Our gorgeous Pantone yellow wedding in Lefkada island, Greece showcases, showcases how the colour can be chic and trendsetting, especially when matched against the stunning scenery of the Greek Ionian Islands.
Yellow is a powerful colour, in all shades: a reminder of the sun, positivity, and fun!
Katouna Suites’ enviable location on the northeast coast of Lefkada has views of the Greek mainland. The mountains glow warm pink in the summer evenings and the sea below is dotted with activity from yachts and fishing boats. The ten-suite boutique hotel offers adults-only luxury stays and an ideal place for a micro wedding celebration.
Our Pantone yellow-inspired wedding decor at this Lefkada shoot was paired with black and grey details to really make the bright colour of the mimosa flowers pop. A loose bouquet of long-stem white roses, mimosa and willow was tied in pageant style with trailing organza ribbons.
Katouna Suites is available May, September and October for private events. If you are inspired by this stunning venue on Lefkada’s east coast please contact us for more details.
Planned by Claire at Lefkas Weddings
Photography Maxeen Kim Photography | Florist: Gourioti Flowers | Venue: Katouna Suites | Dress: Anem Collections | Stationery: White Olive Design Studio | MUA: Despoina Kourbei | Jewellery: Leucadia
Pantone, the authority on colour, have selected not just one colour for their 2021 colour of the year but two: Pantone Ultimate Grey and Pantone Illuminating yellow.
According to Pantone, this combination of a soft grey and a bold and bright yellow is a pairing of colours which convey a message of strength and hopefulness. By choosing two standalone shades Pantone aims to highlight how different elements come together to support one another.
“As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality. Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colours of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, Ultimate Grey quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience.”
How I suggest to add these Pantone Colours 2021 to your wedding in Greece
This combination of two shades makes for a true standout palette for your wedding day. We love the idea of using these colours against the crisp white background of the table linen or your bridal gown. Use the grey as your anchor shade then accent with pops of yellow in your florals and stationery to bring energy and fun to your celebration because that’s absolutely what 2021 needs!
Ultimate grey is a flattering choice for your bridesmaid dresses and suits many skin tones. As the bride, you can add a whisp of grey in several ways for instance:
Pop this feathery bübish topper over your gown for a cool weather ceremony or whimsical reception look.
How we styled our table
We had great fun one afternoon creating this beautiful table for our festive celebration in Lefkada. We used decor items from our own collection and a crisp white tablecloth as the base. Then we added Ultimate grey notes with pewter candelabra decorated with local foliage, a fabric runner and opaque grey glassware. For a pop of Illuminating yellow, we used pieces of solidago flower and incorporated yellow details on our table stationery.
Table Styled for Lefkas Weddings by Claire Salisbury and Jane Flinders.
Welcome to May! Let’s brighten up lockdown with our Botanical Beauty wedding inspiration with an enchanted big-day vibe combining leafy forest touches with rich jewel tones. See this styled shoot in print, in the Spring 2020 issue of Wedding Ideas, one of the UK’s leading bridal magazines!
It Started With A Swan…
Inspired by a swan vase found in a bric-a-brac shop, the shoot came to life as I envisioned it sprayed, antique gold and forming the centrepiece for a wedding table. Swans are nature’s symbol of monogamy and loyalty, they fill our fairy stories with graceful beauty and elements of enchantment. I knew I had the right shoot location when I visited the venue and spied a regal, gold pheasant sitting on the sideboard in the conservatory – it was a match! The light, open space provided the ideal setting, furthermore, the feature print wallpaper brought the outside inside for our woodland theme, so we began to put the rest of the elements together.
Jewel tones set the mood of the day for this botanical wedding inspiration. I used rich velvet fabric on the dinner table and the Groom’s tuxedo jacket; lined with bird pattern fabric, it added a hint of fun to the outfit and a nod to our theme. The tiered bridal gown from Australian designer, Bronx & Banco, added a romantic, vintage mood paired with velvet Ted Baker heels.
Our Enchanted Delights
To complete the shoot for us, designer baker, Francis Quinn, decorated a detailed woodland theme cake complete with her signature marzipan bees. The Oathill mixologist created magic with a teacup cocktail named ‘Apothecary’s Garden’, served with woodland berries that ingeniously altered the taste of the drink when sampled together!
A Jewel Toned Table with Botanical Florals
We used the rich colours of delphinium, roses, carnations and clematis flowers mixed with grey-green eucalyptus to complement the emerald, velvet fabric on the table. Cut figs placed with the gold accents and mercury glass tea lights added luxuriousness, reminiscent of a banquet.
The talented Millie of Millie Stone UK designed bespoke stationery for the shoot including vellum menus, name cards with velvet ribbon, and ink wash invites.
Our models, real couple Rachel and Ashley, are marrying in a destination wedding in Greece later this year, therefore we had a serendipitous Greek connection! The shoot gave them a beautiful set of pre-wedding images to add to their wedding story.
Botanical Beauty Styled Shoot Snapshot
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Thank you to Wedding Ideas magazine and to the team of vendors who cooperated to make this shoot possible:
Enjoying your coffee in leafy Karia village square, you will notice a cluster of little shops selling beautiful linens showing Karsaniko, the Lefkada embroidery style.
This unique type of stitch was created in 1885 by a local woman who suffered an accident that resulted in the loss of one hand and partial paralysis of the other. Desperate to pursue her passion for embroidery, she created the Karsaniko stitch, which entails the use of only one hand and has since become world-famous.
From traditional to on-trend…
Eletheria, the talent behind Elixriso, learned as a child and sewed with her grandmother. She wanted to preserve and keept the tradition and craft alive and reconised the need to evolve it for the modern generation.
Inspired by jewellery pieces she received as a gift, she set about adapting the size of the Karsaniko design to fit jewellery such as brooches, necklaces and earrings.
1. Boho worthy wedding accessories
Accessorise your boho bride squad with Eletheria’s cute, fringed clutch bags. Embroidered in cream and softest aqua blue they will match with every Greek island wedding palette.
I particularly love the cobalt blue, not only the colour of Greece but also on trend as Pantone colour of the year 2020!
2. Bride style – It’s in the bag!
You have chosen the wedding dress of your dreams and a gorgeous pair of shoes to match, but don’t forget to find the perfect clutch bag to tie your look together.
I am swooning over these silk embroidered clutches by Elixriso. It is the prettiest way to carry around your wedding day essentials and you can even use it again when you jet off on your honeymoon!
3. Fabulous Favors!
Having a destination wedding on a Greek island like Lefkada or Meganisi would not be complete without a favour for your guests that reminds them of Greece. Why not use the Karsaniko Lefkada embroidery charms to decorate your favors?
A traditional Greek bonboniera (favour) is a decorated pouch or box containing koufeta (sugared almonds).
4. Say Thank you
Give a big Efharisto! to your bridesmaids or mothers for all their wedding planning help with an exclusive piece of handmade jewellery.
Eleftheria uses vintage bronze frames, gold-plated brass and 925 silver througout her designs.
American colour company Pantone has chosen “universal favourite” Classic Blue, or Pantone 19-4052, as its statement colour of the year for 2020. They describe it as “a reassuring presence, instilling calm, confidence and connection”.
If I were to ask you to close your eyes and picture the Greek Islands, what would you see?
White sand? Feta cheese? Olive trees?
Yes, you may see sand, cheese and olives, but to most people, the first image that will pop into their heads will be of whitewashed walls and bright blue rooftops — the classic buildings of Greece, especially the Greek Islands, and the subject of posters plastered all over the walls of travel agencies around the world.
Let’s look at how you can use some Classic Blue in your wedding inspiration…
Dresses and attire
An easy way to bring a pop of colour to your destination wedding in Greece, is with your choice of bridesmaid dress and groom and usher attire.
Denise & Franz took time out from their six week cruise of the Greek islands to have a destination elopement in Meganisi. His summer tailoring in Classic Blue, was paired perfectly with tan accessories. Image by Maxeen Kim Photography
Floral arrangements are one of the best ways to bring your wedding colour palette to life.
At this gorgeous, spring wedding in Meganisi, bride Innes’ wanted to celebrate her Scottish heritage, by adding blue eryngium thistle to her white rose bouquet and the buttonholes. Image by Lefteris Kalampokas
The Classic Blue tones of delphinium and hydrangea filled these plush arrangements by my florist partners, Tasos and Christina, at this Orthodox church wedding in Lefkada.
Inspiration from the islands
The colours of the Ionian Islands offer so much Classic Blue wedding inspiration from the sparkling blue seas to the island architecture.
The gradient shades of blue of the Ionian sea, as it falls away from the white sand at Stravnam beach, inspired this first wedding mood board.
My Meganisi blue mood board was inspired by the white washed buildings of Vathy harbour with their Classic Blue shutters and doors.
If you would like to discover more about destination weddings in Lefkada, Meganisi and Parga you can browse my blog and galleries for inspiration!
This Lefkada beach elopement inspiration features a floral fantasy of white hydrangeas, island greenery, and endless romance!
All that was needed to add a touch of Ionian style to this elopement shoot were some unique details. Inspired by a tablecloth embroidered with the Lefkada stitch called Karsaniko, loaned to me by Christina at Gourioti Flowers, I sourced some hand-made jewellery created from peices of the same style and set to work!
The floral arch for this beach elopement inspiration was created by my florist partners, Tasos and his mother, Christina. The base was long, feather like leaves of Greek eucalyptus studded with white hydrangeas, roses and chrysanthemums. We opted for a half moon style of wedding arch, to allow the brilliant, blue Ionian sea to be our backdrop to the initmate ceremony setting.
A tiny pop of yellow was added to the bouquet and table centrepeice with delicate marguerite daisies.
In the bouquet, I wanted to incorporate the silvery, green leaves of Dusty Miller. If you take a walk along the coast near Agios Nikitas, you can often find this growing wild, as it likes the west coast climate.
The tablewear had a touch of gold to bring out the colour of the Lefkada embroidery on the tablecloth. Paired with crystal flutes and candlesticks and a display of crisp, sweet merringues from the patisserie.
Whilst you do not need all the elements of a standard stationery set for a destination elopement, you can still have pretty details, such as an announcement note and vow cards for your ceremony.
To illustrate our stationery, the geometric design of this famous stitch was copied on to pale lemon card and paired with a grey envelope.
The west coast of Lefkada is perfect for a destination beach elopement. I chose Agios Nikitas, a traditional village which has a smooth, paved pedestrian street winding down to the white, stone beach. You wind your way past white-washed houses with wooden shutters and gardens bursting with flowers: all adding to the romance of the setting.
Do you love this shoot’s unique take on a beach elopement? Then keep an eye on my blog for more inspiration soon!
Thank you to everyone who helped with this beach elopement inspiration at Agios Nikitas: