A Garden Wedding on the Ionian Riviera Greece

This sweet couple had one vision in mind; a romantic garden wedding by the sea in Greece, ideally on the beautiful Ionian Riviera, the area close to the family home of the Groom’s father.

Matt and Rae met through mutual friends and live in Hong Kong in an area of the territory known for its coastal location and green surroundings around its cityscape. They were keen to work with a wedding planner in Greece with expert local knowledge as they would be planning all the details of their August wedding from afar due to both of their hectic work schedules.

After understanding their vision, I proposed several locations around the area and they decided on a hotel venue with a garden overlooking the sea near Sivota Thesprotias for their wedding day.

Make up artist applying lipstick to Chinese bride

Rae’s wedding villa in Sivota, was a buzz of excitement starting with the traditional Chinese tea ceremony. This was held privately and the couple served tea to the elders and received well wishes and gifts, welcoming Matt to the family. Once the Groom had departed for his family home, the bridal preparations began and we caught up with Rae as she revealed her stunning Rosa Clara bridal gown with a full skirt which she paired with a delicate Swarovski diamond pendant and earrings.

Chinese bride in wedding dress at Greek stone villa

The focal point of the celebration was the full floral wedding arch; an abundance of pink hydrangeas, roses and soft peach anthurium flowers by floral designer, Tasos Korfiatis from the Lefkas Weddings team. On the dinner tables, geometric wooden centrepieces were filled with more pastel flowers and surrounded by candles. For each guest, the place setting had personalised stationery and a sprig of eucalyptus tied with ribbon.

Rae’s hand-tied bridal bouquet was created using the same pastel roses and peonies plus fragrant eucalyptus and delicate strands of astilbe.

Pastel floral wedding decoration at Greek wedding
Garden wedding ceremony set up with arch in Sivota Greece
Full floral wedding arch with greenery and pastel flowers
Groom lifting bride's veil at wedding ceremony in Greece
bridal couple in front of floral arch in a garden by the sea in Greece

I understood that this unique American / Chinese couple needed a little something extra to the classic civil marriage ceremony, therefore I recommended Celebrant Helen Astarte to work with Matt and Rae. She created a ceremony that reflected both their heritages and featured emotional speeches from both sides of the family. The couple were particularly keen to incorporate the Greek Stefana (wedding crowns) for Matt’s family into the ceremony.

Greek wedding crowns being placed on heads of bridal couple
American Chinese couple at garden wedding ceremony in greece
Bride and groom holding hands at ceremony
Confetti showering couple in garden wedding ceremony in Greece

After their ceremony, the couple had their portraits taken on the beach of the hotel, making the most of the sunset light, before rejoining their wedding guests at Plataria Seaside Resort for dinner and dancing into the early hours of the morning.

Geometric wooden table centrepeices with pastel flowers
Geometric wooden table centrepeices with pastel flowers
American groom and chinese bride on beach in Greece
bride and groom standing on beach in Greece with mountain backdrop

Do you love the idea of planning a romantic garden wedding in Greece but not sure where to start? Contact me to discuss how we can plan it together.

The Wedding Team of this beautiful day: