LARA & JAMESelegant rustic farm wedding in Rethymno, Crete

If we’re being frank about destination wedding locations in Crete, Grecotel Agreco farm is one of our favorite places to photograph our weddings. The place is soaked in rustic elegance and charm and hosts the best of the rolling lush landscapes of this beautiful and traditional Greek island as its backdrop.

Rustic Agreco farm by Grecotel photographed on a sunny wedding day in Crete.

If you really want to capture the Mediterranean, and especially Crete, Agreco estate is definitely the place to do it. That was why when Lara & James – our beautiful bride and groom from the UK – told us that’s the place they chose to celebrate exchanging their “I do’s”, we were really thrilled!

Rustic Agreco farm by Grecotel photographed on a sunny wedding day in Crete. Rustic Agreco farm by Grecotel photographed on a sunny wedding day in Crete.

We started off the big day with his and hers wedding day preparation details and portraits. The couple had a fabulous lineup of designers and accessories to complement the elegant vibe of their event. Amanda Wyatt’s dress and veil design did a stand out job of presenting the beautiful bride while her shoes, Miss Alice by Diane Hassall, added a cute touch of whimsy. Lara’s makeup, natural and accentuating her natural beauty, was expertly attended to by Frantzeska Koukoula, the talented Athens-based makeup artist and bridal and bridesmaids’ hair dos styled by Melanie Morris-Jones of Millennium Hair (with gorgeous Hermione Harbutt‘s bridal headpiece).

Bridal jewellery detail photographed on a wedding day in Crete. Bridal gown and bridesmaids' dresses in white and purple photographed in Agreco farm during destination wedding in Crete.

Bridal jewellery detail photographed on a wedding day in Crete.

Bridal shoes photographed on a wedding day in Crete.

Detail of intricate bridal veil photographed on an olive tree background.

Flower bouquet by Fabio Zardi captured by professional wedding photographer during a destination wedding in Agreco farm in Crete.

Flower bouquet by Fabio Zardi captured by professional wedding photographer during a destination wedding in Agreco farm in Crete.

Rustc Agreco farm by Grecotel photographed on a sunny wedding day in Crete.

Rustic Agreco farm by Grecotel photographed on a sunny wedding day in Crete.

Elegant bride posing for her fine art portraits on a wedding day in Agreco Farm in Crete.

From the point of view of a wedding photographer this part of the day always feels really special and intimate. It’s the build up to the main event and, as it is quite private, only few are invited to attend. These images tend to capture emotion in its truest form – away from the eyes of the crowd where anticipation, excitement and nerves rise to the surface. Lara and James were no different and their excitement and vulnerability are evident in the photographs. Soft and tender in some shots; happy and daring in others.

Elegant bride posing for her fine art portraits on a wedding day in Agreco Farm in Crete. Elegant bride posing for her fine art portraits on a wedding day in Agreco Farm in Crete.

Elegant bride posing for her fine art portraits on a wedding day in Agreco Farm in Crete.

Elegant bride posing for her fine art portraits on a wedding day in Agreco Farm in Crete.

Beautiful flower girl holding a flower bouquet by Fabio Zardi posing for a fine art portrait on a wedding day in Agreco Farm in Crete.

The bridal party were adorned in rich plum floor length gowns accentuated with waves of fabric cascading down the back, by David’s Bridal – a perfect complement to the bride and groom’s styling. With bouquets in hand, the women made a striking sight in their group portrait!

Elegant bride and her bridesmaids posing for fine art wedding photographer on a June destination wedding day in Agreco Farm in Crete.

And let us not forget the handsome groom! Perfectly styled in a timeless three piece suit by Red Herring, James looked confident and ready to meet his beautiful bride at the altar. It is worth noting that the groom’s fabulous homegrown beard received extra special styling and treatment on the big day by Mr Robinsons barbershop.

Groom's attire and details photographed during destination wedding in Crete.

Groom's attire and details photographed during destination wedding in Crete.

Groom's attire and details photographed during destination wedding in Crete.

Groom's attire and details photographed during destination wedding in Crete.

Groom's preparations portraits photographed in Avli hotel Rethymno during destination wedding in Crete. Groom and best man smiling and enjoying their time together during the wedding preparations stage in groom's hotel suite. Groom's preparations portraits photographed in Avli hotel Rethymno during destination wedding in Crete. Groom and best man smiling and enjoying their time together during the wedding preparations stage in groom's hotel suite. Ceremony venue with decorations and florals ready for a destination wedding in Grecotel Agreco Farm in Crete, Greece, documented by professional wedding photographer.

The ceremony was held outside of the exquisite chapel that was sumptuously decorated with flower arrangements by the talented Fabio Zardi. Everything about the rich color palette and luxurious arrangements complemented the event! The muted greens and pastels combined with rich maroon and burgundy added a luscious touch to the look which was styled and coordinated by the team of Royal Blue Luxury Events.

Ceremony venue with decorations and florals ready for a destination wedding in Grecotel Agreco Farm in Crete, Greece, documented by professional wedding photographer.

Ceremony venue with decorations and florals ready for a destination wedding in Grecotel Agreco Farm in Crete, Greece, documented by professional wedding photographer.

Ceremony venue with decorations and florals ready for a destination wedding in Grecotel Agreco Farm in Crete, Greece, documented by professional wedding photographer. Rich floral decorations and details created by Fabio Zardi and captured by wedding photographer during a destination wedding in Agreco farm in Crete. Rich floral decorations and details created by Fabio Zardi and captured by wedding photographer during a destination wedding in Agreco farm in Crete. Ceremony venue with decorations and florals ready for a destination wedding in Grecotel Agreco Farm in Crete, Greece, documented by professional wedding photographer. Candid image of an elegant bride and her bridesmaids walking down the stairs into the wedding ceremony on a destination wedding day in Agreco Farm in Crete.

Starting off the wedding procession were the delightful flower girls tossing petals down the aisle. Next, the bride and her father strolling elegantly to meet James at the altar. Adding to the intimate nature of the religious ceremony was a family friend who served as the couple’s minister, and songs and readings by guests sprinkled throughout honoring the bride and groom.

Candid image of two cute flower girls walking down the aisle into the wedding ceremony on a destination wedding day in Agreco Farm in Crete. Candid image of elegant bride walking down the aisle into the wedding ceremony on a destination wedding day in Agreco Farm in Crete. Candid image of an elegant bride and groom getting married in Agreco Farm in Crete, Greece, captured by their wedding photographer.

As family and friends gathered and paid tribute to the couple, we photographed the wedding ceremony as it naturally unfolded in front of our eyes. With shimmering light filtering through the olive trees laughter and joy were captured and preserved. The ceremony ended in a glamorous fashion with a final kiss under a shower of rose petals!

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After Lara & James’ candid ceremony documentary we continued with elegant group portraits of the whole wedding party, of the couple with their bridesmaids and groomsman and the most angelic flower girls.

Stunning and happy bride and groom posing for portraits for their photographer on a destination wedding day in Agreco Farm, Crete.

Stunning and happy bride and groom posing for portraits for their photographer on a destination wedding day in Agreco Farm, Crete.

Stunning and happy bride and groom posing for portraits for their photographer on a destination wedding day in Agreco Farm, Crete. Classy bride and groom and their party posing for formal portraits after the wedding ceremony at Agreco Farm in Crete, Greece. Stunning bride and her classy elegant bridesmaids wearing matching purple dresses and holding flower bouquets posing for formal portraits after the wedding ceremony at Agreco Farm in Crete, Greece. Stunning bride and her classy elegant bridesmaids wearing matching purple dresses and holding flower bouquets posing for formal portraits after the wedding ceremony at Agreco Farm in Crete, Greece. Stunning bride and her classy elegant bridesmaids wearing matching purple dresses and holding flower bouquets posing for formal portraits after the wedding ceremony at Agreco Farm in Crete, Greece. Trendy groom and his classy best man posing for formal portraits after the wedding ceremony at Agreco Farm in Crete, Greece. Trendy groom and his classy best man posing for formal portraits after the wedding ceremony at Agreco Farm in Crete, Greece. Rich floral decorations and wish book details created by Fabio Zardi and captured by wedding photographer during a destination wedding in Agreco farm in Crete. Beautiful flower girl holding a flower bouquet by Fabio Zardi posing for a fine art portrait on a wedding day in Agreco Farm in Crete.

There is so much to love at the Agreco farm, a true Cretan gem! The availability of nature as a backdrop and the beautiful buildings on site all enhance each and every one of our photographs captured. The reception area has endless possibilities for both traditional and extravagant set ups and can accommodate small and large parties. Lara and James were inspired by the rustic elegance of the area. Emphasizing its natural beauty with rich wooden tables, luscious flower arrangements and romantic candlelit tablescapes they created an atmosphere truly harmonious with the farm’s surroundings. 

Rich dinner reception table settup and details created by Fabio Zardi and captured by wedding photographer during a destination wedding in Agreco farm in Crete.

Rich dinner reception table settup and details created by Fabio Zardi and captured by wedding photographer during a destination wedding in Agreco farm in Crete.

Rich dinner reception table settup and details created by Fabio Zardi and captured by wedding photographer during a destination wedding in Agreco farm in Crete. Rich dinner reception table settup and details created by Fabio Zardi and captured by wedding photographer during a destination wedding in Agreco farm in Crete. Rich dinner reception table settup and details created by Fabio Zardi and captured by wedding photographer during a destination wedding in Agreco farm in Crete.

Rich dinner reception table settup and details created by Fabio Zardi and captured by wedding photographer during a destination wedding in Agreco farm in Crete.

Rich dinner reception table settup and details created by Fabio Zardi and captured by wedding photographer during a destination wedding in Agreco farm in Crete.

Rich dinner reception table settup and details created by Fabio Zardi and captured by wedding photographer during a destination wedding in Agreco farm in Crete.

Rich dinner reception table settup and details created by Fabio Zardi and captured by wedding photographer during a destination wedding in Agreco farm in Crete.

Rich dinner reception table settup and details created by Fabio Zardi and captured by wedding photographer during a destination wedding in Agreco farm in Crete.

Rich dinner reception table settup and details created by Fabio Zardi and captured by wedding photographer during a destination wedding in Agreco farm in Crete. Rich dinner reception table settup and details created by Fabio Zardi and captured by wedding photographer during a destination wedding in Agreco farm in Crete. Rich dinner reception table settup and details created by Fabio Zardi and captured by wedding photographer during a destination wedding in Agreco farm in Crete. Rich dinner reception table settup and details created by Fabio Zardi and captured by wedding photographer during a destination wedding in Agreco farm in Crete.Candid image of bride and groom having time of their life during wedding speeches at dinner in Agreco Farm in Crete. Candid image of bride and groom having time of their life during wedding speeches at dinner in Agreco Farm in Crete.

After the afternoon speeches were over and the first traditional dinner entrees served, we decided to whisk the newlyweds away for some stunning evening portraits amongst the olive trees and vineyards of the venue, the colors of nature perfectly accentuating the classically stylish bride and groom.

These portraits are always a favorite time in the day of ours. The nerves have subsided and the couple is giddy with excitement having just been married. Shooting at this venue in particular, with so many opportunities to create compelling compositions from a fine art standpoint, the couple can relax, unwind and lose themselves in the moment.

Stunning and happy bride and groom posing for portraits for their photographer on a destination wedding day in Agreco Farm, Crete.

Stunning and happy bride and groom posing for portraits for their photographer on a destination wedding day in Agreco Farm, Crete. Stunning bride posing for portraits for her photographer on a destination wedding day in Agreco Farm, Crete. Stunning bride posing for portraits for her photographer on a destination wedding day in Agreco Farm, Crete. Elegant classy groom posing for portraits for his photographer on a destination wedding day in Agreco Farm, Crete. Stunning and happy bride and groom posing for portraits for their photographer on a destination wedding day in Agreco Farm, Crete.

After the couple’s portraits, we regrouped at the reception area and captured Lara & James’ grand entrance and first dance complete with twinkling sparklers held by the entire wedding party.

Candid evening images of bride and groom at their sparkler lit wedding reception in Agreco Farm, Crete, Greece. Candid evening images of bride and groom at their sparkler lit wedding reception in Agreco Farm, Crete, Greece. Night view of the wedding reception setup in Agreco Farm, Crete, Greece.

In addition to the wedding day photography the newlyweds opted for a day after portrait session at the striking Fortezza of Rethymno.

Fine art wedding portraits of the newly wedded couple posing for professional destination wedding photographer at Fortezza of Rethymno in Crete, Greece.

The vast architectural grounds of Fortezza offer endless possibilities for both full wedding day photography and smaller private photo shoots.

Fine art wedding portraits of the newly wedded couple posing for professional destination wedding photographer at Fortezza of Rethymno in Crete, Greece. Fine art wedding portraits of the newly wedded couple posing for professional destination wedding photographer at Fortezza of Rethymno in Crete, Greece. Fine art wedding portraits of the newly wedded couple posing for professional destination wedding photographer at Fortezza of Rethymno in Crete, Greece. Fine art wedding portraits of the newly wedded couple posing for professional destination wedding photographer at Fortezza of Rethymno in Crete, Greece. Fine art wedding portraits of the newly wedded couple posing for professional destination wedding photographer at Fortezza of Rethymno in Crete, Greece.Fine art wedding portraits of the newly wedded couple posing for professional destination wedding photographer at Fortezza of Rethymno in Crete, Greece. Fine art wedding portraits of the newly wedded couple posing for professional destination wedding photographer at Fortezza of Rethymno in Crete, Greece. Fine art wedding portraits of the newly wedded couple posing for professional destination wedding photographer at Fortezza of Rethymno in Crete, Greece. Fine art wedding portraits of the newly wedded couple posing for professional destination wedding photographer at Fortezza of Rethymno in Crete, Greece. Fine art wedding portraits of the newly wedded couple posing for professional destination wedding photographer at Fortezza of Rethymno in Crete, Greece.

The classic architecture and world famous natural light make the Fortezza an excellent choice for photos that capture the essence of the Greek Islands.  Unburdened by the demands of the wedding day, we were free to take our time with Lara & James and explore this exquisite location, finding just the right place to capture moments both posed and candid. 

Fine art wedding portraits of the newly wedded couple posing for professional destination wedding photographer at Fortezza of Rethymno in Crete, Greece.

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