In this article, we sum up what we’ve seen in this year’s Bridal Expo and Bridal Fashion Week. Join us through the story of reminiscence and experience Bridal Expo through this article.
Mary Theotoki Photo by George Stratigis
In the heart of Athens
Another year, the historic building of Zappeion opened its doors on the first day to couples and brides to be from Athens and abroad, with this year’s Bridal Expo! While over 100 wedding professionals, vendors and service based companies gathered in one place to inspire and serve this seasons engaged couples and other professionals alike. Furthermore, in this year’s Bridal Expo wedding fair, you could find everything from bridal gowns to jewellery, groom’s suits, food trucks, travel agencies, invitations and everything else you need for the perfect wedding.
Simultaneously, on this year’s Bridal Fashion Week Catwalk you could see the new and established Greek and international bridal designers with Greek celebrities and VIPs on three-day event, opening Saturday. To Consequently, the creations of all designers presenting their own wedding trends for 2020 were impressive to say the least!
You can see the list and the full schedule in our previous post here.
However, the first designer was Nikos Takis with guest star Katerina Peftitsis from Greek Next Top Model. While followed by Fairymade by Myrto Kliafa shoes, which were combined with bridal gowns and their guest star influencer Myriella Kourenti. In the finale of this triple show, Nymphi design original creations closed the first catwalk.
Photos by Christina Vardali
Above all, the Greek TV persona Katerina Kainourgiou was the official guest of Sposa Moda, Luxury Bridal Boutique, wearing a wedding gown by Blumarine. Furthermore, the catwalk ended with spectacular show of confetti. Together with dance duo and unique bridal gowns from some of the top designers they stole the show.
Atelier Zolotas, Photo by George Stratigis
We would say our amazing Ellwed Bridal Party, after the Atelier Zolotas catwalk, was the closing spectacle of the year! Above all, our beautiful Tunnel of Love decorated the VIP Lounge with the amazing team work of selected vendors. Anna of Kiss from Fleur created the concept and styling, while Bobbie from Sand and Lace Events took care of organisation and planning. Furthermore, we could not have done this without amazing MIXMIX Sound & Light. They provided us with everything we needed for an awesome party and the structure for our gorgeous Tunnel of Love!
However, our tunnel was made complete with unique neon heart and signs by The Letter Co, flowers from RedBoxDays and balloons from The Balloon Idea! Inside the tunnel people could strike a pose with the iPhotoBooth. And also outside feel like they are on a cover of a Magazine inside our Cover Star photo booth! As a result, the party could not have been successful without amazing our team. The Moving Spirits bar and their signature cocktails, delicious sweets by Buttermilk Patisserie and special gifts by Party & Co. Tables were provided by LH Rentals and the evening ended with partying on the beats of DJ George Kouzas. And finally, every moment was captured by Christina Vardali and George Stratigis!
Ellwed Party moments, photos by Christina Vardali
See more of our first epic party here!
The Second Day!
On the second day the lovely sunny weather strengthened the mood of visitors who exceeded 6500 people over the weekend alone. The exhibition was buzzing with brides and pros alike. Even more so the extraordinary fashion shows of the Bridal Fashion Week, curated by artistic director Michalis Pantos. With the artistic work of Andrea Angelidakis, symbolising the redefinition of modern marriage, decorating the hall of BFW. The pink marble lookalike stacks made up the pieces of the composition in the middle of the room.
The first show started with Fairytale by Polymnia, Jennifer’s and Mary Theotoki. The three Greek designers who presented their new bridal collection for 2020.
Mary Theotoki Photo by George Stratigis
Next was the impressive catwalk of the young and edgy designer Mairi Mparola. Main guest stars were Noune Eirini Kazarian, this year’s GNTM winner Anna Maria Eliados. Together with Ioanna Desylla Eiropean Champion in Taekwondo were rocking this SS 2020 collection!
Mother daughter catwalk with Annita Nathanail and her daughter Teresa Humbert starred on the runway of COMPLICE by Stalo Theodorou. The impressive oversized hats and sleeves were the hit of this year’s BFW in Athens. With other guest star fashion models like Keisi Miziou, Hara Pappa and Darya Turovnik.
Prince Erotokritos, well known designer for dapper means wearwas the closing show on Sunday. The guest stars actor Tzortzoglou Stratos, Dimitris Alexandrou, Stelios Kritikos, George Manikas, together with Duo Violins ended the night.
VIP and Greek showbiz celebrities, press and TV channels crowded the halls, to report on the whole event. Everyone had a chance to experience our #tunneloflove in the VIP hall and take photos in our #coverstar photo booth. See more in our stories on @ellwedmag Instagram profile.
The Third Day!
The last day Tania Christoforatou Collection, Maria Tagalou Bridal and Fani Katsanou Bridal Fashion Designer were the first catwalk show. Their designs were romantic, sensual as well as fashionable alternatives.
Avioti’s new romantic collection this year was dominated by her bridal gowns, referring to another era. Accessorized with decorated circles instead of floral bouquets which are trending also this year in the world of weddings.
Michalis Pantos organised the surprise closing fashion show, with some of the best designers from Greece. Vassilis Emmanuel Zoulias , Angelos Bratis, Celia Dragouni Bridal, Deux Hommes, Dimitris Petrou, Maison Faliakos, Ioanna Kourbela, Orsalia Parthenis, Sotiris Georgiou, and Laskos Official. Ten top designers presented their own version of an alternative bridal look. With that, they closed the 8th Bridal Fashion Week.
Major sponsors of BFW, European Credit, Loreal Proffessionnel, and Freddy Makeup Stage, took care that all the brides looked flawless. With the help of Pansik and Nyxi Nyxi Beauty and Fashion professionals they completed the look of each bridal inspiration. Tsakiris Mallas and Migato Provided the bridal shoes for the catwalk. The whole event was successfully organized by Stalexpo team for the 8th year running!
Photo by George Stratigis
Here are some moments captured at Bridal Expo. Check out some of our images and get inspired , if you missed it this year! See you next year!