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Traveling over your body I found
The failing olive and the cajoling flute,
Where I knelt down, as if in prayer,
And sucked a moist pit
From the marl
Of the earth in a sacred cove

"A Greek Island" - Ed. Hirsch

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What happens when a Lebanese-Colombian girl and a Southern French guy meet by chance in Australia? Well, they decide to get married in Greece of course! Having the chance to work as a Wedding Videographer in beautiful places as Paxos, I get to meet amazing people, that become good friends, and to tell their lovely stories. This was exactly the case for me with this beautiful mixed couple and their Lebanese destination wedding in Paxos. I suggest that you take the time to press play and watch the destination wedding video right above. You can continue reading on to discover the full story behind the film thereafter.

Lebanese destination wedding in Greece

When two people are meant to be, nature finds a way to get them together. Stephanie and Clement were meant to be from the first time they met each other in Australia. Stephanie has half Lebanese origins from her father and half Colombian from her mother, while Clement is from the South of France, Toulouse. Initially, before talking to each other, they thought that they were both Australian but they soon discovered that they both came from France. One year later they met by pure chance in Paris, and they are together ever since.

Bride and Groom walking hand in hand in Paxos
Stephanie and Clement: the amazing couple that planned a Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos

Little did they know that one day they will come together to a land as beautiful as Paxos to exchange their vows before their friends and family. Watch their wedding film above and read on for the whole story. On this wedding I’ve had the chance to work alongside some great professionals, Anais the amazing wedding planner from La Fête and Aris the outstanding photographer of Eye Witness Stories. Pictures featured in this article are his courtesy.

Paxos, Greece is a Stunning Place in the Ionian for a Wedding

Smallest of the Ionian island, Paxos or Paxi is a beautiful romantic getaway for couples and tourists alike. Located in the south of Corfu, this island is known as the love nest for Poseidon as far as the myth goes. Paxos is an island of olive green groves and crystal clear waters that inevitably pull nature lovers towards itself.

Breathtaking aerial view of the island of Paxos
Breathtaking view of Paxos port: an amazing place for a destination wedding
Breathtaking aerial view of Paxos island
Aerial view of the island of Paxos. A green island in the emerald Ionian waters
Breathtaking view of Paxos Island
The great promenade of Paxos along the small canal

Naturally decorated with chalky white cliffs of limestone covering the sea edges, some of the cliffs have given way to sea waters to form the sultry blue caves that attract tourists from a far to come and experience the mesmerizing inside views of these caves. The pebble beaches in Paxi have transparent blue waters that reflect the beautiful marine life inside. To reach Paxi one has to take a ferry ride from mainland Greece.

Planning a Wedding in Paxos

Stephanie and Clement travelled from Paris to the Island of Paxos in Greece to get married in their dream wedding location in the small islet of Panagitsa. The venue did not come as a surprise to the couple, because Clement had proposed to Stephanie on this wonderful Ionian Island which made it the most apt and suitable place to get married.

Seagull close up in Paxos
The reign of the Seabirds
The island of the seabirds in Paxos is an amazing place for a Destination Wedding
The islet of Panaghia is a singular and moody place for a wedding videographer in Paxos

Clement and Stephanie decided to organize a very intimate state of affairs when it came to their wedding by inviting only the closest friends and family members to their big day. They invited 40 guests who could enjoy a vacation away from home and join them as they took their vows.

Wedding planner in Paxos and the Greek Islands

Organizing a destination wedding in Greece was surely a daunting task for the couple who were living in France. However, with the help and assistance of an amazing wedding planner, Anais of La fête, they were able to plan their dream wedding in an Ionian Island.

When it comes to planning a concept destination wedding on a Greek island, there is no better choice than La fête. Anais, the founder of La fête, is an amazing person and a great professional. She is half French and half Greek and has a distinct touch for authentic events with a concept or a particular character. Together with her team, they have created an astonishingly impressive portfolio of organizing destination weddings in the Greek Islands. They always help young couples plan their dream event on the Cyclades, the Ionian islands, or in mainland Greece, while catering to the essential authentic style and boho character.

Breathtaking aerial view of the Panaghitsa islet in Paxos
Aerial view of the Panaghia islet in Paxos: A great place to plan a Lebanese destination wedding

Therefore, this made La fête the perfect choice Paxos wedding planner for Stephanie and Clement’s intimate wedding. This was a crucial choice to ensure a distinctive character for this intimate wedding and the smoothness of the whole event schedule even under unexpected circumstances.

The Importance of a Wedding Videographer in Paxos

Clement and Stephanie looked perfect together. Every time they laughed out loud at a joke during the dinner party it warmed our hearts to see two people who were madly in love to come together. If these moments couldn’t go on film to be witnessed again by the same people then the evening would have slowly gradually faded away from the memory – which is why it is highly recommended to hire a wedding videographer in Paxos. The wedding videographer will make sure that every moment worth remembering is captured and saved for you and your loved ones to witness later on.

Paxos Wedding Videographer filming a destination Wedding in Paxos
The island of the Seabirds is such a cinematic location

Since everybody is busy during the wedding ceremony; bridesmaid perfecting their speeches, mother of the bride taking care of the guests, bride getting dolled up by her makeup artist later to be left alone so that she can practice her vows – it is a one take shot. Hence, to make the audience connect emotionally with the story, only a wedding videographer in Paxos with a clear vision and a different point of view can successfully achieve.

Paxos Wedding Videographer filming a couple for a destination Wedding in Paxos
Lovely wedding couple in Paxos

In a rustic place like Paxos one can hardly wish to bat their eyes because of the enchanting beauty that surrounds them. You could wish upon absorbing it all in one deep breath and fail at it because of its expansive jaw dropping beauty; the clear waters and reflecting the sunlight can make anyone fall in love. To encapture this gift of nature you need someone to always be on the lookout for great angles and lighting which makes the wedding videographer a must have for your wedding in Paxos.

Wedding Photographer in Paxos

When it comes to wedding photography for your destination wedding, one of the photographers that I recommend that you check out is Eye Witness Stories. I have worked together with Aris for several years as a photo-video team under my previous brand of Arte Cinematica and our aesthetic styles are quite similar. Most pictures in this article are his courtesy.

Paxos Wedding Videography: The Story

How I met the couple

Paxos is a piece of a land right between the sea, surrounded by the clear waters it makes the perfect spot for an intimate destination wedding. Unlike other venues that are beehives for tourist this secluded island, despite being one of the tourist destinations, garners minimal traffic. Before the actual wedding day, I had multiple video calls with the sweet couple to explain them my vision and approach while understanding their expectations from their videographer.

Paxos Wedding Videographer filming a couple for a destination Wedding in Paxos
You get to film amazing moody frames as a Paxos Wedding Videographer

Communicating was easy as they both speak English perfect, but it was also an opportunity for me to exercise my French again. Paxos wedding videography would have been a tough nut to crack hadn’t we established this friendly connection between Clement and Stephanie and me as their wedding videographer.

The Preparations

We arrived on the island a day before the wedding, met the couple and the wedding planner to go through the schedule and details for the final time. The only way to access this uninhabited islet of Panagitsa was through a tiny fishing boat. Anais had to coordinate with the groom and his guests that were arriving on the island, and then with the bride for her guests. Everything was perfectly organized.

Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos bride's preparations filmed by Paxos Wedding Videographer
Bridal Make Up by the amazing artist Pierre Lahoud that came all the way from Jordan
Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos groom's preparations filmed by Paxos Wedding Videographer
Groom Preps

Everything was going according to our plan until the morning of wedding day when the weather literally rained on our parade. We woke up under soaking rain, terrible winds and thunder. The family and guests of the groom were blocked on the island of Kerkyra and could not join Paxos due to bad weather conditions for the Ferry.

Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos bride's preparations filmed by Paxos Wedding Videographer
Bride Preps
Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos bride's preparations filmed by Paxos Wedding Videographer
Bride Preps

Everything was on the brink of being cancelled because of the bad weather, and as a result Stephanie was equally stressed out for the matter. Although we were at the end of May, the weather felt like December. We met again with Anais, and decided to shift everything a couple of hours later, hoping that the weather would be better. And actually after midday the sky became clearer. There was still a lot of wind, but the groom’s family eventually managed to get on the island. Everyone was smiling again!

Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos groom's preparations filmed by Paxos Wedding Videographer
Final touch on this original bow tie by Colonel Moutarde
Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos bride's preparations filmed by Paxos Wedding Videographer
Final touch on this amazing Elodie Michaud wedding dress
Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos bride's preparations filmed by Paxos Wedding Videographer
Observing the bride getting ready

Next in turn were the bride and groom who had to dress up for the wedding. As the tradition goes, the bride and groom dressed up in two different villages while we filmed them as each one shared moments with their loved ones, perks of being the wedding videographer in Paxos is that you get to experience some of the most delightful moments shared on both sides.

Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos bride's preparations filmed by Paxos Wedding Videographer
The bride is ready

Clement got ready in Loggos village, while Stephanie had her makeup, hair and dressing in Gaios in the private Villa Siora Elena. Clement chose a 4 piece suit by Atelier NA to dress up like the perfect French gentleman he is, while Stephanie wore a cream white lace dress by Elodie Michaud Creations with floral setting in her hair by Les Couronnes de Victoire. She made the most apt of brides combining the conventional with the contemporary through her dress and hair setting. Thanks to the incredibly talented make-up artist Pierre Lahoud -Stephanie’s cousin- that had travelled all the way from Jordan for the wedding, Stephanie looked literally amazing. Next in was the formal ceremony.

Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos bride's family picture
Bride family picture
Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos groom's family picture
Groom family picture

The Ceremony

The groom’s family reached out first to the islet through the much anticipated boat trip, followed by the bride’s. After the respective boat trips, everyone arrived on the top of the islet of Panagitsa. The island of the seabirds as it became known.

Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos the groom's friends and family going to the church
The rugby French team lifting the groom on their way to the ceremony
Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos the bride's family going to the church
Bride procession to the church in the port of Paxos
Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos the bride's family going to the church
Local people in Paxos are very hospital happily embracing the procession to the church

The guests waited on top of the hill while the couple walked hand in hand together with traditional Greek musicians all the way to the church. The Lebanese priest came all the way from Paris to celebrate a Catholic Maronite ceremony, and although it is an orthodox church the wedding planner Anais helped him obtain a permission to celebrate this wedding.

Paxos Wedding Videographer filming a Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos groom waiting
Waiting for the bride on the island of the Seabirds
Paxos Wedding Videographer filming a Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos boat travel to the church
Emotions galore on the way to the church with the boat

A lot of DIY from everyone to help the situation, as there were no electricity inside the church, so all the guests appreciated the fact that I had battery powered video lights that we used to light up the dark interior of the church. Sometimes your wedding videographer can save your wedding day!

Paxos Wedding Videographer filming a destination Wedding in Paxos
Panaghia Vellianiton is an amazing church for a destination wedding in Paxos
Paxos Wedding Videographer filming a Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos couple arrival at the church
Traditional music group walking with the couple in Paxos

Emotional Wedding Ceremony in Paxos

The wedding ceremony itself was very emotional. Everyone in attendance had tears in their eyes as the bride and groom exchanged rings and the priest recited verses. With close family members giving heartwarming speeches this coming together of two families showed that love surpasses all bounds and boundaries. Stephanie’s father got emotional during the ceremony, barely holding onto his tears. But, it was not just her father, Stephanie herself went all mushy as her friends came forward and paid tribute to the bond they have shared with each other for so long. They held her hand during the ceremony, like all good friends do!

Paxos Wedding Videographer filming a Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos
Walking down the aisle
Paxos Wedding Videographer filming a Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos
emotional wedding ceremony in Paxos
Paxos Wedding Videographer filming a Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos
A very emotional ceremony in this amazing church of Panaghia Velianiton in Paxos
Bridesmaid and bride holding hands during the ceremony
True friendship is holding hands
Paxos Wedding Videographer filming a Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos
Maronite Catholic ceremony for this Lebanese destination wedding in Paxos
Paxos Wedding Videographer filming a Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos
Maronite Catholic ceremony for this Lebanese destination wedding in Paxos
Paxos Wedding Videographer filming a Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos
Wedding inspiration: Celebrating with olive leafs instead of the traditional rice toss
Paxos Wedding Videographer filming a Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos
Who said group pictures on intimate weddings are boring?

Wedding Party in Paxos

After the wedding there was a boat trip for all the guests around the island, while the bride and groom danced like crazy in the front of the small boat. There was a distinctive energy surrounding this couple that would never diminish. Stephanie’s bright wide toothed smile with Clément’s slight grin made the whole affair look so easy!

Paxos Wedding Videographer filming a Lebanese destination Wedding in Paxos
After wedding dancing on the boat from Gaios to Loggos

They enjoyed themselves on their way to Loggos. The weather was definitely calm again. We all headed to the small port of Loggos to reach the beach restaurant “Bouloukos” that was the venue for the dinner and the party.

Wedding table Decoration in Paxos
Amazing Deco, by the beach, by La fête for this Lebanese destination wedding in Paxos
Wedding table Decoration
Amazing Deco by La fête in Bouloukos Restaurant in Paxos for this Lebanese destination wedding
Wedding table Decoration
Amazing Deco by La fête in Bouloukos Restaurant in Loggos Paxos
Wedding table Decoration
Amazing Deco by La fête in Bouloukos Restaurant in Loggos Paxos
Wedding table Decoration in Paxos
Amazing Deco by La fête in Bouloukos Restaurant in Loggos Paxos
Traditional olive oil wedding favors in Paxos
Extra virgin olive oil from Paxos for the guests nicely packaged by La fête
Wedding table Decoration in Paxos
Amazing Deco by the beach by La fête for this Lebanese destination wedding in Paxos

During the traditional dinner, there were many emotional speeches by friends and family. Everyone shared laughter and tears during this moment. The highlight of the evening was probably the speech given by Stephanie’s brother in law, who gave Clement some advice on how to survive being married to a Lebanese-Colombian woman.

Getting the party started in a Paxos Lebanese destination Wedding
Get the party started in Paxos
Party of a Paxos destination Lebanese Wedding
Party all the time in Paxos

After the dinner there was a crazy party where the Lebanese family took the lead, everyone danced till the morning. It was truly a match made in heaven!

Party of a Paxos destination Wedding
The French guests performed this funky ritual dance
Party of a Paxos destination Wedding
Crazy party for this Lebanese destination wedding in Paxos
Party of a Paxos destination Wedding
Some guests came all the way from South America for this crazy party

Destination Wedding Film Awards

This wedding film has been categorized as one of the Best Wedding Videos of 2018 internationally. It has won the Best Wedding Film Award in the 25th Edition of Inspiration Awards by Inspiration Photographers. It has also obtained an Excellence Award in the Second Half 2019 Filmmaking Competition by ASIA WPA.

Aerial footage for a destination Wedding in Paxos
The island of the seabirds is such a moody place to film a Lebanese destination wedding

Don’t forget to have a look in some of my other destination wedding films, and go through their stories. Read my philosophy about wedding filmmaking, or go through the Frequently Asked Questions regarding the process.

Your Wedding videographer in Paxos

I feel really blessed to travel to iconic places in the Ionian Islands, as a Destination Wedding Videographer in Paxos and to tell love stories of amazing couples like Stephanie and Clement. Wedding Videography for me is not a routine “industrial” procedure with copy-paste clichés. Connecting with new people and using cinematic language and storytelling techniques to narrate a poignant story in an unconventional way is always a challenge! I can ensure you that your own wedding film will be the best I’ve ever created so far!

destination Wedding in Paxos
Adventurous walk on the island of the Seabirds

Are you getting married in Paxos? Are you planning your destination wedding in Greece? Then you have found the right person to be your Paxos Wedding Videographer! Being already based in Greece and knowing very well the Greek Islands -be it the Cyclades, or Crete in the Aegean, or the Emerald gems of the Ionian Islands- I can assist you organizing your dream wedding, elopement or pre-wedding session in Greece. Let’s start planning your wedding or adventurous elopement in Paxos, Corfu, Cephallonia, Ithaki, Lefkada, or Zante together.

Awards

Comments

ok just added this place to my bucket list! seriously what a gorgeous wedding!

Thanks a lot Teresa. Paxos is a wonderful place to plan a destination wedding for sure!

Excellent! Lebanese wedding are SO much fun! Lots of excitement and DANCING!

Similar to Greek Weddings party! Right?
Yes lots of excitement and dancing but also lots of emotions for the day and this creates a great contrast!
This contrast was specifically my focus in this film.
Thanks for your words.

This film is amazing! Greece is amazing! Love how you tell this story and the aerial shots too!

Thank you for your words Tara!

Holy moly this is stunning!!

Thank you so much Anna. Glad that you enjoyed this wedding film.

I am seriously obsessed with everything you create, but this may just be the best one I’ve seen yet!

Thank you so much for your kind words Lauren! Glad you liked this wedding video in Paxos and enjoyed the storytelling.

Wow this was soooo amazing! I love your style so much! Looked like an incredible wedding to be a part of in Paxos!

Thanks a lot for your kind words Naomi. This couple has an amazing story to start with. I am really glad to tell this story through this destination wedding video in Paxos.

So many timeless moments captured in this film. Love how the story builds up. Inlove the detail shots!

Thank you Justyna. Indeed, storytelling is the key factor in wedding filmmaking for me.

Such a stunning wedding! I love how much the setting is a part of the storytelling here.

Thank you for taking the time to watch the film, and for your comment Heather

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