This wedding editorial originates from a crisp, cloudy November morning in Athens, in the Nasioutzik Musem Estate. However, if you look closer, it almost seems that it doesn’t take place in Athens. It is set on a period so old, yet timeless, where everything was handmade, yet aristocratic, a period whose art was highly prestigious and sought-after in Western Europe. We are taking you to the Byzantine era.
The table is set, perfectly aligned and just outside of the Meteora building, that has been constructed to resemble a monastery-castle. It was literally built around this magnificent wooden door and is located at the top of the hill, providing a phenomenal view of the entire Mesogaia region.
The color palette is intense and exuberant and the textures are rich and alive. Petrol blue velvet that covers the antique monastery wooden table, combined with old wooden chairs and luxurious tableware. All in abundance. The palette gets enriched by the mustard yellow ribbons that tie the light blue linen napkins, just as the girls used to tie their dresses so tight around their bodies. The flowers are dark red and yellow, in liaison with this autumnal scenery and the light breeze diffuses the smell of honey from the candles in the air.
And there she comes. An empress, so elegant like a queen and so airy like a ghost. Again, the orange hair accents the light blue wedding dress, while pairing perfectly with the entire setting. Can you see her look when she takes a glance at him? Can you feel her heartbeat while she reads her vows to him?
The tastes are thick as well. Syrup running all over the era’s delicacies, mixed with the strong leather smell. This amazing set-up, with the orange-ish wall, the wooden table, the leather tags and the petrol blue cake made us stare in awe. We used leather to create an envelope to seal the nostalgic wedding invitation, as well as to create pouches for the barley. Oh yes, the barley, because that’s what they tossed to the newlyweds in the Byzantine years.
Every single detail was curated, from the wooden and alabaster horses on the tablescape to the styling of the bride and her magnificent crown. As Nikos Kazantzakis once said, based on one of his favorite Byzantine mystics, “Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality”.
“He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.”
Event Design, Styling & Planning: Soo Events
Venue: Nasioutzik Museum
Photography: Les Anagnou
Videography: Make Your Own Films
Wedding Dress: Dimitris Petrou
Groom’s Attire’: Dimitris Petrou
Wedding Stationery & Favors: Love Me Do
Tableware: White Lilac
Cake & Desserts: Pavlov’s Lab
Flower arrangements: Studio 7
Hair & Make Up Artist: Frantzeska Koukoula
Model Agency: VN Models