Wedding Ceremony on The Rocks of Candice and Manuel who got married on Ios Island in Greece! They decided on a destination wedding and they chose the unique ceremony location at this Luxury Cycladic Gem Villa on the actual rocks, by the sea!
Read more about Candice and Manuel’s wedding week with multiple activities and even a boat ride for the whole party! In the end, don’t miss the full gallery captured by Alicia Nacenta Photography of the unforgettable, Hellenic, destination wedding experience!
How did you choose your location and venue?
We had decided we wanted our wedding to be intimate and an event we would remember forever. As we both live away from our family and friends, we knew that our guests would be traveling to spend this special moment with us. We both love the sea and so could not think of a more beautiful place than the Greek islands. The Cycladic islands have a light that is impossible to replicate. The atmosphere we were able to create by choosing Ios Island as our location was truly magical. The wedding took place on the rocks at Cycladic Gem Villa, with the Reception being held at Ios Club, both venues were mind-blowing and unique, allowing us all to live a moment we will never forget!!
We live in Bahrain and the wedding was taking place in Greece. Once we had decided on the location, we worked with Think Happy Events. They are based in Athens and so connected to the best local suppliers. We worked with them to transform our ideas into reality, create every last detail, and could not be happier with how it turned out
Why/how did you choose your photographer?
After searching across the globe, literally, we decided to work with Alicia Nacenta Photography. Simply because her portfolio of work was unique. We were looking for a photographer who was able to capture the moments of our wedding naturally and tell a story using their skills and talent. Ali did this perfectly for us. She was with us for one week, and all of our guests commented how at ease she made them feel. They even forgetting she was there. Her post-production and how she was able to bring the feeling of the day into the pictures is a special gift.
Most memorable moment from the day:
We both had so many memorable moments. But walking into the reception, with the sunset behind us, seeing all of our family and friends who had traveled so far to share this moment with us, was something we will never forget.
How long did it take you to plan your wedding & what was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome?
It took around 9 months, everything was going smoothly. Until the Greek Ferry Companies decided to strike, with two-days notice, on the days many of our guests were due to arrive!! Luckily we had loads of champagne and so much good feeling we were able to laugh through it all. In the end, everyone was able to arrive in time to share most of the week with us!
Our 60 guests were traveling to the wedding from abroad, so we wanted to make it a week to remember. We kicked off the wedding of a lifetime with a boat trip around Ios Island. We spent the day exploring the most beautiful beaches around the island. All of our guests joined us for our bachelor party wearing white! We kicked off the day at Salt Restaurant on the sea. And we danced the night away at Pathos Club, with the most amazing sunset on the whole island. The night before the wedding we held an intimate welcome party at Cycladic Gem Villa with Ios Club catering to our every need. All of these events really made everyone feel like family in time to celebrate our special day!
See their wedding video:
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Photography: Alicia Nacenta Photography
Ceremony Venue: Cycladic Gem Luxury Villa
Bouquet: Petridis Creations
Wedding Planner: Think Happy Events
Videographer & drone: Dsilva Films
Dinner Venue: Ios Club
Catering: Ios Club
Bride´s dress: Rime Arodaky
Grooms suit: Hilton Bespoke
Stationary: Love me do