Raise your hand if you can’t maintain stillness when Dancing Queen comes on the radio. (Frantically wails hand around in the air). If you’ve dreamed of being a member of Donna and the Dynamos, even if it’s just for one night and one night only, then this post is for you!
10 years ago Mamma Mia took the movie world by storm and couples flocked to the Greek Island of Skopelos known as Kalokairi in the musical. I have no shame and will admit to seeing it twice in one weekend and having a cd for in the house and one for in the car (#sorrynotsorry). With the sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, currently reviving my shameless obsession of Amanda Seyfried and her pipes, I wanted to celebrate with an inspired shoot for all the lovers out there!
I got together with some awesome, island loving vendors in southeast Texas and we created a quirky and elegant Greek Isles shoot, Mamma Mia style. Waters Edge wedding venue in El Lago, TX served as our Villa Donna. In keeping with the color scheme famous on the islands, we choose a cobalt blue as our base color and added in some hot pink with touches of white.
To announce this fun celebration, graphic designer Design by Brianne, imagined a beautiful watercolor floral motif with calligraphy and lots of fun ABBA song references for the invitation suite, which was printed on watercolor paper to add texture.
Who’s That Girl? Weddings and Events was the overall designer and coordinator for the shoot. I simply gave her a Pinterest inspiration board and she brought my idea to life, choosing the perfect creative team of vendors. On Cloud9 Event Rentals brought in the gorgeous and fun linens. I love the texture and swirl pattern on our table linen. They also brought the cool blue stemware that made the table feel welcoming and casual.
Blushing Blooms Floral constructed the show stopping centerpiece. Tall centerpieces are a great choice for round tables because it gives your guests the ability to converse with everyone without having to try to see around a large, low arrangement. They also crafted the beautiful bridal bouquet. In keeping with the wild flower look of the bouquet that Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) carries in the movie, they utilized a more toned down and natural color palette.
The cake, one of my favorite elements from the shoot, was imagined by Sweet Blue Bakery. The deep blue damask pattern went all the way around the cake and the addition of the hydrangea added a touch of softness.
Our real life couple Priscilla and Cray knocked it out of the park. Priscilla wore a white halter Carrafina gown from Carrie’s Bridal Collection. Hair and makeup was done by Dean and Co. Designs and kept with the natural, wind swept look you are sure to find at an island wedding. Cray wore a blue sport coat from The Ivy League Mens Shop for the formal aspects of the day and later dressed down to a white dress shirt. To close out the day, we had a little fun with a dive mask and some bright pink SCUBA fins (if you’ve seen the movie you know what this references) and our Donna and the Dynamos wedding signage!
I’m so excited that I was finally able to bring this idea to fruition and I hope it inspires all of my fellow dancing queens (and kings) out there!