Getting married is a special once-in-a-lifetime occasion, so it’s important that you do it right! Maria and Filimon followed their hearts when it came to their special day and created a fantastical Woodstock-themed event…and held it on a railway! Greece’s Pelion Railway is one of the oldest in the country. And, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful. As frequent visitors to the village of Mileai, Maria and Filimon often found themselves walking along the Pelion railway tracks with their dogs for a peaceful weekend getaway. This peaceful spot naturally became their number one choice to host their dream wedding.
Maria Lilly, an interior designer, instantly connected with their wedding planner, Georgia Apostolidou of Pompon Story Events. The vision was to create a whimsical mini version of Woodstock. How cool is that?! With the help of experts like Konstantino’s Art and Comme Ça Fleurs & Décor – the wedding went off without a hitch.
Railway to the Future
These hand-illustrated invites by Manousenia Design are just adorable! Each element was thoughtfully designed to showcase sentimental things to the couple – including their pups!
Woodstock wouldn’t be the same without a little love from The Beatles.
We all know (and love!) the look of mismatched bridesmaid’s dresses. However, we don’t often see this trend attempted by the groomsmen. If these fellas are any indication of how this trend can work – we hope to see it way more often!
Fans are often necessary to keep cool in Greece’s warm temperatures. Besides being practical, they’re the perfect wedding favor.
Even the pups were in on the fun! Filimon and Maria’s dogs looked pawsitively adorable in their floral collars.
Drunk in Love
The wedding ceremony was held in a traditional Greek Orthodox chapel in the town square. The setting was already so beautiful, no additional decor was needed!
In keeping with the carefree, boho vibe, Maria Lilly chose to wear a gown by Rue de Seine. The dress was expertly adorned with matching armbands, as well as a flower crown.
Now, this is the right way for brides and grooms to party!
The seating chart for the couple’s 200 guests used the same watercolor theme as the wedding invitations. The designs used combined elements of both Cypriot and Italian traditions, making the event a true union between two separate entities.
Dinner for 200
The couple opted for a serpentine reception table design. We love these tables for how intimate the interactions get to be – even with a party of 200 guests!
You may be asking yourself, “How did they manage to do this on a railway?” or “Is this train line still active?”. Both are great questions! The answer is yes, the railway still actively has trains pass by. One small train passes through every 15 hours. This means that the vendors had only 7 hours to set up and deconstruct this masterpiece of a wedding. That’s true talent!
Edison lights made for a perfect standout fixture over the table as the sun began to set.
Place settings were where the wedding’s color scheme came to life. Sage green, terracotta, and rusty yellows all looked spectacular against the wood grain of the table.
Little vases in terracotta and honey yellow hues with luscious florals embellished this long table. Art de la table consisted of glassware and dishware with a traditional design, napkins in various colors of the used palette, and handmade personal favors for guests.
The happy couple was so in love and full of joy to see their wedding finally come together!
Party On the Tracks
Guests were able to graze at this delightful Mediterranean dessert table. A selection of cheeses and fruits with expertly-paired wine recommendations made for a meal to remember.
The bar featured summery favorites such as Aperol Spritz and Palomas. Yum!
Welcome to Woodstock! Things got super retro with this jaw-dropping outdoor lounge to party the night away in. Boho furniture, chandeliers, ribbon garlands, and (of course), a disco ball, made this party feel straight out of 1969!
The stars shined bright for Maria and Filimon on the evening of their wedding. Every little detail came together to make the perfect night.
Congratulations to the happy couple from the whole team at GWS! What an amazing day!
photography: Konstantinos art // venue name: Mileai, Pelion, Volos, Greece // event design: Pompon Story Events // planning: Pompon Story Events // florals: Comme ça fleurs & décor // wedding dress: Rue de Seine // hairpiece: Comme ça fleurs & décor // hair stylist: Sotiris Bardas // makeup artist: Elena Tzogiou // groom attire: Beneto Maretti // videography: Konstantinos art // paper goods: Manousenia Design // calligraphy: Manousenia Design // catering: Me mostra // furniture rentals: Loizos House Rentals // lighting: G Sounds & Lights // cocktails: Grappa Vino // jewelry: Break A Stone