Maria & Martin in Folegandros
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We keep thinking about how precious it has become for us to discover hidden treasures in people we meet along the way. How each time, a whole new world is revealed to us. How a fraction of their journey marks our own. There is an importance in these moments we share. In these moments, our whole existences converge, and this is transformed into a special bond of magic.
_She said yes
Maria and Martin got married in Folegandros. On a lovely summer day, when all was well with the world.
_Wedding in Folegandros
Folegandros was named after the Son of king Minos, Shining under the Aegean sun. This off-the-beaten-path destination, with its untouched beauty, totally captivates you. Whether it is the luminous blue, the unadulterated style of its timeless traditional Cycladic architecture, or the sculpted sunkissed seashores, you will fall for it anytime.
±Tips “rakómelo” try the famous spirit of the Island.
Folegandros Chora, the small town built inside the old Castle dating back to Medieval times., is one of the most picturesque sights on the Island. Bougainvillaeas leaning over the balconies, sugar-cube whitewashed houses, and sheer cliff drops convey the Island’s ethereal and wild beauty.
This unique part of the Aegean, the azure waters and the secluded coves have always been an attractive and intriguing wedding destination, identified with memorable images. It is an unending inspiration for us, making our wedding photography an exceptional experience for your most romantic moments.
Vows of Love become a fairy tale on this small Island.
_About the day before
On the day before the wedding, families and loved ones went on a daily cruise to Katergo, located on the Island’s southern coast.
It is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Island and one of the wildest!
A cocktail party took place in the evening by the pool at Fata Morgana.
_The wedding ceremony
The ceremony took place at The Church of Panagia the Virgin Mary (Virgin Mary)
An impressive whitewashed church waiting to be discovered, towering above the Chóra. A long stone path leads to it. Allegedly built on the site of an ancient temple, the church hosts ancient immured inscriptions and statues of pedestals in its yard and interior. Tradition has it that the silver-plated icon of the Virgin Mary is miraculous. Linked to pirate stories, the icon is carried around the town in a procession held yearly on Easter Sunday.
Martin, his family and friends walked up the rocky path from Pounda square to the church.
Maria, accompanied by her bridesmaids, followed the same route to the top of the church, where Martin’s father and his best man were playing their trumpets in the ambience of this absolutely captivating scenery. Mr Hardenberger is one of the world’s leading soloists, and this was an extraordinary personal performance. The moments mellowed to the golden notes, and as the trumpets blew softly away,
The time had come.
We always take a step back when the bride’s father hands the bride to the groom. There are no words strong enough, and we stand still.
_The Greek Orthodox ceremony
The wedding ceremony of the Greek Orthodox Church is an ancient and evocative service by which a man and a woman are united together “In Faith, and in Oneness of Mind, in Truth, and in Love”, acknowledging that their Love is rooted in God, who is Love itself. The marriage ceremony is abundant with symbols that reflect the essential and vital elements of marriage: Love, Mutual respect, Equality and Sacrifice.
The Traditions observed today have special meanings and significance. These symbolic actions are often repeated three times, stressing the belief in the Holy Trinity, in which God is represented as the father, the Son, and The Holy Spirit.
In the Orthodox tradition, the wedding ceremony comprises two services. The first is the Service of Betrothal, or Engagement ceremony, during which the rings are exchanged. The second is the Service of Marriage or Crowning, during which prayers are offered for the couple, the crowns of marriage are placed on their heads, the common cup is shared, and the ceremonial walk takes place around the table.
After the bride and groom’s grand exit and the traditional rice toss, we whisked them away for some alone time, and the guests headed to the Blue Cuisine for the wedding reception party to follow.
We could not resist taking photographs of the newlyweds on our way down the hill as the sun slowly set into the eternal blue of the Aegean.
_About the reception
A party that survives a one-and-a-half electricity shortage is a party indeed! No comments are required.
Top Highlights: Kisses for All
According to Swedish tradition, if the bride or groom leaves the reception for any reason, any guest can request a kiss from the newlywed left behind. Well, it was meant to be.
_About the next day
This Greek summer day found this beautiful unity of people sharing brunch by the seaside in Angali. The sense of completeness and satisfaction was overwhelming.