A Bohemian Beach Wedding at Minos Mare Hotel in Rethymno, Greece

Lara Calus (26 and a psychology teacher) and Gary Crook (26 and a primary school teacher) planned a bohemian waterfront affair with a soft pastel palette for their late-summer wedding on the serene shores of Crete, Greece. “Being lovers of the ocean and all things beachy, we really wanted to get married outdoors without the constraints of four walls or any kind of tradition,” Lara says. “The style of the wedding was always going to be laid-back, informal, all about close family and friends and feeling utterly comfortable.” The celebration unfolded with an intimate ceremony on the beach, where Lara and Gary exchanged vows with their toes in the sand, under a handcrafted four-poster bamboo wedding arch draped in ethereal fabric and cascading blooms. After saying their “I dos,” the newlyweds led their guests to a tent on the beach for the reception. The open-air structure let guests benefit from the gentle breeze and breathtaking views all evening. Drawing inspiration from the setting and their free-spirited, laid-back vision, Lara and Gary dressed the reception tables with lengths of woven burlap, bundles of fresh baby’s breath, seashells, starfish and plenty of candlelight. Indie music and the soft sound of lapping waves provided the soundtrack for the soiree. After a meal of lamb chops, chicken souvlaki and poached salmon, the newlyweds hit the dance floor, where they kicked the party into high gear with a first dance to Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years,” which quickly transitioned to “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC. Guests snapped photos with disposable cameras, danced the night away and dined on Greek sweets and gyros late into the night. A tip from Lara: “Do exactly what you want—be prepared to displease people, but also be prepared to have the best day of your life if you follow the simple rule of being selfish. It’s your day, and you get married once.” —Libby MacCarthy