After going on 36 first dates with a wide range of guys, actress Krys Marshall—you might recognize her from This is Us, and will spot her in the 2018 season of Supergirl—was hesitant when she first received a message on OkCupid! from Ted Dolan. “I looked through his profile, and noticed that most of his pictures were of his dog, Duke. That sealed the deal!” says Krys. They hit it off immediately, moving from cocktails to dinner to bar-hopping on their first date, which ended with their first kiss.
After Ted proposed, the couple got to work planning their wedding, and decided to get far away from Los Angeles to tie the knot. “We wanted our 50 guests to really experience Mykonos,” says Krys, who turned to Laura Hazzard of DB Creativity to help with the long-distance details. From a private yacht charter to the spectacular ocean views at the ceremony, the stunning location was the center of attention all weekend.
Keep reading to see more of this actress’s Greek nuptials, as photographed by Betsy Newman.
Krys’s sleek Vera Wang gown complemented the simple, crisp palette that’s iconically Greek. The mermaid silhouette featured a notched strapless neckline and simple train.
The bride carried an organic bouquet that combined white roses, astilbe, and greenery to create a gathered look.
Ted’s off-white suit and blue shirt were perfect for the setting. The couple explored nearby ruins before heading to the 180-degree Sunset Bar at Mykonos Castle for the ceremony.
For her grand entrance, the bride expertly descended a high stone staircase (solo!) before walking down the aisle to meet Ted.
The ceremony venue offered breathtaking views of the city of Mykonos and the surrounding ocean. “The view spoke for itself, so we didn’t add much,” says Krys.
The couple wrote their own vows, including quotes about love from Maya Angelou, Shakespeare, and Nat King Cole.
Guests cheered and tossed rice as the newlyweds exited to the sounds of classic Greek music.
“We wanted our ceremony to be a ‘wow’ moment, so we kept the location a complete surprise for our guests until the day of the wedding!” says the bride.
With such a small guest list, the couple decided not to have bridesmaids or groomsmen—but still made sure to pose for pictures with their closest friends!
The reception took place at Alemagou restaurant, where Ted, Krys, and their loved ones could eat, drink, and dance all night. The restaurant’s design combines rustic elements with stunning views of the ocean. Candles hung in jars overhead, while tables were topped with low arrangements of olive branches and white roses. Farm tables were draped with garlands of local greenery and flowers.
“Planning from so far away, it was hard to get to know our vendors or know if they understood our vision,” says Krys. “But once we got to Greece, everything exceeded our expectations!”
The family-style Greek meal was full of fresh, local ingredients. Guests sipped wine or chose between three signature cocktails: the Duke (bourbon, soda, bergamot, and mandarin bitters), the Murphy (tequila, pineapple, ancho pepper, ginger, and lime juice), or the Love Shack (vodka, passion fruit, roses, almonds, and cranberry juice).
As a surprise for their guests, Ted and Krys flew in a drummer from the UK. “We invited him as a guest for the weekend, and came up with a story to tell our guests about who he was,” says Krys. “When our wedding night came, everyone was shocked when he started drumming. They totally fell for it!”
The newlyweds shared their first dance to “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young. Late in the evening, they had another surprise for their guests: a fireworks show!
Looking back on her big day, Krys has some advice for brides-to-be planning: “Do what’s right for you and your fiancé—even if it’s different from what is expected. And don’t be afraid to take risks! Trying new things and pushing the envelope can lead to new adventures and memories you’ll get to share with you best friends and family.”
Wedding Planner: DB Creativity
Ceremony Venue: Mykonos Castle
Reception Venue: Alemagou Restaurant
Bride's Dress: Vera Wang
Bride's Jewelry: Blue Nile
Hair & Makeup: Stephanie Navarro
Groom's Attire: Isaia
Floral Design: Mykonos Flowers
Paper Products: Riley and Grey
Cake: Casa Dolce
Ceremony & Reception Music: Mike Vekris Entertainment
Fireworks: Nanos Fireworks
Videography: Jim Grillas
Photography: Betsy Newman