Weddings are a once in a lifetime event. It is a day that couples plan months in advance, and it has a tendency to fly by in a matter of hours. So when Mirjam and Eddy planned their Paros wedding, they decided to make the most of it. Although they opted for a small, intimate wedding with only their nearest and dearest in attendance, they created a whole day “wedding experience” for their guests, with the help of their wedding planner, showcasing what this beautiful Greek island has to offer.

Now, I have to admit that when I heard Mirjam was planning the church ceremony for 1pm… in August… in Greece…, I thought they were really ambitious for braving the heat. Fortunately they were blessed with a lovely breeze to relieve some of the worst heat, although it was still blue sky, sunny Greek summer weather.

Just after breakfast I headed over to Saint Andrea Seaside Resort where Mirjam was getting ready with the hair and make-up crew. Although the atmosphere in the room was very calm and quiet, the was no mistaking the excitement on Mirjam’s face! After taking some detail shots in the beautiful surrounds of St Andrea, it was time for Mirjam to put on her dress. Her face absolutely just lit up once she was dressed and she could not wait to show her father what she looks like. From here we all headed over to the Catholic church in Parikia where Eddy was anxiously waiting on his bride. As he nervously waited at the end of the aisle, his face beamed when Mirjam came walking down with her dad. During the whole ceremony, from where I was standing at the front of the church, it was amazing to see the cheeky little glances they kept giving each other – no doubt about how they feel about each other.

Once they were pronounced husband and wife, their tour-de-paros-wedding started. First stop was for a champagne reception at Idea Cafe in Parikia. Situated opposite the famous Panagia Ekatontepiliani (the church of a hundred doors) under big trees providing welcome shade from the midday sun, it was time for wedding guests to congratulate the happy couple and to celebrate. Even some local musicians joined in the celebrations providing a traditional greek soundtrack to events! With everybody rested and refreshed it was time to walk down to the port of Parikia for a two hour boat cruise around the harbour, taking in the sights of Livadia, Krotiri and the beaches of Krios and Martsello. With catering and refreshments (sangria and wine) provided on board, some guests decided to make use of the shaded, covered sections, whilst other sat on the roof of the boat enjoying the sunshine and sea breeze.

Following the boat trip I whisked the bride and groom away for their couple portraits, whilst the guests headed on to Naousa to Moraïtis Winery. For the wedding portraits we went to Kolimbithres and the Paors EcoPark and whilst we were shooting, the bride and groom got to spend some quiet time away from the guests. They were cheered on in typical Greek tradition by passers-by honking their horns and shouting well wishes. From here we joined the wedding party at Moraïtis Winery for some wine tasting and a performance of traditional Greek music and dancing. A real cultural treat. Last stop of the day was Nava Lounge and Restaurant on Santa Maria beach for a dinner reception and some dancing. After a lovely meal, the happy couple cut their cake and enjoyed their first dance together as a married couple, before the rest of the guests joined on the dance floor.

Finally we all retired back home to bed, with tired feet, but having had a action-packed day taking in the sights and culture of Paros. A truly epic wedding day! And it was fantastic to have been part of it! Enjoy the photos…

Wedding Planning, Design & Coordination: Mimmika Liakou-Papoutsaki
Winery: Moraitis
Reception Venue: Nava Lounge & Restaurant

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