My goodness! This fun and colorful modern island wedding is all you need to see right now! Filled with happiness and modern design, this Greek-Afghan destination wedding on the small island of Ios will bring you joy!
Let’s hear the details from the wedding planners, Soo Events:
Nowadays, there is so much information online for the brides-to-be and, yet, most of them end up choosing white or pastel color palettes for their wedding design. And, please, don’t get me wrong. We love white weddings and we definitely adore pastels. But there is something about bold and bright colors palettes that we find really exciting. Truth be told, when we get the chance to work alongside a couple who is bold enough to let us create inspired by a beautiful multi-color palette, we actually do a little “happy dance” in the office!
Case in point, this oh-so-gorgeous couple travelled from California to exchange vows of eternal love and devotion among their family and friends on the lovely island of Ios in Greece. Sossan is from Afghanistan and Nikos is from Greece. So we had a lot of cultural background to incorporate into their special day. In order to make the best of both worlds, we decided to blend the bright colors of an Afghan wedding, with the blue of the water and the fuchsia of the Bougainvillea. Which is considered a trademark flower of the Greek islands.
Since first impressions always count, we had this colorful palette integrated into the invitation suite design, so that the guests would get an idea of the style of the wedding as soon as they received them. Bold colors and brush stroked used by the talented Love Me Do created a very artistic and modern wedding invitation. As well as vow booklets, menu cards etc.
The ceremony took place in one of Ios’ most iconic villas, overlooking the Aegean Sea. The bride wore a stunning Rita Vinieris gown. She was so radiant and happy in it, that even the strong wind didn’t seem to worry her one bit! The groom chose a blue and grey 3-piece suit, that came with little boats design on the inside, along with a beautiful saying to his bride-to-be. The guests arrived at the villa around 5pm, where they were welcomed with favors. Wooden fans, panama hats and parasols, for instance, made them feel more comfortable during the warm day.
The groom waited in front of a wooden frame, decorated with bougainvillea, peach and pink David Austin roses and other colorful flowers, while his bride walked down the aisle next to her father. After the ceremony, the guests congratulated the newlyweds and had some refreshments before leaving for the reception.
The reception venue is an iconic restaurant with an amazing view of the island. Which is certainly known for its gorgeous sunset view. The same color palette was our inspiration for the setup of the reception. White tables, pink and petrol blue dinner plates and colorful centrepieces, others on tables and others hanging, were the main elements of the reception design. The custom made wooden and plexiglass table numbers in different colors, must be some of our favorite items of the wedding décor. The favors were waiting for the guests on their place setting. We chose the traditional worry beads, also known as kompoloi, in yellow, blue and orange. Kompoloi is also a very traditional Greek gift, usually commonly used by men.
At the end
The couple entered the reception venue around sunset time and were welcomed by a very enthusiastic crowd. After having dinner under the fairy light sky that we created for them, they cut their orange and coral brush stroke decorated wedding cake and danced until the morning hours with their friends.
“With you, I’m home.”
List of Vendors:
Wedding Planner and Designer, Soo Events
Photographer, Sandy and Odysseas Photography
Ceremony Venue, Cycladic Gem Luxury Villa
Reception Venue, Ios Club
Cinematographer, Yanni Hood
Floral Design, Soo Events
Cake, Ruby Cake
Stationery & Favors, Love Me Do
Sound & Light Installations, Avantgarde Events
Furniture Rentals, Blue Event Rentals
Tableware, White Lilac
Custom made table numbers, Entypo
Wedding Dress, Rita Vinieris
Bride’s Shoes, Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Shoes, Magnanni