“Alex and I crossed paths during junior year in class, but never spoke outside class,” Stefanie Petropoulos recalls about meeting her future husband, Alexander Hula. “I had no idea that Alex was crazy about me until we were studying for our final exam together and he got up enough gumption to ask me out on a date.” The two instantly fell in love and travelled the world together throughout their courtship. During a getaway to Sicily, Alex asked his beloved to marry him on the Aeolian Islands with a breathtaking view of the coast.
In light of their love for travel, the couple decided on a Mediterranean destination wedding. “We always knew our wedding would be a destination wedding in Greece to honor my Greek heritage,” the bride explains. “Alex and I had a clear vision for our destination wedding: a week-long party and a true celebration of the Mediterranean culture with our closest family and friends.” The bride's parents hosted the nuptials on the island of Spetses. “We fell in love with the elegant island of Spetses, located in the Saronic Gulf. Spetses has an authentic charm, as it is relatively undiscovered by tourists.”
Over 120 guests flew overseas for a four-day wedding celebration, which included a stunning rooftop welcome cocktail party, oceanfront beach party, authentic Greek taverna rehearsal dinner, and witness the couple's Greek Orthodox ceremony at a historic cathedral on the island. “As part of our welcome bags, we gifted each guest with custom-made evil eye bracelets to wear during their time on Spetses,” says the bride. “Greeks use them as a symbol of good luck, and we wanted a way for guests to recognize who was on the island for our wedding. Many of our guests are still wearing the Mati bracelets today.”
Due to the magnificence of their reception venue, the color scheme was kept to clean whites. “We wanted to keep everything simple and elegant and let the island speak for itself,” Stefanie shares. “[Our venue], with its beautiful seafront location, depicted Old-World grandeur at its finest. [It] was full of beautiful marble, decorative archways, and lovely mosaic-tiled floors [that] took center stage.” White blooms, greenery, and candelabras perfectly paired with the aesthetic and romantic ambience. Guests were served a gastronomic six-course meal by the Poseidonion Hotel's award-winning chef. Throughout the night, family and friends shared heartfelt toasts and danced to the popular Greek pop band, Prestige, and accompanying DJ until sunrise.
The newlyweds also had a special surprise awaiting them. “My parents surprised Alex and me at the reception with the same silver goblets that they used at their wedding 35 years ago,” the bride reveals. “They had both of our names and wedding date engraved underneath their own. It is something that we will pass down to our children.” The next morning, guests bid farewell to the couple at a lavish Fourth of July mimosa brunch.
Reflecting on the celebratory weekend, Stefanie shares some advice for all couples considering a destination wedding. “Do your homework wisely when choosing the team [that] you want to carry out your vision,” she promises. “It takes a lot of work, and you really must be invested in the process.”