As you already know there is nothing i love more than a chic and elegant destination wedding in an amazing place in Greece and today I’m very happy to share with you a very elegant navy blue wedding at the breathtaking Vouliagmeni lake in Athens Riviera by fine art photographer Alex Warschauer.
Alex Warschauer said to us: I was contacted by my dear friend Ellie who I met while attending college up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ellie was an international student at the time living on campus, quite a change of pace from her home in Stockholm, Sweden. Unlike all of the weddings that I have photographed prior, this was unlike anything I had ever done before. This wedding was taking place in Athens, Greece and I was to fly across the world to capture Ellie and her fiancé Charles exchange their vows lakeside in the breathtaking town of Vouliagmeni.
The days leading up to the wedding were quite nerve racking. Every day we experienced scattered showers, strong wind, and even severe thunderstorms at night. This was not the weather I was expecting. Thankfully once the wedding day arrived the clouds rained themselves out and we had nothing but sunny skies. This was a huge relief, not just from a photographic standpoint but because the entire day was to take place outdoors. I met with Ellie in her suite the day of the wedding and knew right away this wedding was going to be extremely tasteful. Her hair was styled to absolute perfection with not a strand out of place. Her jewelry was simple and elegant, and she had her dress custom made by her friend Lina Nordin of A.Nordin.
The wedding went off without a hitch. The couple kept things very traditional and saved their first look until the bride walked down the aisle. After the ceremony we quickly hopped in a van with the bridal party and headed to the coast to capture some group shots and romantic sunset images. We headed back to the lake for family photos, toasts, and the most epic buffet-style dinner I have ever seen. Family and friends gave beautiful speeches throughout the night and half of the guests even surprised Ellie and Charles with a flash mob that brought tears to Ellie’s eyes. The party went on with drinks all around, homemade Greek ice cream and even a cigar bar.
The Bride told us: After a romantic proposal in the beautiful scenery of Sedona Arizona, Charles and I were now facing a difficult decision of deciding where the wedding would take place. Charles is from USA and have his family all across the country, and my family is from Sweden and Greece. After a year of researching different venues, we finally decided on the beautiful and harmonic destination of Vouliagmeni. Vouliagmeni is in the heart of Athens Riviera, being located only 20 min away from both the airport and city center made the location ideal.
We currently live in Stockholm Sweden, so “scouting”- trips were a possibility. We made a few trips to meet with venues and wedding planners before making our minds up and had the pleasure of meeting Anna and Georgia from Bright Blue Wedding & Events during the summer of 2014. We felt an instant connection and trust in them, knowing they would be able to effectuate all of our dreams and expectation. They helped us to tailor the wedding so that each cultural heritage were incorporated and celebrated, yet kept an overall elegant Audrey Hepburn/Grace Kelly:ness to it. I can’t help to feel utterly blessed by the fact that every detail of our wedding was custom-made for Charles and I, and how it enabled us to keep an ongoing theme throughout every aspect of the wedding.
My extremely talented father-in-law Doug designed all of our stationaries and created our very own wedding logo used to seal each envelop. The midnight blue letterpress on top of the off-white vintage paper was a splendid interpretation of the wedding itself. So was my simple, yet elegant duchess silk wedding gown designed and handmade by my dear friend Lina Nordin – designer at A.Nordin. I spend the night before the wedding with one of my bridesmaid in the same suite we were to get ready in the next day, finishing up my hand-embroidered handkerchiefs I were to give all sets of parents the following day. I was well prepared for all the stress and chaos the next morning was to bring, a consensus confirmed by all brides Ive spoken to. Yet, waking up the next morning I felt nothing but pure happiness and excitement!
Seeing the venue upon arrival simply took my breath away! Anna and Georgia had not only listened to our ideas and wishes, but raised them and created something similar to a Monet painting. The trees were lit up by candles, the tables beautifully covered with midnight blue tablecloths and decorated with white hydrangea and water candles. The lake, exceptionally turquoise due to the setting sun, creating the mountain backdrop to take the most beautiful orange-amber color Ive ever seem. I never believed a photograph would do the scenery justice but Alex manage to capture not only the venue´s outstanding beauty, but all emotions flowing through the day as well.
Photography: Alex W Photography | Wedding planner: Bright Blue Wedding & Events | Wedding dress designer: A.Nordin |
Shoes: White By Vera Wang | Wedding Venue: Vouliagmeni Lake | Stationary designer: Doug DaSilva | Rehearsal Venue: Vouliagmeni Nautical Club | Caterer: Atene Catering | Hair & Make-up: Antonios Spathas | DJ: Soundvoice | Location: Athens Riviera