Photography: Andreas K. Georgiou
Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab
Design: Jaclyn Journey & Tracy Burch
Shoes: Bella Belle
Dress: Claire Pettibone
Stationery: High Fancy Paper
Calligraphy: Rachel Fischer Calligraphy
Headpiece: All About Romance
Elopement conjures secrecy: a hastily-packed suitcase, a window left ajar, a midnight escape. But, by combining Old World elegance with modern inventiveness, American event planner Jaclyn Journey proves that an elopement can root itself in iconic tradition while embracing a couple’s individuality.
The setting for the ceremony was a white stone, family-owned, seventeenth-century Greek Orthodox church on the island of Mykonos. Orthodox Christianity is rich in traditions which stir the senses: the aromatic opulence of the incense, the mesmerizing light of fragrant beeswax candles flickering on the icons, and the radiance of the iconostasis were made complete by the traditional exchange of crowns, symbols of honour and glory.
Nikolas’s bow-tie, double-breasted blazer, and black Greek leather sandals proposed a stylishly mischievous twist to the dreamy sophistication of Sophia’s embroidered gown and tulle cape, designed by California designer Claire Pettibone. Sophia’s floral coronet, crafted by All About Romance, echoed her hand-foraged bouquet of juniper, bead-tree, and lilies. Wedding stationery exquisitely calligraphed by Rachel Fisher evoked poetic fragments and letters recovered from the sea.
Nikolas’ and Sophia’s crowns were distinctively fashioned from wild oat, foraged in the Greek countryside, while Family heirlooms make the perfect objets d’art, and black-and-white photographs, authentic postcards, local coins, wicker baskets, and a bouzouki offered a timeless counterpoint to the young couple.
After the ceremony, the couple were met at the chapel’s red doorway by local musicians and serenaded through the cobbled streets and white-washed alleys of ‘Little Venice’ before watching the sun set from the seafront.
Mykonos was a beautiful choice for this idyllic elopement, providing the ideal setting for a free-spirited, unrepentantly romantic couple looking to combine the traditional with the whimsical.
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