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Alexia Ioannou

Married on Apr 14, 2018 in Gauteng

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Magical Moments

 

“Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite.”
The entire day was magical in a way I can't explain, with so many moments i will cherish forever.

I am so grateful to have had all my closest family and friends there to help me get ready for my big day, especially my mom who made every moment of the planning process and the day so special and amazing.

With a late afternoon ceremony we took photographs before and this made it very different and exciting to see each other. "The Reveal" has to be my best moment along with having my dad walk me down the aisle towards my soulmate. Words can't describe the feeling when your heart is racing with excitement to marry the man of your dreams.

When Michael came to me for the first time, he did not not have to say a word because the emotion in his face said it all.
Surrounding us were all the groomsmen and bridesmaids watching from a distance, which made the moment even more special. I will never forget that feeling.

The Ceremony was more than I expected and just when I thought it could not get any better the reception blew us away.
We had the entire hall in tears with Michael's speech, (i can still hear the words), Our first dance (which for that moment, felt like time had frozen and we were the only two people in the hall), the daddy daughter dance was surreal and the night continued with traditional dances and the garter/ bouquet toss. Everything about that day was nothing short of Fairy-tale :)

It was overwhelming how it flew by, but with so many heart warming memories to live with, We are Lucky :)

The Honeymoon

 

We went to Maldives for honeymoon. The perfect word would be .... WOW!

Clear water, blue sky, white sand, sun and Romance. Staying at the Chalets in the water with our very own butler, breakfast in bed, snorkeling all day, and just time spent together made this trip unbelievable.
I would not have imagined it any better. It was just Perfect

Wedding Gallery

 

My Special Day

Elegance with a modern twist
Wedding dress was from Vonve bridal by Millanova

The Venue

Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg.
Most guests stayed the night and we all had breakfast together the next morning.

My Bridal Beauty Regime

No Planned beauty regime, I have always Enjoyed fitness and training, and therefore continued with that as normal with just a bit more reason to push harder :) :)
I had a trial for My hair and Make up by a power team, Louise and Stephanie.. who did my hair and makeup on the day of the wedding, Loved the outcome.
Nails i had done by Magik Nails, Cassy :)

Wedding Elements

Flowers, decor and rentals by "Gold Start Party Hire" Fernanda Ghisleni
Hall mood lighting and Dj by Alexi Kotsis (Lxk Productions)

Wedding Elements

Flowers, decor and rentals by "Gold Start Party Hire" Fernanda Ghisleni
Hall mood lighting and Dj by Alexi Kotsis

My Groom And His Groomsmen

Groom and groomsmen had suites made by Frank Bespoke

Beautiful Bridesmaids

Pinterest :) was my inspiration for the look of the bridesmaids. They wore a elegant beige colour dress of which from the waist up they could design themselves. Giving each girl the confidence to feel good in their dress while the bottom was free and flowy ...

Dresses were made by Judy in Bedfordview. Wonderful lady and very accommodating.

Marriage Officer

Father Gerasimo
Orthodox Church in Primrose/ Germiston

My Captured Moments

Photographs by "Christiaan David Photography"
Videography by "Empire Videos" Sergio Batista

The Wedding Planner

Birchwood Hotel, Natalia was our planner for the day part of the Birchwood Hotel Staff :)
Loved her energy, just felt comfortable with her handling the "behind the scenes"

Wedding Transport

Family friends were kind enough to lend us there cars for the day.
My soon to be husband arrived in a Silver Aston Martin Convertible with His Brother/ Best man driving him, and soon after I arrived in a bright orange Porsche GTS with my dad driving me.
Once we tied the knot we left together in the Aston Martin, in a Loooooong convey of guests and friends with the roof down.
Will never forget that moment...felt like royalty

Food & Cake

Food Prepared by "Birthwood Hotel"
Our cake and sweet table prepared by "Theo's Wedding Cakes" in Vanderbijlpark

Wedding Stationery

My mom and I designed and crafted the wedding invitations, table seating, place cards and wedding favors
Made the experience that much more special. Sitting down with your mom crafting stationery for your wedding, chatting, having a glass of wine :) creating memorable moments along the way to keep close to your heart

The Reception and Entertainment

Reception was breath taking aesthetically, and a lot of fun once the party began.
Dance floor was always full and the guests had so much fun breaking plates with the traditional Greek dances, even if they weren't Greek.
Everybody joined in and it was really amazing to see 2 families become 1.
The only dance lessons we took were by family for the traditional Greek line dances and our solo dances :)
Our first dance we practiced in our lounge and all worked out amazing.

Sound and Mood Lighting were done by our Dj... Lxk Productions _ Alexi Kotsis
We did not have a live band.