Luckily, the homeowner knew Mary’s work and was willing to let her revamp the venue for the occasion. They only had three days to prepare and everything was custom made and designed around the landscape. “Even though I knew from our show that anything is possible, it was still nerve-wracking to transform a pristine site into an amazing garden full of Mediterranean trees and Greek herbs in just a few days!” admits Mary.
To make sure everything ran smoothly, the designer teamed up with event planner Fay Vallidis. “She was behind some of the most memorable events in Greece,” Mary said. “I first worked with her on Sounio’s Temple of Poseidon show and she earned my trust. She, like me, doesn’t believe that anything is impossible! Even so, Nearly impossible to produce everything custom-made for August in Greece, but somehow she did!” In addition to commissioning custom pieces for the event, Fay also assembled a coveted team of A team of vendors, including Secret Garden for flowers and Tempo Events for lights and sounds.
Naturally, fashion is also personal and custom. Mary’s dress and Marios evening gown were designed and cut in Mary Katrantzou’s London studio, while Athens jeweler Kessaris created the wedding ring for the occasion. “On the historic flag of Spetses, there is a snake that represents wisdom, knowledge and reason, so I chose to wear the Serpenti necklace from Bulgari because of its symbolism and connection to the island of Spetses,” added Mary .
Godmother to Princesses Marie Chantal of Greece, Sabine Getty and HRH Eugenie Niarchos also wore a bespoke Mary Katrantzou gown, all inspired by the colors of the christening, green, red, yellow and blue. The dresses were custom made to accentuate the unique personality of each woman, each choosing their own color and silhouette and hosting their own table at the ceremony, designed to match the color of their dresses. (Mary also designed emerald and mint green dresses worn by her mother Katerina Katrantzou and her friend Nasiba Hartland Mackie.)
On the day of the event, the couple’s parents, their The bridesmaids and their best men all served as witnesses at the wedding, which took place before the other guests arrived for the christening. “We didn’t want the ceremony to be too long or interfere with our son’s big day,” Mary explained. “Archimandrite Gregory oversaw the service and prepared a special surprise for Michael’s baptism. He brought out the icon of the Archangel Michael which he found and restored when he joined Agios Nikolaos. It was made by a very famous Greek Created by the artist, it was moved to the museum after the ceremony.”