The Beautiful Ionian Islands

Posted 4 years ago by Amy Whitehouse in

Another beautiful hotspot for your wedding abroad, within the Ionian Islands, would be Kefalonia….

Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands and is known for its sandy coves, rocky coastlines, mountainous backdrops and pretty traditional villages vie for your attention on this beautiful island. It is full of gorgeous little coves, tremendous blue ocean views and holds so many beautiful traditionally greek towns, sleepy villages, churches and monasteries. The precipitous cliffs shelter secluded mountain coves and narrow lanes criss-cross through extensive olive groves and vineyards. Kefalonia being ones of the greenest islands, the spring flowers are breathtaking – covering the island in flourishes of colour and beauty. Wouldn’t this be the perfect setting for your wedding to be held?

But where abouts its Kefalonia would be the perfect location to get married, don’t worry, I shall be telling you all you will need to know, if you choose the gorgeous ionian island as your wedding destination your choice is endless….

Boat cruise: Have you ever dreamt about getting married out to sea? with the gorgeous glisten of the ocean and the peace and quiet of the open water. Kefalonia allows you to do just this, with the boat of your choice, from a small 6 person boat to a slightly larger 100 person boat. You can sail out to sea or stay around the shores to a secluded wedding reception on a private beach, where you can enjoy a swim in the warm waters while a romantic dinner is being prepared for you and your guests. A really great treat for your guests and a fantastic opportunity to see the rugged coastline of Kefalonia from the sea.

On the Beach: How about your wedding being held on a private beach, with you, your guests and the delightful sound of the lapping tide at your feet? Sounds perfect doesn’t it? Kefalonia is surrounded by large and small beaches, some public, some private, some accessible only by boat but all of them offering a truly romantic location to exchange your wedding vows.

A traditional Greek Chapel: If your dream is to be married surrounded in the tradition of Greece then this is the venue for you. There are lots of chapels in Kefalonia, each with their own individual feel and character…… from old stone, traditional, to newer, modern chapels, why not have a symbolic ceremony on the steps of your chosen chapel with covered chairs for all your guests and a celebrant to perform a ceremony just like a real wedding ceremony.

Olive Grove Retreat: Or how about having your wedding venue in the depths of olive groves? A unique environment for a memorable experience, offering you tranquility, privacy, relaxation, nature and a brand new experience for your wedding ceremony in Kefalonia.

Catholic Church: In the depths of the Kefalonian capital Argostoli, is a small, quaint church offering catholic wedding ceremonies to catholic brides and grooms. This ideal location is beautiful and holds excitement and something a little different to the catholic churches in England.

A Winery: It might sounds weird but destination weddings at a vineyard are becoming very popular in Kefalonia….. more and more couples are choosing to celebrate their special day with the lush backdrop of vibrant, green vines while experiencing the ambience and delicious wines.

The romantic venue, hotspots and locations are endless in Kefalonia, you will be sure to find the perfect location for you, if you were to choose this breathtaking island to the be the anchor of your love and partnership.

 

 

Greek Concierge can provide all of this for you and your wedding, don’t hesitate to contact us and book a consultation so we can start making your wedding dreams become reality.

The Beautiful Ionian Islands

Posted 4 years ago by Amy Whitehouse in

Corfu is one of the most breath taking greek islands within the Ionian sea. One of the most perfectly romantic and typically greek locations for your wedding to be held.

Why not say I do in the quant, tradition, peaceful island of Corfu, amongst some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean. To the North of the island is Roda, Sidari and Acharavi where you will find beautiful mountain backdrops, wonderful beaches and warm shallow waters. If you are looking for more of a laid back atmosphere head towards the West of the island, where you will find Arillas and Aghious Gordios islands that attract honeymooners all year round. For your all round romantics, Kassiopi is also found to the West of the island, this little towns picturesque harbour offers a traditional village atmosphere and countless views. To the East of the island you will find the popular resorts of Pelekas and Kontokali in a beautiful area of the island with breathtaking glorious sunsets, just slightly north of the bustling capital Corfu Town. Corfu Town is guarded by two fortresses, featuring Venetian architecture in the old quarter’s narrow streets, springtime offers brightly coloured flowers and countless island walks.

Corfu holds a perfect location for everyone, some of the most gorgeous wedding spots are…

Town Hall of Corfu – is one of the most popular venues due to it being located in the heart of the historic Corfu town. Many couples choose to arrive at their wedding ceremony by horse-drawn carriage, others choose to walk through the historic streets of the town, serenaded by local musicians.

The Marbella Beach Hotel – This beautiful 5 star hotel is transformed to meet every one of your weddings desires. With the Ionian sea backdrop the breathtaking views are perfect for your outdoor wedding, combined with its exceptional environment and the chapel, which is in the hotel’s foryard, the Marbella is a perfect wedding location.

Isabella Country House – If you would like a venue that would definitely go above and beyond your every wish Isabella country house is for you. Found in the gorgeous village of Gouvia this venue is known in Corfu to be the most romantic wedding location. The exquisite garden with palm trees and flowers work together to create a perfect reception for you.

Corfu Imperial – Is an exclusive breath taking resort found in the North of Corfu. Imagine the soft sand tickling your as you walk barefoot to a flower-decked gazebo under the setting sun. Their weddings are arranged on the hotels private sandy beach or in the beautiful gardens.

 

 

From the top left: Corfu Town Hall, Isabella Country House, Marbella Beach Hotel, Corfu Imperial, Marbella Beach Hotel, Corfu Imperial and finally Corfu Town Hall.

Greek Concierge can provide all of this for you and your wedding, don’t hesitate to contact us and book a consultation so we can start making your wedding dreams become reality.

 

The Islands of Love

Posted 4 years ago by Amy Whitehouse in

Your wedding day is a special time in your life that you dream about from when you are a child. Finding the perfect person that you are totally in love with and want to spend the rest of your life with is something that deserves the most beautiful ceremony and celebration. So why not paint this perfect picture in the Greek Islands.

Exotic sandy beaches, its beautiful relaxed atmosphere, domed monasteries, the sparkling sapphire Aegean sea, breath taking sunsets and its vibrant history, are only a few of the reasons why the Greek islands are seen as the most romantic locations in the world. Every corner of Greece holds a beautiful story to tell, one of which could be yours.

In a country so rich and varied, it’s incredibly easy to find a location for your ideal wedding that meets your every wish….

 

Santorini is one of the many gorgeous islands that could be the ideal location for you, it is seen as the most romantic Greek island due to its breathtaking views and picturesque coastlines. Discover the towns that cling precariously to the side of volcanic cliffs, the many beautiful beaches that line the east coast and the enchanting, traditional churches. Santorini is home to the most alluring towns filled with excellent restaurants and exclusive shops tucked amongst its winding, whitewashed streets. The east coast of the island is where you will find the best volcanic beaches with crystal-clear waters.

 

Some of the most beautiful wedding hotspots in Santorini are….

St Irene Chapel – Set in the heart of Santorini St Irene Chapel holds the most breathtaking sea views. Its idyllic location enables you to be able to say your vows whist on a quaint balcony over looking the romantic santorini town.

Andronis Hotel Wedding Terrace – This gorgeous wedding spot is on a overhanging cliff face making you feel as if you are alone on the most beautiful island in the world. During sunset the colours of the sky bounce of the white washed houses of santorini creating an ideal setting for your wedding.

Church of Anastasia – If you prefer a more traditional church wedding the church of Anastasia is a must. It is a quaint typically greek setting with a beautiful bell tower feature that holds gorgeous views of the island.

Dana Villas –  provides a dream setting situated upon a private terrace in the capital Fira. This location over looks stunning volcanic views. The spectacular views provide the perfect setting with the dressed pergola and soft candle light contribute to the atmosphere of this unique setting.

Santo Winery – is one of the most popular ceremony venues on the island. The outdoor location provides beautiful panoramic island views. Santo Winery is located in Megalochori that is between Perissa/Perivolos and Fira.

Greek Concierge can provide all of this for you and your wedding, don’t hesitate to contact us and book a consultation so we can start making your wedding dreams become reality.

The most romantic wedding and anniversary present of all

Posted 4 years ago by Greek Concierge in


Photo Credit: Mike Daines

“Little works of art ..” Darcey Bussell

Now available through the Kennedy Center, Washington DC

 

Vin Burnham is the founder of The Little Costume Shop, a collection of exquisite hand made costume miniatures that are commissioned online and at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, which is where Vin started her career in costume design in the Fonteyn and Nureyev era.

Following a glittering film & TV career in the UK and Hollywood, Vin decided to go back to her roots in opera and ballet and she launched The Little Costume Shop in 2009. The exquisite quarter scale costumes are sold in both limited editions and special bespoke single pieces, which incorporate vintage textiles, silks, hand dyed tulle, hand painting, lace, 1920’s sequins and Swarovski crystals.

The latest addition is Little Costume Shop Weddings which offers your very own wedding dress made to perfection in quarter scale, which can easily be displayed in the home to commemorate the most important day of your life.

“Men love to buy these pieces for their wives & girlfriends; they make the ultimate romantic gifts for wedding and anniversary presents, and women buy them because they evoke such strong emotional memories”. VB.

Starting at just over £1,000, the current collection is exhibited in the Royal Opera House and Kennedy Center front of house showcases.

 “I enjoy my beautiful little costumes every day! Little treasures! Can’t wait to add to my collection”. BW. Patron of the Royal Ballet

 “These are stunning, beautifully made scale models. You can see the skill and love and remarkable attention to detail that has gone into each and every stitch, breathtaking and unique work”. J.A. 3 x Oscar winning costume designer.

Further information and images are available from Vin on request – vinilla@thelittlecostumeshop.com

www.thelittlecostumeshop.com + 44 (0)7973 343739  or  + 44 (0)1825 791563

www.vin-burnham.com

Twitter: @VinBurnham, @Little Costume Shop
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thelittlecostumeshop

Photo Credit: Rebecca Maynes

Complete the bridal look, make it happen with Makeup!

Posted 5 years ago by Rica in

Every bride aims to look their very best on their special day. Starting with the all important dress and down to the matching shoes, all eyes should be on her as she walks down that aisle. Bride-to-be’s have that certain glow from the moment they are proposed to and all the way through to the I do’s. So why not brighten that glow even more? Makeup is as crucial as, dare I say, the wedding dress. No matter how beautiful and perfect the dress may be, it should not take the attention away from the bride herself. To do so, a little colour is required to accentuate her beautiful features. Her look has to be just as striking, if not more, than her dress. After all, she wears the dress, the dress does not wear her.

Hiring a professional makeup artist would always be on the bride’s to-do list. With the help of these professionals a woman can relax and take comfort in the fact that it is one thing they can tick off their list, knowing it would be done right. Not only would the bride be taken care of, her lovely entourage would be just as pretty as she. Pre-wedding consultations are always recommended, where the artist can do a trial run with the bride. Here, they would be testing out different shades that would go perfectly with the dress and the wedding as a whole.

Professional artists such as  Jutheanne Cruz   (freelance makeup artist) offer makeup and hair styling so the bride can look the part. Whether you opt for a natural look or the more dramatic with smoky eyes, you can be sure that skilled and certified artists like Jutheanne know their craft.


Makeup artists like J. Cruz , can also be useful for those celebrating with themed weddings. Whether it’s goth chic or the world of fairy tale fantasy, makeup helps create that for you. Don’t be fooled, not all artists are skilled in this field. Be sure to book that pre-wedding consultation and see what they can truly do.

For those who would like to follow Kate Middleton’s footsteps, the Duchess of Cambridge herself, and would like to apply their own makeup, there are also services available where these professionals offer their assistance in shopping for the right cosmetic products. Help in knowing the right shade and colour can take away any concerns you may have venturing in to makeup application.

All women are beautiful and unique in their own way, makeup merely highlights this.


Written by: Rica Tenchavez
Photographs taken from:
 Jutheanne Cruz (Makeup Artist)

It’s a nice day for a White Wedding

Posted 5 years ago by Laura Mitchell in , , , ,

Today’s article will focus on the simple yet elegant white wedding theme.  Traditional white wedding dresses symbolise the purity and innocence of the bride.  Some brides prefer to be the only one wearing white on their big day however more and more people are opting for white bridesmaid dresses as they look elegant, sophisticated and work well alongside the bride.  White bridesmaid dresses are often made in a simple style or fabric so that the brides wedding dress still stands out on her big day.

 

     

 

The white theme is becoming more popular due to its simplicity and elegance.  Choosing a white theme means you wont have to worry about picking a complimentary colour pallet for you wedding.  There are many beautiful white flower options to choose from such as: roses, lilies, orchids, hydrangeas, dahlias, daisies and tulips.  These pretty flowers can be used in your bouquet and intertwined in your hair to create a natural flower fairy look.  You could scatter white petals down the isle and decorate your venue and table settings with elegant displays of gorgeous lilies or dramatic orchids.  The wedding cake could be simple plain white or you could add texture using white piping, pearls, ribbon or fresh flowers.

 

The bride and bridesmaids could both have white shoes and matching pearl jewellery and the bride could add a white veil and matching garter.  The groom and groomsmen could match the bridal party by opting for white waistcoats, ties or cravats or even white suits.

 

If you choose a white themed wedding I hope you have a fabulous day!

 

Written by: Laura Nikita Mitchell

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