They say, "the best perfumes come in small bottles," and this modern glam wedding in Greece arrives to validate the old adage - not out of any C-19 sine qua non, but out of a British-French couple's sheer conviction that opting for a microwedding would max the experience for them and their guests.
Merie and Edwin have beautiful energy together. Edwin has a calming, polite presence, and Merie brings a flirtatious, playful spirit to their relationship. Shortly after getting engaged, Merie landed a product development managerial position at a major fashion brand in NYC. They wished for an escape to Greece before starting their new life in the States.
A film buff, Merie was enamored with the beauty of Spetses and Porto Cheli as they're portrayed on Netflixs' Glass Onion movie. Still, as the venue was already booked on their dates, they sought an opulent private villa for their I-do's. Theirs was the first wedding to ever take place on the manicured property perched on a gorgeous promontory neighboring the Greek Royal estates.
"We picked a destination allowing our closest people to enjoy various locations. After crossing out August's availabilities, our planner Sofia of Happy Events, suggested the perfect option.
The Saronic islands appeal to us for their eclectic mix of breathtaking nature and clean esthetic, and we wanted to embrace the sophistication they exude in the design concept. We created a vision board that resonated with the ambiance of our venue, overgrown white florals and minimalist greens, a touch of gold, and blond wood.
As we both work in the fashion industry, we feel deeply for alternative looks, so we opted for different attire at the ceremony, our couple portraits, and our party (a girl can never have too many dresses, really). Since all of our guests were to stay with us at the villa, we wanted to maximize their experience with a cruise around the gulf, honestly one of our best choices!
After our wedding brunch the next day, we rented a car and had an exclusive session with our photographers, Panos & Sofia of Panos Demiropoulos Studio, down the beach. The waves crashing around us, the marram grasses, and the salt-laden wind made our portraits special.
Did we regret not having a bigger wedding? No, because it was all about the people we love and us. Now that we're packed into our new daily grind, we look back to these delightful moments and have already decided to head back to Greece the first chance we get!"
Venue: Portoheli Exclusive
Wedding planner: Happy Events
Floral design: Kellys Portoheli Floral & Events
Wedding dress: Mairi Mparola