A Monemvasia wedding of timeless romance

 

 

Are you dreaming of a wedding that combines historic castles, like in France, charming villas with vineyards, like in Tuscany, and the blue skies and warmth of Greece?

Well, look no further than the magical fortress-island of Monemvasia, in the Southern Peloponnese. Steeped in history, and unparalleled in beauty, this picture-perfect medieval town is an ideal location for an enchanting, fairy-tale wedding! Add to that an imposing Byzantine mansion complete with a fertile 25-acre estate, haute cuisine, horse carriages, and even a little chapel, and you have a recipe for a destination wedding that both you and your guests will remember forever!

Kinsterna, a stunning ancient stone manor overlooking the sea and the castle of Monemvasia, has been lovingly and respectfully restored to a one-of-a-kind award-winning 5-star luxury hotel, featuring striking architecture, exquisite accommodation, amazing pools, restaurants and a lavish spa, as well as private vineyards and orchards.This utterly mystical place was the inspiration for an editorial photo-shoot that focused on the timelessness of love. “Forever and always” were the words on the vow stationery of Kavalieros, and time seems to stand still when one looks at these pictures by wedding photographer Effie Grigoriou.

A timeless place, a timeless romance… the couple both exuding classic beauty and class could have come out of Downton Abbey, or Great Gatsby. She is a veritable princess, he is an iconic gentleman. And there’s love in the air, a bond that transcends time…

Sofia Vamvouni, the Head of Happy Events, envisioned a lush, stylish wedding which embraced the heritage and natural elements of the region, keeping everything organic and beautiful. Complementing the aristocratic character of Kinsterna, the wedding table exuded old-world elegance and finesse, with antique candelabras and adorable vintage glassware and tableware, while the stunning floral arrangements provided a splash of delight.

For the floral design, the ultra-creative Jim Labraco mixed Greek wildflowers and lavender, orange blooms and bunny tails, wild roses, floribunda and antique rose varieties, in unexpected combinations and soft tones.

Paying tribute to local cuisine, there was the traditional Tsaiti pie, a delicious concoction of greens and herbs, created by the hotel’s chef Mr. Giorgos Hapsas, and served with the Kinsterna signature wine, which is produced at the hotel’s vineyards from local wine varieties. And for a touch of the sweet life, there were traditional local almond desserts by Charamis Cakeshop.

The bride looked positively radiant in her wedding dress by Mairi Mparola, and beautiful jewelry and accessories by Ilias Lalaounis and  Iordanis Jewelry.

The groom was handsome and James-Bond dapper in a suit by Tsitsigias.

The couple strolled through the winding cobblestone alleys of the castle, embraced in front of the blue sea, laughed with a puppy, not to mention there was even a white horse to complete the Prince Charming fantasy!

 

 

 

Planning, Styling & Design: Happy Events  
Floral Designer: Jim Labraco
Art de la table: White Lilac
Stationery: Kavalieros
Wedding Dress: Mairi Mparola
Jewelry: Ilias Lalaounis Iordanis JewelryBride’s Shoes: Katerina Savrani
Groom’s Suit and Accessories: Tsitsigias
Groom’s Shoes: SagiakosLingerie: IntimissimiWedding Cake and Desserts: Χαραμής Cake shop 

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