Australian Designer, Constantina Danis, Gets Married In Hydra, Greece
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In the quaint Mediterranean town of Hydra, Greece, amidst its cascading stone buildings and azure waters, a love story for the ages unfolded. Constantina and Alejandro, two souls found their paths intertwined in a tale that resonates with the magic of destiny and the power of love.
How They Met
It all began in February 2017 when Alejandro, a doting father from Brisbane, reached out to Constantina for a work collaboration. Despite initial silence, fate had other plans. March saw the start of their daily correspondence, a whirlwind of emotions that transcended the miles between them. In the midst of their love blooming, Alejandro, with his youngest son, made the move from Brisbane to Sydney to be with Constantina and her family.
Amid the romantic ambiance of Verona, Italy, where the echoes of Romeo and Juliette lingered, Alejandro proposed to Constantina inside the walls of a church. The proposal, a creative extension of their Italian adventure, marked the promise of a lifetime together. Their home in Sydney soon filled with laughter, music and art, blending their families seamlessly.
Planning The Wedding
Planning the wedding from Sydney, Constantina meticulously curated every detail. With the help of her dear friend Christina, she sourced local artisans for the intricacies of the ceremony, from the handcrafted crystal wreath Stefana, crafted by friend Emmanuel Tsakiris, to the exquisite crochet lace tablecloth. The wedding ceremony, a fusion of Greek and El Salvadoran traditions, beautifully mirrored their unique love story.
The Bride’s Wedding Gown
Constantina’s dress, a masterpiece she designed herself, embodied the essence of the traditional European bride – a delicate blend of old-world charm and modern elegance. Enthralled by the allure of sheer ornate lace, she discovered the perfect match in the Dolce lace. With a surge of creativity, she designed her gown, channeling the emotional energy derived from her past designs for women into creating a beautiful masterpiece just for herself.
The focal point was her veil, a vision brought to life by her talented friend Collette. The veil encapsulated the magic of a bride’s reveal, where the groom sees his bride’s eyes for the first time, symbolizing the beginning of their forever.
Their love story, deeply rooted in faith, led them to plan two weddings – one Catholic, the other Orthodox. Greece, with its historical charm, became the perfect backdrop for their Orthodox wedding. The island of Hydra, steeped in medieval allure, beckoned them. Its marble courtyards, Byzantine church, and captivating sunsets provided an enchanting setting that mirrored their diverse cultural backgrounds.
The ceremony and reception took place in the medieval stone castle, Castelo, where the Aegean Sea met the sunset in a breathtaking symphony. Surrounded by loved ones, including Constantina’s daughter Rianna, her sister in law as her Matron of Honour and close friends, the night turned into pure magic. Maria Callas’ voice filled the air, accentuating the fairy-tale atmosphere.
The Couples’ Favorite Elements
Amidst all the planned perfection, the most extraordinary moment was an unplanned surprise orchestrated by their children. As Constantina and Alejandro exited the church, a violinist and a guitarist serenaded them with their song. In a heartwarming dance, they were led through the streets of Hydra, their love story echoing in every note, as the island’s visitors joined in their celebration.
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