Photography: Andreas K. Georgiou / Venue: Don Mansion The Hill, Rhodes /
Coordination: The Secret Owl & Sotiris Tsakanikas / Planning, Design , Florals & Styling: Golden Apple Weddings / Bride Styling: Anna Jill – Kiss From Fleur / Bride’s dresses: Ancient Kallos & Μadebride /Paper goods, stationery, escort tags & calligraphy: @manousenia.design / Wedding bands: Cartier / Groom Styling: Setty Lepida – @setty_blade / Groom’s clothing: OGGI Navy and Green / Groom’s watch: Rolex /Perfumes: Aqua Di Parma / Hermes / Ceramic plates, tiles, coasters & flatware: Nassos Keramik / Cocktail bar & mixology: @decentbar / Bridal headpieces: Heart Of Gold Designs / Ring box: The Mrs Box / Textiles, silks & linen: Allegoria Textile Delights / Cutlery: Vintage Private Collection Golden Apple Weddings / Bridal shoes: Napolitana Giasiranis / Makeup: Makeup by Mika_ / Hair: Agis Kypraios / Models: Dinos Karvounis / Ypapanti Vasila / DJ: Miss Despo Mania – MDM Events / Cake: Pavlov’s Lab / Catering & local sweets: @panedicapo
A summer evening on Rhodes fuses ancient tradition with the languorous allure of the Aegean, a synthesis elegantly captured by this pre-wedding photo shoot on the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands. As the ‘Island of Knights’, Rhodes is home to the hushed medieval alleys and soaring fortresses of the Old Town, but any solemnity is ruptured by the island’s vivid colours. Shades of tangerine, azure, and pistachio glow beneath a trellis in a scene elegantly set by Golden Apple Weddings for the Secret Owl.
An exquisite pre-wedding al fresco dinner of olives, tomatoes, and rustic loaves culminates with melekouni and mantinades (distinctive local sweets) and is chased with signature punches by @decentbar. The cedarwood table is impeccably laid with hand-painted ceramic tiles in curling fantasias of blue and carmine, crafted according to Rhodeian tradition by Nassos Keramik, and complementing the cut glassware that drink in the Aegean light.
Styled by Anna Jill from Kiss from Fleur, Ypapanti wears a white ankle-length sheath dress embroidered in blue, Ancient Kallos resort wear’s homage to traditional Greek costume. The striking gold buckles at the bride’s waist echo the eloquent simplicity of the Cartier rings on her right hand. Having swapped her sandals for elegant heels, she reappears in a subtly sensuous full-length madebride gown. As Ypapanti strolls through the grounds of the luxurious DON Mansion villa, with its dreamy views of the immaculate island of Sesklio, the pleats and folds of her apricot-coloured gown billow in the breeze. You might almost be excused for underestimating her groom’s tasteful Rolex, a masterful counterpart to his deceptively casual white linen shirt.
‘In Rhodes’, wrote Laurence Durrell, ‘the days drop as softly as fruit from the trees’. As the fading light casts a spell over the couple, we know that the romance of twilight on Rhodes is not far off.