Oh what a week! Yes, we actually spent five days on the magical island of Milos to set up this gorgeous Lunar Elopement Cover Shoot!
After many many months of planning we can finally share this gorgeous Cover Shoot with you. This Lunar Elopement Cover Shoot was actually a bit different from the rest. We teamed up with an international team of vendors all living and working in Greece. But what was difference about this one is this gorgeous and unique up-and-coming jetsetters location on the island of Milos. See more about Milos and our luxury hotel Milos Cove in the Autumn 2019 Ellwed Magazine issue!
And with Elopements and Micro Weddings taking over the world right now, let’s hear it from the team:
More and more, adventurous couples are opting to profess their vows against a wanderlust backdrop surrounded by their nearest and dearest. These intimate, destination elopements satisfy everyone’s travel itch. Greece often tops the bucket list, so it’s no wonder that “destination wedding” and “Greece” have become nearly synonymous in recent years.
While the sunsets of Santorini and the vibrancy of Mykonos never fail to impress, all too often these islands overshadow the many other breath-taking landscapes that this Mediterranean gem offers. One of our favourites is a secluded, chalky white beach hidden on the small but exclusive island of Milos. The stark volcanic rock formation mimics a lunar terrain and dazzles against the deep azure and turquoise shades of the Aegean Sea. Which is why we chose it for this Lunar Elopement Cover Shoot!
Our objectives of both creating an inspiration cover for Ellwed magazine and further promoting Greece’s amazing diversity as one of the top wedding and elopement destinations for modern couples in Europe. The shoot took place at the otherworldly place known as Sarakiniko Beach which served as both the main inspiration and canvass for our celestial shoot. With the combined vision and experience of wedding planner Lily of the Valley and destination experts Shefari, all artfully captured by destination wedding & elopement photographer Adrian Wood using luxury professional film stock and medium format cameras, we recreated the stars and the moon here on earth. From the difficulty of execution to the ethereal light on the beach at dawn, this experience left us speechless.
The theme consisted of incorporating astral elements with a bohemian chic undertone.
With the goal of contrasting bold and unique with soft and organic, all the elements of the editorial revolved around the sun and its light, much like everything else. The colour palette of warm peach, coral and blush tones danced with cool hues of silvers, greys, and golds. The palette was chosen to further depict the contrast between celestial and earthly, day and night, noise and silence.
In a similar vein, the flowers used were a calculated mix of classic choices such as garden roses and orchids versus dried flowers, leaves, and pampas. The ethereal ceremony was held against a cosmic backdrop of rounded arches, skilfully crafted by Studio 7 and reminiscent of the different lunar phases. Red and yellow smoke bombs put on an epic show of dreamy clouds and a vivid burst of colours. A divine crescent moon arrangement, hanging over the dinner table completed the interstellar mood. A delicate silver tablecloth and a blush runner was covering the reception table. Glossy silver napkins and gleaming tableware consisting of gold cutlery and shimmering glasses as well as pink and glitter dinner plates on top of iridescent charger plates harmonised the celestial mood.
Star-shaped sun catchers hanging from the end of the crescent moon sparkled in the morning light. Black and pink geodes enhanced the styling’s volcanic nuances. Pillar and taper candles adornments added a bohemian romantic effect. Glitter, stone grey and moon-shaped envelopes were used to display a modern and sparkly stationery. The stone-like cake with gold streaks streaming down its multiple tiers perfectly complemented the moonscape vibes.
Behold the masterpiece bridal gown
Designed by Celia Kritharioti an internationally renowned Greek designer. This stunning airy grey gown with modern design was a tribute to local talents and vendors. Embellished with star motifs that complimented perfectly our central theme. Accessorised with the sparkly shoes by Bella Belle and star-shaped jewellery customised especially for the editorial by Mindy Lam. The groom’s slate and white outfit paired perfectly with the fairytale gown.
Natural light played an essential role in the shoot. We were up and ready hours before dawn. At sunrise we captured the sun’s array of warm colours, varying from glowing yellow to burning orange and red. This stunning palette juxtaposed the cold white moonscapes of Sarakiniko, creating light nuances especially noticeable in the bride’s portraits.
Our bride is an homage to women and all their beautiful disparities, just as nature has in perfect balance. We wanted to celebrate her uniqueness and many facets. Te potential to be a caring mother, a supportive partner, and a powerhouse entrepreneur all in a day.
An elopement is more than a ceremony
The statement that she is bold enough to reinterpret traditions and walk to the beat of her own drum. The moon is a metaphor representing the phases of the divine female, changing but harmonious. This is a celebration of the modern woman: simultaneously vulnerable and strong, romantic and bold, emotional and logical.
List of Vendors for Ellwed Mag Cover Shoot:
Styling & Planning, Lily of the Valley
Planning & Coordination, Shefari Travel
Photography, Adrian Wood Photography
Cinematography, Nikos Dimou
Sponsor, Bridal Expo & Bridal Fashion Week
Flowers, Studio 7
Stationery, Love Me Do
Hair & Makeup, Theocharis Makeup
Groom’s styling, Its a mans class
Groom’s pants & shirt, Christakis Athens
Art de la table, White Lilac
Wedding cake, Pavlovs Lab
Wedding dress & Veil, Celia Kritharioti
Jewellery, Mindy Lam Couture
Bridal shoes, Bella Belle Shoes
Location, Sarakiniko Beach
Venue, Milos Cove
Ring Box, Je Promis
Models, Linnea Berzen, Christos Birbas
Did you like this Lunar Elopement Cover Shoot? Check out also other cover shoots we have done in the past like the THE SPIRIT OF LOVE A DELICATELY DECADENT SHOOT IN THESSALONIKI
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