Vintage Chic Spring Wedding at Arachova Voiotias – Georgia & Dimosthenis
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 touch. In the winter of 2008, they met again through mutual friends of theirs. They fell 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.
In December 2015 Georgia had just given birth to their beautiful son, after a long labour and she was feeling really exhausted. Dimosthenis had looked after their baby and the midwife had just left the room. He came up to her in the bed and all of a sudden he proposed. Georgia said, “It was lovely but shocking as well. How could I reject a proposal to the man who has 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 dawn. The reception was hosted in a beautiful restaurant with gorgeous views 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.
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, 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.
The reception was 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. Rectangular wooden tables stood covered with simple white linen, flowers, lots of leaves and white candles. Dimosthenis and Georgia’s personal favourite was the dessert 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 flavoured with floral decorations.
The wedding favours sent to the guests along with the invitations following the same style as the rest of the wedding. They were romantic and simple. White tulle with white and lilac almond dragees in the inside. Almond dragees in Greece symbolise the endurance of the marriage and the sweetness of the life. Each favour had a dried lavender twig and tied around the invitation with a golden ribbon.
The couple entered the reception area to “With or Without You” by U2. It’s one of the songs which reminds them of the days when they first started dating years ago so it was a special tune for them. They danced to “Fila me” (kiss me) by St. Kraounakis, a Greek singer, and their dance was accompanied by some beautiful indoor fireworks!
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 close friend especially for their wedding day. It was so romantic and an unforgettable experience.
Georgia says that the best thing about their wedding day was having all of their 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.”
Photographer: Chris Gouberis Photography // Venue: Κaraouli // Event Designer: Tsveta Christou Weddings and Events // Cinema & Video: Dimitris Haidis // Ring Designer: De Beers Jewellery // Dress Designer: Made Bride by Antonea // Shoes: Savrani Creations & Goodwin Smith // Tuxedo & Mens Attire: Ted Baker // Makeup Artist: Makeup Artist Katerina Xenaki