Mediterranean Infused & Impossibly Romantic

Minimony Wedding in the Athenian Riviera

Mediterranean Infused & Impossibly Romantic Minimony in The Athenian Riviera

It was such an honor for me to be the wedding photographer in Greece of choice to capture such a beautiful and intimate wedding in Hatzi Mansion, at the Athenian Riviera. For Filippos and Emily love was something that blossomed quietly and slowly among cities, planes, studying abroad, and endless summers in Greece. That is why they choose the Athenian Riviera to tie the knot in a fairytale-like ceremony in the middle of May, after the first postponement of their marriage in 2020 due to pandemic. When they’ve met in London 10 years ago when studying law and finance, they instantly became friends, a friendship built in late-night shows, weekends in the countryside with their whole uni squad, and countless papers and midterms. When the university was over, an ocean divided them for good, as Emily had to return to the States and Filippos would go on in London for a couple more years. Something was not forgotten though and when the time was right they met again, felt like a part of them stopped missing, and fell head over heels in love. Deciding to marry was in no one’s immediate plans, but when love calls you ought to answer.

A wedding in Hatzi Mansion, in the beautiful Athenian Riviera

Since Filippos’s family is from Greece, they decided to say “Yes” in the Athenian Riviera and its unique landscape, which they’ve both visited before and had fond memories of. They chose to have their wedding in Hatzi Mansion, an estate half an hour in the outskirts of Athens that had the history to back up its grandeur and the aesthetics they both desired for their Mediterranean yet luxurious wedding day. They knew their wedding guest list was not going to be as large as they had originally planned, but a quiet and personal ceremony with just a couple of family members and a few best friends would be all they’d need to celebrate finding true love.

However, an intimate quest list did not mean that Emily would compromise her bridal style. Our bride’s impeccable taste and search for a finer, more luxurious approach led her to Vicky Galata Weddings. We are curating all the experiences inspired by the classic and timeless grandeur and sophistication, with a touch of French finesse and an eye for a romantic overflowing styling. For Emily, that worked like a charm. “I was in awe when I stepped into the ceremony location for the first time,” she told us after the wedding. “I mean, I know we had mood boards, schedules, and floor plans throughout the planning process, but oh my God, I could never have pictured it as magical as it was!”.

The beautiful details

Emily chose a silk tulle gown by Maria Konidi with applique flowers for the wedding, a nod to spring in the Mediterranean that’s overflowing with wildflowers, and a pair of embellished kitten heel mules a la Marie

Antoinette, a vibe that was flowing through all the elements of the wedding styling. A delicate headpiece and barely-there makeup were the finishing touches. Her flowers? Just picked spring flowers with fragrant sweet peas, Emily’s favorite flowers, and perfume of choice! Filippos chose a classic tuxedo worthy of James Bond, a sharp watch, and his favorite; a vintage MGB ‘67 to drive his girl away at the end of the night and the start of their life together!

The ceremony was built in a way to compliment the breathtaking view from the Mansion’s garden and add it to the styling, so the guests can enjoy the beautiful landscape while the couple said their vows. A fairytale-like floral arch by the amazing Fillo Flower Studio made the setting overflowing with romance. Of course, a string duet with a violin and a cello gave the atmosphere the imperial touch Emily and Filippos wished for their wedding day. A truly special moment, Emily walking down the aisle in Pachelbel and Filippos tearing up seeing her.

What we love in minimonies is the flexibility we enjoy in creating unique guest experiences. A wedding in Hatzi Mansion is perfect for creating culturally inviting experiences, like Apero time with greek products and delicacies baked in the wood-fired oven and coffee made the traditional way. Moreover, we created a dessert table à la française; flower decorated croquembouche, red velvet wedding cake, macarons, and Choux au Craquelin filled with champagne cream! What made the dessert table stand out was a “Let them eat cake” neon sign. To wash down the Chantilly sweetness? Champagne of course! We loved watching the couple fill the champagne tower for the guests, it gave the night another wow moment no one will forget.

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The wedding dinner took our breath away. Vicky from Vicky Galata Weddings said "Between an almost heart-shaped chandelier installation dressed in flowers, we created a table setting for the couple’s nearest and dearest. The table was set with crisp and fragrant flower centerpieces, silver cutlery, and flatware, as well as crystal glasses illuminated by the afternoon light. We loved the subtle level-play with the menus and the name cards inspired by French calligraphy! It was really important for us to give the guests a beautiful space to enjoy dinner and conversation, after months and months of lockdowns. It was important to be both safe yet beautiful and aesthetically pleasing for all, making the garden the perfect place to set it. It definitely helped that in the Athenian Riviera the weather in May is really mild and warm, but to be prepared if anyone was feeling a little chilly, the Mansion provided us with the softest hand-embroidered blankets for guests. It’s really the details that matter".

In retrospect, Emily and Filippos’s charming wedding day was the romantic bride’s dream! From an invitation suite and stationery fit for a king and queen by Manousenia Design and a fairytale-like ceremony to amazing guest experiences and impeccable styling throughout. For us, it was all about showing to the couples that having a destination minimony does not mean that you will lose from the overall style and atmosphere. An intimate wedding simply means fewer guests, not a lesser experience. Once more, it comes down to the people behind each wedding detail, I hope you love the glimpse into Emily and Filippos’s wedding day as much as I do and get inspired for your own beautiful wedding day!

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