I was tickled PINK when she sent me the sweetest (and sparkliest) sweetheart shoot I’d ever seen—HERS!! She included all of her favorite things: tulle skirts, sparkles, pink heart-shaped balloons, her handsome guy, and her love story filled with giggles and heart-pounding sweetness!
Caroline and Costa were photographed fabulously by Annamarie Akins Photography. Needless to say, my heart eyes are PINK and SPARKLY today!
P.S. Recognize Caroline? You should! She’s @thecarolinedoll on Instagram! Follow her pretty pink feed if you don’t already! I promise you’ll love it (and her) as much as I do! 💕
ABOUT CAROLINE & COSTA:
Costa and I are exact opposites, but somehow so much alike at the same time!
Costa comes from a big family while mine is small. Costa is more introverted, while I will basically talk to the wall. He is more laissez-faire when it comes to life, while I have every moment planned out perfectly. He is covered in tattoos and I have none. I am as girly as it gets, while Costa is more edgy and dresses very classic and European.
Together, we somehow find this perfect balance. Basically all of my weaknesses are his strengths, and vice versa. We complement each other in ways I didn’t even know existed.
We both run businesses (mine a small business and his a family business) so we both have an appreciation of a strong work ethic and the daily hustle. I think this is one of the key factors in the success of our relationship—we both understand our busy schedules and help each other chase our dreams + success.
He is right there to take an Instagram pic of me outside, early morning, when it is freezing! And I am right there to help him all night with PR + media kit for his business.
We both appreciate our differences and love one another for them.
In all seriousness, we have so much fun—we make hand puppets on the wall at night when we can’t sleep, speak to our poodle in a French accent (because why not?!) and glitter basically everything in the house.
CAROLINE & COSTA — A LOVE STORY:
Our love story is my favorite story every told! I often ask Costa to tell me our love story as a bedtime story before I fall asleep. Which he does… every. single. time!
Our story actually begins in 2007. Costa’s sister, Tania, has always been one of my best friends. She and I both went to VCU and had most of the same classes together. One of the first things I remember her telling me was this: “You should totally date my brother; I think you two would be perfect for each other.”
At the time, I had no interest in dating my best friend’s brother! Was she crazy?! Costa felt differently though. He always said I was “the one that got away” as he did try to pursue a relationship years ago, but I simply was not having it!
It wasn’t until almost 7 years later that it all made sense. Tania asked me to help her with an event she was throwing for her mom. It was taking place in the showroom of their family’s business—where Costa also works.
As I was helping Tania get things set up… here comes Costa. I hadn’t seen him in years. Honestly, I will never forget this moment for as long as I live—he and I stood there, standing across from each other on opposite sides of the room, just staring at one another.
The energy was ridiculous. My heart was pounding and then said this to my soul: “Oh, there you are! You are exactly what I was looking for.” And by the way he was looking at me, I knew he felt the same. It was like love at first sight all over again!
Long story short, we were inseparable from that moment on.
HOW DO YOU BALANCE LIFE, LOVE & WORK:
With two busy schedules it can be hard at times to find balance!
Our advice to other couples juggling these things would be to schedule a time every day for each other. For us, we have dinner together at the table every single night. No matter what we have going on, we stop and enjoy spending time together and talking about our days.
We also fully believe in being close to one another—even if we are doing completely different tasks. For example, instead of going down to my home studio, I will sit next to Costa on the couch and catch up on emails/work to-do’s while he unwinds from his day and plays video games. Even though we both have our attention elsewhere, we are next to each other and that’s all that matters!
YOUR BEST RELATIONSHIP ADVICE:
Take the bad with the good! The honeymoon phase WILL fade away. That’s okay! This is where the real journey begins and when real life sets in. Make the commitment every single day to love one another unconditionally and you will live happily ever after… at least we think so!
WHO’S THE STEALER OF THE BED COVERS?
This is totally me.
Here’s the breakdown:
- Costa gets hot at night… so he turns the air down before bed.
- I get cold + cuddle close to him.
- He gets hot + pushes me away… and away I go with the covers…
WHAT DOES YOUR PARTNER DO THAT MAKES YOU LAUGH THE HARDEST?
I laugh hysterically when Costa pretends like he knows what I am thinking—he will say out loud all the thoughts that are running through my mind—which are typically spot on! Like when we are at Target and he says my thoughts out loud, “Ohhh man I totally need that pink pillow for an Instagram pic, it would look amazing on my feed. I can return it if I don’t want to keep it, right?”
I am the storyteller of the relationship—with my creative business and the people I meet while planning weddings + events, there’s always something crazy exciting happening! Costa finds it hysterical when I come home and tell him stories from the day’s festivities!
WHAT THREE THINGS DO YOU WANT TO DO TOGETHER IN THE NEXT YEAR?
- Take a Mediterranean cruise to Greece and visit Santorini! (I secretly want a picture in front of a gorgeous pink door!)
- Take dance lessons together!
- Visit friends + family in California and explore Wine Country!
WHAT POSSESSION OF YOUR PARTNER’S WOULD YOU LIKE TO THROW AWAY?
Costa would love to get rid of all of the fluffy pillows in our house. We took a pillow count—we own 78 throw pillows… that are currently on furniture all throughout our house. He may have a point…
On the other hand, I would love to throw away basically everything he has on the countertops in the kitchen or the bathroom—any “clutter” that I see! These various items such as the spice rack or his razors—who needs this anyways?!—are totally messing with the Feng Shui and style of our space.
WHAT’S YOUR IDEA OF THE PERFECT DATE?
Our perfect date: cooking together (well, I am really just the sous chef!) while drinking wine and listening to Taylor Swift radio—no seriously, it’s amazing!
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE OLD AGE TO LOOK LIKE?
We hope it looks a lot like now! We don’t ever want to lose our playfulness or adventure seeking attitudes. We hope old age is filled with a deeper love and respect for one another. We believe it will be complete with a sense of accomplishment for fulfilling our dreams—together and separately. Age will never define us, but it is nice to know you have a true partner to grow old + experience life with!
WHO’S THE BETTER COOK?
Yeah, so about that—Costa basically taught me how to boil water. I didn’t even own a can opener until a few years ago. We live across the street from a Whole Foods, what can I say?!
Anytime we have a dinner party, we joke that I am responsible for everything that looks pretty (the tablescape, florals, styled centerpieces, etc.) and Costa is responsible for everything that tastes good! Which, by the way, he is an amazing chef!
Costa comes from this incredible Greek + Lebanese family where cooking is a part of their culture. Me, on the other hand, not so much!
Okay, so funny story—the first time I went to his family’s house for Greek Easter (which is a really big deal for Costa’s family), I was in the kitchen with his mom doing the best I could to help. Which basically meant staying out of the way, sipping on champagne, and keeping things organized.
Costa’s mom handed me a lemon and told me to put it in the pot with the grape leaves. So, I did exactly what she said—I opened the lid and put the lemon in the pot. Well, apparently I was supposed to SQUEEZE the lemon first. HA!
Now it is a family joke and I basically am never allowed in the kitchen again. Or something like that…
TELL US YOUR LOVE STORY… IN SIX WORDS ONLY!!!
My Heart Said “That’s The One”.
How perfectly perfect are they?! Thank you so much Caroline and Costa for sharing your love story, cute responses, and sweetheart shoot with us today!! I CANNOT WAIT to see pictures of your wedding one day!! 😉