We normally tend to think of island weddings when it comes to Greece, but this next wedding really embraces the elegant + dignified side of what a wedding can be like. With a 17th century Basilica as the backdrop, you can really feel the history and how a couple can just bask in the romance Greece has to offer. Get ready for a display of tasty drinks, a gorg pink cake and lush roses.
Keep scrolling to see all of the beautiful photos by Vasilis Moumkas and the wedding dress by Made Bride by Antonea. Vintage weddings and events planned every detail and Maria Voudouri created all of the amazing florals. You can see all the images in the full gallery.
A lil' history
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.
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. What better floral nod to our concept than lavish David Austins in subtle blush to become the focal point of our floral arrangements.
Roses, Calligraphy and Table decor
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 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 by designing 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. We kept our tablescape accents minimally chic. Embellished glassware, rimmed charger plates, and cutlery was paired seamlessly in a palette of white, gold, primrose and pearl grey, allowing for the flowering pieces to create a statement.
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. 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. We couldn't be more thankful for this collective work lensed beautifully by fine art photographer Vasilis Moumkas and his elegant visuals.