Above: Andreas & Jane on their wedding day in Corfu and receiving their award from Vince Cable, Business Secretary. Right: the happy couple today
Our team : Jane Stuart-Palikira
Co-founder of Ionian Weddings
Jane first went to Greece 15 years ago on a business trip and immediately fell in love with the country and its people. She made contacts all over the country which came in useful when organising her own wedding in Corfu. Jane had 10 years' experience at a senior level in the travel industry before setting up Ionian Weddings and speaks English, Greek, Italian, Spanish & French. She is on the board of the AWTE (Association of Women Travel Executives) as Events Chair. Jane has visited all the islands featured and specialises in our Italy weddings.
"After the success of our own wedding in Greece I dreamed of being able to help other couples have the same experience and I'm really proud that we have gone on to organise weddings for more than 800 couples in Greece and Cyprus.
I think out couples' testimonials speak for themselves but it was fantastic to see our success officially recognised when we received our recent award from the Business Secretary, Vince Cable. We constantly strive to offer the best experience to our customers and recently joined ABTA to offer extra peace of mind, the first ever weddings company to be granted ABTA membership".
Our team : Andreas Palikiras
Co-founder of Ionian Weddings
Andreas was born and lived in a small mountain village in Corfu up to the age of eighteen. He originally came to the UK to study at university and has been here ever since although he goes back to his homeland at every opportunity. Upon graduation, Andreas held senior marketing positions before setting up Ionian Weddings with Jane at the start of 2007. He has visited all our venues across the Greek islands and works tirelessly to find new and exciting wedding locations throughout Greece, Malta and Cyprus.
"When we started Ionian Weddings, I couldn't have dreamt of being where we are today. Our philosophy of making client aspirations and dreams an affordable reality has made us the obvious choice for bespoke Mediterranean weddings.
I particularly enjoy turning a new venue into a unique wedding itinerary that you can't find on the high street. Being Greek definitely helps in negotiating the best for our clients and our glowing testimonials show that we go the extra mile to create perfect and unforgettable weddings."
Jane and Andreas are also passionate supporters of various special causes, both in Andreas' homeland and also locally to where they work.
Our team: Jessica Guillen Gill
Jessica is one of our specialist Wedding Consultants and social media guru.
Jessica's experience spans from dressing as a giant bear for children's' parties, to working for a tech start up and assisting holiday makers as a representative in the beautiful island of Corfu. It was from this moment on that her life was to change forever as her love of all things Greek stayed with her.
I have always had a passion for travel and weddings, and I felt that my special connection to Corfu should be put to good use. What better way to combine my passions than by going to work for Ionian Weddings? With so many positive testimonials from their customers, I instantly knew I wanted to be part of a growing, successful company.
What I enjoy about the job most is being involved in the most important day of someone's life, knowing I was able to help couples in my own way.
Social Media has recently been a part of my life; being responsible for Facebook, Twitter and the Ionian Weddings blog enables me to show off my creative side, put ideas into practice and interact with people.
Our team: Stacey Crook
Once my parents decided to move our family to Mallorca at the young age of 10 my life changed. I loved living and growing up within the laid back Mediterranean lifestyle. Having attended international school I saw the world in an 'anything is possible' eye and therefore decided to move back to the UK to further my studies in BSc (Hons) Events Management at the University of Plymouth.
During my university experience I completed a Wedding Planning Course and it was at that very moment when I fell in love with the wedding industry and everything it had to offer. Soon after the wedding course I joined a specialist wedding and event company in Plymouth where I planned and coordinated couples weddings in a Fort, Country House and Gin Distillery. I fell even deeper in love with planning weddings because I had the opportunity to make a couples' dreams come to true.
Having achieved all I could in Plymouth I knew London was the next move for me to develop my career. As soon as I came across Ionian Weddings, I immediately knew I wanted to be a part of such an amazing company. A company that plans weddings in some of the world's most amazing destinations.
Throughout my life I have also had a strong creative streak and a keen eye for detail. For this reason I can't wait to discuss wedding décor and all the finer detail to make the couples' weddings truly memorable.
Our team: Lameez Behardien
Having worked with a specialist tour operator, I mastered my craft for creating tailor-made holidays, bringing people's needs and dreams together to create the perfect package.
I have 20 years' experience in the travel industry, tailoring the perfect holiday.
Becoming a wedding consultant is a dream come true, marrying (no pun intended) my love of travel, organisation, attention to detail and food to help create a perfect setting and memorable day.
I am thrilled to now be a part of an award winning company creating bespoke weddings in the Mediterranean. I look forward to helping you to plan your dream wedding in the Mediterranean.