This Couple's Magical Oia Elopement Will Make You Want to Get Married in Santorini

bride and groom outside of white Grecian church
Molly Carr

Nicole and Chris love a good scavenger hunt (they've tackled many as a team over the course of their relationship), so when it came time to plan his proposal, Chris knew that a romantic version of their favorite activity was in order. The result was a day-long adventure that took the duo all over Los Angeles and Hollywood. The hunt's final clue landed them on Rodeo Drive, looking for a jeweler "who used to have the Hope Diamond, but now has an even more precious diamond on display."

When Nicole figured out that the jeweler in question was Harry Winston, the security guard outside told her and her then-boyfriend that the shop had closed for the day. They asked to speak with a manager, who, when asked if he had a stone more precious than the Hope Diamond, ushered them straight into the store. The cases were barren except for one diamond ring in the center display. The manager handed Chris the ring saying, "I believe this is the diamond you were looking for." Nicole was confused until her now-husband took the ring, got down on one knee, and asked her to be be his scavenger hunt partner for life.

The couple knew from the start of the planning process that they wanted a destination elopement. "We wanted a romantic experience with just the two of us that we would remember forever," says the bride. The couple's choice in Santorini was an easy one ("Santorini was always on our bucket list," adds the bride)—deciding to hold the private nuptials in Oia, an enchanting village on the island, was even easier. One of Santorini's most famous locales, Oia is situated on the top of a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea, Palia volcano, and island of Thirassia. The small town spoke to the couple—and with its majestic beauty, picturesque views, and idyllic sunsets, how could it not?

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The Rings

wedding rings inside sea shells with ribbon
Molly Carr

Nicole's Harry Winston engagement ring, the treasure at the end of the couple's engagement scavenger hunt, features a cushion-cut diamond; the couple purchased their wedding bands from the retailer, as well.

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Ooh La La

cross topped arch in Santorini Greece
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It's easy to understand why Oia was on the newlyweds' bucket list—the village, filled with charming houses, blue-domed churches, and meandering paths, is famous for its architecture, unparalleled sunsets, and tranquil beaches.

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Greek Goddess

silk Grecian style wedding gown
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Nicole chose a silk Grecian-style wedding dress by Elizabeth Fillmore. It was one of the first gowns she tried on and perfectly encapsulated the simple, but sophisticated vibe of her nuptials. Jennifer Fox, the couple's planner, noted that the ensemble also "reflected the majestic Santorini light," tying the bride to the majestic landscape.

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Tie the Knot

Gianvito Rossi open toed heels
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Nicole added a feminine touch to her look with white Gianvito Rossi open-toed sandals, complete with structured bow details.

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Blossoming Bouquet

pastel colored garden roses, standard roses, lisianthus and foliage bouquet
Molly Carr

With the help of Fox and Betty Flowers Santorini, Nicole chose a soft and romantic bouquet inspired by an Oia sunset's pastel hues. The arrangement was comprised of garden roses, lisianthus, and some accompanying foliage.

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The Groom's Look

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Chris wore a dark blue tuxedo by Armani on the big day; he accessorized his classic ensemble with matching Ferragamo shoes.

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Sunrise Photo Op

bride and groom standing on Greek coast
Molly Carr

The duo began their wedding day with a sunrise portrait session around Oia. "They chose to begin early as to not be distracted by the crowds," says Fox. "It was as if they had the island to themselves!"

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The Vow Books

vow books white raw edge bows
Molly Carr

Their his-and-her vow books were personally engraved with their spouse's name—the bride's booklet read "For Chris," while the groom's read "For Nicole."

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Sealed with a Kiss

private balcony overlooking the Agean Sea
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The service took place at the Oia Canaves Suites on a private balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea. In lieu of a traditional ceremony arch, a floral half-circle—comprised of hydrangeas, delphinium, roses, astilbia, aster, and foliage—was positioned against the balcony. After exchanging their vows and wedding bands, the couple sealed their union with a kiss.

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Picture Perfect

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Following their romantic ceremony, the couple took off for another photography session before their dinner for two.

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bride and groom kissing and toasting champagne glasses
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Chris and Nicole kicked off their evening celebration with a Champagne toast.

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The Epitome of Romance

private balcony at Mystique Hotel Santorini
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The newlyweds watched the sunset on another balcony—this time at Mystique Hotel Santorini—which had been dressed up for their private dinner.

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Dinner for Two

taper candles, seafoam linens, floral arrangement dinner table decor
Molly Carr

The sweetheart table's décor spoke to the rest of the intimate affair's soft, refined elements. Adorned with muted linens (including sea-foam napkins), lemon-hued taper candles, and marble dinnerware, the tabletop also featured a natural centerpiece. The most special dinner accent, however, had nothing to do with the design: To surprise his bride, Chris presented Nicole with a sentimental love note, which brought her to (happy!) tears.

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Pure Magic

coast-side Oia Greek village
Molly Carr

For Nicole and Chris, their Santorini elopement was everything they hoped it would be—magical, meaningful, and romantic. As for their best advice for brides- and grooms-to-be? "Marry your best friend and nothing is challenging," they say.

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bride and groom overlooking greek coast
Molly Carr

Photography, Molly Carr Photography

Event Planning and Design, Jennifer Fox Weddings

Catering, Mystique Hotel Santorini

Flowers and Rentals, Betty Flowers Santorini

Stationery and Calligraphy, Shasta Bell Calligraphy

Bride's gown, Elizabeth Fillmore

Bride's accessories, Gianvito Rossi (shoes)

Groom's attire, Armani

Groom's accessories, Ferragamo (shoes)

Hair and Makeup, Harold James

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