Late June on the island of Crete… is what we found to be the best period for a styled seaside private villa photoshoot beach day followed by the bridal story photographed in a Cretan village of olives and laurel groves – Apollo’s beloved tree! From the sandy soft coast washed by the Mediterranean waves and warm Greek sun to the Cretan history hidden among the saturated greenery of a traditional village with its rocks and pale rustic walls stroked by years of strong sun rays and winds walls, we set our wedding story in between two of the best nature dimensions that Crete has to offer. We love to be loved by our couples getting married and celebrating in Crete, Greece.
This styled summer photoshoot started close to Chania. Obsessed with the shades of a Greek island summer incorporating in one “canvas”, we blended touches of lemon, peach, honey, cream, gold and sandstone and brushed those up with zingy and fresh watermelon and soft purple sunset colors. While in Crete, it is only natural that the wedding ceremony would take place on the beach and the best colors of natural light would be released at late sunset hour. Romantic and traditionally classic with discrete metallic arch and wooden cross-back chairs dressed up with bouquets of dahlias, roses, tulips, iris, lysianthus, freesia, chrysanthemum, peonies, carnations and even more, we created comfort and coziness within complexity of a ceremony that each couple seeks for their wedding day.
The Mediterranean style of celebrating the beautiful outdoors crave for modern twists and the heavy wooden village style table for al-fresco dining was matched with funky gold chairs, minimal style and organic colored plates, carpet & golden silverware. Playing around with floral centerpieces, we aimed to propose two inspirations of a more garden style with diversified flowers set in high transparent vases for an earlier in the day celebration and an official lavish garland for a late evening affair. Modern and classic, framed and less consistent, mixing styles and structure while extending your wedding color palette from white and beige can come with an outstanding and flawless effect.
Digging into all wedding planning details, don’t be shy to choose funky designs for your wedding stationery and wedding cake and change the classy look of festoon ambient lighting with a touch of color – yellow or pink… why not? As the beach wedding story may come to an end with blue waves and “salty kisses”, here in Crete we encourage you to enter into the “green” part of your celebration. Inland Cretan villages must be a part of your love story where you will find serenity and rustic elegance of the slower life. Abandoned old houses and endless fields of local fairytale nature will form a perfect background for your wedding images. Laurel leaves, fig and olive trees, wild vine leaves climbing rustic fences and hidden prickly pears will leave your images to look like a painting.
Day 2 of the photoshoot took place in the heartwarming coziness of Embrosnieros Village in the Chania area named Apokoronas. In the early day hours, before the sun rose, we chased the most warming light of Crete, entering Markakis Estate premises. Wandering around old cottages, main village square, visiting local kafeneio and historical Turkish tower of Alidaki built initially by the Venetians, we felt that today’s trendy boho and rustic terms found its organic roots. Nothing more and nothing less was this bridal inspirational story with nature, history and sheep sneaking into the best wedding pictures you can find.