We are sharing today a lovely elegant wedding that took place at the picturesque city of Nafplio in Greece! The beautiful setting, the lovely atmosphere and the special sentimental bond the couple has with the city were some of the reasons the couple chose to have its wedding in Nafplio! Combining beach and elegant styles, the wedding decoration was highly influenced by the couple who added personal touches, from the reception decoration to the wedding favors. Have a look at the following photos and enjoy this beautiful wedding!
“We met two and a half years ago in Athens and it immediately felt so right! It is such a cliché, but the moment we met we knew that this is who we are meant to be with and every day ever since has just made that feeling stronger”, the bride shared with us.
“We have a little joke that Thanos can never surprise me, because he can’t keep a secret and he would always reveal the big surprise as soon as he plans it. That’s why he had pull my friends in to help him plan a perfect secret proposal! This is a plan that was unfolding for months while I was planning how to book a holiday with Vasilis (my best friend and now our best men as well). After two months of planning, Vasilis said that he was going to stay in Costa Navarino for a couple of days and as we were going to Greece as well, Thanos surprised me and booked us to go and see him. I was more than thrilled to go and it was such a great setting for us to spend the weekend. When we got there, we arranged to meet my friend for dinner and Thanos insisted that we get some drinks beforehand. He had found the perfect bar with a view and asked me to meet him there as he had to pick up something from the reception”.
“As I got to the place I got very confused- there was no bar, no other people, just an amazing terrace overlooking the sea on a perfect sunset. And he was there holding one rose. And as much as this whole setting was perfectly romantic, the funny thing is that I did not realise what was going on up until the moment when he actually asked me to marry him! It was one of the most special moments of our lives and we couldn’t be any happier to share the news with our friends and family. Obviously, we were not meeting anyone for dinner, they had come up with this story to get me not to suspect anything and it absolutely worked; it was a massive surprise!”
“The ceremony took place at Evaggelistria Church, in Nafplio. Nafplio is the city where Thanos was born, but at the same time it is the place that has sentimental value for us as a couple, as we went there for our first trip together and I absolutely fell in love with it! It combines scenic fortress views and seaside, perfect beaches, but lovely architecture as well and for us it was from the beginning ‘our city’, so we never even considered to get married elsewhere”.
“We really wanted a beach wedding, but also an elegant one hence the style of our wedding was a combination of both worlds. We had a lot of candles around the venue and on the tables, used real marble place cards and holders and added all the details in coppery gold-little touch that made everything come together. With the help of our lovely florist I pick and mixed a combination of flowers to match our decorations across the venue and the church and used them also for my wedding bouquet. We used lisianthus, peonies, white freesia, eryngium for that wild flowers charm and blush astilbe. The wedding decoration was heavily influenced by us as a couple and we wanted everything on our wedding to have a personal touch. I really wanted to live every moment of the planning and I got involved in the process so I picked and brought all of my vases and crystals from Asia, I selected little marble pieces and wrote everyone’s names by hand creating unique place cards and also we had a second wedding favour which was a little bottle with olive oil where we used the olive oil that we produce and decorated it with branches from our own olive trees. Then we used Katerina’s amazing flowers including peonies, freesia and astilbe to create beautiful flower arrangements to compliment the whole concept”.
“My personal best moment was when I saw him waiting for me in front of the church. It was one of the most beautiful and most emotional moment of my life! He was smiling, he was happy and anxious at the same time, but in that moment, it felt like it is just the two of us it the world. It was pure happiness! We were also happy because we got all friends and family to attend and that included people traveling from more than 10 countries just to share our special day with us. There is no better feeling than having all your loved ones at the same place and time!”
“When thinking of wedding dresses, I was only sure of one thing-I wanted my wedding dress to be ‘me’. The trying on dresses and wedding boutiques, designers, Pinterest can all be very overwhelming but even though in all the above I saw some amazing wedding dresses they were simply not me. I did stick with my original thought- plain white dress with bit of attitude, nice material and amazing flow. I wanted something between a Chanel and a Zimmerman so when I found it and tried it on I instantly knew that is the one. It was plain white with low cut back, voluminous ruffle skirt that added that contemporary modern look to it and gorgeous 2m train. The best part of that was that it was very comfortable, and I was super confident wearing it!”
“The best advice I could give now is not to stress! The preparation of the wedding is a much longer process then the wedding itself so make sure you are enjoying it and that it will stay with you as a period of your life when you were creative and put together a massive party to celebrate your love! Details are important, but they won’t make a massive difference on the day- only you and your wedding planner/decorator know how things should be so if not everything goes to plan no one will even notice. Your guests are there to spend the day with you and have fun! The last piece of advice is to get to work with people you trust and that make you feel at ease. I made sure that all the people we got to work with are also people that we got along well and that helped so much at any stressful times as I felt I am amongst friends. We met amazing people during the process that I can proudly say now they are our friends”.
“I definitely found Chic & Stylish Weddings, Love4Weddings and EverAfter very helpful! As we don’t live in Greece it was very difficult to find names or recommendations of people that are good at what they do, and I could work with for my wedding day. It was through your websites that I found Joanna Stella Papathanasiou, my amazing makeup artist who not only made me feel like a princess on the day but make sure we also had a lot of time in advance to decide about the colours and the style we were going to use on the big day. That really calmed me down and on the day I wasn’t nervous at all and I just sat back and enjoyed every moment!”