We have been waiting for this day ... the day to unveil the 2nd incredible styled shoot by Vanessa of Alchemy Fine Events and Invitations. This time, the focus is Greco Roman wedding inspiration and it is TO DIE FOR. We'll say it again ... it is TO DIE FOR. The is the 2nd in a series of 12 ... the 1st was the Egyptian inspired post. Below the gorgeous photos is an article written by Vanessa.
Wedding vendors involved include: Photography: Jill Thomas Photography Event Design and Styling: Vanessa of Alchemy Fine Events and Invitations Invitation and Wedding Stationery: Vanessa of Alchemy Fine Events and Invitations Florals: Isari Flowers Cake: Erica O'Brien Cake Design Props: oc Prop Girl Dress: Allyson Simone Bride and Groom Styling: Stylish Silhouette Jewelry: Rachel Leigh Jewelry Pastries: Opera Patisserie Hair and Makeup: Katwalk Styling
Art History for Brides
When it comes to great design and great style, one can’t help but to look back at the floor plans of design laid out before us by the great genres of our times for inspiration. But too often then not, people, brides in particular, confuse their style references when trying to explain their dream wedding. This was the theory behind the Art History for Brides series. Not only to educate on the art history of our past but to inspire brides to bring classical designs into the modern day world with a few twists and tweaks! Last month we brought you the first installment with our Egyptian series. Now onto the 2nd installment…
II. Greco Roman: When in Rome…
As the world was evolving so did the scholarly aspects of the Greeks and the Romans during ancient times. The Greeks founded democracy, the Olympics, and a form of mathematics. The Romans invented paved roads and arches. Fantastic architectural styles were born including the fluted columns, ornate capitals and monumental erections to worship the gods from.
Mythology also played a huge part in the lives of both the Greeks and the Romans as this was not only their religion but basis of law as well. Most everything evolved around their love, respect and worship of the Gods above, including not angering Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
With the Greeks and Romans in mind we wanted to design a setting that was reminiscent of an ancient wedding complete with their love of philosophy, architecture, beauty, the Gods, the sea, and of course, love itself.
Greek mathematics served as inspiration for an abacus inspired seating chart with gold beads and natural semi-precious stones such as turquoise, blue lapis and purple amethyst.
Geometric textured linens of cream and white served as the palette for this Greco Roman tablescape featuring bold gold and cobalt blue china and stemware. Periwinkle and gold leaf tea cups and saucers were stacked upon white linen covered books as the mythological lions stood guard on the table and on the plates.
The Greek Key pattern (also known as a meander or Greek fret) is representative of the Büyük Menderes River, which is a twisting river mentioned in Homer's The Iliad. The meandering pattern, along with spiral scrolls and circle patterns, is common in ancient Grecian fashion and architecture. Typically these patterns are seen in gold to represent royalty and honor to the Gods. We featured a greek key trim on top of the place settings and also on a vintage tea pot for bold bursts of gold.
The lush centerpiece arrangements by Isari Flower Studio consist of romantic trailing smilax vine, blush spray roses, white anemones, creamy Caramel Antique Garden roses, camellias, veronicas, viburnum berries, blue muscari and tweedia to name a few.
The bridal bouquet is a blend of ruffled apricot Finesse roses, camellia blooms, sweet white wax flowers amidst scented geranium foliages.
For the dapper groom we featured a boutonniere consisting of a single organic camellia flower.
For a delicate take on a dessert bar we featured pastel pastries and confections by Opera Patisserie atop a setting of marble, china, books and green glassware for a feel of being amongst ancient relics of the past.
Greco Roman fashions were simple yet elegant and Because Greece and Rome bore hot summers, men and women wore woven linens that were light and simple. They dressed simply and practically, dressing simply for function (hence simple tube dresses and clean one-shoulder gowns). Typically, men and women would clothe themselves using one square piece of fabric, draping and pinning it over their body until they were covered, pinning seams with brooches, buttons, or gold pins.
We love this simple sheath dress by Allyson Simone that is reminiscent of a classic Greco Roman column gown with delicate beading at the neckline. We paired the gown with a pair of strappy leather sandals for the authentic Roman goddess vibe. For a taller bride, dare to go with low with gold strappy gladiator flats!
Jewelry typically consisted of golden stones and beads carved into flowers, shells, or animal forms. Braided and knot motifs were common, as they symbolized unity in marriage. The apotropaic symbol consisted of two knots that were intertwined, often used at weddings and ceremonies. Their simple lines and basic designs distinguished them from other ornate, complex Eastern cultures. Many headdresses and adornments included sacred laurel leaf foliage, which represented and attributed Apollo, the God of intellect and light. They are one of the few early cultures that used gemstones to make their jewelry distinctive, like amethyst, pearls, and emeralds, as well as stained glass and enamel. The beauty of Greek jewelry is that its simplicity can complement any attire.
We incorporated bold gold and natural carved stones with these gorgeous jewelry and headdress pieces by Rachel Leigh.
As for the wedding itself, the ancient Greek wedding ceremony usually lasted three days and consisted of preparing the bride at her fathers house for her move into her new home. The bride and groom would then feast along with their families and make offerings to the Gods, usually childhood toys and clothing, representing the end of adolescence. Sacrifices to Artemis, goddess of virginity, would include locks of hair in hopes of an easy passage from virginity. The couple would both make offerings to Aphrodite for a fruitful life full of lots of children. On the actual wedding day the bride would be tended to by women and young children and treated to a fresh spring water bath and then adorned with fragrant oils, flowers and most importantly the veil. The feasts would begin again and last well into the evening when upon waited anticipation, the veil would be removed and the procession to their new home would begin.
Whether you are inspired to create an mythological worthy fete or even just take some romantic inspiration from the offerings made to Aphrodite, we hope that our Greco Roman wedding will help to inspire romance for your wedding day in epic proportions.