I grew up in a small town at the end of South Africa’s Garden Route, born to a Greek father and South African mother. Both were entrepreneurs and natural organizers, and I lost count of the amount of friends & family weddings and celebrations they orchestrated – Mom taking care of the decor and Dad, who owned hotels for many years, handling tables, food and fruit arrangements. They were always memorable events. I remember many late nights ‘helping’ and eventually falling asleep on a pile of table linen. And one wedding where my mom ‘persuaded’ a farmer to forgo a field of crops for a season to plant sunflowers for his future daughter-in-law’s wedding.
Like most kids, I didn’t automatically follow their lead. I first did a Marketing degree in Cape Town, and went on to do ‘serious’ event management as Events Coordinator for then South African Breweries, now SAB Miller. I moved to the UK, complete my Honors Degree in Marketing, which led me into a role project managing for Diageo, later working on Smirnoff Ice.
Then I took a 2 month break in Greece to be the ‘koubara’ (maid of honor) for my best friend’s wedding on the special little island of Paros. I was back in the role of organizer, and got great fulfillment from being able to make things happen without the bride having to take on the stress.
Something else happened on that trip. I met and later fell in love with the ‘koubaro’ (best man) at my best friend’s wedding – it seems the cliche is true after all! So I spent 2 years traveling back to Greece regularly, and at the same time scouting venues, and speaking with florists and caterers as well as hairdressers, make up specialists and even nail technicians.
I left my ‘then’ life as brand manager at a British Airways subsidiary and moved to Paros – all for love. I can hardly believe it’s been 6 years and 46 events later already. And I can’t think of a better way to continue spending my time than planning your destination wedding, special occasion or event and making sure your memories are the best they can be by honestly expressing your essence as part of your day.
May you always be happy,