Jordan Bagel and Ryan Feldman first met while they were both working at WME talent agency in Los Angeles; she was in the mailroom, he was a motion picture department assistant. “One night, I went out with one of my girlfriends to a bar in Santa Monica and coincidentally Ryan showed up with some of his friends and stood in line in front of us,” she says. “We chatted the entire night and the following week, he asked me to get drinks.”
A little over four years later, Jordan was in New York for a work trip and decided to stay for the weekend at a friend’s apartment. On Saturday morning, her friends told her they were all going for brunch by the water and walked down to Pier 25. “Once I realized there was in fact no restaurant in sight, I saw Ryan walking towards me and figured out what was going on,” she says. “Ryan booked us a room at the Greenwich hotel and after we called our families, he told me he wanted to go downstairs and take a walk. When we walked through the restaurant, my entire family and two best friends from Chicago had flown in for the surprise!”
It took the couple a while to choose their wedding destination and by the time they decided they wanted to get married in Mykonos, the summer season had officially ended, meaning much of their decision making was made via videos and Skype calls with their wedding planners, the 12 Events Team. They decided on the Greek island because Jordan’s paternal grandmother is Greek and Ryan’s mother’s side of the family is from Israel, making Mykonos the perfect location to include both of their extended families. “We loved the minimalist aesthetic coupled with the carefree spirit of the island,” she says. “We always wanted our wedding to feel fresh and natural, subtle and effortless, using only the colors found on the island from the sea, sand, olive trees, and bougainvillea.”
When looking for her wedding dress, Jordan wanted something timeless but light and that would also make her feel like herself when she was wearing it. “My mother and I both separately stumbled upon a silhouette of a Juan Carlos Obando dress that we fell in love with. She sent me a picture of it and I responded that I had tried it on a few days before,” she explains. Because the dress wasn’t made to be bridal, Jordan and her mom got in touch with Obando and he agreed to make a custom wedding dress in that similar silhouette for the bride. As for her jewelry, Jordan wore her Greek great grandmother’s hammered gold bracelet, her mother’s pear-shaped diamond and tanzanite ring (her “something blue”), and a ring her father had gifted her mother when Jordan was born. For her “something borrowed,” her mentor lent her a pair of diamond and pearl earrings.
Meanwhile Ryan choses a Brunello Cucinelli linen sand-colored suit and accessorized with Lanvin pearl cufflinks. “The cufflinks were a gift from my mother and I loved that we both wore pearls on our wedding day,” Jordan adds. Bridesmaids were in silk and solid dresses in gemstone colors, while Ryan’s groomsmen wore suits without ties in blues and grays; fitting for their wedding’s “Greek island chic” dress code.
On an early summer weekend in May, guests gathered at the sunset terrace of the Royal Myconian hotel overlooking the Aegean Sea for Jordan and Ryan’s wedding ceremony. There, underneath a chuppah made of a mixture of white roses, peonies, olive branches, and greenery, the couple were married by Ryan’s brother-in-law. After their first kiss, friends and family threw olive branch leaves and the newly married couple walked down the aisle to ABBA’s “Dancing Queen.” “It set the tone for what was to come,” she says. “Mamma Mia gave us a lot of inspiration.”
During the ensuing cocktail hour, a three-person walking band played traditional Greek wedding music while guests enjoyed a selection of cheeses, fruits, and Greek hors d’oeuvres. Before it was time for dinner, the couple shared their first dance to “Pineapple Skies” by Miguel and later went right into the Horah. A traditional Greek meal that included feta pastries, fried zucchini balls, Keftedes, and lamb chops was served family style. “We also had bottles and shot glasses of Mastika, our favorite Greek liqueur on every table so guests could enjoy as they pleased,” Jordan says. “You can never have enough Mastika!”
Dancing outside—a lot of it—ensued. A DJ provided a mix of traditional wedding tunes and Mykonos beach club vibes, and guests were treated to olive branch headbands to wear while they shook it out overlooking the Mykonos lights and the sea. Keeping up with the vibe established earlier on during the ceremony, the couple had the DJ play a six song ABBA medley that had everyone up on their feet. “Everyone knows the words to their most popular songs and we had everyone on the dance floor—of all ages—singing and dancing together,” Jordan remembers. “It was hands down my favorite part of the evening.”
An after party followed, where Greek souvlaki, Greek-style hamburgers, and loukoumades (mini greek donuts with honey) were served. “We also were surprised by our wedding planner and the hotel with hundreds of ceramic plates to break together on the floor,” she says. “We began the Zorba dance and for the rest of the night danced on top of all the broken plates. It was a perfect ending to the night.”