The first time I laid my eyes on a Christos Costarellos wedding dress, it took just a few moments to become infatuated with his designs… wildly romantic, ethereal and so incredibly chic. Christos Costarellos wedding dresses combine elegance and refinement with a neo-romantic character, tastefully incorporating iconic vintage references and the timeless beauty of the past into the present. And… the most exciting news of all, Christos Costarellos was recently included and placed 3d in bridal genius Mark Ingram’s list of bridal designers to consider for your big day! It was such an honor and so exciting for me to spend the morning at the stylish atelier and find out a little bit more about the designer behind these incredible dresses!
When was the exact moment you knew you wanted to be a designer?
I was born and raised in a family that worked in the fashion industry (my mother was a seamstress and my father was a tailor)… the image of creating a clothing line came completely natural to me. To answer your question, I never really decided to get involved in fashion… fashion won me over.
In your opinion what is the style of the Greek bride?
A Greek woman today has a more powerful personality than ever before… knowledge of what to ask for and want… so when it comes to her wedding, she is definitely a bride with a refined aesthetic.
Brides living in other countries other than Greece truly adore your wedding dresses! Where can they find your stunning creations?
Our bridal collections are featured twice a year at the New York Bridal Week and they are now available in leading designer UK bridal boutique The Wedding Club (London & Birmingham) and in the following prestigious sales points in the USA: Kleinfeld Bridal (New York); Mark Ingram Atelier (New York); Kelly’s Closet (Atlanta); Chernaya Bridal House (Miami); Dimitra’s Bridal Couture (Chicago).
Please share your advice on how to find “the perfect wedding dress”
I honestly don’t believe that there is a “perfect wedding dress”… only “the” wedding dress for each woman and my advice would be that when the woman wearing the wedding dress feels confident and beautiful… then that is “the” wedding dress for her.
When you are designing a new collection, do you have a certain type of woman in mind?
I don’t have a particular type of woman in mind when I am designing, however in general my work combines the girly classicality of the past with the current femininity in a very aesthetic way. Hence, I am designing for a woman with a powerful personality that is not afraid to show it.
What inspires you?
The Greek scenery, history and the tradition of my country are the heart of every one of my collections in combination always with anything that can influence me on a daily basis… from a book… an exhibition or a trip… even during a cup of coffee in the streets of Plaka in Athens.
I am curious… if I were a bride-to-be… what wedding dress would you choose for me?
In my answer about the style of the Greek bride, I believe that I am describing a woman like you, so my answer has two parts: a) A wedding dress made with guipure lace and silk organtza with a vintage flair, exemplifying all the Grecian grace and b) a wedding dress made with French lace and silk tulle that will match the girly part of your personality.
Favorite quote you live by….
Life is a game, play by the rules and truly enjoy it.
I am officially obsessed with this Ourania Kay wedding dress and all the stylish and as green as possible details from this eco-friendly wedding! A lovely affair on a breathtaking location just on the outskirts of Athens, Greece. Enjoy with all your heart every single jaw-dropping image captured by George Pahountis!
“Designer Ourania Kay knew immediately what my style was and without much direction from me, she created the wedding dress I wanted.”
For their eco-friendly wedding, Eleni and Spyros applied eco-conscious concepts when choosing their wedding invitations. The stylish and earth friendly wedding invites were made out of natural materials and instead of using ink the text was engraved on this unigue wedding invitation!
The green-conscious wedding favors were adorable! “We decided to have plantable wedding favors, small succulent plants that our wedding guests can take home and replant after the wedding!”
“We wanted to get married at the Laas Estate in Athens because the setting is incredibly romantic, picturesque… it has a true family feeling and such amazing positive energy! The secret to the wedding venue’s success I truly believe is the lovable owner and manager Mrs Stevi… an incredible person!“
“We met while were at sea on a cruise to Palma de Mallorca… I had a high fever… the rest of our wedding proposal story is quite funny. We celebrated with warm tea!”
When planning their green wedding, the couple made many conscious and social responsible choices. As Eleni mentioned: “We wanted and planned an eco-friendly wedding. We chose to have the ceremony and the reception at the same location, reducing gas and pollution since our guests did not have to travel to another location. Also our wedding took place during the early hours of the day and the amount of electricity that was used was reduced.”
The loving couple used a globe as an alternative to a guest book that was filled with heartfelt wishes and kind words from their friends and family. As Eleni shared with us: “The alternative guest book idea now beautifully decorates our home! The wedding photos of our grandparents was our idea on how to connect the past with the future! Also my grandmother had made for us the lovely tablecloth on our wedding table!”
“In collaboration with our wedding caterers we donated all the leftover food from the reception to a local charity“.
“L4W helped during my planning period as it encouraged me to plan our wedding according to what we wanted and not to what was custom to do!”
“Our entire day was special. It was a huge celebration with the people that are close to our hearts. Their love put smiles on our faces.”
“By choosing the right wedding professionals to collaborate with on our wedding day, helped us not to stress even up until the last minute“.
After planning her chic eco-friendly wedding, Eleni’s advice to other brides is: “Start your research very early. Some errands are bound to arise unexpectedly close to your wedding day. Have a clear conception of the wedding style that you want… you will hear many opinions that might sidetrack you. Follow this and you will end up being calm and you will definitely be able to enjoy your wedding day.“