This is an absolutely breath taking wedding in Andros, organized completely from scratch on the beach of Chrysi Ammos.
Essentials for a beach wedding in Greece
It’s not rare for couples to dream of dinner receptions on the sand of the Greek islands. Pinterest is full of boards concentrated just on that. Our role as your wedding planners is to advise you to choose the right island for you and of course realize your vision. Our role is to help you choose the right vendors for constructions such as deck and lighting options and of course the professional catering team to deliver an exceptional tasting experience, too. We will guide you all the way so you can choose all the right elements of an unforgettable wedding. A good DJ, nice cocktails and the right wedding design is what we are after, like you. After all a beach wedding calls for a great reception and a memorable wedding party too!
Why our couple chose Andros island
Elena is half Greek, half Cypriot (Elena’s dad is Greek and lives in Greece) and Mike is fully Greek and originally from Andros island (both of his parents). Therefore, we thought that it would be “something different” if we broke the mould and had our wedding at an island which means something to us. We don’t want our wedding to be just another wedding our friends and family go to. We want it to be something special for us and for them.
Cypriot wedding traditions: Red scarves
Greek and Cypriot weddings are very much alike with respect to the religious part. Ceremony involves the exchange of stefana and rings and in both Greek and Cypriot weddings tradition is to offer koufeta (dragees) to the guests. On the wedding day, during preparation of groom it’s common both in Greece and Cyprus for friends to shave the groom before he changes clothes. The red scarves tradition though is something that we find only in Cypriot weddings. This is after bride and groom are all dressed up and before they leave for the ceremony close family and friends wrap the bride and groom separately while musicians are playing music for everyone to enjoy the red scarf around her as a symbol of viriginity. Same with the groom as a symbol of his fertility. There are of course many other Cypriot traditions like when the couple dances their first dance, guests pin money on their clothes as a gift to help them with their wedding expenses and the beginning of their lives together.
Our couples’ love story:
We were both at Southampton University (Elena was there for her undergraduate degree and Mike was there for his postgraduate studies). We were in the same group of friends for a year or so and then Elena left for a year and lived in France (Erasmus). When she returned, all our friends had graduated and we were the only ones left out of the group of friends and so there was an unexpected connection! Actually one of our mutual friends was brainwashing both of us separately trying to persuade each of us that we are perfect for each other! A year later we both moved to London (Elena was still studying and Mike got his first job). For 2 years we made a long distance relationship work as Elena had to go to Cyprus to qualify as a lawyer and Mike had to go to Greece to attend the army. Therefore, we have been dating since 2010, lived apart for 2 years and lived in the same house for the past 3 years. Mike actually made the move and decided to move to Cyprus and Elena followed a few months later and here we are 🙂