This unbelievably inspirational shoot pulled together a powerhouse lineup of creatives that breathed new life into one of the beloved themes - that of a black-tie, sophisticated, urban affair capturing the mantra of, "In all its contradictions, limitations, conditions, and surprises, be it fortuitous or otherwise, Life is what we celebrate." It's hard not to be inspired by the seductive glamor of Athens city: the sharp architecture, the multifold of locations, the vestiges of the past residing in the most unexpected of bends. Where one may find individualism at an exclusive hotel, the other may unearth it in romantic hills clad with olives and orchards. This shoot, however, captured an infatuation with the idea of setting the scene someplace that would be a little more 'outré,' but at the same time authentic and imbued with spirit, since history is an integral part of the Greek heritage. Keep scrolling to see the photos that capture this intention by PanosDemiropoulosStudio. LoannaKaratzaEvents planned every detail of this wedding inspiration and Jimlabraco created all of these intricate florals you'll see throughout. Giorgiaxristodoulou made sure the bride was camera-ready for when this inspiration came to life at Falirikon.arts.events. All the images are in the full gallery, so be sure to click through and read on to hear more from LoannaKaratzaEvents.
There seems to be some obsession with antiquity when it comes to Grecian fetes. The goal, however, strayed from that notion and went for a different age. Falirikon.arts.events is an industrial-era art space at the Athenian Coast of Piraeus. Now serving as an event venue, however, it was its partly dilapidated, open terrace that caught the attention. Peeking out above a sea of post-modernist roofs adjacent to a 19th-century printing house, its rooftop portico still carries the ambiance of the edifice that once stood here. The Dunmore-cream old stuccoed walls and antique flooring became a wonderful canvas for the design team to draw upon and create an absolute vision.
The floral recipe for the glamorous soirée involved botanical installations crafted by Jimlabraco, who delineated the setting drawing from the terrace's weathered looks and the nuances of blush emerging still bright among the faded blacks and washed whites. His idea of employing florals in wild, unruly shapes that move and wriggle all naturally, and that do not segment the space in the form of stereotyped arches, was thrilling. Jim crafted three impactful accessions: a dangling one for the couple's ceremony, a thick runner garland for the reception dinner, and a cascading statement bridal bouquet. Rendering a enviable result, he used Ecuador roses, black-eyed Delphinium, peonies, orchids, anemones, and the triumph-evoking Odessa black Calla to accentuate the glamorous feel, as well as Grevillea, giant plumage monsteras, monochrome painted Phyllanthus, and dried fern, pairing them all with ostrich feathers. He contrived a floral fashion moment for the bride with the welding of according blooms for a unique bridal earring. To complement the florals, there was also a luxurious distressed silk carpet, matching black and gold candlesticks, as well as a fan back slipper chair.
The main palette was the focus for the dinner scene, adding just the right amount of color pop with a Sangria-colored silk tablecloth. Each place setting was set with the loveliest details such as linens in soft pewter grey, brick-rose dessert plates, gold silverware, and gold-rimmed glassware. Bright_white_design brought forth the plume effect by incorporating the featherlike texture of a Passion flower, which degrades from Sangria red to black, into her dramatic and sultry papeterie suites. Α nod to the deeper nuances and emotions of the big day, an x-ray of a rose decorated the couple's heartfelt thank you message to their guests. Pieces from the florals were used for the presentation of the menus while still ensuring that the table was long enough to provide ample elbow space. Poulettepastry created the conceptual floral design into a jet-black three-tiered matte cake, adding to the charm and encapsulating the collective vision through her candy.
Of course, no glamorous wedding can go without crisp whites, and this magnificent gown and ostrich feather-trimmed cape from Anemomilou_anem include just that, looking absolutely seductive next to the groom's Papadogamvros white tux. For the bride's trousseau, sky-high stingray leather heels from Kotsonas_shoes and iconic black diamonds from Iordanisjewelry paired to haute joallerie earrings completed the alluring and daring looks. Giorgiaxristodoulou gave the bride a polished, soft, radiant 'Meghan Markle' look, offering her insights on the classic trend for keeping bridal skin as real and natural as possible and wishing the eyes to almost "flutter" as the bride looks at the groom.
Collaborating with the super-talented Panos and Sofia from PanosDemiropoulosStudio, who not only captured every little detail so perfectly but also went absolutely over the top with the styling of our flat lays, was the perfect addition to capture this extravagantly classic Grecian experience.
A Piece of advice from the planner
1. Trust your planner to find you an unique venue you may not have otherwise found yourself.
2. A good floral artist makes all the difference.
3. Consult your photographer about the timeline (specifically in reference to the natural light) so that you will have the most amazing pictures possible.