A beautiful intimate wedding in picture perfect Monemvasia has truly captured my heart. The wedding of Daniel and George had a rustic and masculine theme and was complimented with the flawlessly stylish decorative touches of Ioanna Vamvakari Events. Every image, every tender and heartfelt moment captured with pure brilliance by talented photographer Adonis Kekidakis. Enjoy this beautiful masterpiece!
“We visited Monemvasia in 2010, and fell in love with the area, with a landscape combining olive groves, vineyards, the azure Aegean and the unique castle on a rock. It was the perfect spot to show off just what Greece has to offer to our friends and family, and is a beautiful setting for a wedding. In addition, the Kinsterna is one of the best hotels we have ever stayed at, with brilliant service, warm and professional staff, a chef worthy of a Michelin star, and stunning architecture. We felt this was the ideal spot for a wedding, and even enquired about it on our stay when it opened in 2010”.
“We met at a bar one night in Rotterdam. George was there alone, and saw Dan in the mirror with his friends. You could say it was love at first site!”
“We realized quite early on that we would spend the rest of our lives together. We were truly in love! As a gay couple, we were a bit hesitant about marriage at first. However, we then started to realize that we would like to make our relationship official and celebrate it with our friends and family. We were talking about it for a number of years, and finally, Dan asked George on a cold night under the Aurora Borealis in Iceland”.
“We actually had no specific thoughts on the decoration, and thankfully had Ioanna to guide us and provide suggestions throughout the planning process. All our guests were very impressed with the design of the event, as were we of course”.
Ioanna shared with us about the gorgeous and carefully selected decorative details: “We used a combination of round and rectangle tables that added a dimension to the reception decoration. The centerpieces were floral bouquets with lavender, aster, safari sunset & chrysanthemum were placed in various shaped glassed jars, and vintage books were used as wedding table numbers”
More than 1000 candles were placed in reception area of the Kinsterna Hotel creating a magical setting. We loved the advice box idea! As Ioanna mentioned to us: “An old wooden trunk was used for the advice box. Guests shared their wishes, advice and gifts for the couple. White candles, fbouquets with protea flowers and delicate ivy decorated this beautiful area”.
The rustic boutonnieres were a surprise gift from Ioanna: Each one created with different flowers to match their attire: White rose, lavender and craspedia for Daniel and pale pink rose, lefkadentro and chrysanthemum for George.
“The best decision was, by far, hiring The Wedding Experts in Greece to plan our wedding, who introduced us to Ioanna. The wedding planner and decorator took a significant weight off our shoulders, both in the planning and during the actual event honestly, the event would not have been as perfect without the help of these two ladies, who also collaborated very well with the staff at the Kinsterna (who were also marvelous). I can’t really say that we made any bad decisions – that would take away from the brilliance of the day”.
For Daniel and George the best moment of the wedding was: “The moment we were saying our vows, both of us in tears, with the rock of Monemvasia in the background and all our closest friends and family sharing this moment with us”.
The couple’s advice on planning a destination wedding: “Try to do everything to make it easy for your guests to join the celebration. We organized transport between venues, nannies to keep children occupied during the dinner and to baby sit during the party, and meals the day before and after the wedding. This was all done with the help of our wedding planners, which would be our second suggestion: the wedding planner and decorator made took all the stress away from us in the planning”.
There is something so romantic and so beautiful about a day after session! The couple is relaxed and looking gorgeously stylish in their wedding attire and they are sooo much in love!
“Dimitris proposed in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve. As soon as we got to our hotel, he told me he was going to put ice in the ice bucket and came back with my ring glimmering in the ice. Than he asked the question “Will you be Mrs. Koulakis?”
Instead of flowers, Daniela had an amazing brooch bouquet! “My mother made my bridal bouquet with my wedding dress fabric, vintage lace, pearls, rhinestones, and her vintage jewelry. It was the most beautiful thing and was amazing to hold in my hands down the aisle knowing she made it for me”.
“Since I was on such a short time frame till my wedding date. (I had 4 months to plan a destination wedding) A lot of retailers could not accommodate me and get my dress to me in that short period of time. I got so lucky and was referred to this amazing wedding dress maker named Nanez Hatami. She made my dream dress turn into reality in only 2 months. She saved me”.
“I wanted a silhouette, romantic, vintage gown. Nanez took me fabric shopping and we picked the prettiest lace fabric. We also bought other embellishments to add to the dress. The dress was beyond and amazing and fit my body like a glove. It is a dream that you get to make your own custom gown. I would recommend this to anyone who has their own flair and uniqueness”.
“Dimitri is from Crete and I am originally from Ecuador. When I visited Crete, I fell in love with the city, culture, people and my husband! When he proposed, we both knew that Crete would be the place to wed since that is where we fell in love. I also wanted my friends and family to experience Crete as I had”.
Daniela’s advice: “Enjoy the fact that you are marrying the man of your dreams! Do not sweat the small stuff because you will get so involved that you will forget the main reason behind the wedding. This is about Love between two people, not how big the flower arrangements are. Live in this incredible moment!”