Aug. 2, 2018
Jess & Ryan
In contrast to my Portfolio post that you can find here, where you will be able to read about the story behing a wonderful couple we worked with this past June in creating their weddign in Antiparos, I decided to dedicate this post to my personal experience of this wedding.
I had never worked in the island of Antiparos before. But when the lovely Jess & Ryan decided that this was their ideal location for an intimate wedding of 16, I jumped with joy. The venue holds some magic and I can't explain. There is a calm vibe there that makes you feel happy and relaxed and takes any stress away from the job. Well, I need to credit the couple for this too. Having a couple like these two takes me back to the reasons why I started being a wedding planner in the first place.
This was maybe the only wedding I have done where I explosively used local vendors. As some of you might be aware islands in Greece lack from quality local vendors and it is very often that we have to source items like the cake, flowers, sound systems, lighting etc from Athens-based venue to avoid “unexpected" surprises. From the venue to the flowers, cake, catering, etc everything was sourced from Antiparos and Paros and I was surprised to see that the end result turned out better to what I would expect to experience even in the controlled environment of a well-planned styled shoot in Athens!
This wedding was more special to me as I got to work with my partner Nikitas who as some of you know was born and lives in Paros and despite his young age, is becoming an extremely talented floral designer. I can’t remember the numerous chilly winter days we sat on the couch with our laptops researching countless flowers we could source for this wedding to make it special. I have to admit when I saw the final result I knew he had put his heart and soul towards making this wedding one of the best weddings I have done in my career and I will be forever grateful to him for this.
I wanted to share this story and thank all the people involved from the kind staff of Beach House Antiparos , Sofia also from Beach House Antiparos who helped me put together a beautiful menu, coordinated seamlessly the accommodation of the whole group and make every request I had possible. The cake maker Tserki who has brought true innovation to the local Paros Pastry/Cake – making market. The floral supplier Dianthos and Chaniotis – The Flower Workshop for the amazing flowers and floral design. But also my own team who set-up this wonderful wedding. Finally I want to thank Anna Roussos for her always amazing photographer and talent and for being there as a friend on the day.
Enough now with my rambling! Enjoy the gallery below!