Greek Destination Wedding Inspiration

We’re super excited to be heading to Greece this week to scout some amazing destination wedding locations!  So before we go (and report back of course), we wanted to give you a little Greek destination wedding inspiration.  If you want to say “I do” high above the seas, then today’s European post is for you!

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{Photos: Balloons: The Knot Santorini, Church: Vangelis Photography, Chairs: Anna Roussos, Place Setting: Rebecca Ellie Studio, Long Tables: Kasper Creations, Cake: Jen Huang}

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Andros Island Beachfront Wedding in Greece

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Tom and Sophie are from the UK but traveled from their current home in Canada all the way to Greece for their destination wedding on the beautiful island of Andros. The bride shared with us how their big day abroad came to be.

By the time Tom had proposed we both knew exactly where we wanted to get married, on the Island of Andros, where his parents lived. Tom took me out there to meet his parents a few months before the proposal and I instantly fell in love with the Greek island. Tom and his parent’s had holidayed on the island for many years which then led to them moving out there 11 years ago and I completely understand why. The island is a stunning, colorful place, full of greenery inland and white sandy beaches by the coast. It is not one of the main tourist islands which made everything that much more real. It almost felt untouched and the local Greek’s were ever so friendly and welcoming.  One day whilst we were there on holiday, Tom’s parents took us to Blue Bay Holiday Village to meet George (the owner) and have a swim in the pool. Once we got there I instantly knew that was where we would get married, overlooking the Aegean Sea. I even told George this and said as soon as I had the ring on my finger we would book a date!

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During the engagement Tom and I were living in Vancouver, Canada which made wedding plans a little more difficult. Organizing a wedding in Greece, with all the wedding guests in England and the bride and Groom in Canada proved quite stressful but one of the easiest decisions we made was finding our photographers…When they arrived in Andros on our wedding day they started taking pictures from the moment they got to the hotel. They were extremely professional but more importantly so very friendly. I felt like we had made friends for life by the end of the day.

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One of the best moments of the day was simply getting ready with my bridesmaids. We spent the whole day (as we didn’t get married until 7pm) laughing and reminiscing.

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When it was time for the ceremony we walked up to Blue Bay following two Greek musicians. This is a Greek tradition and it really set the whole ceremony up wonderfully. There were a few local Greek’s at the wedding who got everyone up Greek dancing after the ceremony which added a fun, traditional vibe to the reception.

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One of the funniest moments came at early hours in the morning when one of my bridesmaids decided to jump in the pool, in her bridesmaid dress. The venue looked stunning and being able to party until 7am in the warm Greek air was exactly what we wanted. I fully believe if we got married in England it would not have been as much fun and would not have provided us with the exact night that Tom and I were hoping for. If being able to enjoy a holiday with all of our loved ones in Andros wasn’t enough, we also got to share the most wonderful day of our lives with them as well.

Our big Greek wedding in Andros was a dream come true and I would do it all over again, any day of the week if I had the chance!

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Once the wedding day was over, the excitement carried on with the anticipation of receiving our photos, and boy did they deliver! They are by far the best wedding pictures I have seen and we have had many comments on them by friends all over the world.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Sovisual Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero, Venue: Blue Bay Resort & Anerrousa Hotel, Catering: Punta Playa Catering, Wedding Boutique: Tickled Pink, Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy, Groom Suit Giussepe Handmade Roman Taylor, Rings Bespoke: Ch Jewellery, Hair Abby Johnson Edit Saloon, Flowers : Anemona, Nails: Beauty Sense

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Stunning Intimate Destination Wedding in Santorini, Greece

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Today we’re bringing you a very special big day, an intimate elopement or destination wedding for two in beautiful Santorini, Greece. Inna and Ilya may not have had a big guest count but they are proof positive that you can still have a stunning, over the top wedding no matter the size. We just can’t get enough of these gorgeous details in Greece!

The couple’s wedding planner, Anna of Rosmarin Weddings and Events, shared with us the story of their little big day. Lately it happens often that the couple wants to avoid a big wedding with lots of guests. In this case, the best solution appears in intimate weddings just for two, when two loving people in an atmosphere of infinite romance pronounce the most important words for each other. That was the story of Inna and Ilya. They chose for the wedding ceremony a small church on a lonely cliff on the most beautiful island on earth – Santorini.

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Inna ordered pillowcases which decorated the bride’s morning.

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Inna, as a perfectionist, wanted to create an unforgettable day. That’s why she has paid great attention to details, decor and color palette. The choice fell on a peach – a gentle, very wedding color, green – we used a lot of ivy, fragrant eucalyptus, which is rich in Santorini, and as a accents – purple, plum.

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So much tenderness was that day! The beautiful bride looked incredibly elegant, and at the same time romantic. By the way the dress was sewn to order, and it is often the best solution when the dream dress impossible to find in stores. Ilya looked like a character from old Hollywood films – perfectly fitting suit, accessories and, of course, bow tie in the tone of the wedding palette.

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Thin flowing fabrics, exquisite details, vintage dishes and fruit table decoration – all these made style truly gentle and romantic.

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We organized a dinner on the terrace of the hotel room, and by tradition it started in the most romantic time on Santorini – when the sun had almost disappeared behind the horizon and painted the island in ocher colors.

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Song of couple – John Legend “All of me”, and the main phrase of it: «All of me loves all of you» became as the leitmotif for wedding polygraphy, which perfectly fit into the overall style.

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It was a wedding, which the couple dreamed of, and the memories of this day will remain in their hearts for a lifetime. No doubts!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Julia Kaptelova

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planner + Decor: Rosmarin Weddings and Events, Floral design: Fabio Zardi, Bridal Makeup: Anna Dedes, Bridal Hair: Bella Domigou, Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka

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Beautiful Santorini, Greece Destination Wedding

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Berry and Ben wed in beautiful Santorini, Greece, in an intimate destination wedding at a place that was perfect for this pair. The bride shared their story with us.

I have been reading the Greek Mythologies since I can remember. The glories of war and love stories are so fascinating and it inspired me to explore this ancient country on the other side of the globe.  As for Ben (the groom), he is more a beach-type traveler and he loves relaxing on a beach with a chilled beer in his hand. With numerous islands and rich history and culture, Greece has the perfect combination for what we both are interested in and has always been on top of our travel destination list. Since we both wanted a small intimate wedding on a romantic island, Santorini was no doubt our first and only choice where we wanted to tie the knot. Seeing that we are from China and Taiwan, respectively, and now living in New York City now, a travel destination with our very closest friends and family was the vision for what we wanted. This also allow us to spend much more quality time with our guests. 

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In terms of planning the wedding, honestly, it is not quite our thing. Neither of us had much preference or detailed visions about our wedding. We just knew that we wanted to travel to a place with beautiful scenery as the backdrop, celebrate with a crew of close family and friends and end the night with an awesome dinner reception. With assistance from Lydia of StellandMoscha, everything that we talked about came to life on the wedding day.  Having gone through their blogs of previous weddings, their incredible work was the biggest reason that we decided to work with them, and it also served as inspiration for our own wedding.

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We made our vow to each other on the patio of Kamares Apartments in Fira in front of our family under a beautiful arch and the iconic and most beautiful Santorini sunset over the Caldera as a backdrop.

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For both of us, our favourite moment was seeing each other for the first time at the wedding ceremony. We were totally immersed in the “OMG, this is really happening” moment! Considering we have been dating for 8 years, we could not anticipate how powerful and emotional that moment would be. It was the most amazing feeling to see Ben waiting for me in under the arch and surrounded by all the dearest family and friends.  The beautiful sunset and view also gave us a lasting impression.

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For the reception we had a delicious, intimate dinner on the terrace looking out over the Aegean and Fira.

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When we looked the photos, we were amazed by the changing color of the sky throughout the night.  It starts with soft, warm sunbeams during the ceremony, changing into a dramatic blue and purple during the photo session and dinner reception. Absolutely stunning!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Bernard Pretorius

Wedding Vendors: Venue: Kamares Apartments, Wedding Planning & Coordination: Stella & Moscha, Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco, Shoes: Stuart Weitzman, Groom’s Suit: Saks Fifth Avenue, Videographer: WedFilms, Hair Stylist: Bella Damigou, Makeup Artist: Renia Bledaki, Caterer: Spicy Bites, Florist: Santorini’s Flowers

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Cliffside Santorini, Greece Destination Wedding

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Neena and Iain celebrated their destination wedding in Greece! The couple traveled to Santorini to wed on the Cliffside overlooking the beautiful Aegean Sea. The bride shared their beautiful day and story with us. “We picked santorini because it’s so beautiful and many of our friends and family had never visited it, so it was a good way for guests to also have a holiday too. Also it’s well connected by air connections to London directly.”

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“My favourite part of the day was my first dance with Iain, it’s so emotional and all the hard work you’ve put into the day… Well, when you’re dancing to your special song, it just sort of cemented for me that we’d reached this milestone together….”

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“My advice would be take your own beautician with you, as you really need to practice hair and make up many times and I wish I’d had more time with her, I would recommend using a wedding planner like Ionian weddings as they organize everything perfectly and be ware of the heat in July!!!!!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: LoveStruck Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Ceremony Location: Dana Villas cliffside overlooking the caldera, Wedding Reception Location: Theros Wave Bar, Wedding Planner, Caterer, Makeup Artist: Ionian Weddings, Wedding Dress: Jesus Peiro

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