STEPHANIE ECONOMIDES & BRANDON FAY

STEPHANIE ECONOMIDES & BRANDON FAY

Inside Weddings - - Contents - Septem­ber 15, 2018 Mykonos, Greece | Pho­tographed by Branco Prata

Septem­ber 15, 2018 Mykonos, Greece Pho­tographed by Branco Prata

Though their ro­mance didn’t start im­me­di­ately af­ter be­ing in­tro­duced by a mu­tual friend at a lo­cal bar, Brandon Fay’s per­sis­tence to take stephanie Economides out cer­tainly paid off. “Five months

June 11, 2016 Cincin­nati, Ohio | later, we fi­nally went on our first date at a Mediter­ranean restau­rant in Ge­orge­town,” he says. “The rest is his­tory!” Af­ter five years of dat­ing, liv­ing to­gether, and buy­ing their new home, Brandon knew he wanted to take the next step in their re­la­tion­ship. Though he planned to propose once their new condo was

com­plete con­struc­tion de­lay forced him to go with plan B: ask­ing his beloved on a work

Pho­tographed by Kort­nee Kate Photograph­y day. “He to­tally sur­prised me and caught me off guard at work on our amaz­ing rooftop of­fice build­ing,” re­mem­bers Stephanie of the mem­o­rable pro­posal over­look­ing the cap­i­tal.

Since Stephanie is a pro­fes­sional event plan­ner for Evoke De­sign & Cre­ative, Brandon left most of the de­ci­sions to her. “As a plan­ner in Wash­ing­ton, DC, I knew I wanted a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding and my dream was to have it overseas,” she shares. “We ex­plored sev­eral op­tions, but ul­ti­mately Mykonos felt right… and it was.” The cou­ple worked with their fam­i­lies and their Greek de­sign team to make their dream cel­e­bra­tion come to life – even tak­ing mul­ti­ple trips to the is­land to en­sure the day would be per­fect. “Our phi­los­o­phy was if we were go­ing to ask hun­dreds of peo­ple to travel across the world to Mykonos for us, we must de­liver be­yond ex­pec­ta­tions for our guests,” con­firms the groom.

Just be­fore sun­set, loved ones found their way to the lit­tle church be­hind the wind­mills in the Mykonos town of Chora for an open-air cer­e­mony over­look­ing the Aegean Sea. “Walk­ing up to the church was sur­real,” the bride muses of her pro­ces­sion, which was led by bouzoukia mu­si­cians. “I couldn’t have imag­ined the scene in my wildest dreams – not to men­tion this was all to marry Brandon, who is the best thing to ever hap­pen to me.” To honor the bride’s fam­ily, the cou­ple had a tra­di­tional Greek Ortho­dox ser­vice en­tirely in Greek, save for the end re­marks, which were re­cited in English by a trans­la­tor. “While we might not have un­der­stood what was be­ing said at each mo­ment, we knew what was hap­pen­ing, and it was spe­cial,” af­firms Stephanie.

Guests made their way to an ocean­front restau­rant rented out for the re­cep­tion, anx­iously await­ing the ar­rival of the new­ly­weds who left the cer­e­mony in a small boat to pre­pare for a mag­i­cal grand en­trance that left many at­ten­dees with tears in their eyes. “As soon as we stepped off the boat, the dock lit up with sparklers and the most ridicu­lous fire­works show be­gan,” ex­plains Brandon of one of his most mem­o­rable mo­ments of the day. The bride adds, “Even though I knew the fire­works were go­ing to hap­pen, it lit­er­ally took my breath away… That mo­ment was price­less!”

“As soon as we stepped off the boat, the dock lit up with sparklers and the most ridicu­lous fire­works show be­gan.”

Since both Stephanie and Brandon have mod­ern taste and wanted to blend their style with the feel of the Greek is­lands, the dé­cor show­cased a sim­i­lar color pal­ette to that of their new city loft condo: shades of black, blue, grey, white, and gold. Con­tem­po­rary gilt ta­bles with mir­rored tops were sur­rounded by ob­sid­ian chairs and topped with ta­per can­dles and low ar­range­ments of white flow­ers in ebony vases. Place set­tings show­cased bul­lion-hued flat­ware, col­ored gob­lets in in­digo and onyx shades, and geo­met­ric black-and-white dish­ware as well as blue-and-white china in­spired by the streets of Mykonos. An im­pec­ca­ble flo­ral in­stal­la­tion of cas­cad­ing blooms and wo­ven light fix­tures wowed guests.

“As a cou­ple, we are of­ten­times the life of the party. We are the hosts; we are the en­ter­tain­ers,” shares the bride. “We wanted to re­flect that in our wed­ding – a party… with fresh Mediter­ranean cui­sine, lots of booze, and danc­ing!” Af­ter din­ner, guests were es­corted to the al­fresco dance floor with Cham­pagne sparklers and once they ar­rived, fire dancers be­gan to per­form on the beach. Friends and fam­ily en­joyed a va­ri­ety of Greek desserts in­clud­ing truf­fles, louk­oumades, and baklava, as well as espresso to keep the en­ergy up. “The mu­sic didn’t stop un­til 3:30 a.m.,” notes Brandon. “From Cham­pagne show­ers, to the limbo, to all the folks still stand­ing and jump­ing into the ocean; it all hap­pened… The entertainm­ent was out of this world!”

Not want­ing the cel­e­bra­tion to end, the new­ly­weds stayed up and watched the sun­rise to­gether – a beau­ti­ful cap on the most mem­o­rable day of their lives. Stephanie and Brandon agree that if they could do it all over again, they wouldn’t change a sin­gle thing. “It was mag­i­cal from start to fin­ish!” smiles the bride.

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