Super cute engagement in Athens
After finding each other in Greece, Brianna and Sebastian returned to where it all began to celebrate the start of their new chapter in life.
Engagement is one of the most beautiful moments in the life of a couple. There is nothing better to add to the excitement of deciding to spend the rest of your life together than choosing a destination that is very meaningful to the relationship to celebrate this milestone!
Brianna tells us, “We approached Phaedra Liakou because we were already familiar with her work. In 2020, I traveled to Greece to attend my best friend’s wedding and Phaedra was her planner. Little did I know that at this wedding I would also meet the love of my life. Sebastian was one of the groomsmen and the guys had us scheduled for the bride’s entrance. During the party we got to talking, and then there was laughing and dancing all night. I really didn’t want the wedding weekend to end. But it did. I flew back to Ireland and Sebastian, who is half Greek, spent all of August sending me pictures of the islands and tempting me to join him.
Autumn came and he returned to the U.S., where all his family lives. We talked on the phone via video and texted each other every day, and we didn’t mind the time difference – Dublin is five hours ahead of New York. It felt right and effortless. For Christmas, Sebastian flew to Dublin and it was incredible. We had so much in common, our views, our values, our loves, even our goals…. we really felt like partners for life. When I visited him in New York in January, he took an Uber across the East Village on his lunch break to get me beef ricotta meatballs, just because I happened to mention the night before that I hadn’t eaten them since I was a kid. It stunned me when he proposed to me, meatballs in hand. No ring, just meatballs. That was insane!
In the spring we had already decided to return to Greece, where our love story began. We only had a few days left, so we thought we should reach out to someone we both knew would help us. Phaedra Liakou was not only kind enough to book us a wonderful accommodation in Athens with a view of the Parthenon, but she also arranged for us to meet the wonderful photographer Sotiris Tsakanikas so we could do our first couple shoot. She even joined us during our stay and surprised us with a beautiful flower delivery from Comme ca for the shoot, as well as hand-drawn Athens-inspired calligraphy from Manousenia for the wedding dates. Sotiris made us feel so relaxed in front of the camera and even awakened the craftsman in us.
After enjoying our breakfast, Sotiris and Phaedra took us on the most beautiful walk through the old town of Athens, stopping here and there to show us the historical sights. We really couldn’t have asked for more. I can’t wait to have them by our side this summer when we say our vows in Corfu. I am quite sure that everything will be just dreamy.”
Planning, Design & Styling: Phaedra Liakou
Photography: Sotiris Tsakanikas
Assistant Photographer: Michail Androulidakis
Floral design: Comme ca
MUAH: Katerina Theocharis
Styling Props: Narcissus Fine Art & MaryGro
Grooming products: Cuts