Going to Villa Delenia in Evia for a wedding ceremony is always a treat for the nature lover in me. So it naturally follows that I always love the couples who choose it and Ted and Tori were no exception!
Tori (Victoria) contacted me a good 18 months before their wedding and I was excited to see that they were from New York. As it happened, I was going to be visiting New York for a short holiday so I suggested we might be able to meet in person – a rare occurrence for me as a destination wedding Celebrant! I was let down gently by Tori as they were in the state of New York, not actually New York, New York. Hey, what do I know?! I’m living on an island! Never mind, we met the usual way in the end over a skype call.
Gay wedding ceremonies in Greece are still not legally recognised, but gay wedding ceremonies in Greece are totally possible! We hope that Greece will soon join the other 29 countries in the world where gay couples can legally register there marriage, but in the meantime, you can enjoy your wedding ceremony in Greece and complete the legal registration in your country of residence, which, by the way, is something I encourage all couples to do anyway!
What exactly is an elopement ceremony in Greece and more importantly, is it right for you?
In the old days, eloping meant running away to get married. Not much planning would have gone into it, the deed needed to be done before anyone who might want to stop it taking place caught up with the couple! These days an elopement ceremony in Greece is a bit more of a sophisticated affair. You plan the ceremony in advance, maybe employ the services of a planner and photographer, and then you co-create THE most amazing, super-focused ceremony with your Celebrant. I’m serious. When there is just the two of you to please yourselves, ‘personalised ceremony’ goes to a whole new level!
Let’s create an elopement ceremony in Greece which is super romantic, incredibly intimate and very relaxed. Be free to really wear your heart on your sleeve. All the weight of expectation from family or friends vaporised. There is no comeback from leaving anyone off the guest list as you left them ALL off! And there is no pressure to include wedding traditions, or obligations to please other people. This is REALLY all about you two. No-one else.
Philosophia is a beachside restaurant in Pefkos on the island of Rhodes. But it’s soooo much more than just a restaurant. For one, it’s an amazing wedding location and I am delighted to be their recommended wedding celebrant. When I get to a wedding ceremony at Philosophia, my heart sings! What do I love about it? Here’s 10 things for starters…
If you have imagined a vast expanse of blue sea and sky as a backdrop for your wedding ceremony and dinner in Greece, Philosophia is going to delight you! In ancient Greece, water was an important element when swearing an oath, As with any of the elements, it’s inclusion made the promises more binding. So it’s highly appropriate to be so near to such a massive body of water when making one of the most enduring promises you will ever make, am I wrong?!
When couples ask me ‘what are the Greek wedding crowns’ – in fact when they ask me that question about any unity ritual – I always want to reply; ‘what do you want it to be?’ Because honestly, it can be anything you want it to be!
There is a Greek dance hailing from the island of Kalymnos which depicts a man, crippled with decompression sickness, as many sponge divers were. The dance starts off slowly with the lead dancer, the crippled sponge diver, barely able to stand even with the use of a stick. The music starts slowly, but as it builds up so the passion and pride rise. At this point he flings aside his stick and joyously dances, the music seemingly lifting him out of his crippled posture. What does this have to do with a romantic Greek beach wedding ceremony?
The memory of seeing this dance was stirred when Barry (the groom), just weeks after having surgery on his back, decisively and determinedly threw aside his crutches in order to read his wedding vows to Niesha. It was like the rising passion for this momentous occasion was all it needed to stand unaided and make his promises for a shared life of joy. Great moment.
Glamorous, stylish, super creative – what else do you need to know about Claire from Lefkas Weddings?! If you are looking for a wedding planner who can bring a creative wedding in Lefkas to life, pay attention to every last detail whilst keeping an eye on the bigger picture – this is your woman! And here she is:
This is my first ever guest blog post! I’m delighted to introduce you to my guest, Claire from Lefkas weddings. We met back in 2017, Claire was looking for a wedding Celebrant for a beach ceremony. As the bride was Greek American, Claire was putting feelers out for Greek-speaking Celebrants and I was very impressed to receive an email enquiry from her in Greek! Since that first experience of working together I always get fist pumpingly excited whenever I see a request from her in my inbox because I LOVE going to Lefkas. Claire has put together 5 excellent reasons to get married in Lefkas!
But don’t just take my word for it – here are Claire’s top reasons for a wedding in Lefkas in her words:
I feel the Ionian is one of the most magical areas of Greece. It’s inspired legends and love stories and it’s the perfect place to say, ‘I do’. Lefkas Weddings is principally based in Lefkas (or Lefkada) island and here are my top five reasons why it makes a great location for your destination wedding in Greece.
Jason and Victoria’s wedding ceremony at Philosophia on the island of Rhodes was just ‘all the feels’! I keep drifting off into a reverie of blissful memories thinking back on it!
They met at University on the same course and both secretly fancied each other. But things got in the way, like Vic being nerdy and sitting at the front of the class while Jason sat at the back being all broody and mysterious. But they both signed up to volunteer at a music festival in Brighton and Victoria put a shout out for people to share accommodation. Jason stopped being mysterious long enough to sign up and that was that.
I have to be honest with you here, I didn’t exactly meet Irene at a wedding. I met her at a conference for wedding professionals here in Greece. But you know when you meet someone and you just KNOW that they are fabulous at their jobs? Apart from being a super cool and lovely person, through our discussions about makeup, past experiences and service ethics, it was blindingly obvious that irene is exceptional at what she does – a bridal makeup artist in Greece. And she definitely falls in the category of ‘wedding people I love’!
Read on for my interview with irene and why she is so fabulous at what she does…