Refreshing, that’s the word that comes to mind when we breathe in these dreamy photos from Alexandra and Ysmael’s Grecian destination wedding. From the bright color palette of fuchsia, hot pink, red, and peach, to the floral-infused cocktails and the bright blue sea, it’s all such a breath of fresh island air. Honestly, it’s been so fun traveling vicariously through the destination weddings of couples we feature, and when we do get to get away for real, the scenic island of Paros is definitely on our list.
Planning a destination wedding is no small feat, especially when your destination is in another country entirely. Luckily, Alexandra and Ysmael had expert planner, Phaedra Liakou on their side to help everything run smoothly and make sure all of their dreams came true. Villa Aethra boasts one of the best views on the island, and as gorgeous as the surroundings are, the villa itself is certainly something to behold (lucky couple…lucky guests!). They decided to go bright with their color palette and relied mostly on their florist, Chaniotis The Flower Workshop, to work their magic. Sandy and Odysseas took these gorgeous photos that capture the vibe of the time and place beautifully! Keep reading to hear more from Phaedra Liakou about what it takes to plan a destination wedding like this one, and enjoy these scenic photos.
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an iconic villa
What is the ﬁrst thing that reminds you of a destination wedding in Greece? We bet it’s the sun, or the coolness of the sea, or even a peaceful walk barefoot on a beach. For Alexandra and Ysmael it was all that and even more when they decided to have a destination wedding in Paros, one of the most beautiful Aegean Island in Greece. Alexandra, a Greek-American bride, and Ysmael, a Dominican groom, with their family and closest friends traveled from New York to Paros for their wedding and to party privately in one of the most iconic villas on the island! For couples choosing Greece for their wedding, it can get pretty overwhelming planning all the details. It was my honor to be their wedding planner. From the very first moment, we felt like we knew each other for years. Alexandra had visited Paros as a teenager and it was the only choice for their wedding since she was in love with the island. I met them in person six months before the wedding when we visited Paros to arrange all the details. For Ysmael it was his first time in Greece and I was very happy to share with him and Alexandra all these emotions.
the vibe: summertime in Greece
We worked closely with the couple on a concept that revolved around the delicate elegance of summertime in Greece, the ambiance of the location, and the colors of the surrounding. And we are so excited we “broke” the traditional wedding color rules! Fuchsia, pink, and peach worked perfectly together!
For their breezy Grecian wedding, the bride wore a stunning off-the-shoulder lace mermaid gown and the groom rocked a three-piece linen suit that was the same color blue as the sea! They decided to go a bit non-traditional with the bridal party. The bridesmaids wore elegant floor-length dresses in various prints and colors to bring out the island vibes and the groomsmen wore light summer suits that kept the vibe classy but laidback.
at a little chapel called Agios Fokas
The ceremony was held in the small chapel called Agios Fokas just next to the sea. If something worth investing in a wedding day is a memorable experience. Alexandra arrived at the ceremony on a traditional boat, accompanied by folk wedding tunes played by three local musicians, where she met Ysmael, waiting for her with the warmest smile.
a sunset reception
After the intimate wedding ceremony, we curated a lovely reception at the iconic Villa Aethra with one of the most memorable sunset views on the island.
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