Uber-elegant Destination Microwedding

Diego proposed to Rita in Lisbon, in 2019, and right after having us fly over to shoot their engagement, they began planning ahead for their nuptials in Greece. Their destination of choice was the Cycladic island of Ios, widely known for its unequivocal sunsets and jaw-dropping vistas. They were planning on a larger scale affair at a private villa for summer 2020 but with the new stipulations and restrictions on traveling and celebrating things began to change. Braving the complications and turnovers they remained perfectly certain that their I do's would not take a rain check, and opted for a (serious) downsizing of their guest list to a minimum of six.

"We definitely wish to go forward without compromising on style and beauty, even if that means having to reschedule our big party for next year back home, but these vows are going to happen," they told us during our first Zoom call. On July 31st the luxurious Cycladic Gem Villa opened its arms for Diego, Rita, and their best friends and their vows took place with emerald green Aegean waves lapping against peach-colored rocks. Ioanna Karatza Events created a wonderful organic deconstructed arch topped with white blooms and natural cafe-creme-hued branches, while the couple's intimate reception took place in the gardens of the villa overlooking the sea. Stunningly pretty details of corals, wood, stone, and lavish florals met elegant wood carved seating, and two impressive rustic chandeliers dangled in grace over the scene.

"Although white is what most brides wear I want to add an extra dose of joy and fashion into our special moments. I'm definitely not a conventional bride, you'll see" was what Rita had confessed earlier. We knew we'd see something non-traditional but we were so wonderfully surprised to see that Rita was dressed in a stunning turquoise gown (take notes brides 2021). We felt it was absolutely innovative and chic, as well as a perfect match to the color of the sea. The entire fete was really heavenly.

Event planning & design: Ioannakaratzaevents

Floral artist: Jimlabraco

Catering & Tableware: Ios Club

Stationary: Ambletters