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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 Luxury Multicultural Wedding at Santa Marina Resort & Villas in Mykonos

When two cultures come together in celebration of true love – magic happens! And this wedding planned by Mood Effects and captured by Elias Kordelakos is proof. Aneeqa and Alex tied the knot at the most gorgeous venue of all time, the Santa Marina Resort & Villas, in Mykonos (aka wedding heaven!) The night ended with an unforgettable fire show from Defingou Events that guests will be talking about for years to come. Keep on reading to see this destination wedding weekend unfold!

From Elias Kordelakos Mykonos is well known for luxury destination weddings. And this one is definitely the perfect example! The couple is multicultural as Aneeqa, the bride, is half-Indian and Alex is half-Greek. The rehearsal dinner was held at the 180 Sunset Bar, that got its name from the amazing 180 degree panoramic view, overlooking Mykonos island. The sunset time was like no other.

The wedding day was held at one of the most sought after wedding venues in Mykonos, the Santa Marina Hotel. The night closed in the most amazing way with a fire show second to none! Mood Effects, the wedding planners, perfectly orchestrated this wedding’s events while Elias Kordelakos captured the most inspiring photos of these gorgeous days! 

From Mood Effects, the wedding planner… Being part of Aneeqa’s and Alex’s wedding was a wonderful experience. Aneeqa and Alex have traveled from London to Mykonos Island many times for their summer vacation. They loved the island, so the decision was easy. From the moment we started planning the wedding it was clear that they wanted something unique. They wanted to give to their guests and family the best. Everyone arrived three days before the wedding and we prepared a special event for every day.

The welcome party took place at one of the most picturesque places of the island having as a unique backdrop Mykonos town from above. Colors were changing every moment and during sunset everything became magical. Second day, the big day! Preparation started early for everyone, and everything was ready early afternoon. The ceremony took place at the courtyard of the old Monastery of the island in between blossomed bougainvillea.

The luxury hotel of Santa Marina welcomed the guests for the cocktail that was followed by dinner at the pool area with a magnificent view to the Aegean Sea. The atmosphere was amazing. Long white wooden tables decorated with white and light pink flowers, candles and details of gold created a warm and shouting environment. The top time though was the party time. A magnificent fire show escorted everyone to the beach and the party started only to end by the early morning hours. Elias Kordelakos with his amazing photos created memories that all of us will remember and hold dear through time. The next day it was the day that our beautiful couple had to say goodbye. Aneeqa and Alex thanked their friends and families at a lovely beach venue under the sun by the sea where they had time to relax, enjoy and share their memories. 

From Elias Kordelakos, the photographer… Connecting with your wedding photographer is the most important thing. Aneeqa and Alex, loved the bright and airy photographs and as most couples, expressed they were shy in the front camera in our initial meeting. It’s where the bond with your photographer kicks in and helps you to relax and bring forth the best of you!

Photography: Elias Kordelakos | Event Planning: Mood Effects | Floral Design: Studio 7 | Wedding Dress: London bespoke designer | Bride's shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom's Attire: Giorgio Armani | Wedding Venue: Santa Marina | Fire show: Phantom Utopia Events | Groom's shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: 180 Sunset Bar

Idyllic Destination Wedding in Mykonos

From Sandy and Odysseas PhotographyWe had such a great time capturing Christina and David’s wedding in Mykonos. They were so wonderfully tuned with the vibes of the island and their style choices were impeccable. We loved the fact that they were so thoughtful towards their guests and their whole wedding was oriented in pampering their loved ones every way possible, without exaggerating on their church or table decor, just keeping things substantial and meaningful…

More from Sandy and Odysseas Photography… Sometimes a couple forgets that this day is all about them, and rushes things. Keeping a perfectly English timeline, they managed to spend plenty of time enjoying with their bride and groom squads, their families and with each other. As the lovely bride is of a Cypriot descent the beautiful wedding rituals prior to the ceremony took place in an utterly emotional atmosphere. It’s a tremendous thing to witness all that keeps a culture’s roots and the couple itself together and we were thrilled to have been part of this.

From the bride, ChristinaHaving grown up in England, where the weather is so unpredictable, we both always dreamed of getting married near the sea, in a hot, beautiful destination. Being from a close Cypriot family, it was important for me to incorporate my culture into our special day. We looked at so many different destinations across Europe, but something just didn’t feel right trying to create a traditional Greek wedding in Italy or France.

We decided to plan our wedding in Mykonos, a Greek island we had yet to visit but was on our list of holiday destinations. We heard so many great things about the Island and loved the idea of a smaller intimate wedding in comparison to the 400+ guest weddings us Cypriots normally have in Liverpool. We loved the idea of surprise and most importantly it was the perfect excuse to hire a wedding planner!

Being quite an indecisive person, it took me a while to settle on my colors and decoration. I always knew I wanted a romantic and traditional wedding and my light gold and Ivory color scheme really complimented the stunning sunset and sea view reception. We incorporated a traditional Cypriot blessing for me before the ceremony known as “Stolisma” (usually done at the bride’s parents house but in my case on the veranda outside my hotel room). This ceremony prepared me for my special day and involved blessing me with a red scarf and “kapnistiri” (a silver pot for burning olive leaves), whilst my close family and friends joined in singing traditional songs with the violinists. It was all very emotional!

The scenery at the chapel and reception was so naturally beautiful that I didn’t need to overdo it with decorations. My wedding planner was amazing at creating exactly what I described to her. At the chapel, we had two very tall traditional candles either side of the ceremony table, decorated with olive branches and greenery and a beautiful white flower arched wreath over the door of the chapel. Outside the church, there was a small table with Jars of lemonade for the guests and some beautiful ivory fans which had details of the wedding party and ceremony on.

The venue looked stunning with different sized lanterns and candles placed around the reception and hanging from trees. The centerpieces were simple and elegant with a large white lantern and flowers around it. On each table was a small bottle of ouzo with a thank you tag, and a sparkler with each guests name on. I loved my seating plan stand decorated with a few flowers, which was covered in shimmery gold Polaroids for each guest to take home. My three-layered cake was actual cheese and covered with figs and grapes, with crackers and snacks for guests to feast on towards the end of the night. I couldn’t have asked for a better setting.

The flowers used in my bouquet and venue were so beautiful and elegant looking. We used Ivory roses, white lisianthus, white freesias, white dendrobium orchards, calla lily and white limonium.

For our table plan, we had personalized gold polaroids hung up on a flower decorated board for each of our guests/couples for them to find their picture and take their seats. The favorite part of our wedding would have to be during the ceremony when the rice was thrown at us a bit too early and caught us by surprise. Even the priest used the bible to protect himself from the throwing. I also loved our entrance into the reception area as the sun was setting. The scenery was so romantic as we walked in as man and wife with a traditional Cypriot song ‘Kozan’ playing and all our friends cheering.

I always wanted quite a traditional long sleeved timeless wedding dress, but when the dress I ordered arrived it didn’t fit like I had imagined. So I decided to get my dress restyled and customised to create the perfect dress I had always dreamed of. The bodice of the dress was covered with beautiful Venice lace, with a sheer illusion neckline and lace sleeves. The back of the dress was low cut and the skirt of the dress was aline with the softest tulle I have ever touched. It flowed and fit me so perfectly. I loved my single layered, lace trimmed cathedral veil and my champaign peak toe Kurt Geiger’s.

David wore a light blue linen suit, white shirt, and light gold tie. He looked so smart and handsome and his tan shoes and belt really made the suit!

We met through friends of friends and for our first date went out for a few drinks in the city center of Liverpool where we live… And Never looked back! The proposal was actually quite funny, as I had gone out for food for my friends birthday and David knowing how much I love candles had filled up our whole home full of them. However, I was home at least 2 hours later than expected and was slightly tipsy! So not only did I forget my keys, but when David answered the door to me with the hallway totally lit up, I was actually hiding behind the corner of the door to scare him!!! It took me a good few seconds to realize what was happening!!! It was a perfect proposal, just me and him. He even proposed to me in Greek!!! It was very romantic!

Τhe most anticipated or special moment of our wedding day was walking up to the chapel. It was set high up on a cliff so David wouldn’t have seen me whilst I walked up with the violins playing in front of me. It built up the anticipation and seeing his face smiling at me when he finally saw me was the perfect moment for me. My wedding planning advice is to make some time (even if it’s 10 minutes) after the ceremony to be alone and just process what just took place. Don’t let people sway your mind or try to tell you how they think your wedding should be planned. Remember it’s your day, not theirs!

Photography: Sandy and Odysseas Photography | Wedding planner: Mood Effects | Flowers: Cycladitiko aroma | Wedding Dress: Boutique Alterations | Hair: Anna Chalari | Bridal shoes: Shoes | Ceremony and Reception: Saint Johns Mykonos | Groom suit: Moss Bros | Veil : The Bridal Room | Wedding rings: Two become One

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Get 3x the Inspo From This Mykonos Wedding Workshop

It’s a rare treat when we get to showcase not one, not two, but three talented photographers’ work in a single feature, so be prepared for an extra dose of lovely. Below, Sotiris Tsakanikas, Anna Roussos, and Gianluca + Mary Adovasio share their photographs from The Secret Owl, a dreamy wedding photography workshop held at the famous windmills on Mykonos. And if you’re longing for more, WedColors Cinematography captured behind-the-scenes footage along with a sneak peak of the workshop’s other magical vignettes designed by De Plan V.

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Envisioning a young pair of heavenly creatures who jet off to the most sought after Greek summer destination, we took this photoshoot to the iconic windmills, a landmark of the Mykonos’s rich, virile past. A symbol of hope, growth, and the repeated circle of life, the 16th-century grain refineries overlook the hill of Alefkandra like a line of eternal guardians of the land. Delicate earth tones and dusky soft pinks surround the snow-white, spherical shapes, which along with the Cycladic-blue painted doors made for the perfect rustic island-hopping setting.

Reflecting on the lavish ancient Greek nuptial feasts, De Plan V brought the details to life using gorgeous rose gold, claret, and Persian apple (the name for “peach” in antiquity) accents in their bold floral arrangements. The wedding stationery by Atelier Invitations in watercolors and calligraphy reflected the hues and softness of native flora caressed by the sunset. Menus and guest tags were neatly tucked under rhubarb-hued cloth napkins, embellished with mother-of-pearl rings. Roman glass, amber tone candlestick holders, and dainty patterned porcelain (alluding to the old artisanal technique of Greek isle embroidery) by White Lilac created a medley of elegance and grace for the couple’s reception. The beautiful marble peach and white wedding cake by Baskit exquisitely set the table for this intimate dining experience.

We loved how Eleni Balkouli from Love4Wed styled the couple. The Bride’s wedding dress by Katia Delatola – with its delicate tulle epaulets, a diaphanous silk cutout, and open back – was ideal for the flyaway silhouette of a young Bride and perfectly matched the Groom’s understated dandy-cut tuxedo, hand-tailored by Teti Charitou.

The Secret Owl is an exclusive suite of fine-art wedding photography workshops in Greece, established and curated by Sotiris Tsakanikas. Inspired by the many faces as well as the cultural, artistic, and historical layers of the land, his courses co-mentor with wedding industry-leading vendors focus on the development of a design-filled branding philosophy, elevating expediency and a unique visual language.

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Photography: Sotiris Tsakanikas | Photography: Gianluca And Mary Adovasio | Photography: Anna Roussos | Cinematography: WedColors | Event Planning + Design: Deplanv | Event Styling: Eleni Balkouli Love4Weddings | Wedding Dress: Katia Delatola | Cake: Baskit Baking Studio | Stationery: Atelier Invitations | Bride's Shoes: SIDERIS | Jewelry: KK JEWELRY LAB | Hair + Makeup: Margetina Neofytou | Groom's Attire: Teti Haritou | Dinnerware: White Lilac | Models: Elisabeth Ogden | Rentals: Stylebox | Workshop: The Secret Owl

You Must See This Bride-to-Be’s Little White Dress

I always tell every Bride, this is your chance to wear as many chic white numbers as possible, so run with it! And this glam Mykonos engagement session photographed by Sotiris Tsakanikas is exactly why. How stunning does this Bride-to-be look in her fabulous white feathered dress? More sartorial inspiration is waiting for you, right this way

From Sotiris TsakanikasWhere pure sophistication meets privacy, in the luxurious Alegria Estate on Kalafatis beach, Sandrella and Hisham’s portraiture was all about the delicate opulence always so palpable in the sweet Mykonian afternoons. An intoxicating vision of an infinity pool, the pastel shades of blue and their Cycladic all-white villa gleaming in the sun was a perfect backdrop to showcase not only their immaculate style, but also their feelings of tenderness, joy, excitement, and desire. I love how they forgot I was even there and started to dance, so in love and oh so blissful.

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Photography: Sotiris Tsakanikas | Event Planning: Deplanv | Bride's Shoes: Kurt Geiger | Venue: Alegria Villa Mykonos | Groom's Shoes: Pal Zileri

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This Wedding’s Motto: More Is More!

Sometimes more is more! More colors, more flowers, more food, and more entertainment can equal one unforgettable wedding when done right. Just take a look at this bohemian luxe event, created by De Plan V, for their fabulous couple. They transformed a seaside villa in Mykonos into a colorful celebration, complete with a fireworks display, live music by The Speakeasies, and synchronized swimmers. Elias Kordelakos was there to capture the party, and we know you’re going to love it!

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From Elias KordelakosDanielle and Saif come from Dubai. In love with Greece, they decided to hold their wedding in Mykonos, the island that flaunts its sizzling style and perennial party reputation. From their super energetic couple vibes to mastering the glam of the perfect wedding reception, their festivities were all about vivid colors and tremendous fun. We got along so well and I was thrilled to have been part of their beautiful story. Having the masters of wedding styling, De Plan V, on my side I knew that everything would be – and feel – absolutely perfect.

From De Plan VWe are fine art obsessed, and therefore thrilled to be working aside Elias Kordelakos! His ability to perfectly capture the essence of beauty, his celebration of wedding allure, and his uncompromising style are always a definite winner in our books!

We wished to transform Danielle and Saif’s elegant sea view villa into a sleek haven on earth. Mykonos brims with botanic aromas, and despite being famed for its infinite luxury, it also carries a seriously bohemian vibe. Our palette choice was an array of pinks, peaches, corals, fuchsias, blues, and purples with an emphasis on gold details. Classy cutlery and dinnerware were employed aside delightful blooms adding to the drama of wooden tables made of oak barrels, a boho synthesis of baskets, vintage boxes, crystal, tin basins, and rustic glass jars. A majestic canopy installation welling over with flowers and greenery made for a visually stunning backdrop.

The bridal bouquet was a composition of fanciful florals such as garden roses, celosia, peonies, ruscus, and touches of craspedia, brunia, liatris, succulents, and greenery along with magnificent king protea, all bound with lace and twine. The same concept applied for the bridal wreath and the Groom’s boutonnière. An impressive welcome entrance was styled with lanterns, jars filled with candles, and statement wooden barrels, instantly adding to the lavish display of fresh blooms that covered an immaculate photo booth for the lovely couple and their guests.

The dinner area was set around a massive infinity pool. The tabletop was carefully curated to make a bold impression. The couple opted for prime crystal sous plats, colorful haute hippie glasses, crisp linen, and classy floral compositions. Hundreds of cascading garlands, decadent naked bulbs, and strung lights created a romantic ambiance and a free-spirited mood. Aria Fine Catering created a very Greek family style menu with famous greek meze, like tzatziki, traditional pie, grilled octopus, cretan salad, zucchini balls, and fresh grilled grouper filled with lemon sauce, olive oil, and wine. A beautiful Tuscan table was placed near the dance floor filled with mouthwatering provincial bites, such as homemade foccacias and herb breads, delicate varieties of olives, cold cuts, cheeses, grapes, and plums surrounded by candles and antique mirrors.

The entertainment for this wedding event was carefully chosen to facilitate a night full of dancing and partying! Speakeasies is a very popular 8 members swing band from Thessaloniki who performed for more than two hours playing famous Greek and international jazz, swing, manoush, and blues. The big surprise of the night was the absolute grace of the synchronized swimming dancers! The famous dance group who joined us that night is named “Naides” – a name for Greek Naiad Nymphs of the water element. The couple’s first dance and cutting of the cake was highlighted by a memorable, three-minute fireworks show which was choreographed to music chosen by the couple! The aerial decoration with the ferry lights and the luxurious crystal chandeliers in the surrounding area completed the luxury bohemian atmosphere creating an immaculate, fairy tale scene.

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Photography: Elias Kordelakos | Event Planning: Deplanv | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Reception Venue: Villa Paragka Estate | Hair + Makeup: Petros Kontogiannis | DJ: Thodoris Alexopoulos | Wedding Venue: Villa Paragka Estate | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Decor: Deplanv | Furniture: Zazoo | Lighting + Sound: Loud And Clear Entertainment | Live Band: Speakeasies | Photography - Assistance: George Katsaros

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A Mykonos Wedding That’ll Kick Your Wanderlust Into Overdrive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Romance and Greece Meet in this Stunning Inspiration Sesh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Romantic Mykonos Inspiration Shoot in Shades of Blue + White

Grab your passports, my dears, because this inspiration session from Les Anagnou Photographers is going to take you straight to Mykonos, Greece. Against the stark white buildings and rich blue water, every detail shines—from the Bride’s gorgeous Pronovias gown to the bright fuchsia bougainvillea accents. Soak up each and every pretty moment in The Vault!

From Les Anagnou PhotographersThe flavour of this shoot was one of bright contrasts softened by careful and loving attention to detail, reflecting Alexia and Ralph’s intimate location of their love shoot on the stunning Greek island of Mykonos, the island of the winds. This couple wanted to celebrate their love shortly after their wedding on mainland Greece.

So here on Mykonos, the couple came together and stood where the white washed clusters of buildings are set against the deep blue Aegean sea. As the sky created a clean bright backdrop, the famous windmills softened the scene turning with the strong winds that swept around the shore, blowing the bride’s veil into the air with a casual air of drama, in this the most luxurious and beautiful of all Greek wedding destinations.

Reflecting the blue and white landscape, the Event Company brought the details to life using gorgeous blue and white details in this love shoot, capturing the essence of Mykonos. The wedding invitations by Atelier Invitations reflect the colours and ruggedness of the coastline in a simple water colour illustration and calligraphy and the choice of tasteful dark blue envelopes capture the traditional flavour perfectly. The beautiful blue and white wedding cake by Cake by Maria’s Cakes & Cookies sets the table perfectly for this intimate dining experience.

The bride’s wedding dress by Pronovias matches the bright white simplicity of the surrounds, contrasts perfectly with the sharp dark lines of the groom. The flowers by Studio 7 ooze careful loving detail, with the bride’s white rose bouquet delicately softened by green and white berries and the floral decorations on the tables daringly brought a splash of colour and detail to the blue and white vintage tableware with its sprigs of pink bougainvilleas wrapped in luscious branches of grey green olive leaves.

Photography is by Greek fine art photographers Les Anagnou, passionate about capturing the love and location of a wedding on film. It’s hidden in the detail.

Photography: Les Anagnou photographers | Event Design: The Event Company | Floral Design: Studio 7 | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Maria's Cakes And Cookies | Invitations: Atelier Invitations | Venue: Greece: Crete & Santorini | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Rentals: White Lilac

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Whimsical + Romantic Wedding in Mykonos, Greece

Ask us and we’ll tell you, a destination wedding is the ultimate vacation wrapped up with love. Take this duo, who planned their Big Day on the serenely beautiful island of Mykonos. Because when it comes to dream destinations, this one tops the list with unforgettable backdrops with loving details. Shaun Menary Photography captured it all to share and this ultimate escape waiting in THE VAULT!

From Shaun Menary PhotographyThese two have our hearts. They currently live in Qatar and wanted to throw a wedding celebration for family and absolute closest friends in a place that everybody would be able to visit. They landed on Greece, and it was perfect. There were 20 guests, and I believe that every single person, at some point, jumped into the pool at least halfway clothed.

Their wedding was intentional and meaningful, with little details like Kate wearing her grandmother’s pearl necklace, and Donovan wearing Chicago Cubs cufflinks. The place card holders had been collected from a market in Qatar, and Kate’s graphic design background is responsible for ALL the custom design elements, including all the paper goods.

They had a three-day celebration, complete with a pool relaxation, dinner on the beach, and of course, the ceremony overlooking Mykonos town and the ocean, followed by an authentic family style Greek dinner and a poolside dance party. Basically, they’re the tops.

From The Bride…Both Donovan and I are not people who plan. We’ve done a good deal of traveling to developing countries and not booking more than flights and hotels. We enjoy being surprised by the unexpected and seeing what we can make of a place without overthinking it. We knew we’d have to do more than this when it came to wedding planning, but we also didn’t want an event that wasn’t “us.” I think we did a pretty good job at finding a spot right in the middle. We talked about the things that were most important to us, and focused on those things and we were willing to let the rest just happen. We focused on finding the right location, good photographers (!), food, and drink.

It was important for us to pick a destination that fell somewhere between the U.S. and Qatar. We didn’t want to pick a place so far away from the states that all of our guests were jet-lagged and asleep for the whole weekend. After some discussions, we said we’d look for hotels in Spain and in Greece. I found Leonidas Summer Houses online more than a year before the wedding — which was great because we were able to make sure the place was exactly what we wanted by visiting and talking to the owner. Our intention during the trip was to stay at the Summer Houses and check out other hotels on the island to compare the options on the island. But Leonidas won us over almost immediately and we never actually looked at any other venues. We knew we’d found the place… so it was time to start planning.

Photography is probably where I did most of my research — I’m a designer, so I had a very specific style in mind. We’re both pretty laid back people, and the wedding was so small and informal that I really wanted photos that felt realistic (but pretty) and candid. I’m also not very photogenic — I always seem to be closing my eyes! So it was important for me to get along with the photographers, so that I could feel comfortable and hopefully get over my blinking problem. I also really wanted to find someone that could hang with our group without making people feel uncomfortable — it was such a small group that I was afraid the photographer would always be noticed and we’d lose the calm feeling of the wedding weekend.

Anyway, I looked for quite a while at photographers in Greece, and then in Europe and couldn’t find anything. Then I started looking on design blogs and found Shaun and Shannon. When I found their images, I saw the look that I’d been searching for… and when we met via Skype, I felt even better about it.

The drawback to choosing a smaller hotel was that all of the services weren’t provided. Of course, Leonidas helped as much as he could, but really it was up to us to find our vendors. It wasn’t easy finding a caterer from another country — many email conversations, and at least two vendors that didn’t work out, we settled on Dimitrios at Yefsi Restaurant. Language and time differences proved challenging, but when we arrived at his restaurant for a tasting of the food, we knew everything would work out just fine!

I should say that without our wonderful friend, Emily, the day wouldn’t have felt quite as personal as it did. She’d been listening to both of us talk about what we hoped the day would look and feel like, so she knew what to do. And she spent the entire day making sure it was exactly what we wanted.

I hadn’t been able to find a place to get flowers online and we ran out of time during the few days that we had to finalize everything on the island before all of our guests showed up, so we’d just decided not to have flowers (this is where the idea to walk down the aisle holding our champagne glasses came from). We were ending the ceremony in a toast, anyway, so it was practical, ha! Anyway, Emily woke up early and found a flower shop. She’d seen my Pinterest board and knew the look that I liked (the green leaves on the dinner plates, the white and green center pieces, and the all green details in the make-shift altar) — but, mostly she did what she’s good at. She made it more beautiful than we could have hoped for.

I’d designed the invitations and the website for the site around a logo that I’d come up with as a theme for the collateral and after finding a shop on etsy that would make logos into stamps, I went a little crazy stamping everything I could (invitations and envelopes, gift bags, name tags, place cards, thank you cards…) It was really fun to see it all together!

Mostly, we just wanted the whole weekend to be comfortable and fun for our guests (who’d flown quite a distance from home for us). If we’d over-planned every detail, I don’t think that feeling would have come across, and then it wouldn’t have matched our personalities, our relationship, or the location for the whole event. We wanted our closest friends and family members to enjoy each others company and to relax in the marvelously beautiful island resort that we loved so much the first time we visited.

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Photography: Shaun Menary Photography | Floral Design: Emily Wilson | Wedding Dress: Truvelle | Bride's Shoes: Nordstrom | Catering: Yefsi Restaurant | Venue: Leonis Summer Houses | Bride's Ring: Diamonds Chicago | Custom Stamp: Doodle Stamp | Floral Shop: Studio 7 | Groom's Ring: Lovestruck Soul | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Konstantis Beach Restaurant | Welcome Bags: The Paper Source

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Modern Greek Island Elopement Inspiration

If I were to elope, I’d want to jet off to somewhere ridiculously romantic, undeniably gorgeous, an absolute paradise; basically I’d want to escape to this shoot right here. Amy Fanton captured the simple yet striking beauty of the Greek Islands complemented with modern elegance in all the details, from the gown to the delicate headdress. Let your daydreams fly with all these pics in our VAULT right here!

From Amy Fanton Photography… One of the amazing things about being a photographer based in London are all of the incredible destination wedding locations that are only a stone’s skip away throughout Europe. I fell in love with the Greek Islands almost a decade ago and this summer I decided to organize a bridal shoot in Mykonos to show off some of the islands’ beauty for brides who might be considering a Greek Elopement or Destination Wedding. I was incredibly inspired by the crisp and refreshing look of the white stucco architecture against the many shades of turquoise and pink that seem to be just around every corner. To balance the modern color palette with a touch of elegance and classical Greek elements, I incorporated foliage from an olive tree and touches of brass and gold throughout the shoot.

A sleek, minimalist La Poesie gown from Heart Aflutter Bridal fit perfectly with the modern look – the delicate chiffon material moved beautifully on the windy beach, and the crossed back added just the right amount of unique detail fitting within the Grecian theme.

A braided updo was dressed with a delicate and feminine gold, pearl and Swarovski crystal headdress by Hermione Harbutt to add just a touch of glamour for a confident and bold bride.

Stationery from Beyond Vintage incorporated the blue and white color palette so characteristic of the Greek Islands with geometric patterns mimicking traditional Greek tilework and architecture.

I’m a fine art wedding photographer based in London, UK specializing in destination weddings throughout Europe and the UK, and I shoot using both medium format film and digital images, I’m obsessed natural light, and all things pretty. My clients tend to blossom in front of the camera because one of my greatest strengths is making my subjects feel comfortable despite however shy they may be. I elicit authentic emotion within the couple by inciting natural interactions, and my sessions are always a time where my couples connect and enjoy each other.

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Photography: Amy Fanton Photography | Stationery: Beyond Vintage | Venue: Saint Johns Mykonos | Bridal Boutique: Daughters Of Simone From Heart Aflutter Boutique | Hair Accessories: Hermione Harbutt

Dreamy Mykonos Island Resort Wedding

Can you even imagine getting to say I do to your favorite person in the world overlooking the gorgeous island of Mykonos? It sounds too good to be true, but for this lucky (and lovely) couple, that was their reality. Their nearest and dearest came from all over the world to watch them start their lives together, and I have a sneaking suspicion it was a beyond memorable day for all involved. See more from Brosnan Photographic here. 

From Brosnan PhotographicMelody and Mike chose Greece as the common ground for their wedding with guests traveling from the US and Taiwan. A small chapel at the resort provided the backdrop to their outdoor ceremony overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The Utopia at the Mykonian resort held the unique restaurant where guests dined and danced to views of the setting sun over the balcony. Melody wore a soft flowing wedding gown by Lazaro. Being a designer, Melody’s talents transcended across many aspects of the day including styling much of the decor and designing the wedding invitations.

Photography: Brosnan Photographic | Coordination: Dream Weddings Mykonos | Floral Design: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: Myconian Collection

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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!

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 Photography | Wedding Planning: White Avenue | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Resort: Myconian Collection

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Romantic Destination Wedding in Mykonos, Greece

Greece is top of my travel bucket list (which just so happens to be a million miles long) and any sort of wedded celebration that comes from the country steals my heart, no questions asked. And this beautiful wedding, sent our way from Anna Roussos, has all but forced me to book my tickets to Mykonos right now. It’s SO stunning!

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From the photographer… Helena and Andre are both Lebanese living in Dubai and their dream was to get married in Greece, on the island of Mykonos which they had already visited and fallen in love with. The wedding was meticulously planned, Helena and Andre had to fly back and forth from Dubai several times, to make sure their celebration would become the event of a lifetime! And what a celebration it was: with guests from all over the world.

The dinner & party took place at Sea Satin, near the little venice, a romantic corner of Mykonos, just below it’s majestic wind mills. Helen had taken care of every little detail, and there were many of them, always with taste and style.

Because of their charming personalities, everything was so delightful, and easy going! The day before, we had decided to go for a photo shooting with horses, really early in the morning to catch the warm and gentle light of the sunrise. Although they had managed very little sleep, Helen and Andre arrived that morning with their huge smiles, exited to have our morning photo session on the beach with the beautiful horses they had arranged for that special morning. And it was awesome!

The next evening, the ceremony took place at Sea Satin, just on the sea shore, with the wind and waves, and the beautiful sunset in the background. What a beautiful ceremony, full of smiles and laughter. After some family portraits, it was finally time to have dinner and start the party. As soon as the DJ hit the music, everybody jumped on the dance floor! Helen and Andre were definitely the stars: dancing, showing the moves, and making the ambiance so electric. But dancing was just the start, as at some point, Helen were on the microphones, singing along with the music, giving so much energy to their guests whom it seemed wouldn’t stop dancing. I won’t go further into details, it was an unforgettable night, and the pictures talk for themselves!

Helena and Andre, you are two unique stars who never stop shining! Thank you for the lovely experience!

Photographer: Anna Roussos | Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia | Groom's Shoes: Gucci | Groom\'s Attire: Gucci | Video: Anna Roussos