One look at this Kalami beach wedding and you’ll want to fly to Greece for a destination wedding. Alexandros and Angela wanted a wedding where they could celebrate their love, and have it feel like a chic getaway for their guests. And to celebrate exchanging their vows, this couple flew in guests from 17 different countries—truly surrounded by loved ones!
With the help from wedding planner Golden Apple Weddings, their beach space was completely transformed into something out of a magazine. With gauze blue linen tablecloths mixed with the reed canopy bar, strung lights, and tropical plants, this beach wedding is truly Pinterest goals! If the grand chandelier in the Evangelismos Church wasn’t stunning enough, then the bold blue color palette, sunset reception, and marbled desserts definitely take the cake—yes, pun intended!
And if the decor wasn’t enough to have you pinning this destination wedding, then the wedding fashion will. Alexandros sported a bold blue suit and floral tie and Angela looked so beautiful in her chiffon and lace bridal gown. If you’re ready for an island getaway, then let these dazzling photos by Stelios Kalisperis take you there.
Angela and Alexandros
Kalami Beach, Rhodes, Greece
A Global Guest List
We were proud to bring together so many different people from different cultures and countries. In total, we had guests fly in from 17 different countries! By the official wedding day, we were all one big happy family. The guests got to know each other over the course of the wedding weekend through different planned events. These events included: boat day, a day we all sailed the Aegean sea together, cocktail night, a night in old town Rhodes, and tour day—a day we chartered our guests through a guided tour of the island. We were very proud and relieved that the entire weekend went smoothly!
A Memorable Kalami Beach Wedding
For both of us, the most memorable part of the day was entering the reception. We had been dreaming of unwinding and dancing with our loved ones for over a year. The excitement we felt entering our wedding reception was palpable. It was everything we had expected and more!
Hire Wedding Planners
Our first piece of advice is to hire wedding planners—they are worth their weight in gold. They help your vision come to life within your budget, and have the expertise and knowledge when it comes to choosing great vendors. They take the heavy weight off your shoulders during the planning process.
Evil Eye Wedding Favors
Our main idea was to offer a traditional Greek gift—the evil eye! The Evil Eye is a symbol of luck. The eye deflects misfortune and bad luck, It helps to keep balance in your life and protects against bad karma. It’s something that many people associate with Greece. For our favor, we decided to choose a more modern design. We chose a beautiful handmade ceramic eye with special patterns around it. It was placed on the dinner tables and guests received their gifts on their seats. It now hangs in many of our friend’s homes around the world!
Try Not To Stress
Our second piece of advice is when you’re feeling bogged down in details and stressed, remember the real purpose of your wedding. It’s simply a large celebration with your closest friends and family to celebrate a union of love. Not everything will go perfectly, things will happen that are out of your control, and most of the time your guests will not notice. So try not to stress and take everything in stride.
Congratulations to Angela and Alexandros on their stunning Kalami Beach wedding. And a big thank you to Golden Apple Weddings for sharing this day with us. Dreaming of a beach wedding? Get more inspiration from this Riviera Maya beach wedding and this boho Singapore beach wedding.
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Who says backyard weddings are boring? With the help of Pompon Story Events, Sofia and Antonis transformed their Greek farmhouse into a stunning wedding venue that hosted over 500 guests! After tying the knot at a local church, the newlyweds made their way to their home for an unforgettable celebration.
The couple pulled their blue, black, white, and gold color palette from the one they use in their own home and incorporated it in all of the carefully curated decor. The outdoor space was complete with a black marble bar, simple yet elegant florals arranged by Amaryllis, a chessboard-inspired dance floor, and two oversized tents draped in fairy lights that made for the most romantic reception backdrop.
Photographer Upon Two Weddings beautifully captured every well-thought-out detail–from bridal portraits with the bride’s father to sunset images and the extravagant party full of dancing and laughter.
Sofia and Antonis
Livadero, Kozani, Greece
Why A Greek-Inspired Sunset Kozani Wedding
We were born and raised in Switzerland and wanted to celebrate our wedding in our home village in Greece. The venue was our own farmhouse. We wanted our guests to feel like they came to our home to celebrate with us. Our love for gold, black, and white with blue shades can be seen all over our house–which is why we chose those to be our colors for the wedding. We wanted it to reflect us, not only the decoration but also the music and even the food.
A Very Large Guest List
Being Greek, we have a lot of relatives, and being from the same place did not make it not easier. Due to COVID-19, we did not know how many people we could invite to our wedding. We had multiple lists with 50, 100, 200, 500, and over 1000 guests! First, there were, of course, our families and closest friends. Then on the following list were some close relatives which we have a very good relationship with. On another list, we expanded it to even more relatives. We ended up having a wedding with 500 guests.
Congratulations again to Sofia and Antonis on their romantic Kozani wedding! Big thank you to Upon Two Weddings for capturing the beauty of the day and to Pompon Story Events for sharing it with Junebug. If you’re planning your own backyard affair, check out our ultimate guide to planning a backyard wedding!
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A Santorini sunset Caldera backdrop with handwritten vows and a surprise opera serenading moment from the chef—we can’t think of a more adventurous and romantic way to say your “I do’s”. With the help of wedding planner Unique and Forever, Mayeth and Mark brought to life the destination elopement of their dreams. The pandemic was not stopping this determined couple.
The pop-of-color floral arrangements by Santorini Flowers complimented the jaw-dropping La Maltese Estate views. Photographer Kouvalis Photography captured every element that made for a dreamy unforgettable elopement. Adventurous couples searching for wedding inspiration with extraordinary views, you’ve come to the right place.
Mayeth and Mark
La Maltese Estate, Santorini, Greece
Planning During A Pandemic
Planning a wedding can be overwhelming at times, especially during a time filled with uncertainties. There are many moving parts and details are often overlooked or out of your control. Hiring a top-notch wedding planner—someone who is open-minded, sees your vision, and is able to find solutions in unforeseen situations—will take the stress out of planning. The main piece of advice is to be realistic throughout the planning process and stick to a budget. At the end of the day, it’s your wedding and you have the ability to customize it however you desire.
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A Santorini Island Elopement With Views
The venue was always going to be based on the view. We’ve always wanted a sunset wedding with the Caldera View. It is what made us fall in love with the place. La Maltese Estate has these to offer—the good vibe and foods were just wonderful.
A Surprise Serenade From The Chef
We had an exclusive venue, attentive staff, and a hard-working planner that made our wedding dreams come true. Unknown to us, our personal chef, Edward Limankin has many talents apart from cooking. As we finished our wedding meal, he serenaded us with his powerful operatic voice—a very nice wrap-up to our day.
Planning a wedding during a pandemic can be overwhelming, but Mayeth and Mark—with the help from their talented vendors—brought this dreamy Santorini Island elopement to life and proved that less can be more.
If you’re feeling inspired to trade your over-the-top wedding day for an intimate elopement-styled ceremony, you won’t want to miss the ultimate elopement planning checklist.
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After legally tying the knot in Las Vegas with friends, family, and the help of a Brittney Spears impersonator, Amanda and Dre jet-setted off to Santorini for a private vowel renewal at Cocoon Suites. The world travelers knew they wanted to incorporate travel into their special day and all we can say is “WOW!” With the help of Tie the Knot Santorini, every detail was well thought out. From the 1968 Mercedes Americana to the personalized neon sign and the authentic Santorini dinner the couple enjoyed after sharing their vows. And we’re loving the epic shots of it all captured by Louis Gabriel! We’re obsessed with every bohemian yet modern aspect of this destination wedding!
Amanda and Dre
Cocoon Suites, Santorini, Greece
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Our wedding was a perfect blend of rustic, nature, modern and bohemian but with edge. We mostly communicated by sharing images to help bring to life our vision. Dried flowers, gold detailing, velvet textures, and neon lights.
We very much planned the wedding together but the one part that was kept a surprise was what each of us was wearing. The anticipation of seeing each other dressed as bride and bride grew over the months of planning. When the moment came, we both couldn’t have imagined the emotion that rushes to your heart when you see your very soon to be wife turn around in her wedding dress/suit. You add that to being in one of the most beautiful places in the world, behind you are the iconic cliffs of Santorini and in front of you is the most beautiful ocean view. It was perfect.
We decided we wanted to take this time in Greece to really just enjoy each other, celebrating our love with our distraction from anything else. Travel is important to us, we make it a priority to travel aboard each year so to incorporate that tradition was very special.
Our thing is to say “So much”. I love you….so much. I miss you….so much. “So much” eventually became its own form of saying I love you. We had a “So Much” neon sign created that was part of our backdrop and now lives in our dining room. When we sat down for dinner the evening of our wedding, once the sun had gone down, the light glowed in front of us as we ate our meal together. It now glows over us when we sit down for dinner in the home we have built together.
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We don’t know about you but Amanda and Dre’s vow renewal at Cocoon Suites in Santorini has us planning out our next trip! From the dried flower to the earthy tones, this ceremony was completely and totally swoon-worthy. If you’re looking for more Santorini inspo, check out Micah and Kendal’s Santorini Elopement at Vallais Villa!
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