A Indian Inspired Wedding in Greece – Sam & Lauren

bride and groom confetti throw

Sam and Lauren hosted three days of fun and celebration for their Indian inspired destination wedding in Greece. Their 65 international guests travelled from America, UK and India to the warm, autumn sunshine of Lefkada.

We knew that no matter where our ceremony was, a large portion of our family would have to travel. So, we thought if everyone is having to travel, we should have them travel some place that people would also like to visit like Greece! We also, serendipitously met Claire from Lefkas Weddings via a friend and it just all fell into place” Bride, Lauren

View across lefkada channel to greek mainland

They welcomed all the guests on the Thursday with a pre-wedding private boat cruise cruising around the off shore islands of Meganisi and Skorpios.

On Friday evening the villa garden was filled with the bright colours of saris and clink of champagne glasses for the mehndi party, complete with authentic Indian food expertly prepared by Royal Indian Chef from Athens. The atmosphere that night was electric as guests of all ages from grandmother to grandaughter were dancing to the Bollywood beats before heading to bed to get ready to enjoy the wedding day on the Saturday.

So happy you could come!

flat lay of food items in wedding guest welcome bag

My mom and I designed the gift bags and what would go in them. We chose miniature products from each of our home countries, the places we have lived and Lefkada honey for our wedding destination!

The mehndi party

bride and groom in indian clothes at mehndi party in Greece
bride groom and guests at mehndi indian inspired arty in greece

“Our mehndi party attire was all bought in India for us by Sam’s family. I loved the vibrant colour of the sari chosen for me by Sam’s mom and sister and Sam’s sherwani and dhoti (jacket and trousers) was chosen by his other sister and brother-in-law.”

Indian inspired wedding decoration with bright colours and sari outfits
close up shots of details of wedding prosecco van

“I really loved the Bubble Couple van and the decor for mehndi. The whole evening including the food and drinks was colorful! The food was Sam’s area of expertise, he chose all the dishes and we wanted it to be as authentic as possible.”

indian catering food images at wedding in greece
flat lay of polaroid images of pre-wedding mehndi indian inspired party greece

The wedding day

wedding rings and wedding dress hanging on olive tree

My dress; I knew I wanted something lacy and slim fitting and I definitely wanted sleeves. I saw this design and loved it straight away and had the dress custom made. Sam opted for classic tailoring by Hugo Boss for the wedding day with tan accessories and a gold tie to keep with our theme.”

groom preparation deails brown brogues and white buttonhole
Gold cheval mirror wedding welcome sign with white and green flower decoration
white rose and olive wedding ceremony arch decoration
close up of violin and order of service
bride and groom standing under arch at garden ceremony in greece
bride and groom exchanging rings in garden ceremony in greece
bride and groom laughing during marriage ceremony
bride and groom with hands joined under flower arch
collage of bread and wine for communion at marriage ceremony in greece

We met when we were both living and working in Paris and we attended the same Protestant church. We became good friends and it started from there!

In the ceremony with our Pastor we included elements that reflected our shared faith and it was also very important that people close to us from our family and dear friends took part in the ceremony. The live music was the perfect accompaniment, and we also opted for a singer. We chose songs that were very special to us as a couple but also in our spiritual journeys.

filigree detail gold frame with wedding table number, napkin tied with olive and indian inspired gold elephant place name card
olive garland and candle wedding table decoration
wooden olive wreath bride chair sign and indian inspired gold elephant wedding place names

For the décor we put together a colourful mood board for the Mehndi party and then a classic and elegant board for the wedding day incorporating Lauren’s favourite colours of white and green. Knowing that Lauren and Sam wanted an Indian inspired wedding in Greece the cohesive colour of gold and little elephant details worked beautifully across both days.

2 tier white wedding cake on pedestal cake stand decorated with white roses and olive

The most memorable moment was looking out over the sea and mountains while ‘King of my Heart’ was being played and sung by the musicians. Everyone we loved was sat just behind us and it was so perfect and special.

Thank you again Claire, for everything you did for our wedding. It was seriously perfect and everyone had the best time!” Lauren & Sam

indian groom and american bride with rose bouquet holding hands

Is a destination wedding in Greece at a private villa something you have been dreaming about but not sure where to start? Contact me to discuss how we can plan your day together.

A big thank you to my wedding team who helped create this celebration:

Our Villa location

When Lauren described the garden setting she had in her mind for the wedding, I immediately proposed Thealos Village as an ideal location for their day. The estate has a large lawn, with sea views and mature gardens and I felt it offered them the right note of formality for their ceremony. They could also host all their guests close together, within the privacy of the individual villas and suites.

We loved Thealos from the beginning. It is such a stunning venue and most important for us, all of our family and friends could stay on the property. It gave us additional time with our guests as we gathered every morning for an amazing breakfast. Thealos’ garden, reception area, villas, swimming pools and views were all as amazing as the pictures!”  Lauren & Sam