, with its unique and diverse geography, climate and alfresco cultural lifestyle, is the ideal choice for couples looking for intimate affairs and cozy micro-weddings focused on guest experience. 

The rural grounds of The Margi Farm in Athens, provided the perfect scenery for my vision. A small charming estate with a beautiful farmhouse covered with ivy, a driveway lined with sweet lavender and an olive grove as a backdrop. The styling was built upon elements that complimented the organic nature of the farm. The ceremony was framed with an enchanting installation of a fireplace brimming with ivy, candles and lush florals whilst the tablescape was designed to present an elevated farmhouse aesthetic. Blush linen paired with a selection of fine art de la table in white and grey tones and gorgeous centrepieces in dusty blush and smokey mauve hues created a beautiful intimate dinner setting with an organic feel. The bride seduces with a stunning lace gown by Maria Konidi and a heavenly arranged bridal bouquet by Comme Ça – Fleurs & Décor.

Ioanna Karkantelou created the perfect countryside bridal look keeping the makeup soft, glowing and natural. She waved the hair and kept it down for the first look with the straw hat, whilst the second look was a great little bridal ponytail. The groom’s attire was stylish and classic, wearing a fitted black tux , suspenders and a bow-tie by Christakis-Athens. 

The paper goods, designed and produced by Atelier Invitations, were a feast for the eyes. Naturally elegant lettering and delicate hand drawings created a graceful wedding suite with an organic charm. Cinematographer, Nikos Dimou created a magical film that effortlessly captures the serene feeling of a summer love affair.

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Photography: Adrian Wood Photography | Cinematography: I Like To Movie It | Event Design: Mosaique Event Planning & Design | Floral Design: Comme ça | Wedding Dress: Maria Konidi | Cake: Pavlov's Lab | Invitations: Atelier Invitations | Groom's Attire: Christakis | Wedding Venue: The Margi Farm | Makeup & Hair Styling: ioanna karkadelou | Rentals: White Lilac | Rentals: Tore | Rentals: Prop - Premium Decor Rentals

A Luxury Destination Wedding at the Newly Renovated Four Seasons in Athens

Mamma mia! Here we go again… falling in love with another drop dead gorgeous destination wedding in Greece! Today’s beautiful couple tied the knot at the newly renovated Four Seasons in Athens, complete with sweeping views of the Mediterranean. Guests celebrated the newlyweds at a waterfront reception, teeming with blooms and epic installations from Studio7. DeplanV truly brought their dreams to reality from start to finish, while Elias Kordelakos captured every swoon-worthy detail. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out on the full gallery.

From Elias Kordelakos, the photographer… A destination wedding in Greece is the ultimate dream. The sun-bathed country of the Mediterranean offers a variety of venues for every event. The wedding of Jim & Eirin was held at the newly renovated Four Seasons in Athens. Covid wouldn’t stop love from prevailing. The couple had originally planned a destination wedding with more guests but they adapted to the situation and decided to celebrate their love with their most dear ones.

Photographing a wedding during this sensitive period is not an easy task. To me, as a photographer working with a mask hiding my face was an additional obstacle I had to overcome. When taking people’s portraits, it’s helpful for them to see the photographer smiling back at them. The good thing on the other hand was that people seem to evaluate more the things we used to take for granted. 

Like being close to your friends, hugging and partying together. So many feelings to capture. The venue is overlooking the sea and as Elias Kordelakos, the wedding photographer describes, has a perfect orientation as you can enjoy the sunset and have gorgeous light throughout your reception. It’s always a good idea to advise with your wedding photographer about the ideal timeline for the day. DeplanV, together with Studio7flowers created a magical installation with flowers and chandeliers for the couple’s 50 guests!

Photography: Elias Kordelakos | Event Planning: Deplanv | Floral Design: Studio 7 | Wedding Dress: Atelier Loukia | Stationery: Tsaldaris | Reception Venue: Four Seasons Athens | Live band: Smooth Mood Project | Rentals: Zazoo | Rentals: Stylebox | Sound & Light: P.C Podimatas Audiovisual S.A, Athens Greece

A Lavish Garden Celebration Soaked in Pastel Roses at Villa Gallou in Greece

A place close to nature, with architectural charm and rich history was the recipe for a perfect venue for these two globetrotting entrepreneurs. And they got just that and more at Villa Gallou in Greece! Anjie Georgakopoulou was the planner extraordinaire behind today’s epic fate, designing an ultra-romantic setting soaked in pastel roses from Studio 7. Our favorite part?  The al fresco, one long table reception. Talk about a wow-worthy moment! See all the pretty at the full gallery, captured by Sotiris Tsakanikas.

From Sotiris TsakanikasIf Gothic Neoclassicism makes you think of incredibly romantic lancet windows, grand steps, decorative patterns, and majestic arched doorways sure to mellow the effects of a sleek, modern wedding, you can only imagine how thrilled we were to design Theodora and Nikos’ I do’s at Villa Gallou in Patras, Greece. A couple of globetrotting entrepreneurs, farming, and land investors, Theodora and Nikos have a very close relationship to nature, that is why they wished to hold their nuptials at a place that would combine sublime natural beauty, privacy, rich history, and architectural charm. 

Their initial thought was to say I do in Italy, but having to prioritize their guests’ safety their plans took a U-turn. Wishing to make it every bit as magical as our bride and groom wished for, we sought out an alternative venue that would carry the same authentic qualities and Villa Gallou was just perfect. Designed in 1839 by the illustrious Ernst Ziller, also in charge of the design for the Greek Royal Court, the grounds are a unique melding of Neogothic architecture, magnificent gardens filled with perennial trees and flower beds, while the interior is laced with tapestries and metalwork across its many chambers, drawing rooms and libraries. 

Drawing from Theodora’s uber-romantic style as well as John Wainwright’s Victorian flower pieces (you can see some of them at Tate in London) we designed a lavish garden celebration soaked in pastel-colored roses and greenery for days. Vintage Florentine tiles which also happen to decorate some of the villa’s chambers were ordered to complete the welcome gifts for the guests and became a focal element of the cake and the couple’s dinner decor in custom made textiles used for the napkins and table runner which spanned 40 meters across the joined tables. The long Italian style reception came complete with votive candles, while the cake station carried tile printed sweets and gothic vases overflowing with arrangements. Having enjoyed their luxurious ceremony Theodora and Nikos hopped on the plane early the next morning to complete their celebration in Rome and have their portraits taken where Nikos had initially proposed. Although we didn’t get to escort our bride and groom to Italy our specially curated bridal bouquet did and became a perfect match to Theodora’s Celia Critharioti gown.

Photography: Sotiris Tsakanikas | Event Planning: Only For You | Florist: Studio 7 | Wedding Dress: Celia Kritharioti | Cake: Maria's Cakes And Cookies | Invitations: Atelier Invitations | Reception Venue: Villa Gallou | Catering: Dimitris Fakalos | Groom's Attire: Z by Zegna

Spiritual Escapism Meets Future-Forward Bridal Inspiration in Greece

Big floppy hats, a dreamy desert landscape and a white horse – I mean, what more could a gal ask for are we right? Anna Athanasiou Event Design, Jim Labraco and Thanos Asfis came together to “create something laden with meaning, beauty, and gorgeous fashion, but also time-relevant, a spark the modern bride connects to” – and that they did. Don’t miss out on the full gallery for some major future-forward wedding inspo.

From Thanos Asfis… Living in the moment is easier said than done, or at least was before the world experienced an entirely new reality dawning.  This year, destination wedding plans widely took an intermission, and traveling vicariously became not only an option but a necessity. And yet, despite of what anyone might expect, more and more brides across the globe showed incredible resilience and hushed the buzzing of the mind in the most meaningful of ways.

When our creative team came to brainstorm on this bridal inspiration, our joined wish was to create something laden with meaning, beauty, and gorgeous fashion, but also time-relevant, a spark the modern bride connects to. We pondered upon one of humanity’s greatest evolutionary mechanisms “chronosthesia”, the capacity to mentally reconstruct personal events and bring forth future thinking which enables us all to prepare, plan, and shape the future. We wished to evoke the relationship between nature and our plans to get away, and thus employed olfactory, gustatory, visual, frontal, and motor notions into the styled shoot.


Traveling in her wardrobe

Balancing realism and the cat’s meow, our bride’s style is characterized by minimalist drama and sensuality. From the oversized straw hat, and the favorite of expert milliners raffia toquilla chapeau, that embody the love for proportion (it would be impossible to slip into the statement-making raffia hat whose wide-brim is more than a little reminiscent of Brigitte Bardot frolicking in 1960s Saint-Tropez) to slinky wedding dress silhouettes that reinvent cliché shapes, and from wardrobe-staple jewelry to the fashion bang of shell and geode rock creations, our muse has a strong sense of confidence, and imagination.

Away in the world in Greece

When talking about mental journeying this means “anywhere in the world” travel is possible too. Our bride takes spiritual escapism of her favorite destinations and brings them together in a landscape that could be practically anywhere on planet earth. Moroccan dunes, Arizona Rockies, Nicaraguan desserts, Montana creeks, and Umbrian-Tuscan equestrian acres meld perfectly in the Greek wilderness that became our scene.


Accents of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is at the root of Buddhism, Taoism, and many Native-American traditions, not to mention yoga. It’s why Thoreau went to Walden Pond; it’s what Emerson and Whitman wrote about in their essays and poems. Our goal was to embrace it in super-elevated finishes and play out on a palette of ease. Yellow is the summer season’s standout color, seen as much on the streets as the catwalk, and with a surprisingly wide-ranging palette, a bride can make it mellow or choose to shine bright. Ranging from supple golds to creamy peaches, hay, butterscotch, and cornsilk, to Golden Marguerite for our cake, we employed dry foliage and plume-quality grasses, lemons for their visual optimism dotting the minimalist tablescape and invitation suites with shades of pumice.

Back to Nature

As we continued to build on our living in the moment concept we thought of how the animal world has a habit of interrupting our streams of thought and helps us unstick from any mental chatter. Their minds are free to wander and when with them we become able to fully surrender to and enjoy each moment. Like them, we become curious and notice the small details and sights, sounds, and smells, like the sound of sand crunching underfoot, the feeling of light caressing our skin. Our muse is one that connects to the world, and through her benign relationship to nature cares less about destinations throbbing with blissed-out revelers. Instead, she reaches in, grounds herself to her big day, and indulges in her Greek days of heaven.

We couldn’t be more grateful for the outcome, and wish to thank the wonderful artisans, creators, and future-forward thinking team for making this happen. Our special thank you to Thanos Asfis our photographer whose delicate images became integral to our vision.

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Photography: Thanos Asfis Photography | Videography: Panagiotis Kastanidis | Event Design: Anna Athanasiou Event Design | Floral Design: Jim Labraco | Wedding Dress: Madebride by Antonea | Cake: Pavlov's Lab | Shoes: Savrani Creations | Art de la table & art objects: Moda Bagno | Furniture Rentals: Tore | Hair & Make up: Theocharis Katerina | Hand Made Ceramics: Mike Sparopoulos | Handmade huts: Savapile | Jewellery: Neso | Photography - Assistance: Michael Androulidakis | stationeries: Love Me Do

Allow This Gorgeous Santorini Day to Make Eloping the Easiest Decision Ever

During this crazy COVID time,  more and more couples are celebrating their special day with only their closest circle – or even just them two! The amount of stunning intimate affairs we’ve seen over the past few months has been a silver lining for us here at SMP. Secretly, we’re kind of excited for elopement style celebrations to continue when this is all over! I mean, how can you blame us when the results look like THIS?! We’re swooning over today’s cliffside ceremony in Santorini planned by Jennifer Fox Weddings. If you’re on the fence about eloping, please allow this gorgeous day to convince you – all captured by Molly Carr Photography!

From Molly Carr Photography… Nicole & Chris are a US-based couple whose love of travel paired with their adventurous spirit brought them all the way to the sun-drenched, idyllic island of Santorini, Greece to celebrate their elopement wedding. The mood of their elopement was gentle, intentional, gracious and romantic… Elegant and sophisticated… A coming together of two people whose love and appreciation of nature just accented the majestic beauty of the Cycladic island. This was a major inspiration behind the design and feel of their wedding. They specifically chose Oia because of its picturesque beaches, its tranquil feeling of romance and its breathtaking sunsets. 

The overall design inspiration was taken from the multicolored hues of the ethereal sunset. The sunset in Oia is full of so many pastel hues that it’s reminiscent of rainbow-colored sorbet! Their ceremony took place on a private balcony at Oia Canaves Suites that looked out over the Aegean Sea. Instead of having a classic arch which would have obstructed the view, they chose to have a grounded horseshoe arch to stand in the middle of while exchanging their vows. 

With beauty by Harold James Hair & Makeup Artist, Nicole looked like a Greek-goddess in her Elizabeth Fillmore gown, draped in the finest silk that perfectly reflected the majestic Santorini light. The custom calligraphy and stationery pieces were oh so dreamy. Shasta Bell Calligraphy lovingly created everything from the Greek island illustration down to the custom-made box which beautifully presented each of the handmade paper goods. Early on in the planning, Chris secretly reached out to their wedding planner, Jennifer Fox of Avec Weddings and Events, and asked advice as to how to surprise Nicole. 

They came up with the idea of a handwritten love note that she would discover when they sat down for their wedding dinner. Needless to say, it was a slam dunk, and there was not a dry eye in the house! Once at their dinner venue, Mystique Hotel Santorini, the balcony was all dressed up for their private dinner for two. Glass urn lanterns were used to give the space a more organic ambiance and lemon yellow colored candles adorned the table. Each place setting was designated by a shell with the couple’s first name as well as the love note on each plate. Seafoam colored linen napkins were gently tied to accent the marble dinner plate and contemporary flatware. The finishing touch was a stunning floral arrangement that perfectly complemented the pastel-hued sunset, designed by Betty Flowers Santorini.

Photography: Molly Carr Photography | Event Planning: Jennifer Fox Weddings | Floral Design: Betty Flowers Santorini | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore | Invitations: Shasta Bell Calligraphy | Ceremony Venue: Canaves Oia | Reception Venue: Mystique Hotle | Rings: Harry Winston | Hair & Makeup: Harold James | Groom's Attire: Armani | Bridal Shoes: Gianvito Rossi

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This Is the Gorgeous Island You Shouldn’t Be Overlooking for Your Destination Wedding in Greece

Today’s lavender and blue hydrangea-filled wedding planned by Corfu Wedding Planner by Lorraine Young is satisfying all our European summer cravings. The darling couple tied the knot in a ceremony by the sea, the bride donning a knock-out, origami-inspired Victor and Rolf dress. The entire day was beautifully decorated by Rizos Garden’s pastel creations, in heavenly shades of purple, powder blue and pops of pink. The couple decided to incorporate a few meaningful Greek traditions to their wedding that truly made the day all the more special. Head on over to the full gallery, captured by Kostis Mouselimis, to see all the pretty!

From Kostis Mouselimis… What do you get when you blend a breathtaking origami-inspired Victor and Rolf wedding dress, Bella Belle shoes, a million lavender, and blue hydrangeas and a wedding ceremony by the sea? The most romantic and delicate wedding of the summer! Photographing Christina and Michael’s wedding was truly inspiring! These two were so in love and they made the atmosphere electric around them. Originally from Lebanon, Michael visited Greece on vacation and immediately fell in love with the country. He knew then that this would be the place where he would marry his loved one. He wanted to tie the knot in Corfu, a popular (for good reason!) destination for a wedding for its unique and cosmopolitan character! 

The wedding planned by Lorraine Young of Corfu Wedding Planner was a true celebration of sophisticated details and romantic shades of purple, powder blue and pops of pink here and there! We started the day with a mini boudoir session and capturing all of the details Christina chose for her wedding day. 

Our focal point was the sophisticated wedding dress that reminded us of a Japanese kimono out of origami paper with its breathtaking oversized bow! We loved the minimalistic yet extremely elegant approach of our bride to makeup and her overall styling, proof the less is more when it comes to wedding day chic! The ceremony was filled with all the greek traditions that symbolized the union of two people in love with the exchange of the rings, the shared cup of red wine, the wedding crowning and of course with tossing the rice! 

The sea was the perfect backdrop to this and all the guests could not contain their enthusiasm for these two! After the ceremony, we captured Christina and Michael, now husband and wife, in the most glorious greek sunset. 

Does it get dreamier? Actually, it does! After the ceremony followed a reception filled with flowers, champagne, and funky jazz tunes! What we loved the most? The milky powdery shades of the flowers, the glorious naked cake, and the hand-embroidered wedding favors! Christina and Michael’s wedding was truly beautiful! Not only because it was picture perfect but because these two were genuinely in love and could not wait to spend the rest of their life together! Don’t believe us? Their wedding portraits say it all!

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Photography: Kostis Mouselimis | Videographer: Vasilis Kantarakis Films | Event Planning: Corfu Wedding Planner | Florist: Rizos garden | Wedding Dress: Courtesy Viktor & Rolf | Cake: Cake Boutique ​​ | Stationery : Love Me Do | Reception Venue: K & K Luxury Villas | Catering: The Venetian Wall | Hair Stylist: celebrity hair studio ​ | Bride's preparation : Mira Mare Hotel | Bride’s Shoes: Bella Belle | Entertainment Sax: Antony Lazos | Entertainment Zaffa: B&W Drums | Film Lab: 645 film lab | Make Up Artist: Nasos Grammenos | music: Corfu Dj | second photographer: Theodoros Chliapas