My Dream Intimate Wedding In Paris

wedding in Paris | Stella Asteria Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger

On April 7, 2017 I married the love of my life. It was a very intimate yet glamorous wedding in Paris. We wanted to avoid the drama that most of the times goes hand in hand with large weddings, but we didn’t want a bare-bones elopement either.

Wedding Date: April 7, 2017

Location: Paris, France

Number of Guests: 4

Wedding Ceremony Location: Greek Consulate of Paris

Wedding Reception Location: After our wedding we had a cake & champagne reception followed by lunch, at Chez Julien restaurant. Later, we had our wedding photo shoot and the dinner reception at Victoria (Larc) restaurant.

Why Paris?

We recently made our dream come true, and relocated permanently in Paris. We have already built a beautiful life here, where we also got engaged two years ago. (You can read more about what Paris means to me on this article). It was the best decision we have ever made, both for moving and having our wedding in Paris.

Why such an intimate wedding?

Choosing to marry each other in a country other than Greece (we are both Greek) made the process easy as we did not want to burden financially anyone with our decision. But most of all, we wanted to have close to us only people who truly love us on that special day. Some couldn’t come and some wouldn’t. The initial guests and plans where a bit different, but everything worked out magically, so that this day we would be accompanied from our very dearest friends, Philippe, Christophe, Eleanna and George.

Did you have any issues with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

Yes, we did. Some family members did not understand why we would want to get married in Paris, or anywhere else away from Greece whatsoever. Even when we had announced them the idea of having an intimate wedding abroad, there were friends and family who were very negative about it, and highly opinionated about where and when we should get married, so it would be convenient for them to come. Those who know us well though (and love us for who we are), knew how perfect this decision was for us. We were very happy that after our wedding, everyone was telling us that everything about our wedding was “us”.

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

Where do I even begin, when everything felt so magical? Around 10:30 our 1952 vintage Rols Royce picked us up from our apartment and drove us to the Greek Consulate of Paris where Anestis was waiting for me. In the car I was with Eleanna (Anesti’s sister and also one of my best friends), and our dearest friends Christophe and Philippe. Listening to old French songs from Charles Trenet and Joséphine Baker while passing by the Seine river, place de la Concorde and the Champs Elysées, felt absolutely magical. I remember it more as a dream, than something that has actually happened. Just as the whole day of our wedding. The ceremony itself was really beautiful. The best part of the ceremony was Iason, the consul, who created the most beautiful vows with words that literally brought tears to our eyes and laughter in our hearts. Arriving at Chez Julien listening to one of our songs without arranging it, was also precious. Another thing I’ll never forget is the sweet people of Paris, both locals and tourists, would see us and beep their corns, look with admiration, yell out congrats, wave at us and take pictures. We saw a lot of these pictures the next day, under #pariswedding hashtag on Instagram. We honestly felt like celebrities!

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

The best thing about it was that we focused only on us. The wedding represented only us and our taste and thoughts on what we considered as the perfect wedding. We wrote our own vows in a letter and gave it to each other, that made it really special and intimate. And we managed to have a glamorous wedding for less than the half of what a large wedding of 200+ guests would be. I still had my something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. My dress, shoes and accessories were new, my earrings as something old, my bridal garter as something blue, and for my something borrowed, I wore my mom’s custom made silk bridal robe and Eleanna’s diamond bracelet which perfectly matched my own.

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

My best advice to any couple thinking of planning an intimate wedding, whether for just the two of you or 30 people, is to always remember to stay true to you. Do not do something based on what other people (parents, relatives etc) would want. Do what makes YOU happy and you will have no regrets. Trust me! Also, having a small intimate wedding, doesn’t mean it can’t be as glamorous as a bigger wedding. It can be even more actually, as you save a lot of money you would spend to invite people who you’ve never even seen before in many cases. Remember your wedding day and your marriage too, is ALL about YOU and your future husband/wife.

I would like to thank for their amazing service and for making our special day even more beautiful:

Chez Julien Restaurant (especially Josh)

Victoria-Larc restaurant (thank you Melissa)

Paris Luxury Cakes (thank you so much Christina)

Paris Automédon Services (thank you Pasqual)

Mayor Cab – Transport Van Paris (Thank you Dan & Nicolas)

What we were wearing:

Anestis: head-to-toe look from Hugo Boss.

Stella: Delphine Manivet dress / Jimmy Choo shoes / Chloé bag / Jenny Packham headband / Custom made veil / Custom made diamond jewelry /

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31 Comments

  1. 29/05/2017 / 08:49

    MY gosh Darling you both looked amaaazing !
    Your images are perfect and you looked perfect together !
    I´m sure, you had the best day of your lifes!
    kisses & Hugs, Amanda

    http://www.fashionviolin.com

  2. Jo
    29/05/2017 / 09:29

    Oh, Stella. I am lost for words. But I had a feeling your dream of a dress would look like that. It’s gorgeous, and you look even more gorgeous wearing it. I love the length; the pouffy flare; the fit, etc etc. I shall read all about your day when I use my laptop.
    Hugs, Jo x

  3. 29/05/2017 / 10:41

    How wonderful of you to share this post with us my darling Stella! I know from experience that planning a wedding can be nerve breaking as most people do not understand it isn’t about them. You and Anestis looked both so beautiful and I am so happy for you both.
    P.S I can’t believe how well the hairdresser pulled the finger wave vintage hairstyle. A friend of mine wanted the same hairstyle for her wedding and she couldn’t find someone who can actually do it!
    Thanks so much for the inspiration and have an amazing new week my darling.
    Love from https://tbymallano.com/

  4. 29/05/2017 / 10:59

    Such a beautiful wedding! Congratulations again! I watched your Insta wedding story and I was deeply moved. Truly beautiful and sincere.
    Let your love last forever and ever xxx

  5. 29/05/2017 / 11:04

    You were right to stand your ground! I think we should respect the wish of the the couple where & when they choose to marry! I know Greek weddings can be rather large & expensive! You both look fabulous & I wish you both a great life in Paris! Have a great week ahead!
    xo Yvonne
    http://Www.aproposh.com

  6. 29/05/2017 / 11:20

    I was sooooo waiting for this post! Since my own wedding I am obsessed with weddings in general and I couldn’t wait to read about yours and also get to see you beautiful pictures!

    I am beyond happy for you that you experienced the wedding day of your dreams. You looked quite stunning as a bride honey! *-* The dress seems just perfect for a parisian wedding and everything looks so romantic! I am sure you will keep these memories forever – from the bottom of my heart, I wish you all the best and much love and happiness for your life as a married couple!

    Blowing lots of kisses your way :*

    xx
    Verena

  7. Jo
    29/05/2017 / 16:58

    How rude of me not to comment on how Anestis looked on the big day. Immaculate. As all good Bridegrooms should. A saying often used here when men make the effort to dress nicely for an occasion is: ‘Didn’t he scrub up well. ‘
    And you certainly did, Anestis. Well done. Hugo Boss will be proud of you.
    Jo

  8. 29/05/2017 / 17:04

    Oh your wedding looked so dreamy! I followed along on stories and it really looked like the most magical day! It seems like you spent your special day just celebrating your love for each other, which is exactly what a wedding day should be! It is so hard to please everyone when it comes to weddings, so the best thing is to do exactly what feels right for you. Gorgeous pics babe, you make the most stunning bride!
    x Emily
    http://shedoes.com.au

  9. 29/05/2017 / 20:07

    You and your husband are so perfect together and you both look amazingly beautiful! It’s such a princess-like wedding and it makes me dreaming about this! Congrats to both of you!

    http://violettedaily.com

  10. 29/05/2017 / 20:18

    Oh wow I am so glad at the end you got what you wanted and it was perfect.
    I can totally relate so everyone wanting to have an opinion for the wedding. I wanted something small and ended up with +300 guests… if I could go back I’d probably have a destination wedding and just leave most behind.
    You looked spectacular and I can only wish you both the very best. Hugs-

  11. 29/05/2017 / 21:41

    Congratulations! Wonderful story, amazing dress! Beautiful photos!

  12. 29/05/2017 / 21:54

    A big congrats on your wedding in Paris. You both look amazing and stunning pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

  13. 29/05/2017 / 22:24

    Stella, you look absolutely beautiful! And Anestis looks so handsome in his suit. I’m so happy to hear that you guys had the wedding of your dreams. The pictures are gorgeous. Everything looks so perfect, intimate and very romantic. Paris was the perfect place for you guys to get married and live. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Hope you have a great start to the week!

    xo, Jackie
    stylemydreams.com

  14. Miri
    29/05/2017 / 23:00

    Oh Stella, congratulation to your and your husband. What a beautiful wedding and I love the love one can see that you have for each other. You are such beautiful couple. I wish you both lot of happy days filled with smiles, laughter and good vibes.
    XO
    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com

  15. 30/05/2017 / 00:10

    Oh.
    My.
    Gosh.

    I have to start by saying that I am so in love with your wedding photos!!! Major kudos to your photographer because they are great. And another set of kudos to the models in the photos (ahem, you two!) I love that you were able to move to Paris and get to know the city for a while and then you were able to create a major moment and get married there. It’s unfortunate that it couldn’t be a wedding with all the people you wanted, but I completely understand your reasoning. I’m super sorry that you had some people give you a hard time about it, but I love that you two let your wedding be yours and that you did it the way you wanted. From your dress to your husband’s (oooooh I can say your HUSBAND!) suit you both look incredible. Congratulations again my dear, this moment is yours and I hope you enjoyed it to the fullest! <3

  16. Susanne
    30/05/2017 / 04:25

    You two look so happy!! And there is so much love between you two!! The wedding looks magical, so romantic!! And you look stunning! Thanks for sharing these amazing pictures of the best day of your life! Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com

  17. 30/05/2017 / 10:07

    Everything about this wedding looked absolutely magical! I never thought I could feel so many things towards a couple I don’t even know 🙂 Beautiful bride and a beautiful wedding! Congratulations, I hope you have a wonderful life together ❤

  18. 30/05/2017 / 10:15

    Congratulations!!! Wonderful pictures and the best decision. Being honest with myself you did have my dream wedding. It was all about you and your husband, and that’s what it counts.

    Wish you both all the happiness in the world.

    Bisous,

  19. 30/05/2017 / 14:30

    My dear Stella,
    you both looked amazing <3 I can't find the words to descripe how beautiful you are. Your dress is beyond perfect and the pictures are so beautiful and romantic. You look so happy.
    Nasier and I will have a huge Party with all of our friends and family. But the civil wedding is just the two of us. Afterwards we might fly to Milan for a long weekend. The city we got engaged.
    I wish you two all the best and lot's of love.
    Sending you kisses
    Love,
    Tori | https://abouttori.com

  20. 30/05/2017 / 15:40

    Stella, you truly made for a GORGEOUS bride! You look absolutely breathtaking. I couldn’t agree more with all you’ve mentioned, especially on the perks of having a smaller and more intimate guest list. It really does allow you to work with a larger budget and apply it to the intricate and beautiful details that represent you and your groom’s taste. Good for you that you both decided to do what made you both happy, instead of giving into the pressures and opinions of your friends and family. My husband and I did not have a wedding reception at all, we just walked into our Pastor’s office and got married, haha. Do I sometimes wish I had done something a bit more formal? Yes, but at the end of the day, it was about us and finally making a lives together as a married couple that mattered most. At the end, you have to do what’s important to you as a couple. Very beautiful post, girl! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

  21. Jenny
    31/05/2017 / 05:19

    You look stunning dear, the photos are Gorgeous! I love small weddings, my wedding was very small only 4 people and I had an amazing time. Congrats!

    http://www.plogstyle.com

  22. 01/06/2017 / 02:05

    I’ve been Liking your wedding pictures on Instagram since that day but as soon as you said your post was about the wedding I knew I had to come here and see them all again and of course, read about your dream day.
    First things first, a huge congrats to both of you. What a beautiful couple you make, I mean it from my heart. Secondly, you look absolutely breathtaking: gorgeous, classy, fun… and most importantly, happy. <3 These photos are a dream, the romantic streets of Paris made the perfect location for you two! I particularly loved the one of you resting your head in his shoulder inside the car and the ones that have the Eiffel Tower in the background, although all of them are impressive.
    I applaude you both for doing the wedding YOU wanted, because it takes guts to stay true to yourselves when so many people (and probably with good intentions) want to get involved in the process. It sounds like it was a luxurious, fantastic wedding full of love. I always considerate an intimate wedding and even more when I met my man, because we come from different countries and we said we couldn't afford two large weddings or make only one and ask half of the guests to fly to another country, you know. I think I'm gonna show him his post actually! Hehe.
    Omg i never comment this long on blogs, I'm sorry. I just loved this article and the fact that I still remember your posts from Greece and how I,as a reader, witnessed the beautiful life you and your now husband built. I can't help to feel related at some point for when I move to London to start a life with my boyfriend. Thanks for aking me believe things CAN come true if you work for them.
    Congratulations again,
    Deb

    http://www.stylebydeb.com

  23. 02/06/2017 / 06:42

    First of all, congratulations, wishing you guys a path full of love and prosperity,
    loved your charming and practical wedding look, #Modernbridegoals for sure..
    I did pretty much the same, just wish I’ve had such wonderful city like Paris as a
    backdrop… Looove every picture here, but the black and white with Eiffel Tower behind you guys is
    just Dreamy!!!

  24. Carmen
    02/06/2017 / 21:28

    Aaaw I LOOOVE this post dear and I finally made it to check it out. This is the absolute and ultimate dream wedding – I am blown away by these pictures. You sound so happy and I wish you all the very best and a future full of lovely moments.
    I think you made the right the decision to keep it small and simple. Like this you don’t have any stress to greet all guests 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend love!
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

  25. 04/06/2017 / 23:01

    This is what fairy tales look like in real life, eh? You have set the bar so high for us girls out there, haha! It’s amazing and very brave that you guys decided to go for such an intimate celebration, without being pressured by how a wedding should be according to others. They say it’s all about the couple but if you have to stress about 200+ guests and that all the details are perfect, it must be pretty hard to enjoy your day to the fullest! You both look absolutely stunning, like movie stars, love the retro styling of your dress and hair and Anestis looks like Prince Charming himself. The wedding pics are so original and fresh, I am speechless! ♥ I think Paris suits you very well and I wish you both the happiest of lives together, dear Stella!

    Xx

    Saida

  26. 04/06/2017 / 23:48

    I have looked at these photos over and over again. They are absolutely MAGICAL, Stella, and they completely capture you and Anestis. Your feelings for each other just pour out. I love these photos, and I’m glad they are online so that I can come and look at them anytime I want! xx

  27. Jo
    07/06/2017 / 19:35

    I am soo in love with your wedding dress, Stella that l looked up the name, Delphine Manivet. Such beautiful dresses, but you chose the best one. The last time I fell in love with a wedding dress, was when I watched an old movie called ‘Funny Face’ and starring Audrey Hepburn. If you get time, watch the dance clip with Fred Astaire singing, ‘He Loves And She Loves.’ Pure magic. Oooooh!
    Kisses, Jo

  28. 07/06/2017 / 19:54

    I’m so happy that you shared your special day with us. You look stunning as ever and here’s wishing you two the happiest time together. <3 xx/Madison
    FASHION TALES

  29. 08/06/2017 / 02:40

    I was waiting for you to post this on here! You look so beautiful and my compliments to the photographer for taking such creative snapshots of the big day. They commemorate the occasion perfectly 🙂 You both make a stunning couple.

    Your wedding dress is perfection and will be one you will be able to rewear! I think that this is important, as a wedding dress is such a huge deal with many fond memories attached. It should be pulled out on special occasions.

    I can understand the pressure of family wanting you to have a big wedding close by with all the relatives. My partner and I come from an Italian background. I know when it’s my turn, our Nonni will want to invite all of the extended Italian family (some of which we haven’t even met because they are cousins of cousins or something ridiculous like that). I think it is just the way of the Greeks, Italians and a lot of Europeans to be honest. They get over it though eventually haha!

    Sorry for not being up to date with your blog! I have had a lot going on and took a break from social media.

    Adrianna xx | http://mimamochi.com/

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