A Luxe Take on a Rustic Island Wedding in Greece
Many of you will certainly be wondering, what does a rustic island wedding done luxuriously look like?
Our answer: the venue choice of a small Greek olive grove, positioned alongside a gorgeous private beach. Natural stone elements incorporated throughout the décor and wild island greenery used for the floral arrangements made this one elegant outdoor ceremony.
When you’re surrounded by natural landscapes as magnificent as this, it would be incomprehensible to not include them in your wedding day. Yet, if you have a taste for the finer things in life, matching up these two seemingly opposing forces is bound to require some skilful planning.
With its crisp, clean, colours and effortless chic aesthetic, there can be no doubt that this wedding shoot was successful in its fusion of the two styles.
The style of this shoot lends itself to a rustic style of wedding, without forsaking any luxury. The design of each of the day’s elements takes inspiration from the natural, simple beauty of the location and the scenery of the island.
The key steps required to create this look involved working with the venue’s natural outdoor surroundings, and using the colours and feel of the immediate environment as an extension of the natural simplicity of the venue, then finally adding in a few pops of bright colour to lift and modernise the aesthetic.
The organisers created a ceremony area by using the venue’s central pale, stone circular base, as it was already surrounded by olive trees, which offered effective yet natural shade.
To complement the natural style of the setting, the hair stylist from Beauty House Ithaca swept up the bride’s hair into a beautifully braided half updo, leaving her natural curls to cascade down her back. Likewise, the makeup was kept light and natural, in order to best suit the bride’s fresh, youthful beauty. The finishing style touch was provided by Grecian style gold jewellery from Emilie Stores.
Similarly, the wedding table, which was set up under the olive trees, with the natural surroundings. In a luxurious take on rustic island vibes, the table was laid with a simple white tablecloth, a neutral voile runner, textured glass vases filled with flowers, blue geometric patterned plates, textured wine glasses, individual menus, and place cards illustrated with an artistic calligraphy script.
The colour palette stuck predominately to neutral tones, in keeping with the venue’s surroundings. However, this palette was artfully infused with a few pops of bright blue and pink, in order to inject a little colour into the occasion, which would lift and enhance the neutrals.
While a neutral colour palette harmonises well with a natural environment, some pops of colour are essential, otherwise the overall effect can be lost, as it merges with the rest of the surroundings.
The florist, Anemolia, created a 10m garland made up of locally sourced wild island greenery and olive branches, which were positioned alongside locally sourced fuchsia and dark pink bougainvillea.
This garland provided the key feature for the ceremony. Instead of using a traditional arch for the ceremony, this garland was suspended from one of the olive trees and coiled on the pale stone. This created a circle of eternity, within which the couple pledged their vows. Chairs for the guests were then positioned (physically distanced) in a semi-circle surrounding this focal point.
The bridal bouquet was also created using the same combination of wild greenery and bougainvillea with extra touches of white roses and gypsophila. The bouquet was then finished with natural twine and olive green ribbon.
- Use the right tones and amounts of neutral colours, in order to best complement and harmonise with the surroundings.
- Think about your venue and work with it, using its beauty to influence your occasion.
- Ensure the décor sticks to a level where it doesn’t take centre stage and overshadows the surroundings, and that it instead enhances what is naturally there.
Planner & Stylist: Ithaki Weddings // Photographer: Maxeen Kim Photography // Stationery: LouPaper Wedding Stationery // Florist: Anemolia // Videography: Ithaca Weddings // Wedding Favours: Nostalgia Shop // Bar Supplier: Rozes Bar // Venue: Kirki // Hair & Makeup: Beauty House Ithaca // Jewellery: Emilie Stores