A funky and elegant beach wedding

One of the most stunning beaches in Chalkidiki peninsula is Karidi beach in Sithonia. That was the location which Tony and Corinne, Mr & Mrs Snow,  have chosen for their wedding. Karidi-beach-chalkidiki2

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Great couple, great party!!

Photographer : Athanasios Papadopoulos

Skiathos, a lovely island for your destination wedding

I was recently in Skiathos designing  a wedding and realizing once again the beauty of this island, felt the need to share with you what makes  Skiathos  a suitable destination for your wedding.

Skiathos island…. The gods must have been smiling when they created Skiathos, gifting it with a dazzling multitude of beaches vastly out of proportion with its modest size.  The island’s sheltered turquoise waters and abundant stretches of golden sand attract thousands of tourists each year … as  Jonathan Knott  ( an english blogger) writes.

Another desription of Skiathos  ( visit Greece), says …… Skiathos is  the most cosmopolitan island in the Northern Sporades, is truly a paradise on earth, with lush pine forests and crystal-clear azure waters. Despite the rapid growth in tourism here in recent decades, it the island is still picturesque and unspoiled and blessed with more than 60 beautifully clean beaches. ….

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Whether you want to hide yourself away from the crowds or dance until you drop – and then wake up and do it all over again –, Skiathos is a real treat for visitors . The pedestrianized street by the Old Harbor is the ultimate hotspot for entertainment! ( photo credit Jay Gooby)

nightlife-in-skiathos-skiathos-town-street-of-cushions-656-881bDon’t pass up the chance to visit Bourtzi, a small peninsula with lush vegetation where the ruins of a Venetian fortress still stand. The fortress was established in 1207 by the Gizi brothers but it was destroyed in 1660 when Admiral Morozini conquered the island. Today it is one of the most romantic spots on Skiathos, a MUST for weddings, thanks to its densely planted pine trees and stunning views of the archipelago.

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Apart from Bourtzi don’t miss the opportunity to visit the former house and now museum of the famous writer  Alexandros Papadiamantis  . There is also the Church of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary with its four museums and Kastro (meaning castle), a natural fortress that was used by the inhabitants in the 14th century as a refugee against pirate raids and Evangelistria’s Monastery.

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Another reason Skiathos outweighs the other islands of Sporades,  is the Island National Airport.  As of summer 2011, Skiathos airport is served by Olympic Air flights from both Athens and Thessaloniki, while foreign airlines provide charter flights from a range of airports in European countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, Cyprus and Scandinavian countries.

The options for your wedding ceremony and reception are infinite. In Bourtzi, on a yacht, in a private villa, in a luxury hotel and of course to the beautiful beaches. My favorite romantic location for a wedding  is a small island opposite of Skiathos harbor   ….  Tsougria island 

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Which one is yours? 

Is Second Wedding More Fun?

During the years of my involvement in weddings as a wedding planner, many times I had the honor to design couples’s second wedding. The remarkable thing is that all the couples were stress free, it was clear that they were living the moment,  regardless the number of their guests.  The number of couples who decide to move on a second wedding is growing as their ages increasing.

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According to Shane McMurray, CEO of the Wedding Report, couples age 55 and older made up 8 percent of last year’s $53 billion wedding business and the number has doubled since 2002.

In 2011, women ages 55 and over accounted for 5.2 percent and men in that age range made up 7.9 percent of the more than 2.1 million marriages performed in that year in the U.S., according to Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Family and Marriage Research, based on analysis of census figures. That’s up from 2001 when 2.6 percent of new marriages performed were among women in that age group; for men, it was 6.6 percent. And those older couples spend more. That’s because they’re usually empty nesters who don’t have the same worries as their younger counterparts: They aren’t saving for their first home, for instance, and they aren’t burdened by huge student loan debts they must worry about paying off.

Older brides  are spending differently. For instance, in the past, older brides tended to stick with special-occasion dresses, but now they want more traditional wedding gowns. It’s not only that, older brides opting for big fairy tale wedding according to Anne D’ Innocenzio 

Is this the new trend?

LOVE inspiration

Experience. Dream. Risk. Close your eyes and jump. Enjoy the free fall. Choose exhilaration over comfort. Choose magic over predictability…

beach-bridal-dress-willowweddings.comStop every now and then. Just stop and enjoy. Take a deep breath. Relax and take in the abundance of life…

romantic-dinner-at-the-beachRest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky is by no means a waste of time…

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romantic-dinner-at-the-beachDon’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon…

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Romantic-dinner-wedding1It takes a long time to grow young …

Beach-bride…..  Pablo Picasson

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Model : Pia Miller

Tourism in Greece

What type of tourist you are? how would you like to spend your holidays? Think Greece!

Weddings and meetings in Greece

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Discover Greek Culture

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Taste the Greek Gastronomy

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Try the Religious tourism in Greece

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Meet one country experience with multiple attractions

source : visitgreece.gr

Pastels Force

Pastel colors and Spring go together. They are ethereal, easy to combine and “wearable” ..at home, a wedding, a baby shower, a bridal shower, at parties, at teatime, in sports.. in everything and everyone.

NewPastelsbrides, pink lantern, paper cones. hyacinths

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So nice, enjoy!