Karen and Adam from Cornwall in England had a wonderfully unique wedding this summer by choosing to marry on board the MS Christina, our beautiful, traditional sailing ship in Lefkas, Greece.
Here is their wedding story…
“Since the day we met we have always agreed that we would only ever marry abroad. Neither of us are keen on the standard traditions that are expected of weddings in the UK and we wanted to make sure our day was a little bit unique!
We had to decide whether to go long haul and get married by ourselves, or stay closer to home which would make it more financially viable for our friends to join us. We asked our friends who were all very keen to come with us so we researched ‘unusual weddings abroad’, in particular weddings on a boat. We have both been to Greek islands at some point in our lives, though not together, but neither of us had heard of Lefkas!
The next step was to find someone who could help us and having found Lefkas Weddings the planning was very easy! Claire, you’re worth your weight in gold! We couldn’t have done it without you.
Going against tradition we wanted, the ceremony to be somewhere different and unusual. Adam has always had a passion for boats and the sea (and pirates!), I didn’t want the typical ‘beach’ wedding so it was a done deal – we wanted a boat with character which was large enough to for our guests, and that’s exactly what we got with the MS Christina. The perfect setting for our ceremony near the private island of Skorpios.
The reception at Seaside Restaurant was amazing, and having spent the first week there we felt a real bond with the staff, especially owner Kostas who deserves a medal in hospitality. The food was delicious, everyone loved it, and Seaside itself is just the most incredible setting, it felt like home.
Karen and Adam’s choose handmade paper flowers in bouquets, vases and buttonholes. These very pretty flowers were supplied by Lottie Rose Bouquets. Karen explained “I thought they were amazing, different, and perfect as they could be made to match my colour theme exactly. I choose buttonholes for everyone, table decorations and flowers for the cake. I added the skull brooches to the main buttonholes and bouquets to keep the boat/pirate theme. We had some fresh flowers on the boat in coordinating colours, and the special touch (pirate brooch) arranged by Claire, was lovely, so thoughtful. We have kept it safe in our box of memories from the day.”
Karen found the Gisele dress by Grace Loves Lace from a link on Pinterest whilst endlessly searching for beach wedding dresses. She knew she didn’t want a traditional dress and the stunning modern design in crisp white French lace was ideal for a destination wedding in the sun. Karen told us “I saw the Gisele dress and fell in love with it. Simple, pretty, pure white, and absolutely perfect. It was handmade it to measure from Australia, which was a huge gamble but paid off! It was my perfect dress and was better than I could have ever wished for in every way.”
The five bridesmaids all had the same dress in different pastel colours which could be worn in different ways to suit the individual style of each girl. The same pastel colours were reflected though the decoration on the boat and at the restaurant.
A jump for love!
The adventurous couple decided to add another ‘leap’ on their wedding trip and went paragliding to celebrate! “We decided before we went that we wanted to do something ‘special’ whilst away and we are both adrenaline junkies so when Adam saw the paragliding on a leaflet it was the most obvious thing to do. Not being sure of the island and getting to the beach led us to ask Claire for some guidance – she loved the idea and went the extra mile arranging and transporting us! We jumped from the base in Exanthia and landed on Kathisma beach where we stayed for the rest of the day, enjoying an amazing champagne lunch and the atmosphere of the music bar – perfect! It made the first day with my cousin a really special memory. Thank you so much!”
“It is impossible to pick a best bit! It was a day of love, laughter and the making of many happy memories. I loved the moment when the Captain joined the men and went for a quick swim after the ceremony! I loved the fact that our friends knew we weren’t keen on a first dance (because believe it or not we are both quite shy people) so they all joined in, that was a lovely moment.
We had two weeks of funny and special moments in Lefkas and I can honestly say we have created a group that will now be friends for life. It’s been really special to see the bonds that have been made, and the friendships we have created between people.
It is true to say that Adam and I had the best day of our lives – it was perfect for us and we are just sad that we cannot do it all again! We felt honoured that so many people made the trip across to Lefkas to share our day, my cousin travelling all the way from the Caribbean having not seen each other for 3 years! We feel like the luckiest people alive.”
Karen and Adam’s tips for planning a wedding in Greece
“Don’t think about it – Just do it. Planning a wedding abroad can seem quite daunting but it really isn’t that difficult to achieve. It turns what would just be a wedding day (in the UK) to a complete lifetime experience. Both Adam and I believe that marriage is for life, and we will only do it once. If we could turn the clocks back we wouldn’t change a thing. The Greeks clearly love a good wedding and their hospitality is flawless. I could go on for hours! We can’t wait to see the photos and video so we can relive it all over again. We always maintain that the world is too big to return to the same place but Lefkas has changed that…and we will be back.
We got everything we wished for and more – perfect weather, perfect location, surrounded by our favourite people.
Karen and Adam xx”
Arrangements by Claire at Lefkas Weddings
Private boat charter: The MS Christina
Reception venue: Seaside Restaurant, Lefkada
Photography: Foto Eikona, Lefkada
Wedding Dress: Giselle by Grace Loves Lace, Australia