ELEGANT JEWISH & GREEK ANCIENT FORTRESS WEDDING

LOCATION: Crete

Liz & Evan made the most important journey of their lives when they travelled from their home in New York all the way to the heavenly Greek island of Crete to bring their dream of a destination wedding in the sun to life. They knew that this stunning sun-kissed Greek island location was the absolute perfect setting to bring together their beloved family & friends for their inspirational Jewish/Greek wedding in Crete. And we were so excited to be a part of it all!

Like many a great love story, their first meeting happened quite by chance. Liz & Evan were both living in Charlotte, New York when they met in the park while walking their beloved dogs. It was love at first sight for Evan, an attorney by profession, who was completely bowled over by Liz and thought she was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen…but he couldn’t work up the courage to ask her out on a date! However cupid’s arrow had been fired and a great romance was about to begin… Liz, who is a veterinary cardiologist, was obviously smitten too and in the hope of bumping into Evan in the park again she began walking her dogs a whole lot more! The couple’s 4 -legged friends definitely played a key role in bringing the two lovebirds together! The plan worked and the next time Evan spotted Liz he lost no time in asking her out! And the rest, as they say, is history…

With Evan being half Greek, it was important for the couple to incorporate & honor both Jewish and Greek traditions in their romantic wedding ceremony & reception in Crete. Their elegant wedding ceremony in Greece took place in the beautiful mosque within Crete’s largest ancient fortress; a truly spectacular & unique setting for a dream destination wedding with its centuries of fascinating history. The mosque was decorated with striking navy satin sashes & delicate bouquets of light pink roses on the guests’ chairs & white lanterns with fragrant rose petals scattered around them placed along the aisle. Liz & Evan took their vows at their romantic Greek island wedding beneath a beautiful bamboo canopy draped in fine white fabric and gorgeous white flower arrangements with lush greenery.
Both families played a significant role in the dream ceremony in Crete, with Evan’s godfather acting as celebrant while brothers, nieces and friends of the bride & groom were amazing in their roles of best man, groomsmen & bridesmaids. A mutual friend of the couple performed a moving acoustic guitar piece during the ceremony of their dreams in Crete. Such a heart-warming personal touch!

After their amazing wedding ceremony in Crete, the wedding party enjoyed a fabulous reception dinner at a handsome Venetian mansion dating back to the 14th century. A delicious wedding reception menu including both Cretan & international dishes was served within the mansion’s picturesque alfresco courtyard in Crete. The couple had thoughtfully arranged for personalized mini bottles of local raki to be placed at each table setting as a delightful wedding favour for each of their guests. Their destination wedding feast was followed by an incredible Greek baklava wedding cake, with scrumptious pistachio nuts & syrup. Divine!

Throughout the meal, a live bouzouki band offered the perfect traditional Greek background music and afterwards provided a real Greek party atmosphere for everyone to dance the night away at this amazing Jewish & Greek wedding celebration in Crete!



Liz’s wedding dress and veil Pronovias
Reception dress Vera Wang
Shoes Jimmy Choo
Evan & groomsmen’s suits Indochino