Photo Credit: George Pahountis
Hello Lovelies! Today we’re joined by fellow wedding blogger Eleni Balkouli of Love4Wed! Enjoy:
How did you get into wedding blogging?
I have always been in love in anything and everything that was associated with weddings. I could literally spend hours looking at wedding dresses, talking about wedding decoration details and amazing new wedding ideas I discovered on pinterest… not to mention I am always the one the cries at weddings! I guess in it was only natural for me that someday I would make my way into the wedding world. It was just meant to be… After my graduate studies in the US and years of working in the hotel management industry, when I returned to Greece I quickly realized that there was not really a “place” online for Greek brides to find inspiration, true stylish inspiration. I was accustomed to the gorgeous weddings blogs that were so popular at that time in the US and I found a huge gap in Greece. I decided to create a beautiful space that would feature all the prettiness and all the gorgeous work of the amazingly talented wedding professionals in Greece. The Greek wedding blog Love4Weddings gained the acceptance of Greek-brides-to-be and professionals immediately and in a short period of time I realized that we needed to share all the wonderfulness that was created in Greece, all the gorgeous weddings on the Greek islands with the rest of the world… and that was the beginning of Love4Wed. A chic & stylish destination wedding blog that I am truly passionate about. I must say, even though running a wedding blog is a tough job (perhaps the most demanding job I have ever had!), when I am writing about how the groom proposed to the bride, or when I watch romantic wedding videos I am planning to feature or even when I am going through endless gorgeous wedding photos… I am in heaven and it is the best job in the world!
Read the full interview after the cut!
Where are you located?
We are located in beautiful Greece. I consider myself lucky to live and work in such a beautiful country. I believe that Greece is a very inspiring country and anyone that has the opportunity should visit.
What sites or blogs do you visit daily?
I love visiting wedding blogs from other amazingly talented wedding bloggers. Some of them actually have shared their thoughts on a series I run on Love4Wed called “Bloggers say I do!”. Of course I get my daily dose of beautiful wedding inspiration from Style Me Pretty, Elizabeth Ann Designs, Magnolia Rouge… these are just a few!
When you aren’t blogging, what are you doing?
I have to admit that I feel that I am blogging all the time! When I am not writing blog posts about gorgeous weddings in Greece or coordinating styled shoots all over Greece, I try to spend as much time as I can with my family, my husband (who is also my best friend!) and my two little adorable children.
Are you a full-time blogger?
Yes I am! A few months after launching the Greek wedding blog Love4Weddings, it gained almost immediate popularity and all of a sudden the hours in one day just did not seem enough. I then decided to leave my job as the PR & Marketing manager in a privately owned hospital in Greece, to follow my dream and become a full time wedding blogger. On a daily basis I try to inspire brides-to be with romantic real wedding stories and amazing wedding ideas. It is truly the most rewarding and creative job I have ever had. I have not looked back and today I am proud to say that Love4Weddings is the most popular wedding blog in Greece!
What do you look for in wedding submissions? Do you have any tips for photographers who would like to be featured on your blog?
At Love4Wed we love to feature beautiful, unique and stylish weddings, weddings that have something to say, weddings with romantic stories full of emotion… We absolutely adore photos from the bride’s preparation, details from the dress, shoes, jewelry, wedding decoration, flowers, paper goods, desserts, unique wedding ideas that will inspire our readers, portraits shots and of course photos that show emotion & love!
What is your favorite wedding trend?
Lately I have been obsessing over stylish eco-friendly weddings, weddings with vibrant colors and destination weddings where the bride & groom celebrate their wedding with friends and family on stunning locations away from home… a treasured vacation and unforgettable experience for all!
What wedding trend are you ready to see left behind?
I would have to say that burlap in any type of wedding decoration should be replaced with an alternative fabric… especially when it comes to table runners.
What is your favorite blog post on your site?
I must admit my favorite post is actually one of the very first styled shoots I coordinated. A styled shoot with swoon worthy inspiration for brides and undoubtedly one of the sweetest features I have ever posted… take a look at this amazingly elegant rustic inspiration shoot… every corner you turn are gorgeous images that will take your breath away!
Best advice for brides?
Enjoy every minute of the planning process and don’t be afraid to plan your wedding just like you always wanted it to be! It is your wedding, one of the most important days of your life, so make sure it is all about you and the love of your life.
Thanks Eleni! Please be sure to check out Eleni’s blog Love4Wed! Do you have any questions or comments for Eleni? Add them to the comments below!