Real wedding – Kaliopi & Douglas, Cronulla NSW
We love the diversity in each of the celebrations we share, all are special and unique in their own way, though some land upon our desk and truly stop us in our tracks. Enter: Kali and Doug.
A wedding stationer, Kaliopi really got to put her talent to use as their dreamy NSW wedding came to life. Turning to dream destinations of France and Byron Bay for inspiration, an ultra romantic, soft and truly special celebration unfolded.
Kali sure did wow her groom as she made her way down the aisle, and sharing their vows was a special and love-filled moment. Following a sensational ceremony there was a surprise plate smashing, Greek dancing traditions and a night no guest will ever forget!
Captured by With Love Weddings, here is Kali and Doug’s glorious, gorgeous and heartfelt celebration.
We met at our friend’s wedding – Kali was best friends with the bride and Doug was a mate of the groom but we hadn’t yet crossed paths. He asked me to dance while the bridal party were starting their first dance. We waited for them to finish and didn’t leave the dancefloor for the rest of the night!
I don’t know if it was a particular moment in time, but it was definitely a point where we wanted to be together for both the big and little moments that life threw at us. We make each other so ridiculously happy and we can’t imagine a point where we are apart.
We were holidaying in Iceland and started a overnight tour of the amazing natural wonders found there. We ended the tour on a stunning private property with clear bubble glamping tents to hopefully watch the Northern Lights. After a few hours of waiting for the lights, the heavens opened up and all the colourful lights were shining. I turned to Douglas who was on one knee when he asked me to marry him. It could not have been more perfect.
We really wanted something ultra romantic and looked at weddings in France and Byron Bay for inspiration. The main focus was to include a soft palette and include a contrast of surfaces and transparencies to achieve a glistening look through the use of marble, linen, gold chrome and frosted surfaces. We had spray painted palms in urns outside the reception room, with a hanging neon sign saying “the music sounds better with you” (designed by Kalypso Creative and made by Small things co.) which set the tone of the wedding when people walked in – we love to be part of a great party, and that’s what this celebration was all about.
Inside the reception, we avoided fresh foliage, and instead mixed preserved and dried foliage with fresh and large roses and lightly dyed orchids. All florals ranged from beige, to silver to white in order to go with the white and grey walls of the venue. We made our own floral stands because nobody in Australia seemed to have the ones we wanted, and we then mixed low arrangements in with white vases. The bridal table was surrounded by glass votive candles and the bridesmaid’s flowers were used to decorate the table. Our backdrop was a beautiful white wooden arch which our florist decorated with flowers and preserved foliage en masse. We also had pots of the same flowers in different areas of the room (bar, beside the bridal table, etc.) which basically allowed for flowers to be nearly everywhere in the room. Each table and the bar had transparent linen hanging from table ends to give that ultra romantic feel to the setting.
Kalypso Creative designed all signage, stationery and invitations. I own the business so I had an opportunity to have some fun and I love an open brief. I was inspired by the use of delicate floral arrangements in our wedding planning, so I hand-drew a magnolia and used it to blind press onto our wedding invitations with gold foiling as text. We kept our stationery simple by using different surfaces and designs to match with the theme – we used frosted acrylic with subtle magnolia designs and gold lettering for table numbers, menus were in translucent card printed with black text, and each person was given a marble place-card with gold lettering. It was the small things that show the attention to detail that I wanted to achieve. Our bonbonniere/wedding favours were a small bottle of ouzo which said “cheers!” in Greek with sugared almonds as traditional to our culture. Our cake matched the soft palette we used and looked like folded linen marble – it was absolutely amazing.
Andreatta was the designer of my gown. I had seen Jess’ work and fell in love with her romantic style of gowns and attention to detail. On our first meeting, she sketched a couture dress and I instantly knew that was exactly what I wanted to wear. She was so easy to work with and made the whole experience perfect. My gown was quite embellished, so we decided to keep the veil simple to not take away from all the beading. My shoes were Aquazurra “So Nude” in metallic silver. I had a split in my dress so I decided I needed something elongating, and these were a sling-back style and honestly so comfortable considering the heel height. I decided to go for metallic silver as it just went beautifully with all the beading. My accessories were simple to complement the detail in the dress and I wore baroque freshwater pearl earrings by Pierre Winter Fine Jewels.
We made sure to pinch each other a few times throughout the day and night – a plan we made the day before so we could take a chance to stop and soak up everything that was happening. I am so grateful that we got to spectate at those points throughout the day and take in how special it all really was. My other memorable moment was the surprise plate smashing for Douglas and the Greek dancing traditions around a cup of scotch at the end of the night – everyone was together all night and it was perfect.
Meaning of marriage.
It’s extending on the love we already have for each other – it’s forever, and we love doing life together. We both wouldn’t have it any other way.
Being a traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony, we had to walk into the traditional hymns that were chanted in church. Our reception was completely different – we had our DJ remix some of our favourite dancing songs and all the guests were invited to the dancefloor to pretty much start partying for the first 10 minutes of the event. It was so much fun!
Reception entry: This girl by Kungs vs Cookin on 3 burners, Beggin‘ by Madcon, Anyway by Duck sauce, September by Earth, wind and fire.
We opted for something slow and romantic for our first dance through a remake of an Elvis Presley classic – Can’t help falling in love by Kina Grannis.
I did not expect looking for my gown to be so easy, nor did I think it would be easy for choosing dresses for my bridesmaids. I had purchased the bridesmaid dresses online and the first dress they tried is what they wore to the wedding (it was an easy process).
Words of wisdom.
Don’t sweat the small stuff and have fun with it all!
Ambar and Chris’s day was full of Melbourne magic and a dress you won’t forget, be sure to check it all out here.
KALIOPI AND DOUGLAS’ VENDORS
Ceremony venue / location: St Stylianos Greek Orthodox Church, Gymea
Photography: With Love Weddings
Videography: Moon & Back Co
Styling: Lovestoned Styling
Florist: Victoria C Flowers
Hair: Sandra Natoli
Make Up: Bernadette Leva
The Dress and veil: J.Andreatta
Bride’s Jewellery: Pierre Winter Fine Jewels
Rings: Daniele Jewellers
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Bec and Bridge
Grooms attire: M.J.Bale
Catering: Soliders on the esplanade, Cronulla
Bar: Soliders on the esplanade, Cronulla
Favors: Kalypso Creative
Cake / Cake topper: Ivy & Stone Cake Design
Stationery / Signage: Kalypso Creative
Transport: Ace American Convertibles
Décor: Both florist and stylist worked on this – Victoria C Flowers and Lovestoned Styling
Honeymoon: The Villas of Byron (Byron Bay), Europe – Greece & Italy