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Eleni and Sean’s Greece Destination Wedding

by | Honeymoons, Inspired Destination Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Location Europe


Polka Dot Bride

Eleni and Sean

A Greece destination wedding always gets me inspired- there is something about the incredible contrast of white buildings against the beautiful blue sky and water that makes for a stunning wedding location. Eleni and Sean traveled to Greece to celebrate their marriage with their loved ones and were captured by photographer Theodoros Chliapas.

Eleni and Sean tell their story. “We had a chance meeting in Athens seven years ago. Eleni was traveling with a friend (her matron of honour, Emma) in Europe, and it was the last night of her holiday. Sean was also on the last night of his trip after 10 days in the Greek islands with friends. We spent just under 24 hours together in Athens before returning to our homes in Sydney and London. After six months of getting to know each other from opposite sides of the world, Sean moved to Sydney to be with Eleni.”

Of their decision to wed in Greece, Eleni and Simon tell, “We decided to return to Greece to be married as it is such a special place for us. We both have more family in Europe than Australia – Eleni’s father is from Greece and Sean’s mother is from Scotland. We were able to meet many of each other’s family members for the first time in the days leading up to the wedding. Once our immediate families in Australia told us they would like to come to Greece, it was an easy decision.”

The bride’s father did her hair! ” Eleni’s dad has owned a hair salon for over 40 years. Despite him being on holiday, he had six non-paying clients on our wedding day!”

Of their photographer, the newlyweds tell, “We found Theodoros after a fairly exhaustive search online. We absolutely loved the way he captures the true spirit and special moments of weddings. We waited with bated breath to hear whether he was available and, to our relief, he was. We are so pleased with our initial photos and cannot wait to see the rest.”

Eleni chose a wedding gown by Karen Willis Holmes with her bridesmaids in green frocks from Rodeo Show.

The bride and bridesmaids took a boat to the ceremony, with only a minor hiccup. “Sean arranged Eleni’s boat to the wedding (on the day of the wedding!). He remembered everything other than to leave her some cash to pay for the taxis to the port. Eleni had to go to an ATM in the middle of town in her wedding dress and her pin wouldn’t work. After many phone calls, Theo (our photographer) came to the rescue when we met him at the port.”

“In Greek weddings, you walk down the aisle as a couple after meeting for a kiss at the door of the church. Sean’s mother is a singer and sang ‘Feeling Good’ by Nina Simone as Eleni walked up the steps to the church with her father.”

Eleni and Sean were married atPanagitsa tou Pirgou. They tell, “Panagitsa tou Pirgou (Παναγίτσα του Πύργου) is the most prominent church in Skopelos Town. It is impossible to miss as you catch the ferry into the port. It was an easy choice!”

Guests enjoyed a sunset cruise following the ceremony.

Molos Taverna was chosen for then reception, Eleni and Sean tell, “Molos Restaurant was just about the only restaurant with a website on the island. We just went with it and couldn’t have been happier with the lovely family who run it and helped us with whatever we needed. Nothing was too much trouble!”

For wedding favors, the couple went with something traditional, remembering, ” We put together some boxes for the ‘koufeta’ (sugared almonds). In Greek tradition, they are given to guests in an amount that is indivisible. This represents the concept that the number cannot be divided and as so, the new couple will never be divided or break up. The sugar coating represents the hope that life will be blessed with more sweetness than bitterness.”

As for their first dance, they tell, “We didn’t really do one, but some Greek dancing did happen after dinner.”

Congratulations on your marriage Eleni and Sean. Thank you to Theodoros Chliapas for sharing these beautiful images.

Photographer: Theodoros Chliapas / Cinematographer: Vasilis Lotsios / Flowers & Decor: Ioanna Micheli / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry: Karen Willis Holmes / Groom’s Attire: J.Crew / Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew / Groomsmen Attire: TM Lewin / Bridesmaid Dresses: Rodeo Show / Bridesmaid Shoes: Their own / Bridesmaid Accessories: Nadri / Hairstylist: Eleni's father - Salon Philippe Woollahra 0293632510 / Makeup Artist: Eleni had a tutorial from Lien Davies and did her own / Invitations & Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Ceremony Venue: Panagitsa tou Pirgou / Ceremony Musicians: Sean's mother- Isabella Miller Bell / Reception Venue: Molos Taverna / Cake Baker: Tourtes / Wedding Rings: 1791 Diamonds

Packing For Your Honeymoon

by | Honeymoon Essentials, Honeymoons


Ms Chevron

My cousin recently posted on Facebook, “Why can’t I pack light… so far for Ibiza I have about 20 pairs of shoes, 6 tops, 15 dresses, 9 skirts… never mind necklaces and bangles… and I’m only going for 4 nights!”

This dilemma is a common one: what to pack! It’s especially tricky when you’re in the final stages of full-blown wedding chaos, and packing for your honeymoon is the farthest thing from your mind.

Image via Austin’s Wedding Guide Bridal Blog

Thankfully, there are experienced travellers amongst us who are willing to share their packing gems:

The Usual Documentation

  • Passport and tickets.
  • Identification (note: if you’re planning on changing your last name, do it after the honeymoon. Otherwise if your name on your license/identification doesn’t match that on your passport, you’ll be in a spot of bother).
  • Accommodation reservation confirmations/receipts (note: always let people know it’s your honeymoon and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the extra niceties).
  • Important list of contacts (just in case).

The Electronic Line-up

  • Phone and charger.
  • Camera and charger and spare SD cards.
  • Laptop or iPad (note: they can be good for reading ebooks or downloading photos, but otherwise leave at home).
  • Straightener – it’s the most versatile as it can straighten and curl, plus hotel rooms usually have a hairdryer.
  • Power converter so you can actually plug in above-mentioned items.

The Wardrobe

This is all subject to destination, activity, and weather, but saying that, here are some useful tips to guide your packing:

  • 3 pairs of shoes maximum. Ballet flats are a given due to their versatility. Next, either thongs/sandals or a pair of warm boots (whatever suits the climate). Lastly, a pair of wedges/heels or runners/hiking boots (depending on your activity level).
  • Lay out all of your clothing beforehand and check if it all matches… you’ll get the most number of outfits from items that can be worn with multiple other items. Given it’s your honeymoon, it’s OK to include a couple of special one-off pieces!
  • Packing cubes are an organiser’s dream… pack tops into one, dresses into another, and you’ll be sorted. Plus it makes repacking a lot easier, especially if you get searched at the airport.

Looking After Your Clothes & Yourself

  • Washing bags - “I bought a big Norwex one and use it as our dirty clothes bag to keep them separated until we wash next. Plus it helps keep special clothes looking nice in foreign washing machines.”
  • Colour snatcher sheets – “So if you need to do washing, you don’t need to separate the colours as the sheets stop the colour from running!”
  • Moisturiser – “You can never get enough, it’s nice to avoid dry skin and feel fresh.”
  • Dry shampoo – “Especially for beach locations as you can freshen up your hair before dinner.”

Multi-Purpose Items

  • A light weight (cashmere or cotton) decent sized scarf - “I have an animal print one from Witchery and it has been amazing. So far I’ve used it as a blanket in the cold, a sarong, a skirt, a scarf, a head scarf for a scooter, a shawl, an outfit sprucer, a blanket on the aeroplane, a ruck sack, a beach blanket, and a pillow.”
  • Zip-lock and plastics bags will always come in use… they are great for separating jewellery, keeping toiletries secure in case of leakage, and wrapping up shoes for repacking.

Honeymoon Specifics

  • Even if you aren’t that ‘kind of girl’ I recommend taking something nice to wear lingerie-wise that makes you feel sexy or romantic!
  • “A special kit full of essentials for the bedroom”… I don’t really need to list specifics here right?

Now go and enjoy your own Edward and Bella moments!

A Day In Byron Bay

by | Honeymoons


Ms Chevron

Byron Bay is located just 1 hour and 45 minutes south of Brisbane, in Northern New South Wales, making this a perfect destination for a weekend away or honeymoon. There is something about Byron that makes you feel transported to a different part of the world – perhaps it’s the laid-back hippy nature of the locals that rubs off and allows you to simply feel… free.

I believe Byron has it all – from the beautiful surf break, to the Cape Byron Lighthouse, to the array of culture-filled shops, all set against a backdrop of sub-tropical rainforest.

Image by Adam Taylor; Destination NSW

Image by Wildlight; Destination NSW

Cape Byron is the Australian mainland’s most easterly point. It is here that the Cape Byron Lighthouse sits proudly, and has become a popular destination for visitors and proposals. The views are simply gorgeous from the Captain Cook Lookout, and nothing beats breathing in the salty air. There are a number of walking trails, and you can quite easily take a stroll from the beach up to Cape Byron.

Image by Mike Leonard; Destination NSW

Image by Destination NSW

Byron Bay Beach Hotel is a favourite watering hole for locals and tourists alike. Grab a beverage, relax under the trees on the fake turf, and enjoy the sounds of local live music. The Beach Hotel is literally situated across the road from the beach so is easily accessible.

A visit to the area wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Byron Bay Markets. They are held on the 1st Sunday of every month (plus the 3rd Sunday in December and January), and cover several acres for your browsing benefit. Bring some coins along as you’ll want to try the iced tea at very least, and may want to pick up an item or two as well.

Image by Adam Taylor; Destination NSW

Image by Sharyn Cairns; Destination NSW

The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa has thought of every detail to make your honeymoon unforgettable! They declare that “the beauty of the rainforest, romance of the sea, positive energy and vibe all make Byron Bay the perfect choice for a romantic getaway. Share time together, long walks on endless beaches, swimming in the ocean, sumptuous dinners, rejuvenating spa treatments plus the intimacy of your private spa suite nestled in the rainforest – this is your Byron romance.”

Their Honeymoon Package includes:

  • 3 nights accommodation in a Deluxe Spa Suite with full buffet breakfast daily;
  • Wine, cheese, and chocolates on arrival;
  • Take home Kimono and bath salts;
  • A spa voucher each for $140; and more.

Their Endless Love package gives you:

  • 5 nights accommodation in a Deluxe Spa Suite with full buffet breakfast daily;
  • French champagne, cheese, and a dozen long stem red roses on arrival;
  • A five-course degustation dinner with matching wines;
  • A romance gourmet hamper; and more.

Images provided by The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa

This post would not be complete without mentioning that Byron contains the best Mexican I’ve ever had from a little place called Ozy Mex… when friends from California introduce you to it, you know it’s going to be good! Ozy Mex is located a few blocks back from the beach at 8 Jonson Street, and is definitely worthwhile. Try out their fish tacos, or layer up on nachos goodness.

Bring on the beach-time weather lovers!

Images by John Boland from Byron Bay Chilli Co.

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