It’s easy to dream up a romantic wedding when the bride already has a romantic disposition on life in general! Aleks, the lovely bride in question, told us how the inspiration behind her and Chris’ wedding began long before they met as she took a solo drive through Big Sur. Just a girl on a journey for answers to life’s big questions and great wine, she often booked last-minute trips to California to wander around wine country without a map. It was one of these such trips where she found a new sense of tranquility overlooking the magical Pacific Coast.
Fast forward a few years…I don’t remember how or when I stumbled upon the beautiful Caldera views of Santorini, but it reminded me of my “tranquil place.” Chris took note and incorporated all the things I love into our wedding planning right from day one. The day he proposed we drank the same wine we had on our first date and had dinner at Komi, an elevated Greek Michelin Star restaurant in Washington, DC. Exactly a year after our engagement, my dream became a reality as it all came together: the Caldera, the sea breeze, winery on a cliff, and my soulmate by my side. That “tranquil” feeling I’d return to in my head transformed into a moment we will remember forever.
What a journey, right? With the help of Tie the Knot Santorini, Aleks + Chris planned an intimate wedding at Venetsanos Winery in Santorini. And lucky us! We get a peek into the day thanks to beautiful photos by Anna Roussos—let’s have a look!
Literally Aleks’ dream wedding! Betty Flowers Santorini‘s pampas grass designs just amplify the romance of it all!
It is hard to pinpoint just one, but my heart was overflown with gratitude as we made our way down the stairs to see the decorated venue before all the guests arrived. Seeing everything come together with the beautiful backdrop in the background had made me feel as if I’m dreaming.
Isn’t she beautiful in that sleek BHLDN gown?
The Romantic Reception
When choosing the elements of our wedding day we focused more on creating a feeling. We had an intimate group and wanted to create an intimate experience, but one that would also play on all the senses. The design definitely accomplished this while the music, food, and drinks came together to create the perfect night.
We’re kind of in awe. So much to love! The menus by Bright White, the flowers weaved into the chairs, the romantic lights, the view…we could go on!
Not even real!
Loving the flexibility of the space + floral installs. This pretty cake by PetranArt found the perfect frame in the ceremony arch!
It just doesn’t get any better than this. Congrats to Aleks + Chris from all of us here at GWS!
photography: Anna Roussos // venue name: Venetsanos Winery, Santorini, Cyclades, Greece // event design: Tie the Knot Santorini // planning: Tie the Knot Santorini // florals: Betty Flowers Santorini // wedding dress: BHLDN // bride's shoes: Jimmy Choo // hair stylist: Marianna Nomikou // makeup artist: Renia Bledaki // groom attire: Hickey Freeman // paper goods: Paper Culture // catering: Spicy Bites // cake: PetranArt // furniture rentals: Spicy Bites // music: Multimedia Events // menu + name cards: Bright White // arch + peacock chair: Weddings & Whimsy Santorini