We’re loving this breezy, Greek inspiration shoot from Alisa of Blackbird Foto. We’re definitely digging the the way the team gave “the quintessential blue and white nautical theme a facelift.” The really fresh and refined Mediterranean details include some gorgeous calligraphy invitations, a stunning gold leaf and wild flower three-tier cake and some crazy-beautiful table florals. Enjoy!
From Alisa: Color scheme: We wanted to give the quintessential blue and white nautical theme a facelift, so we gave it a more mature look by adding in grey and using a dusty shade of blue. The goal was to create a soft, serene, dream-like feel.
Stationery: The invitation set features the ubiquitous olive branch. We wanted to showcase an olive branch crown in some fashion, so it’s featured on the monogrammed circle (O&C). Watercolor was chosen as a background on recycled linen paper to give the set that soft, seaside feel.
Florals/Tablescape: The main feature of the table is the sailboat centerpiece. It was a DIY labor of love. I painted, distressed it and then created the sails with floral wire and crystal strands I bought from Amazon (I’d be happy to create a DIY tutorial piece if readers desired). Olive branches were in the floral centerpieces to stay true to our theme. A light purple King Protea was added to the arrangements to give it something unique. Ines Naftali, Florist and Table Stylist, wanted to ”bring the sea to the table”, so she dressed it up with pieces of coral, shells and ”sea plants”. You might notice one of them wrapped around the Silk and Willow runner, hanging off the side of the table. Mercury glass vases and tarnished metal candlesticks provided color shading and texture. The napkin rings are silver olive branches wrapped around vintage French napkins. The wedding favor is the Greek Evil Eye; you’re supposed to hang it in the home to protect your loved ones.
Food: Even the food in this shoot plays true to my fiancé’s Greek roots. My husband-to-be manufactures cookies for a living (yes!). We featured 2 well-known Greek desserts: Kurabie and Loukoumades. Kurabie are a Christmas time cookie – an almond biscuit center, covered in powdered sugar. Loukoumades are akin to donuts – a special dough that is fried, but the key is to pour honey and chopped walnuts on top!
Photographer: Blackbird Foto // Event Planner: Brisa Events // Florist: Ines Naftali // Furniture Rental: The Salvage Snob // Stationery: Weeds & Whimsy // Makeup Artist: Angel Gabriel // Men’s Stylist: My Groom’s Room // Cake: Make My Cake // Kurabie: Greco // Location: Oleta State River Park // Blue bridal outfit: Alexandra Grecco // Bridal Stylist: Elizabeth Quintero // Ribbon: Ginny Au // Table Runner: Silk and Willow // Plates: Ikea // Utensils: Anthropologie // Evil eye: Amazon