Timeless Wedding Inspiration from The Island of Aphrodite
Wow, just wow! This timeless Greek mythology wedding inspiration shoot, inspired by the Greek goddess Aphrodite, is the perfect reflection of love, desire and beauty. Curated so thoughtfully by Flamobouyia Events and photographed exquisitely by Andreas K Georgiou.
Grab a glass of something chilled and prepare to lose yourself in this dreamy editorial.
We had one very specific concept in mind. To envelop the Anassa resort’s sun-kissed landscape in an utterly chic wedding inspiration that would speak the very core of elegance a couple is to discover on the island of Goddess Aphrodite. Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, which actually took place on this very location according to the legend, was our first thread, hence our main hue, the elegant naturalistic peach. We drew from the nuances and subtleties of the artwork and then moved on to refocus on the modern bride, who clearly adores timeless elegance, yet also wishes to have fun.
We wanted to have a palette that would be equal parts soft and sensual, refined and welcoming. Cyprus is known for its multiplicity and juxtapositions, and our palette, the creamy peach, topped with marigold, periwinkle, wine, and mint, could not make for a better allusion. When working with such a soft palette, it is important to add dimension to the lighter colours by using a contrasting colour, in this case, green copper oxide vases and dinnerware. It is worth noting that the plates were custom-made for the occasion – drawing inspiration from the copper veins that abound in the area.
Foraged dry conium flowers, which is characteristically abundant in Paphos, delphinium, hydrangea, English roses, phytolacca Americana, and dry asparagus fern were thoughtfully paired to create stately arrangements that felt authentic to the location. For the ceremony we created a crescent floral arch that was placed along with velvet furnishings and a Persian carpet before the garden’s central spring
With a history riddled in ancient riches, the landscape and Mediterranean climate of Cyprus means that outside is where it’sat – and where you should be. Anassa is one of the Mediterranean sea’s most exclusive and iconic hotels, which straddles the sunniest corner of the North-West Coast. When the bougainvilleas shed the first crimson leaves of the year, which spread over the immaculate gardens at Anassa Resort, it heralds the beginning of spring.
We chose to present these stylish hand-painted watercolour mementos of Cyprus in fine paper as a gift to the guests. The drawings were created by Anassa’s own resident artist.
With regards to the menu, Cyprus is known for its delicacies and island’s particular geographic location has brought in a mix of Greek, Turkish, and Arabic culinary influences. We had to include some of its most famous native delicacies, including fresh figs and sweet preserves made of apricot, walnuts and grape juice. The gorgeous amuse bouche was prepared by Anassa’s multi award-winning chefs.
TOP TIPS FOR RECREATING THIS LOOK:
- Dare to incorporate local elements that feel authentic to the venue and the surrounding location. We incorporated elements that are relevant to the local culture and mythology, such as copper oxide hues in the plates, since copper was mined here since ancient times, and foraged florals.
- Integrate dried flowers with fresh florals to add a whole new dimension to the design by expanding the colour palette and adding texture. But, also importantly, it makes a statement towards the growing trend for eco-friendly weddings and mitigates any taboos that may had been previously attached to the inclusion of dried flowers in luxury weddings.
- Exploring never-before-used parts of a venue may seem risky at first but pays off, if done for the right reasons and executed with care. For our ceremony we used, for the first time, the Roman Gardens; they contained references that brought to life Aphrodite’s myth, such as the shell-shaped fountains – just like in Boticcelli’s painting.
- Favors are a big part of luxury planning. Our choice of favors was hand-painted mementos, all created by Anassa’s resident artist. Not only are they a beautiful memento, but they are also collectable works of art that the guests can frame in their homes.
Are you as in love with this timeless Greek mythology wedding inspiration shoot as we are?
- Photographer: Andreas K Georgiou
- Planning: Flambouyia Events
- Venue: Anassa Resort
- Bridalwear: Primalicia
- Stationery & Paper: Red Grass
- Calligraphy: Nadin Hernandez
- Favours: Eleana Chrysanthou
- Headpiece: Elysian Wedding
- Groomswear: Kult
- Suit: Dolce Gabbana
- Makeup Artist: Artemis Pro Makeup Artist
- Hair Styling: Lefki Themistocleous
- Shoes: Casa Dei
- Jewellery: Yiotis Jewellery
- Cake: Yiamy With Love
- Cigars: The Cygar Shop