Dimosthenis and Georgia met in 2003 while both at University in Greece, but haven’t been together ever since. They were both in a relationship so the years went by and they lost sight. The winter 2008 they met again through mutual friends of theirs. They felt in love and the rest is history. The following years were some of the most beautiful in their lives but a job in London was offered to Dimosthenis and everything was about to change. Georgia loved him so much that she decided to follow him in the UK and start a new life together. A year later their son came into their lives to complete their happiness.
It was December 2015 and she have just given birth to their beautiful son. It was a long labour and she was feeling really exhausted. Her husband had looked after their baby and the midwife had just left the room. Dimosthenis came next to her in the bed and all of a sudden he proposed. Georgia said to me: “It was lovely but shocking as well. How could I reject a proposal to the man who have just made me happy twice?”
Since they live in London and both their families and friends live in Greece they decided to get married in their country. The wedding was in Arachova a small picturesque village in central Greece. It is also Georgia’s place of origin. They wanted something romantic and relaxed but elegant and chic. That’s why they decided to tie the knot in spring, in a lovely Orthodox Church just before the dawn of the sun. The reception was being hosted in a beautiful restaurant with gorgeous view across the valley of mountain Parnassus.
The overall style of the wedding was rustic chic with some traditional elements. Lilac, the symbol of Spring and renewal with such a glorious fragrance was used as the wedding theme. The colours they selected were lilac, purple and white with accents of gold.
Tsveta Christou, event planner of TS Weddings and Events took over almost all the preparations and planning for the wedding. She’s one of the most talented professional in the field and managed to create a dreamy wedding.
The church looked stunning, drenched in hues of lilac and white with accents of gold. A personalised welcome sign in a wooden screen was mounted in the stairs leading to the entrance. It was decorated with a stunning flower composition, a basket full of blooms and white lanterns. The main entrance of the church, where the groom was standing, was decorated with floral garlands, a feast for the eyes and the senses. The garlands had a beautiful array of hydrangeas, lisianthuses, freesias, eucalyptus, ivies and ruscus. The candlesticks decorated with ivies were standing at the bottom of each garland. The bridal bouquet had different flowers. It was full of white peonies and David Austin roses• a perfect fit for a romantic wedding.
The outdoor tree decorated with hanging lanterns full of flowers and pillows at the bottom creating a relaxed spot for the guests.
A refreshment bar station which espoused the lilac theme of course offered fruit infused water and fresh fruits. Rice with lavender was arranged in the table to throw at the end of the ceremony as part of a time – honoured tradition. Wooden tables served the traditional wedding pastry called “amygdalota” to the guests. Their friends and family made them to honor their new start.
The reception hosted in a different place from the ceremony but the overall decoration was in the same style. The head table boasted a floral garland runner with the same arrangement of flowers as in the church. At the back of the table twinkling string lights and small wreaths made of eucalyptus, ruscus, lisianthuses and ivies created an ethereal ambience. Rectangle wooden tables stood covered with simple white linen, flowers, lots of leaves and white candles. Dimosthenis and Georgia’s personal favorite was the dessert – wishing table which displayed an array of delicious looking white and lilac covered sweets and pastries.
The wedding cake was simple but delicious. A semi-naked mille-feuille flavored with floral decorations.
The wedding favors sent to the guests along with the invitations following the same style as the rest of the wedding. They were romantic and simple. A white tulle with white and lilac almond dragees in the inside. Almond dragees in Greece symbolize the endurance of the marriage and the sweetness of the life. Each favor had a dried lavender twig and tied around the invitation with a golden ribbon.
The couple entered to the reception area to “With or Without you” by U2. Is one of the songs reminding them, as they said, the days when they first started dating years ago so it was a special moment. They danced to “Fila me” (kiss me) by St. Kraounakis, a Greek singer. It was a lovely moment and they literally forgot that everyone else was there. Their dance was accompanied to some beautiful indoor fireworks, completing the moment, in the background.
The wedding gown was designed by Dimitra Antonea, a Greek designer and owner of the bridal atelier “Made Bride by Antonea”. The gown was exactly what Georgia was looking for, relaxed and romantic with precious stones and butterflies in the chest and back. The custom made bridal shoes and the golden headpiece from Savrani Creations completed her romantic style.
An iconic 1969 red fiat 500 was gifted to them from a closest friend especially for their wedding day. It was so romantic and an unforgettable experience.
When I asked Georgia to tell me about her feeling’s of the day, here what she told me: “The best thing about the wedding was having all our family and friends in one place. We are so blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives and they made the day so special for us. The ceremony was so relaxed and the reception was one big party and reunion. The dance floor went from about 10pm to 6am. We are very lucky to count so many enthusiastic dancers in our lives.
The best moment of the wedding was when I arrived at the church and saw my husband and son waiting for me. They were both so handsome. Dimosthenis was literally speechless and the few words he whispered to me almost made me cry. I was so happy! It was our moment and we were about to live the dream. I will also never forget the moment my father gave me away and hugged my husband. It was really emotional and both of them cried.
My advice to bride to be is “enjoy the ride”. Don’t stress too much about the details. It’s important to have a beautiful wedding but at the end it’s going to be so incredibly fun no matter what. It’s your day and you are going to merry the love of your life so enjoy the planning and the big day, because once it’s here it flies by. More importantly, we were so thankful and lucky that we found the right people to work along and didn’t have to worry about anything. In the end everything was amazing.”
Wedding Venue: Arachova // Wedding Planner: Tsveta Christou // Wedding Rings: De Beers Jewellery // Wedding gown: Made Bride by Antonea // Bridal Shoes: Savrani Creations // Groom’s Attire: Ted Baker // Groom’s Shoes: Goodwin Smith // Makeup artist: Katerina Xenaki // Hair stylist: Paraskevas Hair Coif // DJ: Giwrgos Tegos // Cinematographer: Dimitris Haidis