Real Wedding – Stunning, Serene And Sentimental In Spetses

22/01/2014 | 3

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Anthea & Marty    ♥   Spetses, Greece

Photographer:   Anna Roussos

 

If you are considering getting married in Greece, you’ll be convinced that it is the right place to tie the knot once you see today’s stunning wedding on the sunshiny island of Spetses in Greece.

 

Anthea arrived at the ceremony in a horse and carriage (which is still the most popular mode of transport on the island!) adorned with blooming local flowers, whilst her Vera Wang (no less!) veil sashayed in the slight sea breeze. Marty was there to greet her, looking dapper in his sleek Dolce and Gabbana suit and then they said “I Do” with a traditional Greek ceremony in a picturesque church.

 

This wedding is certainly what destination dreams are made of and if you love the photos of Anthea and Marty’s big day, then you just have to watch their wonderful wedding film, it’s sooooooo romantic.

 

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Anthea says:

“Everyone has that one place – the place that, to them, personifies everything perfect about the world.  For me, as a Greek-American, that place is Spetses. I first visited the island as a child, and from the moment I arrived fell in love with the island’s dreamy elegance and old world charm.  I have returned again and again, and every time I leave, promise to return one more time.”

 

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“I could not think of a more romantic and more meaningful place to be married.  But even I could not have imagined how truly extraordinary our wedding day would be…from the moment I opened the doors on my balcony that morning and looked up to the bluest sky imaginable (preserving in my memory forever what the sky looked like on my wedding day), to our last dance under the starry sky and full moon early the next morning, it was simply magical, a beautiful dream.”

 

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“Our wedding combined the relaxed Greek island atmosphere with the elegance of a formal evening wedding.  My dress was a strapless hand draped silk taffeta dress, the veil featured lace flowers and crystals, and I wore a crystal headpiece, belt, cuff bracelet and earrings. My matron of honor, bridesmaid and flower girl wore blush pink dresses, and in keeping with European tradition, the groom and groomsmen wore dark formal suits rather than tuxedos.  I arrived on a horsedrawn carriage led by traditional Greek musicians.  (My husband and groomsmen arrived on that other traditional island transport – mopeds! in a fun, last minute touch).   The carriage, church entrance and interior was decorated with gorgeous peach and pink rose varietals, including David Austin Roses, and also featured lisianthus, ranunculus, aster, and olive branches for an authentic Greek touch.”

 

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“Our church featured an elaborate decorative pebble mosaic courtyard and a bell tower built of Tinos marble. It is a historically significant location, marking the site where the island’s flag of independence was raised in 1821, and overlooks the water and beautiful whitewashed seaside mansions characteristic to Spetses.  The church interior is very small, and is covered in gorgeous, decorative gilded icons.”

 

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Ceremony music:

  • Entrance of the bride: Traditional Greek acoustic music (fiddle and guitar) – playing various island songs such as ‘Oraia Poy ‘Nai I Nifi Mas’

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“After the traditional Greek ceremony our guests traveled via water taxi to a seaside taverna for a sunset cocktail reception and dinner featuring all our favorite Greek dishes, including pastichio, moussaka, roast chicken, leg of lamb, souzoukakia, and souvlaki. Our delicious cake was made by the well-known local bakery ‘Politis’.  We also served the regional specialty amygdalota (almond pastries covered in sugar), baklava and galatoboureko.  On our cake table we displayed our parents’ wedding photos and my husband’s Scottish family crest.  After dessert we invited all our guests up to the second level of the taverna where they were treated to an amazing fireworks display, accompanied to a ‘Nessun Dorma’.  Seeing the reaction of our family and friends to this surprise was so wonderful.”

 

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Do you have any advice for couples who are looking to get married in Greece?

  • “To readers who are considering a destination wedding, I would encourage them to go for it. Create something extraordinary and meaningful to you as a couple.  Do not let the logistics of travel or paperwork dissuade you, because it is all worth it in the end.  We love to tell the story of our Greek adventure, a story that will forever be woven into the fabric and history of our family and of the friends who joined us.  And, perhaps someday, our children will visit Spetses, walk down the same cobblestone streets we strolled as new husband and wife, and return, again and again.”

 

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“Our first dance was to ‘The Luckiest’ by Ben Folds.  The lyrics celebrate the specific appreciation of love felt by those who search for a while to find their life partner.”

‘I don’t get many things right the first time, in fact, I am told that a lot. Now I know all the wrong turns, the stumbles and falls brought me here.  And where was I before the day that I first saw your lovely face?  Now I see it every day, and I know, that I am – the Luckiest.’

 

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