Paros Wedding | Ellie & Magash
Although Elisabeth and Magash got married in a traditional Greek wedding ceremony, their wedding could not have been more international! Prior to their wedding, whenever we scheduled a catch up meeting, they were jetsetting all over the globe, so it comes as no surprise that they have a very international circle of friends and family!
As the islands usually play host to destination weddings in the summer where everybody is getting ready in hotels, it was refreshing to meet with Elisabeth and her family at their family home in between Parikia and Naoussa where she was getting ready. It is Elisabeth’s family roots to Paros that led to her and Magash choosing the island for the celebrations of their nuptials. One of the very vivid memories I have from here, as well as the rest of the day, is Elisabeth’s warm and hearty smile – whenever you look over her way she was totally relaxed and just smiling from ear to ear. I spent some time with the girls whilst they were getting ready and drinking champagne until it was time for me to leave for the ceremony location
Shortly after I arrived at Agios Ioannis Detis the wedding guests started arriving, gathering in shade of the old monks’ living quarters whilst enjoying some lemonade refreshments. When the groom arrived you could really sense he was a ball of nerves, but that all disappeared as soon as his bride came walking down the footpath. As per the Greek tradition, he waited for her on the steps of the church and they walked to ceremony table together.
Following the ceremony, we took a few group photos in the church courtyard and then headed out to the surrounding beach area around the church for a few couple portraits as we were losing light quite quickly. From the couple shoot we headed over to the Paros Eco Park taverna for the reception. With the tables and taverna beautifully decorated by Wedding Co-Ordinator, Maria Bizas, the guests were treated to a gorgeous buffet meal from caterer Stelios. After dinner it was time for the formalities of the wedding – speeches, cutting of the cake and the first dance – and then the dance floor was flooded with guests as the danced to traditional Greek and Bollywood tunes. Before we called it a night, we headed up to the amphitheatre for some family photos.
After having left the party (which continued until 6am!) I met up with Elisabeth and Magash again the following day at Archipelagos Resort where they were staying, for a couple photo session at sunset. It was really great to have an opportunity to spend some time with them again away from the craziness of a wedding day, especially since it was really quiet and relaxed around the resort with a stunning sunset.
Hope you enjoy the photos!