TWO OVER THE TOP WEDDING CELEBRATIONS ON SPETSES ISLAND AND PORTO HELI
Spetses Island and Porto Heli luxury wedding 2 day celebration
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When planning their wedding, the couple couldn’t decide between a more intimate celebration and a blowout bash, so they had both! Over the course of two weeks, they celebrated in both Greece and Lebanon, with hundreds (literally!) of family and friends in attendance. First up: their July 8, 2017 wedding in Spetses, Greece. There, 180 guests joined the couple for two events designed by the bride herself. “Jad and I are both beach babies, and always envisioned a sunset ceremony,” says Celine. “Greece was central for both of our families to arrive from all over the world, and a short trip to Lebanon for the rest of the festivities. We chose Spetses for its natural beauty and the quaint village feel.” The celebration—planned by Cherry on Top, produced by Deplan V, coordinated by Lauren Drablier, and photographed by Pablo Beglez—was the perfect combination of luxe and laid back. And of course, it took place on the beach!
The night before the wedding, the party was kicked off with a Greek-themed evening at a waterfront villa. Guests dined on an amazing spread of local delicacies, including a tower of cheeses. Celine and Jad set the tone for a weekend of fun by handing out personalized tambourines (made by Shindig Bespoke) to guests. They made a pretty display at cocktail hour but were ultimately made for the late-night dance floor! Brides, take note! The couple came up with a playful way to break the ice by installing a spin-the-wheel game. Each slot on the wheel featured a different phrase, like “Hug a stranger” or “Pick a couple to kiss!”The spectacular rehearsal dinner was set on the lawn beneath trellises draped in olive branches. Mismatched tables and chairs were topped with patterned china and arrangements of roses and succulents.
The next day, everyone came by boat to a remote beach. After the bridal party’s grand entrance, Celine walked in last with her mother. “The moment when our guests watched our arrival, while my mother and I waited to walk down the aisle, was picture-perfect,” says the bride. The bride walked down the aisle with her mother and her uncle, her late father’s oldest brother, to meet Jad at the altar. “We built a platform over the water so we could literally get married over the sea,” says Celine. The circular platform was decorated with gorgeous white blooms, including a cascading altar in the center. She adds, “We wanted to create a feeling of inclusion and be completely surrounded by our family and friends.” As guests waited for the ceremony to start, they perused an illustrated program by Shingdig Bespoke, identifying all of the evening’s key players.
Celine’s wedding gown was truly a masterpiece. The Versace design offered not one, not two, but three looks throughout the evening. It took 1,100 hours to turn 130 feet of tulle and 30,000 Swarovski crystals into the final creation, which featured a perfectly sculpted bodice, a crystal adorned skirt beneath the tulle, and an embroidered mini dress under that. This meant the bride could transition from ceremony drama to dinner elegance to late night dancing without ever having to change.
Candles in the sand surrounded the reception area, a tent-like structure extravagantly draped with greenery and lit with crystal chandeliers. “We incorporated my love of poetry in the decor, including on the ends of the fabric runners,” says Celine. Oversized tables were adorned with white flowers, including roses and peonies. Each place setting paired a textured ceramic charger with a soft linen napkin and gold flatware. At dinner, guests read quotes about love—which were calligraphed on table runners—from some of Celine’s favorite thinkers. After dinner, they were treated to more words of wisdom—this time, from the matron of honor and best man. “Their words were lighthearted but powerful, and spoke to the raw love between Jad and me,” she recalls.
After Celine removed the tulle skirt from her wedding gown, the couple shared their first dance to a remix of “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz, featuring Lil’ Wayne and Jah Cure. Guests took to the LED dance floor as they partied all night under the stars. But their party wasn’t over—they still had celebrating to do in Lebanon!
Celine & Jad
Porto Heli, Greece