A serious and I mean, serious burst of colour is what I need this morning after the stormy night we just had and this Mykonos Island Wedding by Anna Roussos is just the dreamy, warm, sunny day to get me through. I mean, winter.. be over already. Cindy and Anthony certainly don’t do things by halves and after deciding to travel to Greece for a three day wedding celebration, they went all out on the colour palette, opting for bright pinks, purples and dramatic floral displays against the stunningly crisp white and blue Mykonos backdrop. It’s vibrant, dramatic and quite honestly, a refreshing break away from pastel prettiness that has been having more than a moment over the past year.

  

“Cindy and Antony wanted to escape the traditional local weddings of Lebanon and chose to tie the knot on the beautiful island of Mykonos. In September 2016, they planned three days of celebrations that were attended by their family and friends from the four corners of the world to share this special time in their lives with them.
The festivities started out with a day in Kalo Livadi, one of the loveliest beaches on the island and it was a great way for them to enjoy the local sea food, the blue Aegean Sea, the Mediterranean sun and the golden sand.

Later in the evening, the couple hosted a pre-wedding dinner in Uno con carne, an Argentinean style steakhouse housed in a former open-air cinema. After the dinner, the guests enjoyed a stroll in Mykonos Town, a maze of little alleyways lined with boutiques, jewellers, souvenir shops, cafes, restaurants and art galleries.

The next day, the duo married in the Catholic church of the Lady of the Rosary, beautifully located in the heart of the town between the neighbourhood of Little Venice and the famous windmills. The bride and her father walked from the windmills to the church, preceded by a swarm of flower girls and page boys scattering petals along the bridal path much to the amusement of tourists.After her grand entrance to Ave Maria by Gounod, the ceremony began with an opening prayer by the priest, naming the couple and asking for God’s blessings on their wedding day. Family and friends emotionally and tearfully witnessed the pair taking their vows and declaring their eternal commitment to each other.

The newlywed were showered with rice and petals as they stepped out of the church and were caught in the euphoria of the moment as guests surrounded them to offer their warmest wishes and congratulations.
Following the ceremony, family and friends arrived at the three villa complex that was rented especially for the occasion. The villas were built in Cycladic tradition with minimal white aesthetics but with a modern twist.
A décor of swirling purples, pinks and fuchsias exploded against the serenity of Greece’s blues and whites; a contrast of colours which blended with both elegance and passion. Each of the Heaven’s Archangels received a seat at a dinner table, in a celestial theme befitting of this stylish reception: the wedding angels.

Guests savoured welcome drinks and delicious canapés to the sounds of entertaining lounge music. Suddenly, to their amazement, the bride and the groom glided down from the skies in a helicopter, launching the evening’s festivities with style and panache.

After dinner, a live duet entertained the attendees with romantic ballads followed by more upbeat tunes which led everyone to the dance floor. The DJ took over till the late hours of the night. Dancing, music and champagne punctuated the lively party.

At midnight a Greek band, two men and one woman, made a stunning appearance by breaking plates and firing up the dance floor with traditional Greek music to the delight of guests. Spectacular fireworks brightened the night sky as the crowd cheered up the newlywed. The latter concluded their party by slicing their wedding cake side by side.

The weekend finished off with a day at the cosmopolitan Nammos beach restaurant, one of the island’s most glamorous social scenes. In real Mykonian party traditions, the guests danced and celebrated as the sun set down creating beautiful memories that will last forever.”

Photography: Anna Roussos | Second photographer: Vasilis Kouroupis | Wedding Planning: Lily Of The Valley | Cinematography: With Heart Films |  Floral Design: Cycladitiko aroma  | Wedding Dress: San Patrick | Stationary printing and design: Love Me Do | Dinnerware & Linen Rentals: White Lilac | Ceremony; Catholic Church of Mykonos, Our lady of the Rosary | Reception; Private villa

 

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