Updated: Mar 18
"Nevesta"- This Off-Piste Wedding Inspiration in Greece took place at a U.N.E.S.C.O. awarded hamlet dubbed "The Bride" and has been published in "Wedding Chicks"
From Christina Lazopoulou - Vintage Weddings:
It's no secret that modern-gen destination couples are looking to return from their vows with more than just a tan. They come to us to design wedding celebrations bound to outlast any bronze hue, they travel with purpose and wish to strew their I Do's with meaningful experiences. The first idea behind this romantic inspiration was to present a different side to what a destination wedding in Greece feels like, remove ourselves from the wonted island weddings, and go a little off-piste.
THE LOCATION - Nevesta (The Bride) was how the Wallachians named the cobbled-stone village of Nympheon, perched almost 4,000 feet on the slopes of Mount Vernon. Bookended by sprawling, unspoiled, gloriously green mountains, its perfectly preserved stone mansions, ancient oak forests, forty-one wineries, romantic lake, and wildlife preserves -all there to be explored during a wedding weekend- perfectly justify the name, and became our canvas to draw upon. For our setting, we headed to the prettiest promontory, the 17th-century Basilica of Saint Nicolas overlooking the entire settlement where sweeping views and stillness create the most idyllic, balmy backdrop for a summer fete.
THE BRIDAL STYLE - As the sun rises over the ashen-rose hued horizon of Nympheon, you'll catch the first glimpse of those celestial peaks camouflaged beneath the clouds. These gentle tones were the inspiration for our bride's beauty, curated by Elissavet MUAH. As embellished barrettes and combs are the trend for the next season, we created bridal hair accessories to match the couple's favors in rose quartz and white enamel. The open back wedding gown by MADE BRIDE BY ANTONEA also featured embellishments of roses and small fleurettes resembling the buds of the bridal bouquet.
THE FLORAL VISION - Nymphs in antiquity (the young female deities that rendered the modern term nymphē (bride in Greek), are associated with the word "nubere", the idea of blossoming. According to the Roman grammarian Hesychius, the same word applies to the bud of a rose. What better floral nod to our concept than lavish David Austins in subtle blush to become the focal point of our floral arrangements. We teamed up with floral designer Maria Voudouri who paired the opulent blooms with wild roses, lavender, white Philadelphus for its heady scent, topped with jasmine, sweet peas, coral bell leaves, Calocephalus, Ivy and smoke bush Cotinus buds. The outcome was an exceptional melding of textures and aromas, that added an ethereal feel and delicate movement of each synthesis.
THE TABLESCAPE - We kept our tablescape accents minimally chic. Embellished glassware, rimmed charger plates, and cutlery were paired seamlessly in a palette of white, gold, primrose and pearl grey, allowing for the flowering pieces to create a statement. The guests' traditional dragees were placed in porcelain concentric circle boxes adorned with rose quartz crystals, an allusion to marriage coming full circle, with its center becoming (as the stone suggests) encouraging, unconditional love.
THE INVITATION SUITES - The most fashionable notes, like the most fashionable people, are characterized by elegance. The calligraphed notes in our suites were not only about etiquette and RSVP but about the art of excellent penmanship, handwritten vows, and love-letters, as well as notecards and epistolary items aimed to provide the guests with a sense of location. Manousenia Design evoked the olfactory experience in rose-printed (and delicately scented) envelopes while creating cards and save the dates with St. Nicolas' emblems. The pillar of Roses, and the crest adorning the church's main gate, an ornate fountain, were a nod to Nympheum's identity (fountains have always been associated with nymphs and brides).
THE CAKES & DRINKS - What better way to welcome destination wedding guests than a serving of local goodness. Our recipe for the cocktails was that of the Rosé Bouquet, where we used locally produced Xinomauro (black sour) rosé as the core and local red muscat grapes as decor. As safety precautions towards food and libation serving are the top of mind for couples, we opted for the guests to enjoy a plated meal as well as individual desserts. SUGARELA created singular butterscotch black sour rosé infused cakes, topped with gold foil.
We couldn't be more thankful for this collective work lensed beautifully by fine art photographer Vasilis Moumkas and his elegant visuals.
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