We planned Sarah and Jay’s June wedding in Lefkada at Villa Veneziano in Lefkada, hosting the ceremony in the vaulted pool house and the reception on the garden lawn surrounded by the warm sienna-coloured walls and borders overflowing with fragrant rosemary.
Rich burgundy and pink florals decorated their day from Sarah’s stunning bouquet of peonies, roses, protea, eucalyptus and pampas grass to the ornate urns and statement pampas globe at the ceremony.
The British couple wanted to offer the guests a gourmet food and drink experience, so we arranged for them to have a pre-wedding wine tasting at de blanck wine and champagne in Nidri. They chose Greek estate wines for the dinner and Estate Tselopos Amalia Brut for the drinks reception accompanied by the sounds of a piano/violin duo. After dinner, the evening party kicked off with a surprise live version of ‘Mrs Robinson’ for the bride as recognition of her new surname. Lots of dancing followed and for those needing a sugar boost, we laid out a delicious selection of mini tarts from the Lemon patisserie.
If you are dreaming of an elegant wedding in a private villa in Lefkada and looking for a wedding planner to help you create your day, send me a message here to arrange an initial chat about your ideas. I would love to help bring your special day to life.
Gaynor & Simon’s Meganisi villa wedding with pampas and olive details was an intimate and music-filled celebration with their closest family at the Meganisi Villas estate just outside Spartohori village. We recommended the location as the picturesque estate has its own private beach perfect for their wedding ceremony and easy flow back up to the villa terrace for champagne and a private chef dinner.
The styling and decoration for their Meganisi villa wedding used pampas and olive details. The omega shape arch had a large, full arrangement with added gypsophila. It blended with the natural surroundings of the beach which was encircled by olive trees and island grasses.
A saxophonist was key for this music-loving couple and Maestro Vassilis, arranged a playlist of their favourite dance songs in a cocktail mood including bride Gaynor’s, favourite Florence and the Machine song for her entrance down to the beach.
If you are considering an intimate and perfectly styled micro wedding in the Greek islands and are inspired by this Meganisi moment, please contact me to discuss your own plans.
This beautiful coral and olive engagement shoot in Meganisi island took place before the May wedding of Andy and Jenna from the UK. They invited 120 of their friends and family for an idyllic week on this tiny island paradise.
Meganisi is the most charming of Greek islands, and those of you that follow me, know that I personally love this tiny Greek island! For our engagement shoot on Meganisi island, Jenna told us she would be wearing a coral dress, so inspired by this we took the couple to Vathy in the area of the marina which has this picturesque little chapel and natural elements like the vibrant bougainvillaea flowers and the olive trees.
If you would like to discover more about getting married in Meganisi please contact me to arrange a chat.
Our gorgeous Pantone yellow wedding in Lefkada island, Greece showcases, showcases how the colour can be chic and trendsetting, especially when matched against the stunning scenery of the Greek Ionian Islands.
Yellow is a powerful colour, in all shades: a reminder of the sun, positivity, and fun!
Katouna Suites’ enviable location on the northeast coast of Lefkada has views of the Greek mainland. The mountains glow warm pink in the summer evenings and the sea below is dotted with activity from yachts and fishing boats. The ten-suite boutique hotel offers adults-only luxury stays and an ideal place for a micro wedding celebration.
Our Pantone yellow-inspired wedding decor at this Lefkada shoot was paired with black and grey details to really make the bright colour of the mimosa flowers pop. A loose bouquet of long-stem white roses, mimosa and willow was tied in pageant style with trailing organza ribbons.
Katouna Suites is available May, September and October for private events. If you are inspired by this stunning venue on Lefkada’s east coast please contact us for more details.
Planned by Claire at Lefkas Weddings
Photography Maxeen Kim Photography | Florist: Gourioti Flowers | Venue: Katouna Suites | Dress: Anem Collections | Stationery: White Olive Design Studio | MUA: Despoina Kourbei | Jewellery: Leucadia
This sunrise elopement at Porto Katsiki beach was definitely worth getting up before the sun! In this post, I’m sharing everything you need to know to plan your dream sunrise elopement and this blog will have you ready to jump out of bed before the sun comes up for your own sunrise adventure elopement in Greece.
Sunrise brings a touch of magic to your wedding ceremony. Getting married is a transition itself, and you’ll understand how beautiful it is to mark that transition with the rising of a star. To know in this big wide world as night changes to day you have found someone to share all the days of your life with.
Meet the couple of this sunrise elopement at Porto Katsiki beach
When we were planning their day, Barbara and Neven both mentioned how much they absolutely love to travel and in their nine years together they have explored the globe and made memories in over 30 countries! Maxeen and I thought it was perfect therefore that on one of those trips together, watching the sunrise in Morocco, Neven asked Barbara to marry him and she said Yes! So they decided that they would like to recapture that moment, as the sun rises for their elopement. It was to be an intimate ceremony, just the two of them on their holiday exploring the Greek islands before their more traditional wedding in Croatia in the autumn with family and friends.
We collected the excited couple from their hotel in Nidri and drove towards the south cape of Lefkada where the only traffic we met was a herd of goats, with their bells jangling as they crossed the road in front of us! The daylight was just breaking as we reached Porto Katsiki beach and we descended the steps to our deserted paradise. Kicking off their shoes, the couple walked along the beach to explore and we set up their breakfast picnic.
As the sun rose to reveal the azure blue colour of the Ionian sea, Barbara and Neven stood hand in hand by the seashore and exchanged vows. They followed this with a sand pouring ritual, mixing sand, pebbles and shells from the beach to make a lasting memory. We left them to enjoy some private moments with a champagne breakfast picnic with pastries and cookies made by a local bakery. It was the best morning with such a great couple!
And the extra-special part of it for me was that it was also my birthday! I was lucky to be at the most beautiful beach on Lefkada with one of my best friends, our elopement photographer Maxeen Duncan, and eat cake for breakfast!
3 Things to keep in mind for a sunrise elopement
Dreaming of your own sunrise elopement? Here are three things to keep in mind:
Keeping to the timeline is key
Be sure to get an early night the evening before!
Plan a post sunrise ceremony activity
First, it’s especially important to keep to the timeline for a sunrise elopement. This means you’ll need to get up and go before the sun rises to capture that perfect shot. The sun isn’t going to wait for you, for me, or your photographer. Once it’s risen, it’s risen! If you’re thinking of a sunrise elopement, you really have to be willing to keep to the schedule. If this doesn’t sound like your dream day, (and that’s totally okay if it doesn’t!), you have a bit more leeway with a sunset schedule, so that might be a better choice.
An early night is recommended as sunrise is early between 06:00 – 06:30 during the summer months in Greece. Plus, you need to get up and plan enough time to get ready and drive to your location, especially if you need to walk a little when you arrive.
Finally, it’s a good idea to think about how you would like to spend the day after your sunrise elopement. Barbara and Neven headed to Nidri harbour for a delicious brunch, and then went to relax at the beach. But you have so many options for your day! Want to go paddleboarding, horseback riding or kayaking after your sunrise elopement? You can totally incorporate all your fun ideas into your day.
Do you love the idea of planning an elopement in Lefkada but not sure where to start? Contact me to discuss how we can plan it together.
The Wedding Team:
Event Planning & Design: Claire at Lefkas Weddings
Greece just got even more gorgeous with this intimate destination wedding at Seaside Restaurant in Lefkada with green and white flowers! The picturesque location was the perfect outdoor venue for a seafront ceremony and reception for British couple Mark and Lauren.
Delighted with their beautiful photographs by Maxeen Kim Photography, the couple were keen to chat about the wedding day so scroll down to find out more.
Why we chose a destination wedding in Greece
“We both love Greek food! Also, Lauren spent many family holidays in Greece and has lots of great memories of the different places she has visited with her family. We stumbled across Maxeen’s photography of Lefkada on Instagram and instantly fell in love with the scenery. The idea of getting married on a Greek island that wasn’t well known to ourselves or our family and friends felt like more of a unique choice.
We wanted it to be a relaxed day with lots of laughter as well as an opportunity to be on holiday surrounded by our family and friends, at one time in one place.
I found Lefkas Weddings via our photographer’s recommendation and I am so pleased we did! Claire is well organised, speaks the language and knows the area well. This means she can make recommendations and resolve any local problems that may occur. Claire not only helped with the day itself but also with the accommodation for ourselves and our guests, airport transfers as well as arranging our pre-wedding dinner during the holiday!”
The white and green wedding decor
To create Lauren’s vision of an elegant white and green wedding in Greece, we used olive and willow island greenery with a mix of seasonal white flowers. The bridal bouquet included white peonies, wax, lisianthus and was scented with eucalyptus.
The ceremony had an arch by the sea and a sweetheart table with a flower garland for our signatures.
The reception tables were filled with a delicate mix of flower-filled grey ceramic and glass vases and cut glass candlesticks. As the evening fell the venue was lit by flickering candlelight.
Finding the perfect venue
“We booked Seaside as our wedding venue two years in advance on the recommendation of our planner without visiting in advance. A few days before our wedding day we went for lunch and we’re all instantly blown away by the setting. When lunch arrived, we were even more impressed… beautifully presented and tasted delicious. Any doubts or worries we had about the day were gone and we were filled with excitement.
The day went so smoothly and we couldn’t have asked for more. Owner Kostas is certainly the host with the most! This place will forever be special in our hearts and we will certainly be back!”
Plan your own wedding at Seaside Restaurant, Lefkada
The picturesque location of this Lefkada wedding venue is the perfect outdoor venue for a ceremony and reception by the sea. Located overlooking Vlyho bay on the east coast it enjoys the unique combination of sea views and a mountain backdrop. Seaside Restuarant is exclusive to Lefkas Weddings.
Do you love the idea of planning a wedding at Seaside Restaurant Lefkada but are unsure where to start?
Contact me to discuss how we can plan it together.