Alex and Tino live in California and met while both working in Germany. Tino spent many summers as a child on the Greek island of Samothraki as he is half Greek, and after bringing Alex to the island a couple of years ago and she fell in love with this beautiful place as well. For their wedding, they envisioned a small, intimate gathering that was rustic and relaxed: in their favourite place, of course! Janice Yi Photography was there to capture their magical celebration.

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“We chose the Greek island of Samothraki for our destination wedding location since Tino had spent summers there as a child and I fell in love with it after visiting. For our celebration, we wanted something that was casual and rustic but classy. We also wanted a beach ceremony if we could manage that too. Incorporating Greek traditions and culture (candies, music, cake cutting time) was also an important aspect for us. DIY projects for the day included: Tino’s mother making traditional Greek candies called Boutonnieres, my family infusing Greek olive oil with rosemary and bottling it ourselves at the hotel, my mother making welcome bags (which included an itinerary, some handy bits like painkillers, water bottles, candies, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.) and we also put together little olive and feta shots for guests.


We love the fact that everyone had a great time, also the food was fantastic (goat from the island, eggplant salad, greek dips, greek salad, stuffed grape leaves). We had a traditional Greek band which were great and our friend Josh as DJ for later in the evening. We chose The National’s “Lucky You” for our first non-Greek-music dance. If www had advice for future couples, it would be: don’t try to do everything yourself! In fact, try to do as little yourself as possible and just focus on a few important things.”

Photography: Janice Yi Photography | Ceremony & Reception venue: Archondissa Boutique Beach Hotel | Bride’s Dress: BHLDN | Groom’s Attire: Paul Smith | Bridesmaid’s Dress: BHLDN | Florals & Decor: Fay from Archondissa Hotel | Dinner: Local restaurant Karydies | Stationery: Paper & Type

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